Angels and Demons – Dan Brown

Angels and DemonsTitle : Angels and Demons

Author : Dan Brown

ISBN-10: 0743486226

ISBN-13 : 978-0743486224

Paperback : 572 pages

The Plot :

An ancient secret brotherhood. A devastating new weapon of destruction. An unthinkable target. When world-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to his first assignment to a Swiss research facility to analyze a mysterious symbol — seared into the chest of a murdered physicist — he discovers evidence of the unimaginable: the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati…the most powerful underground organization ever to walk the earth. The Illuminati has now surfaced to carry out the final phase of its legendary vendetta against its most hated enemy — the Catholic Church.

Langdon’s worst fears are confirmed on the eve of the Vatican’s holy conclave, when a messenger of the Illuminati announces they have hidden an unstoppable time bomb at the very heart of Vatican City. With the countdown under way, Langdon jets to Rome to join forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and mysterious Italian scientist, to assist the Vatican in a desperate bid for survival.

Embarking on a frantic hunt through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, deserted cathedrals, and the most secretive vault on earth, Langdon and Vetra follow a 400-year-old trail of ancient symbols that snakes across Rome toward the long-forgotten Illuminati lair…a clandestine location that contains the only hope for Vatican salvation.

Critics have praised the exhilarating blend of relentless adventure, scholarly intrigue, and cutting wit found in Brown’s remarkable thrillers featuring Robert Langdon. An explosive international suspense, Angels & Demons marks this hero’s first adventure as it careens from enlightening epiphanies to dark truths as the battle between science and religion turns to war.

Review :

This is the first novel of the Robert Langdon series which introduces us to the Harvard professor of Symbology. Like any Dan Brown thriller, it is fast paced and very very addictive. It is what I would call a genuine page turner. It sucks you in from the first page and leads to an amazing climax. Over all highly recommended.

Links:

Buy the Book From : http://www.amazon.com/Angels-Demons-Dan-Brown/dp/0743486226/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

Find Out More About the Author : http://www.danbrown.com

Find Out More About the Movie : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0808151/

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Angel Of The Dark – Tilly Bagshawe

Angel of the darkTitle : Angel Of The Dark

Author : Tilly Bagshawe

ISBN-10: 0062073419

ISBN-13: 978-0062073457

Paperback : 304 Pages

The Plot :

LAPD Detective Danny McGuire could never forget the face of Angela Jakes and the nightmare she endured—raped, beaten, and tied to the murdered body of her elderly husband, multimillionaire art dealer Andrew. His obsession nearly cost McGuire his sanity, even after the stunning young widow disappeared without a trace. Ten years later, living in France and working for Interpol, he’s put the past behind him . . . until Matt Daley, Andrew Jakes’s estranged son, walks into his life.

Digging into his father’s still-unsolved murder, Matt has uncovered three identical slayings, and soon he is joining forces with Danny to pursue a brilliant, elusive killer across the globe. But in Hong Kong everything starts to crumble as Matt is irresistibly drawn to the most recent widow, beautiful Lisa Baring, whom Danny suspects may be someone far more sinister than just another victim . . .

Review:

Having been a Sidney Sheldon fan for some time now, I was disappointed with this book. The story was predictable yet implausible. It is a fast paced read when you have nothing better to read. Although the book starts well, the end is not at all impressive. Overall, I would say not worth it.

Links:

Buy the Book From : http://www.amazon.com/Sidney-Sheldons-Angel-Dark-Sheldon-ebook/dp/B005UD1G2I/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=1-1&qid=1389576285

Find Out More About the Author : http://www.tillybagshawe.com/

The Other Queen – Philippa Gregory

The Other QueenTitle : The Other Queen

Author : Philippa Gregory

ISBN-10 :  1416549129

ISBN-13 : 978-1416549123

Paperback : 448 pages

The Plot :

Fleeing violent rebellions in Scotland, Mary looks to Queen Elizabeth of England for sanctuary. Though promised protection, Mary, perceived as a serious threat to the English crown, is soon imprisoned by her former friend as a “guest” in the house of George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, and his indomitable wife, Bess of Hardwick. The newly married couple welcomes the condemned queen into their home certain that serving as her hosts and jailers will bring them an advantage in the cutthroat world of the Elizabethan court.

To their horror, they grow to realize that the task will bankrupt their estate and lose them what little favour they’ve managed to gain as their home becomes the epicentre of intrigue and rebellion against Queen Elizabeth. And Mary is not as hopeless as she appears, manipulating the earl and spinning her own web of treachery and deceit, as she sharpens her weapons to reclaim her Scottish throne—and to take over Queen Elizabeth’s of England.

