Angels and Demons- Book Review 📚

Hello world!

How’s everyone doing? It’s really been a while since I last spoke with ya’ll… I think that whenever I say “oh, I’ll be posting regularly now!” it’s just never happens. So from now on, no more promises. I’ll try to keep on posting as much as I can! I love writing so much so don’t worry, I’m not going to stop anytime soon. Anyway, for today’s blog I’m back with another book review! This time it’s on “Angels and Demons”, by Dan Brown. I actually bought this book while I was on a fun day with my mum in Tel Aviv! I shared that with you guys, and told you that after I’m done reading it, I’ll post an update with my review and thoughts. So here it is!

I’ll start off by saying that I’ve heard a lot of good things about Dan Brown’s work- my mum read almost all of his books, so I think that during my childhood seeing his name written over so many books in our living room library kind of got me into the mood.

“Angels and Demons” is a book in which there are many perspectives and storylines going on at the same time, and by the end of it they all come together and become one. I love these types of books, and Brown made it very simple for the reader to follow without getting lost. The main point of view is Robert Langdon’s, a Harvard professor, that one day is asked to identify a weird symbol on a dead scientist’s chest. He quickly realizes that the symbol belongs to the secret brotherhood “Illuminati”. The Illuminati was a known enemy of the Catholic church, and soon enough Robert finds himself stuck in a dangerous and deadly battle between science and religion.

That’s all I can say without giving the whole book and plotline away- I’m going to try and keep this review as spoiler less as possible.

I think that it’s best to firstly get this out of the way- it is truly a great book. It has so many twists and surprises within it, and just as you think that you know what’s going on, you find out that you really don’t. It is the kind of book that will keep you wanting to know more- you could definitely binge read it. A specific thing that I loved about the book is how educational it is. Everything but the plotline is real- every place or fact. I loved how smart the book makes you feel while reading it- you get educated on the history of Rome, the Vatican, the Catholic church, certain artists, science, and more! It is well written, in a way that is easy to understand and take in without confusing or mixing things up.

Most of the characters are smart and good at decision making in my opinion, which always makes the book more interesting and easy to relate to- they’re not being stupid or doing dumb things just to mess the plot up- they’re always making the most realistic choices, and that for sure helps make the book more interesting and intriguing as the characters are acting exactly as they should.

Besides being a very good book, with a very good plotline, there were two main things that kind of bothered me while I was reading. It’s something that I would like to know before reading a book- maybe it’s the feminist in me, but it’s important to mention in my opinion. The first one being the fact that there were about three “active” female characters in the whole book. Sure, we’re told a bit about Saint Maria, or other Christian saints, but apart from that there are three. The first one, Maria, that’s dead, and we only barely see her in “flashbacks”, another one, Chinita Macri, that literally only exists to put her male co- worker in a better light, and Vittoria Vetra, the other main character, which I would elaborate on more in a minute. There are a few other female characters that are being shown every now and then, but I’m pretty sure that those are the only female characters that have names, and are being talked about or with more than once or twice. The underrepresentation of women in the book really annoyed and angered me at times while reading it, and even though I know that this book was written a while ago (May 2000, to be exact) I still think that more women could’ve been part of the plotline.

The second thing that bothered me, again looking at the book from a more of a feminist perspective, is Vittoria Vetra’s character. Vittoria is supposed to be a smart scientist, who’s also very connected to her religion and God. However, at times while reading I noticed that she doesn’t act like a woman at all- of course, there isn’t a way that a woman should be acting, but still- after been through so much trauma, after loosing so much- the first thing she does is throw herself at the closest man possible. When her body was about to be violated by someone else, without her consent, all she did was “have fire in her eyes”, whatever that means. I get that different people act differently in certain situations, but for me, it really felt as if the person who came up with her character never spoke to a real woman before. It seemed like she was written based off a fantasy or a very strong stereotype. Adding that to the fact that she was the only “main” woman character in the book, I found it quite disappointing. While reading the book, I felt like instead of empowering women, Vittoria’s character only strengthen the stereotypes surrounding them.

