Book Review: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

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Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Historical Fiction

Released Date: 28th of March 2006

Published by: Anchor Books

Wow. Just wow. I just finished reading Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown and I don’t know how to express my feelings. Thanks to Mommy Jane and Rose, who convinced me to read this captivating novel. Despite having a busy schedule this past few week I manage to read and finished the book. Honestly, I don’t have any ideas what the book and the movie’s story were all about. Yes, I do sense that the book is mysterious and about treasure hunting because of the cover but far from that I don’t have any slightest idea. Aside from my personal favorite Japanese classic literature Flowers of Grass by Takehiko Fukunaga, Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami, Da Vinci Code added to the list of the books that I will surely remember.

Jacques Saunière, the curator in a museum, was murdered in Paris. The day he was killed was also the day he had an appointment with Robert Langdon, a known historian, and a lecturer. Robert Langdon, unknown of the said appointment with the curator became the only suspect in Jacques’ murder where in fact he didn’t get to meet Jacques on their supposed appointment. The head of the police, Captain Fache, made clear that Robert Langdon will go to jail before the night ends. The twisting and intriguing story of Da Vinci Code will lead you to shocking revelations and belief shattering stories.

Cryptologist Sophie Neveu, the granddaughter of Jacques Saunière, felt bad because she discovered the clues that her grandfather left late and she felt responsible for Robert Langdon, innocent, being interrogate and for some reason the only suspect that the Judicial Police Department of Paris have. From the thrilling adventure of Robert and Sophie to the exciting hunting of the treasure that her grandfather is protecting, they both unlock the truth of the history and, on the other hand, the truth about Sophie’s family.

What I like about this book is the:

Crypts: I like how Jacques(or Dan Brown) put double meaning on his clues. From the message he left on his murder, to Leonardo Vinci’s famous Mona Lisa, to the Fibonacci sequence, to the message under the wood box, everything, I liked it. I enjoyed reading Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu figuring out the location, the answers and the ideas behind every word.

Information: One thing that I won’t forget here, are the words:

  • “Hermaphrodite”, I was speechless. The word came from the Greek God “Hermes”, represents the male and Greek Goddess “Aphrodite, which represents the female. I never thought of the word like that, so, when I read it in the book I was in total awe.
  • “PHI”, this is the golden ratio, in mathematics, art, and architecture, it represents 1.618. We can see and find this everywhere, from bees to humans. Proportion to the height and navel of humans. You will see. Everything from us to our surrounding is Divine Proportion and it is amazing how Dan Brown describes it and how he state that the Divine Proportion can be seen on Leonardo Da Vinci’s paintings.

Story Line: I was not totally shocked when revelations at the end of the story revealed — more of I was amazed how Dan Brown put everything in place.

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown is a novel that is worthy to read. I travel from Paris to London, seen the arts of the churches and places, I even acquired knowledge that will surely make a difference to my beliefs. I don’t have any expectations from this book before I read it but as I read it, I thought, “I need more!” I can’t seem to put the book down. This book made me awake at 5AM and I believe I just became a fan of Brown’s work.

This controversial book will surely leave you hanging.

“Faith ― acceptance of which we imagine to be true, that which we cannot prove.”

My ratings: 5 stars

Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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Genre: Fantasy, Romance, New Adult

Released Date: 5th of May 2015

Published by: Bloomsbury — Razorbill

A magical, devastatingly beautiful and glamorous tainted world that Sarah J. Maas built-in A Court of Thorns and Roses is fantastically awesome. The main protagonist, Feyre, a mortal human, the youngest in her family and the one who provides everything – food, work, and money, is a brilliant and amazing lady. Her family trapped into a poverty for three years, three years that taught her on how to hunt at the same time to learn the few basics of surviving. In a vast land of their forest, she went beyond than the usual hunting grounds. Feyre, unknown of the true nature of the beast that she was hunting – changes everything in her life. Killing a beast for the sake of food and survival was the only intentions of Feyre, never more, never less. And that single blow made her life unexpected, unimaginable and fascinating.
From the author of Throne of Glass, Sarah J. Mass, a New York best-selling author, delivers us into a new world of fantasy that takes us into the glorious world of faeries. A Court of Thorns and Roses is a story retelling of Beauty and the Beast that had gone wrong. From the usual plot of the old childhood fairy tale, the beauty has to pay the debts of his family but while reading the story, I never realized that I was reading a classic story or even thought that the book is a retelling(Thank you Maj, because of you I realize that the book was a retelling!). From what I see, Maas added a few elements in the story made my interest caught in reading and continuing the book(Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t doubt Maas!). Like the fairy tale we know, in the Beauty in the Beast, Belle loves to read, in the other books of Maas, Celaena loves to play the piano but in this book, Feyre, loves to paint. All characters are inclined to art, whether it is a literature, composition or hues. It is just wonderful how they describe arts and turn it into words. It makes the readers hear every music, to take a glance on every stroke of paint and to remember every melody that will play.
I enjoyed reading this book because of :

