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Salt to the Sea
Salt to the Sea | Ruta Sepetys
New York Times Bestseller!"Masterly crafted"The Wall Street JournalFor readers ofBetween Shades of Grayand All the Light We Cannot See, bestselling author Ruta Sepetysreturns to WWII in this epic novel thatshines a light on one of the war's most devastatingyet unknowntragedies.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 areJoana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to theship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other testedwith each step closer to safety. Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Notcountry, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.Told in alternating points of view and perfect for fans of Anthony Doerr's Pulitzer Prize-winningAll the Light We Cannot See, Erik Larson'sDead Wake, and Elizabeth Wein's Printz Honor BookCode Name Verity, this masterful work of historical fiction is inspired by the real-life tragedy that was the sinking of theWilhelm Gustloffthe greatest maritime disaster in history. As she did inBetween Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys unearths a shockingly little-known casualty of a gruesome war, and proves that humanity can prevail, even in the darkest of hours.Praise forSalt to the Sea:Featured on NPR's Morning Edition ? Superlativemasterfully crafted[a] powerful work of historical fiction.The Wall Street Journal ? [Sepetys is] a master of YA fictionshe once again anchors a panoramic view of epic tragedy in perspectives that feel deeply textured and immediate.Entertainment Weekly ? Compelling for both adult and teenage readers.New York Times Book Review ? Intimate, extraordinary, artfully craftedbrilliant.Shelf Awareness ? [H]aunting, heartbreaking, hopeful and altogether gorgeousone of the best young-adult novels to appear in a very long time.Salt Lake Tribune ? *"This haunting gem of a novel begs to be remembered."Booklist,starred review ? *"Artfully told and sensitively crafted...will leave readers weeping."School Library Journal,starred reviewPraise for Between Shades of Gray:New York TimesNotable Book, 2011 ? Wall Street JournalBest Childrens Book, 2011 ? APublishers Weekly,School Library Journal, Booklist, and KirkusBest Book of 2011 ? iTunes 2011 Rewind Best Teen Novel ? A Carnegie Medal andWilliam C. Morris Finalist ? ANew York Timesand InternationalBestseller ? Few books are beautifully written, fewer still are important; this novel is both.The Washington Post ? *"Beautifully written and deeply feltan important book that deserves the widest possible readership.BooklistFrom the Hardcover edition.
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Amandakay
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⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Rachiiebookdragon
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This book is written so well, and is so interesting 😊 Read for #ReadHarderChallenge2021 My final book for this year‘s challenge 🙌🏻🤩📚 4.25/5 #ReadHarderChallengeFinisher2021

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Roary47
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4✨ This is a historic event I remember hearing about, but lost in my memory. I really liked the storyline all be it pretty sad. A group of various individuals find themselves traveling together to escape the war. Some make it out, and the others sadly do not.

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Allylu
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That cover looks so ominous. The audiobook version of this story is very good. I like having different voices for different characters. It adds so much to my understanding and compassion for them. This is a book I will be thinking about for days. I knew it was going to make me sad, but I had to read it anyway. The Author‘s Note at the end was especially interesting. #135 #BookSpinBingo #24 #BFC21 #BUZZWORDATHON Elements #NovelNovember

Karisa It made me cry, but I loved that book! 2mo
Roary47 I‘m reading this pretty soon. Thank you @karisa and @Allylu for the heads up to have tissues ready. 💛 2mo
Allylu I was warned that it would make me cry. 😢 2mo
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TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2mo
aperfectmjk I loved this book. One of my faves for sure! 💕 2mo
Andrew65 Sounds great, well done 👏👏👏 2mo
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Buttermallow12
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RIP Wilhelm Gustloff and all the others that deserved to go down in history⚓

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Sargar114
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This was so good! I knew nothing of the event this was based on, which isn‘t terribly surprising given the atrocities the Germans committed in WWII; don‘t really want something that may make you feel sympathetic towards them. The story she told was great though. Almost 5 stars but I don‘t really love her writing style, which I‘ll explain why ⬇️. Meanwhile, this was my #bookspin for August.

