Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Review: Angels and Demons (Robert Langdon #1)

Links: Goodreads

Rating: 3.5 / 5

For me this is one of the hardest books to review. It's a love-hate thing. And before I start this review I want to state something because I know people are probably going to misconstrue this review. I am in no way saying that this is a bad book, not at all. This is actually a really good book and I would recommend it to people IF they haven’t just read another Dan Brown novel before it. And that is a BIG IF.

I have had my fair share of thrillers and can tell when a book is worth reading or not. Plot twists, cliff hangers and the end of chapters, an author's ability to describe fast paced scenes, all of these are main and crucial elements to a great thriller and Angels and Demons is a book that really combines them all.
This is probably the only thriller that I read where I once actually gasped OUT LOUD. I did get weird look but I was so engrossed in the book that I didn't care.

This novel also touches on the ever lasting debate of science vs religion. This is a very sensitive issue to be discussing but I think that it was portaited beautifully. It showed the good and the evil people on each side, the crazy ones and the one's who do everything in their power to try to build bridges between the two sides. There was no actual winner here, just the issue itself discussed over the events in the novel. This was probably the best thing about this novel.

But, The romance part completely SUCKED

Although Angels and Demons is a great thriller in my opinion, the little romance that Dan Brown tried to put into this novel seems too cheesy as if he just forced it in there. It is absolutely unbelievable and I got completely frustrated by it. It just doesn't work. I don't want to spoil it for you .... but UGH!!! SERIOUSLY!!!!!

TO DO: Write Letter to Dan Brown Expressing Hate!!!! 

Predictable.... well kinda

 I had already read another 2 of Dan Brown's books and I have noticed that there is serious, bit time, repetition, not only in his style but in how the story ends for the main character. (Im not talking about how the novel ends but about what happens with the main character after it does) The 2 other novels ended the same for the main character. I knew exactly what was going to happen.

This shouldn't be this big of an issue if this is your first Dan Brown novel though.

If you decide to start reading this novel then Google Images will be your best friend. Dan Brown desribes alot of locations, monuments, statues, artifacts. You could just imagine it in your head as he describes it or you could look it up online and see how it really looks.

Final Words: This is a really good thriller. Not the best, but really good. Although the romance part almost ruined it for me I tried to overlook that and focus on the main story line which was exhilarating at times. 


  1. Hi Mohamed!

    Nice blog and review of Dan Brown! It's actually pretty funny. I wrote a column about his work as well on Examiner, but I don't write for them anymore. What are you currently reading? I'm reading some Stephen King.

    See you later,

    ~Jackie Sonnenberg

    1. Hey Jackie.

      Thanks for your comment. I appreciate it. I would also love to read what you wrote on Examiner. Could you give me a link?

      I am currently reading Mockingjay. That's the third book in the Hunger Games series. It has gotten quite darker and I'm kinda liking that.

      Also I have been wanting to read something by Stephen King for as long as I can remember. Can you recommend me something?