Monday, November 2, 2015

Blood Brothers, a Cuban Adventure

Tired of the typical US novel? Blood Brothers is set in Cuba of the 1980's. It is the first of Esther Rapaport's Foreign Destinations series. 

Judging the Book by its Cover -  a first glance review:

I like when the cover accurately reflects the story within it. This cover does that very well. Obviously not every detail is there, but you can get a sense of the settling from the old buildings and vintage cars. There are also hints to the plot with the tube of blood, the cigar and the horses.

Some Details I Liked:

This is a smooth, realistic read with a little bit of a happily ever after, but still leaves you a little sad that life was so hard for so many not so long ago or far away.

Who This Book is For:

Although the main characters are boys, I think this book can be enjoyed by all. It has a lot of adventure, but also has plenty of emotion.

Who This Book Isn’t For:  

It's not called blood brothers for nothing. There are a few sort of gory parts, where injuries are described. Also it's a bit scary when referring to the Cuban Authorities.

What I Didn’t Like/Would Have Made it Better: 

I was a little disappointed with the ending. I won't spoil it here, but I will say that there are many ways to be a great person and sometimes being in a unique position can be greater than doing the norm.

In Conclusion:  

It was interesting to learn about Cuba and what families there and their relatives abroad went through. Very creative and well done.

I received this book for the purpose of reviewing it, but that it no way changed the way I read it and reviewed it.