28 March 2012

The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman

The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman.
Audience/Genre : Young Adult/Mystery,Mythology.
Publication: April 10th 2012 by Random House Children's Books.
It was like a nightmare, but there was no waking up. When the night began, Nora had two best friends and an embarrassingly storybook one true love. When it ended, she had nothing but blood on her hands and an echoing scream that stopped only when the tranquilizers pierced her veins and left her in the merciful dark.

But the next morning, it was all still true: Chris was dead. His girlfriend Adriane, Nora's best friend, was catatonic. And Max, Nora's sweet, smart, soft-spoken Prince Charming, was gone. He was also—according to the police, according to her parents, according to everyone—a murderer.

Desperate to prove his innocence, Nora follows the trail of blood, no matter where it leads. It ultimately brings her to the ancient streets of Prague, where she is drawn into a dark web of secret societies and shadowy conspirators, all driven by a mad desire to possess something that might not even exist. For buried in a centuries-old manuscript is the secret to ultimate knowledge and communion with the divine; it is said that he who controls the Lumen Dei controls the world. Unbeknownst to her, Nora now holds the crucial key to unlocking its secrets. Her night of blood is just one piece in a puzzle that spans continents and centuries. Solving it may be the only way she can save her own life.

Wow. I just finished this book 5 minutes ago and all I can say is - Wow.
I don't even know where/how to begin. The Book of Blood and Shadow had it all - Mystery, Suspense, History, and Romance.

Robin Wasserman is one of those exceptional writers who can get you emotionally invested in the characters and the plot from the beginning, before the story even really begins. Nora, Chris, Adrianne, Max and Eli are all unique and relatable characters - they're each the kind of person similar to someone you would've come across at some point of your life.

When I read a book, I usually find myself relating to or getting attached to just one or at the most, two characters and they're usually the protagonist and his/her love interest. However, I found myself rooting for and sometimes even yelling at the characters in this novel. Nora made a fantastic protagonist, strong and realistic. If you've read the blurb then this isn't a spoiler, the story really begins with Chris' death and although I knew this when I began reading the book, it was still a huge blow for me. I love Wasserman for giving me closure at the end.

As for the story, I'm not sure how else to put it - The Book of Blood and Shadow is like The Da Vinci Code for young-adults. I literally couldn't put it down and was disappointed when it ended. It's fast-paced,exciting and extremely intriguing. The story's well-planned and keeps you gripped. Maybe the ending could've been better but the rest of the novel was so good that I'm willing to over-look it. Robin Wasserman's writing is thoroughly captivating and really, if I ever meet her in person, I'd bombard her with questions.

It's 2am and I'm writing this review, that's how much I loved this book! I recommend it to anyone who loves an adventure, history/legends, has an open mind and a lot of imagination.

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  1. Yay! I got this from NetGalley and now I'm really looking forward to it! Glad you liked it :)

  2. This sounds amazing!!

    High time for a thriller with awesome characters.

    Thanks so much for this review:)

  3. Ooh, definitely adding it to my TBR pile :)

  4. Wow, this plot is so eventful O_o It kind of reminds me of the Privileged series since there's murder from a bestfriend :o

  5. Sounds like an awesome book. I really like the cover!

  6. Sounds like a cool book. Thanks for the great review! =)

  7. Wow! Sounds fantastic! On to put in on my tbr pile! :0 my favorite books all have great mysteries and romance!