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Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth WeinRose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
Series: Code Name Verity #2
Genre: Historical
Release Date: September 10, 2013
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Source: Bought
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Rating: four-stars

While flying an Allied fighter plane from Paris to England, American ATA pilot and amateur poet, Rose Justice, is captured by the Nazis and sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious women's concentration camp. Trapped in horrific circumstances, Rose finds hope in the impossible through the loyalty, bravery and friendship of her fellow prisoners. But will that be enough to endure the fate that's in store for her?

Happy New Year everyone! I’m kicking 2016 off as I mean to go on – by flailing about incredibly upsetting books that I enjoyed. Story of my life. So anyway, I’m a massive fan of Code Name Verity. It wasn’t a perfect read for me, but it came pretty damn close and I am still broken over Julie and Maddie. OTP, guys, OTP. I had to wait a while before I could pick Rose Under Fire up because I was still pretty upset about the whole situation. But once I did, I was captivated, and I read this book in a matter of hours.

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Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein

Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth WeinBlack Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein
Genre: Historical
Release Date: March 5, 2015
Publisher: Electric Monkey
Source: Publisher
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Rating: three-stars

A story of survival, subterfuge, espionage and identity.

Rhoda and Delia are American stunt pilots who perform daring aerobatics to appreciative audiences. But while the sight of two girls wingwalking – one white, one black – is a welcome novelty in some parts of the USA, it’s an anathema in others. Rhoda and Delia dream of living in a world where neither gender nor ethnicity determines their life. When Delia is killed in a tragic accident, Rhoda is determined to make that dream come true. She moves to Ethiopia with her daughter, Em, and Delia’s son, Teo.

Em and Teo have adapted to scratching a living in a strange land, and feel at home here; but their parents’ legacy of flight and the ability to pilot a plane places them in an elite circle of people watched carefully by the Ethiopian emperor, Haile Selassie, who dreams of creating an air force for his fledgling nation. As Italy prepares for its invasion of Ethiopia, Em and Teo find themselves inextricably entangled in the crisis — and they are called on to help.

It seems like I say this with every book I read, but my review for Black Dove, White Raven was a difficult one to write. I had a lot of trouble separating my love for Wein’s previous books and my feelings for this one, so I think I have talked a load of nonsense. Anyway, read on.

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Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth WeinRose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
Series: Code Name Verity #2
Genre: Historical
Release Date: September 10, 2013
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Source: Publisher
Add it: Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

While flying an Allied fighter plane from Paris to England, American ATA pilot and amateur poet, Rose Justice, is captured by the Nazis and sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious women's concentration camp. Trapped in horrific circumstances, Rose finds hope in the impossible through the loyalty, bravery and friendship of her fellow prisoners. But will that be enough to endure the fate that's in store for her?

I’ve been avoiding writing this review ever since I finished Rose Under Fire, which was a little under a month ago >.< I have a lot of mixed feelings about this novel, some good and some bad. I wanted so badly to love this book, especially because Code Name Verity is one of the best books I’ve ever read, but maybe because I went in expecting so much, I have to say I was disappointed.

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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth WeinCode Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Genre: Historical
Release Date: February 6, 2012
Publisher: Egmont Publishing
Source: Bought
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Rating: five-stars

have two weeks. You'll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.

That's what you do to enemy agents. It's what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing dirty work like mine - and I will do anything, anything to avoid SS-Hauptsturmführer von Linden interrogating me again.

He has said that I can have as much paper as I need. All I have to do is cough up everything I can remember about the British War Effort. And I'm going to. But the story of how I came to be here starts with my friend Maddie. She is the pilot who flew me into France - an Allied Invasion of Two.

We are a sensational team.

“It’s like being in love, discovering your best friend.”

Code Name Verity is a story about many things – WWII, the role of women during wartime, courage in the face of adversity but above all, it is a story about friendship. And it is utterly, completely, wholly heartbreaking.

The relationship between Julia and Maddie is the central focus of this novel and it gives context and purpose to the story our protagonist is telling. These two amazing, brilliant characters and the love they have for each other is profoundly sad (seriously, you will cry an ocean and then want to drown yourself in it) but also a testament to the bonds of friendship and love. I don’t even know how to articulate how perfectly written this entire novel is, especially when it comes to Julia and Maggie – one is an upper-class Lady with an actual title in front of her name; she went abroad to an exclusive boarding school and she lives in a castle. Another is a working-class girl living in a small cottage. Even the way the speak, one with slang with upper to middle-class students and the other with a definitive working-class accent (I think this is arguably more obvious to an English reader, though).  It is one of the ironies of wartime that these two girls meet and develop a bond that stands strong despite everything that happens to both of them. Their relationship can be interpreted as either platonic or romantic, it doesn’t really matter because the story can be read either way (although lbr, they’re ‘friends’ in the way Dean and Castiel are ‘friends’). Continue reading