Sargar114 Her style is definitely more directed at a YA audience, the short chapters made it take a while to engage with the characters and when you get dropped into the story with no build up, it makes it hard to figure out who‘s who and what is going on. Once I did however, it was quite difficult to put down! Thank you to those in #sundaybuddyread that told me to give this author another shot. I‘m glad I did, as this one was wonderful. (edited) 5mo
Sargar114 My other problem was Alfred was terrible (intentionally), and I felt gross reading his sections. When he ended up being as terrible as I expected, I wasn‘t surprised or happy about it. 5mo
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Kimberlone I haven‘t read this one but I loved another by the same author. It also leaned more in to the YA genre (mostly because of the ages of the characters, though), but I thought it was also a fantasy historical fiction about a period I knew very little about : 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 5mo
Sargar114 @Kimberlone I read that one too but enjoyed this one much more! 5mo
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“Guilt is a hunter.” #firstlinefridays

Karisa Oooh, such a good book! 5mo
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Sargar114
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Starting my #bookspin since will have a somewhat lazy day with a sick kiddo. First chapter and this is gonna be gut wrenching. But also based on the style of her last book I read may be a quick one with the short chapters.

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Iszy
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This is a truly beautiful book. It‘s written from the perspective of 4 protagonists each with their own past and characteristics. If your looking for a beautiful historical fiction book that blends with other genres then tho so for you!

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Iszy
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“Your daughter, your sister. She is salt to the sea.”

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bookaholic1
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#59
Wow, another heart breaking story...loved it

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Texreader
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Ebook on sale today. Highly recommended

Sargar114 Thanks! Bought and stacked! 10mo
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OutAndAbout
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The audio version was excellent. Multiple narrators to cover the multiple points of view. Fast moving story with characters you care about.
Based on a true story of a ship that was sunk at the end of WWII during an evacuation. It‘s listed as young adult but some pretty serious scenes.

Texreader I‘ll bet the audio was good! Excellent book 10mo
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DarkMina
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I am posting a book every day from my TBR collection. 📚

Day 82

#tbrpile #tbrmountain #bookstoread

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OutAndAbout
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Last minute audiobook download for an unscheduled long road trip. About 1/2 through, and enjoying the quick short chapters and multiple viewpoints told by multiple narrators. It‘s definitely keeping us entertained.

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Kangaj1
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This is my #doublebookspin, and I am bailing at about 60 pages in because I find I am just skimming. Not for me. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Sometimes you just gotta cut a book loose! 10mo
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"This guy wasn‘t a sailor. He was a sociopath in training."

Alfred is the most unstable character in this book. You never know where his mind will bring him next.

Texreader True 11mo
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CBee
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My heart can‘t take the fact that this was likely the worst maritime disaster in history. And I‘d never heard of it, never even knew it existed. 😕💔
For more about the Wilhelm Gustloff tragedy, start here:
https://www.nationalww2museum.org/war/articles/sinking-wilhelm-gustloff

Aswenson I didn‘t know about it either until reading this book! 11mo
CBee @Aswenson such a tragedy that got swept under the rug 😕 11mo
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Lirianni
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Instead of reading the other book. I am going to read all of Ruta Sepeteys books. Her books are so interesting!!

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Kdgordon88
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#12BooksofChristmas #Day10 Time for a YA pick. Ruta Sepetys writes wonderful historical fiction, always a bit heart breaking but with hope. And I‘ve learned a ton about different periods and places in time I that knew little or nothing about.

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Kshakal
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Holy buckets does this book pack a punch!! It is heartbreaking to think that so many atrocities of war are unknown. I applaud Sepetys for giving theses forgotten souls a voice.

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cherelle the bibliophile
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The writing was beautiful. Brutal. And ever so impactful. How Ruta writes and crafts the story in short chapters was just immersive. 😍

There were also themes of love, family, heroism, trauma which I could resonate with. But I didn't hit me. The story is both hopeful and tragic. But I couldn't feel it. The characters are so different and complex. But I couldn't relate to them. 😐

Overall, it was well thought out but lacked in emotions. 😓

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Meghan1
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Just laying in bed, waiting for the results of my COVID test, I was able to finish this one. I thought it was excellent, as all of her other books have been! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

jmtrivera This was such a great book. 1y
Soubhiville Oh gosh, fingers crossed for you to feel better quickly! 1y
Eggbeater I hope you feel better soon! 1y
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Kshakal
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This has been on my tbr forever... I am so glad my book club choose it this month!! 🤓

Endowarrior21 I loved that book it is very sad at the end but it is one of my favorite books. 1y
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mcbutter14
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I finished this book in mostly one sitting. The story was so compelling—the disaster only made it more impactful. Hopefully saying that doesn‘t spoil any part of the book. Overall, a great read—I‘ve yet to read anything bad from Ms. Sepetys.

