City of Thieves by David Benioff


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How hard is to retrieve a dozen eggs? If nowadays is very easy, in Leningrad during the nazi siege it was very different.

This is the task assigned to Lev, a seventeen years old boy arrested by the police and accused of thievery, and to Kolya, a soldier accused of deserting his group. The dozen eggs are the key to freedom and salvation, otherwise they are going to be executed.

The characters met in the jail, and from that moment the adventure to get the eggs begins. They will firstly explore Leningrad and then the fields out of the city, where partisans are fighting the german troops.

The story of Lev and Kolya brings us in the streets of the sieged city, where people suffer daily frost, hunger and bombardments, and where survivors do everything to stay alive, also the unimaginable.

The same is out of the city, where the german threat is even more real, and so Lev and Kolya will have to do everything they can to keep surviving.

City of thieves is a compelling novel, full of adventures and humanity. It’s hard to leave the two guys while reading the book, and it’s even harder to forget them when the book is come to the end.

* City of Thieves by David Benioff ★★★★★

*I read this book in italian

Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge


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Triss wake up in her bed and the unknown is around her: she does not remember the previous day – when it seems she risked to drown in the river – and she finds hard to identify what should be well-known (her bedroom, her parents, her sister Pam who now seems to hate her). Moreover she has a hunger that seems insatiable, a symptom of an unknown illness; once discovered the truth nothing will be the same for Triss.

It’s impossible to disclose more than this – more than this vagueness that covers only the beginning chapters of Cuckoo Song – without disclosing all the imaginative and magic elements that compose this beautiful novel.

Cuckoo Song tells a magic story, extremely well-built and narrated that is also able to tell about the need of understanding who we are and to find our place in the world, and the importance of leaving behind the past, even if facing sadness and sorrow by doing so.

The writing is brilliant, the narrative style disclose enough and at the right time and the characters are the ones a reader grows found of and it’s hard to let go after ending the book (that is a must read, obviously).


* Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge ★★★★★

*I read this book in English