  1. The cover: Who wouldn’t love the cover? It is eye-catching! I wanted to see a white UK edition of this book. Definitely gonna buy it.
  2. The consequences: Tamlin was the one who made Feyre pay for her mistake. Feyre will live in the faeries for the rest of her life because payment for a life is another life. I wouldn’t think that Sarah J. Maas can trick her readers. That was interesting…and I was gullible on that part, I should foresee that I should analyze the story but the writing is so elegant that I lost it.
  3. The main character: Feyre has a stubborn character which is a good asset because it is an aggressive and strong personality. Comparing it to Celaena, the same female protagonist of Sarah J. Maas from another series, they have the same stubbornness and irritating decision-making skills but Feyre’s stubbornness is beyond imagination! I am hating her for that but I do love her too.
  4. The plot: I never expected the plot would be gone like that. It was surreal, the descriptive narration of Maas to the world of Faes will make you want to experience what their world would like or feel like. I wanted to live there and be a high lord (This term is used in the book in which the character holds a power to a court.) And the ending!!! It is amazing and surreal! I love it!

Characters of this story are built to be strong and have envious powers. Meet them:

Tamlin : He is a Fae, a beast in his animal form. He is awkward and silent most of the times. He always stares or look after Feyre. For all, I know he always let Feyre do whatever she wants to do in the court. I do love Tamlin and Feyre to end up in the end but how could you have a peace of mind if there are two other male characters to meddle with? And you can’t choose between them!

“He brought his lips to my ear. “I would have been gentle with you, though.” I shuddered as I closed my eyes. Every inch of my body went taut as his words echoed through me. “I would have had you moaning my name throughout it all. And I would have taken a very, very long time, Feyre.” 

Lucien : If you knew who Dorian is in Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass, you can see Dorian into Lucien’s character in A Court of Thorns and Roses. Lucien is playful, he loves to trick Feyre or to meddle with her. He has a lovely and at the same time annoying character which counteracts Feyre’s stubbornness. You will know while reading, who is Lucien, he may have a joyful personality but not all who laugh or who smile are happy in inside. And if Dorian and Lucien happen to be in the same story? Surely, they would be best friends!

“Keep it. I swiped it off a dozing guard on my way in here.” In the dim light, the embroidered symbol of a sleeping dragon glimmered. Amarantha’s coat of arms. I grimaced, but shrugged it on.
“Besides,” Lucien added with a smirk, “I’ve seen enough of you through that gown to last a lifetime.” I flushed as he opened the door.

Rhysand: A High Lord of the Night Court, he was one of the faes who helped Feyre to stand, to fight, to keep on going with her test. But for all we know, magic comes with a price. Everything a mortal asked from a fae should have a payment, otherwise, offers and deals will be off. After Rhysand offers his deal, Feyre accepted it without knowing the consequences of the deal – and with that, we also have no idea, why Rhysand make that deal. In the book, Rhysand shows an annoying character and seems like he is forcing himself into Feyre but that what makes it more exciting. And what makes the readers shipped Rhysand with Feyre is because Rhysand has the mysterious and jolly side.

“What do you care?” I barked, and his grip tightened enough on my bones would snap with a little more pressure. “What do I care?” he breathed, wrath twisting his features. Wings – those membranous, glorious wings – flared from his back, crafted from the shadows behind him. “What do I care?” But before he could go on, his head snapped to the door, then back to my face. The wings vanished quickly as they had appeared, and then his lips were crushing into mine. His tongue pried my mouth open, forcing himself into me, into space where I could still taste Tamlin. I pushed and trashed, but he held firm, his tongue sweeping over the roof of my mouth, against my teeth, claiming me – The door was flung wide, and Amarantha’s curved figure filled its space. Tamlin – Tamlin was beside her, his eyes slightly wide, shoulder’s tight as Rhy’s lips still crushed mine.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, like her previous books, this one is far more than a Young Adult section – more like on a New Adult genre. Yes, it belongs there. This book dives us into a new world of transformation and powers, strengths and trickery, and the most important of all, love. What is amazing about this book is, it shows the courage and perseverance and hope of the protagonist that you will continue on reading and hope what could happen next. With the same writing style that everyone loves in the Throne of Glass gives you the best descriptive narrative form of the detailed story-telling of A Court of Thorns and Roses into an exciting, thrilling and unforgettable adventure!

My ratings: 4.5 stars