Review: Surviving the Angel of Death

I recived a FREE copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review!

Title: Surviving the Angel of Death

Author: Eva Mozes Kor and Lisa Rojany Baccieri

Release date: 13 October 2020

Synopsis: “Eva Mozes Kor was just ten years old when she arrived in Auschwitz. While her parents and two older sisters were taken to the gas chambers, she and her twin, Miriam, were herded into the care of the man known as the Angel of Death, Dr. Josef Mengele. Subjected to sadistic medical experiments, she was forced to fight daily for her and her twin’s survival. In this incredible true story written for young adults, readers learn of a child’s endurance and survival in the face of truly extraordinary evil and Eva’s recovery and her controversial but often misunderstood decision to publicly forgive the Nazis. Readers will learn of how she triumphed over unfathomable pain and suffering into a life-long work for peace, human rights, and Holocaust education.

The new edition provides interesting details and important context to the events related in the original story. A new Afterword by publisher Peggy Porter Tierney offers a richer portrayal of Eva as a person, the truth behind the controversies, and the eventful last ten years of her life.”

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed this book! Previously I’ve read alot of holocaust-survivor books and I find them really educational and informing.

What I liked most about this book is how it’s told from the perspective of a 10 year old girl, who just knew she had to survive. I love how you can understand her struggles, and feel her hopes and dreams for the future. You really want her to make it! She only tells of what she knows at the time and not adding all the information she got later in life. You get a sense of how unknown things where, and you keep wondering yourself what’s going to happen to these twins around the next corner.

What I didn’t like was the lack of information about the “tests” that was done. It felt like they were subject to very few “tests” from reading the book, and from other books I know that’s not true. I understand that this book is men for a younger audience, but still it didn’t feel quite real when it’s widely known that horrible tests where performed.

Other than that the book is very easily read, and I would probably have enjoyed this even more when I were younger. This book is written for age 12 and up.

My Rating

4 STARS
This is a really strong book, and has a really important message about our history. Nobody was safe from the horrors of the Nazi, and today we have very few who can tell us what really happened. It’s important to remeber the history that made the world today!

Have you read this book before? What’s your thoughts?

See you later,

The Little Library of Books

Review: Harry potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – Illustrated

Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Author: J. K. Rowling

Release date: October 2017

Synopsis: “Harry Potter’s third year at Hogwarts is full of new dangers. A convicted murderer, Sirius Black, has broken out of Azkaban prison, and it seems he’s after Harry. Now Hogwarts is being patrolled by the dementors, the Azkaban guards who are hunting Sirius. But Harry can’t imagine that Sirius or, for that matter, the evil Lord Voldemort could be more frightening than the dementors themselves, who have the terrible power to fill anyone they come across with aching loneliness and despair.

Meanwhile, life continues as usual at Hogwarts. A top-of-the-line broom takes Harry’s success at Quidditch, the sport of the Wizarding world, to new heights. A cute fourth-year student catches his eye. And he becomes close with the new Defense of the Dark Arts teacher, who was a childhood friend of his father. Yet despite the relative safety of life at Hogwarts and the best efforts of the dementors, the threat of Sirius Black grows ever closer. But if Harry has learned anything from his education in wizardry, it is that things are often not what they seem.

Tragic revelations, heartwarming surprises, and high-stakes magical adventures await the boy wizard in this funny and poignant third installment of the beloved series.”

My Thoughts

I think most of us know about Harry Potter by now, and many have read this book. I will not say much about the story itself, because MOST people knows it already.

What I will say something about is that I absoultely love these illustrated editions! Jim Kay have done a wonderful job, and I’m so excited to check out the rest of the books. I have already read all the books several times, but now I’m living for the drawings in the books! I’m actually sad that I do not own the next book yet, that released last year. But hopefully I can get it for my birthday or christmas this year?

