Written by Loïc Dauvillier, Marc Lizano (Illustrations), Greg Salsedo (Ink), Alexis Siegel (Translator)
To be published on April 1, 2014 by First Second
Graphic Novel – Historical
Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
In this gentle, poetic young graphic novel, Dounia, a grandmother, tells her granddaughter the story even her son has never heard: how, as a young Jewish girl in Paris, she was hidden away from the Nazis by a series of neighbors and friends who risked their lives to keep her alive when her parents had been taken to concentration camps.
Hidden ends on a tender note, with Dounia and her mother rediscovering each other as World War II ends . . . and a young girl in present-day France becoming closer to her grandmother, who can finally, after all those years, tell her story. With words by Loïc Dauvillier and art by Marc Lizano and Greg Salsedo, this picture book-style comic for young readers is a touching read.
Hidden is a beautifully written and illustrated book about a horrific time in our history. I felt extremely comfortable for my eight-year-old to read it as well. It is a perfect introduction for a young minds without scarring them and giving them nightmares.
However, as an adult, I felt all the pain and humiliation that was portrayed in Hidden. Dounia had an amazing journey during the war. So many people risked their lives to save hers. This book depicted her incredibly scary journey in fairly simplistic terms to make sure that a child like Dounia could feel her fear and uncertainty.
I loved that Dounia began her story with her granddaughter on her lap. It brings in a younger generation who have no idea what happened during the Holocaust. I really love multi-generational stories where the older generation tells their life story to the younger generation. There is so much wisdom, and sadness to their stories. It breaks your heart while at the same time, heals it.
I really can’t wait to share this book with my daughter. I feel she’s not quite ready for Diary of Anne Frank; but Hidden is a great way to introduce a very scary time in our history. I will give her a good sense of what happened so they will never forget; because the millions of people who were murdered CANNOT be forgotten.
The Penny Thief
Written by Christophe Paul and translated by Jennifer Adcock
Received from the author in exchange for an honest review
…and if someone was robbing a bank cent by cent without anyone realizing it…
Paris, Montmartre and La Defense, the ultra-modern business district with their skyscrapers. Henri Pichon is a quietly sharp programmer whose daily routine is altered by a fortuitous accident from which will change the fate of everyone around. A different crime/detective: a story of love, hate, greed, murder…and a refreshing touch of black humor. How far are you willing to go for the money?
The Penny Thief is a wonderful depiction on what greed can do to a human being. Greed can absolutely destroy and that was shown extremely well throughout the book. The story flowed well and was full of fast-paced action and intrigue. The race to find the money will definitely make your skin crawl due to the wickedness of greed.
I felt that Henri was a great anti-hero; he’s definitely not perfect. He begins as a victim but as the story unfolds his character becomes very complex; so complex it is very hard to view him as a hero. At times, I found him a little bit disturbing but likeable as well. I really enjoyed the romantic side of Henri. His expressions of love were so creative. Mr. Paul wrote a very interesting character in Henri Pichon.
Jean-Phillippe Maillard is another interesting character who doesn’t fit into one definitely archetype. I rather liked him; even with his greedy shortcomings. His love for his daughter, Tash, redeemed him. I’m not sure if he deserved his ending. It was incredibly harsh.
Of course, there are true villains in The Penny Thief. Pierre Gabriel turns into a complete ogre due to his greed. In the end, he would do anything to get all the pennies; no matter who got hurt. He is a prime example of what can happen when greed totally overwhelms you.
Besides the greed and betrayal, there are so aspects of true kindness in this story. Marcel, Etienne, Yvette and Valerie gave the story a sense of compassion that balanced out the awfulness of greed. Their characters gave the story more texture and emotion where you won’t drown in the corruption of money.
The Penny Thief is full of intrigue and suspense. It is, also, very intelligent and will keep you engaged until the very end.
Written by Veronica Roth
Published in 2011
YA Dystopian Fiction
Purchased from Amazon for Books, Babes and Booze
In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue – Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year –olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is – she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During a highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are – and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves…or it might destroy her.
