“The Nazi’s Daughter” by Tim Murgatroyd | Heartwarming But Verrryyyy Slowwwwww

This is an accurate representation of the book:

sooo slowwww (imagine me saying this in a sloth voice)

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Synopsis

The Nazi's DaughterPublishing Date: March 31, 2017
Pages: 375, e-book
Genre: Historical Fiction / World War II

The Netherlands, Spring 1943. When her glittering career as a ballerina is cut short by a dancing injury, Elise Van Thooft-Noman, rebellious daughter of a powerful Dutch Nazi, flees to an isolated island off the coast of Holland. Here she meets Pieter Goedhart, reluctant village schoolmaster and Resistance fighter. A dangerous affair is kindled between them. Meanwhile Elise’s Nazi family and the terrifying brutality of war are closing in, threatening to destroy all she holds dear…

New York, September 2008. Uncomfortably overweight, single and scraping thirty, Jenni Malarkey is summoned to a mysterious party to celebrate her estranged grandmother’s glamorous life. Her journey through Elise’s secret history will force her to confront a legacy of guilt and shame…

Past and present intersect, as unlikely hearts connect to seek love and redemption, in this haunting time-shift novel set in wartime Holland and contemporary New York.

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Rating: 2.5 stars.

Alternating between two timelines, The Nazi’s Daughter weaves a story of loss and heartbreak, trials and eventual triumph. At the heart of it all, however, lies two women: Elise, and her granddaughter, Jenni.

In all this world there is no such thing as Christian or Bolshevik or Communist or Nazi or Jew. There are no Eternal Jews. Not really. Not at the heart of things. Not when the dyke is broken. There are just people.

The author’s writing is packed with just the right amount of rich, lyrical detail. You could taste the salt and smoke in the air, you could feel Jenni’s desperation to uncover the answers, you could empathize with Elise and Peter’s conflicted emotions.

For part of the story, the author takes us back to the 20th century—1943, to be exact—during the chaos of the Second World War. Elise grows up consumed by the shadow of her Nazi father, and by either circumstance or a stroke of fate, she happens to meet Pieter: a passionate member of the resistance who, like many others during the war, hides the persecuted Jews. Elise initially came off as a bit too headstrong—obnoxious, even—but I loved how she eventually developed into a strong, compassionate woman capable of doing anything she set her mind to.

Everything about this historical timeline captured my attention. I didn’t come here looking for action, and I didn’t get much– in fact, “history” itself wasn’t such a critical part of the story. The history– the setting, the atmosphere- merely served to highlight the budding relationships between the main characters.

This would have been all fine and dandy except for the teeny tiny fact that this book bored me out of my wits. LITERALLY. I felt like this throughout the entirety of the story:

i identify with patrick on a spiritual level

The book moved incredibly SLOWLY. Verrryyy verrryy slowwwlllyyyy. (I hope you liked my accentuation.)

I was simply bored… and considering that I primarily rate books based on entertainment value, there’s really nothing that could redeem that. As a devoted fan of historical fiction, I can personally attest that most of the novels within that genre aren’t exactly renowned for their hair-raising, fast-paced action sequences, but BOY did this book test. my. patience.

I was tempted to DNF this multiple times and only plowed on like the noble book warrior I am because I was determined not to fall behind my Goodreads challenge. (Alas, I am at the moment eight books behind… *cries*)

Overall, I would recommend this book if you don’t mind slow-moving historical plots. It has a super heartwarming message—it just takes a lonnnngggg while to get there.

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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“The History of Jane Doe” Moodboard (Ft. Green Cows, Cookies, Milk, & Did I Mention Green Cows) | Blog Tour

Hello, friends! Long time no see!

(Why does this intro sound like the beginning of a passive aggressively worded email.)

I’m so excited to return from the dead and participate in the blog tour for Micheal Belanger’s A History of Jane Doe, a quirky little story about love, loss, and green cows.

Yes, you read that right, green cows. Lots of them. And it is every bit as fabulous as it sounds.

Other delightful things this book includes: an abundance of cookies and milk, conspiracy theories involving a flying possum, human groundhogs, and outrageous historical anecdotes.

My review is still currently Under Construction and will be coming sometime…. this century,  but I’ve curated moodboards that (hopefully!) reflect the overall vibe of the characters and the story.

