fantasy · War · Young adult

Sophia, Princess Among Beasts – James Patterson & Emily Raymond ★★★★★

Blurb; A princess who has lost her mother and father finds herself in a terrifying world that urgently needs a queen.

Sophia is smart, beautiful, and accomplished, a beloved princess devoted to the people and to reading books. The kingdom is hers, until she is plunged into a nightmarish realm populated by the awful beasts she read about as a child.

The beasts are real. And so is the great army marching on her castle. The people look to Sophia for protection. They will all perish unless she can unlock an ancient secret as profound as life and death itself.

Sophia, Princess Among Beasts is a fabulous adventure, and a stunning mystery. Here again is proof of why James Patterson is the world’s most trusted storyteller.

My Review; Another one from my library pile and one of my favourite authors. This was absolutely amazing. I really fell in love with this story. It set my imagination on fire and I was sucked into this fantasy world. The cover is also beautiful and eye catching so bonus points there.

The level of description within this story is amazing especially for all the mythical beasts and people. I loved Sophia’s character. She’s brave, strong, determined and not afraid. She’s a powerful character. I loved the whole adventure with her. I would describe it as a YA, fantasy and adventure. It’s brilliant.

I would highly recommend to you all. A well deserved five stars from me. I felt sad that it ended! This is going straight into my top twenty reads of the year, it’s going to be a hard one to forget! Amazing.

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Emotional · Non-Fiction · War

*BLOG TOUR* The Prisoner’s Wife – Maggie Brookes ★★★★

Blurb; Inspired by the true story of a daring deception that plunges a courageous young woman deep into the horrors of a Nazi POW camp to be with the man she loves.

In the dead of night, a Czech farm girl and a British soldier travel through the countryside. Izabela and prisoner of war Bill have secretly married and are on the run, with Izzy dressed as a man. The young husband and wife evade capture for as long as possible–until they are cornered by Nazi soldiers with tracking dogs.

Izzy’s disguise works. The couple are assumed to be escaped British soldiers and transported to a POW camp. However, their ordeal has just begun, as they face appalling living conditions and the constant fear of Izzy’s exposure. But in the midst of danger and deprivation comes hope, for the young couple are befriended by a small group of fellow prisoners. These men become their new family, willing to jeopardize their lives to save Izzy from being discovered and shot.

My Review; Wow. What a story! The whole time I was reading this I kept reminding myself that this actually happened. Scary. Amazing. Brave. This is a real love story right here. What would you do for love? It’s going to take a long time to ever forget about this story.

Imagine being a woman undercover in all those camps. Having to hide the most basic things including going mute, toilet, getting dressed, mother nature and much more. Finding out who you can trust to help and keep your secrets… The couple found some amazing friends to help them through it all. The poor woman must have been constantly frightened to death about being found out.

Highly recommend. An eye-opening, hard hitting and brutally honest read. A well deserved four stars from me.

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Non-Fiction · War

The Diary of Anne Frank – Abridged by Mirjam Pressler ★★★★★

Blurb; Anne Frank
Born in 1929 in Germany, Anne Frank spent two years of her life in astonishing circumstances: she was hidden with seven other people in a nest of rooms in Amsterdam.

The Diary of a Young Girl
Her diary tells of the life of a group of Jews waiting in fear of discovery by the Nazis. Yet within it, a tender love story slowly unfolds–from her shy avoidances of a young man named Peter to their incessant glances and fist kiss. Thus, her diary is not a lament but a song to life, no matter what the conditions, no matter what the threats.

My Review; With the 75 year anniversary of Auschwitz among us my library had a display and I chose this one to read. Now I will be the first to admit I should have read this years ago, but I am so glad I have read it now. Books like these really change your look and perspective of life. I have always been interested in Auschwitz and what happend I could read every book about it and I would still learn something new. Its horrible that this actually happened! Hard to believe.

This is Annes diary. It is told in diary segments so easy reading. Eye opening. Heart breaking. Upsetting. The ending really broke my heart and upset me. To still have her diary here is amazing. For that family to hide for as long as they did is amazing but turns out it was only borrowed time…

If like me you haven’t read it yet! I really would urge you to do so… Trust me. I think this should be a mandatory book for all to read in high school, a piece of history. Real. Raw. It’s there. I want to say I enjoyed this? But it feels wrong to do so… I devoured it in two days and even got up at 6am just to read it. There are not enough stars for book. This isn’t fiction. This happened and I can’t believe it. A must read.

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