Thursday, December 31, 2009


Personal Resolutions:

1) Get a job
2) Learn to drive
3) Complete one of the many novels I've been working on
4) Edit either TAOF or FTA
5) Start a new journal and stick to it
5) A picture a day---0/365
6) Try five new flavors of coffee--0/5
7) Organize better!
8) Start working out
9) Perform one of my spoken pieces!
10) Ask someone I like out on a date, no fear of rejection
11) Watch ten international movies-- 0/10
12) Go to five new resturants/cafes--0/5
13) Work harder for the Rangernews
14) Love myself more, stop being so hard on myself
15) Take a chance at something.
16) Learn to leap without looking what's beneath me.
17) Let go of the past...holding onto it is getting me nowhere. So...forgive and forget.
18) Write five new short stories--0/5
19) Brush up on my French!!
20) Go to an art gallery/museum

Book Blogging Resolutions:

1) Get a better design
2) Start commenting more on all the blogs I adore
3) Get more involved in the book-blogging community

4) Finish those challenges I signed up for!

Here's to hoping for a great 2010!


Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Martyrs: A Movie Review

Directed by: Pascal Laugier
Starring: Morjana Alaoui and Mylène Jampanoï


The Brotherhood of the Wolf director Pascal Lauguier follows his 2004 thriller House of Voices with this relentlessly brutal tale of a girl who suffered unimaginable abuse as a young child, and the unspeakable horrors that unfold when she arrives at an isolated cabin in the woods fifteen years later. The story begins as the young, badly battered Lucie (Mylène Jampanoï) -- obviously the victim of inhuman abuse -- is hospitalized after somehow managing to escape her sadistic captors. Nearly catatonic after her life-altering ordeal, Lucie only manages to become functional again as a result of her friendship with Anna (Morjana Alaoui), a fellow abuse victim who selflessly reaches out to the badly damaged girl. Fifteen years later, Lucie guns down an entire family in cold blood. Is Lucie seeking belated vengeance against the people who tortured her as a young girl, or has her fragile psyche finally snapped, resulting in the bloody demise of an innocent family? Later, when Lucie calls on her old friend Anna, the truth about Lucie's traumatic early life experience slowly comes into focus. Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide


Let me start off by saying this movie was amazing, to me. I'm sure there are many people who won't be able to get through either the violence or graphic images, but the beauty about the movie is that it's supposed to be gruesome and make the viewer a little sick to their stomach. It's a hard movie to sit through, beccause it transcends the horror genre. The acting was amazing from both Morjana and Mylène, both of whom I'm definitely going to keep an eye out for. Their performances took the movie to a higher level than it might have been with another cast.

The first half was just nonstop, I loved it. The second half, while I liked the cult and how they were presented and tied into the film, it dragged a little. Still good, just a little slower paced than the first half.

I wouldn't recommend watching this dubbed, you have to watch it in French. And I wouldn't recommend it to people who have a light stomach. Some of the scenes may be hard for you to handle.

Overall, it's one of my favorite horror movies. It's intelligent, it leaves the viewer with an open and questioning mind, and it has great acting.
My rating: 8/10

Monday, December 28, 2009


I went shopping today with a friend and spent a good 3/4 of my barnes and noble gift cards from relatives (: So I have lots of new books to read, which means I've got to stop borrowing them from the library!!

Night Shift by: Lilth Saintcrow

Not everyone can take on the things that go bump in the night.

Not everyone tries.

But Jill Kismet is not just anyone.

She's a Hunter, trained by the best - and in over her head.

Welcome to the night shift...

This sounds like an awesome series, I cannot wait to start it. I'd also like to check out the Dante Valentine series, which sounds equally awesome!

Gracling by: Kristin Casshore

Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug. When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.

I've seen a lot of promising reviews about this novel, and the back blurb makes it sound like a pretty wild read.

Let The Right One In by: John Ajvide Lindqvist

It is autumn 1981 when the inconceivable comes to Blackeberg, a suburb in Sweden. The body of a teenage boy is found, emptied of blood, the murder rumored to be part of a ritual killing. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long last---revenge for the bullying he endures at school, day after day.

