Since I started doing the offsite reviews (I have been trying to do one or two a day) I have started actively searching out good reviewers. I like larger review organizations for non-fiction, but I prefer small blog reviewers for fiction. One of the review blogs I stumbled upon was Starlightbookreviews. They seem to focus on Fantasy, YA, and Christian Fiction.
I have been hearing a lot of good things about The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Zusak won the Printz award in 2007 for “The Book Thief,” John Green loved it, fellow book bloggers raved about it: by all accounts, I’d been missing something truly epic by not reading it until now.
Death was the narrator and lens for the entire novel, and I really, really liked that. You know, even as you’re reading, that the characters die, because everyone dies, and that Death is looking back at their lives as he has looked at billions of lives before theirs. It lent an air of suspense because he told you one of the characters dies young, so I kept waiting for that person to die and they just kept living, chapter after chapter until the last quarter or so of the book. I didn’t want him to die, but when the narrator says he’s going to, I can’t help but expect that to happen on the next page.