BOOK REVIEW: Black Roses – by Jane Thynne

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Title: Black Roses
(Berlin Series #1)
Author: Jane Thynne
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery
First published: February 2013
Finished reading: October 14th 2014
Pages: 471
Rating 1,5

“Perhaps, he thought, there was some strange satisfaction to be derived from confining savage animals here, given that the savagery outside this place was the kind that couldn’t be confined.”

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I am SO disappointed with Black Roses. I even came to the point that I was about to DNF it, and I practically NEVER leave a book unfinished. I guess I probably decided to continue because the book was a gift and it just didn’t feel right not finishing it. But it sure felt like a waste of time. I normally love historical fiction novels. Especially when they are set during or between WWI and WWII. But this novel by Jane Thynne just couldn’t convince me. Sure, it shows she investigated the topic thoroughly and I don’t think she got the facts wrong. But the characters were so cliche and boring that I just couldn’t be bothered with what happened with them. And that for an English girl who is spying on the German female Nazi elite. Not recommended, unless you need an alternative for sleeping pills…

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The story is set in the Berlin of the year 1933, and Hitler is gaining power and influence. People around Europe are becoming worried and so is the English government. The young English actress Clara Vine is not aware of the dangers of Berlin. She decides to escape to Germany to follow her acting dream and unwillingly gets involved with some of the elite Nazi wives. Among them is Magda Goebbels, and she seems to fully trust Clara. Just as the English actress doesn’t want to continue seeing the Nazi wives, she meets an undercover agent working for British intelligence. Leo sees the true potential of her ‘friendship’ with Magda and the others, and asks her to become a spy.

Clara is not convinced at all, since it will not only ask for all of her acting skills, but also means that she will have to continue dating the Nazi Officer Muller. But when she finds out that her grandmother is actually a Jew, she is determined to do whatever she can to help the British intelligence. Soon she is in more trouble than both Leo and herself would have hoped as Magda Goebbles reveals an enormous secret… Magda asks for her help, and even though Clara knows that was is asked of her is extremely dangerous, she agrees to do it. And those actions do have consequences…

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Like I said before, I expected so much more of Black Roses. The entire novel has been a huge disappointment, and I definitely don’t recommend it. There are a lot of great historical fiction novels out there, and this is not one of them. It is such a shame, since the story had so much potential…

WWW Wednesdays #14 – October 15th

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Originally featured at Should Be Reading… WWW WEDNESDAYS is all about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

hopesrebellionamatterofhonourI have started Hope’s Rebellion and since it doesn’t have that many pages and it’s good, I will probably finish it soon. It’s an ARC written by Jade Varden. I’m also reading A Matter Of Honour by Jeffrey Archer, mostly because I have to finish it before next week…

 

  • What did you recently finish reading?

divinefallblackrosesOf Divine Fall I have already uploaded my review. Like I said before, this novel by Kathryn Knight is surely an entertaining read and definitely worth it if you like paranormal/fantasy romance novels. I’ve also finished Black Roses by Jane Thynne yesterday, and it was a huge disappointment. A full rant/review will be posted tommorrow.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

11573479309Probably The Dead Zone by Stephen King or Naked In Death by J.D. Robb… I’m in need of a good horror/thriller/mystery story, and either of the two seem a good choice. I will probably go with The Dead Zone though, just because I know Stephen King mostly delivers with his stories.

WWW Wednesdays #13 – October 8th

wwwwednesdays Originally featured at Should Be Reading… WWW WEDNESDAYS is all about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

blackIdivinefall still haven’t finished Black Roses by Jane Thynne, which is mostly due to the fact that I find the main characters VERY boring and flat. I will still finish reading this one in the hope it becomes better, because I do like the fact that it takes place in the Berlin of the 1930s. I’ve started Divine Fall by Kathryn Knight in the mean time, an ARC I’m highly enjoying so far.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

thelegendofsleepyhollowAfter finishing Mr. Mercedes and not really enjoying it, I wanted to read a real horror story. Making the mistake that The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving fits that description, I decided to read this novel before finishing Black Roses. I probably would have enjoyed The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow way better if I just would have read it at a different time; I wasn’t in the mood for dense prose and long descriptions when I picked up my copy of this classic.

