The Girl From Guernica by Karen Robards

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Book: The Girl From Guernica

Author: Karen Robards

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 5/5

Diversity: Spanish characters and Spanish/German MC and characters

Recommended For…: historical fiction, War World II, Spain, Nazi Germany

Publication Date: September 6, 2022

Genre: Historical Fiction

Age Relevance: 16+ (war, rape, violence, gore, animal death, animal gore, bombing, religion, death, grief, PTSD, antisemitism, nazism, abelism, bullying, romance, cursing, animal injury)

Explanation of Above: The book revolves around the whole of World War II and there are some bombings shown in the book. There is a lot of violence with guns and bombs and gore involving blood. There is death and grief shown in the book. There is some animal death and gore mentioned with dogs and sheep. There are also a couple of animal injuries to a dog shown as well. The Catholic religion is referenced and shown a couple of times. The book shows PTSD and abelism, as well as antisemitism and nazism involving Aryan ideals and Nazis. There is some bullying and some cursing in the book. There is also a slight romance in the book.

Publisher: MIRA

Pages: 464

Synopsis: On an April day in 1937, the sky opens and fire rains down upon the small Spanish town of Guernica. Seventeen-year-old Sibi and her family are caught up in the horror. Griff, an American military attaché, pulls Sibi from the wreckage, and it’s only the first time he saves her life in a span of hours. When Germany claims no involvement in the attack, insisting the Spanish Republic was responsible, Griff guides Sibi to lie to Nazi officials. If she or her sisters reveal that they saw planes bearing swastikas, the gestapo will silence them—by any means necessary.

As war begins to rage across Europe, Sibi joins the underground resistance, secretly exchanging information with Griff. But as the scope of Germany’s ambitions becomes clear, maintaining the facade of a Nazi-sympathizer becomes ever more difficult. And as Sibi is drawn deeper into a web of secrets, she must find a way to outwit an enemy that threatens to decimate her family once and for all.

Masterfully rendered and vividly capturing one of the most notorious episodes in history, The Girl from Guernica is an unforgettable testament to the bonds of family and the courage of women in wartime.

Review: I found this book to be very informative and eye opening. The book starts with the bombing of Guernica, which was done at the behest of the Nationalist faction by Nazi Germany forces. The incident was horrifically detailed in the book and it helped set the tone for the novel as Nazi Germany denied and continued to deny their involvement in the incident. The MC was compelling and while we all know what the true solution was for her predicament, her dilemma was understandable and it makes the reader empathetic to the plight of Germans who were caught in the middle of the War. The book was written beautifully and the book was fairly accurate from what I know and briefly researched about the incident. The book did well for character development and world building. I also thought the pacing was well done.

The only issue I had with the book is that I felt like the horrors of what Nazi Germany was truly doing wasn’t discussed in the book well. I would have liked to see that in the book more.

Verdict: It was great! Highly recommend!

The Girl from Guernica

Author: Karen Robards

ISBN: 9780778309963

Publication Date: September 6, 2022

Publisher: MIRA

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Book Summary: 

New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards returns with a riveting story of intrigue, deception and bravery in the face of war, inspired by Picasso’s great masterpiece Guernica:

On an April day in 1937, the sky opens and fire rains down upon the small Spanish town of Guernica. Seventeen-year-old Sibi and her family are caught up in the horror. Griff, an American military attaché, pulls Sibi from the wreckage, and it’s only the first time he saves her life in a span of hours. When Germany claims no involvement in the attack, insisting the Spanish Republic was responsible, Griff guides Sibi to lie to Nazi officials. If she or her sisters reveal that they saw planes bearing swastikas, the gestapo will silence them—by any means necessary.  

As war begins to rage across Europe, Sibi joins the underground resistance, secretly exchanging information with Griff. But as the scope of Germany’s ambitions becomes clear, maintaining the facade of a Nazi sympathizer becomes ever more difficult. And as Sibi is drawn deeper into a web of secrets, she must find a way to outwit an enemy that threatens to decimate her family once and for all.  

