Over the course of the last month I have finally gotten in the mood to read Code Name Verity by Elizbeth Wein. I had heard a lot of great things about it from trusted sources, but knew it was going to be a bit on the heavy side...so I waited until I was in the perfect mood for a book like this. I found it very different from what I was expecting...in a good way...I think...Let's get to it shall we? Please be warned that this book is about the suspense and this post will be full of SPOILERS AHEAD! So please read (or not) accordingly.
V for Vendetta where Natalie Portman's character is held in prison and learns about a past prisoner, and since I love that movie it worked for me. Maddie's part felt more traditionally, heroine overcomes all odds to be the true friend that is needed without a lot of originality type of a story. I did appreciate the research the author put into this book, even with the artistic liberties she freely admits to, the feel and vibe of the book feel right, which is very important to me. I did enjoy seeing where Queenie got her stories to feed to her captors. However there seemed to be a lot of overly convenient ties between the family that helped Maddie and the people holding Queenie. I guess I did like the book, especially the first half. If it were up to me I would have liked to read a lot more of the Queenie side of things and style of writing. I see why it got rave reviews, and would recommend it to anybody who has an interest in historical fiction, kick-ass girls, a bit of a tear jerker, or liked the movie V for Vendetta. I will give this book 7 out of 10 Puss Moths.
What do you think of authors taking artistic liberties with known history? How often does a book not turn out like you were expecting? How confusing was this rambling?