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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys | review

I have to confess: I have a long list of books that I want to read, intend to read, and am pretty sure I'm going to love, but I just don't.
No, not don't; I won't.

You see, they're books I think might make me cry, and frankly, I don't like to access my soft marshmallow core very frequently. Mostly I pretend it doesn't exist. So whether it's a book about a depressing topic (the Holocaust, kids with cancer), or the last in a series that I don't want to end, and think might rip my heart out (I'm looking at you, Monsters of Men, all these years later. Or, I suppose I am steadfastly not looking at you...), chances are, if I even suspect it might make me ugly-cry, I'm probably going to find any number of excuses why I simply can't read it yet. . .

But this week, I girded my loins, kept some tissues handy, just in case, and dove into Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. This was the result.

SALT TO THE SEA by Ruta Sepetys
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Historical, 391 pages
Published February 2nd 2016 by Philomel Books
Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four secrets.

Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies…and war.

As thousands of desperate refugees flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom.

Yet not all promises can be kept.

Inspired by the single greatest tragedy in maritime history, bestselling and award-winning author Ruta Sepetys (Between Shades of Gray) lifts the veil on a shockingly little-known casualty of World War II. An illuminating and life-affirming tale of heart and hope.

Preview the book below!

Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored video, though it is part of a promotion I was invited to take part in by the publisher. My thoughts on the book, both good and bad, are entirely my own, and not influenced by the promo at all, yo!


  1. I like what you're saying about how she handled the tough elements and connecting with the characters. Wow, two page chapters. That's fast swapping between characters.

    LOL! Loved your snowy review. You looked cute as the polar bear reviewer.


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