Masterfully rendered and vividly capturing one of the most notorious episodes in history, The Girl from Guernica is an unforgettable testament to the bonds of family and the courage of women in wartime.

Author Bio:

Karen Robards is the New York TimesUSA TODAY and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of fifty novels and one novella. She is the winner of six Silver Pen awards and numerous other awards. 

Bad at Love by Gabriela Martins

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Book: Bad At Love

Author: Gabriela Martins

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 3.5/5

Diversity: Brazilian and Brazilian American MCs and characters, Pansexual MC, Demisexual MC

Recommended For…: young adult readers, contemporary, romance, music, boy band, LGBT

Publication Date: August 2, 2022

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Age Relevance: 14+ (sexual content, romance, microaggressions, death, illness, underage alcohol consumption)

Explanation of Above: There is some romance in this book and a very vague sexual remark ala 50 Shades of Grey. There is one incident of microaggressions being said. There is a death mentioned. There is some illness mentioned. There is one scene of underage alcohol consumption.

Publisher: Underline/Delacorte

Pages: 240

Synopsis: Ever since Daniel moved to L.A. from Brazil to join the band Mischief & Mayhem, he’s become the tabloids’ bad boy. Paparazzi follow him and girls swoon over him . . . except for Sasha, who hates bad boys. When a chance encounter brings them together, Sasha sees an opportunity to get close to Daniel and write a story that will make a name for herself at the celebrity gossip magazine where she interns. But Daniel is surprisingly sweet and extremely cute—could she be falling for him?

The truth is: Daniel is hiding something. When Sasha discovers his secret, will she follow her heart or deliver the hottest story of the summer?

Review: I thought this book was okay overall. This is another band book, which I am not getting tired of in the YA world. I loved the discussion on immigration and Diaspora and how race and ethnicity are perceived in different parts of the world. The book reads really young, which is perfect for beginning YA readers. The book also did okay with the character development and world building.

However, I did think that the book was a bit too fast pace. It felt like a Wattpad fanfic about Harry Styles, which isn’t a bad thing but I wished it either fully leaned into it or was a bit less like it. The book also didn’t do well to convince me that this is a serious reporter who is close to getting this tough-to-get scholarship cause the piece she was writing on was kinda weird. I also thought the makeup scene was way too quick and honestly I’d never have forgiven someone who did that to me.

Verdict: It was good, just not my cup of tea.

Book Info:

Bad at Love by Gabriela Martins

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Publishing Date: August 2, 2022

Synopsis:

Ever since Daniel moved to L.A. from Brazil to join the band Mischief & Mayhem, he’s become the tabloids’ bad boy. Paparazzi follow him and girls swoon over him . . . except for Sasha, who hates bad boys. When a chance encounter brings them together, Sasha sees an opportunity to get close to Daniel and write a story that will make a name for herself at the celebrity gossip magazine where she interns. But Daniel is surprisingly sweet and extremely cute—could she be falling for him?

The truth is: Daniel is hiding something. When Sasha discovers his secret, will she follow her heart or deliver the hottest story of the summer? 

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About the Author:

GABRIELA MARTINS is a Brazilian kidlit author and linguist. Her stories feature Brazilian characters finding themselves and love. She was a high school teacher and has also worked as a TED Ed-Club facilitator, where she helped teens develop their own talks in TED format. She edited and self-published a pro-bono LGBTQ+ anthology (KEEP FAITH) with all funds going to queer people in need. When she’s not writing, she can be found cuddling with her two cats, or singing loudly and off-key. LIKE A LOVE SONG was her YA romance debut, and BAD AT LOVE (Underlined/PRH) is her sophomore novel, coming out in summer 2022. She’s also one of the contributors for the Algonquin Latinx Horror anthology OUR SHADOWS HAVE CLAWS.

Author Links:

Website: https://www.gabrielawrites.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/gabhimartins

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gabhi/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16984372.Gabriela_Martins

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