Review :

Told from the alternating perspectives of Mary Queen of Scots, George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, and his wife, Bess of Hardwick, this is sixth and last book in the Tudor Court Series by Philippa Gregory. Like the other books in the series, this one is beautifully written, giving a rare glimpse into the Elizabethan court.

The characters are mesmerizing and the plots are rich. What I loved about this book was the three different perspectives of looking at the same incident. The author beautifully juxtaposes the different ways of looking at a situation that is tainted by loyalties and personal gain. A definite must read. It leaves you craving for more.

Links :

Buy the Book From : http://www.amazon.com/The-Other-Queen-Philippa-Gregory/dp/1442304731

Find Out More About the Author : http://www.philippagregory.com/

The Tudor Rose – Margaret Campbell Barnes

The Tudor RoseTitle : The Tudor Rose

Author : Margaret Campbell Barnes

ISBN-10 :  1402224680

ISBN-13 : 978-1402224683

Paperback : 336 pages

The Plot :

Her choices will decide the fate of a kingdom.

The untimely death of King Edward IV throws England into a tempest of treachery. Elizabeth of York, the king’s oldest daughter, watches helplessly as her uncle Richard imprisons her two brothers – the would-be kings- in the Tower, never to be seen again. The mystery of what happened to the two princes rattles England, and King Richard III knows that the best claim to the throne lies with Elizabeth. Faced with the prospect of marrying a murderer, Elizabeth clings to the hope that exiled knight Henry Tudor can force a battle, avenge her brothers, and win her hand – and her kingdom.

The marriage of Henry and Elizabeth brings together the red rose of Lancaster and the white rose of York, producing a thornless Tudor rose. But the prospect that one of the doomed princes still lives haunts their lives, casting doubt on Henry VII’s crown. Elizabeth is torn between the ghost of a brother she can’t forget and the son whose reign will change the face of England.

Review :

Beautifully written, The Tudor Rose tells the story of Elizabeth of York, a strong Queen who birthed a dynasty and forever changed the face of England.

What I loved about the book is the characterization of Elizabeth of York. Despite being the only legitimate heir to the throne, Elizabeth has little power, for England is not ready to crown a woman as their monarch. Constantly fighting plots against her family by other member of her family, she brings together the Lancaster and the York roses and ends the feud between the cousins constantly fighting each other. She holds on to her hope that her brothers are still alive yet she knows that if they are alive it would mean her husband and sons’ claim to the throne would be lost. The quandary that she faces is beautifully described. A definite must read for any historical fiction lover.

Links :

Buy the Book From : http://www.amazon.com/The-Tudor-Rose-Kingdom-Birthed/dp/1402224680

Find Out More About the Author : http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/margaret-campbell-barnes

The Virgin’s Lover – Philippa Gregory

TVLTitle : The Virgin’s Lover

Author : Philippa Gregory

ISBN-10 :  0743256158

ISBN-13 : 978-0743256155

Paperback : 448 pages

The Plot :

From the author of The Other Boleyn Girl and The Queen’s Fool comes a stunning portrait of the first perilous years of Elizabeth I’s reign.

As a new queen, Elizabeth faces two great dangers: the French invasion of Scotland, which threatens to put Mary Queen of Scots on her throne, and her passion for the convicted traitor Robert Dudley. But Dudley is already married, and his devoted wife Amy will never give him up, but she cannot prevent him from becoming the favourite and the focus of the feverish plotting, pleasure-seeking court.

Blending historical fact with contemporary rumour, Philippa Gregory has created a dark and tense novel of Tudor times which casts Elizabeth I in a light that no-one has suggested before. Passionate, fearful, emotionally needy, this is a queen who will stop at nothing.

Review :

The fifth book in the Tudor court series, The Virgin’s Lover sheds a very different light on Elizabeth I. Personally when I think of Elizabeth I, I think of a confident queen who has decided never to marry and rules a kingdom alone. Her reign is known as the golden age. But here, Philippa Gregory shows you the other side of her. She shows her as a young regent who has just inherited the throne and the crown is shaky on her head. It shows her insecurities and fears, her wants and needs.

As beautifully written as any of her previous books in this series, The Virgin’s Lover is mesmerizing and action packed. It gives a beautiful look into a long gone era. A definite must read for any fan of historical fiction.

