Book Review: Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Historical Fiction

Age Recommended: 13 and up

This book was given to me on my birthday but I completely forgot to review it. ¬†ūüė¶

Anyway, it is an incredible book and I hope you get a chance to read it!!

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Gretchen lives in Munich and in that town danger is everywhere. Munich is where secrets are buried deep within the city and treacherous people wait outside for a girl to walk home alone. But Gretchen has been shielded from that side of the society and lives with her Uncle Dolf, who is none other than Adolf Hitler. 

And Gretchen follows his every command.

Until she meets a handsome and brave young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen. Gretchen should despise Daniel, yet she can’t stop herself from listening to his story: that her father, the adored Nazi martyr, was actually murdered by an unknown comrade. She also can’t help the fierce attraction brewing between them, despite everything she’s been taught to believe about Jews.

As Gretchen investigates the very people she’s always considered friends, she must decide where her loyalties lie. Will she choose the safety of her former life as a Nazi darling and the niece of the German dictator, or will she dare to dig up the truth‚ÄĒeven if it could get Daniel and her killed?

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If you’d like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Prisoner of Night and Fog

Book review: The Iliad by Homer

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Non-Fiction

Age Recommended: 13 and up

This book is quite long, dense, and a compilation of 24 books. This book was gifted to me by a close family friend. The book is really interesting, but since it is an old translation, there are some arcane terms. I read it with a dictionary by my side!

The Iliad

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Nine years after the start of the Trojan War, the Greek (Achaean) army attacks Chryse, a town allied with Troy. During the battle, the Achaeans capture a pair of beautiful maidens, Chryseis and Briseis. Agamemnon, the leader of the Achaean forces, takes Chryseis as his prize, and Achilles, the Achaeans’ greatest warrior, claims Briseis. Chryseis’s father, Chryses, who serves as a priest of the god Apollo, offers an enormous ransom in return for his daughter, but Agamemnon refuses to give Chryseis back. Chryses then prays to Apollo, who sends a plague upon the Achaean camp.

After many Achaeans die, Agamemnon consults the prophet Calchas to determine the cause of the plague. When he learns that Chryseis is the cause, he reluctantly gives her up but then demands Briseis from Achilles as compensation. Furious at this insult, Achilles returns to his tent in the army camp and refuses to fight in the war any longer. He vengefully yearns to see the Achaeans destroyed and asks his mother, the sea-nymph Thetis, to enlist the services of Zeus, king of the gods, toward this end. The Trojan and Achaean sides have declared a cease-fire with each other, but now the Trojans breach the treaty and Zeus comes to their aid.

With Zeus supporting the Trojans and Achilles refusing to fight, the Achaeans suffer great losses. Several days of fierce conflict ensue, including duels between Hector and Ajax. The Achaeans make no progress; even the heroism of the great Achaean warrior Diomedes proves fruitless. The Trojans push the Achaeans back, forcing them to take refuge behind the ramparts that protect their ships. The Achaeans begin to nurture some hope for the future when a nighttime reconnaissance mission by Diomedes and Odysseus yields information about the Trojans’ plans, but the next day brings disaster. Several Achaean commanders become wounded, and the Trojans break through the Achaean ramparts. They advance all the way up to the boundary of the Achaean camp and set fire to one of the ships. Defeat seems imminent, because without the ships, the army will be stranded at Troy and almost certainly destroyed.

Concerned for his comrades but still too proud to help them himself, Achilles agrees to a plan proposed by Nestor that will allow his beloved friend Patroclus to take his place in battle, wearing his armor. Patroclus is a fine warrior, and his presence on the battlefield helps the Achaeans push the Trojans away from the ships and back to the city walls. But the counterattack soon falters. Apollo knocks Patroclus’s armor to the ground, and Hector slays him. Fighting then breaks out as both sides try to lay claim to the body and armor. Hector ends up with the armor, but the Achaeans, thanks to a courageous effort by Menelaus and others, manage to bring the body back to their camp. When Achilles discovers that Hector has killed Patroclus, he fills with such grief and rage that he agrees to reconcile with Agamemnon and rejoin the battle.

Meanwhile, Hector, not expecting Achilles to rejoin the battle, has ordered his men to camp outside the walls of Troy. Achilles cuts down every Trojan he sees. Strengthened by his rage, he even fights the god of the river Xanthus, who is angered that Achilles has caused so many corpses to fall into his streams. Finally, Achilles confronts Hector outside the walls of Troy. Ashamed at the poor advice that he gave his comrades, Hector refuses to flee inside the city with them. The goddess Athena finally tricks Hector into turning around and fighting Achilles. In a dramatic duel, Achilles kills Hector. He then lashes the body to the back of his chariot and drags it across the battlefield to the Achaean camp. Upon Achilles’ arrival, the triumphant Achaeans celebrate Patroclus’s funeral with a long series of athletic games in his honor. Each day for the next nine days, Achilles drags Hector’s body in circles around Patroclus’s funeral bier. Achilles is fueled by his rage and seeks vengeance.

