Saturday, October 22, 2016

Book Review: Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Words in Deep Blue
by Cath Crowley
Published August 30th 2016
Published by Pan Australia
Purchase: Pan MacMillan Australia


This is a love story.

It's the story of Howling Books, where readers write letters to strangers, to lovers, to poets.

It's the story of Henry Jones and Rachel Sweetie. They were best friends once, before Rachel moved to the sea.

Now, she's back, working at the bookstore, grieving for her brother Cal and looking for the future in the books people love, and the words they leave behind.


Cath Crowley doesn't disappoint with her beautiful writing. And oh, the story of best friends turned lovers in a bookstore romance is probably every bookworm's dream. Love, love, love this book a lot and I love Cath Crowley a lot. Her Graffiti Moon will forever be one of my most favorite books in the universe but while I can't say the same for Words in Deep Blue, it's still the kind of book that I'll be recommending to friends in the years to come. It's sweet and tragic and beautiful all at the same time.

It has been months since I've read a YA book because I've been focused on reading classics and books about religion, science and morality, and the reason for that was because I lost interest in YA. I couldn't finish the YA books I was reading at the time. It felt like everything I read, I've already a thousand times and characters were just unbearable. I honestly feared that I have already outgrown YA but turns out, I was just reading the wrong books.

Thank you Cath Crowley for returning my faith to YA. Henry and Rachel are lovable characters. Henry is an idiot but extremely adorable and Rachel is a difficult character but nevertheless understandable. And I love them both to pieces. And oh goodlords, George and Martin! They are both funny and their interactions were to die for! And mygods, Cal too! It was so difficult to read Cal's letters - literally - because my tears would just flow spontaneously everytime and it was hard to read through tears!

The only downside of this book is Amy. Cath didn't even try to make her likable. She was already repulsive the moment she was introduced. If anything, I felt sorry for Amy that she was made into a plot device who has no character development whatsoever but in the big scheme of things, so to speak, her role in the book works really well for someone like me who abhors love triangles because this would've been more heartbreaking to read than it already is.

I've adored Cath Crowley for a long time and I'm so happy that she finally has a new release and that I got a hold of this book. it's really difficult for me to get physical books published only in Australia and I'm hoping that Knopf moves the US release sooner so that more people can read the beauty that is Words in Deep Blue in the soonest time possible!

Rating: 4.5/5 stars!
Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Book Review: Blood, Bullets, and Bones: The Story of Forensic Science from Sherlock Homes to DNA by Bridget Heos

Blood, Bullets, and Bones: The Story of Forensic Science from Sherlock Holmes to DNA 
by Bridget Heos
Expected publication: October 4th 2016
Published by: Balzer + Bray

Ever since the introduction of DNA testing, forensic science has been in the forefront of the public’s imagination, thanks especially to popular television shows like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. But forensic analysis has been practiced for thousands of years. Ancient Chinese detectives studied dead bodies for signs of foul play, and in Victorian England, officials used crime scene photography and criminal profiling to investigate the Jack the Ripper murders. In the intervening decades, forensic science has evolved to use the most cutting-edge, innovative techniques and technologies.

In this book, acclaimed author Bridget Heos uses real-life cases to tell the fascinating history of modern forensic science, from the first test for arsenic poisoning to fingerprinting, firearm and blood spatter analysis, DNA evidence, and all the important milestones in between. By turns captivating and shocking, Blood, Bullets, and Bones demonstrates the essential role forensic science has played in our criminal justice system.


This is my first time to review a nonfiction book and this is also the first nonfiction I've read this year! I'm not big on nonfics but after seeing this on Edelweiss, I just couldn't not read it because forensic science!

After reading Blood, Bullets, and Bones, I feel like I now have what it takes to solve a cold case. But of course that's a stretch. 

Point is: I learned so many things from this book. From the science of murder investigations to the State laws (which doesn't really have any significance to me unless Philippines and USA have the same laws but it's nonetheless interesting.)

Serial killers stories have always fascinated (and terrified) me. Sometimes, I'd spend several hours on r/unsolvedmystery and other parts of the Internet just reading about real life murder stories and cold cases. But reading this book, I have come to the conclusion that murder investigations are 10000000x even more captivating and impressive. Science truly is amazing. But even if it has greatly evolved compared to centuries ago, it's true that it's still lacking in some aspects and the state laws still have several loopholes.

It's so depressing to read about people who were wrongfully convicted of crimes they didn't commit only to be exonerated 30 years later. In worse cases, they die from death sentence before their innocence is proved several years later. But, it's also terrifying when the ones who truly committed the crime gets acquitted only to confess to it after.

This book is very fast paced. There were no dull moments because it doesn't linger very long on any one case and the accounts are all brief and straight to the point, and neutral too. The transitions between stories are very smooth as well which made this unputdownable.

I rarely read nonfiction books (If I do at all) but for me this was a really good read.

Disclaimer: An early review copy was received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5 stars
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