Review: Inferno

◆ Inferno by Dan Brown
◆ Read December 2013
◆ English Edition

❝ In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.
Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.❞
I had a bit of an issue with rating and reviewing Inferno. This is mainly because of a futile mistake Brown made which has probably cost him a lot of readers. You see, the first hundred pages or so of this book literally give you nothing. It describes that the protagonists are being shot at and they are running for their life. Robert Langdon has lost his memories and cannot recall how he ended up in Florence or why he's being chased.

As a reader you are completely left in the dark, with no clue whatsoever about what is going on. And it's perfectly fine to start a book like that, but you're not doing yourself any favors as a writer if your readers don't know what's going on for about 1/4 of the book. The lack of hints or progress bored me. If it wasn't for the fact that I never leave a book unfinished AND that this was a graduating present, I would have definitely put Inferno down.

Review: Scarlet

◆ Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
◆ Read December 2013
◆ English Edition
❝ The fates of Cinder and Scarlet collide as a Lunar threat spreads across the Earth...
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.❞
Apparently I never uploaded my review for Cinder and it has long since been lost. Either way, as much as I loved the first book in The Lunar Chronicles, Scarlet was even better. 

In this second instalment, Cinder's story continues where it left off in prison while Emperor Kai and Queen Levana face a battle of their own. However, it also features the story of our second heroine, Scarlet Benoit, a mysterious street fighter and Cinder's fellow inmate Thorne.

Overview: 2013 in Books

Happy holidays everyone! 

I've decided to use these (relatively) stress free days to try and finish my 2013 Goodreads Reading Challenge, write a few more reviews AND  do an overview of 2013 in terms of books.

Review: The White Queen

◆ The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
◆ Read August 2013
◆ English Edition
❝ Brother turns on brother to win the ultimate prize, the throne of England, in this dazzling account of the wars of the Plantagenets. They are the claimants and kings who ruled England before the Tudors, and now Philippa Gregory brings them to life through the dramatic and intimate stories of the secret players: the indomitable women, starting with Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen.
The White Queen tells the story of a woman of extraordinary beauty and ambition who, catching the eye of the newly crowned boy king, marries him in secret and ascends to royalty. While Elizabeth rises to the demands of her exalted position and fights for the success of her family, her two sons become central figures in a mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the missing princes in the Tower of London whose fate is still unknown. From her uniquely qualified perspective, Philippa Gregory explores this most famous unsolved mystery of English history, informed by impeccable research and framed by her inimitable storytelling skills.❞
I decided to read The White Queen after I watched the tv series of the same name, which I loved despite the historical inacurracies. The series - I discovered quickly - is a very literal adaption of every scene in the book. Needless to say this dissapointed me a bit because I had hoped that the novel would give more insight. 

Giveaway Results

Since the first giveaway was quite the success, I'll definitely be doing more in the future. If there's something particular you'd like to see in a giveaway (e.g. a certain book or a giftcard) then just post a comment with your suggestion! 



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