Divergent is another Young Adult (YA) book based on dystopian themes. First of all, I’m not a fan of all the dystopian fiction that’s out there. As mother, it is extremely difficult reading about kids hurting and even killing each other. I don’t find it fun to read or entertaining.
I think I know why young people enjoy this type of fiction. It gives them some sense of the control and independence. They can overcome the control of the authority, win their independence and live life on their own terms. I wonder if the hovering parent encouraged this? I don’t know. But it kind of disturbs me that such violence can be so popular. But I guess that is our current societal norm.
Now I will spend some time about the actual the book and it’s character. I actually like Tris. I like how she overcomes her fears, or is able to control them. She has a strong sense of character; even if she doesn’t think so. I, also, like Four. I thought he compliments Tris well. He is tough but has strong principles. He’s interesting with some complexity. I like that.
The antagonists in Divergent are the typical villains. I thought they were pretty predictable. All they want is power and control. There is nothing unique about them.
Divergent is a really quick read for which I am thankful. Otherwise, I don’t think I could have gotten through it. Overall, I liked the main characters but all of the brutality and cruelty toward young kids really got to me. I won’t be reading any more of this series.
Between the Cracks
Written by Carmella Cattuti
Published on August 20, 2013 by Three Towers Press
Received from HFVBT in exchange for an honest review
Join Angela Lanza as she experiences the tumultuous world of early 20th century Sicily and New York. Orphaned by the earthquake and powerful eruption of Mr. Etna in 1908, Angela is raised in the strict confines of an Italian convent. Through various twists of fate, she is married to a young Italian man whom she barely knows, then together with her spouse, immigrates to the U.S. This novel is an invitation to accompany the young Angela as she confronts the ephemeral nature of life on this planet and navigates the wide cultural gaps between pre-World War II Italy and the booming prosperity of dynamic young America. Join Angela Lanza as she traverses the tumultuous landscape of Sicily and New York.
Between the Cracks is a powerful story of ongoing tragedy but also one of continued hope. What I found so amazing is that this book is semi-biographical; taken from life the of the author’s great-aunt. I can’t imagine someone experiencing all of that tragedy and still remain sane. One would think by reading about tragedy, the story would be become incredibly depressing and tiresome. But not this book. It will keep you engaged and wanting to know about more about this family.
Angela and Franco make an interesting couple. First of all, their marriage was basically arranged. No love; but wanting to get away or find the right kind of person. Both had their motives for wanting to marry a complete stranger. I found that to be so intriguing and so different from what I know. They spent their entire marriage trying to get to know each other. There were so many times that I thought they were complete strangers to each other, even when they had been married for many years. But in the end, their bond was extremely strong.
The tragedy that Angela faced seems so incredible to me. Plus that she was able to overcome and survive just amazes me. I loved watching her grow from an insecure little girl to a strong, confident woman who takes care of her family. She ended being the backbone that everyone came to for help. She was their savior. Your heart will break as Angela’s continues to search for her lost sister. Loss after loss, Angela was still able to endure and maintain her home.
Franco frustrated me at times; but he was a good man. He faced his own turmoil and did his best to deal with his life. The frustrating times for me were when kept he himself ignorant over his little sister’s situation. He wouldn’t interfere until it was too late. I found that to be so incredibly sad.
Between the Cracks is a very special book about a young woman’s journey to overcome tragedy and loss and find a place in a new world. Please read and be prepared to be overwhelmed with all kinds of emotions.
Carmela Cattuti started her writing career as a journalist for the Somerville News in Boston, MA. After she finished her graduate work in English Literature from Boston College she began to write creatively and taught a journal writing course at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education As fate would have it, she felt compelled to write her great aunt’s story. “Between the Cracks” has gone through several incarnations and will now become a trilogy. This is the first installment. To connect with Carmela email her firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment at betweenthecracksnovel.
