Tuesday, April 5, 2016


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Friday, April 1, 2016

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys | Book Review

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Released on February 2, 2016
Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult, War
Pages: 391


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.


I honestly don't know how I'm going to talk about this book. It completely tore my heart into pieces and I'm not sure if I'll ever recover.

Ok, so I'm exaggerating just a little but seriously. This book was phenomenal. 

Salt to the Sea is a historical fiction novel set during World War 2. The novel follows 4 very different teenagers who are trying to survive on their journey to a ship named the Wilhem Gustloff, and also while aboard the ship. The book was told in different perspectives of the 4 main characters. Sepetys had this amazing way of connecting each person's story-line so you fully get the whole story of each character. 

I ended up becoming extremely attached to the characters -- or well, 3 of the 4. There was one character who got on my last nerve. I don't think I've ever hated a character more than this one. However, this character was extremely necessary for this novel and their bastardness was amazingly written. You know it's a good author if she can make you hate this person ALMOST more than Umbridge. Almost. 

What broke my heart about this book was how realistic the settings were. I personally could never imagine having to go through what people had to go through during this war and it makes me extremely grateful for the life that I was born into. You could tell that Sepetys really researched this topic thoroughly and it shows tremendously in this novel. 

 I literally could not put this book down because it just had me so entranced with the story and the setting and the characters. Also, since it's told in different perspectives, each chapter is quite short -- no more than 5 pages each, so this is a relatively quick read. 

This book was pretty much an amazing, hauntingly beautiful masterpiece. 

5/5 stars.

I'm sorry this review was quite short, choppy and unhelpful, but I honestly have no clue how to describe my love for this book. I just can't quite get the right words. I highly, highly recommend everyone to pick this up.


March Wrap-Up

Hey everyone! March was a bit of a slumpy reading month for me, but I did still manage to get 7 books in. One of them ended up becoming one of my favorite books!


I really don't know what to say about this book other than it's incredible, gorgeous, heart-wrenching, etc. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin follows the title character who owns a bookshop and is a recent widower. He's depressed and lonely and his business is slowly losing all of it's money and customers. One day, he receives a life-changing package on his front door and from there you witness A.J. develop into a better version of himself. I got really attached with these characters. Not gonna lie, I totally shed a few tears towards the end. I absolutely love Zevin's writing and can't wait to read more from her. 5/5 stars.

I have had Turning Tables by Heather & Rose MacDowell on my shelf for at least 5 years and never picked it up until this month. I posted a full review for this which I'll link here. It was a fun read and I'm really happy that I finally got around to reading it. Better late than never, huh? 3/5 stars.

I have mixed feelings on this book. Landline by Rainbow Rowell was my 2nd Rowell book. While it was definitely not my favorite, it could've been worse. I just got extremely annoyed with the characters and the pacing of the story. I have a full review here if you'd like to check it out. 3/5 stars

Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell was one of my most anticipated reads for 2016. I love Peter Pan and have been extremely interested in re-tellings of it recently. While I did enjoy most of the book, I think it just fell a bit flat for me towards the end. I really did enjoy the writing style and the world-building in the story. I did have some issues with the characters, though, and you can check out my thoughts on them on my review here. 3/5 stars

This book was so damn cute. The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West was my 2nd read by her and definitely my favorite so far. I wasn't expecting to love this book as much as I did, and I even read it in one sitting. If you're looking for a cute, fun contemporary, please check out this book or any West's books! You can find my review for this book here. Warning: I gush a lot about Hayden.

 I finally finished this damn book. It only took me over a month -- literally. I don't know what it was about it, but it just didn't captivate me like Legend did. Maybe it was the pacing of the book? I'm not sure. It took until the last 50 pages for me to really be interested in what's going on in the world and actually caring about the characters. Harsh, I know. I'm hoping to pick up Champion sometime in April. Hopefully that one will be a little better than Prodigy by Marie Lu. 3/5 stars. 

I honestly wasn't expecting to finish Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys this month, but I was hooked on it immediately and read it in 2 days. It was really interesting to learn about a WW2 tragedy that I have never heard of before. I really loved the characters. Albeit, one character did drive me completely up the wall, though he was definitely a necessity for the story. I grown to become really attached to the them. I'll be having a review for this soon. 5/5 stars


Though this has been my slowest reading month, I'm still pretty much happy with reading 7 books! I had my GoodReads goal originally at reading 30 books this year, but it seems like I'll be surpassing that goal in April. I upped it to 50 books, but I'm definitely going to try and see if I can reach at least 75... I think I can do it. I might be able to fly through my TBR if I can keep this up.

