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Review of Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Rose Under Fire
Rose Under Fire
by Elizabeth Wein

Published: September 10, 2013
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 368
Source: ARC from publisher

While flying an Allied fighter plane from Paris to England, American ATA pilot and amateur poet, Rose Justice, is captured by the Nazis and sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious women’s concentration camp. Trapped in horrific circumstances, Rose finds hope in the impossible through the loyalty, bravery and friendship of her fellow prisoners. But will that be enough to endure the fate that’s in store for her?


mythoughtsGiven my absolute, totally consuming love for Elizabeth Wein’s other novel (Code Name Verity) it would be an understatement to say that I was excited for Rose Under Fire. Unfortunately I didn’t feel the same love for RUF that I did for CNV. I still thought the book was amazing, but it didn’t quite live up to CNV.

I absolutely love Wein’s writing style, how everything may seem a little disjointed at first but as you keep reading things just come together. She tends to throw you right in this other world and you have to do the figuring out of who’s who and what’s going on. Her writing isn’t fancy and buttoned up, it’s raw and emotional and in the moment.

The characters always play a major role in Wein’s books it seems, and the characters in RUF did not disappoint. I love the friendship that was built up under awful circumstances, and everything they had to do for each other just to survive. It was intense and again, in the moment. But it was also witty and funny and sarcastic, just like friendships are. As for the plot, it drew me in from the beginning. I can’t say that will happen with everyone, I’m just a huge reader of everything WW2. Although, I couldn’t help but compare the plot, the characters, everything, to Code Name Verity. They just seemed so similar… both set in World War 2, both focusing on friendships. And while I love every aspect of these books, and they definitely differ in many ways, I couldn’t help but feel like I was just reading a modified version of Code Name Verity. And for me, CNV was better. The emotion in CNV was so overpowering and consuming, but in RUF, while it was still emotional, I barely shed a tear (and I was bawling when reading Code Name Verity). I know it’s wrong to compare these books because they are separate works and should be seen that way, but when you write two books with this many similarities, I think you have to realize that it’s impossible not to compare them.

I think that if I hadn’t read CNV and just went into RUF not knowing what to expect, I would have loved it a lot more. But the fact that I was comparing both books made me more critical and CNV just did not fully live up to my expectations.

Overall, I did love this book. I completely recommend it if you’re into historical fiction like I am, because it’s really great. Elizabeth Wein writes books you want to savour and read slowly so that you can absorb every last detail, and if you haven’t read one of her books yet, you need to do that ASAP (but I recommend Code Name Verity to start).

PS. I’m sorry this review is so awkwardly written, and I’m sorry I haven’t posted in  so long. I’m not quite sure what’s going to happen to this blog but that’s another post. For now I’m just trying to push forward. Baby steps is becoming my motto.

5 birds

Absolutely adore this book! Would fight dozens of flocks of crazed birds to read it!

Review of Away Laughing on a Fast Camel (GN #5) by Louise Rennison

Away Laughing on a Fast Camel: Even More Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, #5)

Away Laughing on a Fast Camel  by Louise Rennison

Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: June 1st 2004
Pages: 288
Reading Level: Young Adult
Challenge: 100 Books in a Year
Source: Bought (from my library!)
Buy the Book: Amazon

The tres bon and marvy heroine of Louise Rennison’s Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series returns in this fifth fab diary that’s sure to get fans cheering — Italian-American style! This time around, Georgia’s lamenting the Sex God’s departure to Kiwi A-go-go Land, and she’s sure that her mouth will seal shut from lack of snogging. (Robbie’s boring letter doesn’t help her spirits, either.) But when Robbie’s old band, the Stiff Dylans, introduce a new lead singer — an utterly gorgey boy named Masimo — Georgia’s lips are ready for action. Will Georgia get an up-close-and-personal taste of the dear boy? After a few hilarious mishaps, her lip-nibbling future with Masimo doesn’t look bright, yet due to some masterful Horn advice from Dave the Laugh and a lucky twist  of fate, Georgia might end up dreaming of spaghetti and hamburgers after all. (Goodreads)


Another great book in the fab Georgia Nicolson series!

I have to admit I don’t know how much longer I can go on reviewing these books because they are basically one big, long, hilarious story broken into different books. So, for this reason, this review will be rather short.