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In a dark age of unending war and violence, one young warrior opposes a mighty king to forge a new path to peace…
During the savage Frankish-Saxon wars, the moving force of his age, Karl der Grosse, King Charlemagne, fights and rules like the pagan enemies he seeks to conquer. But in the long shadow of war and genocide, a spark of enlightenment grows, and the king turns to learned men to help him lead his empire to prosperity.
One of these men is the unlikely young warrior Sebastian. Raised in an isolated fortress on the wild Saxon border, Sebastian balances his time in the training yard with hours teaching himself to read, seeking answers to the great mysteries of life during an age when such pastimes were scorned by fighting men. Sebastian’s unique combination of skills endears him to Charlemagne and to the ladies of the king’s court, though the only woman to hold his heart is forbidden to him. As the king determines to surround himself with men who can both fight and think beyond the fighting, Sebastian becomes one of the privileged few to hold the king’s ear.
But the favor of the king does not come without a cost. As Charlemagne’s vassals grapple for power, there are some who will do anything to see Sebastian fall from grace, including his ruthless cousin Konrad, whose hatred and jealousy threaten to destroy everything Sebastian holds dear. And as Sebastian increasingly finds himself at odds with the king’s brutal methods of domination and vengeance, his ingrained sense of honor and integrity lead him to the edge of treason, perilously pitting himself against the most powerful man of his age.
This fast-paced adventure story brings Charlemagne’s realm to life as the vicious Christian-pagan wars of the eighth century decide the fate of Europe. Filled with action, intrigue, and romance, Sebastian’s Way is a riveting and colorful recreation of the world of Europe’s greatest medieval monarch.
Sebastian’s Way is an inspiring story of a young man’s journey during a time of great violence and ignorance. The story takes place during the early reign of Charlemagne. Life was so hard during that time. War defined a man; not his desire to learn. Sebastian thrived to rise about expectations and live a life he can be proud of.
Mr. Steger has written a very rich and engaging piece of historical fiction. He was able to give the readers a vivid picture of life during the 700s. It was dark and dirty but also full of hope of what could be. Sebastian represented that hope of growth and improvement.
Charlemagne is a larger than life character. He is passionate, intelligent and powerful. At times, he can be very compassionate. He is a great king but with a few flaws; like winning at all costs. However, in the end, he was able to listen and make decisions that benefit everyone; all with Sebastian’s wise counsel.
Sebastian’s Way is a wonderful book that I highly recommend. It is full of historical detail and I loved every page!
A native of Louisiana, the author followed a long tradition of young men from the Deep South by seeking to improve his prospects in the military. From a green second lieutenant in the famed 101st Airborne Division to battalion command in Vietnam, Colonel Steger spent most of the rest of his military career in four European tours as an intelligence officer and Russian foreign area specialist, working on both sides of the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. He traded sword for plowshare in a second career in academia and is now Professor Emeritus of history and international affairs at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas. The motivation to write Sebastian’s Way came from his experiences in both war and peace, from fourteen years in Germany and Eastern Europe, and from his love of teaching medieval and other European history courses.
Steger is an avid hiker and trail biker, and much of the story of Sebastian came out of time spent in the woods and fields of eastern Kansas. In memory of Mary Jo, his wife of many years, he and filmmaker son Ben spent a recent summer trekking across Spain on The Camino de Santiago, one of Europe’s oldest pilgrimage trails. He lives and writes in rural Kansas and has four other grown and gifted children.
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Written by Neil Gaiman
Published on January 1, 1996
Purchased from Amazon for book club
Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but demanding fiancee. Then one night he stumbles across a girl bleeding on the sidewalk. He stops to help her–and the life he knows vanishes like smoke.
Several hours later, the girl is gone too. And by the following morning Richard Mayhew has been erased from his world. His bank cards no longer work, taxi drivers won’t stop for him, his landlord rents his apartment out to strangers. He has become invisible, and inexplicably consigned to a London of shadows and darkness a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations. He has fallen through the cracks of reality and has landed somewhere different, somewhere that is Neverwhere.
