The Child of Auschwitz by Lily Graham

Rating: 5 out of 5.

My Thoughts:

What I Loved: The writing in this book was descriptive, yet never over-describing so that I lost interest. I loved the way the author built this story. The timeline would jump back and forth between Auschwitz and before the war. The way Lily Graham made the time jumps helped to build the characters and was done just right.

How I Felt: I loved this book. The story was so powerful, shedding, yet again, new light onto the experiences of people in Auschwitz. I was completely connected to all the characters and drawn into the story. Loose ends were all tied up, making me feel complete at the end of the book.

To Read or Not To Read: Of course, if you enjoy historical fiction, especially surrounding WWII, this is a perfect read for you. If you think you might enjoy historical fiction, this is a great one to start with. Just want to say this one more time. I loved this book.

What’s This Book About Anyway?

Eva Adami and her entire family have been placed in a smaller concentration camp awaiting their placement at their next camp. She meets Sofie, looking for her cousin who last had Sofie’s son. Eva finds her husband pushed onto a train headed for Auschwitz and she volunteers to follow him with Sofie coming with.

Together they support each other, saving each other, and looking for Eva’s husband and Sofie’s cousin. They endure the horrors of the camp, find ways to barter and trade for survival necessities, and try to steer clear of the guards.

Eva and Sofie find Eva’s husband and arrange a clandestine meeting with the help of a guard. Soon, Eva realizes she is pregnant and must hide her pregnancy to avoid death. She and Sofie vow to survive to raise their children in the aftermath of this terrible war. Their story, while heartbreaking, is a rewarding story for any reader.

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This book was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher, Bookouture for free. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.

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Cover Love

My Challenge

I was challenged by a fellow #bookstagrammer on Instagram to post 7 book covers in 7 days with no explanation. While I am, of course, doing it, I don’t get to talk about the books. SO…I’m blogging about them instead!

Day 1: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I do still need to write a review of this book, but I AM notorious for buying/borrowing books based on the cover and title alone. So, that is absolutely what happened with this book. I was very concerned that I was going to be up all night afraid of the dark, but it turns out that’s not quite what this book was.

Day 2: The Art of the Kiss by Holly Schindler

This book is a pretty recent read for me…like a week ago. And it is one that I still think about, which is pretty awesome. AND I actually ended up buying a camera to take pictures with instead of my phone and I’m convinced it was this book that did it to me. However, for the cover, I just love the black and white and the couple’s faces. It makes this cover so interesting.

Day 3: Everybody’s Somebody by Beryl Kingston

This is another pretty recent read for me and it is also another one I grabbed based off the cover. I find this one so interesting because there is a second cover floating around out there, and I do not care for it. I would not have picked up the book if I had seen the other cover. The one above with the airplane flying overhead is the digital version. I received this as an ARC through NetGalley, so I was shown the digital version.

The cover below is the paperback/hardback version. I just feel like the two covers are for completely different books! It is just amazing what goes into the cover choice for books, and to find these, really intrigues me. They seem to be calling to two very different readers.

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Day 4: Jane by April Lindner

Again, a book where the cover intrigued me, however, I did read the back of this one. It’s a Jane Eyre re-write, so I had to read it. I really enjoyed the book and I will get a review up about it soon. BUT, the cover. The smokey-fog seems so aluring, and her hair is a bit wind-swept, it’s just so entrancing. And I love the huge JANE in pink. It just jumps off the cover.

Day 5: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Alright, alright, I did NOT buy this one for the cover. But, it is an awesome cover. I think it is just perfect for the series (The Hunger Games for those that haven’t read this) and it’s my favorite from the three books…side note, who’s excited about the prequel???

Day 6: The Child of Auschwitz by Lily Graham

This book does not publish until November, 2019, so this is another NetGalley find. The coloring of the sky with the bird, it just made me think this book would have some hope and redemption in it….I’ll let you know if it does soon. I will be reviewing in the coming days!

Day 7: Imaginary Morah by Tony Esposito

We just received this book by the very generous author Tony Esposito, who agreed to send this to me to read to my daughter and review. What initially caught my eye was the upside down girl with the crazy pink hair! I can’t wait to find out all about her!

That’s a Wrap

So, I would love to hear from you what your favorite covers are! They give a book some personality and I think they are fun to look at and discuss, so let me know!