The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein is a mystery, historical fiction and romance novel all in one.
Before Verity, there was Julie. (The Pearl Thief is the prequel to Code Name Verity, a best-selling book by Elizabeth Wein which you should totally read right now if you haven’t 0_0 i’m serious) Julia Beaufort-Stuart comes home to her grandfather’s estate from boarding school, expecting one last summer of relaxation, of appreciating grandfather’s large estate grounds before it, and all of her grandfather’s possessions are sold off.
What she didn’t expect is waking up in the hospital her beautiful hair cut off because of an injury on her head that made her unconscious for almost three days. Julie is unsettled, especially when she starts to realize that her having hit her head might not have been an accident. One of her family’s employees has disappeared, and the last day he was seen was the same day she was injured.
Stunning, compelling, and heartwrenching. Someday We Will Fly by Rachel DeWoskin is the story of a Polish-Jewish refugee escaping the Nazis in Poland for Shanghai, China, inspired by true stories of the past.
After her mother vanishes from Warsaw, Lillia, her father, and baby sister Naomi escape Nazi-occupied Poland and arrive in Shanghai, China. With little money for even food, and no mother to look after them, Lillia knows she will never feel at home in this city. As the weeks go by without sign of her mother, Lillia sees herself grow into a woman she doesn’t recognize. She feels like she’s been broken into pieces that can never join to make her whole again.
But despite all of that, she’s not alone. Lillia finds herself in a small community of rag-tag friends and neighbours, and with their help, Lillia can’t make herself whole again, but maybe she can learn to survive and keep Papa and Naomi safe until her mother comes home.
My Lady Jane is a historical fiction book with a fantasy twist, and it’s one of my favourite book (of course I don’t have just ONE favourite book.)
Edward is dying. He is the king. He shouldn’t be dying. But he is, and he will die, never even having gotten his first kiss. Life’s no fair.
Lady Jane Grey would rather spend her days curled up with a book than have to go to any of the social gatherings her mother is so keen on making her go to. But when she is told that her beloved cousin is dying and she must marry in order to save the throne, she decides she must do her duty and agrees to the marriage. But there’s something off about her intended, and she’s determined to find out what.
Powerful, brilliant and captivating. Under the Persimmon Tree by Suzanne Fisher Staples tells the story of two powerful Muslim heroines, one named Star and one named Helper (or one who helps), and it’s a story full of courage, hope, and strength.
In the rural mountains of Afghanistan, Najmah lives a simple but happy life with her parents and elder brother. But when the Taliban takes her father and brother prisoner to fight against the rebel forces, Najmah and her pregnant mother are left alone to look after the farm. Despite the days her mother wouldn’t get out of bed, and her Uncle who is trying to steal their land, Najmah is convinced that they can survive on the farm themselves until her father and brother come back, and is determined to keep going. When Najmah’s brother gives birth to a beautiful baby boy they name Habib, Najmah and her mother are elated. Her newfound happiness is shattered, though, when one day, while Najmah is herding the cattle into the far hills to the fresh grass, there is an air raid strike on her house. Najmah runs back just in time to see her mother point towards the airplanes in the sky before the bombs drop, killing the only family Najmah had left.
Nusrat, née Elaine, was born an American but never felt at home until she converted to Islam and met her husband, Faiz. When they hear of the American bomb attacks on Afghanistan, Nusrat’s natural instinct to help kicks in, and the married couple soon find themselves in Peshawar, Pakistan, Nusrat running a school for poor and orphaned children, and Faiz running an emergency clinic in the town of Mazar-i-Sharif. Nusrat loves her new family of in-laws, and teaching the eager children at the Persimmon Tree School, she finally feels like she belongs. But when the letters from Faiz stop coming, and the Taliban threaten to take her students away from her, Nusrat realizes she will have to keep her faith strong if she wants to keep the hope of her husband’s return.
The Hidden Memory of Objects by Danielle Mages Amato is a book that encompasses loss, grief, friendship, and learning to heal in a beautiful story that will leave readers speechless and wanting for more.
Megan Brown’s brother, Tyler died, but no one understands how — or why. When the police tell her that he died from a drug overdose, and potentially a suicide, Megan is crushed. The brother she had known and loved — was it possible that she didn’t know him at all?
