I love love loved this book! It was not at all what I expected, and even though it took me a little while to get in to it, I couldn't put it down once...moreI love love loved this book! It was not at all what I expected, and even though it took me a little while to get in to it, I couldn't put it down once I did.
It's a bit sad, funny and a little (lot) sexy. It had a unique story and setting with characters that I didn't feel like I'd read about before. I think that's what really got me. (less)
The story was intriguing enough to keep me reading, but the writing seemed clumsy and the s...more*2.5 stars*
I'm not really sure how I feel about this book.
The story was intriguing enough to keep me reading, but the writing seemed clumsy and the story rushed. I felt like I was coming in to the story half way through and I didn't particularity like where it ended. It didn't feel like a proper cliffhanger and it felt as though it could have/should have continued. It wasn't a natural place to end book 1, at least in my opinion. But then again, what do I know?
I'm undecided as to whether or not I will continue with book 2. (less)
Whoa. This book was a lot more intense than I expected or that the first half would suggest it was going to be. I was really hooked, but it felt so ru...moreWhoa. This book was a lot more intense than I expected or that the first half would suggest it was going to be. I was really hooked, but it felt so rushed at the end it left me feeling so so about it. Emotional, sad and not at all what I expected.(less)
*WARNING: While I promise not to spoil any of the major plot points, I can't talk about this book without some small spoilers*
I loved this book so muc...more*WARNING: While I promise not to spoil any of the major plot points, I can't talk about this book without some small spoilers*
I loved this book so much! It has been so long since I've read something that has affected me this deeply. I experienced a huge range of emotions while making my way through this tale. The story of Tatiana and Alexander is truly heartbreaking, wonderful, beautiful, sad and breathtaking. I couldn't stop reading it, and yet I had to set it down because my heart couldn't take another page. Incredible.
Their love grew organically enough to be 100% believable, and yet so intensely that you couldn't help but to be wrapped up in it. Unlike a typical romance, this was not an overnight love... but it was overwhelming and passionate and the kind you can't live without. I adored it.
Alexander was, simply, perfection. From the moment we meet him standing across the street watching Tania eat her ice cream, to the very last pages of the book, I ate him up and fell a little in love with him myself. Perfection.
I found Tatiana's character very difficult to peg. In the opening pages of the story, I thought she was a young child. Through her survival struggle in Leningrad, she seemed much older, and then at the cabin by the river, she seemed like that child again. It was really interesting how her circumstances changed her actions and reactions. When she needed to grow up, she could, but she could still find that young girl when she needed to.
Beyond the epic love story though, there was the story of Leningrad and a story of war. That, on its own, was heartbreaking to read about. The detail made the story seem to so real that I found myself actually dreaming about some of the horrors faced by those trying to survive the war in Leningrad. It had some of the same elements of one of my deepest fears- the end of the world. I know that sounds dramatic, but I'm terrified of that feeling of your whole world crashing down on you, and simply waiting to die in surroundings that were once familiar and full of life. That's the ultimate in fear for me and they were living it in Leningrad.
In all, the writing is superb, the story is excellent, the characters are wonderful, and the love is heart wrenching. I loved this book and I can't wait to dive in to the next.(less)