Book Review: Sparrow Squadron by DL Jung | A Blog Tour Palooza, Flying Planes over Russia, and Fueling My Addiction for Anything and Everything World War II
Today, I have a blog tour review for Sparrow Squadron by DL Jung. I have written a review to peak some of your interests, an introduction to Dl Jung and his work, and a giveaway, which has kindly been done through YA Bound Blog Tours and the author, for each of you to try your luck at. I hope you all enjoy; however, as I am probably getting your hopes up(as my reviews are always promised to be super good), I will begin...NOW!
World War II. June 1941. Hitler's war machine turns to the Soviet Union.
Escaping her hometown ahead of the Nazis, 16-year-old Aelya Makarova seizes a chance to live her dream. Obsessed with flying, she joins a women's fighter squadron to defend her homeland against the invaders. She'll go faster and higher than she's ever gone before.
But the harsh reality of Air Force life shatters her expectations and forces her to grow up fast. The squadron is split by petty rivalries, male pilots treat them like a joke, and the ideal country she thought she was fighting for doesn't really exist.
Finally given a chance to prove herself in battle, Aelya is pushed to breaking point. With all her talent, the help of her comrades, and a lot of luck, she might just make it through. But will there be anything left of her humanity?
With fast-paced action and a heart-rending mix of humour and tragedy, Sparrow Squadron is an adventure novel for young adults that brings an overlooked episode of history to life.
First, I have always been interested in stories from World War II. I am not sure why, but it has always been an interest of mine to find novels that can depict this time period the best. World War II was a time of suffering for a lot of people, and getting to see exactly that and how people tried to stop the war showed me how brave an individual soldier could be, specifically a fighter pilot. Aeyla Makarova, the main character, departs on a journey in her plane to keep the German from attacking her country Russia. She has always wanted to fly, and when she gets a chance to fly for her country, is ecstatic. Seeing a character take her favorite hobby and turn it into a job is really cool as I have turned writing, an activity that I did not know that I loved a lot, into a hobby. Since she is an advocate for flying, an activity she enjoys so much that she will stand up to her mentors to get a position, I related to her so much; however, I will never be as good at blogging as she is at flying.
Next, I really enjoyed the story. I found the settings of the different bases to be interesting as I had to learn new sets of protocol and rules, which always interest me. Maybe this may be a reason why I always read every single word of a contract before I press "accept." Anyway, I really enjoyed learning more about airfare, especially since I just wrote my review for Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold. Also, along with the flying and taking down German Nazi soldiers, there are also some feminist vibes, which are done perfectly. The story, along with the characters, show off what women could do in times of need, such as a war, even with people telling them "no."
Along with Aeyla, I found the rest of the characters to be awesome. They each held onto their beliefs throughout their hardships in the war and stayed true to themselves. They each believed that although they were women, they could do anything they want to accomplish, which I believe is good message to send to any female readers. Reading something that shows that a person, not depending on gender, can do anything that he/she/they puts their mind to is an important thing that Jung has done. However, although I may have enjoyed the characters and their personalities, I got annoyed by a character that comes into play about a third of the way through. Roza is an arrogant and selfish character. She is very motivated to fly and can be overly competitive when flying, which causes her to act out and start fights with the other pilots. It seemed as if she had gotten some steroids or something as she was just mad and passive aggressive all. The. TIME! I think she was just put in here to make mine and other's emotions rattled. Also, speaking of characters, there were too many introduced. There are so many names, and some of the characters just leave, never to be read of again. It's hard to keep track of each and every character especially when I am trying to concentrate on Aeyla's journey.
Also, although I may have enjoyed most of the story, I felt as if it was told very slowly. I would be reading throughout the day or throughout the night and I would find myself falling asleep, barely following along, or wanting to read another book. I think the problem was that there was a huge info-dump with information about the war and learning about the newly introduced characters after every few chapters. I think later on throughout the other books in this series there will be less of an info-dump as this book was set up as the foundation for the series.
I definitely do think this story by DL Jung is written well and can be read from many ages. I would just advise those who do not enjoy a slow-paced story to pick this book up with caution.
*Received a free copy from YA Bound Book Tours and DL Jung in exchange for a honest review.
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Now, for the most important part of them all: the giveaway! Woohoo! After reading all of that, especially my terribly written review, you deserves to try your chance to win one of five Amazon $10 gift cards. Enjoy, and good luck!
Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoy your day!
Are you thinking of reading this? Do you have a favorite time period in history? Do you like to make paper airplanes and fly them around to annoy the people around you? Do you live in a constant fear of authors adding a humongous amount of characters whom you can share your precious cake with? Chat with me in the comments below or on any of my social medias.