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Lexi's War by Rosie James
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"In Cecilia’s opinion, her daughter was still a child, far too young to be assuming any financial responsibility. There was plenty of time for all that."

I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review; thank you for the opportunity to read and review this novel. This in no way sways my review or opinion of the novel.

DNF at 30%

This is one of the two books I had on my TBR list from NetGalley for longer than I care to admit. So for the O.W.Ls challenge I’m currently participating in, I thought I would read this one … unfortunately, this novel was another DNF for me this year. A lackluster with little engagement, I grew bored rather quickly. I wasn’t going to write a review, but I decided to at least to a mini review on my thoughts.

For mini reviews, my points will be in point form.

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The Pros

- For those looking for a light and easy read, Lexi’s War may be your cup of tea.

- The historical context of gender roles and society are relatively accurate.

The Woes

- The author may have done some research, but not enough historical speaking. One particular incident is a character singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, which wasn’t released until sometime slightly prior to/during World War II — this novel takes place during World War I.

- The writing’s extremely descriptive heavy, with little dialogue to help break this up. I find this style of writing wonderful for short stories, but not in a larger novel context.

- The author provides the reader with too much “information overload”, making the first chapter feel 5 times longer than it actually is. I’m a reader who enjoys slowly discovering about the character’s traits and past … so this was not agreeable for my personal reading tastes.

- The language itself was written rather poorly — it felt too simplistic.

- Even though there’s a lot of descriptive portions going into detail about the characters, I still felt like they were “plain” and had no depth to them.


Rosie James’ Lexi’s War is a lighthearted novel exploring family love, the strive for survival, and how a community is effected by war. Though there’s potential, this novel was ultimately boring and mundane for my personal tastes. However, I do feel other readers would enjoy this novel — the lighthearted nature and simplicity of the time may be your cup of tea!
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Reading Progress

November 17, 2017 – Shelved
November 17, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
December 5, 2017 – Shelved as: tbr-2017
January 9, 2018 – Shelved as: netgalley-to-read
April 28, 2019 – Shelved as: did-not-finish

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