Title: The Book of Uriel
Author: Elyse Hoffman
Release Date: January 26th, 2021
Page Count: 303
Start Date: September 24th, 2022
Finish Date: September 29th, 2022
Story: I go into books blindly. It’s just what I do. So sometimes, I try to figure out what the story is going to be like based on the cover. With this cover, I was expecting something gothic or horror filled. While this story was dark, it was not at all what I thought it was going to be. I really enjoyed every page of it. I have actually been considering getting a physical copy to have on my shelf for future re-reads. Maybe even to recommend and lend to friends. I have it in ebook and audiobook currently. I really loved the messages that were packed into this story as well.
Characters: Uriel’s a very sweet boy. I believe he’s about ten. He’s portrayed in the story as a mute. I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that he was actually autistic. He reminded me so much of my sister. I also loved Uwe. He’s doing a job he has to do, but he keeps his morals. He doesn’t let anybody talk him into believing a certain way just because it’s the easier way to do it. I’d have loved to see more of Matthias in the story. I’d of also loved for something to have happened that I knew couldn’t have. Sorry that’s vague. I don’t do spoilers.
Critiques: None except I don’t like crying! (Cheeky critique at best)
Narration: The narrator did a really great job. They also had a very relaxing voice. I was still able to feel the punch of emotions that you were supposed to feel through the story. In fact, I believe the narrator intensified the emotional punches!
Final Thoughts: This book is a wonderful book. It’s got many powerful messages. It gives the feeling of hope and growth. It also highlights ugly realities nobody really likes to think about. I would read this book again. Probably more than once. I definitely recommend it. Please keep in mind that it is set in Poland during the World War 2 era. That’s all I can think to say about it.
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