The Metal Heart-A Book Review

Oh. Well, I don’t know…no, actually I have no idea how to start this first paragraph but I am going to tell you something. I just finished the Shadow and Bone trilogy by Leigh Bardugo in a while ago because I was just craving books for absolutely no reason…

And…and the last book broke my heart. Those who read the books, how did you even survive the ending? Because as much as I hate to admit that, I found myself randomly breaking into sobs all day and having to control my sudden breakdowns. I mean, whatever, I’ll be posting my review soon.

WHY THE HECK DO AUTHORS CREATE CHARACTER MASTERPIECES AND DESTROY THEM AT THE END?

I NEED AN ANSWER!

AND I RATE ALL OF THE BOOKS IN THE TRILOGY FIVE STARS?? AND HOW COME THEY BECAME A FAVOURITE OF MINE WHEN-

I need to calm down before my brain explodes…

*takes a deep breath in*


  • Title: The Metal Heart: A Novel of Love and Valor in World War II
  • Author: Caroline Lea
  • Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance, World War II, Fiction
  • Category: A
  • Publishing Date/Publisher: June 8th 2021 by Harper Perennial

The Metal Heart: A Novel of Love and Valor in World War II
Source: Goodreads

All happens during World War II, in a small Scottish island. Dot and her twin sister, Con are orphans, living alone in an old bothy (sort of hut) in Selkie Holm, the small island only occupied by these two sisters.

All changes when it is decided that Italian prisoners will be brought in order to help with the war and the preparations and they will be lodged in Selkie Holm. Most people on the main island see prisoners, probably criminals or murderers but Dot and Con see humans with a heart, a life, a family who have come here to work. The are the ones who volunteer to help in nursing and caring for them when they are hurt.

Ever since, those prisoners came, Dot’s attention has been drawn to one. Cesare, a man whom she saved from drowning when he and the other prisoners came by boat to Selkie Holm. But her growing attraction to Cesare doesn’t make her life any brighter. Her bond with her sister, Con starts fraying like a cord and it looks inevitable. Her sister only wanting her to be safe and Dot trying to reassure Con that she will make sure old mistakes do not resurface again. But maybe it is just too late or old mistakes and the past just always find a way to come to the surface.


About the Author:

Caroline Lea

Caroline Lea grew up on the island of Jersey and gained a First from Warwick University. Her fiction and poetry have been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and the BBC Short Story Prize. Her debut novel, The Glass Woman, a gothic thriller set during the Icelandic witch trials, was shortlisted for the HWA Debut Crown Award. Her next novel, The Metal Heart, was a powerful Second World War love story set on the island of Orkney.

[Picture and text taken directly from Goodreads]


My Ratings: 4/5

Rating: 4 out of 5.

My Thoughts:

This book…was definitely what I hadn’t expected it to be. It didn’t actually happen where the war took place but a little corner of Scotland.

I read this book like two weeks ago I think so I have forgotten a little…but I’ll manage haha.

I found Dot and Con to be two interesting characters. They were so different from each other despite being twins and looking like two peas in the same pod…

WAIT! A pea from a pod and a pea from another pod still look very same. Just like red kidney beans and lentils right? What am I even doing right now discussing peas and lentils when this is a review?

Dot was the quiet one while Con was the one who was a little restless. I loved their backstories as well which were each so different especially Con’s backstory which is also the main reason why she is just so protective of her other sister and would do anything to stop Dot from making the same mistake as she did.

The thing I loved the most about those two sister is their sisterly bond. They look after each other backs and always so supportive of each other. The sacrifices they make for each other especially in the last few moments in the book.

My sister and I could never-

But my sister and I are great at is being partners when it comes to stealing or any other crime.😂 Or things like smuggling insects and beetles (insects are FASCINATING creatures…except cockroaches) or pretty stones stolen from I-don’t-know-where into the house. If there is also one other thing is that the sentence I say the most to my sister is, “Don’t touch me!”, because she has an annoying habit of hugging people. And I am not the person who likes hugs or any form of touchy things. Well not all the time haha.😂 Am I the one who makes a face when people hug me? Sometimes I like hugs but otherwise…*runs away*

The plot of the book was okay but I think it could have been much more interesting or more things could have been added. Like I think the book could have benefited with Cesare’s backstory and maybe chapters written in his point of view. Cesare was a prisoner and I would have really liked to know about what were his crimes and a lot more about his life back in Italy.

But otherwise I really enjoyed reading this book. The writing style was really beautiful and it had me tearing up at the end but it is a book with love and courage shining through! One that I greatly recommend for fans of historical fiction!

Now, I have to catch up with crying over Ruin and Rising, the whole series to be honest and plan my other reviews!

See you all later with another post!

~Hermione

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue-A Book Review

Another 500 page book! Took me 3 days to finish…I guess I forgot to say hi at the beginning but never mind…

Title: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

Author: Victoria (V.E) Schwab

Genre: Fantasy (not really though because it is set in our world but it has some magical elements), Fiction, Romance, Historical Fiction

Publishing Date/Publisher: October 6th 2020 by Tor Books

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
(BTW, the cover is so simple but yet so beautiful…)Source: Goodreads

Adeline LaRue lives an almost invisible life. She was born in the 1700’s in France when a simple moment in the early night before her wedding changed her life. She made a deal with the God of the Dark, in return of her soul, she will obtain her freedom. No one in their right minds would do such a deal but Addie was desperate…She could long as she liked until the day she got tired of living and will then have to surrender her soul…her curse or rather her bargain doesn’t end here either, people won’t remember her the moment they turn their heads and lose her out of their sight.

