Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix

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Simon & Schuster Books

September 25, 2007

Uprising follows the lives of three young woman in 1910-1911 whose lives intertwine forever because of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. I knew a little bit about this tragedy from school, but I loved that Peterson Haddix was able to create this realistic world and put us right next to the people involved.

Each of the three girls in the book, Bella and Yetta and Jane, each are completely different people and personalities who form an unlikely bond. I love how we were able to take a peek into early 20th Century life for woman in different social standings. Readers are able to see the struggles that immigrants faced when coming to New York City and also the expectations put on those in high society standings.

I love how fierce and sure Yetta was and how she held fast to the things she believed in. Even when other’s around her lost faith she kept fighting for something she thought was right. Being a young woman in that time period it took a lot of guts for her to be able to stand up so loudly and fight for women’s rights and unions.

Bella is probably my favorite of the three girls (but shh don’t tell Yetta or Jane) because she struggles so much throughout the book but she keeps going. She is newly arrived from Italy when her story begins and she doesn’t speak English yet. She is able to hold a job and adapt to her surroundings. I also loved seeing her story because it shows more of her living situation in the book and I felt like that was a real eye opener.

Jane’s father has made a lot of money and prior to the book she spent most of her time with other young society women. When she begins to lose interest in their conversations she discovers the strike and is introduced to a whole new world.

All three of their lives intertwine and weave together to tell a very real story of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory disaster. I love that many of the details were true and not fiction. I love that this book will introduce what happened to so many people on a deeper level than what history class can teach us.

For lovers of historical fiction I would recommend this book!



Allegiance by Cayla Kluver


Title: Allegiance
Author: Cayla Kluver
Publisher: HarlequinTEEN
Release Date: February 28, 2012
Source: Netgalley

Overview from Barnes and Noble:
He couldn’t help his past any more than he could help the way those intense, deep blue eyes pierced me and held me captive.
An eighteen-year-old queen in love with the enemy as their countries pass the point of no return…
Bound to a man she cannot love, Queen Alera of Hytanica must forget Narian, the young man who holds her heart. For Narian is destined to conquer Hytanica at the behest of his master, the powerful magic-user known as the Overlord. Alera doesn’t truly believe Narian will fight against Hytanica—until Cokyrian troops attack with Narian commanding the charge.
Faced with the greatest betrayal a heart can know, Alera must set aside personal feelings and lead her kingdom through its darkest time. And when all hope, will and courage seem lost, she must find strength and remember that even the blackest night must have a dawn.

My Thoughts:

I absolutely loved this story and I am going to say that I was shocked at how much I loved it! I haven’t read a book like this in a long time and recently my favors have shifted to books in a little different genre. Kluver is an extraordinary writer who continues to perfect her craft as the books go on. It is not often that readers get to delve into a fully perfectly crafted world and it is an even smaller chance that we are introduced to an entire cast of characters each fully developed and who could stand on their own. I could tell you details about every single character presented in this book because Kluver took the time to shape and form each of them fully.
It is not often that a reader is able to fall fully into the emotions of a book and for me this book did that. That’s what distinguishes this book from a great book and an amazing tale. I laughed with theses characters, got angry with them, and most shockingly to me I cried with them. Allegiance is a book about the horrors of war and Kluver has captured that essence to the extreme. My jaw dropped, my eyes watered, and I held my breathe during many of the brutal scenes.

Kluver writes with amazing style and elegance that we do not often get to see with today’s books. I am very eager to reading more from her in the future. I was unable to put Allegiance down and sat on the edge of my seat the entire time. I am unable to hold together my excitement for the third book Sacrifice and I will eagerly await the next installment. I am giving this book five stars!