Review: The Gilded Lynx

The Gilded LynxThe Gilded Lynx by Leah Erickson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I recieved this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book presents itself as a coming of age novel. About a young teenager who is sheltered from the outside world, and wants the chance to experience it. It is about a mother who has set out the be the best she can be, but in the process neglected her daughter. It is about learning the world is not black and white; that all ‘good’ is tainted with ‘evil’.

I don’t know exactly what I was expecting after reading the synopsis, but I know I got much more than I thought. Daphne is extremely naive, sheltered child when we first meet her, and we get to watch her grow up.

For me, the characters were well described, and played an integral role in Daphne’s story. The romantic in me was hoping for a little more resolution in the disappearance of her father, but overall an excellent book.

I will admit that the first few chapters took a little for me to get into, but it was well worth the effort.

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Review: Surviving the Angel of Death

Surviving the Angel of Death: The Story of a Mengele Twin in AuschwitzSurviving the Angel of Death: The Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz by Eva Mozes Kor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I recieved this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book is phenomenal.

I actually put off reading this book a couple of times, mainly because I wasn’t really in the mood for depressing subjects. Which was a pretty big mistake because while this is a memoir of an Auschwitz survivor, it is one of the most uplifting and inspirational books I’ve read in quite a while.

Eva Moses Kor along with her twin sister, witnessed true evil, barely managing to make it out alive. They went through a hell most will never know, and at such a pivotal time in their young lives. The torture they went through was horrendous, yet it is delivered in such a poetic way, focusing rather on Eva’s drive to survive. As the reader you still feel the sadness for the victims, and the anger towards Hitler, and those who believed his propaganda; we just get reminded that no other persons actions, regardless of the severity can define you.

The brilliant retelling of Eva’s memories into a more youth-friendly read, is a huge part of the success of this book. For the general population (i.e., the non-history buffs) young and old alike, Surviving the Angel of Death shows the unimaginable dehumanisation that Hitler and his Nazis forced upon the Jewish population in a way that is more approachable than we are accustomed to.