What will happen next?

If you would like to read this book, you can buy it here: The Iliad (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

Book Review: All the Broken Pieces by Anne E. Burg

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Age Recommended: 11 and up

This book was a Virginia Reader’s Choice the year I was in sixth grade- my teacher had our class¬†do a project on all ten of the books in the middle school category and they were all amazing.

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Two years after being rescued from Vietnam, Matt Pin is haunted: by bombs that fell like dead crows, by his family that died when it should have been him with them, and the terrible secret that he left behind. Now, inside a caring adoptive home in the United States, he is scared, and a series of terrible events force him to choose between silence and truth, blame and forgiveness, fear and freedom. He is teased by many and accepted by none. Matt has to endure endless pain as every simple action reminds him of the home that he left behind in Vietnam.

This book is written in verse and expresses the pain and sorrow of a boy who can’t call anywhere home…

If you would like to read this book, you can get it here: All the Broken Pieces

Book Review: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fantasy or Fiction

Age Recommended: 11 and up

This book is a Newberry award winner.

This weekend I was racking my brain for books that I hadn’t reviewed that were extraordinary and I came upon this one…

I also got the Iliad and the Odyssey as a gift this week and I can’t wait to read and review!

Bridge to Terabithia

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Jess Aarons’ one wish¬†is to be the fastest runner in his grade. He’s been practicing all summer and can’t wait to see his classmates’ faces when he beats them all. He can feel the anticipation building up the whole morning of the first day of school. But during the race,¬†a new girl boldly crosses over to the boys’ side and outruns everyone.

That’s not a very promising beginning for a friendship, but Jess and Leslie Burke become inseparable. Together they create Terabithia, a magical kingdom in the woods where the two of them reign as king and queen, and their imaginations set the only limits.

But soon something happens… Something that may turn Terabithia into nothing but something that once¬†was.

If you would like to buy this book, you can do so here: Bridge to Terabithia

November Recap

November was a little slow… I think it was because of all of my school preparations I was doing. But I should still have time to write a few reviews… Got to get the blog up to speed… ¬† ¬† ¬† ūüôā

My favorite book in November was the Red Magician, mainly because of the suspense and fantasy. I hope all of you get a chance to read it because it is truly an incredible book.

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Book Review: Every Word by Ellie Marney

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Age Recommended: 14 and up

Genre: Fiction (Mystery)

I can’t believe it!!! Mrs. Ellie Marley just sent me an advance copy of her newest book, Every Word… it’s the sequel to Every breath… Along with a handwritten note and a pack of Tim tams! For those of you who don’t know what those are, they are amazing Canadian chocolate biscuits with chocolate cream filling and the whole thing is coated in chocolate!

I received a package in mail on Friday – it was addressed to me! As you can imagine, as an 8th grader, I don’t get much mail sent¬†to my attention. I tore it open, found an advance copy of Every Word and sat down to read it right away!¬†IT WAS INCREDIBLE… Not entirely appropriate for me but the plot was even more incredible than¬†the previous book’s.

THANK YOU MRS. MARNEY!!!

I can’t wait to read her next book, Every Move!

If you haven’t read my review of her first book, Every Breath…. here’s the link:¬†https://priyankareads.com/2014/10/22/blog-tour-every-breath-by-ellie-marney/

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The story of a carjacking has been all over the news for the past few days… A story too similar to Mycroft’s for him to ignore it. So what does he do? Mycroft flies to London to investigate this with his professor Walsh without telling Rachel. Rachel is furious and¬†acts without thinking. She¬†flies off to London with Mike’s girlfriend to track down Mycroft and bring him back home. There, Rachel discovers that this case is too personal for Mycroft to ignore so she stays in London to help him solve it.

Mycroft is originally annoyed and mad at Rachel for flying all the way over to London to get him but eventually, Mycroft forgives her. However, they figure out that a big force is at play and Mycroft comes close to figuring out who murdered his parents. Too close… Rachel is kidnapped and she only has a little time to find out who killed Mycroft’s parents, before they kill her.

Mycroft comes to rescue Rachel but is kidnapped in the process. The two of them are living in captivity, waiting for someone to rescue them. But will help ever come? Will they survive?

This book is being published next Sept. and as soon as the link gets up on Amazon, I’ll put it here.