The Book of Blood and Shadow
By: Robin Wasserman
# of pages: 450
Challenge: Full House (plot twist)
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.
My opinion: Man, I wrote most of this review and then saved it for later…except that it didn’t save properly so most of my review was erased.
This book sounded very intriguing and half of it was great and the other half not so much. The story follows high school senior Nora just as she finds a place as an intern for a nearby college professor along with her best friends Chris and Adriane. Everything is going great, especially after Max joins their group and finds a place in her heart.
But their lives suddenly change and they realize that the project they’ve been working on over the past few months may be of interest to people other than the quirky college professor. Nora embarks on a quest to save Max and maybe even the entire world.
Like I said, this book had a lot of potential, but I feel like it kind of went off the rails in the last third. It wasn’t bad or anything, there were just things that didn’t quite add up and the teenage angst mixed in with a world-changing adventure seemed forced at times.
Also, I’m a little tired of these modern titles. This would have been better if it was simply The Book of Blood or, even better, a more original title entirely. End rant.
Why I gave this book 3/5 stars: Cool concept, okay characters, somewhat disappointing story line.