January 17, 2016

Code Name Verity By: Elizabeth Wein Review



Well...this is 1 star from me. I really did not care for Code Name Verity, but I don't think it's a completely horrible book. There is a deep and moving story in here somewhere (in 10% of the book), but the book just isn't for me.

Before I started reading Code Name Verity I thought it was going to be a book with lots of action. That wasn't really the case here. Other than that, the reason that I didn't like this book is very simple to explain. I HATED that the whole book is about flying planes. MOST of the book! The author is a pilot herself and pretty much this book is a story about flying planes during World War Two. Secondary to that there is an actual plot, but it's pretty minor. I am not interested in flying airplanes in the slightest and reading about it nearly bored me to tears. I think there is a good story about friendship in here, but it's extremely hidden underneath the author's love of hearing herself talk about flying planes. I can't handle this huge amount of boring and unnecessary writing.

Airplanes, airplanes, airplanes. GAH!!!!!

Near the end there was one thing I did like a lot that happened, but it was too little too late to save the book. Honestly, the only reason why I even finished reading it is because it was the pick of the month for my IRL YA book club and also I chose it for the Espionage genre for the insane genre challenge. Looking at it now, I'm not even sure it counts as espionage. :(

Overall, this one was pretty painful for me. I wish I could have DNF'd it. I can't really recommend Code Name Verity to anyone, but I wouldn't dissuade anyone from reading it either. If you can handle really long-winded descriptions about flying aircrafts then you may enjoy this one more than I did. From what I've seen I'm in the minority about this book so you may like it!


22 comments:

  1. I'm sorry you didn't find this book more enjoyable. I hope your next book is a lot better! If your looking for a fun originally book I'd recommend Bound By Duty by Stormy Smith!

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    1. I hope so too! I'm reading Onyx now and so far it's fantastic. :D

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  2. Aww I'm sorry that you didn't like it :(

    If you want to read some espionage books you can try: The Fixer, Heist Society, Six of Crows, All Fall Down, and I'd tell you I love you but then I'd have to kill you. The authors are Ally Carter, Leigh Bardugo, and Jennifer Lynn Barnes.

    I hope your next read is better! Great review :)

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    1. Thanks for the suggestions!!! Those all look pretty great. :)

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  3. Sorry you didn't like this one. I don't know if I have this on my TBR or not, but I remember it floating around the blogosphere.

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    1. Yeah, it really just wasn't for me. I think it would be okay for anyone who could handle all of the piloting aspects of the book.

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  4. I have this book, but I haven't had the chance to pick it up yet. I'm not a big fan of historical fiction, so I don't see myself enjoying it very much...

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    1. Ooo, I'm not sure if it would be for you since you don't like historical fiction. However, it's always worth a try! You never know.

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  5. I have this one and have been putting it off, I think I might still put it off now LOL! Sorry this wasn't for you.

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    1. Lol! I don't blame you there! Maybe you would like it better than I did. :)

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  6. Eep! So sorry you didn't enjoy this one! It's one of the reasons why I haven't read it yet - I'm 99% sure it isn't a book for me! But it's one of those stories that will eventually be known as a classic, so I've always wanted to give it a whirl. Meh, idk though.

    Sorry you didn't enjoy this one! But great review, Erin. :)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. I could see it eventually becoming a classic. Sadly, it wasn't for me though. You should still give it a go at some point though. ;)

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  7. I love reading about airplanes, so maybe I'll like this one.
    I'm so sorry it wasn't for you!

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    1. Oh, I bet you would love it then! If you get a chance to read it you will have to let me know what you think.

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  8. I love this one, so it is sad that you didn't love it. But i understand not every book is for everyone!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings
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    1. That's true. And this one just wasn't for me. :)

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  9. I don't really like historical fiction so I know this one won't be for me. Too bad it wasn't for you either. On to the next great read!

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    1. That's exactly it, on to the next one! :)

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  10. Girl, yhis cracked me up. " AIRPLANES, AIRPLANES, AIRPLANES GAHH! " I've actually heard really good things about this book, but I've never been interested in reading it. Back when I read the synopsis, I sounded so much like a classic to me, that it became an automatic pass. Me + Classic = DNF lol

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    1. Haha! I know there is a lot of love for this book and I wanted to love it too, but it wasn't for me. It definitely wasn't what I had expected either.

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  11. *shudders*
    This sounds absolutely horrible. Girl, you need to find something that rocks your world to make up for this mess. Here's hoping that you will soon.

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    1. It was horrible for me haha! I think it was one of those it's not the book it's me kind of things. Well since I see so many people like it, so surely it's me? I have no clue. Thanks, I really do need a great one after this!

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