Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Crystal Skull by Manda Scott - interesting concept but kind of a boring read

 My Rate: ☠☠☠☠ (2/10 Skulls)

Original Title: The Crystal Skull
Norwegian Title: Krystallhodeskallen
Written by: Manda Scott
Genre: Concpiracy, thriller
Written for: Adult
Pages: 475
Delacorte Press
Published: 2008
Published in Norway: 2008
My copy: 2008 (Hardcover)
Norwegian Publisher:
Vega Forlag
I read it: August 17 -August 27, 2011
Source: Bought


In a spellbinding blend of history, myth, and science, bestselling novelist Manda Scott unleashes a thriller that sweeps from the secrets of the Mayans to the court of a sixteenth-century queen to a shattering end-times prophecy.

It’s a lump of rock, Stella; nothing more. No stone is worth dying for.”
Except it’s not just a lump of rock. It’s a blue crystal skull made by the Maya to save the world from ruin; a sapphire so perfect, so powerful that for centuries men have killed to own or destroy it.

Ancient prophecies say that if the thirteen skulls already in existence are not reunited, the world will end on December 21, 2012. Cedric Owen, the skull’s last Keeper, died so that it might keep its secret for the next four centuries. Now Stella Cody has found it, and someone has already tried to kill her. Like Owen, she’s being hunted—but by whom?

Desperate to unravel the mystery of the crystal skull, Stella must decode Cedric Owen’s coded writings, sketches and ciphers no scholar has been able to unravel. What she discovers is astounding: a shocking secret prophecy…and the staggering puzzle of four terrifying creatures, thirteen precious stones, and what will happen if Cedric Owen’s crystal skull falls into the wrong hands. But time is against Stella. She has only days—hours—left to uncover the only secret that may yet save the world.

The date is set. Time is running out.
The end of the world starts now.

Will the world go under next year or is it all just a joke?

Prophecy is something I've always been interested in even though I don't know how it works or anything like that. It's just fascinating to read about that kind of stuff. It's an interesting phenomena to put it in that way. I've always been interested in Nostradamus. He has among with the Mayan Indians claimed that the world will go under December 21, 2012. So ... I guess we'll see what happens. Anyway, I thought this would be an exciting read or at least it sounded like to be a good read.

It's a book about Stella and Kit who is exploring a cave. Stella and her loving man, Kit, got married about a month ago. Stella is an expert when it comes to caves and her husband is an academic historian. Together they are exploring a cave in Yorkshire. Together they find a skull but not any kind of skull. It's an extraordinary skull. It's one of the 13th skulls that can stop the world of going under in 2012. On the way out of the cave Stella and Kit way separate and Kit wants Stella to bring the skull with her. Later she gets to know that the skull she is having is the same one that Cedric Owen, who had great contact with the Nostradamus, was the last keeper/guard of the very same skull. Now it's Stella's turn to keep it and she soon notice she is risking her life for it ...

Sounds really exciting, huh? That's why I had big expectations. The beginning was really captivating and promising but then it went downhill. The one story happens in 2007 and the other one sometime in 1500. When there is two stories in a book I usually like the part from the old time better than the modern but this time it was opposite. This time I preferred the modern story.

The reason why I didn't really cared so much about the book is 'cause it was very easy to see what was going to happen and the characters were very flat (I didn't get to know them good enough to care about them) and the ending wasn't surprising or interesting. When I was done reading I was more relieved than excited. It was an ok read but it's a book that I probably will forget very fast. The book didn't give me anything special. Not other than some entertainment at the start but later I was struggling to get through it.

The Crystal Skull had a great and interesting cover but that's almost the only good thing about the book. Other than that it was kind of a boring read. It has 200 pages too much! And I was always waiting for the exciting parts that never showed up! All in all it was an ok but at times a very boring read. If you decided not to read it, you won't miss a thing. Trust me!

1 comment:

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