Summary Blurb thingy: 7-year-old London native Amy Smith never thought for a second that she could have so much more out of life. She was content to sit in her backyard garden under her white rosebush, avoiding her family and spending time with her unwelcomed German-born boyfriend, 18-year-old Andreas Hartmann. However, the year is 1940 and all German citizens in England are being rounded up and hauled off to internment camps. Terrified for his safety, the young lovers flee together, only to be separated by German bomber planes. Amy's only hope to see the love of her life again lies in the hands of a 17-year-old Russian teen named Ivan Kozlov, the mysterious, complex, and seemingly dangerous leader of a network of teenage spies that live in underground tunnels throughout England. But as Ivan gets his hooks deeper and deeper into Amy's heart, she is torn between her loyalty to Andreas and the endless charm that Ivan presents. To make matters worse, all is not well in Ivan’s paradise. She herself is soon caught up in playing a significant role in something that has the potential to destroy all Ivan’s ever lived for. These two seemingly unrelated events soon come together in a most undesirable way, with one very unlucky girl caught in the middle. Amy's choice will make all the diffrence.
Book Scoring Rubric (BSR):
The Prologue: 15/15 points
The Prologue: was Absolutely outstanding I was honestly startled with how great her writing style was! It was So captivating and it immediately hooked me, a bit too well because Im just starting this review and i have read all the way up to the Tenth Chappy !! >.< But anyways She describes feelings and scenarios SO well!!! I seriously like this book, I was expecting a bit of a boring story about the war, because I have read SO much about world war 2 It's all seems redundant and uninteresting after a while but the way she presents the prologue makes you think that this could be one of those unique war stories that actually captivate the reader and have them sitting on edge, jumping at every bomb, and crying out at every innocent's scream. (Okay i got a bit graphi, please excuse that :P)
The Beginning: 25/25 points
The Beginning: In the beginning the writer gave you a bunch of background information that explained the title very well. Now you can see a bit of where the story is going, how the rosebush relates to this war story, and LATER I wont tell you much but while she is almost constantly thinking baout her rosebush something else refers back to the rose bush and you're like OMG NOO!!! SO COOL... well at least i was, I don't know about you but i tend to get into books like these a LOT!
The Title and Cover: 7/10 points
Title and Cover: Alrighty So I love the title it is brilliant, but I do have a bit of an issue with the cover. NOT A BIG ONE, but a bit of one. There is a rose in the cover so for that I applaud you, but it is extremely hard to locate (its under her cheek) And I think that the Rose is extremely important to the book and that it symbolizes a lot so it should be bigger and more noticeable.
The Description and Details: 25/25 points
Descriptions and Details: Her descriptions and details are phenominal and that is why it hooks me so much, they aren't over the top and there is no way you can get bore of the descriptions but when you realize that you're seeing what you're reading in you're head with perfect clarity, then you realize how very neat this book really is.
The Characters and Personalities: 20/25 points
Charaters and Personalities: The main character Amy is a teenager (17) and seems just like veryother normal teenager out there that has feelings, and first loves, and the whole nine yards. What set's her appart from others though is how she knows exactly what she want's and she knows her boundaries, her strengths, what she can deal with, what she can't and so on. that is one thing I am sure not many of us 'normal' (if you can even call a teen normal!) sure as anythign do NOT have. Though there are a select few like Miss. Amy here. Then there is Andreas who is more of a traditional boy figure who doesn't know what he want's and has some BIG insecurities but amy loves him all the same, probably because she can't see them? But I am not 100% on that you might just have to check it out and see how accurate that is. But he is not very defined as a character. Her parents and twin sister are defined and although traditional, thaey have a spin in personalities so I have zero issue with them. But Andreas i do have a bit because he is just kind of an inconsistent character. But maybe that's how he is supposed to be, he definately threw me for a spin! (if you know what I mean ;)