The Book Thief | Review

Titel: The Book Thief

Author: Markus Zusak

Genre: Young Adult/Adult, Historical Fiction

Rating: 5/5 oh my goodness I am so sad now I’m going to go in a corner and cry Stars

HERE IS A SMALL FACT – YOU ARE GOING TO DIE
1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier.
Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.
SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION – THIS NOVEL IS NARRATED BY DEATH
It’s a small story, about:
a girl
an accordionist
some fanatical Germans
a Jewish fist fighter
and quite a lot of thievery.
ANOTHER THING YOU SHOULD KNOW – DEATH WILL VISIT THE BOOK THIEF THREE TIMES

Story Arc/ Plot

Okay, judging by the first half of this book, there is no plot. There is no real conflict. But the book redeems itself, I swear! Any book that makes you feel this many emotions deserves 5 stars, and that’s what really matters.

The story arc is certainly odd. It’s very strong at some times and nonexistent at others. But again, the story redeems itself, though I can’t say anything without spoiling it.

You have to be patient with the plot. I know, really annoying and difficult, but very much worth it.

Writing

The writing is insane, and in a very good way. It paints the perfect picture in your mind, and paints the emotions in the same way. It doesn’t just make you see the scene, it makes you smell, taste, touch, and feel the scene.

Now whenever I write a sentence that would make Markus Zusak proud, i think “I’m bringing out my inner Death!” which certainly makes me feel very odd.

Characters

Deep breaths, Becca, deep breathes.

The characters were vivid, diverse, hilarious, and heartbreaking. The characters were what kept me going through the first half of the book, and I’m so glad they did.

I would recommend this book to the patient readers! 

Book Review: An Unexpected Choice

Title: An Unexpected Choice

Author: Jody Hedlund

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Romance

Publication Date: March 3, 2015

Rating: 3/5 stars 

Synopsis:

Due to her parents’ promise at her birth, Lady Rosemarie has been prepared to become a nun on the day she turns eighteen. Then, a month before her birthday, a friend of her father’s enters the kingdom and proclaims her parents’ will left a second choice. If Rosemarie can marry before the eve of her eighteenth year, she will be exempt from the ancient vow. 

Before long, Rosemarie is presented with the three most handsome and brave knights in the land. But when the competition for her heart seemingly results in a knight playing foul, she begins to wonder if the cloister is the best place after all. If only one of the knights the one who appears the most guilty had not already captured her heart.

My Thoughts:

I received this book fromNetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Okay, I feel like I’m the only person on goodreads who thought this books was just okay. 

Let me explain why.

I felt like some of the scenes were just unnecessary and dragged on too long. I also felt like Rose’s narrative was really immature at times.

I did really enjoy the fairy tale feel romance, but I feel like this book just didn’t do quite enough for me.

But again, literally everybody else on goodreads likes it, so if you like the synopsis, go for it!