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Tsura: A World War II Romance Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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At first, I wasn’t that impressed with Tsura. The actions she took in the beginning of the novel struck me the wrong way. Anybody willing to risk the life of those hiding them for a quickie against the outside wall of the house reads as selfish and ungrateful to me.
Yet, once she’s married and in Bucharest, away from Andrei really, I started to like her more and more. She grew as a character, maturing as the war and time progressed. She started to see that not everything is in shades of black or white and that the world is a crueler place than her dreams of married bliss with Andrei. Sometimes she would back slide into two-dimensional snap judgments and immature thought patterns, but those lessened in frequency as the book progressed.
I found the setting different from your usual WWII story. Nazi ally Romania isn’t an often written about spot. Seeing how they oppressed and persecuted their Jewish population, propagating huge pogroms like the Iasi pogrom and deporting to Transnistria yet refusing to give their Jews to the Nazis to send to the death camps was an interesting point. I also liked exploring the small resistance movement in Romania through Mihai’s and Tsura’s forging and spying activities.
I do have to say, though, that I ended the book ticked off rather than satisfied. It wasn’t a cliffhanger exactly; the reader isn’t left wondering if Tsura will survive a predicament or if Mihai will escape a situation.
However, there’s such a huge uptick in the emotional tension that builds and builds up to the very end with absolutely no resolution to come down from it. The emotions are of the gut-wrenching, soul-searing, heart-breaking variety. I was to the point of screaming at my Kindle with tears streaming down my cheeks.
And then suddenly: The End. Wait! What?!?!!? That was my reaction. The ending almost felt like emotional blackmail to get you to go get the second book right away. It worked on this reader; I’ve already gotten book two on my Kindle and have started it (thank God for Kindle Unlimited!). But that lack of any emotional resolution whatsoever really kills this book’s final impressions.
Great characters, emotional resonance that are off the charts, and an intriguing setting/timeframe of WWII make this an interesting read. Only the ending kills it; hopefully book two will end differently and give me a better impression of this duology. I’d recommend the book to lovers of romances and character studies in WWII; just have that second book prepared for instant reading and pretend that they’re all one book. Do that and I don’t think the abrupt ending will have as much power.
First sentence: "Do not live life looking ahead or behind you like the gagii do,..." I could only find the following for the meaning of 'gagii' and the author offers no explanation:
syll. ga-gii, gag-ii ] The baby boy name Gagii is pronounced as GAEJHIY- †. Gagii's origin is Native American. Gagii is a derivative of the name Gaagii.
I don't think that's quite what the writer meant; bad form of her not to give readers an explanation. I don't mind using the internet to 'discover' things but not from the FIRST sentence of a book?! And not when I know the meaning I've found bears no resemblance to the book I'm reading.
I struggled on for a few pages, but it quickly became clear to me that this book was going to be filled with similar problems. Problems that would make me want to pull my hair out if I continued reading:
"And the Roma? she had asked. You are planning to convert to my religion and be with me, he said, so you’ll be safe too."
'Safe'; he's on the run just as she is. Changing her religion and/or being with him, is not going to keep her 'safe'. They are holed up in a 'basement' sleeping with other people fleeing from the authorities. It's very badly written; the two of them climbing out of a basement into a ‘pitch black closet'; which morphs into a small 'empty' bedroom is farcical. There're no lights on but she sees clearly a photograph of her brother and the grandson of the person who's sheltering them all. It is convoluted too just within a few pages. I had to go back and re-read; and re-read; and re-read. Who wants to do this? Not me. This is not going to be a good experience so best nip it in the bud.
"Impulse, that was her brother." I think the writer means 'impulsive'. But what do I know?
I wouldn't read anymore by this writer. This book felt like it was written for a teen audience, by a teen. I wouldn't recommend it.
I received this book for free from the author in return for my honest, unbiased review.
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I read a lot of books so I can say that This story was wonderful. I could not put it down. I immediately ordered the second one and set up all nite to read it.Read more