A Bitter Rain by James D. Shipman

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A former professor descends into darkness in this provocative story of a Nazi soldier torn between duty and conscience.

East Prussia, Nazi Germany, 1939. History professor Erik Mueller is a model citizen and a family man. He’s also a decorated sergeant in the Gestapo. Proving his courage on the battlefields of Poland and the Soviet Union, and proud of the German army’s victories across Europe, he embraces what he thinks is the righteousness of the Third Reich’s cause.

But his loyalties are soon tested when he crosses paths with his old university friend Trude Bensheim. Forced into unemployment for being Jewish, Trude and her husband start a secret organization to help Jews escape Germany. But when they are betrayed by someone they thought they could trust, their lives hang in the balance.

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**Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC copy of A Bitter Rain**


This story broke my heart and then mended only half of it in the end. This was my first historical fiction book that wasn’t a Ruta Sepetys novel, and while it didn’t have that special Ruta touch it was still heart breakingly good. Once you start reading and get introduced to these two German families, one that is Jewish and the other that is part of the SS, and you will feel bad for both families; six people total. However, in the end you will end up only feeling bad for four people; and hate two people.

Shipman’s writing is so raw and he doesn’t hold anything back. You will feel the pain and the heart break that his characters feel. But you will also feel immense hatred by the time you turn the last page.

I felt pure hatred towards Corina, she is a selfish, disgusting women. I felt happiness and irritation towards Trude. I felt nothing but sadness for Erik and while I was angry with Johannes past actions, I still felt sad for him as well. Corina was a horrible human being the entirety of this book. I had a feeling that she turned Trude and Britta in, but to found out that she ACTUALLY did made me want to rip her head off. She is horrible to Erik the entire book and then she tops it off by escaping Germany with their family friend, leaving him and his parent behind. What?! What kind of monstrosity leaves her husbands parents at a shipyard while she gets on a ship with her daughter and the man she has been committing adultery with?!

At the end of this book I feel like the two men of the story, Johannes and Erik got the short end of the stick for sure. They both lost their lives with no help from the action of their wives.

I definitely recommend this book! Worth the read.

Happy Reading!



The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

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It all began with a ruined elixir and a bolt of lightning.

Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she’s been told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the most powerful tyrant and mage the world has ever known. This would be a suicide task for anyone, let alone a reluctant sixteen-year-old girl with no training.

Guided by his mother’s visions and committed to avenging his family, Prince Titus has sworn to protect Iolanthe even as he prepares her for their battle with the Bane. But he makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the tyrant closing in, Titus must choose between his mission—and her life.

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This book was amazing! I purchased this, and the other two books in the trilogy, on Book Outlet and oh my gosh. BEST PURCHASE EVER! I have never heard of this series but I absolutely loved it. It is full of fantasy and mages and mages and everything that makes books great. I love Sherry Thomas’s writing style, I zoomed trough the first book in a couple of days and can’t wait to start of the next book.

They two main characters, Titus and Iolanthe have such great dialog and they progress throughout the book in a way that warms my heart. I think I just found another favorite author. If you are into magic, witches and super large dragons that protect castles then this series is for you!

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor


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The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Welcome to Weep.

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As most of the books I have been reading lately I picked this up because I heard so much about it. Most of it was other bloggers or book tubers raving about Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. Now this was the first Laini Taylor book that I have read so I was super excited! However, I was highly disappointed. The beginning was SO slow and boring. I think that the concept of the book is really awesome, there is so much description and the world is well constructed, but I just couldn’t connect to the characters. I did not care what happened to them.

The last few chapters of the book, when a certain someone dies, I did not even care about the death. It didn’t make me feel anything for the characters and the story line. I gave this book 2 our of 5 stars. I have the second book on my Goodreads list but I am thinking I probably wont be reading.

I might try another Laini Taylor book, but I am still debating it!

Happy Reading!!


