The Girl In The Blue Coat

The Girl in the Blue Coat

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Stray

Synopsis:

An unforgettable story of bravery, grief, and love in impossible times

The missing girl is Jewish. I need you to find her before the Nazis do.

Amsterdam, 1943. Hanneke spends her days procuring and delivering sought-after black market goods to paying customers, her nights hiding the true nature of her work from her concerned parents, and every waking moment mourning her boyfriend, who was killed on the Dutch front lines when the Germans invaded. She likes to think of her illegal work as a small act of rebellion.

On a routine delivery, a client asks Hanneke for help. Expecting to hear that Mrs. Janssen wants meat or kerosene, Hanneke is shocked by the older woman’s frantic plea to find a person–a Jewish teenager Mrs. Janssen had been hiding, who has vanished without a trace from a secret room. Hanneke initially wants nothing to do with such dangerous work, but is ultimately drawn into a web of mysteries and stunning revelations that lead her into the heart of the resistance, open her eyes to the horrors of the Nazi war machine, and compel her to take desperate action.

Thoughts:

There’s something about World War II books that really intrigue me. I find them so desperately sad, but at the same time I love to read about that time period, especially when delivered in a sensitive yet believable manner. These books always tug at my heart-strings and this book really was no exception.

The Girl In The Blue Coat follows our protagonist Hanneke. Hanneke has experienced great loss as she has lost her boyfriend who was a soldier during the German invasion of Amsterdam. Hanneke feels guilty because she convinced him to enlist. Hanneke feels empty without her first love so she throws herself into supporting her family. Hanneke begins to work in the black market, getting items for her neighbours and selling them on. As the story progresses, Hanneke becomes a part of the Resistance, beginning to help others and alongside this Hanneke begins a search for a girl in the blue coat (a young Jewish girl that a neightbour was hiding!)

Hanneke is such a great character. I loved reading about her because she was so headstrong. I really liked that there wasn’t anything stand out about Hanneke. She could easily have been anyone. That’s what makes her such a special character. She’s ordinary, yet does incredibly brave things for others. There are fascinating characters throughout which makes The Girl In The Blue Coat a pleasure to read.

Monica Hesse has clearly done her research when it comes to subject matter. Everything was so realistic and I feel like she captured the time period perfectly.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A well researched, thought out YA historical read!

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Top Ten Books Set in World War II

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s list I decided to pick the first ten books that came to mind when I thought of World War II historical fiction. I love historical fiction and World War II has always fascinated me. There are books that I love that aren’t on this list, but here are the ten that immediately came to mind…

In no particular order (book images go to Goodreads…)

The Book Thief- Markus Zusak

The Book Thief

I have so much love for this book. I know it divides a lot of readers, but I really do think it’s incredible. I think it’s a challenging read but an important one.

Sarah’s Key- Tatiana de Rosnay

Sarah's Key

I picked up this book totally by accident in a book store near my sister’s old house. I absolutely devoured this story. It broke my heart.

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas- John Boyne

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Some might find this book to be overrated but I think it’s wonderful. Another heart-breaker that’s for sure.

The Bronze Horseman- Paullina Simons

The Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman, #1)

This book is set in Russia in the 1940s. I love this trilogy and whilst it is quite a hefty read I think it’s totally worth it. There’s such a beautiful romance at the heart of it even if there’s a lot of er.. intimate moments within the story.

Prisoner of Night and Fog- Anne Blankman

Prisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog, #1)

This is another book that I came across quite randomly. I really enjoyed it and its sequel as well. I thought it was stand-out in a very populated genre.

The Wrong Boy-  Suzy Zail

The Wrong Boy

I absolutely adored this book which features a Jewish girl named Hanna being sent to Auschwitz with her familt. Hanna plays piano for the camp commander and falls in love with the wrong boy…

Code Name Verity- Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)

Another book I adored. I absolutely love when books in this genre are a little different and I found this book to be quite a powerful reminder of woman’s roles in the war.

