Before Verity there was Julie.When fifteen year old Julia Beaufort Stuart wakes up in the hospital, she knows the lazy summer break she d imagined won t be exactly like she anticipated And once she returns to her grandfather s estate, a bit banged up but alive, she begins to realize that her injury might not have been an accident One of her family s employees is missing,Before Verity there was Julie.When fifteen year old Julia Beaufort Stuart wakes up in the hospital, she knows the lazy summer break she d imagined won t be exactly like she anticipated And once she returns to her grandfather s estate, a bit banged up but alive, she begins to realize that her injury might not have been an accident One of her family s employees is missing, and he disappeared on the very same day she landed in the hospital.Desperate to figure out what happened, she befriends Euan McEwen, the Scottish Traveller boy who found her when she was injured, and his standoffish sister, Ellen As Julie grows closer to this family, she experiences some of the prejudices they ve grown used to firsthand, a stark contrast to her own upbringing, and finds herself exploring thrilling new experiences that have nothing to do with a missing person investigation.Her memory of that day returns to her in pieces, and when a body is discovered, her new friends are caught in the crosshairs of long held biases about Travellers Julie must get to the bottom of the mystery in order to keep them from being framed for the crime.
The Pearl Thief Before Verity there was Julie When fifteen year old Julia Beaufort Stuart wakes up in the hospital she knows the lazy summer break she d imagined won t be exactly like she anticipated And once she re
I enjoyed this, not quite as much as CNV, but I still really enjoyed it It was awesome to get some backstory on Julie, she s such an interesting character Overall a great read
Okay WOW this was so fantastic and my heart is so full of love for this beautiful story right now I absolutely adored Code Name Verity, so when I heard there was going to be a prequel about Julie, I just about lost my left sock in excitement I am SO PLEASED Although fair warning this is literally nothing like CNV It is like a whimsical Scottish frolic and romp in the 1930swhen Julie was 15 and caught up in her family s estate that includes castles, pearls, and the occasional dead man.I honestly [...]
You can find my full review on United by Pop.Set in 1930s Britain, this focuses on Lady Julia s return to her grandparents regal home, in the summer of her fifteenth year However, she isn t here for a holiday With the death of her grandfather and the accumulation of a lifetime of debt, the house is to be sold and converted into a school Julia is to assist her family in organising their ancestral belongings and heirlooms Further troubles are heaped on this broken family when Julia is struck by a [...]
My blog review Elizabeth Wein s books offer so much The worlds she creates are remarkable in their textures whether they are set in actual historical pasts or fantasy historical pasts, they are rich with touches large and small that bring the worlds alive for readers She does something similar with characters, making them complex, flawed, and vivid whether they are the ones we care deeply about, those that terrify us, or simply those a bit on the fringe of the story All of them feel fully round [...]
Finished last night and dove straight back into Code Name Verity.I picked up this book without knowing much about it Yes, there s the blurb, but I didn t really pay attention to that I just knew I adored Code Name Verity and as this was a prequel to that special book, I was reading it regardless and hopefully loving it too As it happens, I did love it But it certainly wasn t what I was expecting.I love the Pearl Thief for the innate Scottishness that infuses every page I love it for the vibrancy [...]
I am so happy Elizabeth treated us to another book featuring Julie So incredibly happy
She was coming home, not for a visit, but to help liquidate her deceased grandfather s estate The debt collectors were at the door and the house was to become a school Fifteen year old Julia must be part of the dismantling of lifetimes of accumulated family treasures and heirlooms, but an attack by a shadowy figure leaves her comatose, awaking a victim of amnesia She is only alive because of two young Travelers When things go missing, the Travelers are accused and now it is up to Julia, her brot [...]
The main reason why I wanted to read The Pearl Thief is because British Travellers are prominent in the plot Travellers are often confused with the Romani who are now believed to have originated in India Travellers are native to Britain They were also called Tinkers because they mended pots and kettles, but the term Tinker was used as an insult I was astonished to read in this book that Tinker Bell was given that name to show that she was a low class fairy James Barrie, the creator of Tinker Bel [...]
Code Name Verity fans will be overjoyed to learn that Elizabeth Wein has written a brilliant prequel to her bestseller spy thriller The Pearl Thief is set in 1938 Scotland, where 15 year old Julie is spending one final summer on her deceased grandfather s estate This parlor mystery is far innocent and sweet than Wein s World War II novels The Pearl Thief reads like an Agatha Christie mystery for young teens, but the gorgeous writing, Shakespearean themes, and historical details would appeal to [...]
I was surprised and a smidge trepidatious to learn that this was a prequel to the much beloved Code Name Verity, but this works surprisingly well as a stand alone, as an entry to the loosely connected Code Name Verity series, or as a treat for those who ve already read and loved Verity.In this book, we meet 15 year old Julie, who goes on to become the heroine of Code Name Verity But in these innocent pre war years, Julie s concerns are focused on her family estate in Scotland, where her family [...]
4 stars Back in March 2016, I shelved a book called Code Name Verity I cannot for the life of me remember why I shelved it into my TBR, but it s been sitting there patiently waiting to be the book of the day The team at The Morning News then put a book called The Pearl Thief Code Name Verity 0.5 onto the longlist for the Tournament of Books for 2018 I thought, oh hang on that rings a bell My library had a copy of this on audiobook, so with nothing to lose, I downloaded it and started listening M [...]
Unfortunately a disappointing read in the end I was fascinated by some of the historical material and loved learning about Scottish Travellers and river mussel pearls which kept my interest in the early parts of the novel But the characters and the narrative itself fell flat I never felt emotionally invested in any of the characters nor did the central mystery add any tension No one really came alive in fact the place felt alive than the people I wonder if others glowing reviews of this are aff [...]
