Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Review: The Women in the Castle

The Women in the Castle The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"The Women in the Castle" is a historical novel about three German women during and after WWII. This is the story of Marianne von Lingenfels, an aristocrat, whose husband was a resistor and was executed in the failed July 20, 1944, attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Marianne makes a promise to her best friend, Connie, to find and protect the resistors' wives and the children in the event the plot would fail. After the war, Marianne locates Connie's son, Martin, and then his wife, Bonita. She also locates Ania and her two sons and brings them all to live with her in the Bavarian Castle owned by her husband's family. Although she continues to look for more survivors, she will only succeed to rescue these two women and their children.

This book shows the other side of the coin... the German side. It portraits how not all German believed and followed Hitler's ideologies and that many of them tried to stop this terrible war. It also portraits the challenges the German population endured after the war to rebuild their country and their lives.

This is a wonderful story of sin and redemption. A must read.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Review: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Norse MythologyNorse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is an interesting book about Norse Mythology. After reading this book, I will never look at Thor and Loki the same way. I had a few "laugh-out-loud" moments and a few "shake my head" moments too. The Norse gods are no ordinary gods!

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Review: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book in a new series by Laini Taylor. "Strange the Dreamer" is a YA novel about conquering adversity, fighting discrimination, knowing oneself and finding love. Lazlo Strange is an orphan who was raised by monks and, who through unusual circumstances, became a junior librarian. Strange has one passion and one aim in life. He needs to find out everything he can about Weep, a city which lost its name after a goddess ate it. His dream finally comes true when a group of warriors visits his city and recruits peculiar people to join them to come to the city of Weep to solve a serious problem. Lazlo is asked to join them and after many months of travel, he lays his eyes on the city of his dream. Weep is not what he expected and he is now facing his greatest challenges. Lazlo does not know his past and who he is. He will find the answers in Weep and this will not be a dream. Great start for this series.

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