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12
Jul
09

Book Review: The Awakening

Author: Kelley Armstrong

Published: April 2009

Publisher: HarperCollins

Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal YA

ISBN-10: 0061662763

ISBN-13: 978-0061662768

7/10

If you had met me a few weeks ago, you probably would have described me as an average teenage girl—someone normal. Now my life has changed forever and I’m as far away from normal as it gets. A living science experiment—not only can I see ghosts, but I was genetically altered by a sinister organization called the Edison Group. What does that mean? For starters, I’m a teenage necromancer whose powers are out of control; I raise the dead without even trying. Trust me, that is not a power you want to have. Ever.

Now I’m running for my life with three of my supernatural friends—a charming sorcerer, a cynical werewolf, and a disgruntled witch—and we have to find someone who can help us before the Edison Group finds us first. Or die trying.

Now MY take on it:

I was in a local second-hand bookstore looking for books to read because I needed something fresh to read while I took a break from the ones I had at home. I walked in, looked down at one of the corners they have at the door, and saw this book. I knew it was Fantasy/Paranormal just by the way the jacket looked. I didn’t want to read what it was about because I knew it would be good. But I read the description anyways just so I wouldn’t be surprised when I read the book. It piqued my interest so I decided to buy it. The minute I got home, I started reading it. For a YA book, it was pretty cool. Everybody has non-human powers- werewolves, necromancing, or even just spurting spells from their fingertips. Hell, after that, I wanted to spurt spells from my fingertips! While the character’s personalities were there, they were fully known until the middle towards the end of the book. But they were there. The chase and running seemed never-ending and some parts lagged. But there was action in every chapter, even if it was just a simple fight.  There were tons of surprises that you didn’t expect. It was a simple read and one to read if you’re bored of your current books.

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02
Jun
09

Book Review: Angels & Demons

Author: Dan Brown

Published: May 2009

Publisher: Pocket Books

Genre: Thriller/Mystery

ISBN: 1-59315-140-3

10/10 (Must read!)

From the American author that brought us The Da Vinci Code comes a tale of mystery, deceit, and religion. Science meets religion and vice versa. When a ancient Scientific cult, that once seemed defunct, puts the Vatican and the Christian religion at risk with antimatter and murder, Robert Langdon and Vittoria Vetra have less than 48 hours to stop the Illuminati and remove the antimatter. There are turns and twists on every page. It’s a heart-pumping and nail-biting ride to see who can reach the top first.

Now, for MY take on it:

I loved it!

I am not one for thrillers that have a lot of action because I don’t even enjoy a lot of action movies. But for some reason, this kept me intrigued. I would read it for hours until I realized 5 hours had gone by without me eating anything! This book throws a curve: You learn about sceience and religion while even questioning your own thoughts on religion. I could put it down and read it in 3 days. I loved it that much! I come from a Pagan background with knowledge of Christian religion (family members) but even upon reading the book, everything I had known about the Christian religion seemed like it was set in stone. After reading Angels and Demons, I took a good look at almost every religion with a different thought process. While some might not agree, every religion has some sort of science embedded into it. You’d think that Dan Brown writes this from his imagination but upon further inspection (thanks to my new best friend Google), you realize he had done his homework and even visited many of the areas mentioned. It was fast-paced and enticing. Deceit and love along with murder and Science, I love it!

I will most likely be adding it to my permanent book shelf for future reads.

Religion is like language or dress. We gravitate toward the practices with which we were raised. In the end, though we are all proclaiming the same thing. That life has meaning. That we are grateful for that created us.

Angels and Demons 2000




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