Akata Witch/What Sunny Saw in the Flames Series by Nnedi Okorafor
Twelve-year-old Sunny lives in Nigeria, but she was born American. Her features are African, but she’s albino. She’s a terrific athlete, but can’t go out into the sun to play soccer. There seems to be no place where she fits in. And then she discovers something amazing she is a “free agent” with latent magical power. Soon she’s part of a quartet of magic students, studying the visible and invisible, learning to change reality. But will it be enough to help them when they are asked to catch a career criminal who knows magic too?
An ingenious code hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci. A desperate
race through the cathedrals and castles of Europe. An astonishing truth
concealed for centuries … unveiled at last.
While in Paris, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is awakened by a
phone call in the dead of the night. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been
murdered inside the museum, his body covered in baffling symbols. As Langdon
and gifted French cryptologist Sophie Neveu sort through the bizarre riddles,
they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Leonardo
da Vinci—clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the
Even more startling, the late curator was involved in the Priory of
Sion—a secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Victor Hugo, and
Da Vinci—and he guarded a breathtaking historical secret. Unless Langdon and
Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle—while avoiding the faceless adversary
who shadows their every move—the explosive, ancient truth will be lost forever.
I. Love. This. Book. So much!
I have been wanting to read it for so long and I’m so glad I finally got the
chance. I listen to a lot of audiobooks at work and I have been trying to get a
hold of the audiobook of the Da Vinci
Code from my local libraries for months now, but it has not been available.
Some lucky star must have been smiling down upon me, because a few weeks ago I
got given a big bag of audiobooks from a friend, and lo and behold, the Da Vinci Code was hidden in the huge
pile of Nordic Noir (a genre I don’t really read at all). I find it incredibly
satisfying and symbolic (ha!) that I had to search this hard to find a book
centred on the quest to find a sacred object.
Before reading this book I had
seen the film, so I was already familiar with the plotline, but the Dan Brown
books just have so much more details than any film could ever include. I
learned so many cool facts when reading this book, like why villain and village
are derived from the same word, and that the planet Venus moves in a perfect
pentagram across the sky over an 8-year cycle. These are not exactly world
changing or very practical facts, but they are the kind of small titbits of
interesting knowledge that my Ravenclaw brain totally adores. I love learning
these little things just for the sake of knowing them, not because they will
ever be of much use to me. In my opinion, they make the world just a bit more
The film had stayed
surprisingly true to the book, at least in the first half. In the second half
there were bigger differences, which made reading the book a lot more fun. This
novel is a true page-turner, and keeps up a high pace throughout. It is one of
those books that you just can’t put down. This is my favourite Dan Brown novel
I’ve read so far. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes mystery, history,
and cool facts. Be prepared to be completely drawn into this mysterious story.
“Kaz leaned back. “What’s the easiest way to steal a man’s wallet?”
“Knife to the throat?” asked Inej.
“Gun to the back?” said Jesper.
“Poison in his cup?” suggested Nina.
“You’re all horrible,” said Matthias.”