REVIEW: Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein :: Mini-Freak Out

29 August 2013


Publisher: Electric Monkey
Published: June 3rd 2013
Book: Bought
Pages: 480
Format: Paperback, Finished Copy
Genre: Young Adult (YA), Historical Fiction, War
Blurb: Rose Justice is a young American ATA pilot, delivering planes and taxiing pilots for the RAF in the UK during the summer of 1944. A budding poet who feels most alive while flying, she discovers that not all battles are fought in the air. An unforgettable journey from innocence to experience from the author of the best-selling, multi-award-nominated Code Name Verity. From the exhilaration of being the youngest pilot in the British air transport auxiliary, to the aftermath of surviving the notorious Ravensbruck women's concentration camp, Rose's story is one of courage in the face of adversity. Code Name Verity is shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.
-summary from goodreads

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Title Page: *reads all the names* This book is scaring me already...WHO ARE THEY?!
Page 9: YOU CRAZY WOMAN
Page 11: Strawberry Jam! I'm hungry..*trots off to the kitchen*
Page 16: Well you're a poet and a half..
Page 33: Don't worry Lady Beaufort-Stuart..I THINK THEY'RE SILLY TOO...although he does have a point. When Hitler's angry, he aint no cup of tea.
Page 44 :i disagree. crazy isn't the word..
Page 76: CAN I BUZZ IT WITH YOU?!
Page 80: No no no you're freaking scaring me what happened?
Page 86: NICK!
Page 88: O__________O
Page 94: OMG OMG ROSE..
Page 96: Trust me, you don't want to know..
Page 100: You go girl!
Page 112: A mirror and a comb?! I'm laughing too.
Page 144: Einundfunfzigtausendvierhundertachtundneunzig...right. okay.
Page 166: Keep standing Rose, keep standing.
Page 183: I think i need to be sick
Page 193: ASDFGHJKLNDJHBVGHFBN GMHVN,SJNFZC,JDXN,JVBH*gags*
Page 194: STOP. OMG. *goes to hide under the bed*
Page 198: MUFFINS.
Page 250: lemonade... guys. do i have permission to cry?
Page 256: their own hands. THEIR OWN HANDS
Page 296: ALL the rabbits?! No...no!
Page 315: You stinking weasel.
Page 328: *whispers* Karolina...oh Karolina
Page 363: i can't believe you lost them.
Page 399: LISETTE! *happy dance*
Page 403: Oh hai Rozycza *tackle hug*
Page 415: ihatethemihatethemihatethemihatethemIHATETHEMIHATETHEM *looks round wildly for a weapon* *finds a book* *picks it up menacingly*
Page 428: Oh..
Page 460: *reads the last page and the afterwords and flips back to the list of names at the beginning* *stares blankly at the wall for half an hour*
HALF AN HOUR LATER...
*stares blankly at the wall for another half an hour still clutching the book*
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I decided to do a mini-freak out post for this because i didn't think i would be able to explain my feelings for this book any other way. it literally just made you feel a hundred different emotions and was so gritty, and heartbreaking and overpowering and i just. i can't.
If you have the strength. then read this book. and if you don't then i don't blame you but Rose Under Fire was seriously scary and at times i just wanted to put this book down, but there was always this invisible thread dragging my eyes left and right. left and right. left and right. i just couldn't stop.
Some of the things i read in there, especially about the Rabbits, made me want to vomit. I just couldn't believe HUMANS could do this to OTHER HUMANS. And yes i've read about concentration camps, and eyewitness accounts and life during the war, being a history freak....but i don't know, this book made things real. Elizabeth Wein has the talent to make you feel like you are living inside her book. It was as I was living life at Ravensbruck with Rosie and Irina and Rozycza and Lisette and all the other women, and i didn't like it one bit.
One of Rose's poems stood out for me, much more than the rest, although they were all beautiful and evocative. Maybe because it was about hope, and that was the running theme of this story. That no matter what happens. Never give up hope. Because even when you think all is lost - you can still pull through.
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Kite Flying.
Hope has no feathers
Hope takes flight
tethered with twine
like a tattered kite,
slave to the wind's
capricious drift
eager to soar
but needing lift

Hope waits stubbornly
watching the sky
for turmoil, feeding on
things that fly:
crows, ashes, newspapers,
dry leaves in flight
all suggest wind
that could lift a kite

Hope sails and plunges
firmly caught
at the end of her string -
fallen slack, pulling taught,
ragged and featherless.
Hope never flies
but doggedly watches
for windy skies.