To conclude everything up- I loved the book. Truly. I would definitely look forward to reading more books by Dan Brown, and maybe even re-read “Angels and Demons” some time as well. I would recommend this book to anyone who’s interesting in learning in a unique and interesting way, as well as anyone who loves adventures and thriller. However, this book isn’t perfect, and the underrepresentation of women, as well as the way they’re described in the book bothered me.

I really hope that you enjoyed reading this review, and that I’m getting better at it! Usually I’d like to give more of my opinion on the storyline, but in “Angels and Demons” there are so many plot twists, that I wouldn’t be able to do it without giving the whole book away.

If you’d like to buy the book, you can get it right here

Thanks so much for reading, if you made it this far- I appreciate it! If you’ve already read the book, let me know what are your thoughts on it! Do you agree with mine? What are books that you’d recommend? Make sure to drink tons of water, and take care of your physical and mental health. And wear a mask! The pandemic isn’t over just yet!

See you soon, and take care!

Toodles! 🦄

-Ocean girl

Records & A Book Haul

Hello World, and welcome to blogmas day fourteen!

How have you all been? Since yesterday I had time to visit my friend, and we really had a blast talking, listen to music and watch some episodes of How I Met You Mother. But anyway… A few days ago I uploaded the fun day in Tel Aviv blog, in which I told you that I bought a few new records and a book. So in today’s blog I thought that it would be cool to post a haul of what I got! I’m already gonna say this, if you’re here for the book then just know that there’s only one 🙂 I couldn’t find anything else that I liked. So yeah lol let’s just go right into it, starting with the records as I bought them first :))

Ed Sheeran – ×

This record is probably my favorite Ed Sheeran album, I’ve listen to it so many times back in 2017-18. It was the first album that I recognized in the store, so my mum was kind enough to get it for me. I like how the record looks, and I would definitely recommend it.

You can get this record right here if you’d like!

Michael Jackson- Bad

My favorite MJ album! It’s a used one, but honestly it works fine and I love it. My favorite songs from this record are probably “Man In The Mirror”, “Smooth Criminal” and “The Way You Make Me Feel”. But really all of the songs are awesome. I would really recommend it, especially if you like old kind of pop!

You can get this record right here if you’d like!

Ariana Grande- Yours Truly

Again, probably my favorite album from this artist! I also love TUN, but I got excited that I could find an older album! I could buy TUN from her website any day, but YT is a little bit harder to find I think. Anyway, I love this record and the songs on this album, would 10/10 recommend. While listening to it again I realized how similar to Mariah Carey Ariana Grande sounds.

You can get this record right here if you’d like!

Dan Brown- Angels and Demons

And lastly, the book! I randomly found this book in an old shop, and decided to get it. I heard so much good feedback about Brown’s work so I’m excited to check it out. I’m planning to finish reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets today so I’ll start reading this book soon! I’ll tell you what I think about it once I’m done. If you’ve read it, let me know what you thought about it!

You can get this book right here if you’d like!

And that’s about it for today! This is the second book- related blog this blogmas, and what about it. I hope that you enjoyed reading this, and I’d like to thank you for doing so. Stick around if you’d like to see previous posts of mine, and follow for future blogmas posts! Take care of yourself! See you tomorrow.

Toodles! 🌻

-ocean girl

Top 5 Books That I’ve Read During 2020

Hello world, and welcome to blogmas day thirteen! 🍂

How are you all? I hope that you’re doing well! Not a lot changed since yesterday- I posted blogmas day twelve kind of late, so ever since then I had time to take my dog out, eat breakfast and shower lmao. And here I am, writing this 🙂 I love reading books so much, so I figure that making a blog dedicated to books will be a good idea. 2020 has been a rough year, physically for some people, and mentally for others. I know many people that dealt with quarantine differently- some watched TV, others saw movies, read books or listened to music. Sadly I barely read during lockdown, partly because I was so mentally exhausted everyday, and partly because I just wasn’t in the mood to deal with characters’ lives and worlds, when I could barely figure out what’s going on in my own. But even though I didn’t read as much as I would’ve liked to, I have read some books, and here are my top 5, in no particular order.

