I received this book free in exchange for an honest review on NetGalley.
Fifteen year old Yael is on the run. The Jewish girl seeks shelter from the Germans on the farm of the village outcast. Aleksei is mute and solitary, but as the brutal winter advances, he reluctantly takes her in and a delicate relationship develops. As her feelings towards Aleksei change, the war intrudes and Yael is forced to join a Jewish partisan group fighting in the woods. Torn apart and fighting for her life, The Song of the Stork is Yael’s story of love, hope, and survival. It is the story of one woman finding a voice as the voices around her are extinguished.
I adore this book, I don’t have the words to describe how much the characters spoke to me and how I fell in love with the writing. This is one of the most beautifully written books I have ever read, I just can’t describe how well the setting was described and how the characters spoke to me. The use of a mute was well written as I feared that it might become monotonous and a little boring without two way dialogue, but boy was I wrong. It brought more to the story, and the romantic elements of it all.
I have to say if you loved the film Defiance then you will love this book, it has similar themes and the World War II element is so well written, and beautifully done. I have nothing but good things to say about this book, apart from the ending. I struggled with how abrupt it was. I would have loved more, a little more closure. Something at the end that made me sigh in relief or pain. I just needed more information.
My favourite character actually had to be Aleksei, his facial expressions told an entire story and for that me was the greatest thing. I loved this part of the book more than anything else. I just thought that this was so unique to anything else I have ever read or listened too that he deserved to be my favourite character if nothing else. I think he is definitely a character that will stay with me long after The Song of the Stork settles on my shelf.
Least favourite character in The Song of the Stork would have to be Eva, I’m still not sure what her purpose in the story was. It was confused and she was extremely unlikable and that made it hard to read and sympathise with her. Which sounds like an awful thing to say but urgh, she infuriated me to the point of no return. Really. She could not have been more self-centred and perverse if she had tried.
I would recommend The Song of the Stork in a heartbeat, this book broke something inside me when I was reading. It was a piece of art in my opinion and unique to anything else I have ever read. SO MUCH LOVE FOR THIS BOOK!
Have you ever read a book that has taken your breath away? Let me know in the comments below – I would love to check them all out.