Tag Archives: Elizabeth Wein

Waiting on Wednesday-Black Dove, White Raven-10/22/14

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

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Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein
March 31, 2015

From Goodreads:

“Emilia and Teo’s lives changed in a fiery, terrifying instant when a bird strike brought down the plane their stunt pilot mothers were flying. Teo’s mother died immediately, but Em’s survived, determined to raise Teo according to his late mother’s wishes-in a place where he won’t be discriminated against because of the color of his skin. But in 1930s America, a white woman raising a black adoptive son alongside a white daughter is too often seen as a threat.

Seeking a home where her children won’t be held back by ethnicity or gender, Rhoda brings Em and Teo to Ethiopia, and all three fall in love with the beautiful, peaceful country. But that peace is shattered by the threat of war with Italy, and teenage Em and Teo are drawn into the conflict. Will their devotion to their country, its culture and people, and each other be their downfall or their salvation?

In the tradition of her award-winning and bestselling Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein brings us another thrilling and deeply affecting novel that explores the bonds of friendship, the resilience of young pilots, and the strength of the human spirit.”

I am excited for a new historical fiction book from Elizabeth Wein. I am even more excited that it is not a Holocaust book!

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

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Top Ten Tuesday-Books That Were Difficult to Read 9/30/14

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, was suggested by readers. They are asking about books that were hard to read. There are a number of reasons a book may be hard to read. I made a deal with myself a long time ago to only read books that I like, but sometimes I feel an obligation to read things that make me uncomfortable. Also, it’s good to get out of your comfort zone every now and then.

Hard to read because of the subject:

1. Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein. This was harder than Code Name Verity because of the disturbing and graphic descriptions of life in a concentration camp. I really try to avoid Holocaust books as much as possible. Definitely well-written and deserving of all the praise, but difficult for me to finish nonetheless.

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2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I knew better than to read this one, but I allowed myself to get swept up in the John Green craze and boy, did I regret it. My #1 reading rule is NO CANCER BOOKS. This is what happens when I break the rule. I have to officially and forever break up with John Green. I am done.

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3. Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers. Oh, man. This book about bullying and mean girls is brutal. You should feel uncomfortable reading it. It’s fantastic and terrible.

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4. Tease by Amanda Maciel. Another disturbing book about bullying, with slut-shaming added to the mix. And suicide.

 

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5. Reality Boy by A.S. King. This one really made me stop and think about reality television, and I didn’t like what I came up with. It’s gross. I just felt to bad for Gerald the entire time I was reading. I love A.S. King and I love the way she tackles tough topics!

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6. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick. I am noticing a pattern here…So Holocaust and cancer books are hard and they tend to be no-nos, but bullying? Just as hard, but I read A LOT of them! I am not sure how I feel about this realization.

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7. Monster by Ilsa Bick. This one was a surprise to me. I read and liked the first two books in the trilogy, but I actually never finished though because of the graphic violence. It was too much for me!

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Because I just wasn’t buying it…

8. The Eye of Minds by James Dashner. I just wasn’t able to completely suspend by disbelief. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and More Than This by Patrick Ness are much better choices. I read this one because a teen reader recommended it to me.

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9. Small Town Sinner by Melissa C. Walker. I am not sure why this even on my radar, but is was a Random Read selection so I toughed it out.

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10. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. It pains me that I feel this way, but I thought this was let down. I was expecting something so fresh and new and exciting in the vampire world and I just didn’t get it.

coldestHappy Reading!

∼Megan

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Almost Put Down, But Didn’t (Thank Goodness!) 5/13/14

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It used to be that if I started a book I needed to finish it, whether I was enjoying it or not. Those days are long gone and I no longer have any problem ditching a book that just isn’t working for me. Of course, there are exceptions to any rule, so I do have a list of books that I *almost* gave up on, but for some reason or another pushed through, only to discover a truly amazing book. Oh, those slow starters!

1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I did, in fact abandon this book. Twice. And then I got the audio and it was a whole new experience. Suddenly I was sitting in my driveway after work just to hear the end of the track.

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2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. *See Above*

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3. Blood Red Road by Moira Young. I almost gave up because of the dialect. I only pushed on because I felt obligated to finish because I had received an advanced copy from the publisher. I love this series and can’t wait to read the last book!

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4. Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. I mean, have you seen these books? I only picked it up because I had finally succumbed to peer pressure at work. This book was a chore! But thankfully it all just clicked…over 200 pages in!

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5. Going Bovine by Libba Bray. This was another case of the book not working for me, but the audio being just the right thing.

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6. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. This is another example of dialect almost ruining it for me. That, and the talking dog. I am so glad I got over my hang ups and finished this awesome series.

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7. Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein. I really enjoyed listening to Code Name Verity, but struggled to get into my print copy of Rose Under Fire. This was in large part due to the fact that this book was much more graphic in describing the horrors of the concentration camps. I really can’t handle Holocaust books and only picked this one because of the previous book. I am glad I finished, but struggle to say I liked it. Make sense?

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8. I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore. I can’t explain this one. This books are really not that great, especially the first one, but they are so darned compelling! I am strangely hooked.

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And how about two that I *did* but down and don’t feel one bit of guilt over?

9. Nil by Lynne Matson. Um, really? Nope.

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10. Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell. So. Many. Issues. This was a hot mess.

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Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Top Ten Tuesday-Books That Will Make You Cry 2/4/14

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It’s Tuesday, which means it is time for another Top Ten Tuesday list, hosted by the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is books that will make you cry. True confession time: I apparently have a heart of stone because I really struggled with this one and in the end accepted that I am not a crier and stopped trying to come up with ten titles. Another possible theory is that I *am* a big crier and therefore intentionally stay away from books that will make me cry. I like that theory. Let’s go with that.

1. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. This book full of raw grief, heartache, hope, humor, romance, and healing. Me=big, blubbering mess.

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2. Where She Went by Gayle Forman. I don’t remember being so moved by If I Stay, but Adam’s story brought on the waterworks for me.

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3. Winger Andrew Smith. I felt all the feelings! AND now I have get to feel them all over again since it has been revealed that there will be a sequel!!!

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4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I sat in my car in my own driveway bawling…

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5. I am The Messenger by Markus Zusak. If I remember correctly, these were tears of joy. That happens sometimes.

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6. The Eightly-Dollar Champion by Elizabeth Letts. This one caught me off-guard. It shouldn’t have surprised me when Snowman met his end (after living a long, long time) but the story of his passing was so touching. Yeah, I cried.

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7. Champion by Marie Lu. Happy tears.

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8. Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein. The only books I run away from faster than cancer books is Holocaust books. I broke my own rule and I paid. Go figure, 3 of my teen tear-inducers are Holocaust books.

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9. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. This book was surprisingly beautiful.

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10. Pretty much anything A.S. King writes. Sometimes tears of joy, sometimes tears of heartbreak, always tears of triumph. She writes such poignant stories.

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Ok, in retrospect, I guess I am actually a big cry baby. Fine. Pass the tissues, please.

Happy Reading!

˜Megan