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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity cropCode Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein


Wow! An amazing book! I wish I could start at the beginning again…

Courage, despair, deviousness, courage, manipulation, treachery, betrayal, courage and did I say courage… unbelievable courage.

In the first half of the book we get to know the background story of the two main characters and their various paths that led to the fateful journey into Occupied France. At this stage of the story I was enjoying it, but not really feeling the ‘wow’ factor. It was during the second half of the book when an unexpected twist turns the story on its head and WOW, did the wow factor hit me hard! I LOVE this book.

I was struck by the extensive research Elizabeth Wein has done not only on the war, but on the lifestyle of the time, giving the story a sense of realism that allowed me to feel as though I was there, witnessing the events as they unfolded.

Code Name Verity has a unique plot that blew me away.

To those who start and feel let down – read on… it’s definitely worth it.5 Star

Recommended age: 14 +

Title: Code Name Verity 
Elizabeth Wein
Publication Date: 6 February 2012Code Name Verity
Publisher: Egmont Press
Source: Purchased

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I have two weeks. You’ll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.

That’s what you do to enemy agents. It’s what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing dirty work like mine — and I will do anything, anything, to avoid SS-Hauptsturmführer von Linden interrogating me again.

He has said that I can have as much paper as I need. All I have to do is cough up everything I can remember about the British War Effort.  And I’m going to. But the story of how I came to be here starts with my friend Maddie. She is the pilot who flew me into France — an Allied Invasion of Two. We are a sensational team.  — Extract from Goodreads.com


  1. Masanobu

    This book has been on my TBR since it came out. Your review has me itching to finally get my hands on it!

  2. I haven’t read it but now I definitely have to. It sounds amazing!

  3. This is actually one that’s been on my TBR list since I got news of it’s publication a couple years back and it’s the BoTM for my Goodreads book group right now so I’m hoping I can get to it. It sounds amazing and I’m glad you enjoyed it!
    Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

  4. So glad that I found your blog!

    I have had this for a while and definitely am going to pick it up soon! 🙂 Awesome review!

  5. One of my favorite books of the past few years. I’m always excited when I hear others loved it too!

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