Review | Escaping Camp Ravensbrook by R.T.Johnson

Escaping Camp Ravensbrook

Title: Escaping Camp Ravensbrook
Author: R.T. Johnson
Genre: Middle Grade
Publisher: CreateSpace

Publishing date: 16th October, 2015
Pages: 148

My Rating: 4/5 stars

 

*Book received from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

Katrina is a girl who is caught and captured and is sent to Camp Ravensbrook after her parents die. She’s treated terrible there, but Katrina has a secret. She has witchcraft powers she uses for good, but Katrina wants to find a way out of there. When she meets Peter, she realizes that he’s the right man for her. But she’s worried about the fact that he might not accept her witchcraft powers. Will they be able to make it out in one piece despite the horrors of a war going on? Or will they be sentenced to this camp forever?


My Take:

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a smooth ride from the start to the end. No lows, no disappointments. ❀ ❀

Katrina is 16 years old when her parents are murdered and she is captured and sent to Camp Ravensbrook with her Aunt.

“Katrina looked out the small window at the very back of the truck and saw men lighting her home on fire. The place she grew up. The place she learned to walk, talk, read, and do magic, was slowly burning. Within moments, it turned into a pile of ash. Katrina felt tears form in the corner of her eyes. She bit her lip and held them back. Weakness could get her killed.”

Camp Ravensbrook is a women’s prison, the condition of the prison is horrible and the women are treated miserably. But, Katrina is no normal girl, she has witchcraft to help her. She uses this power to ease some situations in the camp. They are touching to read. Her encounters with the guards while using the powers are thrilling as well as funny to an extent.

She falls for one of the guards, Peter. I liked his character very much. She is scared to tell him about her powers, what if he turns her in or doesn’t want to escape with her or doesn’t want to help. She thinks of all sorts of what ifs.

“… Illness didn’t matter. Death didn’t matter. Chores had to be done. And, Katrina and Alice had to work on their plan to escape.”

The emotions are very well portrayed in this book. You can feel aΒ pretty strong connection with the characters which you don’t find in many middle grade books.

The lesson that this book teaches is of love and friendship. Some people might find the mention of rape in a book meant for middle graders uncomfortable but that was the truth of concentration camps. There’s no way to sugar coat reality. The language used is suitable for children so I don’t see any problem with the talk of rape being one of the evil things happening to women in the camp.

I liked the ending very much. I have read another book by the author, which was very good. This exceeds that book, the writing is much more gripping or maybe I enjoyed this book more than that. I would recommend this book to introduce the kids to the harsh reality in a light manner. πŸ™‚


Why would I pick it up?

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For the well written premise spun from reality and fantasy. ❀


My review of another book by the author:

 

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3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge #3 | DAY 3

This challenge is one of my favorite challenges out there because I fall in love with just too many quotes. ❀ ❀ I thank RaeΒ @ bookmarkchroniclesΒ for tagging me for this challenge. I love sharing quotes that hold my attention. πŸ˜€

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My second 3 Days, 3 Quotes challengeΒ –Β Day 1,Β Day 2,Β Day 3Β  πŸ˜€
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The rules are pretty simple, here they go- πŸ˜€Β 

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote forΒ three consecutive days.
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day.

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3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge #3 | DAY 2

This challenge is one of my favorite challenges out there because I fall in love with just too many quotes. ❀ ❀ I thank RaeΒ @ bookmarkchroniclesΒ for tagging me for this challenge. I love sharing quotes that hold my attention. πŸ˜€

You can check out my first 3 Days, 3 Quotes challenge here –Β Day 1,Β Day 2,Β Day 3Β  πŸ˜€
My second 3 Days, 3 Quotes challengeΒ –Β Day 1,Β Day 2,Β Day 3Β  πŸ˜€
This challengeΒ – Day 1Β  πŸ˜€ Β 


The rules are pretty simple, here they go- πŸ˜€Β 

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote forΒ three consecutive days.
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day.