Once again I will mention the complete awesomosity of Georgia. She is the ultimate female character (excluding all those kick butt fantasy/dystopian girls!). You see, Georgia isn’t the smartest. She isn’t the prettiest. But all that stuff makes her real. All the problems and trouble she is constantly complaining about are all real life tortures! And the ways Georgia invents to solve these problems…. hilarious! I think this is why I really like these books. They are so comforting and funny to read. Georgia is like an old pal that you just need to hang out with every once in a while. And I’ll admit, after I read another book in the series, I’m good for a while. But then one day I’ll just get this rush of needing to read more Georgia… listen to her insanely great voice is just so calming.

Overall this book is a great addition to this super cool with knobs series!

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Review of Dancing In My Nuddy-Pants (Georgia Nicolson #4) by Louise Rennison

Dancing In My Nuddy-Pants (Georgia Nicolson #4)  by Louise RennisonDancing in My Nuddy-Pants: Even Further Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, #4)

Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: February 27th 2003
Pages: 224
Reading Level: Young Adult
Challenge: 100 Books in a Year
Source: Bought
Buy the Book: Dancing in My Nuddy-Pants (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (Prebound)) 

Since Georgia’s been dating the yummy scrumboes Sex God, Robbie, her glossy lips are always at the ready, and her “red-bottomosity” is kept under wraps. Along with Naomi the Sex Kitten’s new litter (thank you, Angus), Robbie’s announcement that his band will be traveling to Hamburger-a-gogo land (Georgia can only hope to go with), and a class trip to France, Georgia is one camper in a state of teenage splendiosity. The small trouble is, Georgia also wonders if Dave the Laugh might still be the guy for her, and when Robbie gives a surprise-ending twist to his travel plans, she gets a “weird feeling of reliefosity” that makes her wonder if she must venture out and bravely use her “red bottom wisely.” (Goodreads)


Hurrah! More of the fabbity-fab-fab Georgia Nicolson we all love! Seriously, these books are the ultimate pick me up. They are full of hilariosity and are my go-to reads if I am in a rut.

Personally, I love Brit-lit (as you will here me say a lot). These books make me want to move to England and live with Georgia. Her sister Libby is super funny and cute, and you can never get enough of super cat Angus!

The writing is perfect. She captures the essence of teenage troubles, and Georgia voices them like no one else can. I have not read any other book where the main character can pulling off the phrase “it’s quite nippy noodles outside” or add “iosity” to every other word!

Although all the novels in this series are quite alike (I find them to be more of just 1 book because they continue off of each other so well) they are always interesting, light, and hilarious.

Final thoughts…
Read this series! They will make you go HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH (aka laughing. excuse my craziosioty)

5 birds

Absolutely adore this book! Would fight dozens of flocks of crazed birds to read it!


Review of Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (Georgia Nicolson #1)

Hey everyone! This is the review of  Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging.

Goodreads blurb & pic…

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, #1)
There are six things very wrong with my life:

1. I have one of those under-the-skin spots that will never come to a head but lurk in a red way for the next two years.

2. It is on my nose

3. I have a three-year-old sister who may have peed somewhere in my room.

4. In fourteen days the summer hols will be over and then it will be back to Stalag 14 and Oberfuhrer Frau Simpson and her bunch of sadistic teachers.

5. I am very ugly and need to go into an ugly home.

6. I went to a party dressed as a stuffed olive.

In this wildly funny journal of a year in the life of Georgia Nicolson, British author Louise Rennison has perfectly captured the soaring joys and bottomless angst of being a teenager. In the spirit of Bridget Jones’s Diary, this fresh, irreverent, and simply hilarious book will leave you laughing out loud. As Georgia would say, it’s “Fabbity fab fab!”

When I read Feeling Sorry for Celia, I loved it. I wanted to read more like it. Someone recommended this series to me, and I am so glad!

The book is Georgia’s hilarious journal. It is honest and wise and quite funny. Georgia is inventive and always looking for fun. She is a lovable protagonist with spirit and spunk!

Though not much of a plot, the novel moves quickly. It is fast paced and there is never a dull moment in the Nicoloson house!

For those Canadian and Americans there is a glossary of British words at the back that is actually quite interesting to see.

For those who are interested, there are 10 books in the series. The author is Louise Rennison and I highly recommend you give these books a go!

This book gets 5/5 stars 😀