Heather and Lydia Munn have written a compelling story in "Defy the Night", perfectly capturing the angst felt by those living in World War II, and bringing their stories to life in vivid detail. I could almost feel the chill of the biting wind that Magali faced as she walked into the Rivesaltes internment camp, and I felt her horror as she saw what humanity was capable of. Magali is a fascinating character, as she is overly confident in herself and lacks a respectful fear of the Germans, instead despising the fear in her mother and friends. There were moments that I did not always like Magali's actions - and yet she soon endeared herself to me, with her well-intentioned ways that turned out so different than she expected. The authors do an excellent job at capturing the voice of a 15-yr-old, complete with her human flaws - yet not to the point you dislike her. Rather, I found myself empathizing with who she was and who she longed to be, something we all struggle with as teens. Her coming of age story is filled with deep emotion, set in a period of time that will break your heart, yet leave you clinging to hope at the same time.
The story is difficult to put-down, being well-paced and action packed, yet written in a beautiful, lyrical manner. I turned the final page feeling inspired by the bravery of so many who stood firm in the face of evil, truly "defying the night". There is nothing like a war to make you face your weaknesses and overcome them, and the authors did a wonderful job at creating a character who does just that.
I strongly recommend this book and award it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher and Kregel Blog Tour services, for the purposes of this unbiased review.
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