on Nov. 2, 2011 :
The book follows Will Emerson Jr and Jordyn Quig, as they look for an ancient artifact, the Book of Raziel, that is a book believed to be written by the Archangel Raziel containing all the knowledge in the world and for that priceless.
It holds the power to do both good and evil and should it fall into the wrong hands it would mean...well the Apocalypse.
Will's parents are archaeologists, always traveling around the world, mostly Jerusalem where Will spend his summers and met several archaeology-related vips like professors etc.
His mother disappeared when he was little leaving him alone with his father, who was hardly in the book...being incessantly busy.
Jordyn on the other side, grew up with her father, a rich and famous video-game developer, since her mother abandoned her when she was very little. Throughout the book she seems fed up with the attention her father's name attracts to her and finds the people who approach her for this, shallow and distasteful.
When she signs up to Will's school, she is immediately approached by the popular clique, a company of teens who are cocky, rude and ridicule people who are there on a scholarship criticizing their lack of money and their need to wear second-hand clothes.
Both Will and Jordyn rise to the occasion, Jordyn by defending and befriending such a girl, Deirdre and Will by not succumbing to Logan's insults. I found Will's faith and courageous bravery quite refreshing and the scene in which he has just gotten beaten up and recites the part of the bible where it says to turn the other cheek, quite striking.
The plot flows easily and even though in the beginning it is a bit vague and you are not sure what is going to happen, a few chapters in you understand that it is all about the Book of Raziel and how people, both good and evil look for it all for their own selfish reasons.
The writing style was very good, as it was descriptive enough to pull you in and make you "picture" things, and loose enough not to burden you with unnecessary details that would clutter your mind.
I have to admit though that the ending was a surprise to me. I could really see how it could end like that for Will, since he was a deeply religious person who had suffered a loss and carried feelings of loss and longing to find his mother again, but for Jordyn I'm not so sure.
The scene between her and Oisin was a bit far-stretched for me. I mean the whole "Love forever" thing felt a bit arbitrary to me and I didn't feel it. They had only interacted like thrice? I could see the whole thing about the grace of God and all, but it just didn't do it for me in her case.
That being said, I have to admit that I was a sucker for the relationship between Jordyn and Will and I loved the platonic/friendship aspect of it. It is one of the rare cases where I am completely fine with the two protagonists not being a couple too. All their scenes were satisfying and engrossing and you could really enjoy the warmth and intimacy of their relationship too, which speaks volumes for the author's skills.
Give this book a try you wont regret it! XD
(reviewed 11 months after purchase)