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A dramatic page-turner that captures the devastating toll of war and the impact of women's struggles and solidarity, through the lens of a little-known slice of history.

In 1917, Russia is losing the war with Germany, soldiers are deserting in droves, and food shortages on the home front are pushing people to the brink of revolution. Seventeen-year-old Katya is politically
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ebook, 264 pages
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Carolrhoda Lab (R)
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Toni
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
The premise of the book is undeniably intriguing: The year is 1917 and Katya, a young woman of seventeen, is living in Petrograd, Russia and doing her part for the war by working in a munitions factory. She comes from a family that has been loyal to the Tsar (her father is a soldier in the Imperial army) and she seemingly has had no cause to question the life she has been born into - until war upends everything and she suddenly finds herself a training as part of an all-female army battalion an ...more
Maya Chhabra
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have had the privilege of reading this book in successive drafts, and it has only gotten better.

Based on the story of the Women’s Battalion of Death in WWI Russia, it follows Katya, an officer’s daughter who volunteers for the regiment. Amber Lough, the author, is a veteran of the Iraq War and writes clear, compelling battle sequences as well as fleshing out the characters so that their travails break your heart. The friendship between Katya and her buddy Masha, as well as Katya’s relationship
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Sarah (Cover to Cover Reviews)
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC. "Open Fire" will be released on March 3rd, 2020.

I really must be on a war novel kick right now: the last three books I read (this, "My Long List of Impossible Things," and "The Fountains of Silence" - review of that forthcoming) were all either about a war, or dealt with the aftermath of one. Sadly, "Open Fire" was probably my least favorite of that trilogy - but it still had a lot to offer.

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In 1917, Russia is losing the war with Germany,
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Toni
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The premise of the book is undeniably intriguing: The year is 1907 and Katya, a young woman of seventeen, is living in Petrograd, Russia and doing her part for the war by working in a munitions factory. She comes from a family that has been loyal to the Tsar (her father is a soldier in the Imperial army) and she seemingly has had no cause to question the life she has been born into - until war upends everything and she suddenly finds herself a training as part of an all-female army battalion an ...more
Paula
Nov 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2019
I chose to read this book because after reading the description and it being over a Russian girl during the first World War, I was intrigued. It sounded really cool to read a book written from that perspective and got me really excited!
After reading a few chapters, I sadly knew that the book wasn't going to exceed my hopes. The writing was bad, there was minimal world building, the characters were very bland and the book was very predictable. I mean very. In the end the plot wasn't really
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Chandra Cox
Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

I love a good historical fiction book but this just didn't meet up to my expectations or standards. I was initially intrigued by this book because it delves into the Russian Revolution which is a nice break from all those WWI and WWII historical fictions I read so often. However after a few chapters of this book, it became more of a chore than anything to finish this book. The character development was not good,
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Lucy Ru
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, I adored this book. It's history + Russia + female solidarity + girl power. It was so powerful and original to read about the devastating realities of war through a girl's eyes. Lough's prose is poetic and resonant and I didn't want to leave the world she'd created.
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Amber Lough is a life-long traveller and learner of languages. When not reading or writing, Amber can be found hiking on a mountain ridge, swimming with sharks, gardening, watching a musical, or wishing she was doing so. After a short career in the U.S. Air Force, Amber discovered that if writing was her true passion, then she should write.

Amber lives in Germany with her husband, two kids, two
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