Hotel On The Corner of Bitter and Sweet- Jamie Ford

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

I know that this book has got really mixed reviews, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought it was a beautiful read. The plot does have a few flaws, but other than that I have nothing bad to say about it and I’d still highly recommend it.

Cross My Heart- Carmen Reid

Cross My Heart

I adored this book which, again, I didn’t expect to read or enjoy as much as I did. It’s centres around 15 year old Nicole as she watches Belgium be invaded by the Nazis. Nicole joins the Belgian resistance. Such a powerful book.

The Girl In The Blue Coat- Monica Hesse

The Girl in the Blue Coat

I read this book in August and immediately knew it would make a list like this. It’s a wonderful albeit sad story about a ordinary girl making courageous choices.

What did you do for your Top Ten list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

This Week In Books #40

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

As ever, click on the book image to get to Goodreads!

Down with the Shine The Girl in the Blue Coat Little Girl Gone

NOWDown With The ShineKate Karyus Quinn– I really enjoy Kate’s writing. It’s so unique and her stories are often very, very strange. In this story, there’s some moonshine which happens to grant wishes. I’m about halfway through at the moment and I’m finding it very gripping!

THEN- The Girl In The Blue Coat- Monica Hesse– I love stories that are set in WWII. I find them so interesting yet incredibly harrowing. This was a fantastic story with some very poignant moments.

NEXTLittle Girl Gone Alexandra Burt– I have had this book on my TBR for what seems like forever. I love a psychological thriller, so I can’t wait to step into this one next!

What have you been reading this week? Feel free to leave me a link to your post or a similar meme and I’ll stop by! Happy Reading 😀

Stacking The Shelves #145

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page!

NetGalley:

Thanks to Hot Key Books/Bonnier

Nothing Tastes As Good Ruby Oliver 1: The Boyfriend List The Boy Book: A Study of Habits and Behaviors, Plus Techniques for Taming Them (Ruby Oliver, #2)  The Yellow Room

Nothing Tastes As GoodClaire Hennessy– I have heard so much about this book, so I snapped up a copy when I was given a chance! This is my next read, for sure!

The Boyfriend List and The Boy BookE. Lockhart- This books have been out for a while, but I assume are being rereleased. They look like quick summer reads, so I decided to get my hands on them!

The Yellow  RoomJess Valance– I love that simple cover. It sounds really intriguing too.

Bought:

I’ve had my eye on these books for a while now…

Crush The Girl in the Blue Coat The Square Root of Summer  Lying About Last Summer Head Over Heels (Geek Girl, #5)

Crush Eve Ainsworth-Ooh, this book has really intrigued me. I really enjoyed Eve Ainsworth’s 7 days and  this book looks like it’s going to be just as gripping. It does deal with an abusive relationship so I think it’s going to be a tough read.

The Girl In The Blue CoatMonica Hesse– I have an interest in reading books set in World War II. This book looks like it’ll be another tough, but important read.

The Square Root Of SummerHarriet Reuter Hapgood– The pretty cover drew me to this book, I have to admit. I have also heard some wonderful things about it, so I look forward to reading this book, this summer!

Lying About Last Summer Sue Wallman– This book seems to be getting a lot of buzz around the blogosphere, so I’m intrigued!

Head Over Heels Holly Smale– I adore the Geek Girl series so I’m excited to get back to that world!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’l stop by! Happy Reading! 😀

Stray

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How did I get it?:
Sent to me by the lovely Hot Key Books. Many thanks to them!

Synopsis:

What happens when you live a life that isn’t yours?

