Saying Goodbye to Warsaw by Michael Cargill

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Saying Goodbye to Warsaw by Michael Cargill

Published: September 8th by Createspace 

Pages: 170

Summary: Abigail and her family are evicted from their house and forced to move into the ghetto of Warsaw because they are Jewish. Here they live in the worst conditions. Imagine not knowing when your next meal will be or better, where will it come from. Their taps don’t supply enough water for them to drink, shower, or flush their toilets regularly. There are German soldiers on every street corner and you never know what to expect. Are they going to let you pass to the marketplace or are they going to shoot you for the fun of it? Boldy, a handful of Warsaw residents decide to fight back against the German soldiers. Will they succeed and live free once again?

My Thoughts: I want to thank Michael Cargill for sending me this book to review. This isn’t normally something I would read, but after reading the Goodreads description and I was intrigued. I am so very thankful this book was brought into my life. It was not only an incredible story, it really made me appreciate all that I have. 

I loved so many things about this book! I loved the way the book wasn’t written entirely in one perspective. I feel like I got to know all the characters really well since they were all telling the story and sharing their innermost thoughts. 

I really liked the characters. I especially liked Abigail. I loved seeing things through her eyes. A small slab of butter on a stale piece of bread reminded her of sunshine. A cauliflower reminded her of a snowball. She is creative, her imagination is comforting, and she has a child sense of wonder and whimsy. I liked how protective Leo was of his sister. 

I felt the ending was very fitting. I was very satisfied with the way things ended. I would recommend this book to everyone. It may seem a bit slow to get started, but it’s building, stick with it because the result is incredible. Helpful hint, have the tissues near by. 

Goodreads Rating: 4.5/5 

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

 

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Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showaleter

Published: September 2012 by Harlequin Teen

Pages: 404

Summary: Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real….

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies….

My Thoughts: I was very excited about starting this book because I have been obsessed with everything Alice in Wonderland lately. I love Alice and I enjoy a great zombie novel, so I thought this would be a great book for me. Unfortunately, it did not hold my attention. 

The story started off strong with the death of her family, the white rabbit cloud, and the “monsters”. I thought it was going to lead somewhere amazing. It was shattered to pieces when she started her new school and met Cole Holland. The second he comes in, the story turns from an Alice/Zombie story to a romance YA. 

I only read YA books if they seem to be more than romantic fluff and this one deceived me. I could not finish the book because of the overbearing romance story line. It was not holding my attention and my reading time could be spent with better stories. I’m very disappointed; I thought this was going to be a great read, but it didn’t turn out that way. 

I would recommend this book to romance YA lovers.

Goodreads Rating: 1/5.