But the murder is not the most important thing on his mind. A new girl has moved in next door---a girl who has never seen a Rubik’s Cube before, but who can solve it at once. There is something wrong with her, though, something odd. And she only comes out at night. . . .

Sweeping top honors at film festivals all over the globe, director Tomas Alfredsson’s film of Let the Right One In has received the same kind of spectacular raves that have been lavished on the book. American readers of vampire fiction will be thrilled!

I loved the movie, so I'm really excited to read the book. (:

Soulless by: Gail Carriger

Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.

Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire -- and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.

With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

SOULLESS is a comedy of manners set in Victorian London: full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.

This just sounds like a really fun read.

I am a beyond huge Supernatural fan, so when I saw there were three novels out based on the TV show, I picked them up. They look awesome!

Witch's Canyon by: Jeff Mariotte

Sam and Dean have set out on a road trip to the Grand Canyon, but this is no vacation for the brothers. On a stretch of deserted ranchland just beyond the canyon's stunning vistas, mysterious murder sprees have occurred every forty years. The area's inhabitants have been few and far between in years past, but a nearby mega-mall is about to celebrate its grand opening—and attract thousands of fresh victims.

The Winchester boys are determined to protect locals and shoppers alike, but they never anticipated they'd be fighting a group of killers this vicious, this vindictive, this . . . dead. A deadly horde of animal spirits and human ghosts has arisen to terrorize this tiny corner of the Arizona desert. If Sam and Dean can't figure out why, the wide-open spaces of the West will once again become a desolate frontier . . . and the witch's canyon will be the brothers' final resting place.

Nevermore by: Keith R.A DeCandido

Sam and Dean have hit New York City to check out a local rocker's haunted house. But before they can figure out why a lovesick banshee in an '80s heavy-metal T-shirt is wailing in the bedroom, a far more macabre crime catches their attention. Not far from the house, two university students were beaten to death by a strange assailant. A murder that's bizarre even by New York City standards, it's the latest in a line of killings that the brothers soon suspect are based on the creepy stories of legendary writer Edgar Allan Poe.

Their investigation leads them to the center of one of Poe's horror classics, face-to-face with their most terrifying foe yet. And if Sam and Dean don't rewrite the ending of this chilling tale, a grisly serial killer will end their lives forevermore.

Bone Key by: Keith R.A Decandido

Sam and Dean are headed for Key West, Florida, home to Hemingway, hurricanes, and a whole lot of demons. The tropical town has so many ghouls on the loose that one of its main moneymakers has long been a series of ghost tours. But the tours are no more, not since one of the guides was found dead of an apparent heart attack . . . his face frozen in mid-scream. No one knows what horrors he saw, but the Winchester brothers are about to find out.

Soon they'll be face-to-face with the ghosts of the island's most infamous residents, demons with a hidden agenda, and a mysterious ancient power looking for revenge. It's up to Sam and Dean to save the citizens of Key West . . . before the beautiful island is reduced to nothing more than a pile of bones

Tempest Rising by: Nicole Peeler

In the tiny village of Rockabill, Maine, Jane True—26-year-old bookstore clerk and secret night swimmer—has no idea that her absent mother’s legacy is entry into a world populated by the origins of human myths and legends. It is a world where nothing can be taken for granted: vampires are not quite what we think; dogs sometimes surprise us; and whatever you do, never—ever—rub the genie’s lamp. For Jane, everything kicks off when she comes across a murder victim during her nightly clandestine swim in the freezing winter ocean. This grisly discovery leads to the revelation of why she has such freakish abilities in the water: her mother was a Selkie and Jane is only half human. With this knowledge, Jane soon finds herself mingling with supernatural creatures alternately terrifying, beautiful, and deadly—all adjectives that quite handily describe her new friend Ryu. When Ryu is sent to Rockabill to investigate the murder, he and Jane fall hard for each other even as they plummet into a world of intrigue threatening to engulf both supernatural and human societies. For someone is killing half-humans like Jane. The question is, are the murders the work of one rogue individual or part of a greater plot to purge the world of Halflings?

I actually picked this one up because I loved the cover, but the back of the book sounds really cool, so I think I'll like it (:

All of the synopsis are from aside from Tempest Rising, which is from the author's website (:

I also picked up the movie Martyrs, which I will be watching and reviewing very soon.