Heartbroken, she starts sifting through his old things, hoping to find some answers. But when she stumbles upon an old cigar box, one that was found on Tyler’s body after his death, intense pain fills her head at its touch. Confused, Megan starts touching other belongings of Tyler’s and realizes that when she touches some objects, she has visions of what happened in the past to the owners of the objects. Desperate for answers, she teams up with an charming friend of Tyler’s, and an old friend of her own to find out what happened that fateful day.
The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes
Deep, heartfelt, and riveting. The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes was a long read, but worth every minute of it.
Molly Mavity’s mother killed herself by jumping into the ocean after they ran away from her father together. Molly believes that her mother didn’t really die, and now that her father has been sentenced to death for the fires that killed numerous people, she knows her mother will return. When a clue pops up in the PO box she has been checking since her mother’s supposed death, Molly will do anything to find the answers.
Pepper Al-Yusef’s life isn’t going that well. His father, who is still grieving for the wife he lost when Pepper was born, thinks that going fishing and bringing the fish back home to their aquarium will somehow bring her back. It’s been a long time since Pepper’s lasts epileptic seizure, but he still needs to carry his ugly, drooling seizure dog, Betrand everywhere. He’s also too scared to ask Petra, his crush out, and this makes him the butt of his friends’ every joke. To make matters worse? He’s failing school. If he doesn’t finish writing thirteen long essays for every subject he’s failed, he won’t graduate high school.
Molly Mavity and Pepper Al-Yusef are tasked with finding out who murdered Ava Dreyman, a girl whose death who helped bring the Berlin Wall down, decades ago. In their journey for answers, they learn to come to terms with their own pasts, and Ava’s story helps them finish theirs.
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Fifteen-year old Lina Vilkas is taken from her homeland, Lithuania, and hauled to one of the Stalin labor camps with her mother and brother. There they work long hours each day and receive barely any food. At night they’re kept awake by the NKVD who insist that they sign to agree that they are criminals and that their sentence shall be twenty-five years’ hard labor. This deeply moving historical fiction illuminates and magnifies a period in history that is often overlooked. Some people only heard of Nazi concentration camps and are completely ignorant of Stalin labor camps. Perseverance, love, and hope are what support the survivors of the labor camps.
I give this book a 10/10 because it is so intricately written and I really like the topic.
Will Scarlet is good at two things: stealing from the rich and keeping secret, skills in high demand in Robin Hood’s merry band of thieves who protect the people of Nottingham from the evil and greedy sheriff. Scarlet’s biggest secret of all is one that only Robin and his men know… Scarlet, the slip of a boy who is fast with knives, is actually a girl posing as a thief.
The terrible events that took place in Scarlet’s past that led to her hiding her true identity are and verge of being exposed when the thief taker Lord Gisbourne arrives in town to get rid of Hood and his men once and for all. As Gisbourne puts innocent people at risk, Scarlet must decide how much the people of Nottingham mean to her, especially John Little, a flirtatious fellow outlaw, and Robin Hood, whose quick smiles manage to always unsettle her.
Set in France in the 1620’s, this is a tale of adventure, esponiage, conspiracy, murder, vengeance, love, scandal, and suspense. There is the Comte d’Artagnan, an impetuous young man in pursuit of glory, the evil seductress “Milady,” the powerful and devious Cardinal Richelieu, the weak King Louis with his unhappy Queen, and, of course, the three muscketeers themselves. Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, whose motto of “all for one, one for all” has come to represent friendship. With a plot that delivers stolen diamonds, masked balls, stolen letters, and great bouts of swordplay and fights, this book is infinitely entertaining.
This book was so engaging that I managed to finish it almost in one go in a single day. It was one of the first actually classical book I’ve ever read, and it was GREAT!!!!! I seriously recommend this book to anyone who loves action and historical fiction.
This book is based on a true story that took place in World War II, during the Holocaust, about two girls named Fania and Zlatka, about the bond that help them hope for the best in the face of the worst.
For Fania’s birthday, Zletka makes something for her that could mean death if it was ever discovered. She makes an origami heart, containing the wishes for happiness and hopes of all of their friends for Fania to carry. This heart is one of the few items created in Auschwitz, and can be seen today at the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Center.
This was a very touching book about a beautiful friendship, found in a cruel, bitter, and unexpected place. These brave girls were able to still hope for a better future after everything they’ve been through, and should be looked up to.