Book Review: Between Shades of Gray & Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

A beautiful and haunting tale during WWII.


Read | 4/5 stars | Buy your copy of Between Shades of Gray

Overview: Lina and her family are being forcefully evacuated from their home in Lithuania during WWII. As they’re being taken away, Lina’s father gets separated from them and they’re all thrown onto a train. We follow their journey on the train through harsh conditions and eventually they arrive at a prison camp. Lina is determined to survive so she can find her father. A beautiful and sad story about love, hope, struggle, and determination.

What I loved: 
How much it made me think.

What I didn’t: The pace was a little slow, I wish I had felt more for some of the other characters.


Haunting, must read! | 5/5 stars | Buy your copy of Salt to the Sea

Overview: J
oana, Florian, Emilia, and Alfred are our main characters. Each of them from different countries with no connections to each other. What they do have in common is that they are all trying to survive the madness surrounding them. Suddenly all of their paths become intertwined as they make their way towards a ship that is supposed to take them away from the war and onto freedom.

What I loved: The opening lines of each character, all the emotions, and Emilia.

What I didn’t: The ending popped up on me and felt a little rushed. Alfred… UGGGGHHH!

If you liked The Book Thief or All The Light We Cannot See: What are you waiting for?! Pick this up right now!!

For my full review of Between Shades of Gray and Salt to the Sea, click play!

Wrap Up: April 2016 & May TBR

My favorite April read was…

I see a reoccurring theme here… I’m overly ambitious with my TBR! I really thought I would do better, but sadly didn’t. I guess I was just too dang busy enjoying all the fun things to do in Hawaii! My favorite April read was hands down Salt to the Sea! I HIGHLY recommend it and if you haven’t read Between Shades of Gray, read that first! It is so freaking good you guys!! I hope you enjoy the video and as always, feel free to comment if you have questions about a book or if you’ve read any of these. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Happy Wednesday friends!!

*A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro | FULL REVIEW

*Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys | FULL REVIEW

*Perfect Imperfections by Puja Mohan | FULL REVIEW

*Lumberjanes Volume 2 | FULL REVIEW

*Ms Marvel Volume 1 | FULL REVIEW

*Full reviews coming soon!

Wrap Up: March 2016

My favorite read this month would be…

March was a crazy month and while I didn’t get to every book I had hoped, I’m happy with what I was able to read. My favorite read during March would have to be Me Before You. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it and the movie was pretty great too!

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Lumberjanes Volume 1

Hidden Bodies | FULL REVIEW

Between Shades of Gray | FULL REVIEW

He Will Be My Ruin | FULL REVIEW

Me Before You | FULL REVIEW

The One That Got Away | FULL REVIEW


TBR: March 2016

Books I wanted to read in March. I was a little ambitious!

I had a slightly ambitious TBR for March and sadly I didn’t get to them all… but that’s life I suppose. I can’t wait to share what I actually did read (full reviews coming soon!) I started The Swans of Fifth Avenue that month and when I couldn’t get into it, I set it aside and moved on to another. I have finally finished it, but it did take me two months. Have you ever had a book that you struggled with?

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Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

The One That Got Away by Leigh Himes

The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Lumberjanes Volume 1 by Noelle Stevenson