1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

So this one is kind of a classic that I’ve read twice this year. It’s really festive, cozy and comforting. I love the Harry Potter series, and I really recommend it if you’re looking for something nice to read. In case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s a short recap for you- The book is following Harry Potter, who lives with his awful aunt, uncle and cousin. On his 11th birthday, Harry finds out that he’s a wizard, and not just any wizard, but the only one who survived a killing curse. Harry starts to go to Hogwarts- the school for wizards and witches. Along with his friends, Ron and Hermione, Harry finds out that something strange is up at Hogwarts. Together, they figure out the troubles and face a one of the strongest wizard in the wizarding world.

You can get Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone right here!

2. My Favorite Murder- Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff & Georgia Hardstark

Even though I didn’t include it in my podcast recommendations post, My Favorite Murder is one of my favorite podcasts! I especially listened to it in the beginning of the year, so I got super excited when I found out that they wrote a book! My Favorite Murder is a crime podcast, but in their book Karen and Georgia tell real stories from their life, each of them ending with a life lesson. I really enjoyed reading their book, and might even read it again in 2021! I would recommend reading this book even if you haven’t listened to too many episodes of MFM, or even if you don’t really like true crime that much. The stories are really interesting and inspiring! I loved it <33

You can get My Favorite Murder- Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered right here!

3. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Twilight is another classic, honestly. I know that many people have mixed feelings about this book series, but I personally think that it’s quite nostalgic and cozy in a way. I read this book in Hebrew, so that’s why it’s in Hebrew in the picture. This book follows Bella Swan, who moves to live in Forks with her father. She falls in love with a guy named Edward Cullen from her biology class. However, she soon finds out that maybe Edward isn’t as normal as she thinks he is… This book is really cute and romantic, and I would recommend it if you’re looking for a new series to dive into :))

You can get Twilight right here!

4. Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

The same book as Twilight, except from Edward’s point of view. I don’t think that I’ll speak too much about it, as I previously wrote a whole review on the book! You can read it here if you’d like. If not, let me just say that it’s such a great book, especially if you liked Twilight. You get to learn so much more about the characters and about Edward and his thoughts. But anyway, great book. Would rate 10/10 no doubt.

You can get Midnight Sun right here!

5. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Okayy so this last one is definitely one of the best books I’ve ever read. It literally broke me. Not kidding. I had to rearange my entire room after reading it, cause I just couldn’t stand being trapped in there anymore. I’m not even gonna give you a short recap because I’ll start to cry. If you love romance- READ IT. It’s so damn good. Just trust me.

You can get Me Before You right here!

AND THAT’S IT FOR TODAY!

Thank you so much for choosing to spend your time reading my blog. I hope that you’ll give any of the books a read- they’re really good, trust me! Let me know which are your favorite books? Especially ones that you’ve read in 2020. Follow if you’d like to see future blogmas, and stick around to read previous posts! Take care of yourself, it’s super important! See you tomorrow, hopefully!

Toodles! 🌥️

-ocean girl

Book Review: Midnight Sun 🦇

Hello World!

How have you all been? I hope that all is well. I was planning on making this blog for a while now, but for some reason I have been putting it off. Maybe it’s because recently I discovered this game you might’ve heard of, “Among Us”, and I love it so much! My friends and I play it often, and I really recommend it if you’re looking for a new game new to play 🙂 But apart from that, I finished reading “Midnight Sun” by Stephenie Meyer, the author of the well- known book series the “Twilight” saga. The books are about a 17 years old girl named Bella Swan, that moves to live with her father in Forks, Washington. She falls in love with a guy named Edward Cullen, who happened to be a vampire. Of course many other things unfold in the books, but I wouldn’t know because I’ve never read past the first one (though after reading “Midnight Sun”, I feel like I should).

Even though the main subject of the books is Bella and Edward’s love story, there are many other things going on in Forks, that the two have to deal with. The series is being told from Bella’s perspective and her point of view. The series has four books if I remember correctly (though there are a few books that are somewhat related to the series that the author wrote later on).

“Midnight Sun” is another book in TTS series, except Meyer isn’t sharing a new plot- it’s the first book, “Twilight”, re-written from Edward Cullen’s point of view. Meyer started writing it way back in 2008, but stopped once the first twelve chapters got leaked to the internet. However, she still finished it and released it on August 4, 2020.