(If you’re unfamiliar with moodboards, they’re basically collages of photographs, usually edited with a similar filter or color palette, meant to convey a certain emotion, character, image. In my experience, they’re used by companies to help develop their products or brand image, but they’re also super popular in the fandom world and used for character inspiration by writers.)

Also, can I just say—I dove very deep into the realms of Tumblr and Pinterest to make this and now I feel like a true hipster.

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5 YA Fantasy Book Settings I Would Most Definitely Die In Within The First Five Minutes (In No Particular Order)

Us bookworms always wistfully imagine entering our favorite books and interacting with our beloved fictional characters. It’s basically a dream come true! Just imagine aggressively yet lovingly hugging Noah Czerny, resident cinnamon roll from The Raven Cycle.** Or perhaps nibbling on strawberry waffles with Nina Zenik, Grisha icon.

IS THAT NOT PARADISE. TELL ME TO MY FACE THAT IT’S NOT PARADISE.

**don’t you dare tell me you can’t hug a gho**t because I CAN and I WILL 

However, I personally have one slight problem: all of my favorite books are filled with bloodshed. Quite literally. I adore reading delightfully gory masterpieces filled with angst and stabby murder children.

Let’s be honest: I wouldn’t last long enough to even hug my favorite character. Realistically, I wouldn’t last a second. Unfortunately, I don’t have the luxury of being cloaked by a nice, thick layer of plot armor like our good friend Celaena Sardothien. (It also doesn’t help that I have all the survival instincts of a hedgehog on fire.)

So without further rambling, let us proceed!

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Book Tag, Day 2 | In Which I Snidely Sip on Boba Coffee Whilst Preparing to Defend Daisy Buchanan to the Death

As always, thank you to the lovely Danielle @ Life of a Literary Nerd for the tag!!

Today’s quote is about the defining novel of the Roaring Twenties, the epitome of English-class-worthy symbolism and metaphorical prose, the subject of the Leonardo-Di-Caprio-didn’t-get-an-Oscar-for-this-HAHA film adaption: The Great Gatsby.

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“The Book of Pearl” by Timothee de Fombelle | Fairy-tales, Wicked Kings, Insta-Love, and Endless Marshmallows

Synopsis

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In prose as magical and intricate as the tale it tells, Timothée de Fombelle delivers an unforgettable story of a first love that defines a lifetime.

Joshua Pearl comes from a world that we no longer believe in — a world of fairy tale. He knows that his great love waits for him there, but he is stuck in an unfamiliar time and place — an old-world marshmallow shop in Paris on the eve of World War II. As his memories begin to fade, Joshua seeks out strange objects: tiny fragments of tales that have already been told, trinkets that might possibly help him prove his own story before his love is lost forever. Sarah Ardizzone and Sam Gordon translate the original French into a work both luminous and layered, enabling Timothée de Fombelle’s modern fairy tale to thrum with magic. Brimming with romance and history, mystery and adventure, this ode to the power of memory, storytelling, and love will ensnare any reader’s imagination and every reader’s heart.

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Rating: 2.5 marshmallow-y stars

Who could have guessed that she used to be a fairy?

I adore fairy tales, and this is basically the fairy tale OF ALL FAIRY TALES. It has practically three different plots mish-mashed into one very dense storyline. Though undeniably a creative twist, this makes the book more than a little difficult to follow (particularly for someone as daft as me).

Basically: there was a prince and a fairy, both madly in love. There was magic. There was a wicked king, a 14-year-old narrator, a war with green cloaked archer assassins, and a marshmallow shop. (The marshmallows sounded delicious, by the way.) THERE WERE SO MANY DIFFERENT THINGS AND I AM ALL THE CONFUSION.

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“Now I Rise” by Kiersten White (Book Review) | Stabby Girls, Cinnamon Roll Boys, And Lots Of Angst

Fun fact: I was typing up this review at 3 in the morning, and when I looked back to proofread it the next day, I realized that I had written “Radoo” in place of Radu every. Single. Time.

For some reason, I found it hilarious and laughed for practically five minutes straight. I’m still giggling thinking about it. I probably just have an odd sense of humor.

That, or I really need to get more sleep.

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