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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Cilka's Journey

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Title: Cilka's Journey
Series: The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Author: Heather Morris
Rating: 2
Cilka is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, in 1942. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, notices her long beautiful hair, and forces her separation from the other women prisoners. Cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly given, equals survival.
After liberation, Cilka is charged as a collaborator for sleeping with the enemy and sent to Siberia. But what choice did she have? And where did the lines of morality lie for Cilka, who was sent to Auschwitz when still a child?
In a Siberian prison camp, Cilka faces challenges both new and horribly familiar, including the unwanted attention of the guards. But when she makes an impression on a woman doctor, Cilka is taken under her wing. Cilka begins to tend to the ill in the camp, struggling to care for them under brutal conditions.
Cilka finds endless resources within herself as she daily confronts death and faces terror. And when she nurses a man called Ivan, Cilka finds that despite everything that has happened to her, there is room in her heart for love.

Would I recommend it? No
Will I read anything else from this author: No
I don't want to make people made or upset when and if they read this, because I can understand that a lot of people either liked it or hated it,  I'm sad to say that I will not be reading this author again. And you may be asking why, since I love historical fiction especially WW 2 historical fiction, but in this case the author and her writing style isn't for me. When I go into either a nonfiction or a historical fiction based on or about WW 2 I want to feel something, I want to see the characters come to life before my very eyes, see the places that the author and the characters are talking about, and feel what they feel and going though. And while quite of lot of people have said that they all felt that with this story, unfortunately that didn't happen for me. There were times I just want to put it down and not finish it at all, but a part of me was hoping that the story would get better ,that I would see the characters come to life, or the story would make me feel something but it didn't . With that said I want to thank NetGalley for letting me read and review it 

16 comments:

  1. Sorry this didn’t appeal to you. I thought this and The Tattooist of Auschwitz were excellent. I applaud Heather Morris’s research.

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    1. Sadly it just come to life like other historical fiction I've read has done .

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  2. Sometimes an author just isn't for us and that's ok. I have a couple ones that people love and that I just don't get their writing or it doesn't compel me in the same way it does others. Reading is made to be something to enjoy if you are not enjoying a book there is no sense in continuing with it.

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    1. Thank you , and your so right and this author isn't for me at all.

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  3. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy it. It's on my tbr, and I look forward to reading it. I'll let you know my thoughts after :)

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    1. Hopefully your like it way better then I did and I can't wait to hear what you thought of it

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  4. Too bad you didn't enjoy it. I keep trying to work my way to this series

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    1. Thanks and hopefully your like it way better then I did

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  5. Not every book is going to work for you and that’s okay!

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  6. Gosh not good when you feel like this about a book, I understand completely. Hopefully your next book will be better. Great review.

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    1. Thanks for being understanding, like I said I read a lot of nonfiction and historical fiction especially when it comes to historical fiction on and about WW 2 and whith those I want to see it come to life, the characters , the places, I feel like if an author does that then they've done their job.

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  7. Great honest review, I'm really sorry this book didn't work out for you, I hope your next read is a much better one. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

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  8. Sorry to hear that this didn't work for you

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