For this is the home of Door, the mysterious girl whom Richard rescued in the London Above. A personage of great power and nobility in this murky, candlelit realm, she is on a mission to discover the cause of her family’s slaughter, and in doing so preserve this strange underworld kingdom from the malevolence that means to destroy it. And with nowhere else to turn, Richard Mayhew must now join the Lady Door’s entourage in their determined–and possibly fatal–quest.
For the dread journey ever-downward–through bizarre anachronisms and dangerous incongruities, and into dusty corners of stalled time–is Richard’s final hope, his last road back to a “real” world that is growing disturbingly less real by the minute.
Neverwhere is an incredibly intriguing novel written by Neil Gaiman. I have never read anything by Mr. Gaiman and I’m so glad that I started with Neverwhere. His world of London Below is so creative. You can definitely get lost in his dark underworld.
At the center of Neverwhere is Richard Mayhew. He starts out as a typical human in London Above. He has a job, fiancé (who is incredibly plastic) and a flat. All incredibly ordinary and boring. And then he meets Door and his life changes. During his adventures Below, all he wants is to get back to his “normal life”. He sees things that he never thought never existed. He’s frightened beyond all belief. However, he changes. He finds London Below full of life while London Above is devoid of all life. He finds a place Below where he can really live.
I loved Mr. Gaiman’s world of London Below. Everything seemed to center about the Underground. All the different stations and different groups of people are amazing to behold. Everything is so alien but at the same time familiar.
There are so many interesting characters in this book. I loved Door. I loved that she could open anything. She is a very brave character who brings life to Richard and to London Below. The creepiness of Croup and Vandemar reminded me of James Bond villains (Have you ever seen Diamonds are Forever?) All of the different characters really shaped London Below. From Hunter to the Marquis and the Earl to Old Bailey, everyone had their place and fiefdom.
I really enjoyed Neverwhere and I can’t wait to read my next Neil Gaiman book
Written by Yoram Katz
Published on December 27, 2013
Received by the author in exchange for an honest review
In 1270, The Book of Zohar, a foundational book of Kabbalah, is published amidst a controversy. Is it an ancient text or an elaborate forgery? When Crusaders’ Acre fall to the Sultan in 1291, a remarkable chain of events brings two ancient scrolls into the possession of Yaakov Ben Shlomo, a Jewish refugee. In Revolutionary France, 1798, before a young cavalry officer sails with General Bonaparte to the Middle East, he is assigned a secret mission to by his father. In 2006, when Superintendent Yossi Luria of Haifa Police is assigned to handle a homicide of a monk, he is not yet aware that this case is going to change his life and career. Four years later, a young Frenchwoman steps into the office of Luria, by now a disillusioned private detective. Jean de Charney has found a 200-year old letter in the basement of her family’s Normany estate and has come to Israel to pursue an intriguing family mystery. The two quickly find out that the ancient mystery is still claiming lives in the 21st century. Their quest leads them through twists and turns, and acquaints them with the mystical doctrine of Kabbalah. What they discover affecters their personal lives as well as puts commonly accepted truths in a completely new perspective.
The Kabbalist is an interesting book concerning the ties between Judaism, Christianity and Kabbalah. After reading it, I found the book to be a little far-fetched but entertaining. Mr. Katz really pushed the envelope on traditional theological beliefs. Some will appreciate his perspective; however, some will not.
There is a lot of intrigue in this book which is what kept me reading. I really enjoyed the mystery and liked putting all of the puzzle pieces together. I, also, enjoyed how the book jumped to different time periods. It gave the storyline texture and depth.
I did have some difficulty following the explanation of Kabbalah and its connection to Christianity and Judaism. I think my confusion connected me to Jeanne a bit. She wasn’t buying into the connection and the new interpretation of Christian teachings. I felt myself gasping right along with her when certain theories were explained.
The ending had me baffled. It was not what I was expected at all. I guess, that’s a good thing. But I had a difficult time piecing it together. I’m not convinced it resolved the story for me. I was, also, left with an unresolved plot line which makes me think there will be sequel.
