Lately, I've been trying to catch up on reading and reviewing. My TBR stack is growing shorter, but I still have a ways to go. Here are a couple of my latest reads. Enjoy.
ANNA AND THE SWALLOW MAN Review
By Gavriel Savit
The year is 1939. Anna and her father live in Krakow. Poland is occupied by the Germans. The day her world changes, her seventh birthday, Anna’s father, a professor at the university, has to attend a lecture. She never sees him again.
Anna’s story is a story of survival. It’s a story of friendship and trust. When she meets Swallow Man, they become a family, of sorts. Hunger, fear, and doubts travel with them as they wander from place to place, trying to keep out of sight of those who would kill them. When they meet Hirschl, new problems arise because he’s different.
ANNA AND THE SWALLOW MAN is a beautiful yet sad novel that will bring tears to your eyes, at least it did to mine. I so wanted good things for them, but the times they lived in were difficult for all. Anna is a precious child. The author makes her so real you care what happens to her. The Swallow Man is strange in some ways, but truly cares for Anna, though he has his own way of showing it. And Hirschl is a character I’ll always remember. They made the best of their lives. I wonder if I could do the same.
This would make a good addition to high school libraries and classrooms, as well as public libraries, to remind us of the good times we live in. Maybe we should be more thankful and complain less about our lives.
The publisher sent me an ARC for my honest review.
OPEN MINDS Review
By Susan Kaye Quinn
Have you ever thought it might be fun to read another person’s mind, to know their every thought? How about being able to control a person’s mind? Do you believe this might someday be possible? Who knows? Strange things happen in our world.
OPEN MINDS, a YA fantasy novel by Author Susan Kaye Quinn, is the story of Kira Moore, a zero, which means she cannot read the minds of others, making her different than most of her classmates. Being a zero is bad enough, but then she makes a discovery that leads her down a path of danger and lies, heartbreak and betrayal. Kira has to stop the horrors going on and save those she loves. But what can one girl do against the clan, a powerful organization and the men that prey on others?
The author has created a fascinating world of what can happen when a person, or persons, are different to others. Kira is a likable character who just wants to be like the other kids her age. She wants friends. But who can she trust? Simon? Raf? Her parents? Raf is my favorite character. He cares so much for Kira, and I thought he was just right for her.
OPEN MINDS is a touching story about wanting to belong. It’s a story of making choices and the result of sometimes making the wrong choices. For fantasy lovers and those who enjoy adventure too. Pick up a copy; I think you’ll enjoy it.
And UNDER THE PURPLE MOON has some lovely reviews and more are coming in. You can see them at Good Reads and Amazon.
Litpick Teens and children review the books, which is neat.
That's it for today.