A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

184. Defiance by Carla Jablonski

Defiance by Carla Jablonski. Art by Leland Purvis (Canada) - (US)
Resistance Trilogy, Book 2

Pages: 124
Ages: 12+
Finished: Aug. 17, 2011
First Published: Jul. 19, 2011
Publisher: First Second Books
Genre: graphic novel, YA, historical fiction, WWII, France
Rating: 5/5

First sentence:

Paul!  Have any ration tickets to trade?

Acquired: Received a review copy from First Second Books.

Reason for Reading:  next in the series

 Continuing on from the second book, Paul and his older sister continue to work for the Resistance unbeknownst to their mother who has given up her part in the shady dealings to keep her family safe.  The eldest girl's boyfriend is deeply involved with the movement causing her to wonder whether he really likes her or is just using her to get information from the Germans.  Paul is working independently putting irreverent drawings around town of the Germans which are starting to cause a fuss.  At this time in the history of the occupation we learn of the French police force started and run by the Germans called the Milice.  A German military police force manned by French residents, obviously not a popular group with the locals.  Throughout the plot we also learn of the Maquis, resistance groups hiding out in the forests planning for the moment when they can attack back.  We learn of Philippe Petain, the leader of the new French State which worked in cooperation with the Nazis and we see the benefits that women were able to garner for themselves and their families if they fraternized with the Germans.  Sometimes this was often a very hard decision to make when children were involved.  The book ends with the family members not in accord with each other but with a ray of hope for the future as they celebrate a birthday and letter received from Papa.  A grand sequel to the first book.  I'm very much looking forward to where the final book will take us as I am expecting something tragic to happen.


  1. I think I should give this series a try. It sounds really good. I've linked to your review on War Through the Generations.

  2. This series looks really good. I will have to see about getting a copy.