I've got about thirty dollars left, so if there's anything you guys think I should check out, I definitely wouldn't mind the recommendation!


Sunday, December 27, 2009

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist: A Movie Review

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
Director: Peter Sollett
Starring: Michael Cera and Kat Dennings

I liked this movie. It was cute. Something to watch that both entertains you and makes you think. I loved Michael and Kat’s performances, I thought they both did really good. I loved the setting of the film, also. New York was practically a character, also.

The plot was simple. It wasn’t so much about the end point as it was about the journey, which I liked. I’ve seen a lot of reviewers say the movie was “aimless” and basically just wandered about from plot point to plot point, but I think that was the point of the movie. As things happen, the characters have to change their destination, that’s just how the movie is. It isn’t about the future, it’s about the present, that one night.

The best thing about the movie was the music. I loved every song they used, I think they picked them well according to the scenes. Definitely a soundtrack I’ll be buying.

All in all, it was a fun movie to watch. Not the best I’ve seen, but I’m glad I got to see it.

My rating: 7/10

The Uninvited: A Movie Review

The Uninvited
Director: Charles Guard, Thomas Guard
Starring: Emily Browning, Elizabeth Banks, Arielle Kebbel, and David Strathairn

I have mixed feelings about this movie. I haven’t seen the Korean film it’s based on, which is A Tale Of Two Sisters, though I desperately want to, but I’ve heard this movie isn’t exactly a remake it’s more of an…inspiration from the film.

I loved the backdrop of the movie. The little town was a good setting, and I loved the house Emily Browning’s character lived in. It was amazing. So the settings were definitely up to par with this film.

The horror level of the movie wasn’t as high as I’d hoped it to be. Some of the scenes, such as the ones with the mother’s body dragging across the floor, were really cool, though. You can see the Asian influence in the way the horror is presented, it isn’t really in your face gore. This was definitely a movie that made you think and you actually had to pay attention to understand it. I definitely didn’t see the twist coming at the end, it threw me for a complete loop. I liked it, but it wasn’t the best ending I’ve seen.

This definitely wasn’t the best horror movie I’ve seen, but it wasn’t the worst, either. It was just…all right. There was nothing really bad about it, but there was nothing spectacular.

So, while this is a movie I’d suggest, I can’t see myself buying it in the near future.

My rating: 7/10

Friday, December 25, 2009

Holiday Book Swap

I got my gift in the mail a while ago, but I wanted to wait until I was able to get the pictures onto my computer before I talked about it on here.

The lovely Natalie, from
Book Line and Sinker was my Secret Santa (:

Everything was wonderful. Very nicely put together and practical! A wonderful eccolo journal, a set of memo pads that have already come in handy, a memo mouse pad, some amazing chocolate...I can't thank you enough!!!

Happy Holidays!!

Happy Holidays everyone! Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I hope you guys have a great weekend!!


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Dawn Of The Dead: Movie Review

Dawn Of The Dead (2004)

Directed by: Zack Snyder. Starring: Sarah Polley, Jake Weber, Mekhi Phifer, Kevin Zeigers, and Ving Rhames.

Oh, how I love zombies. I went into this without seeing the original, which I really didn’t want to do. I wanted to be able to compare it to the original, but I guess I’ll have to do everything backwards!

Anyways, I loved this movie. I thought it was amazing. It was comical at the right points, had awesome action scenes, and the characters were so well developed I really started to care about them towards the end. My favorite in the whole movie was Michael. I love the actor, he plays Joe on the show Medium. He’s just awesome, and he was awesome in this movie. I also liked Terry (he was cute), Kenneth (I loved the bond he formed with Andy, it was very realistic), and Anna, in most parts. She was a strong lead female.

I think this showed a very humanistic side to the whole zombie plot. There wasn’t a lot of gore, because the zombies weren’t in much of the movie. It was about how they connected trying to survive this ordeal.

I can’t say how this is as far as remakes go until I see the original, however, I already think it’s probably one of the best I’ve seen.

And the music! How the interspersed it with what was going on was awesome, and each time it was the right kind of song to use. Johnny Cash in the beginning? A definite plus!

