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Review: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Hyperion, 343 pages (US edition)
Release Date: May 15, 2012
Source: eARC via NetGalley

Oct. 11th, 1943--A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it's barely begun.
When "Verity" is arrested by the Gestapo, she's sure she doesn't stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she's living a spy's worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.
As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage and failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy?

Where do I even begin with this?

I finished this book in JUNE and it’s been over 7 months and I still can’t get myself to form words great enough to praise this MIND-BLOWING experience of a book. I was left emotionally wrecked after finishing Code Name Verity.

It was written in such a way that I felt every single emotion and hurt right along with them. I WAS A COMPLETE MESS. No matter how hard I tried to close the book and sleep I couldn’t because the writing made me so invested in the story and the unbreakable bond of Verity and Maddie. Their friendship was like no other and I became emotionally attached to them both.

Even after all this time I still can’t fully form the words to describe this book. I’m not exactly sure how I handled the end of the story, but I knew it involved ugly sobbing and a lot of ice cream. I wasn’t able to read another book for DAYS! Code Name Verity is most definitely one of my favorite books of 2012, if not one of my favorite books I’ve read so far.

Overall: 5 out of 5

Bloggers who also LOVED Code Name Verity and wrote more coherent reviews: (links go to reviews)
Katie - Katie's Book Blog
Audrey - Holes in My Brain
Elena - Novel Sounds
Lori - Pure Imagination


  1. I'm so glad to hear that you liked this one! I was just talking about it last week, and I'm apprehensive to start it! When a book gets such high marks all around, I always feel like I need to take my time so that those expectations don't influence my feelings on the book.

    I see this in my future for early 2013 though. Thanks for the review. I have this same feeling about books too -- they are so amazing... how can you put your feelings into words??

  2. gr8 review. i wish i wish i read my egalley. it expired

  3. I was wondering when you were going to write your review for this book! I so need to pick it up before 2012 ends! I'm so happy to hear that this book left you in a complete mess. ;) YEEEAAH ICE CREAM. Dang, if this book can make you eat ice cream because of the emotions... that's pretty friggin' strong! I can't wait to meet Verity and Maddie. Brilliant review, Vy!

  4. You've got me really excited to read this one. I've heard from multiple bloggers that its a super great read.


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