Mon, May 28, 2012

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein Review

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Code Name Verity
By Elizabeth Wein
Publication date: Feb. 6, 2012
Egmont Press, 452 pages
Source: Publisher, via NetGalley

I have two weeks. You’ll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.

That’s what you do to enemy agents. It’s what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing dirty work like mine — and I will do anything, anything, to avoid SS-Hauptsturmführer von Linden interrogating me again.

He has said that I can have as much paper as I need. All I have to do is cough up everything I can remember about the British War Effort. And I’m going to. But the story of how I came to be here starts with my friend Maddie. She is the pilot who flew me into France — an Allied Invasion of Two.

We are a sensational team.

— Goodreads.com description

Oh holy mother of mercy THIS BOOK.

You guys. THIS BOOK.

Okay, let me gather myself. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein is the story of a young British secret agent held prisoner during WWII and tortured by Nazi investigators. Though the subject matter is serious, the narration is hilarious – think of someone like Ruby Oliver but in Scotland in the 1940s.

It’s best you know nothing more than that.

Truly, Code Name Verity doesn’t seem like the type of book I’d like. I mean, you KNOW there’s not going to be a sweeping love story and there’s likely to be tears. So it was slow going at first for me, in all honesty.

But Elizabeth Wein is just a pure genius, because piece by piece, as the story begins to unravel itself, you realize Code Name Verity is a brilliant, moving and sob-worthy work of art. Everything clicks into place at precisely the right moment, and what seems like a slow and sad tale becomes a masterful story of espionage, friendship and strength.

I cannot count how many times I gasped while reading. IT IS SO THRILLING. I would tell you more, but it’s really a reading experience, and I don’t want to risk spoiling a bit of it.

For a brilliantly researched and beautifully realized read that will surprise and charm you, you must pick up Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. VeganYANerds said:

    Oh Anna I feel exactly the same way about Code Name Verity! It was the most moving book I’ve read in a long time and I want everyone to read it, EVERYONE!

    I totally agree that Elizabeth wove a brilliant story, I gasped several times and was surprised again and again. I am already looking forward to reading this again, even though I know how upset it will leave me for days afterwards.
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  2. Lori said:

    Between your review and April’s I MUST read this book asap! I’m very excited about it.
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  3. April Books & Wine said:

    Oh, Anna. You know EXACTLY how I feel about this book, as we discussed it at length (which YAY I love bookish talk about books that are actually good). <3
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  4. Kyle @ A Reader’s Pensieve said:

    I have seen a lot of reviews for this one lately and it sounds amazing!! There’s not a whole lot better than a well-done historical fiction novel. Can’t wait to read it :)
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  5. Jen said:

    Dude, this really doesn’t seem like a book I’d read. I’m not much of a history buff, FAIL, I married a history teacher. But whatevs. If you like it this much, there’s gotta be something.
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  6. Hannah @ So Obsessed With said:

    You & April are making so excited to read this book! A high recommendation from both of you says a lot about the greatness of this book :) I love historical fiction so I was already interested in this one but now you’ve sealed the deal.
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  7. Magan @ Rather Be Reading said:

    My friend, it was because of you and Mandee that I bought this book last week (I think?). Then I also read April’s review, and though this doesn’t seem like a book I’m like WOOO! LET ME READ IT NOW… I trust all of your opinions and do look forward to it. :)
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  8. Melissa @niftynovels.blogspot.com said:

    Oh my goodness Anna! I can’t even begin to tell you the number of times that I have decided not to buy a book and then changed my mind after reading your review of it. You did it again with this review. I have never, ever been disappointed with a recommendation you’ve given, so I guess this book is headed to my tbr next pile. It looks wonderful!
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  9. Cindy said:

    This sounds brilliant! I can’t wait to read it now. Great review :)
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  10. Kristilyn (Reading in Winter) said:

    This is great to know! I’m leaving for car trip tomorrow and have this on audiobook for the ride. :) I’m looking forward to it!
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  11. Steph Su said:

    Yep. Yep, exactly.
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  12. Allison Reviews Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein said:

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