TJ Burns — March 11th, 2017
The characters in The Pearl Thief are so vivid and each is unique! I really feel that I know them. The writing is amazing! …and the mystery! I couldn’t stop reading.
Julie is a wonderful character — the perfect combination of curiosity, bravery, prowess, pluck, pride, sophistication, and playfulness. She has a good moral compass and can empathize with others, even though she has not much personal experience. The Tinkers, Ellen, Euan and their family, present an interesting class and life-style contrast, which helps put the story into its historical context, namely 1930s Scotland. Especially Julie and Ellen’s relationship displays an intriguing dynamic, as the two learn from each other and overcome their own stereotypes to establish a deep and lasting friendship.
Before reading, I had no idea that this book is the prequel for the wildly popular Code Name Verity series. This is my first Elizabeth Wein book, but I can’t wait to read more. Wein’s writing is so colorful and descriptive that I felt I’d been thrown back in time to another time, another place, and I was right there beside Julia, sharing her experiences, learning from her mistakes, and solving the mystery!
I received a copy of this book from Disney-Hyperion via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Disney-Hyperion
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