Quote Love:
“Hope is the most treacherous thing in the world. It lifts you and lets you plummet. But as long as you're being lifted you don't worry about plummeting.” 
“Your brain does amazing acrobatics when it doesn't want to believe something.”
"But people need lift too. People don't get moving, they don't soar, they don't achieve great heights, without something buoying them up." 
The Word:
Why?
At the end of reading this i was speechless. Rose Under Fire will overpower your mind and your thought and you will be able to think of nothing else for days. Even now. A few days after finishing it, i am still thinking of the book, and the horrors that lie within it's pretty cover. But even today: new horrors are facing people now. We aren't history. Yet.
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*Thank you so so so so much for Nikki from Fiction Freak for coming up with the amazing idea of 'Mini-Freak Out posts and for letting me do them too. :) You can see all her hilarious funny Freak Outs right here.

33 comments:

  1. I am actually SO jealous that you've read this!!! Rose Under Fire looks so brilliant, I enjoyed Code Name Verity (Have you read that?)
    Also, brilliant freak out post ;D Made me giggle a bit and has proved that once again Elizabeth Wein can mess up your emotions :O

    -Happy Reading! Georgia

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    1. No i actually read Rose Under Fire first, i've just started reading Code Name Verity, i don't know why i read the second one first although they're not in any order so..i just felt like reading this one first although I hear Code Name Verity is better so I'M EXCITED!
      Hehe yes, Nikki is awesome, she thought of this brilliant idea and let me do it too so...! :D

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  2. I LOVE THE SOUND OF THIS NOVEL! This sounds incredible and I'm definitely going to try and get my hands on a copy. That's one of the really strange things about reading books like this, they're scary. What happened to those women doesn't feel like it's real.

    Your review is so funny, but fabulously written Hawwa! And that poem you've taken from the book is beautiful - I wish I could write like that.

    Can't wait to read more freak-out's in the future! And thanks for being so modest when asking me to come over here... ;)

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    1. YES ITS SCARY AND KINDA GROSS AND REALLY GOOD AND JUST. Mind = Blown...

      Yes so do I..*sigh*, it's one of my personal favorites because of the message behind it but all of them are fabulously written..

      I AM SUCH A MODEST PERSON SOPHIE HOW DID YOU NOT KNOW THIS?! ;)

      Thanks for stopping by..;p *cough cough*

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    2. I KNOW! THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT A MODEST PERSON WOULD SAY ASWELL! WE SO OVER-USE CAP-LOCK!

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  3. Is this a sequel to Code Name Verity? Because its on NetGalley, but I haven't read CNV yet and even though I'm not a fan of historical fiction, they look reaaaally good. And I love the freak out style!

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    1. Thank you it was all Nikki's idea. :) It's not no, so you can read either one first, i've got both books but i decided on this one first because i just felt like this sort of story, so you can read either first, i HAVE heard that Code Name Verity is better than Rose Under Fire but really i don't know how it could live up to my humongous expectations that i know have of it..you never know! I'm sure i'll love it though, Rose Under Fire was AWESOME though and even though you don't like historical fiction you should really give it a go. :) Tell me what you think if you do!
      Thanks for stopping by and sorry for such a long paragraph!

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  4. I LOVE this mini freak out so much! I don't this, or Code Name Verity for that matter, would be my sorta thing, but really glad you enjoyed it so much! Woo, you have to do more of these freak outs ;)

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    1. Thank you AND WHY NOT MAY I ASK?! How is historical fiction NOT your sort of thing?! It's one of my favourite genres! *faints*
      Thanks for STOPPING by Mr Jack - The Book STOP..;P and oh, don't worry, i will! It gives me a legit excuse to fangirl...;D

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  5. Wow, sounds intense! Historical fiction isn't my Niche, but you sure made Rose Under Fire sound tempting. I might just put this on my TBR list.

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    1. YOU MUST! And it kind of is, sometimes you just have to stop and mull over what you just read but seriously, all the gruesome-ness is worth it! :)

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  6. Um......*eyes ARC on my kindle* I'm scared, Hawwaaaaa. I'm so scared :( Have you read Between Shades of Grey? That's meant to be just as heart wrenching!!!