I pre-ordered the book, and received it some time during August. I finished it during the third week of September. But before I can share my thoughts on the book, let me tell you my history with “Twilight”.

So I actually got the book by accident. Kind of. Back in 2016, when I was 13, my dad and I were inside a “second hand” book shop. They had this sale of “buy 4, get 1 free” or something like that, and while my dad was paying he told me to pick the fifth book. I was caught off guard, I saw a book cover of two hands holding an apple that seemed familiar, so I was like “okay!” and got it. I later read it, and well, actually really liked it. I don’t know- I found it quite funny, easy to read and very romantic. I’ve read it quite a few times, but never went on to read the rest of the books in the series. Then later on, during 2017 (I think), I watched the first movie and hated it. “Hate” is a strong word, but I highly disliked it. Even though I love Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart and think that they’re both very talented, I really did not like how they represented the characters. It’s probably not their fault, but for example, something that I really liked about Edward in the books is how funny and sarcastic he is. In the movies, however, some stuff that was said in the books as a joke, came out as very serious and creepy. But! alas, I stopped watching the movies OR reading the books. The media told me that I shouldn’t like anything that has to do with vampires or “Twilight” at all, but more on that later.

Then, during quarantine, I was cleaning my book shelf when I saw the “Twilight” book, and decided to re-read it, as a 17 years old and not a child. Re-reading the book made me realize so many things. One, yes, there were many things that I no longer found romantic or cute. But two, I realized how the media made the “Twilight” saga seem like something so inappropriate and wrong, when in reality it’s actually a good book series. I’ve came across this video “Dear Stephenie Meyer” which explains it perfectly. You should totally watch it if you’re interested in TTS.

After re-reading “Twilight”, I found out that “Midnight Sun” was coming out, and knew that I had to read it. So I did. And here are my thoughts on it-

Let me start off by saying- I LOVED IT. Even though I’ve never read any other book in TTS, I already know that, in my opinion, it’s better then the rest of them. Because, well, I could relate to Edward’s mind better. The book is way longer, with over 700 pages, but that is because Edward is an over-thinker. And boy, so am I. In the book you get to learn more about the way Edward sees things (duh). You get to know his character better, and love him better. Something that made me really like him more is seeing how he’s being too hard on himself, and how insecure he is. Reading his perspective made him a whole lot more likable and relatable. Before, when I only read “Twilight”, I saw him as a snob. But now I got to see how he’s also dealing with stuff. Another person that you get to know more of is actually Bella. See, the original book is from her point of view, and you only get to know her from her own thoughts and feelings. But now, in “Midnight Sun”, a softer side of her is being shown. She comes off selfless, funnier and way smarter.

But going back to Edward, something that really bothered me about him was how he was basically telling Bella what to do all the time, being way overprotective and bossing her around. But after reading his side I realized how desperate he was to get that “yes” from her for every single thing, and how he always makes sure that she agrees to everything without his presence influencing her.

Of course we also get to know the Cullens and their history in “Midnight Sun”. We get to learn more about each of their stories, how they hunt, their dynamic as a family and even their inside jokes. We also get to read what Edward and his fam were doing while Bella was busy by herself in “Twilight”.

Honestly, I don’t really know what else to add besides what I already said. The book is VERY well written and you can clearly see how Meyer developed as an author over the years. Edward’s perspective is interesting, funny, and even got me to think about my own life and choices. If this is your first time reading TTS, I would recommend starting off with “Twilight” first. Maybe even finish the rest of the series, unlike me. Whatever you choose to do, I would recommend reading “Midnight Sun”. It’s a really good book, and I would definitely re-visit and read it again someday. Maybe even in the near future 🙂

Hopefully you enjoyed this review, as I tried my best to make it interesting and explain the backstory to everything instead of just saying “ya, it’s good”. Sorry again for taking so long to post blogs lately, online school is sucking the life out of me, like a vampire loll, but I definitely try ❤ Feel free to stick around in order to read more posts, or even follow my blog for future content. If you’ve read the book, let me know what you thought of it! I’d love to talk to you about it.

As always, please make sure to take care of yourself, of your mental and physical health. I will catch up with you soon in another blog 🙂

Toodles!! 🥯

-ocean girl