Started – 3/7/13
Finished – 6/7/13
Format – Kindle e-book
Synopsis – Tillie is a German concert pianist in 1915. She is assigned by the German Military to an American tour in order to provide good-will and to spy. All the while she does her duty, she has an agenda of her own. She must rescue her sister from kidnappers. Tillie changes from a young lady on the brink of promise to a resourceful woman willing to sacrifice everything. As Tillie learns, desperate times lead to desperate acts. Her journey takes her from Frankfurt to Washington DC to France and to England. Even as she runs for her life, she finds love with a German Intelligence Officer. While she risks being shot as a spy, she performs her music. While she grieves for her fallen friends, she works to reach the child, Rose.
My Thoughts – I downloaded this book onto my kindle as it was free for a day and it had a lot of things in it that i thought I might enjoy reading. It is set during the first world war, it has Germany in it and is also about spying so I thought it might be a good book.
However I didnt really enjoy this book. It seemed to jump about a fair bit and it could have been a lot better if it had been padded out a bit more and things explained as to why it was all happening. This book had two plots one that involved the spying and one that involved Tillie getting her sister back. FOr some reason it seemed to have been thrown together a bit and should have concentrated on one or the other.
This book is the second in ther series and while i havent read the first i didnt think that it made all that much sense. I did enjoy reading about the German side of the first world war though.
Rating – 2/5
Its Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly bookish meme held on Book Journey by Sheila. It’s a great place to discuss your week in reading and see what others are reading too.
This is the first week that I have managed to read more than one book in a week for a long long time! The first book I read was Brothers Fury by Giles Kristian. I got sent this from the publishers and it is set in the English Civil War. It is the second book in a series but have not yet read the first, something I will be sorting out very soon! I really enjoyed the book and I’m hoping that there are more in the series as it ends on rather a big cliff hanger.
I am currrently reading Mistress of the Sea by Jenny Barden. I got sent this book by the publishers too and I only started it last night so I am hoping that its going to be good. Its a book about sailing to the new world so it does sound very good!
Next up is a book from my kindle one that I downloaded a long time ago but have never started, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. I have never read a Dickens book, much to my shame but hopefully I’ll end up loving it.
Synopsis – “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”, “It is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known” – so the novel begins and ends with some of Dicken’s best-known words, and between the two is every Briton’s view of the worst excesses of the French Revolution.
Wow its the first day of July already! Where did that come from? I’ve not had the most fantastic of months this month. I was ill for around a week and then I quit my job so I’ve been very stressed out. Unfortunatly this has impacted on my reading rather a lot. According to Goodreads I am 16 books behind my target of 80 books. I have read 23 out of 80 books or 21% of my target reached. I really need to have a good month this month if i am going to have any hope of reaching my goal.
22)The Crimson Petal and the White – Michel Faber (2012 book, paperback book) I really enjoyed this book. It was the choice for the reading circle for the month and I really got into it. It was a massive book though at 700 pages long so this took me most of the month to read.
23)Avery Nolan: Private Dick of the Dead – Tony Faville (2012 book, e-book) I brought this when I first got my kindle and if I’m honest I didnt really enjoy it much.
Books carried over
I am currently reading Brothers Fury by Giles Kristian. I got sent this book from the publishers and I’ve finally had the time to pick it up. I am really enjoying this book. I’m about halfway through already.
Rory Gilmore – The Crimson Petal and the White.
Mistress of the Sea – Jenny Barden
How I Live Now – Meg Rosoff
The String Diaries – Stephen Lloyd Jones