If you enjoy mystery, intrigue and a lot of religious this book is for you.
Publication Date: September 3, 2013
Cool Gus Publishing
Isabella is just twelve years old when she marries Edward II of England. For the young princess it is love at first sight – but Edward has a terrible secret that threatens to tear their marriage – and England apart.
Who is Piers Gaveston – and why is his presence in the king’s court about to plunge England into civil war?
The young queen believes in the love songs of the troubadours and her own exalted destiny – but she finds reality very different. As she grows to a woman in the deadly maelstrom of Edward’s court, she must decide between her husband, her children, even her life – and one breath-taking gamble that will change the course of history.
Does she submit to a lifetime of solitude and a spiritual death – or seize her destiny and take the throne of England for herself?
This is the story of Isabella, the only woman ever to invade England – and win.
I’m always intrigued by powerful historical women of the Middle Ages and that is why I decided to read about Isabella. Before I even started this book, I did a little research because I knew very little of her. Her portrayal in history has not been kind. She has been called a “She-Wolf” and a murderer. This definitely piqued by interest. I decided LONG ago that history very rarely portrays a powerful woman in a good light. And that is way I really enjoy Colin Falconer’s portrayal of Isabella. She is strong, loyal, and good. Not the “she-wolf” history has portrayed her.
Mr. Falconer has written a lovely historical novel about a woman who wants to be loved and be a good Queen and wife. She tries everything in her power to achieve that. She proves to England and English Barons that she is intellect, savvy, and understands what it is to be royal. Her husband and king never understand that and it frustrated her throughout her life as Queen. Mr. Falconer was able to show the despair she felt at being put aside for another. That rejection was a constant source of pain for her. The pain is what led her to make some serious decisions that changed England.
Edward II is adeptly portrayed as a self-absorbed pitiful king. His constant rejection of Isabella is so painful. No wonder she overthrows him to be her son on the throne. Edward had so concept of his role of King. He was a constant thorn to the people of England.
I truly enjoyed Isabella: Braveheart of France. I felt she was portrayed in a very honest light. She was a very strong and intelligent woman of the Middle Ages and I thought Mr. Falconer gave her a real and honest life.
About the Author
Born in London, Colin first trialed as a professional football player in England, and was eventually brought to Australia. He went to Sydney and worked in TV and radio and freelanced for many of Australia’s leading newspapers and magazines. He has published over twenty novels and his work has so far been translated into 23 languages.
He travels regularly to research his novels and his quest for authenticity has led him to run with the bulls in Pamplona, pursue tornadoes across Oklahoma and black witches across Mexico, go cage shark diving in South Africa and get tear gassed in a riot in La Paz.
His most recent novels are Silk Road, set in the 13th century, and Stigmata, set against the backdrop of the Albigensian Crusade in Southern France in 1209. He currently lives in Barcelona.
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The Three Doors
Written by Brian D. Holland
Published on November 19, 2013
Paranormal, Horror, Thriller
Received from the author in exchange for an honest review
Jared Helm is transported out-of-body to mystifying destinations. One evening, his imperceptible spirit embarks on a journey to an amazing castle bordering the ocean. Though the importance of the venture eludes him at first, he eventually learns that the castle is the stomping ground of a murderous sect abducting people for ritual sacrifice. Jared and some trustworthy friends and colleagues delve further into the inner workings of the group. However, meddling proves perilous when the young woman he loves becomes targeted.
An offshoot of the English and Irish Hellfire Clubs of old, the evil cult’s castle is located on the seacoast of lower Maine. The group’s fanatical Master, whose lineage reaches back to royalty and to rapscallion leaders of old, stops at nothing in his quest to please Satan. And although the previous clubs were known for wild and toxic behavior, this one takes those traits to malevolent heights. It’s all about power, greed, devil worship, sexual perversion, drugs, and murder.
