Monthly Archives: July 2012
Author: Rena Kornreich Gelissen & Heather Dune Macadam
No matter how much we’ve heard or read or seen, it’s always shocking and extremely sad to know what was done to the people in the concentration camps during WWII. But as horrific as it was, it’s amazing – and I would call it a miracle due to the circumstances – that some survived and were able to tell their stories (I, for sure, don’t believe I would have survived 1 day).
Rena’s Promise is the story of Rena Kornreich Gelissen, a Polish woman who, at 21 years old, arrived in Auschwitz on the 1st train and stayed in Nazi concentration camps for more than 3 years before being released. She tells us about her life pre-war in a small town called Tylicz, in Poland; then in Slovakia, where she had to get refuge; and finally all the horrors she experienced in Auschwitz, where she was able to find her younger sister, Danka (who arrived on the 2nd train) and keep both alive – thankfully escaping Dr. Mengele’s experiments.
Author: Doug Johnstone
Billy, his girlfriend Zoe and his brother Charlie are coming home from a party, drunk and high on drugs or, more specifically, pills that Charlie steals from the hospital where he is a doctor, when they hit someone on the road. After Charlie checks the person has no vital signals, they decide not to report the accident and head home leaving the body behind. On the next day, Billy, being a (new) crime reporter, is called to cover a story near the location where they hit the man, and he discovers that the dead man was Frank Whitehouse, Edinburgh’s biggest crime lord. And from here things just go crazy.
Author: Richelle Mead
Released almost 1 year after the 1st book, The Golden Lily is as good as Bloodlines, and I reckon Richelle Mead did a good job refreshing our memory about the past events in the previous book – simple, direct and not too repetitive (which was a big problem for me on the Vampire Academy Series).
The story on this one is mainly about Sydney’s conflicts in being loyal to the Alchemists’ principles while getting closer and fonder to the Moroi (vampires) and, well, being also loyal to these friends, which is a big thing and strongly punishable by The Alchemists.
The group is still in Palm Springs: Jill, Adrian, Eddie and now Angeline, the dhampir who used to live with The Keepers. Sonya Karp and Dimitri also establish themselves there to conduct experiments on the Strigoi issue.