 

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

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Either Hope’s Rebellion by Jade Varden, another ARC and part of the Guest Reviewers Program at Ethereal Book Reviews, or one of the books mentioned in last week’s WWW Wednesdays. ( A Matter Of Honour by Jeffrey Archer or Flood Tide by Clive Cussler) I should read either of the last two since I have to give back the copies in about two weeks…

WWW Wednesdays #12 – October 1st

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Originally featured at Should Be Reading… WWW WEDNESDAYS is all about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

blackrosesI just started reading Black Roses yesterday, and I’m not that far into the story at all yet. But until now I like this novel set in the thirties of Germany and written by Jane Thynne. I’m having high hopes for this one! It’s also my first actual book after various ebooks, so I’m enjoying every minute of having a real book in my hands again. Although I have to admit it feels strange after reading so many ebooks.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

mrmercedesI finished Mr. Mercedes yesterday, and I still have to write a full review. What I can say for now that Stephen King definitely didn’t deliver with his newest novel. I just couldn’t like it, and I kept wondering if he really did write this one… Too bad; I had high hopes with this book as I normally enjoy his work. Back to the King‘s oldies it is! (I have The Dead Zone and Joyland still lined up for reading.)

 

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

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Ifloodtide have to return some books to a friend before the 21st, so I have moved A Matter Of Honour by Jeffrey Archer and Flood Tide by Clive Cussler up my TBR list and made them into my next reads. They are not books I normally choose, but I’m going to give them a go anyway. Anyone read any of these two titles?

Teaser Tuesdays #14 – September 30th: Black Roses

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TEASER TUESDAYS is a weekly book meme originally featured at Should Be Reading. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

The book I’m currently reading is Black Roses by Jane Thynne. This book has been on my TBR pile for waaay to long now, and I finally came around picking it up. I’ve just started it today, so I cannot say much about it yet… But I’m looking forward to reading it!

blackroses“She looked at things, not in the clinical, indiscriminate way that a camera might, but scanning for incongruity. Already, as an actress, she was used to observing human tics and behaviours, but now she was being asked to remember aspects that might otherwise have escaped her entirely.”

What are you reading right now?

WWW Wednesdays #11 – September 24th

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Originally featured at Should Be Reading… WWW WEDNESDAYS is all about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

hpandtheprisonerofazkabanI’m about to finish Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban by mrmercedesJ.K. Rowling and I’ve started reading Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King as well. The third HP book is of course a reread, and I can tell you it’s great to step back into the wizard world and read about the adventures of the boy who lived! I’m loving every second of it. Stephen King is one of my preferred horror/thriller genre authors, and until now he delivers with Mr. Mercedes.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

thedanceofthespiritsI finished The Dance Of The Spirits yesterday, and I have yet to write a full review. What I can say for now is that Catherine Aerie really managed to dazzle me with her story about lost love set during the Korean war. Its historical facts mixed with fiction form a perfect balance. It makes this novel a highly enjoyable read and just what I needed to take a break from all those YA dystopian novels I’ve been reading lately.

 

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

blackdivinefallEither Divine Fall by Kathryn Knight (ARC) or Black Roses by Jane Thynne depending on my mood. It’s either reading yet another YA fantasy story or an historical fiction novel set in Hitler’s Germany of the thirties… I’m placing my bets on Black Roses for now.

Top Ten Tuesday #8 – September 23rd: Books On My Spring TBR

toptentuesday The Broke And The Bookish presents us every week a new top ten with a different theme. And this Tuesday’s theme is the Top Ten Books On My Fall Spring TBR list. Since I live in Argentina and the seasons are different here, I made a little alteration so the list will fit in with the current season I will be enjoying. (Spring is my favorite season! 😀 ) I tried to put together a varied list with a lot of different genres and themes:

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