Monday, April 9, 2012

The Last Song

Title: The Last Song
Publisher: Tundra Books
Pub Date: April 10th 2012
Author: Eva Wiseman
Received From: NetGalley
The Last Song

Spain had been one of the world’s most tolerant societies for eight hundred years, but that way of life was wiped out by the Inquisition. Isabel’s family feels safe from the terrors, torture, and burnings. After all, her father is a respected physician in the court of Ferdinand and Isabella. Isabel was raised as a Catholic and doesn’t know that her family’s Jewish roots may be a death sentence. When her father is arrested by Torquemada, the Grand Inquisitor, she makes a desperate plan to save his life – and her own.
Once again, master storyteller Eva Wiseman brings history to life in this riveting and tragic novel.

Courage is the theme of this book. I love stories of courage, sacrifice and love. In The Last Song Isabel is a young girl who has been living a lie in her life without even knowing it. I was intrigued by the way she chose to get to know the other side of her life that was hidden from her for many years. Her betrothed is a character you love to hate and I am so thankful for the way that their relationship is at the end of the book. 
The other theme I picked up on from this story is How friendships can grow and change. Isabel's parents will find changes in their friendships throughout the book that really make me think about how my friends or I would react in those same circumstance! In the end it was an interesting story and a good lesson on friendship and life, with a little history thrown in!


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