Angels and Demons

“If a person truly cares about you, they’ll get more pleasure from the way they make you feel, rather than the way you make them feel.” – Colleen Hoover, ‘Confess’

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Title: ‘Confess’

Author: Colleen Hoover

Publisher: Atria Books

My Rating: *****

This book is definitely five stars all the way. Colleen Hoover has a way of really capturing the Romantic/drama genre all the while capturing your heart with each turn of the page.

‘Confess’ tells the story of Auburn Reed, a young teenager in the mist of young love with her boyfriend who is terminally ill. When her first love disappears from her life forever she doesn’t think she will ever be able to look at someone the same way again. That is until years later when she walks into an art studio advertising a job in Texas.  To her surprise the art is not the only thing that intrigues her within the gallery and she soon finds herself enthralled by the artist behind it, Owen Gentry.

When Auburn puts her heart on the line once again, she soon discovers that Owen is hiding some secrets that may change the way she feels about him forever. How the past intertwines with the present may result in destruction of everything or will it strike discovery of not only herself but also her heart?

Owen doesn’t want anything to mess up what he has with Auburn but he can’t seem to stop the truth from hurting his chances. It seems all he has to do to save their relationship is confess… but will he? Owen is afraid the truth is more destructive than the actual act and bearing it all may just be the last straw.

A gripping tale of love between two people and how fate can play an important part in life. I highly suggest this book and any of Colleen Hoover’s novels. You will not be able to put them down!  

 

 

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Dan Brown’s ‘The Da Vinci Code’

“What really matters is what you believe.”– Dan Brown

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Title: ‘The Da Vinci Code’

Author: Dan Brown

Publisher: Anchor

Rating: *****

So I am super late in the game but decided a couple months ago to read ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and to my surprise I finished it within two days of picking it up. I also didn’t realize at the time that ‘The Da Vinci Code’ is the second book in the Robert Landon series written by Dan Brown. ‘Angels and Demon’s’ is the first book in the series which I read next after this. (So basically I read them backwards-personally after reading both I don’t think it really matters the order they are read.)  With a passion for Art myself, The Da Vinci code’s vast abundance of true art historical facts is what I found to be the most interesting aspect of the book. It was like taking a journey through time all the while uncovering information on things I thought I had already known all the answers to.

The book follows a religious Art Historian by the name of Robert Langdon. One night while he is in Paris he receives a phone call in the middle of the night. The curator of the Louvre has been murdered and what is left on his body is just the beginning of a race for answers to mind boggling symbols leading to different clues. Langdon and the curator’s daughter, Sophie Neveu, soon find themselves on a mission to decipher through the bizarre riddles that are left before them and become stunned to discover a pattern of clues hidden deep within the works of Leonardo da Vinci.

One thing I found most interesting is some of these clues are images that have existed in Leonardo da Vinci’s painting for centuries and to one person are perceived a certain way. Therefore I ask myself, why all of a sudden do I notice these symbols in a different way just as I have begun to read Dan Brown’s book?  Not only does Dan Brown disguise his cryptic clues in a never ending path throughout the story but he also lets us into the ingeniously disguised clues that lie within da Vinci’s most famous works of art. This is what I believe makes this particular novel of his enriching.

As Langdon and Sophie race through the cathedrals and mansions of Europe they sort through bizarre riddles finding answers to not only the reasoning behind her Grandfather’s death but also secrets about Sophie’s own past. Unless Langdon and Sophie can figure out the labyrinthine puzzles while avoiding the people who are going after the same thing then the ancient truth may seize to exist.