Book Review Of “The World That We Knew” By Alice Hoffman @simonschuster @SimonBooks @ahoffmanwriter
Thank you Edelweiss, and Simon & Schuster for gifting me an E-ARC in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.
I rate this book a 3.5 out of 5 Stars.
This is my first Alice Hoffman book, and after seeing her last book (RULES OF MAGIC) blow up on Instagram, I definitely wanted to be one of the first people to read her new book! I did not want to suffer from FOMO again.
I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book. Magical Realism is a Genre that I have struggled to enjoy before. However, I love pretty much all Historical Fiction, so combining those two Genres I was more than intrigued.
I liked the pacing in this book, it was descriptive, and information rich, but it also read extremely fast, especially for a book of this size. I have read quite a few Nazi heavy books. And every single one has pulled at my heartstrings, and I cannot fathom what Jewish people went through. While this book touches a lot on that, it also is a very heartfelt coming of age story. With a Golem thrown in there to protect Lea, from everything. Some parts of this book were a bit too out there for me to really understand and grasp. But again that’s because I don’t have a lot of reading experience with Magical Realism.
I will also say, keep kleenex handy because there are some spots in this book that are going to cause your eyes to leak a bit. Overall for my first Hoffman book, I was pleasantly surprised, and I have already recommended it to my fellow Blogging and Bookstagram friends who are already Hoffman fans!! It really does make you ask yourself, “What Would You Do For Love?”