The Three Doors sends readers on a paranormal rollercoaster of horror and thrills, into the astral plane of existence that’s invisible to most yet entered frequently by those who dare. But beware: it’s not for young minds, the thin-skinned, or the vulnerable. Though trouble hits home quickly, the story gets deeper and more sinister when the New England seasonal change enters the autumnal equinox on the approach to Samhain
The Three Doors is an intense story about good versus evil; a story that will give you goose bumps and have the hair on the back of your neck stand up. It is a disturbing thriller about the occult and its power it can have over weak and power-hungry people.
The images that this book brought to my mind were very creep, to say the least. Demons are peering at you from dark and hidden places. I got could just picture it in my mind. However, the characters of Jared, Iris, Eric and the others save you from complete darkness. Their strong sense of goodness and morals saved them from true evil. They can’t be corrupted. I liked that these characters are not yet adults but still have inner strength so strong that they can defeat evil.
The villains of this book are truly evil. There is no redemption for them. They pay for their complete depravity. Joe and Alex are examples of what a desire for power can do to a person. It totally corrupts and destroys the soul. There is no way that anyone can sympathize with either of them. You feel no sympathy whatsoever with their plight.
Good versus evil is such a strong theme throughout this book. Mr. Holland did an amazing job personifying such a battle with his characters. I liked how Jared experienced temptation but was able to overcome his desires in order to see what is good and not get swallowed up by true evil. His girlfriend, Iris, is a perfect match for Jared. Both are so strong in their sense of goodness and fairness. They truly want to do fight evil and do what is right.
The Three Doors is an incredible story about belief and survival. When you go to bed at night, you will not want to turn out the light nor will you want to look out your bedroom window in fear of you might see. It is definitely a book to be read with the lights on and in broad daylight. It took me awhile to read it and I blame it on its complete creepiness. This book will definitely stay with you for a long time.
Matt Archer: Bloodlines (Matt Archer #4)
Written by Kendra C. Highley
Published on December 30, 2013
Received from the author in exchange for an honest review
When seventeen-year-old Matt Archer set out on his last mission in the Australian Outback, he thought it would be like every other hunt.
Not even close.
After only two days on the ground, his best friend is possessed, a long-lost family member has returned and hidden truths have come to the surface. Add in a coven of witches bent on bringing about the end of the world and, well, this trip has started to suck. Badly.
As his power and strength continue to grow, so does Matt’s concern that he’s becoming more and more like the creatures he’s been charged to hunt: a monster.
Faced with some of his biggest challenges to date, Matt has to decide what he needs to protect most—his family, his team…or himself.
I’m going to begin by saying I LOVE THIS SERIES! It just keeps getting better and better. Kendra, I believe, has developed a story and a character that is so admirable and completely addictive. Matt Archer is quickly turning into my new Harry Potter.
With each book, Matt faces horrors beyond his 17 years. However, he knows he has a duty and he will fulfill it or die. Kendra has written such depth in his character. He faces pain, guilt, and loss with such courage; it breaks your heart. He is an amazing hero!
Bloodlines, as you may guess, deal with family bonds. The last book left us meeting Matt’s father for the first time. Matt spends a lot of time dealing with that new relationship. Also, it becomes apparent how important family history is to a knife wielder. Both Will and Matt will need to discover their family roots in order to grow stronger as a wielder. I really enjoyed this aspect of the storyline. Family blood is powerful and needs to be embraced and accepted.
Erik Archer, Matt’s father, is still a complete mystery. He has many secrets about who and what he is. He is a total paradox. It will be interesting about the next book resolves his character and his relationship with Matt.
Another wonderful aspect of Kendra’s storyline is her handling of Matt and Ella’s relationship. It has turned into something that is very close and mature. I love that Kendra’s writes in a way that is serious and not gratuitous in any way. I will say some of the guy trash talk is pretty humorous!
And last, Mamie ROCKS!! She has turned into a spectacular character. I won’t say anymore; BUT Kendra takes Mamie to a whole new level.
As you can tell, I LOVED this book. It will be very difficult waiting for the final installment which will be released sometime this summer. However, it will give YOU plenty time to catch up with Matt and get ready for his final battle.