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AmyK1
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January, 1945. German refugees are racing to the ports in East Prussia and hoping to get into a ship to Germany to escape the advancing Russian army. Told from the perspective of four young people, all deeply affected by the war and with secrets to keep. Once again Ruta Sepetys has written a heart breaking book about a tragedy I knew nothing about.

marleed I was just telling a sister I would pass this and another RS book on to her. She has a 12 yr old reader. I told her I realize these are middle grade books but they gut me. I recommended she read first or together so they could discuss. 1y
AmyK1 @marleed That‘s awesome. Hope they enjoy them! 1y
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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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This is a heart-rending account of the winding down of WWII as seen through the eyes of a handful of young people, all from different countries. They are all, however, deeply impacted by the war. As if what we already know about the horrors of WWII aren‘t bad enough, this book brings overlooked tragedies to our attention. 😢

Texreader Excellent review of an excellent book 1y
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Tracey3
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Wow! This one made me ugly cry. This story is told in multiple narratives. The characters are all involved (in different ways) in trying to escape Russia‘s invasion of Germany near the end of WWII. This novel is historical fiction and highlights a major catastrophic event that many readers, including me, had never heard of. In times of turmoil, we see the very best and very worst of people. That is true for this novel as well.

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marleed
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Oh my goodness, Ruta‘s books gut me. I know they are intended for a young audience which is sometimes apparent in the communications between her characters, but the description of what they experience is heartbreaking. I just did not know the Lithuania story until I read this author.

Book13 #15Books15Weeks @TheHeartlandBookFairy

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5 🌟 I absolutely love this! My previous two by this author was also a 5 stars read, so I‘m not suprised that I loved this book so much. This is a historical fiction that tells a story during WWII, particularly on the event during the evacuation of German refugees on a ship named Wilhelm Gustloff. We follow multiple points of view and I love each of the characters so much. The story is so heartbreaking and gut wrenching. Have you read this book?

Texreader Yes it is so good! 1y
Texreader I love this cover 1y
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wildwoodreads
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My father is currently in surgery. I can‘t go in so I‘m sitting in the hospital parking lot. I started Salt to the Sea, but I‘m not sure how I feel about it. Having trouble keeping the characters straight.

wanderinglynn Sending you and your family positive vibes and healing thoughts. 💚🙏🏻 1y
Anna40 1y
Lesanne Hope all goes well! 1y
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sharread Hope all is safe and well. ❤ 1y
Ruthiella Keeping you and your dad in my thoughts. ❤️ Take care! (edited) 1y
DaveGreen7777 Hope everything goes well with your father! 1y
Mollyanna Hope all goes well! 1y
TheRiehlDeal Hope your father gets well soon! 1y
quietjenn Sending good thoughts 🧡 1y
Gissy I hope everything goes well!❤️❤️❤️ 1y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I hope it goes well & he has a speedy recovery. 1y
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DKelley13
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Wow! It amazes me that there is still so much history that is left in the dark. I had never heard of this ship and even questioned some of my own knowledge of the war while reading this book! The story is very captivating, but the inital switching of character perspectives in each chapter had me starting off slowly. Definitely a great read that I will be adding to my classroom library!

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freeatlast1137
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In the midst of WWI, four youths cross frozen land to aboard a ship set to sail across the Baltic Sea.

Wonderfully, amazing book. A heartwrenching tale describing the horrors of war. Definitely a must read.

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#twofortuesday even though its Wednesday
@TheSpineView @Texreader

1 and 2. This year has been the first year in many that I am able to read again and with each book, I push myself to read more. It's amazing what depression can destroy, my love for reading was my destruction. However, with all things, you can rebuild and grow. Moving forward, I have four personal challenges and hundreds of books on my tbr list.

TheSpineView Sounds like a BIG TBR list!! Thanks for playing! 😊 1y
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I didn't like is as much as Between Shades of Gray, but it was still good, definitely a YA book. I do love how she writes about more unknown events of WWII. Did you know there was a ship sinking "six times deadlier than the Titanic"? Because I definitely did not.

**side note. Since I tend to buy used books, I will often end up with multiple copies of the same book. Especially when they change the cover.

Velvetfur Wow, that bit about the ship....scary 😯 2y
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#two4tuesday

1. Tagged; 5 stars!
2. Same challenges as always: #authoramonth (Mary Roach), #readingeurope2020 (working on Switzerland at the moment and will hopefully squeeze in Denmark), #litsyatoz (working on letter R and I still need Q, U, and Z books)

Thanks for the tag @TheSpineView @GingerAntics 😘

Wanna play @freeatlast1137 @Scochrane26 @crimson613 ?

