Origin Review

This is the 5th installment of the Robert Langdon series by Dan Brown and yes the story is a bit overdone at this point with virtually the same plot done a different way, same Robert Langdon and yet another beautiful and seductive woman to be solving his mystery with. Like a subdued version of James Bond with less action.

 

Blurb on Goodreads:

Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao to attend a major announcement—the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough . . . one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence.

As the event begins, Langdon and several hundred guests find themselves captivated by an utterly original presentation, which Langdon realizes will be far more controversial than he ever imagined. But the meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and Kirsch’s precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever. Reeling and facing an imminent threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape Bilbao. With him is Ambra Vidal, the elegant museum director who worked with Kirsch to stage the provocative event. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret.

Navigating the dark corridors of hidden history and extreme religion, Langdon and Vidal must evade a tormented enemy whose all-knowing power seems to emanate from Spain’s Royal Palace itself… and who will stop at nothing to silence Edmond Kirsch. On a trail marked by modern art and enigmatic symbols, Langdon and Vidal uncover clues that ultimately bring them face-to-face with Kirsch’s shocking discovery… and the breathtaking truth that has long eluded us.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/ 5 star

Origin

 

So I’m giving this book 5 stars but not because it was an enjoyable read. There are very few Dan Brown books that I can honestly say I wasn’t a fan of, this was one of the 2 of them. So why am I giving it a 5 star you ask? Well because like a train wreck I could not look away, it pulled me in so hard that I needed to know what happened, not because I thought it was going to be good but because I knew it was going to be bad so I needed to find out how bad. The ending of this book did not live up to any of the other books. And the only book I disliked more than this one was The Lost Symbol. However, the writing was still very good so Dan Brown you redeem yourself only because I very much enjoy your style of writing.

 

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Turtles All the Way Down Review

Turtles all the way down

 

This book follows Aza and Daisy on their journey to find a man who disappeared and is the Billionaire father of a kid named Davis. It follows Aza as she navigates what she calls spirals and how that affects her ability to have normal relationships. Aza has OCD and while it’s never actually mentioned that’s what she has its very clear in reading her thought patterns.

I gave this book ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 stars

What I liked about the book:

I liked that this book is accurate to mental health issues and gives good representation of what it’s like to have OCD. I love the relationship that transpires between Davis and Aza. I also really liked that Aza was able to work through her OCD by the end of the book after something triggered her need to be in the hospital

What I didn’t like about this book:
I didn’t like how Daisy sometimes invalidates how Aza feels because she thinks Aza doesn’t understand her and is too wrapped up in herself. I hated that while Daisy said she understood Aza had a mental disorder she didn’t really try and understand that disorder. I also didn’t like how Davis felt that he HAD to pay off Daisy and Aza to not give information they knew about his dad disappearing to the police.

Would I recommend this book to others:
Yes I would, I believe that this is an excellent view of what it’s like to have mental health issues and people for should read it for no other reason than to understand mental health issues.

The Hate U Give Review

THUG

This book follows Starr, a witness to her friend Kahlil’s murder by a police officer and the effects of that murder on her and those around her. Kahlil was unarmed at the time and it is basically a fiction account of what Happened in Ferguson, MO.

I rated this book ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/ 5 stars for the following reasons:

What I liked about the book:
I like that the book mentions both Drake (a Canadian Rapper) and Tupac. I also like how it explains where Tupac’s THUGLIFE comes from and the meaning behind it. This book is extremely well researched and thought out. It has relevant and factual things in the book. I found it very profound when Starr was describing how at 12 her parents had to have “the talk” with her but it wasn’t about the birds and the bees but how to talk to a cop if she ever had a run in with one. The book makes you uncomfortable in so many ways and is so thought-provoking. By the end of chapter 2, I’m already crying and emotional. The contrast reading about African American role models as opposed to generally white role models is as different as apples and oranges. White culture has heard of them and we realize their significance (or do we really?) in the civil rights movements but the importance of people like Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr, and Hewey Newton are emphasized 1,000,000x more in black culture. And do we really realize their significance and importance like African Americans do? Not even by half. Their recognition and importance are at a point that is much higher than a white person could ever realize. This book brings in focus that no matter someone’s circumstance, what sin they committed or why they committed it, they are someone’s family and that family loves them dearly and that person’s life is worth something. It also brings into focus that just because we hear something on the news about someone doesn’t necessarily mean that the news and the media are telling 100% of the truth. And that person still deserves justice. It’s so crazy to me that doing culturally black traditions and speaking the same way culturally that a black person speaks makes an African American person “hood” but it makes a white person some sort of screwed up version of cool. What kind of non-sensical racist B*llSh*t is that?!?! I also thought it was crazy that Starr felt like she had to be a totally different person at school than she is when she’s in her own neighborhood because heaven forbid a white rich kid felt that she was a “hoodrat” or a “thug”. You really have to think when you have to question yourself about if you’re betraying your race, what is wrong with a society that allows us to think this way? Or why such systematic racism is so ingrained in us in the first place that we think this is normal? You never really think about how ingrained systematic racism is until it has been put right in front of you and pointed out. You never really think about how the things you say can be construed as racist until you have it brought to your attention. I enjoy how well Starr and her dad bond, how tight they are. But I also enjoy the closeness she has with all her family members. The way that Starr and Chris can so easily make up after a fight is so endearing and mature. My heart broke when it came to Seven letting it all out on Iesha, how a son can feel so much hate for his mama breaks me. The whole book was extremely engaging.

What I didn’t like:
The only thing I didn’t like was that this book made me so uncomfortable in spots. Not because of the writing style or the subject matter but because I recognized things that I have done that could have hurt people of minorities or could have been construed negatively. I dislike that it took me out of my realm but it so much needed to be done.

Would I recommend this book?:
A million times over I would recommend this book! This topic is so important and it absolutely needs to be read by every single person, of ever single race. And it needs to be talked about until this systematic racism that happens, doesn’t happen anymore. 

Every Last Lie Review

Every Last Lie

Every Last Lie Review

✩✩✩✩/5

I won this book on good reads in like May of 2017. I have to say, I don’t even know why I waited so long to read this. It was a very enjoyable book. This book follows Clara, her daughter Maise, young baby Felix (although we don’t see much of him in this book), and her husband Nick and the story of how he died and what really happened. It flips between the present day and Clara wading through all the clues of her husband’s death and past to the days and weeks before Nick’s accident.

What I liked about the book:
I liked that it had a strong plot line. The characters were mostly likable, there were a few that weren’t at all likable but I think that the author realized this and that’s what made the story so much better. I absolutely loved that I could not predict the plot line of this book. The twists in the book were so perfectly placed that they made me excited to read more. All in all, I feel like the plot was well thought out, the character growth was extremely well done.

What I didn’t like about this book:
To be honest there is not much I didn’t like about the book. The only thing I really didn’t like is the terrible plot twist with Izzy. I hated that she turned out to be a crazy a*hole lunatic at the end. It disappointed me that a character I felt so much pity for because of how little people realized her worth turned into such a garbage person. It actually enraged me. Other than that I really enjoyed the book. I also didn’t like how Clara did not seem to care about her kids and often times neglected them because she was too wrapped up in her own grief and trying to find out who murdered her husband to take care of them properly.

Would I recommend this book:
Yes, a million times over Yes! I feel like many people could really enjoy this book if they really read it and took the book in. It really is a well-written book.

**********I would like to thank Goodreads, the publisher, and the author for their generosity in giving this arc for the giveaway.**********