I loved the movie and will definitely be buying it on DVD! Every horror buff should watch this. It was great.

Oh, and I will be amazingly girly and say the ending made me tear up a bit. Just a bit.

My rating: 8/10

Teeth: A Movie Review

Teeth (2007)
Directed by: Mitchell Lictenstein. Starring: Jess Weixler, John Hensley, and Hale Applemen.

I’ve been wanting to see Teeth for some time now. When I first saw the trailer, I was like, “I have got to see that.” I finally got to tonight.

The beginning was slow, and the acting was shaky at best. However, as soon as the midway point hit, I started to love it.

It’s a comical movie, and I think some viewers might not grasp that concept. It’s not a horror movie and it’s not supposed to be a horror movie. It’s satirical, and literally made me laugh out loud. I loved how as the movie progressed, Dawn (the main character) started to change her persona a little. She wasn’t the shy, innocent girl she was at the beginning. It was a subtle change, though, which was a better deleopment than if she had just gone completely badass in a short period of time.

I haven’t decided if I’m going to buy this movie or not. I’m still kind of torn. I can see myself watching it over again just to get to the middle, but the beginning is enough to make me think twice.

My rating: 6/10

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

13 Bullets by: David Wellington


All the official reports say they are dead-extinct since the late ’80s, when a fed named Arkeley nailed the last vampire in a fight that nearly killed him. But the evidence proves otherwise.

When a state trooper named Caxton calls the FBI looking for help in the middle of the night, it is Arkeley who gets the assignment-who else? He’s been expecting such a call to come eventually. Sure, it has been years since any signs of an attack, but Arkeley knows what most people don’t: there is one left. In an abandoned asylum she is rotting, plotting, and biding her time in a way that only the undead can.

Caxton is out of her league on this case and more than a little afraid, but the fed made it plain that there is only one way out. But the worst thing is the feeling that the vampires want more than just her blood. They want her for a reason, one she can’t guess; a reason her sphinxlike partner knows but won’t say; a reason she has to find out-or die trying.

Now there are only 13 bullets between Caxton and Arkeley and the vampires. There are only 13 bullets between us, the living, and them, the damned.


I loved, loved, loved this book. It was fast paced, full of action, fantasically gory...just everything I love in a horror novel. The plot was interesting, and the twist at the end? I'm sad to say I did not see it coming. Maybe because I was flipping through the pages so fast!

Not only was the main character, Laura Caxton, surprisingly strong (and wonderfully human, which is something that's hard to come by in these types of books), but the secondary characters were built well also.

The one thing I hated? The ending. Not because it wasn't well written, but because it left me wanting to pick up the second novel immediately, and I didn't have it. While it's not a cliff-hanger persay, it's enough to make the reader go, "Oh, come on!"

I'm definitely going to be reading the rest of the series, as well as David Wellington's other novels. From what I can tell, he's a great writer.

My rating: 9.5/10

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Quarantine: Movie Review

I adore, adore, adore, movies. Especially horror movies. So, I figured why not start reviewing the movies I see? (:

So, for my first movie review, we have Quarantine, which was directed by John E Dowdle. Some of the stars include Dexter's Jennifer Carpenter, Steve Harris, and the oh-so-cute Jay Hernandez. It came out in 2008, and I've been dying to see it since.

I'm glad I did. It has to be one of the better horror movies I've seen lately. Not the best, of course. The acting was decent, and I liked that it was from the point of view of the camera, though when the action starts the camera got really shaky, which kind of annoyed me a bit. The plot was a little weak, but I liked the idea of it. It was very interesting.

The only thing I was really disappointed in was the end. There was no satisfying answer. You're just supposed to piece it all together yourself, which isn't hard to do, but still, it's nice to have a cleanly wrapped up ending.

The gore made up for that, though. I loved the gore in this. Very cool. It was pretty simple, just some [or a lot] blood and blacked out eyes, but it looked pretty damn good. It was enough to make you cringe.

I will probably end up buying this eventually (I watched it on HBO). It's definitely worth having if you're bored and just want to watch a movie where you don't have to think too much.

