Book Review: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Published – February 2nd, 2016

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October has been a great reading month for me. I finished 8 books in total. I am super happy about this, although I couldn’t have achieved this without making a few changes. I will talk more about them in my October reading wrap up.

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When I started reading this book I only knew that it was a book set during World War 2, I usually enjoy reading WW2 fiction so I jumped in without must hesitation and boy I was not disappointed. This is an excerpt from Goodreads for those of you who are not familiar with the book,

Ruta Sepetys returns to WWII in this epic novel that shines a light on one of the war’s most devastating yet unknown tragedies.
World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, many with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the “Wilhelm Gustloff.” Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer to safety.
Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people adults and children alike aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.

This book was a great work of fiction which was inspired by true events. I wasn’t aware of the maritime casualties that happen during WW2 and from an historical stand point it compelled me to use Google (everyone’s best friend when they need information) to get more details.

The story is about how three people affected by war, come together and find strength in each others company to achieve a common end goal. Ruta Sepetys takes us through their journey, the emotions they feel and the sacrifices they had to make. Each one of them has a different story and different motives which keep them going during such difficult times. Ruta Sepetys does an awesome job in character building, I empathized with them, liked how strong they were and adored their will to fight (a fight to stay alive).

I loved the author’s writing style too, the story is described through the eyes of Joana, Emilia and Florian. So the reader gets a multiple perspectives on the same situation which immerses you into the tale even more.

If you are into Historic Fiction then this is a book I would highly recommend. It is an emotionally satisfying, easy to read and fast paced work of fiction. The last 100 pages took the longest time for me as I didn’t want the book to end and that happens rarely to me.

There are some excellent quotes which I loved from this book,

I became good at pretending. I became so good that after a while the lines blurred between my truth and fiction. And sometimes, when I did a really good job of pretending, I even fooled myself.

What had human beings become? Did war make us evil or just activate an evil already lurking within us?

Killers aren’t always assassins. Sometimes, they don’t even have blood on their hands.

The Wilhelm Gustloff was pregnant with lost souls conceived of war. They would crowd into her belly and she would give birth to their freedom.

Rating – ♥♥♥♥♥ / 5

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Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Published – February 28th, 2017

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Young Adult books are not my go to in any cases. However, after repeatedly listening to reviews about this book on BookTube I decided it was time I picked it up. I wanted to understand what the hype was all about.

*Spoiler alert* People of all ages (teens and above) should read this book. It was awesome.

I have a full time job and I am dead by the time I am back home, so most of my reading these days is either in the form of audio books or happens over the weekends. I finished this book in 3 working days. I came back everyday from work, breezed through the daily chores and added all the YouTube videos I had to watch from that day to “Watch Later” on YouTube and sat down reading this book.

Most of the times this is how I read my book, I am in my PJs and there is coffee in my hand? How do you like to read?

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I usually enjoy historic fiction books because they give you context and details about a time which you can live through books and the fiction aspect helps me collect my thoughts and remember facts (I need to feed my imagination as I have just about 128MB of memory and I am not exaggerating). This book didn’t talk about anything we don’t know, it rather touches key aspects such as race which are very much relevant in today’s world. It makes you stop and think. It makes you think about what is actually important.

The story is told from the perspective of sixteen year old teen Starr and is a very light easy to read. But it grips you from the beginning to finish. Apart from the importance of the topics touched upon in this book the narration it self is captivating. Apart from wanting to know if Khalid will get justice at the end I also kept playing what would happen next in my head. So this book fed my imagination and stimulated my brain in so many different ways.

It was funny, it made me emotional, I had to put down the book from time to time just to think – What would you do if you were in a similar situation?, What makes a person really bad?

If you need an easy yet gripping but important read pick this book up. What are you waiting for?

Rating – ♥♥♥♥♥ / 5

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Book Review: The Wrath and the Dawn

The Wrath and the Dawn

Published: May 12th 2015

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This past week, I’ve been in Mexico City for work. It was my first time in Mexico, but I haven’t been able to do any sightseeing. But I did enjoy the awesome Mexican food here. I will come back to this city at least to eat :)But before I do, I promised my self that I’d learn some Spanish.

Everyday after coming back from office, eating good food and reading this book was my routine. However tired I was I made it a point to read at least one or two chapters of this book. It was an easy read and helped me relax a lot.

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