Let me tell you right off the bat that this was not a book that connected with me in the way I had hoped. Don't get me wrong--the book had good content, characters, and much more. There was a lot of great historical reference, and I appreciated that immensely. I also loved the music and artistic bent of some of the characters in the story. I was enraptured with the musical descriptions, and the art was quite intriguing. In fact, for me, those were the highlights. I could have read a lot more about both. I was drawn into the way in which the children were treated. I don't want to offer any spoilers on the emotional portions of the story.
But I have to give my honest opinion (which may or may not agree with yours). Unfortunately, there was a lot of truly unnecessary profanity. (I know I always feel profanity is unnecessary, but there are varying degrees in my opinion.) There were allusions to sex scenes, and some that were very non-descriptive. I could handle those. The stark violence was sometimes bone-chilling, but I suppose I could even deal with that.
My highest objection was the style in which the book was written. I appreciate the fact that there was a "cast of characters" sheet in the beginning of the book. But the constant jumping from time period to time period between the chapters truly confused me. I don't mind occasional flashbacks, but I found this style to be extremely disjointed and hard to follow. Maybe I just need to get used to the style, but I feel I would have enjoyed this book more had it not jumped around so much.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated,and all opinions are 100 percent mine.show more
by Ruth Hill