My rating: 7/10

I'm definitely getting geared up to see [Rec], which is the Spanish movie that "inspired" Quarantine. [Don't let them fool you, Quarantine is a remake. Inspiration just sounds better.] It's probably even better, seeing as how it's the original.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Better Part Of Darkness: A Contest

The awesome Parajunkee is hosting a contest where the winner will recieve a brand new copy of the book The Better Part of Darkness by: Kelly Gay.

Synaposis of the novel:

Atlanta: it's the promised city for the off-worlders, foreigners from the alternate dimensions of heaven-like Elysia and hell-like Charbydon. Some bring good works and miracles. And some bring unimaginable evil....

Charlie Madigan is a divorced mother of one, and a kick-ass cop trained to take down the toughest human and off-world criminals. She's recently returned from the dead after a brutal attack, an unexplained revival that has left her plagued by ruthless nightmares and random outbursts of strength that make doing her job for Atlanta P.D.'s Integration Task Force even harder. Since the Revelation, the criminal element in Underground Atlanta has grown, leaving Charlie and her partner Hank to keep the chaos to a dull roar. But now an insidious new danger is descending on her city with terrifying speed, threatening innocent lives: a deadly, off-world narcotic known as ash. Charlie is determined to uncover the source of ash before it targets another victim -- but can she protect those she loves from a force more powerful than heaven and hell combined?


I know I cannot wait to read this novel, it sounds awesome. I love that the main character is a single mom. As Parajunkee mentions in her review of the book, that isn't something you see often in UF novels.

Be sure to
enter the contest right away!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

New Blog

Hey (: I'm not only a fan of literature, I also really like photography. So I just created a new blog to show off some of my favorite photography!

Check it out here at
Simply Beautiful

If you have any pictures you'd like to share, let me know! (:


Saturday, December 12, 2009

Challenges I'm Joining

There's a lot of awesome challenges going around, so I figured I'd dip my fingers into some (:

First off, we have the Women Unbound challenge.

*Philogynist: read at least two books, including at least one nonfiction one.
*Bluestocking: read at least five books, including at least two nonfiction ones.
*Suffragette: read at least eight books, including at least three nonfiction ones.

I'm going to try for Suffragette level. I think I can do it. The challenge runs until the 30th of November 2010, you can enter anytime (: Click the link for more information!!

I've decided that I don't read enough YA (because there are some good books in that genre I'm sure I'm missing out on) so I'm joining the Young Adult Reading Challenge over at J. Kaye's blog.

There are four levels:

*The Mini YA Reading Challenge – Read 12 Young Adult novels.

*Just My Size YA Reading Challenge – Read 25 Young Adult novels.

*Stepping It Up YA Reading Challenge – Read 50 Young Adult novels.

*Super Size Me YA Reading Challenge – Read 75 Young Adult novels.

I'll probably end up doing something in between the Mini and the Just My Size categories (:

Ones I definitely want to read are:

Fallen by: Lauren Kate

Hush Hush by: Becca Fitzpatrick

Beautiful Creatures by: Kami Garcia

Evermore, Blue Moon, and Shadowland by: Alyson Noel

Shadow Kiss and Blood Promise by: Richelle Mead

Need by: Carrie Jones

Wicked Lovely, Ink Exchange, and Fragile Eternity by: Melissa Marr

Wake and Fade by: Lisa McMann

Immortal by: Gillian Shields

Catching Fire by: Suzanne Collins

Diamond Secret by: Suzanne Weyn

Winter's Child, Belle, Before Midnight, and Wild Orchard by: Cameron Dokey

Midnight Pearls by: Debbie Viguie

There's the
What's In A Name challenge.

The rules are: Between January 1 and December 31, 2010, read one book in each of the following categories:

1) A book with a food in the title: Clockwork Orange, Grapes of Wrath, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

2)A book with a body of water in the title: A River Runs through It, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, The Lake House

3)A book with a title (queen, president) in the title: The Murder of King Tut, The Count of Monte Cristo, Lady Susan

4)A book with a plant in the title: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Wind in the Willows, The Name of the Rose

5)A book with a place name (city, country) in the title: Out of Africa; London; Between, Georgia

6)A book with a music term in the title: Song of Solomon, Ragtime, The Piano Teacher

I'm pretty excited for that one (: It's very interesting!!

