Review: The Book of Blood and Shadow

9.15.2011
The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman
Publish date: January 10th, 2012 by Random House Children's Books
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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.

This book does not yet have a cover. *sadface* But when it does, I'm sure it's going to be awesome.

This book was amazing. Of course, that doesn't even begin to describe it, but be assured. It was amazing, astounding, gush-worthy, and definitely worth my time.

I guess I had pretty high expectations to start off with - I've read some of Robin Wasserman's other books, and I thought they were pretty good. But when I read this, I couldn't even tell that the same author had written this. The Book of Blood and Shadow bypassed her other books by far.

For one thing, I loved Nora, the main character and narrator. I think I related to her a little bit, because she wanted proof for things. Things like if God existed or if Eli was really trying to help her. She didn't just automatically accept things like too many teens in YA do. She was realistic. I was frustrated by her actions a few times, sure, but isn't that pretty much inevitable? Either way, Nora was real. Easy to understand. And she didn't annoy me with any whining - she dealt with everything that was happening. Her emotions over Chris and everything else that had happened were realistic, too. She was in pain. Obvious pain. But she didn't just give up, and she didn't just move on so fast it was like nothing had happened. It all just made an amazing character.

 And Eli. Oh, Eli. It doesn't matter if you have no idea who he is because he's not mentioned in the summary, but rest assured, he was an amazing character, too. And he wasn't a pansy. I loved that about him. He didn't let his feelings get in the way of things, usually, and yet he did everything he could to help Nora with everything. He was just awesome.

 The other characters, I wasn't really a fan of, but Max and Adriane? I'm pretty sure it was okay to hate them. They did some pretty terrible things.

Another plus of this book: the writing. It was so powerful, so descriptive, even action-filled. Nora's thoughts weren't skimmed over like I've been seeing too often lately. It was just an amazing style of writing.
And what I thought was really cool about this book was the plot. It was so original; I've never even heard of a lot of the things involved.

Overall: The Book of Blood and Shadow is a new favorite of mine. It was powerful, original, and I finished it within a day because I couldn't stop reading. It's not mushy, but there's still some romance mixed in, and there was so much suspense surrounding this huge mystery that I can't think of a single negative thing to say. 5 stars.

 ~Zoey~
10 comments on "Review: The Book of Blood and Shadow"
  1. I hate you.
    You make me want to read books I don't have.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Awwwww, I sowwy, Lexie :( Once I finish reading about 8 ARC's, I promise, I'll cool down with it for a bit xD

    ReplyDelete
  3. WELL GEE, THAT'S COMFORTING.

    Where did you even get 8 ARC's? o_o

    ReplyDelete
  4. *giggles*

    Won a few of them. The rest are from NetGalley.

    ReplyDelete
  5. -.-

    Lucky duck. From book blog giveaways, I assume?
    SINCE YOU WON AN ARC OF CARRIER, YOU MUST TELL ME HOW IT IS. I want to read it.

    ReplyDelete
  6. *gasps* Zoey, you won an ARC of Carrier?

    I. Am. Insanely. Jealous.

    (But nice post by the way.) Haha.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Lexie: Idk if I really won it, though. They'd email me, right? And I didn't get an email. They don't have my real name to send it to :(

    Megan: MAYBE.

    ReplyDelete
  8. This sounds so interesting. I have to find out if her boyfriend was the murderer and what happens with the book and the secret society. Definitely a must read for me.

    ReplyDelete
  9. I'm such a HUGE fan of Robin's writing style. So raw and powerful. I'm really looking forward to this. Sounds like it'll be one of my favorites as well!

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  10. Oh wow this sounds amazing. The description has me a bit scared though.

    regards,
    grace (Alaska Hunting)

    ReplyDelete

9.15.2011

Review: The Book of Blood and Shadow

The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman
Publish date: January 10th, 2012 by Random House Children's Books
//Amazon//B&N//The Book Depository/


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.

This book does not yet have a cover. *sadface* But when it does, I'm sure it's going to be awesome.

This book was amazing. Of course, that doesn't even begin to describe it, but be assured. It was amazing, astounding, gush-worthy, and definitely worth my time.

I guess I had pretty high expectations to start off with - I've read some of Robin Wasserman's other books, and I thought they were pretty good. But when I read this, I couldn't even tell that the same author had written this. The Book of Blood and Shadow bypassed her other books by far.

For one thing, I loved Nora, the main character and narrator. I think I related to her a little bit, because she wanted proof for things. Things like if God existed or if Eli was really trying to help her. She didn't just automatically accept things like too many teens in YA do. She was realistic. I was frustrated by her actions a few times, sure, but isn't that pretty much inevitable? Either way, Nora was real. Easy to understand. And she didn't annoy me with any whining - she dealt with everything that was happening. Her emotions over Chris and everything else that had happened were realistic, too. She was in pain. Obvious pain. But she didn't just give up, and she didn't just move on so fast it was like nothing had happened. It all just made an amazing character.

 And Eli. Oh, Eli. It doesn't matter if you have no idea who he is because he's not mentioned in the summary, but rest assured, he was an amazing character, too. And he wasn't a pansy. I loved that about him. He didn't let his feelings get in the way of things, usually, and yet he did everything he could to help Nora with everything. He was just awesome.

 The other characters, I wasn't really a fan of, but Max and Adriane? I'm pretty sure it was okay to hate them. They did some pretty terrible things.

Another plus of this book: the writing. It was so powerful, so descriptive, even action-filled. Nora's thoughts weren't skimmed over like I've been seeing too often lately. It was just an amazing style of writing.
And what I thought was really cool about this book was the plot. It was so original; I've never even heard of a lot of the things involved.

Overall: The Book of Blood and Shadow is a new favorite of mine. It was powerful, original, and I finished it within a day because I couldn't stop reading. It's not mushy, but there's still some romance mixed in, and there was so much suspense surrounding this huge mystery that I can't think of a single negative thing to say. 5 stars.

 ~Zoey~

10 comments:

  1. I hate you.
    You make me want to read books I don't have.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Awwwww, I sowwy, Lexie :( Once I finish reading about 8 ARC's, I promise, I'll cool down with it for a bit xD

    ReplyDelete
  3. WELL GEE, THAT'S COMFORTING.

    Where did you even get 8 ARC's? o_o

    ReplyDelete
  4. *giggles*

    Won a few of them. The rest are from NetGalley.

    ReplyDelete
  5. -.-

    Lucky duck. From book blog giveaways, I assume?
    SINCE YOU WON AN ARC OF CARRIER, YOU MUST TELL ME HOW IT IS. I want to read it.

    ReplyDelete
  6. *gasps* Zoey, you won an ARC of Carrier?

    I. Am. Insanely. Jealous.

    (But nice post by the way.) Haha.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Lexie: Idk if I really won it, though. They'd email me, right? And I didn't get an email. They don't have my real name to send it to :(

    Megan: MAYBE.

    ReplyDelete
  8. This sounds so interesting. I have to find out if her boyfriend was the murderer and what happens with the book and the secret society. Definitely a must read for me.

    ReplyDelete
  9. I'm such a HUGE fan of Robin's writing style. So raw and powerful. I'm really looking forward to this. Sounds like it'll be one of my favorites as well!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Oh wow this sounds amazing. The description has me a bit scared though.

    regards,
    grace (Alaska Hunting)

    ReplyDelete