ELIZABETH WEIN I WILL PAY YOU TO KEEP WRITING PREQUELS ABOUT JULIEi m going to miss adventuring with julie soooo much also spoiler but view spoiler i love that it s revealed where julie got her queenie nickname from and thinking of something ellen gave her sticking with her through her whole life hide spoiler honestly makes me want to sob and now i am just really hankering to throw my tbr pile out the window and just reread code name verity and have a good cry
Graded By JennieCover Story Go On, Take The Money and RunBFF Charm Yay Swoonworthy Scale 6Talky Talk I Capture the CastleBonus Factors Crumbling Aristocracy, Sweet Ride, History s MysteriesRelationship Status It s Like Being In Love, Discovering Your Best FriendRead the full book report here.
I received a free advance copy of The Pearl Thief through Netgalley in return for a brutally honest review.Vintage mysteries are one of my favourite genres when I need entertaining escapism, I like a quirky amateur detective and a case that s all about the puzzle rather than the crime itself It s a simple formula but it is difficult to get right and The Pearl Thief fails on several levels The setting is Scotland, it s impossible to miss it with the superabundance of dialect words and phrases It [...]
I received this free from the publisher via NetGalleyBefore Verity, and before Queenie, there was Julie Beaufort Stuart It s 1938 and Julie Beaufort Stuart is heading back to her family s ancestral home, the Strathfearn estate, in Perthshire Her grandfather s death and debts have led to the forced sale of the estate, all the belongings, and Julie s childhood goes with it But not just that, the McEwens family, a Scottish Traveller family, have been a part of the landscape for as long as Julie rem [...]
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as should be abundantly clear by my GR reviews, e wein is one of my favorite living authors i don t think a single one of her books has ever failed to delight given that, you d think i d have read and reviewed this straight away but because she is one of my favorite authors, i wanted to wait until i had a free weekend to just read i don t know what i was thinking weekends haven t worked like that for me in a depressingly long time eventually i realized how stupid i was being and moved this book [...]
Things I hated aside, I honestly didn t care for this much The mystery was dull, and it didn t work very well at all as a prequel for Code Name Verity Julie didn t feel like Julie and the whole tone felt off.Now for the hate.The romances Julie is attracted to and makes out with A an older manB a girl C the girl s brother How about no.It was just weird and badly written 10 10 would not recommend.
HOW DID I NOT KNOW THERE WAS GOING TO BE A PREQUEL AHHH IM SO EXCITED
The wave of memory had submerged me for a whole minute, while I d just sat staring and let it all come flooding back.We received a copy of this novel from Bloomsbury Australia in exchange for an honest review Thank you, Bloomsbury We were just so excited to read The Pearl Thief when it arrived in the mail, which was such a lovely surprise We have been wanting to read Code Named Verity for a while now which we can t wait to pick up When reading this prequel story, we weren t sure what to expect d [...]
Oh, how I adored this book First things first thanks to my coworker Tory for grabbing an ARC for me at ALA Midwinter I d forgotten this book was even coming out and she presented it to me one evening at work with no fanfare whatsoever and I think I may have scared her a bit with my enthusiasm Thanks, Tory Okay, from here on this review has SPOILERS for CODE NAME VERITY If there are spoilers for Pearl Thief, they ll be at the end and I ll put a line before them so you can stop if you need to When [...]
Completely different from Code Name Verity, but it still employs the same elements in many ways By no means a show stopper, but it tells a realistic story of a teenage girl coming into her own I can absolutely see how Julie the 15 year old grows up to become a spy Here she s just a greener version of that person courageous, privileged, a little thoughtless, in love with being in love, and totally mercenary In fact the mercenary side of her was nearly as enjoyable as the stuff that reminded me of [...]
It was wonderful to be reunited with Julie, one of my favorite characters of recent years, in this prequel to Code Name Verity Elizabeth Wein gives her such an appealing voice as well as creating a new cast of interesting characters that I loved this one Didn t want it to end Bonus that without a war backdrop it could be a mystery linked with local history and a glimpse into the life of an old Scottish family, and none of the horrors that were WWII Now I will need to read her earlier books while [...]
july 2017 i absolutely adored it, it s the perfect light summer historical scottish mystery with sensational young teenagers going around living The Life and being alive it gives even depth to julie s character and makes you want a CNV 0,5 be noted, the Traveller, the scottish setting and the pearls mystery were well researched by EW and it s not such a common effort in YAy 2017 CHEWIE WE RE HOME imagine all the julie x jamie
I m so thrilled to have gotten to review an advanced copy of Elizabeth Wein s new book The Pearl Thief, a prequel to her smash hit novel Code Name Verity This book delves into the story of a younger Julia Beaufort Stuart, my personal favorite character from Code Name Verity.The Pearl Thief is not only a fascinating, multi layered mystery, it is also a brilliant coming of age tale that tells the story of how Julie became the young woman that we all fell in love with in Code Name Verity While this [...]
It s hard to tell if this book is as good as I think it is, because I was SO happy to hear Julie s voice again Until this book, I have always called her Verity in my mind, but now, I do think of her as Julie, even though I immediately reread CODE NAME VERITY.In so many ways, Julie is so young, almost despite her sophisticated upbringing She is spending the last summer in her family s ancestral home as it is being turned into a boarding school Or, at least, that was the plan On her way through th [...]
I love this book It was suspenseful and mysterious I liked the narrator on this audio book This book has become a favorite and Elizabeth Wein is definitely a favorite author, she s an excellent storyteller.
A wonderful tale that gave me of the character of Julie A fun summer mystery tale, with a few twists and turns some I saw and some I did not As I finished the book at 5 55, at 6 00 a library program with the author of the book made this extra special.