I will also add that I love these book so much that i buy them in both English and in my native language, Norwegian, just so I have them for my future kids! My mother read Harry potter to me by the bed, and I would love to do the same one day.

My Rating

5 STARS
I can’t actually give this book any other rating than 5 stars. No matter the storm around J. K. Rowling these days. I grew up with these books, they are my one true love! They were mostly the reason I love reading so much! I’m not ashamed to say so, and I know alot of people agree with me (and disagree with the authors opinions).

Have you read this book before? What’s your thoughts?

See you later,

The Little Library of Books

Review: The Atlantis Bloodline by C.A. Gray

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Title: The Atlantis Bloodline

Author: C. A. Gray

Release date: February 2020

Synopsis: “When sweet Ada Edwards meets the mysterious Kaison Hughes, lead singer of the biggest band in the world, she can’t understand what he sees in her. Despite everyone’s warnings about him, she’s rapidly falling in love. But it’s obvious he has a secret, and he’s not all he appears to be.

Kai’s life isn’t his own, and his fame isn’t the half of it. As a member of a secret organization known as the Elioud, descended from the Atlantean daughters of the Pleiades, he’s been commissioned with a task: to reintegrate the lost line of Maia into their ranks. It just so happens that Ada is the one they’ve been looking for. He doesn’t know what they intend to do to her, and he doesn’t care. All he wants is the prize for a successful mission: one unqualified wish, which he intends to spend on his beloved sister’s freedom.

There’s just one problem: Kai’s falling in love with Ada, too”

My Thoughts

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I really liked this book, and I got hooked from the beginning. This is not a typical rockstar novel (which I also love), and that’s actually great! The story of Atlantis is something I’ve always loved, and this book was great!

I would say it’s both a bit predictable, and wildly unpredictable! i sa some of the things comming, but that ending was so much better than I would have hoped. I also didn’t see it comming exactly that way.

I found the main character, Ada, a bit naive and “stupid” but I think she grew nicely throughout the book, and I got very found of her. She grew up, and took responsibiliy and didn’t run away in signs of danger.

I really recommend this book, i was hooked from the beginning!

My Rating

5 STARS
I can’t really decide if I want to give this book 4 – 4,5 – 5 stars, so I went with 5 stars on Goodreads. I really enjoyed it, and I could bare put it down therefore it ended up as a 5 star book!

Have you read this book before? What’s your thoughts?

See you later,

The Little Library of Books

Mid Year Book Freak Out 2020

I just learned about this “tag” and I really wanted to post my answers! it’s alot of great questions, and I added/removed some of the questions.

  1. How much have you read so far in 2020?

I started the new year with a few good reads, and I felt like this was going to be the year. 2019 wasn’t the best reading year for me, and I didn’t reach my goal of number of books I wanted to read. Therefore I lowered the number a bit before this year.

  1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2020

This answer is quite tricky, because I honestly have so many that would fit in here.. BUT, if I have to choose a new release, and not a reread it have to be “House of Earth and Blood” by Sarah J. Maas. I didn’t review this on any platform, but I did write “So… When is the next book releasing? I hope it was yesterday!” If that didn’t give enough impression of my thoughts then nothing will.

  1. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020

I have actually been finishing some series this year, after putting it of for a while! I can’t really make up my mind between these, so I just have to share them all. They are diffrent genres and it’s probably therefore I can’t choose..

  1. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

The book I really need to get to right now is the newest Hunger Games book. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins! I did order the book back in January, and it was sent to me around release. BUT, it got lost in the mail so I was refunded the price of the book and went to a store at home to buy it.

  1. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

This question is also very easy for me to answer. I’ve always been a huge fan of Christopher Paolini, and his new book are going to release in September! To Sleep in a Sea of Stars has been a book I’ve waited for sooo long!

  1. Favorite new author (debut or new to you)

I think I have two new authors to me so far this year that I really loved. They both write fantasy, but they are very different! I feel like I really need to read the next books soon, because they were so good.

