Seventeen-year-old Mica is a determined aspiring actress living with her parents in Romania as Nicolae Ceausescu begins his reign. Her parents are covertly political and influential, which makes them a perfect target for the Secret Police. They’re soon arrested, and Mica flees the country with her father’s rare—and possibly cursed—diamonds. With her parents imprisoned, it’s up to Mica to investigate the terrorism involving Ceausescu and his nuclear business partners.
February 23, 2021  |  335 pages
(Read from Mar 12, 2021 to Mar 14, 2021)
Grade: A    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 60% Entertainment, 40% Literature
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Writing Quality:
Low High
Originality:
Low High

Addictiveness:
Low High
Movie Potential:
Low High

Re-readability:
Low High
Sequel Potential:
Low High
Comment:
A Gift of Diamonds is an engrossing and hopeful story of resistance and survival.  Mica's character grows up under these harsh conditions.  I have never really thought much about Romania and Transylvania history past Dracula.  Through Mica, I was able to see the terror and that Ceaușescu was able to impose through creating hysteria and then implementing order.  Mica's character showed immense willpower and bravery as well as a good moral compass.