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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Tamar

Tamar: A Novel of Espionage, Passion, and Betrayal
by Mal Peet

From the book jacket:
When her grandfather dies, Tamar inherits a box containing a series of clues and coded messages. Out of the past, another Tamar emerges, a man involved in the terrifying world of resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied Holland half a century before. His story is one of passionate love, jealousy, and tragedy set against the daily fear and casual horror of the Second World War -- and unraveling it is about to transform Tamar’s life forever. From acclaimed British sensation Mal Peet comes a masterful story of adventure, love, secrets, and betrayal in time of war, both past and present.


I have to say, that there is a reason that this won the Carnegie Medal. It is beautifully written, it is moving, and you will just really enjoy this book.

The book goes back and forth between teenager Tamar, a girl who was named after a codename used in WWII, and Tamar and Dart, two spies from England that are sent on a dangerous mission.

This book really has everything you could want. The passion, the intrigue, and the heart-stopping moments that make you need to step away from the book and steady your breathing.

I suggest that you read it, but only if you're in for a very serious book. I don't want to ruin anything, but this book took me a while to get into and then it just took off. Loved it. A definite must read for those that love historical fiction.

5/5 Roses

(A library book.. sorry guys! But still comment please!)

19 comments:

  1. wow two reviews in one day.. you go girl!

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  2. I love the cover and it sounds like such a good read!

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  3. Sounds like a great read! I'll have to get myself a copy.

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  4. Kristen, your review is fantastic. I love good historical fiction and I trust your taste, so thanks for the recommendation. I also like that you said read this only if you want a serious book, because a lot of the time people read wonderful books at the wrong time and wind up hating them. :-)

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  5. I'm really embarrassed because I hadn't heard of this book before you reviewed it *blush*

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  6. It does sound really good. I am glad to hear you enjoyed it.

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  7. This one sounds very intense. So, even though this is going to seem bizarre, I'll probably start it in the fall. That's always a good time for me to snuggle in and read.

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  8. I think it is a lovely book. I have seen it several times and the cover just stops me, no idea why.... perhaps if I read it...

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  9. This one sounds good but maybe not for me. I don't know if I really enjoy serious books but I might give it a try.

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  10. I'm not usually one for suspense books, but I like books that have codes and such in it. I'll have to add this to my list...

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  11. I love this cover and it definitely looks like something I'd read.

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  12. This has been on my list of books to read for a while. It sounds so good. Right up my ally, especially considering it concerns WWII. One of my, believe it or not, favorite topics.

    ~Briana

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  13. I'm so glad you enjoyed this book. However I'm disappointed that it won't be in the contest. :(

    ~Briana

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  14. This sounds like something I would like. *adds to wishlist*

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  15. I love the cover too. Eye catching!

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  16. I'm not sure it's my kind of book, I like lighter topics, but thanks for the introduction!

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  17. WordVore Prod don't feel bad I hadn't heard about it either =P

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  18. I like the cover and I think I might actually recommend this one to my dad. It seems like something he will like. =]

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