The Book of Blood and Shadow
- Pub. Date: April 10, 2012
- Publisher: Random House Children's Books
- Pages: 448
Review: I really wanted to love this book, it had mystery, intrigue and some serious betrayal. But alas it just wasn't for me. In the beginning I was hooked within the first few chapters. I was really interested in Nora's character but mid-way I started losing interest and found myself bored. It's not until the last few chapters that my interest kicked up into high gear and I was pulled back into the story full of curiosity.
The Da Vinci Code is what this reminded me of. A young adult version of it at least. Nora is trying to prove that Max didn't kill her best friend Chris and so she travels all the way to Prague decoding letters and clues trying to find the one thing that will supposedly help clear his name and meanwhile she has run-ins with secret societies and conspirators who are all after her.
Like I said there were some very exciting parts to the book but at the same time there was so much historical information being thrown around and the writing felt a little choppy. Not to mention at times the letters by Elizabeth just grew too long for me that I found myself skimming it. I wanted to connect with this book since it sounded so exciting of a read but in the end it just wasn't for me.
Overall even though I didn't enjoy it as much as I wanted to, I still recommend picking it up if you like a good murder mystery and have a liking for lots of historical facts in the book your reading.