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The Book of Blood and Shadow

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • ISBN-10: 0375899618
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375899614
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Reading Teen on May 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
At a Glance:

Although the pacing was sometimes slow, I found the Book of Blood and Shadow to be intense, exciting, and intriguing. It is full of history, loaded with betrayal, and sprinkled with romance and friendship. I have never read a book like this!

The Audiobook:

Yes, yes, yes. If you're looking for a new audiobook, or you're debating between audio and hardcover, I'm going to just put my vote in for the audio. Why? Well, first of all, the reader is fantastic. She does an amazing job with voices, accents, and languages. She reads things in Latin, in Czech and of course English! :D I was seriously impressed. But the biggest reason that I would choose listening to this over reading it, is because of all the words that I didn't have to figure out or pronounce! There was a ton of Latin in this book, and Emily Card just rattles it off as if it's her second language. If I had been reading it, I would have stared at all those words and phrases, then ended up just skipping over them or mispronouncing them, so listening to the audio was perfect!

"I should probably start with the blood..."

Yeah, The Book of Blood and Shadow definitely had it's fair share of bloodiness, as you can imagine, but it wasn't nearly as bloody as I thought it might be. That's how this story begins, though, with the blood, which immediately had me fascinated. I love a good mystery, and this book was full of them. Mysteries, lies, murders and surprises at every turn. Although I had my theories, I ended up suspicious of just about everyone at one time or another! I love it when there are clues to the answer, but not such obvious ones that the hero/heroine looks like an idiot for not seeing them.

Historical Fantasy/Contemp Mystery:

Yeah, I'm a fan.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Dennis on April 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. Loved this book. I was lucky enough to get an advanced reader's copy and have been bragging about it for months. I couldn't put this book down- so much action and I was dying to know how it would end. You can read what the book is about above, I won't do a recap. What I will tell you, is this is an intelligent read that caters to both young adults and adults alike. The author did her research and I was this close to booking a trip to Prague when I finished the book. But alas, I'm just a working class shmo, so I am stuck here in Seattle. Thank God, this book was so well written and descriptive, that it helped me forget the rain outside and actually made me think about learning latin. I'm lazy- it was a fleeting thought, but hey- I had it for a quick minute. The characters were well developed and likeable- and the relationships were believable. Overall, this is in my Top 5 favorite books of all time, and definitely Top of 2012. Now, I'm going to buy her other books and a Latin Rosetta stone.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on April 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I am going to admit right from the start that I am never going to be able to give this book enough justice in this review, because it was just that spectacular. The Book of Blood and Shadow BLEW me away from start to finish. It had so many good things going for it: descriptive settings, fully developed characters, a mystery that ceaselessly twisted and turned, and smart, talented writing that puts nearly any other book to shame.

One of the things I loved about this book was how it was slow building. Normally, when a book is slow to start, I become a little put off, but Robin Wasserman made it work perfectly with the story, because not only did she take that time to truly build the characters up, but also even in the beginning the mystery was being strung together, the reader nor the characters just didn't realize it yet. This leads me to the plot.

The plot in this was kick-a##, no lie. It contained so many twists and turns and surprises that I had no idea where the book was going to end, which made me love it even more. I especially enjoyed how well developed everything was. From the mystery behind the book to the letters Nora translated to the romance she had with Max to the friendship she had with Eli, everything was just perfect to the point where I do not even want to talk about any specific point; because this is one you book you just need to experience on your own. Trust me.

The characters in this were another high point. Nora managed to win me over from the start. She was smart and quiet, yet she was daring and relentless. I loved how dedicated she was to her work with the letters as well as to her friends. Best of all, I loved how seemingly ordinary she appeared throughout, because it truly allowed me to sink even more into the story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf on January 7, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The Good:

-I really enjoyed the gothic feel of The Book of Blood and Shadow and the mystery that Wasserman immersed us in.
-The setting was unique and many books can you name that are primarily set in Prague?
-The writing style and descriptive narrative flowed quite well despite the slow pace...I wouldn't say this was a book that I couldn't put down, but it was certainly a book that I loved picking back up.
-All of the main characters are nerds and language nerds at that. Even the "popular girl" is really masking an inner nerd:) I could not help but like them.
-The glimpses into historic Prague and Elizabeth Westons life were incredibly interesting.
-Eli - such a mystery but one that you'll really want to unwrap.

The Not So Good:

-By the end I was feeling that this was all a little far fetched and had to do my best to suspend disbelief (It was actually very easy to do!)
-I never actually "loved" any of the characters or really felt connected. That said I did really like and admire them even though I didn't have that full connection
Final Thoughts:

I thoroughly enjoyed this read...complex characters, a fascinating mystery and amazing setting...all in all a winner! I recommend this to those who don't mind a slower paced book and who love Dan Brown's Robert Langdon (The DaVinci Code) series. I know I'll be on the lookout for my next Robin Wasserman read.

Source: Purchased for my Personal Library from another vendor
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