Book Review: Courage to Be Counted

Courage to Be Counted

Title: Courage to Be Counted
Author: Elerie Grace
Series: Book One
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Bugle Call Books
Page Count: 400 pages
Type of Book: Arc, Kindle Ebook
Received: Netgalley
Rated: 3/5 stars
Review Word Count: 500
Notes: Interesting, just not for me.

Not for me, sadly. I wanted to like, I really did, and I give that cover 5/5 stars but the story itself just didn’t work for me. There’s nothing wrong with it, and the writing was perfectly fine, but I just didn’t care or connect with any of the characters. It seemed to be meant for a different audience, though I’m not quite sure how to explain it. My grandmother read it and very much liked it-more than I did-so perhaps it’s an age thing? While I appreciate historical fiction, and have an special fondness for WWII stories, I just wasn’t enthused about this one.

Vivian was still a likable character, but there was a fair bit of sexism in this story, as well as unrequited love between characters at the beginning of the story (poor Hank), and I didn’t like how the army/military treated women as though they were only there because they had no other men available. I get that it’s historically accurate, and as mentioned before, I appreciate historically accurate stories.

As the bombs fall on Europe, their new love must survive a deadly war…
Vivian Lambert wants to do her part. When she wins a coveted overseas post with the Red Cross, she focuses on her war service. Falling hard for a sexy pilot wasn’t part of her plan.
Jack Nielsen has a mission. Motivated by patriotic duty and desire to avenge the death of his best friend, Jack commands a ten-man B-17 crew. Keeping himself and his men alive in the fire-filled skies over Europe will require Jack’s full focus. Romancing a headstrong Red Cross Girl is a distraction he knows he shouldn’t indulge.
While Vivian’s work takes her across France and into the heart of Nazi Germany, mounting casualties drive Jack to confront his dwindling odds of survival. As Allied forces converge on all fronts, can Vivian and Jack’s relationship withstand an excruciating battle between love and duty?
Courage to be Counted is the first book in the Clubmobile Girls series of thrilling historical romances. If you like brave military heroes, trailblazing heroines, and romance under fire, then you’ll love Eleri Grace’s page-turning tale.
-Description As Seen on Goodreads

I hope to try this book again in the future, and see if I have a different opinion when I’m older. I thank the publisher as well as Marzie for introducing me to this book. It was an interesting read, even if it wasn’t to my tastes. Overall, I’m giving this 3/5 stars, and a DNF at 65%. Good luck to the author, and may the odds be ever in their favor.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Book Review: The Ventriloquists

The Ventriloquists

Title: The Ventriloquists
Author: ER Ramzipoor
Series: Standalone
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Park Row
Page Count: 600
Type of Book: Kindle Ebook
Received: Netgalley
Rated: 3/5 stars
Review Word Count:
Notes: DNF’d at 40%. This just wasn’t keeping my attention.

The Ventriloquists started out interesting, but about forty percent of the way through the book my attention wavered and then I just gave up reading it. While I liked the characters, especially Eliza’s eagerness to know the truth of what happened and how things became as they are, the amount of french, politics, and historical things within was over my head and didn’t keep my attention in the slightest. My apologies to the author, but I do believe this book was meant for more serious history buffs than myself. While I adore historical fiction, even I was a bit befuddled by a lot of things that were going on in this book.

In this triumphant debut inspired by true events, a ragtag gang of journalists and resistance fighters risk everything for an elaborate scheme to undermine the Reich.

Brussels, 1943. Twelve-year-old street orphan Helene survives by living as a boy and selling copies of the country’s most popular newspaper, Le Soir, now turned into Nazi propaganda. Helene’s entire world changes when she befriends a rogue journalist, Marc Aubrion, who draws her into a secret network publishing dissident underground newspapers.

Aubrion’s unbridled creativity and linguistic genius attract the attention of August Wolff, a high-ranking Nazi official tasked with swaying public opinion against the Allies. Wolff captures Aubrion and his comrades and gives them an impossible choice: use the newspaper to paint the Allies as monsters, or be killed. Faced with no decision at all, Aubrion has a brilliant idea: they will pretend to do the Nazis’ bidding, but instead they will publish a fake edition of Le Soir that pokes fun at Hitler and Stalin—giving power back to the Belgians by daring to laugh in the face of their oppressors.

The ventriloquists have agreed to die for a joke, and they have only eighteen days to tell it.

Told with dazzling scope, taut prose and devastating emotion, The Ventriloquists illuminates the extraordinary acts of courage by ordinary people forgotten by history—unlikely heroes who went to extreme lengths to orchestrate the most stunning feat of journalism in modern history.
~As Described on Goodreads

Overall, I may try to read this book again in the future but I highly doubt it. My thanks to the publish for allowing me a copy of this book to review, and I do wish that I could have given a better review than ‘it was alright’ or a 3/5 stars. Perhaps I may try the authors other works as well.

Until next time,
Pass Me That Book