Till now, (2000’s), nobody has been able to remember 300 year old Adeline…until the day she enters a bookshop she had visited the day before and a young man remembers her…The thing Addie longed for the most, ever since she made that deal, to be remembered.

About The Author:

V.E. Schwab

Victoria is the product of a British mother, a Beverly Hills father, and a southern upbringing. Because of this, she has been known to say “tom-ah-toes,” “like,” and “y’all.”

She also tells stories. She loves fairy tales, and folklore, and stories that make her wonder if the world is really as it seems.

[Picture and text taken directly from Goodreads]

My Ratings: 4.95/5

Rating: 5 out of 5.

My Thoughts:

When I read the synopsis, I thought it would be something like The Picture of Dorian Gray (I absolutely loved this book…like one of my favourite classics) but it takes a whole new turn. Alright, let me tell you, you either like this book or don’t like it at all. There, now I told you we can continue…

There are so many things which can be said about this book. But if there is one main thing in my opinion is that the book mostly feels like a journey rather than a journey with a final destination. And adding that the journey was deeply and darkly beautiful. The writing had so much meaning and a depth that makes it like no other book I have ever read before. I can say that Schwab has really put her heart out while writing this book. Her writing style is….breathtakingly amazing and oh my god, deep! It conveys so many emotions.

So many things happen in the book of course and we get to read about what happened back in the 18th century and now, that is in the 21st century. Addie was a great character with her ups and downs and equal stubbornness but if there is the character that gets you hooked the most is Luc, the God of the Dark. His name isn’t really Luc because he doesn’t really have a name. Luc is the name Addie gave him. Just imagine a God which doesn’t look very much like a God and actually takes the shape of a dark curly haired man with deep green eyes just for Adeline.

Aaaaah, now we come to the part where I begin to ship Addie with Luc! I.Am.Not.Supposed.To.Be.Doing.This. Why did I ever begin with shipping Addie and Luc because now that idea cannot get out of my head. All throughout the book, I was like….ya know what I mean.

I do recommend this book to anyone. I haven’t read such a deep and dark book for a very long time. I think I could recommend it only for you to run your fingers under each line (I read the ebook😔) and savour the deep meanings and just breathe it in. It really has a unique magic of its own.

Well, I have written enough for this post and I ought to be off right now. I just finished the first chapter of Mexican Gothic and I am dying to know more.

See you later!

Hermione

Have any of you read this book btw? I WANNA BUY IT THE BOOK!

The Book of Lost Names- A Book Review

Hi friends! Hope all of you are doing great. This is the first book I have read that is around the genre of War Fiction and I am even surprised I liked it! I had this on my TBR ages ago and I am finally happy I have been able to read it! Well, let’s move on with the review.

Title: The Book of Lost Names

Author: Kristin Harmel

Genre: Historical Fiction, World War 2

Publishing Date/Publisher: July 21st 2020/Gallery Books

The Book of Lost Names
Source of picture: goodreads

Eva Traube is in her eighties already and she works as a librarian. She also has a son, Ben but her husband died years ago. Many people believe that she is just and old lady but Eva knows better, she is a person with a frightening and sad past, a person who’s will to survive was still there even in the midst of despair, in the midst of World War 2 when the Nazis were looting all the Jews and sending them to prison camps just because of their religion. Eva would have been sent away too if she and her mother hadn’t been at their neighbours’ but she was one of the very few lucky people.

As Eva reads the newspaper, she finds an image of somebody with something she recognized instantly; the book, her book, The Book of Lost Names, the book that has been missing for more than six decades, in which she kept all the original names of the Jewish children who had to cross the border to Switzerland, to safety, who had to change their names and become new identities.

This story becomes much more interesting when we learn about Eva’s past and how she meets the handsome forger, Rémy and how both of them work in the secret library in a church forging papers for all the Jewish children who had to flee and how important keeping records of lost names meant to her. Because Eva was a person with hope in her heart and believed that saving children’s lives is one of the best things to do to save humanity.

About the Author:

Home - Kristin Harmel
Source: kristinharmel.com

Kristin Harmel is the New York Times bestselling and #1 international bestselling author of The Book of Lost Names, The Winemaker’s Wife amongst many others. She started writing professionally since the age of 16 and begun her career as a sportswriter. She now lives in Orlando, with her husband and her young son.

My ratings: 4.5/5

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

My favourite quotes:🤍

She doesn’t understand what it means to love books so passionately that you would die without them, that you would simply stop breathing, stop existing.

The book of lost names by kristin harmel

“Libraries are very magical places.”

Eva traube-The book of lost names by kristin harmel

One of the things that made me fall in love with the book is the fact that Eva loves books and believes that books and libraries are magical destinations. It is like a book about books though it isn’t the main focus.

The book goes between the past and the present, when Eva was around 25(the war) and around 80(the present). The book is filled with all sorts of emotions, just like it says on the cover. The book teaches us many things like hope in the darkest of times is one of the most admirable trait in a person; just like Eva, who believed that if she cannot save all the Jewish children from the war, she will be able to save most of them. She was a great character.

Would I recommend this? Definitely. It is a yes. I think it would be a book that could suit anybody who likes historical fiction and most importantly, to all the book lovers in the world who believe that books and libraries are one of the most magical things that can exist💜.

Love y’all!

~Hermione🤍

P.S. I just finished reading Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power so that is definitely going to be the next review.👍