Charmed Book Haven Reviews “Paper Boats” By: Erndell Scott

Charmed Book Haven Reviews “Paper Boats” By: Erndell Scott

Title: Paper Boats
Author: Erndell Scott
Publisher: Erich Scott Group LLC
Pages: 442

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World War II was a monumental war for the world’s history. Many laws, procedures, medical discoveries and blocks, films, books, families, and products are still affected by it today. It was a very rough time for the world and for human kind, period. Millions of soldiers and innocent people lost their lives, cities were shattered beyond recognition from air raids and grenades, and trust between loved ones were compromised at the time in order for us to be here today. I recently finished the WWII Historical Fiction novel entitled “Paper Boats” by Erndell Scott. Throughout it’s contents, I was reminded of those times and was transported into Berlin, Germany, close to the end of the war.

The novel follows the personal journeys of two young boys, Otto Kaufmann and Joseph Kessler. Otto, a nine-year-old Jewish slave/official courier to a Nazi , fights his way through closing war while being sent out to complete tasks made by his master, placing him into dangerous situations from his surroundings and his assignments. Joseph, on the other hand, is a Hitler youth. Raised to praise his leader and must also embark on a dangerous mission with Otto. They both rush into the hell of war in order to fulfill one final mission from Adolf Hitler.
2496828267_0fd38f1b6f_b The author’s visuals of war are all intrusive and too overwhelming real at times but that is what made the story all the more enjoyable. You literally feel as if you are running right beside Otto dodging bombs, escaping land mines, and searching for freedom. Now, I have read plenty of historical fiction books but up to now none have had the ability to throw readers in so deep into the action that you feel yourself drowning in it before you realize what you’ve gotten yourself into. This book is that intense, especially being told mainly from a child’s perspective.

7a82f0f1093391309bfd07353fc55829Otto’s story is unutterably heart-breaking to watch unfold. In the beginning of the story, he reflects in the early days of the war when he and his friend Annie, would play with their sail boats. Simpler times. Times when war wasn’t breaking down his home around him. The scene painted is almost like a metaphor for what was to come into his life. The edges of his boat or life would get soaked by the water and eventually fall apart. He’d constantly try to rebuild a proper one over and over again. But all would remain in the end were bits of paper. Much like many Jewish survivors in the war. Tiny bits of their former lives remain, but the darkness of the war, persecution, sights, and terrors have overtaken the majority of their souls.

The tying of the two boys, however, shows the vast difference of the teachings between two people yet they were from the same country. The book shows the struggle of the separation of their people, only to realize they need one another in order to survive. After all, we are all people trying to live.

10 out of 10 Book Charms! 

Suspenseful, intriguing, and a book to be read for book clubs and readers!

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Happy Reading!

~C.C.

 

 

 

Charmed Book Haven Reviews #5 “THE TAKER” By: Alma Katsu

Charmed Book Haven Reviews #5 “THE TAKER” By: Alma Katsu

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Hi Everyone,

Today I am reviewing The Taker by Alma Katsu; Book number 1 of THE TAKER Trilogy. Now not many people have heard of this book. Originally, I didn’t know I’d like it when I found it but as soon as I began reading it-I was hooked!

The novel opens to a hospital where recently divorced surgeon Dr. Luke Findley practices in the small town of St. Andrews, Maine. He lives a lonely life day in and day out until the town sheriff brings in a mysterious woman covered in blood. He instructs Luke to do a thorough examination before she is taken in for her interrogation for the suspicion of murdering her traveling companion.

After Luke begins his examination, he notices she has no bruises or cuts despite her being covered in blood. She proceeds to tell him her name, Lanore McIlvrae, and explains that nothing can harm her. Luke is skeptical at first until Lanore plunges a knife into her body, revealing no wound or blood seeping from the wound. To be honest, this whole scene was pretty interesting. You’d think she was about to reveal she was a vampire. Wrong…..instead Lanore is an immortal Alchemist. That’s right, Alchemist.

2012-07-15 16.48.15She begins to tell her tale of eternal love going back to the early nineteenth century settlers of St. Andrews. St. Andrews was founded by Puritans and ruled with an iron fist. Growing up in the small town, she paints a picture of what it used to appear like before the renovation of buildings, invention of motor cars, and technology. I grew to fall in love with St. Andrews despite the rules through Alma Katsu’s thorough descriptions.


Lenore’s first love turned out to be a boy by the name of Jonathan, the son of the founder of St. Andrews. Jonathan had the face of an angel but behind the scenes he slept with anything that moved: both married and unmarried. Despite his sins, Lanore only wanted him and him alone and believed he had a heart of gold underneath his infidelities. Finally, she received the “love” from Jonathan she craved, only through secret rendezvous. But much like those days, protection did not exist and Lanore soon discovers she is pregnant with Jonathan’s child.

Her 2013-04-20 16.40.19parents then ship her off to Boston to a Catholic convent to take care of the child. While upon arriving, Lanore becomes involved with these two mysterious people who hold lavish parties for their immortal “leader” by the name of Adair. Lanore falls ill not long after becoming a resident within Adair’s home. In return, Adair gives her an antidote transforming her into an immortal.

This is where I shall stop. However, I will say Adair is both a menace but you almost feel sorry for him. He seems like a man craving the enduring love that everyone wishes to have. Only he releases his love through pain and sex. He wants Lenore but Lenore has eyes for only Jonathan.

Will Lenore and Jonathan have a happy ever after? Will Adair win Lenore’s heart? What about Luke? Where does he come into this tale with Lenore?

I personally give this book 9 1/2 out of 10 Book Charms!

Happy Reading!

~C.C.