25% Romance, 25% Dark Future, 25% Action, 25% Virtual Reality

Lona Sixteen Always is not herself – quite literally. She lives her life virtually through the experiences of Julian, a boy who was chosen as a role model for the Pathers of Quadrant 1 – troubled children who have been ‘rescued’ by the government and put ‘on-Path’. But one day Lona finds she can think for herself. And on top of that, the face of a familiar boy appears on her screen – Fenn, who she thought had moved on to a different stage of the Path last year. But he didn’t. Fenn and other rebels like him have strayed from the Path, and now Lona must stray too. But life off-Path is strange and difficult, and Lona uncovers a secret that will threaten all their lives. Can there really be life after the Path?

Synopsis:

I hadn’t heard of this book, before it was sent to me, but I’m pretty sure my friend Luna would’ve nudged me in its direction had it completely passed me by. I thought Stray was a great, original read. It felt really fresh and easy to read.

As I said, Stray is a original read. It’s quite hard to try and explain. Stray is about a world in which children who would’ve been lost are put into a Path system. They spend 23 hours a day, being Julian. Julian lived fifty years ago and his life was seen as perfect. The main character is Lona. A girl who has been on the Path for sixteen years, she can’t imagine her life being any other way. Fenn, a boy from the past, reappears. Lona is taken off the Path, and enters a new world where she discovers secrets, other Off-Pathers, finding out who she is and where the Path leads.

I really liked Lona. She was so easy to like. I loved how inquisitive she was. She grows massively as a character as she learns about the real world. All of the characters are intriguing though. I particularly like Talia and Fenn as well.

I don’t want to say too much about the plot, because I loved going into it without knowing a lot about it. It kept me interested throughout and I thought the writing was fantastic. It’ll be interesting to see how this world develops.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Stacking The Shelves #42 An unexpected biggie!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

Have a click of the title of the book to get to its Goodread’s page!

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This week, I only expected to get Allegiant, as I’m on a book buying ban as I have a holiday coming up in May/June, so I need to be saving the pennies. However, I ended up getting SO many books. My prize pack came through from winning September’s British Book Challenge, Luna from Luna’s Little Library sent me some books and she also arranged for Hot Key Books to send me some books! My mum also bought me some books when she went on holiday. Wow.

Presents:

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Cathy Kelly- The Honey Queen

Philippa Gregory- Stormbringers

Laini Taylor- Days of Blood and Starlight

Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer- Between The Lines

I’m particularly excited to read Between The Lines which I hear is very good!

Won:

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Gina Blaxill- Forget Me Never

Gina Blaxill- Saving Silence

Sita Brahmachari- Kite Spirit

Hayley Long- Downside Up

Andrew Lane- Lost Worlds (couldn’t find on Goodreads!)

I really like the look of Forget Me Never, Saving Silence and Kite Spirit. I’ve read Downside Up before, it’s a good book! I’m not sure if Lost Worlds is for me, but I’ll give it a go at some point.

From Hot Key Books:

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Karen Foxlee- The Midnight Dress

Natalie Whipple- Blindsided

Monica Hesse- Stray

Ellen Renner- Tribute (doesn’t have a cover on Goodreads yet!)

Dawn McNiff- Little Celeste

I was so pleased to get these books, it was such an unexpected surprise. They all look fantastic. Luna picked well!

From Luna:

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Don’t I have the best friends? I’m particularly excited about The Butterfly Novels by Denise Deegan as Luna recommends them so highly!

Helen Grant- Wish Me Dead

Anna Humphrey- Rhymes With Cupid

Mette Ivie Harrison- The Princess and the Hound

Louise Rennison- Fab Confessions of Georgia Nicolson Vol 1.

Beth Goobie- Before Wings

Katherine McMahon- The Alchemist’s Daughter

Lexie Hill- Kissing Booth

Ally Carter- I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You and Cross My Heart and Hope To Spy

Denise Deegan-  And By The Way, And For Your Information, And Actually..

Robin Mellom- Ditched: A Love Story

Catherine Gilbert Murdock- Princess Ben

Robin Palmer- Cindy Ella

What did you get this week? Feel free to leave the link to your Stacking The Shelves post and I’ll stop by your blog at some point this weekend!