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Young Adult Books with Black Protagonists

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?

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The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

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 painter.

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.

Thoughts

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 magical.

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.

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