Faerie Moon by Matt Mark & Francesca Tedesco

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Eighteen-year-old private investigator Veronica Dye is only trying to make some quick cash when she agrees to take on a seemingly routine missing person case. But when her client turns out to be a fugitive from the kingdom of the faerie, Veronica must use all of her wits to survive the night of the faerie moon.
After a bungled investigation leaves her desperate to recover lost wages, Veronica believes her prayers have been answered when a handsome young man dressed in outlandish, outdated clothing and seemingly unacquainted with contemporary customs appears in the offices of Dye Investigations seeking help. Sebastian Avery, though, is an enigma. A human being reared in the realm of the faerie, he is a man without an identity. Stolen from his crib as a baby, he has lived eighteen years as a servant in the faerie realm, a minstrel satisfying the faeries’ craving for human emotions with melancholy songs that express a longing for his lost life. When he takes the daring leap through the mystical barrier that separates the faerie realm from Earth, Sebastian arrives a stranger in a home he has never known. To retrieve his lost life, he must locate his double, the evil changeling that was left in his crib in his place. Yet he has only hours to accomplish his mission for at midnight, beneath the intense glow of the unnaturally large faerie moon, the faeries will be able to cross the enchanted barrier and will come to take him back.

When Sebastian is recaptured following an unsuccessful skirmish with the changeling, Veronica must make the perilous journey across the faerie realm to rescue him. Yet even if she can overcome the beast that plagues that enchanted land and outwit the diabolical faerie queen, she must still defeat the changeling if she is to save Sebastian’s life.

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**Thank you to the publisher/author for sending me an ARC copy for review**

Ok. So I will start off by saying that I did enjoy this book. However, the cover is just horrendous. I don’t know who’s idea it was to put this story to this cover but they should be fired. I very much judge a book by the cover when I am looking for my next read and had I not been sent this book then I would have never picked it up…because of the cover. Delving into the story line, it was OK, I read it pretty quick, but it was a little over 230 pages. I think that the author’s are on the right path, but I think that they could have written a lot more. There was a lot in the book that wasn’t explained, and there was a lot of detail that was left out and could have been put into the book. I would recommend this book if you life fantasy and faerie themed stories. But don’t expect too much from Faerie Moon, I hate too say that but it’s true. 2 out of 5 stars from me.

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Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys


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Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four secrets.

Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies…and war. As thousands of desperate refugees flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom.

Yet not all promises can be kept.

Inspired by the single greatest tragedy in maritime history, bestselling and award-winning author Ruta Sepetys (Between Shades of Gray) lifts the veil on a shockingly little-known casualty of World War II. An illuminating and life-affirming tale of heart and hope.

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Let me start off by saying I cried like a baby throughout this book. Talk about a through back to the Boy in the Stripped Pajamas and all the feels! I wasn’t sure going into this book, because I have never read a historical fiction novel, but I am in love *heart face emoji*. Ruta Sepetys’ writing is so easy to read, it just flows through, creating the perfect image of her story in your head. The story that Ruta creates with break your heart, give you hope and make you realize what’s important in life, all in one chapter. There were a few parts of this amazing book, towards the end, that tore at my heart until it was raw.

“Floating in the sea of black, we were forced to witness the massive and grotesque deaths of thousands of people. I clutched the baby tight and closed my eyes. But the scenes continued to play in my mind: The severely angled deck. A woman throwing her baby down to a sailor. He reached. He missed. The child hit the steel raft and then rolled off into the sea. Thousands of desperate people jumping, kicking, gulping. Seawater  filling mouths and nostrils, collapsing lungs”.

This scene made me feel so SICK to my stomach. Just imagining and mother trusting another person with their babies life and doing something as drastic as throwing a baby over board only to watch their horrible death. I can’t even imagine the devastation. Another scene in Salt to the Sea that really got me was:

Would she have to learn the grotesque details of our suffering? Would news make it to my hometown of Birzai, to the dark bunker in the woods where my brother and father were thought to be hiding?

Joana Vilkas, your daughter, your sister. She is salt to the sea. 

We floated in blackness, bobbing along the waves. A woman in the boat announced the time every thirty minutes. There was no more splashing in the water, only the quiet echoes of crying. We sat, snow falling from an infinite sky.

We Waited.

We drifted”.

Ughhhhh this book was amazing!!! I went out and got Between Shades of Gray by Ruta to read next! Read this book, you wont regret it! Five out of five stars from me!

Happy Reading!