I literally cried when reading this. I think this is one of those rare books where there is no love story between a girl and a guy which is a wonderfully refreshing thing to find.
The summery goes something along these lines:
I 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.
The annoying thing is that the main character was called by a range of different names but I guess I will have to stick with Queenie which was one of the first names that we are introduced to.
The book is told from an interesting point of view. The first half is told by Queenie pretending that she is her best friend Maddie and telling events from the past, interlaced with her thoughts in the present. Then the other half is actually told by Maddie herself.
In a way you only really know Queenie artificially and not the real her, as she had to hid her real intelligence which comes through at the end of the book.
The writer has written the first part of the book very cleverly, with all the clues interwoven with harmless words. However you still get the sense that Queenie is a strong and feisty person whereas with Maddie, she always seemed a little characterless and pale.
To be honest I felt that a lot of the characters lacked depth, such as characters Jamie and Von Linden, who fell a little flat which is a shame as there was a lot of potential. Having said that I think that the relationship between Maddie and Queenie was sweet and pure and innocent and I wish that I had a friend like that.
And you do have to wade through many tedious pages on world war 1 air crafts and such, as it does almost tend to get a little too factual and long winded at some points, especially at the beginning but bear with it!
However another point I thought enhanced the book was the fact that there was some French and German sentences sprinkled in there that really added a lot more flavor to the book. I personally like it when writers do that as it also shows that they have put a lot of time and research into the book, and that really pays off by making everything seem a lot more real.
There were sentences in the book which were often repeated like “Fly the plane Maddie” and “Kiss me Hardy” and I quite liked the effect that they created. Not to mention that at some points of the book, it was unbearably sad and bitter sweet.
I liked the idea of Mrs Darling keeping the window open the whole time, waiting for her children to come home (there is actually some reference to Peter Pan in here). There are a few wonderful literary effects in the book but I will not go into too much detail about them.
I thought that it was an innovative story line in the way that it was portrayed, and the story line is one of the most important factors to a good book. What made the book even more sad is that these things actually did happen.
In conclusion I think that this book might be better suited for girls as it’s a book about the friendship of two girls. People over the age of 12 who like books about
- Scenes set in the World War
- Action/ Adventure
should read Code Name Verity.
This was a birthday present from one of my friend Aliah. The front cover that I had of this book was kind of scary.
X-ray and his friends live in the institution known as the Bin. They maybe things terribly wrong with them but they are no fools. Things have been getting worse ever since Dr Dearly was put in charge. They have to get out-but how?
Along comes hard case Nail in his dodgy van and his girlfriend Natalie. Is he soft enough to help them? Or will he turn on them when Dr Dearly starts hunting them?
I have no idea why they put that last sentence in the book as that had nothing to do with the book.
The names in this book were really random, like Tin-Lid and Cough Cough and Chicken Angel and Lights Out, but at least they are original I suppose.
Furthermore, when I was reading the first few pages I had no idea what was going on as I was really confused because they were calling someone Lights Out and then they suddenly called her Lolo and I didn’t get that, I didn’t understand if it was one person or not. I was also confused at the ending as well, but I won’t go into that as I don’t want to ruin the book.
If you are wondering what kind of problems the kids have then X-ray has skin that is very delicate and peels away when he is handled roughly. Chicken Angel has fingers on her shoulder blades. Lights Out has no eyes and Cough Cough has a huge problem with his lungs and breathing.
In the book they were also confused about many ordinary things like the weather outside or their boobs which makes them seem so innocent and sad at the same time and about hard words that they say almost with awe. I have to like them in a weird way as they just seem so pathetic and I feel really sorry for them being so love starved. I found the way that they had for saying things their own way quite endearing too.
They are old for their age in the way that they all know about getting tranked (which is their own way of saying have an injection that makes you go to sleep) and that kind of thing, and act far too young in another way by the way that they are all teenagers and still like to hug each other for comfort and that kind of thing.
I would recommend this book to people over the age of 12. People who like a little bit of horror and I suppose adventure too even though this book is a little slow, it starts to pick up towards the end where there car chases and explosions and lots oh helicopters and that kind of thing.
As you can probably already deduce from the name, there is a lot of swearing in here. The second book which is out now is called ‘Red Seas under Red Skies’ and the third book is coming out the 8th of October 2013 and is called ‘The Republic of Thieves’.
Just a warning, the author takes seven years to write each book, so you have to read these books really slowly. The ending of the second book is a really big cliff hanger and I have been tormenting myself thinking about what happens next.
The Thron on Camourr is said to be an unbeatable swordsman, a master thief, a friend to the poor and a ghost that can walk through walls.
Slightly built and barely competent with a sword, Locke Lamora does indeed steal from the rich (who else would be worth stealing from?), the poor never see a penny. All of Locke’s gains are strictly for himself and his tight knit band of thieves: The Gentleman Bastards.
The capricious colorful underworld of the ancient city of Camourr is the only home that they have ever known. But now a clandestine war is threatening to tear it apart. Caught up in a murderous game, Locke and his friends are suddenly struggling to stay alive…
I found it a bit of a shame that Locke was not outstandingly handsome, but I suppose I can live with that appointment. I also like his name Locke Lamora. I found that I liked his character as well, there was such a human side to him.
I loved the way that he interacted with his gang and the bromance that he had with Jean, especially towards the end. I also liked how the author managed to weave chapters about his past into the future. I was really depressed actually when a lot of people started to die and I won’t tell you who or how because that will be spoiling it.
As you can probably tell from the blurb, this book uses a wide range of vocabulary and has taught me many words. I like the way that they use a few words in a different language as well like garrista and Capa as it makes it all more realistic. I think that those words are Italian though I can’t be completely certain. Unfortunately, this book does tend to go on a bit description wise so you can miss a few pages and still understand what the story line is about.
The second book was much better then the first one.
I would recommend this book to people over the age of 14 until a young adult. People who like adventure, thriller and mystery will like this book.