Salt to the Sea

Book by: Ruta Sepetys

Summary

A nurse, the head of a group of refugees, running for her life. A deserter, with a life once all planned out, running for his life. A young Polish girl, who was abused more than she was kept safe, running for her life. And a German soldier, faithful to his country and to his mission, hunting them all. These four are the product of the horrific world created by Adolf Hitler, a world where you could trust no one, a world where your race matters more than anything, and a war that turned everything upside down. Join Emilia, Florian, Joanna, and Alfred as they try to keep their secrets safe.

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Reaction

Oh my goodness graciousness! What a book! This book was a romantic, haunting, and powerful story that will remind you of how much you have and how lucky you are. We often take so many things for granted, and I think its really refreshing to read narratives such as these. I have to admit, I read this book a little bit ago, but I can still remember almost everything in its plot because it was so memorable! If you like reading books by the author Alan Gratz, like I do, I would recommend this book for you!

Recommended Reading Age

I would definitely recommend this book for 13 and up. I read it at this age, and I thought it was the perfect time. World War 2 is a very controversial subject around the world, and I had just started getting into these types of books when I found Salt to the Sea. Again, I will say it is a very powerful and haunting book, so keep this in mind if you decide to read it.

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Seagulls were a prominent metaphor in Salt to the Sea.

Conclusion

Salt to the Sea is a book that displays characters who feel much fear, but who chose to be brave. It serves as a reminder about how lucky we are to be surrounded with all of our fortunes. And I don’t know how you yourself are doing, how your day is going, but if you read this book, I can tell you that you will never take your problems for granted again. The usual two links will be below (the link to buy this book on Amazon and the link to learn more about the author) and please have a fantastic rest of your day!

-your fellow book lover

Links

Find this book on Amazon here

Learn more about Ruta Sepetys here

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The Young Elites

Written by Marie Lu

Kindness with no strings attached. This is all that Adelina Amouteru wishes for in her abused and dark life. She is a malfetto, a survivor of the blood fever that killed adults and gave some children strange powers, Adelina being one of them with powers. Abused and threatened by her father, Adelina runs, only to be received by the Daggers, an elite group of the malfetto children who want to fight back against unfair and biased treatment against themselves. When Teren, the head of the royal army, catches the only thing that Adelina has ever loved and turns her into a spy against her will, will Adelina spill the Dagger’s secrets to save what she loves most? Or will she fight back with her strange and strong power of illusion that does not belong in this world?

What a fantastic and daring read! Adelina is a thrilling bad girl who has been hurt all her life, but with the family that the Dagger’s provide her, her power truly blooms. It captivated me all the way until the end! Marie Lu captured a wounded and abused girl who is tired of the way life has kicked her to the ground, and made her into someone readers can love. This is definitely a must read!

Adelina struggles with who she truly is inside, and if that is good enough for anyone to truly love.

I would recommend this book for 12 year old’s and up. This is definitely a read that had violence and vivid descriptions, as well as a character who was not a positive influence. I would definitely recommend not to  read this before bed, because it makes you want keep reading on and on!

The Young Elites is a fantastic book about finding who you truly are, appreciating your own life and the unique set of abilities that you have been given and using them for good. Once again, I apologize profusely for not publishing in a while; I will definitely try to be more consistent with my blog posts. As usual, the two links for purchasing this book on Amazon and learning more about the author are featured below. Take care and have a wonderful rest of your day!

-your fellow book lover

Links:

Amazon link here

Learn more about Marie Lu, the author, here

Happy Mother’s Day!

To all the beautiful and strong women out there…Happy Mother’s Day! We appreciate all that you do for us. You are always so kind and loving, and know exactly what to say. To my own mom…once again, thank you for all that you do. I love you so much! 💕 Have a great rest of your day, everyone, with the women who make your life special! Be on the lookout for a new read coming your way on May 15th! Cheerio!

About Books and Reading

Hey guys! Can you believe April is almost over? Crazy to think about right? I just wanted to post a little something about books to pick up your day and mine.

Books are an escape, something we can go to in times of need. Whenever I sit down to read, I’m able to take a deep breath and truly breathe. I love stories that make me cry, laugh, gasp, scream and love all at the same time. So I encourage you: for May, make a goal for yourself just to sit down and read once a day. Doesn’t matter what, for how long, or anything like that, just sit down and read. A lot of terrible stuff is going on in the world right now (if you look at the news, it’s super easy to get depressed) so I encourage you to escape in a book. Forget about all your problems and forget about the world for 10 minutes. I can promise you that you will so much more relaxed (unless you read a Stephen King book 😝) and it will really pick your day up.

Remember these words of wisdom for this week and face whatever comes your way with a book. Now, I will leave y’all with a poem I absolutely love. I will talk to everyone soon (because is almost May 1st!!) and have a great rest of your week!

-your fellow book lover

I Opened a Book

by Julia Donaldson

I opened a book and in I strode,

now no one can find me.

I left my chair, my house, my road,

my town and my world behind me.

I’m wearing the cloak, I’ve slipped on the ring

I’ve swallowed the magic potion.

I fought with a dragon, dined with a king,

and dived in a bottomless ocean.

I opened a book and made some friends,

I’ve shared their tears and laughter.

And followed the road with its bumps and bends

to the happily ever after.

I finished my book and out I came

the cloak can no longer hide me.

My chair and my house are just the same,

but I have a book inside me.

Happy reading!!! ❤️📚

April Reads: Outwalkers

Outwalkers by Fiona Shaw

Summary

“They’re coming for you, Jacob Riley.” Jacob is a teenager who has been in the orphanage for six months. His parents passed away in a car crash, and Jacob was forced into the home, leaving his beloved dog Jet behind. He has three parts to his escape plan: get out of the orphanage, reunite with his dog and get to Scotland. The only problem is, the government has tagged everyone so that they know exactly where you are, always. And, since there is a huge wall keeping everyone in, getting into Scotland is not exactly easy. Desperate to escape, Jacob reunites with Jet and soon finds the Outwalkers: a local gang of kids who are trying to get to Scotland, same as Jake. They live by four simple rules: no technology, be outside, be hidden and the most important one: obedience to the gang. Jake joins the Outwalkers and feels like he is part of a family again. But will that last? Read the book to find more.

My Review

Let me just start off by saying this: I absolutely loved this book. Definitely one of my top reads for 2019. The prominent theme of loyalty in this book was beautiful. I loved the way that Jet, the dog, and Jake, his boy, were always incomplete without each other near. I also loved that the author, Ms. Fiona Shaw, had a unique way of showing dialogue. Definitely check this book out to see how she does it and to read the book.

Recommended Reading Age

I would recommend this book for 13 and up. It was on the longer side, being 424 pages, but don’t let this scare you! Read it at your own pace. Also, there were some references and actions with drugs, but other than that, it’s a pretty clean read.

The Outwalker gang was trying to get to Scotland to claim their freedom.
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Conclusion

Outwalkers was a fasted-paced, action-packed and beautiful story about what it means to be a family. No matter where you come from, what you have done, or who you are, there will always be someone who accepts you as you are and loves you for that. It also shows us how beautiful it is to walk back from grief together. I challenge you to read this book and connect it to your own life. You definitely won’t regret it. As usual, the two links are below to purchase this book on Amazon and to check out the lovely author of the this book, Ms. Fiona Shaw. Happy reading everyone and don’t forget to check out the other April read!

-your fellow book lover

Hannah’s Grade: 9.5 stars out of 10

Purchase this book on Amazon here.

Learn more about Fiona Shaw here.

There is truly something magical about reading a good book.
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