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    1. REBEKAAAH! read it now! It is kind of scary BUT SO WORTH IT.

      WAIT.

      YOU HAVEN'T READ BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY THATS LIKE ONE OF MY MOST FAVOURITE BOOKS EVER GET TO IT.

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  7. Ohh I have this one on my shelf and I should really start it soon, or also Code Name Verity lol. I'm glad that you loved it so much, it sounds like such a mutli-faceted read. I'll need to check it out soon, thanks for sharing! <33

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    1. You must Eileen. YOU MUST! I've not read Code Name Verity yet either but its waiting on my bookshelf! ;)

      Thanks for stopping by.

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  8. This is an amazing mini freak out! I was already willing to sell my soul for this book were it to come to that, but you just made me even more excited. Books that horrify you as much as you said this one does are the best; they are brave and stick with you longer than any other type of tale. And your statement about these kinds of things going on today is so true. Someday, people will be writing historical fiction about 2013 and shocking readers with descriptions of all our saddening current events.

    On a less intense note, I just wanted to say your "nerds being unironically enthusiastic" comment button is brilliant. John Green is pretty much my favorite person ever.

    Oh, and I just followed your blog by GFC, and as strange as it feels to leave anything to the effect of "come look at my blog" in a comment, here's my link: www.foreverliterary.blogspot.com. Since your little paragraph asked me to leave it. Okay, I feel like a spammer. :)

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    1. Thank you and Yes. That. This: People WILL be writing historical fiction about ''our'' times but they shouldn't have to. The things that are going on now are just... -_-

      Haha thank you and yes, mine too. ;)

      THANK YOU! Haha don't worry, i AM a spammer..;p will drop by now and thanks for commenting! :D

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    2. *sigh* Hopefully that means that things will be better in the future, although I doubt they will be entirely. We don't have the genocide problems this time period did, but 2013 definitely has its own struggles. I bet future humans will look back at, say, the way we damage the environment and shake their heads, but they will be worse off in some ways. This is depressing to think about.

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    3. Yeah. *sighs along with you* And all the stuff going on in Syria/Egypt ect...Just...:(

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  9. Well.. I am definitely reading this now! Don't know what else to say.

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    1. you should say: 'Hawwa you are amazing at writing reviews and i am in awe of you'..;p NOW GO READ IT. ;)

      thanks for stopping by!

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  10. I really want to read this, and Code Name Verity! I've ordered them into the library, but they haven't come yet. I love this way of reviewing, I might try it sometime for a shortish book... Anyhow, great review!

    Charli

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    1. your library had better hurry up! Are you far along in the list? Yeah, i think you'd have to ask Nikki though as it was her idea so i did. :)
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  11. Oh, Hawwa, you certainly have very entertaining reviews. ;) ... I also tend to get hungry if some sort of meal is described in a book, haha. 8)

    You've pretty much convinced me of how powerful this book is. I'm really intrigued now! Though I'd probably tear up quite a lot. :3

    Great review - glad you loved this! I really want to read Code Name Verity! :D

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    1. Why thank you Rachel *bows* SO DO I!!
      I surprised myself by not crying much. It was just so overwhelming that you didn't. if you see what i mean?
      Thanks. AND YES YOU MUST READ BOTH BOOKS!
      Thanks for stopping by. x

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  12. Oh man, I'm not sure I can handle this book. #BigChicken

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  13. Hawwa! If you could have seen my face after I finished this book. I was totally overwhelmed and impressed and heartbroken too. And yes, reading about all that stuff is HORRIBLE, especially as you know that it's happened, and that similar things are happening to people all around the world today.
    Great post! :)

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    1. Yes Yes Yes so was mine! IT IS AWFUL. and i know. :((
      Thank you and thanks for stopping by! :)

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  14. THIS LOOKS SO GOOD I MUST READ IT BUT I AM DREADING IT SIMULTANEOUSLY BECAUSE OF WHAT YOU'VE SAID AND DSLFKJASLDKFJ;ADSLFKJ THAT IS ALL KAYTHNXBYE.

    (We need to get out of this cap-locksing habit don't we?)

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  15. I have a question, for a project i was asked to think of three things Rose Justice wanted or needed, i have two of three. Any help?? Please and thanks!
    And this book is amazing!!

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    1. Hi! Thanks for the comment, what do you have so far?

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