The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

 

Name & Author: The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

Publisher: HarperCollins

Release Date: July 7th 2000

Genres: Fiction, Romance, Historical

Book One in The Bronze Horseman trilogy.

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Summary:

A Love of extraordinary power.    

Leningrad 1941. Two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha, share the same bed, living in one room with their brother and parents. It is a hard, impoverished life, yet the Metanovs know many who are not as fortunate as they.

The family routine is shattered on 22 June 1941 when Hitler invades Russia. For the Metanovs, for Leningrad and for Tatiana, life will never be the same again. On that fateful day, Tatiana meets a brash young officer named Alexander.

The family suffers as Hitler’s army advances on Leningrad, and the Russian winters closes in. With bombs falling and the city under siege, Tatiana and Alexander are drawn to each other in an impossible love. It is a love that could tear Tatiana’s family apart, a love that carries a secret that could mean death for anyone who hears it.

Confronted on one hand by Hitler’s unstoppable war machine and on the other by a Soviet system determined to crush the human spirit, Tatiana and Alexander are pitted against the very tide of history, at a turning point in the century that made the modern world.

My Thoughts:

This book has been sitting on my bookshelf for quite some time now. I kept from reading it  because it is huge (637 pages) and the letters are tiny. Don’t let these thing stoping you from reading The Bronze Horseman. Dive straight in, the book is amazing.

This book is a epic love story set in time of war. How much better can it get? Tatiana and Alexander meet on the day Germans invade Russia. And from that their undying, and doomed, love begins.

Tatiana is very naive girl. She puts everyone’s needs in front of her own (which Alexander hates). Her naiveness is cute at times, but at other times she seemed plain childish.

Paullina Simons wrote this book so beautifully. You can feel every emotion. You cry, laugh, shout in frustration and cry again. All the character seam very realistic. I found that at some parts of the book I wanted to take the characters and shake some sense into them, most of the time it was Tatiana.

It was new experience to read about WWII from Russia’s point of view. In school I mostly just read about the affect the war had on western Europe. The affect it had on Germany, but never about the affect Germans had on the rest of the world.

I really, really loved this book. Don’t let the size fool you, I read it in three days. I recommend everyone to give it a try. And I can’t wait to read the rest of the trilogy. It’s one of my favorite so far this year.

5/5 stars!

Diljá

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Find Me by Romily Bernard

Name & Author: Find Me by Romily Bernard

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Release Date: September 23rd 2013

Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller

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Summary:

A girl is dead…
A killer’s closing in…
And two little words are the only clue…
“Find Me”.

These are the words that Wick Tate finds in Tessa Wayne’s diary. And now Tessa has been found … dead. Does someone out there really expect Wick to uncover the truth about her death?

An expert computer hacker, Wick has the skills for the job, but with the threat of her ex-con dad returning, the detective hunting him sniffing around and new foster parents to keep happy, getting involved with a murder case is the last thing she wants to do. Until her little sister, Lily, is the next target. 

Foster child. Daughter of a felon. Loner hacker-girl. Wick has a bad attitude and sarcasm to spare. And now she’s going to find this killer, no matter what it takes. Because it just got personal.  -Goodreads

 

My Thoughts:

I was not sure about this book when I started reading it. It has very mixed reviews and it didn’t capture me at first. The thing that sucked me in was the fact that I needed to know what would happen to Wick.

The main character, Wick Tate, lives with her little sister, Lily, with a new foster family. Wick is a hard headed girl with a dark past (with a drug dealer, criminal mastermind father on the loose). While Wick doesn’t trust anyone or lets anyone in, Lily believes in the good in everyone and is very trusting.

The storyline is little slow in the beginning but once you get past that you can’t put the book down.

The book is very well written, very well thought out. It makes you think about when you are alone in the world and you see dark things in every corner who can you really trust? Can you trust the parental figure or the policeman?

There was one character that I really liked and the effect he had on Wick – Griff. Wick needed someone who wouldn’t use her or give up on her.

I really liked this book. It leaves you hanging and is full of plot twists.

4/5 stars!

 

Diljá