Salt To The Sea By Ruta Sepetys | Book Review

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“War is a catastrophe. It breaks families in irretrievable pieces. But those who are gone are not necessarily lost.”

Hello, my bookish friends. It’s been a while, and I really wanted to post a book review last week, but life got in the way. Anyways, today I’m going to review a historical fiction book by Ruta Sepetys. This book just blew me away with its fascinating plot. So let’s start!

Salt To The Sea takes place in world war two in 1945. It follows the story of four young refugees. Joana, a Lithuanian nurse, Florian, a Prussian who has a secret mission, Emelia, A fifteen year old Polish girl, and Alfred, A sailor who is full of himself. All of them are trying to escape from East Prussia by going on a ship called the Wilhelm Gustloff. A ship that will save their lives and thousands of refugees from this horrible war. However, Each one of them has a dark secret and painful past. Through the crucial times of world war two, they’ll come across many obstacles that will make their journey to the ship complicated and full of dangers.

Now let’s discuss this book. The story is told by four perspectives. Joana, Florian, Emelia, and Alfred. The chapters are short and it somehow reminded me of All The Light We Cannot See, because it also has short chapters. It’s probably because whenever we think of reading a historical fiction book, we imagine lots of dates, and complex words, but it’s the opposite of what we think. Every time I read one, it makes curious about the facts that are mentioned in the book, and it also makes me more interested in history. What I liked about this book is that we don’t just get to read about how one character felt or thought about the war. We read about the struggles and sacrifices of those characters that they went through just to save their families. If you’re like me and never heard of the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, then you’re going to be totally blown away. It was a military German ship, which was supposed to transfer thousand of German people to safety. Unfortunately, it was sunk on 30 January, and more than 9000 people had died. It’s known to be the biggest maritime disaster in history. How did I not know about this before? I honestly couldn’t put this book down. It’s like each chapter begged me to read the next one. I’m not much of a history lover person, but sometimes I like to read one for a change. And this one definitely lived up to the hype. I know that those characters are fictional, but somehow I got emotionally attached to them and what they were going through. This book also contains true facts and stories about world war two. It’s such a masterpiece with an insightful plot, and gripping characters. I can’t recommend this book enough.

The Way Back To You By Michelle Andreani | Book Review

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“The beauty of being young is that you can change your mind a hundred times and life is still before you with all the options.”

Hello, my bookish friends. I just want you to know that while I’m writing this book review, it’s raining outside and I’m enjoying my cup of latte with delicious homemade butterscotch cookies. Does it get any cozier than this? I don’t think so. So, let’s start our review!

This book tells the story of Ashlyn Montiel. After she died in an accident, her best friend, Cloudy felt so shocked and heartbroken. She missed her presence every day, because Ashlyn was like a sister to her. Ashlyn’s boyfriend Kyle, didn’t take it easy either. He was wallowing himself in sadness, and falling apart. It was obvious to everyone around him, because he didn’t care about anything in his life anymore. But, things start to change when cloudy finds out that after Ashlyn’s death, her organs were donated to three people. So, she decides to go on a road trip with Kyle to track those recipients’ lives, hoping that by meeting them, they would find some closure to their grief.

I honestly picked up this book without reading any reviews about it. I literally had no idea what the book was about. I guess I was trying to be spontaneous, which is rare when it comes to choosing a new book. Trust me on that! Anyways, I loved the beginning of the book, because I kept reading the book page after page, even though I started reading it late at night, but that didn’t stop me. When I get into a book, the world around me doesn’t exist. The plot was fast paced, fluffy, and heartwarming. I loved how Cloudy went on a road trip and forced Kyle to come with her. That road trip was full of drama and good times too. That part of the book when Kyle saw the cat on the street and it somehow reminded him of Ashlyn’s eyes was just emotional for me. I felt really sad for him. Also, I admire the relationship between Cloudy and her sister, and the relationship between Kyle and his father. Because, it’s actually rare that family members as fictional characters get along in contemporary books. They always fight and usually the parents have no say when it comes to their kids’ lives. They just don’t know what’s going on. It’s so annoying.  To conclude my review, I  really recommend this book for you guys, especially if you’re in the mood to read  an adorable book.