Links :

Buy the Book From : http://www.amazon.com/Virgins-Lover-Boleyn-Philippa-Gregory/dp/0743256158/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=1-16&qid=1429060982

Find Out More About the Author : http://www.philippagregory.com/

After Dark – Haruki Murakami

After DarkTitle : After Dark

Author : Haruki Murakami

ISBN-10 :  0307278735

ISBN-13 : 978-0307278739

Paperback : 256 pages

The Plot :

The midnight hour approaches in an almost empty all-night diner. Mari sips her coffee and glances up from a book as a young man, a musician, intrudes on her solitude. Both have missed the last train home. The musician has plans to rehearse with his jazz band all night, Mari is equally unconcerned and content to read, smoke and drink coffee until dawn. They realise they’ve been acquainted through Eri, Mari’s beautiful sister. The musician soon leaves with a promise to return before dawn. Shortly afterwards Mari will be interrupted a second time by a girl from the Aplhaville Hotel; a Chinese prostitute has been hurt by a client, the girl has heard Mari speaks fluent Chinese and requests her help.

Meanwhile Eri is at home and sleeps a deep, heavy sleep that is ‘too perfect, too pure’ to be normal; pulse and respiration at the lowest required level. She has been in this soporific state for two months; Eri has become the classic myth – a sleeping beauty. But tonight, as the digital clock displays 00:00, a faint electrical crackle is perceptible, a hit on life flickers across the TV screen, though the television’s plug has been pulled.

Murakami, acclaimed master of the surreal, returns with a stunning new novel, where the familiar can become unfamiliar after midnight, even to those who thrive in the small hours.

Review :

This book is a look at the lives of two sisters in the span of a single night. The story is open to interpretation.

What I loved about the book is the juxtaposition of the chapters where there is action and others where we are just silent observers of a scene where our presence is not supposed to be palpable. Don’t expect the book to be action packed, for it is more of an observation of the goings on in a single night.

Links :

Buy the Book From : http://www.amazon.com/After-Vintage-International-Haruki-Murakami/dp/0307278735

Find Out More About the Author : http://www.harukimurakami.com/

The Fault In Our Stars – John Green

The Fault in Our StarsTitle : The Fault In Our Stars

Author : John Green

ISBN-10 :  0141345659

ISBN-13 : 978-0141345659

Paperback : 336 pages

The Plot :

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

Review :

I avoided reading this book for quite a long time, mainly because it seemed like a run of the mill teen book. But once I read it, I definitely enjoyed it. I loved the writing and the humour while dealing with such a serious subject. A quick read but it stays with you a while.

This is one of the rare books where I found the movie adaptation was equally good.

Links :

Buy the Book From : http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Fault-Stars-John-Green/dp/0141345659

Find Out More About the Author : http://johngreenbooks.com/

Find Out More About the Movie : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2582846/

15 New Words for a BookWorm

Bookworm LogoFor our one hundredth post we decided to do something different.

Here is a list of 15 new words that we came up with that should, but don’t exist. Each of them sums up an emotion or act that a bookworm most definitely experiences at least once in their life.

1) Ripmorse – The guilt you feel when you accidentally tear part of a book.

2) Read-Job – The act of reading your favourite passage to someone to entice them to read the full book.

3) Readgret – When you finally get the books you have been waiting for a long time and then you don’t like it as much.

4) Readanesia – A word for not remembering whether something happened to you or you read it in a book.

5) Biblioitis – A word for the condition one suffers from when they keep saying ‘The book was better’ every time they see a movie adaptation of a book.

6) Biblirage – The despair you feel when someone spoils a book’s ending for you.

7) Reanter – A word for laughing in public because of something you’ve just read.

8) Bookship – The feeling of a close kinship with an author that makes you feel they’re writing just for you.

9) Readsnality – A word to describe a person’s reading habits.

10) Biblimiration – A word for the kind of crush that develops on a person after seeing what they’re reading.

11) Booksonate – A word for being so engrossed in a book that you begin thinking and speaking like its characters.

12) Biblishock – A word for the creeping horror you feel when someone informs you that they never read for pleasure.

13) Biblipile – A word for owning more books than you technically have space for.

14) Worderment – A word for reading a phrase in a book and needing to pause and just bask in its beauty for a moment.

15) Bibliotigue – The next-day tiredness you experience from staying up all night reading.

Loosely based on the Buzzfeed blog : 23 Words for Book Lovers That Really Should Exist