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 🤗🤩📚 2y
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wildwoodreads
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I was able to go to an actual bookstore today! I am still trying to buy less until I get my tbr down, but I had to get these three. If you‘ve read any of them let me know what you think of them!

https://readinginthewildwood.com/2020/06/17/a-long-awaited-book-haul/

GirlNamedJesse Salt to the Sea is amazing! 💙💙💙 2y
Kempfme Salt to the sea is really interesting. 2y
Messiejessie The Great Alone is so good. One of my favs. I liked Salt to the Sea also. 2y
Macnjen The Great Alone was really good 2y
Butterfinger I really enjoyed Salt to the Sea. 2y
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Ruta Sepetys is a gifted author. This is the 2nd book by her I‘ve read, both incredibly well-written. This book tells tragic, horrifying stories about the largest disaster in maritime history in a most dignified way. For example, no doubt rape occurred but it is disclosed in a subtle thoughtful way. Told from 4 characters‘ POV, you fall in love with 3 of them & the people with whom they traveled. A fast read, worth every minute. ⬇️

Texreader A bit of a stretch to be a #readingeurope2020 book because it‘s not about Lithuania or by someone from Lithuania (although the author‘s family roots are there). But a main character is from Lithuania and we learn about her home somewhat. So I‘m counting it for #Lithuania (edited) 2y
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Before bed reading. This book is incredibly good. I just read such a touching scene, although I can‘t reveal because of spoilers. Just a note to say, wow, this is a good book.

Butterfinger You need to also read Between Shades of Grey. 2y
Texreader @Butterfinger Yes I‘ve read it. Very sad. I find this one an easier read. And I feel more invested in this story. She‘s a great writer. 2y
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Arvena
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Captivating book!

#ReadYourSign
#Capricorn
#Lapis Lazuli cover - Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

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Starting this one tonight. #readingeurope2020 #Lithuania

Crazeedi Oh this was so good 2y
Texreader @Crazeedi Oh my gosh yes. I‘m already almost 90 pages into it and but for husband coming to bed early and having to turn out the light, I‘d still be reading it! 2y
Butterfinger Loved this book. I hope you do. 2y
Texreader @Butterfinger It‘s really quite good and original so far! 2y
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Kdgordon88
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#BookReport #WeeklyForecast. How to Stop Time has everything I love in a book: history, great characters, time manipulation but it fell flat for me. I think it‘s more me then the book. Loved Salt to the Sea 4 🌟

I am 70% through The House on the Cerulean Sea and loving it. Half through Lost Friends on audio. Have a couple hours of driving ahead of me today so might finish. Good story and great narration. Just started the other two.

Cinfhen Sometimes all the right elements can be in a book but maybe the timing isn‘t right or it‘s a mood / that happens to me occasionally 😣Safe travels 🚗 2y
Birdsong28 How to stop time is a really good book and a good concept for a book. 📚 📖 2y
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Nikki_E
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“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.”
― Ruta Sepetys, Salt to the Sea

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“But unlike Mama, I would not go to heaven. My secrets padlocked the gates. I'd be a torn kite stuck in the dead branches of a tree, unable to fly.” 😭💔

#kite
#BloomingBibliophiles

OriginalCyn620 😢📚❤️ 2y
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A horrific story about the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustluff. I was left feeling somewhat disappointed with this one. I would have liked it better if they had fewer main characters. There was a lot of back-and-forth and some chapters were only a few pages long. I liked Between Shades of Gray better.
@megnews #YAApril
#Bookspin #DoubleSpin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great review! Sorry you didn't care much for this one - but at least it's off the list!! 2y
SaturnDoo One of my all time favorite books and author❤❤❤ So sorry you didn't like it as much. 2y
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HeatherBookNerd
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A real page turner. Chose this for the Read Harder Challenge, a book about a refugee, and it was terrific.

#readharder

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 💗 👠 2y
OriginalCyn620 Love all those! I‘ve never seen that cover for Salt To the Sea before! 👠 2y
Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620 shoes 💗👞 👟 👠💗 2y
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This book was eye-opening and such an experience to read. I learned about a tragic event and page after page I was sucked into the constant pain and turmoil of emotions. The book was a sad story of the biggest marine disaster that no one knows about. The sinking of the Lusitania was depicted in this book with immaculate detail and brought tears to my eyes. Through multiple narratives and mystery, the book was written beautifully.

Mcastle If you enjoyed that book, you will not be able to put down The Flight Girls 2y
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