6/5/13

Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein

I had such high hopes for Code Name Verity, after seeing this book listed on so many bloggers' End of Year surveys last year.  Perhaps it was my unrealistically high expectations, but I didn't love the book as much as I had hoped that I would.

I liked it, don't get me wrong.  Elizabeth Wein definitely knows her stuff when it comes to aviation and WWII history.  But perhaps it was the level of details throughout the book that distracted me from the actual story underneath.  I appreciated that Ms. Wein did a lot of research in order to ensure that every detail was presented as accurately as possible; however, I was more interested in the characters themselves.  It look a long time to get the story going and really get into Maddie and Julie's friendship, and that was where the book really shone.  If it wasn't for so many bloggers assurance that, despite it's slow beginning, it would be worth it in the end, I definitely would have DNF-ed it.  But, unlike The Madman's Daughter, where I felt disappointed that I'd wasted so much time on a book that really didn't wow me in the end, this one definitely did redeem itself by the end.  It was the earth-shaking, unbelievable twist that I was expecting (it WAS a great twist, that's for sure, but I think my twist expectations were just too high).

I wanted to like this book so much, since I have a fondness for WWII stories.  I think it was just my expectations that brought the book down a little for me ... sometimes it's better to NOT know anything about the book before I start reading it, eh?

Book #1 - done!

3 comments:

  1. That feeling happened to me last year with Grave Mercy-everyone raved about it but it couldn't quite live up to that hype. Sorry this one wasn't a knockout for you-it was my favorite read of 2012 (and is one of my favorite books of all time now) so I want absolutely everyone to fall in love with it.

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  2. you're KILLING ME HERE! I wanted to believe all the hype! :( But, her new one coming out, Rose Under Fire, I may be more inclined to pick that one up before HEARING things about it.

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  3. I read another review of this earlier that mentioned a couple of the same issues - I haven't read the book yet, and I would like to see what it's like, but I don't think I will be rushing to put it to the top of the pile! I think when I know there's going to be a twist, my expectations are that much higher, and I'm always worried that it's not going to be as good as I want it to be (or that I might figure it out too early somehow - I blame all those Agatha Christie books!).

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