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review 2016-12-30 22:38
Dark Stars
Dark Stars (The Thief Taker Series Book 3) - C.S. Quinn

It is October, 1666. London is still smoking in the ruin of the Great Fire, and the horrors of mutilated bodies are mirroring events from several years ago.

 

With the greatest eclipse as yet seen just on the horizon, and a prophecy that the "Eye" must be found, or be lost forever, Thief Taker Charlie Tuesday begins his mad dash through London to find the Eye, and stop the murders.

 

Accompanied by Lily, a Romani with a serious chip on her shoulder, Charlie must solve clues relating to the Eye, while being followed by a notorious judge, a Dutch ships captain bent on destroying the British Navy, and the stranger who is committing the murders.

 

 

C.S. Quinn wove together a wonderful tale in this book, the third in a series. I haven't read the first two, and fortunately, that's not a requirement. Dark Stars is brilliant as a standalone mystery novel, giving enough history to the characters that you don't feel as though you're missing out on what created them. It is obvious that there is a past between Charlie and Lily, but the reader isn't completely left in the dark about it. 

 

I really enjoyed it, read it fairly quickly, and have recommended it to a few other people looking for a New Adult historical fiction mystery. It's a good one to pick up if you enjoyed the Robert Langdon series, as the plot is similar, and the pacing is as quick.

 

In the interest of disclosure, the publisher and NetGalley provided me with an advance copy of this book.

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review 2016-10-21 12:49
The Book Thief Review
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

I started the book on my ride back from Prague. I found this quirky book after looking up the last years (or two years ago, maybe three) top books. This stumbled right into my palms, and I ordered it straight away. Now, it’s not my usual book, which may, possibly, be an explanation for why it’s not highly rated.

The story was sweet. It’s about a girl, in Nazi Germany. She’s moved to an ordinary family and has to live with them through the war. It’s a love story, kind of not, told through the perspective of Death. Death is a funny guy, in this case, he adds humour to an otherwise horrific period. We learn so much about what Nazi Germany was like and how people survived the war. We learn what it’s like to be a German (and a Jew) during the war.

Why, then, is the story rated only three stars? While I applaud Zusak for his new style of the book, I found it, at times unclear and hard to read. I was warned beforehand that the style is not usual for a book. Death is funny, but I also felt he took away from the story at times. I almost didn’t feel the story was about Liesel, but about Death and how he sometimes doesn’t like his job. He interrupted the flow a bit too much for me.

All in all, the book is a fun read and I would recommend it, just for something different.

Source: www.amaitken.com/book-review/the-book-thief-review
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text 2016-09-15 16:58
The Book Thief - Trudy White,Markus Zusak

At first i thought,  it was something not made for me, something that i wont go along with. But as it moves further i went more and more into it . Emotionally and physically too.. I use to carry it everywhere with me. This book bear all kinds of torture.. ❤  i love this book. I'm emotionally connected to it.. 

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review 2016-08-07 19:12
Quite Sublime
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

The word 'superb' is not one I bandy about lightly, but it seems eminently appropriate for "The Book Thief" by Marcus Zusak. Not only is it inventive in the use of Death as a narrator, which adds a peculiar perspective to the story and confers so much more than a simple device, but the plot and characters are truly compelling. Just when I might have thought the rich seam of World War II had been overworked, comes this beautifully crafted book, which teases at loose threads of this global human tragedy and gradually unpicks the experience of a unique individual, her foster parents and the street and town in which they lived. That the street and characters are German and shaped by the familiar trajectory of the conflict is intriguing. That human frailties and blessed courage know no national boundaries, yet flourish at the individual level, is fascinating.
The gloriously flawed heroine, Liesel, is a child, but nonetheless challenges stereotypes and her arbitrary circumstances, not saintly, but indomitable, funny yet deep. Meanwhile, the disparate array of relationships between Liesel and her parents, neighbours, asylum-seeker and benefactor sow the seeds of sadness, frustration, admiration and despair in equal measure. The impact of man's folly is clearly shown in war and is perhaps felt most keenly by the poor and yet the author also casts a hopeful light on the resilience of the human spirit and without sentimentality the possibility of greater things. A wonderfully poignant read to ponder.

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/893136.The_Book_Thief
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review 2016-07-13 22:32
Review: The Book Thief
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

Where do I even begin with this? I have so many mixed feelings. Let's start at the beginning.

 

It's told by Death. I found that amazingly unique. 

 

The writing style is whacky but once you get it, it flows well enough.

 

It involves Nazi Germany, which is never a wonderful, joyful topic. It always leaves a bad taste in your mouth and makes you feel horrible and helpless 

 

There is no way a book about Nazis can have a happy ending.

 

If you have a soul, this book will make you cry/howl/nauseous. 

 

Read this is you liked Shindler's List.

 

 

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