This time, I think I will focus on the quotes or motivational bits and pieces off instagram because that’s what’s feeding my mind now-a-days. πŸ˜›

Here’s the second one! ❀ ❀ Β 

Because, why not? πŸ™‚


So, the three people I would love to tag are:

Spread the love with awesome quotes! ❀  

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge #3 | DAY 1

This challenge is one of my favorite challenges out there because I fall in love with just too many quotes. ❀ ❀ I thank RaeΒ @ bookmarkchroniclesΒ for tagging me for this challenge. I love sharing quotes that hold my attention. πŸ˜€

You can check out my first 3 Days, 3 Quotes challenge here –Β Day 1,Β Day 2,Β Day 3Β  πŸ˜€
My second 3 Days, 3 Quotes challengeΒ –Β Day 1,Β Day 2,Β Day 3Β πŸ˜€
This challengeΒ – πŸ˜€Β 


The rules are pretty simple, here they go- πŸ˜€Β 

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote forΒ three consecutive days.
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day.

This time, I think I will focus on the quotes or motivational bits and pieces off instagram because that’s what’s feeding my mind now-a-days. πŸ˜›

Here’s the first one! ❀ ❀ Β 

I have been doing this all my life. Well, at least from the time I grew up, that is if I ever did grow up… this is debatable. πŸ˜› But in all seriousness, this makes much, much more sense to me than fighting with someone in the name of defending yourself. Give them proof not words. πŸ˜€


So, the three people I would love to tag are:Β 

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3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge #2 | DAY 3

I was tagged by the lovely Anne @Β Anne-thology of Books.Β Thank you so much, dear, for tagging me. πŸ˜€Β 

You can check out my first 3 Days, 3 Quotes challenge here-Β Day 1,Β Day 2,Β Day 3Β  πŸ˜€

Check out this challenge’sΒ Day 1Β Β  πŸ˜€

I have always been in love with quotes and when you get a chance of sharing the quotes that make a difference in your life and help in shaping you as a person, it is difficult to select from the many quotes that have been a part of you! πŸ˜€

So, for this challenge I have decided to use 3 quotes that keep me going in my hard times. Everyone needs a boost when they feel low and these quotes pump me up. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€


The rules are pretty simple, here they go- πŸ˜€Β 

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote forΒ three consecutive days.
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day.

Here’s the third one! ❀ ❀ Β 


This one is in co-relation to the second quote, actually to the reason I gave you in believing that quote.

So, many quotes with the same meaning. πŸ˜€ Whenever people have tried to bring me down, to make me feel that I can’t do something, I have never made the argument of me being good enough. I just went on proving that I was smart enough to ignore them and did just what they wanted to make me feel that I couldn’t. πŸ˜€ Revenge is sweet. πŸ˜› Some people don’t exactly realize that you have beat them but deep down they know. You can see it in their eyes. πŸ˜€

This the end of this challenge for me. Keep calm and rise! ❀ πŸ˜€


So, the three people I would love to tag are:Β 

Spread the love with awesome quotes! ❀  

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge #2 | DAY 2

I was tagged by the lovely Anne @Β Anne-thology of Books.Β Thank you so much, dear, for tagging me. πŸ˜€Β 

You can check out my first 3 Days, 3 Quotes challenge here-Β Day 1,Β Day 2,Β Day 3Β  πŸ˜€

Check out this challenge’sΒ Day 1Β Β  πŸ˜€

I have always been in love with quotes and when you get a chance of sharing the quotes that make a difference in your life and help in shaping you as a person, it is difficult to select from the many quotes that have been a part of you! πŸ˜€

So, for this challenge I have decided to use 3 quotes that keep me going in my hard times. Everyone needs a boost when they feel low and these quotes pump me up. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€


The rules are pretty simple, here they go- πŸ˜€Β 

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote forΒ three consecutive days.
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day.

Here’s the second one! ❀ ❀ Β 


 

When things don’t go the way I planned, this is the quote that always keeps buzzing in my head. To be honest it’s true. Everything does happen for a reason. I realized it when I joined engineering although I wanted to do criminal law. By the end of my diploma I was a totally different person and I am thankful for that. πŸ™‚

I remember that I used to think why did I have to suffer with all these spineless people and still not get to do what I want but then I realized if I wasn’t there then I wouldn’t have been the person I have become. The strong, determined, hell bent on succeeding person I am looking at, in the mirror. So, I don’t know the career significance but what I do know is the reason behind me joining this course was to become a better person, to face all the challenges people threw my way, to dodge all the rumors, to maintain my calm, and destroy them with a bam! No, I never replied to any cruelty thrown my way but then again I didn’t need to because my actions made sure of showing them their place. πŸ˜‰


So, the three people I would love to tag are:Β 

Spread the love with awesome quotes! ❀