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Castle of Concrete ~ Katia Raina

September 4, 2019

About Castle of Concrete

• Paperback: 304 pages
• Publisher: Young Europe Books (June 11, 2019)

The story focuses on Sonya and her mother, who are both suffering the pressure of living as Jewish women in the heat of the final Soviet collapse, winding their way through both personal and political mayhem as the world crashes down around them.

Sonya is falling in love with a boy (or two) who may not be right for her and her mother is falling in love with a country that may be perfect but also terrifying. The typical YA love triangle works in a different way, here, with a sort of ominous fear of hatred and bigotry. Though the antisemitism of Sonya’s peers (and perhaps love) highlights the ingrained feeling of such biases, making it obvious that the feelings of young people are simply passed down, generation to generation as opposed to being honestly felt by those acting on their true feelings.

I come from a Russian Jewish family which made Katia Raina’s Castle of Concrete a wonderful and quite personal read.

For a little book, Castle of Concrete packs quite an emotional punch and it came at a time in our own history that has highlighted just how horrible these generational ideals and biases can impact normal, every day life.

Thank you so much to TLC Book Tours for allowing me to review this book for the tour. If you have a chance to read it, definitely do so!

Purchase Links

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

About Katia Raina

When she was a child, Katia Raina played at construction sites and believed in magic mirrors. She emigrated from Russia at the age of almost sixteen. A former journalist and currently a middle school English teacher in Washington, D.C., she has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives with her family just outside of D.C., and still believes in magic.

Find out more about Katia at her website, and connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Instagram Features

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Friday, August 23rd: Instagram: @girlsinbooks

Tuesday, September 17th: Instagram: @theunreadshelf

TBD: Saturday, August 24th: Instagram: @_ebl_inc_

Review Stops

Monday, August 19th: Audio Killed the Bookmark

Tuesday, August 20th: Stranded in Chaos

Wednesday, August 21st: Becca Leighanne

Thursday, August 22nd: The Reading Corner For All

Monday, August 26th: A Bookish Way of Life

Wednesday, August 28th: PhDiva

Thursday, August 29th: A Chick Who Reads

Friday, August 30th: A Bookish Affair

Tuesday, September 3rd: Write – Read – Life

Wednesday, September 4th: Iwriteinbooks’s blog

Thursday, September 5th: Kahakai Kitchen

Friday, September 6th: Sincerely Karen Jo

Tuesday, September 10th: Instagram: @babygotbooks13

Wednesday, September 11th: Ms. Nose in a Book

Friday, September 20th: Girl Who Reads

TBD: Tuesday, August 27th: Teachers Who Read

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