  1. Rereads this year

This year is apperently the year for rereads! My goal is to finish older books and series that I’ve started on, but still I have managed to read quite a few books I’ve read before..

  1. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

It’s actually an norwegian book, that you can find in english as well. It’s called Nothern Lights by Malin Falch, and the pictures and story is just beautiful! I bought the bottom book this year, but I just want to show you all the books so far.

  1. Reading goals for the rest of the year?

I have som very spesific reading goals this year. This year I want to finish some books I’ve previously began, but never finished, and some series that I’ve started but only have one book left in the series. I just don’t want a series to end.. Some of the books/series are mentioned beneath.

  • Finish Red Queen – series
  • Finish The Wrath & The Dawn – series
  • Finish City of Glass
  • Finish Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated Ed.
  • Finish Nevernight

What are you answers to these questions? Have you done this post? I want to see it!

See you later,

The Little Library of Books

Audiobooks

I tend to listen to audiobooks in times where I can’t physically read a book. When I’m working, riding my bike to school or out shopping I like to have somthing to listen to, as I imagine other people does as well. My problem is that I don’t particulary enjoy music, and therefore like to have an audiobook instead.

When I grew up I always liked to listen to somthing when I went to bed, often audiobooks, and I used to fall asleep to them. The have followed me through my entire life, and a really long time in my native language, Norwegian. Eventually, a looong while after I took my first few steps into english books did I dare to try the audiobooks.

My first audiobook in english was “Fantastic beasts and Where to find them” read by Eddie Redmayne. He had a reading speed which was way to fast for me and I thought I never could be able to ever listen to english audiobooks. I was wrong! I figured out that I could turn down (and up) the reading speed and therefore I could get to enjoy the english audiobooks as well!

Many people thinks that listening to an audiobook isn’t the same as reading a book. First, let me tell you that scientists have figured out that listening to an daudiobook and reading a physical book activates the same areas in the brain, so the brain thinks it’s the same. Second, I don’t care how people devour a book, whether they read it, listen to it as audiobook, or eat it. I honestly don’t care as long as they enjoy the book.

Personally I tend to not like the female readers. I’m a woman myself, but I feel like many of the female readers can’t do male voices really good, where the male readers do female voices and impressions really good. BUT, if the book has a whole cast reading, where everyone has their own voice, then I really like it. It’s complicated..

Pros
You can do something else while listening to an audiobook.

If your eyes are tired, you might as well listen to something right?

If you don’t own the book physically, you can listen to it instead.
Cons
Often it can be very expensive (check with your library or an subscribtion service).

Out of battery on you listening device, you’re doomed.


Any pros and cons you have experienced? I never really thought about it..

I hope you enjoyed this post! See you later,

The Little Library of Books

My reading week so far!

Welcome to my blog and my first post! I hope you will like my content!

I thought I should just start out with posting about my reading week so far. I haven’t really had the time to read physical books as I’m painting the new fence for my mom. Therefore I have gotten a few new audiobooks from Audible to keep me company!

A few days ago, I finished “The Name of the Wind” by Patrick Rothfuss. The audiobook is 28(!) hours long, and it was really good! My review from Goodreads is as follows:

“I just finished the audiobook edition, and I feel like I wouldn’t finish this book if I had to read the physical copy(which I own) myself. The beginning was really slow, and I actually quit the audiobook for a while until I really needed something to listen to while working..

As that’s said! Once you got past the introduction(?) (the extremely boring beginning – reason for the 4 stars rating) and Kvothe began to tell his story is was really good! I was barely able to pause the audiobook when I was done working for the day… I honestly don’t know what else to say at this moment, but I really enjoyed the book! AND, the next book will be listened to as well on audiobook when I get a credit.”

Now I’m listening to The Diviners by Libba Bray and it sound pretty good so far. Not sure on my opinin of it yet, but if it keeps going the wa it feels like it’s going, then I can say for sure that I’ll love it!