Here's what I have so far:

1) Clockwork Orange by: Anthony Burgess

4) I Never Promised You A Rose Garden by: Joanne Greenberg

5) Shanghai Girls by: Lisa See

6) Song of Solomon by: Toni Morrison

This is one I'm really excited for!! It's the 2010
Historical Reading Challenge. I'm so pumped for this one, you guys have no idea. I love historical books XD hehehe.

There are four levels to this one also. There is:

*Curious – Read 3 Historical Fiction novels.

*Fascinated – Read 6 Historical Fiction novels.

*Addicted – Read 12 Historical Fiction novels.

* Obsessed – Read 20 Historical Fiction novels.

I'm shooting for Addicted. I figure that's not bad, seeing as how I'll have a year to complete it (:

And last but not least, there's the
GLBT Challenge which I think is awesome (:

There are three levels to this one:

*Lambda Level: Read 4 books.
*Pink Triangle Level: Read 8 books.
*Rainbow Level: Read 12 or more books.

I'm shooting for the Pink Triangle level (:

You can read books with GLBT topics, or books by GLBT authors (: Like Oscar Wilde! (I adore him).

Al righty, that's all I've got for now. I received my Secret Santa gifts in the mail from the Holiday swap. I'll have pictures of that soon (:

Hope everyone's doing good! More reviews to come (:

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Frankenstein by: Mary Shelley

I had to read Frankenstein for history, and I'm glad we did. I've been wanting to read the novel for a while, being the classic and horror buff I am.

Frankenstein wasn't really what I would consider horror, it was more of a thought provoking novel. I can understand why people in Mary Shelley's time might find view it as a horror novel, though.

The writing is very good, with crisp details and easy to picture images. Sometimes the plot drags, but I think everything that is said is needed to really understand the novel. You need Victor's story and the creature's story to really get all sides of the story. The way that Shelley wrote it shows that she really wanted to get everything across and portray how everyone thought. She showed Frankenstein's side and then flipped everything around and showed how the creature felt about everything.

The story revolves around people playing God. The main question is: if you could create life, would you? And what would the consequence be? If you read the story, you'll understand there is a lot of consequences to Frankenstein's decision to make the creature.

There's a lot of religious symbolism in this novel. God, the angels, Lucifer, all of it. Which made the story interesting.

In the beginning I wasn't sure if I'd like this story, because it started off kind of shaky. But when the creature started his story I kind of started getting sucked in, because I liked getting to see the different points of view, as I mentioned before.

In the end, I think anyone who likes philisophical novels or novels that make you think should read this.

My rating: 7/10

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Another Awesome Giveaway

There's an awesome giveaway happening over at Parajunkee. Be sure to check it out! There's some awesome books that are being given away. They include (but aren't limited to) Hush, Hush by: Becca Fitzpatrick, The Hunger Games by: Suzanne Collins, Blue Moon by: Alyson Noel, and Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill. There's a lot more, so head on over and see for yourself!!


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The German Wife by: Paul Griner


This riveting war story introduces us to the beautiful Kate Zweig, the English widow of a German surgeon, and Claus Murphy, an exiled American with German roots—two lovers with complicated loyalties.In 1918, Kate and her husband, Horst, are taken for spies by Russian soldiers and forced to flee their field hospital on the eastern front, barely escaping with their lives. Years later, in London during the Nazis’ V-1 reign of terror, Claus spends his days making propaganda films and his nights as a British spy, worn down by the war and his own many secrets. When Claus meets the intriguing Kate, he finds himself powerfully drawn to her, even after evidence surfaces that she might not be exactly who she seems. As the war hurtles to a violent end, Claus must decide where his own loyalties lie, whether he can make a difference in the war—and what might be gained by taking a leap of faith with Kate.


I saw this book at the library as I was scanning over the new titles they got. From the inside jacket flap, it sounded like a great novel. The only thing that saved this novel, however, was the writing. It was written beautifully. The plot wasn't that strong, though, and neither were the characters. They weren't as developed as they could have been. The storylines were a bit confusing at times, leaving me wondering if I'd somehow skipped a page. So, while the writing was good, the rest was just average.
My rating: 5/10