Have you read any of the books that I mentioned? If so, let me know what you thought about them! I'd love to know your opinions. Link down your March wrap-ups below if you'd like for me to give them a look.

As always, till next time.


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Top 10 Tuesday | 5 Star Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Be sure to the click the link and check out her blog.

This week's theme is recent books you have given a 5 star rating to. I unfortunately don't have 10 books that I've given 5 star ratings to this year, so I'll include two of my favorite 4 star ratings at the end to round it out.  


This was such a quick & cute read! I loved the character development and some of the serious topics that West through in there, as well! 
Review here

This book hurt my heart. It gave me all of the feels. I definitely recommend this one ASAP. 

I love the hell out of this book. It's most definitely my favorite of the series so far. If you're feeling iffy about continuing on with the series after reading Scarlet like I was, just do yourself a favor and continue on. CAPTAIN THORNE. *droooool*

Again, another cute & quick read. I loved the writing style and am most definitely going to be picking up more from this author soon.

This book quickly became one of my top favorites of all time. It definitely deserves all of the awards that it has received. You will get extremely attached to the characters, your heart will be broken and put back together again multiple times. I can't wait to hear more about the sequel!

This book was freaking intense! It was extremely action packed and Lu kept me on the edge of my seat with all of her insane plot twists. I just finished the second book in the series, Prodigy, and wasn't too thrilled with it. Hopefully Champion will be amazing!

Another one of those books that will rip your heart out and make you cry ugly tears. Loved this book and loved the movie, too!

This book was so interesting! I loved the world building and the characters. The Darkling though.... <3 

The next two books are my favorite 4 star books so far this year..

This book was so much fun to read! Granted, yes the characters got a little annoying and the writing wasn't you know, the best, but it was still so much fun and I loved the crap out of it. So many plot twists, too! I really am looking forward to finishing out this series. 

This book was cute and quirky in it's own way. Again, the characters got a little annoying for me, but it was still an enjoyable read. 


Hope you enjoyed this and that you maybe have found some books that peak your interest. Please leave me links down below to your TTT so I can take a look! :) Till next time.


Saturday, March 26, 2016

The Deserted Island Book Tag

I wasn't tagged to do this, but I saw it over on Larkin's blog and figured...why the hell not? I will hopefully have some reviews coming up in the next week! 
Let's do it.


Water: A book that you simply cannot live without.
Do I need to say anymore?

FoodA book that is a close second on your favourites list.
This book spoke to me in so many ways. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz is amazing. If you haven't read this yet, please do! It's so powerful and beautiful. 

ShelterA book that makes you feel at home and safe.

This might seem like a weird answer, but I just love the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella. She never fails when it comes to writing Becky Bloomwood. It makes me laugh over and over again, and it just is always a great book to go to when you're feeling down.

Flare Gun

A book that you would recommend to someone who doesn’t read.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is freaking amazing. If you love 80's pop culture, video games and virtual reality...this book is for you. 


A book that warms your heart.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I would just like to be a part of the March family and marry Laurie, please and thank you.

CompassA book that directed your love of reading.
Although I've been reading since I was little, The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord is the book that got me out of my latest severe reading slump. I only read maybe.. 15-ish books in 2015 and was really sporadic about them. But according to Good Reads, I have been a reading machine since this one. It's a super cute read. 


I tag:

& anyone else who wants to take a crack at it. :) 


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Books You DNF'd | Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday is a book meme started by Lainey over at Ginger Reads Lainey. You can keep up with other T5W posts on the GoodReads page

My first Top 5 Wednesday and I'm starting on a sour note! Oops. I tend to not go with the hype on a lot of popular books, so please don't be offended if one of your favorite books made it on to my list! I know I'm going to be shunned for the last two. 



I'm not going to go into much detail for why I didn't enjoy these books because it'll just be repetitive.  I can definitely understand why people love these and why a few of them have a huge following, they just weren't for me. Don't shun me for the last two! Till next time.


Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell | Book Review

Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell
Published on February 2, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Fairytale Retelling, Fantasy
Pages: 342


For as long as she can remember, Gwendolyn Allister has never had a place to call home—all because her mother believes that monsters are hunting them. Now these delusions have brought them to London, far from the life Gwen had finally started to build for herself. The only saving grace is her best friend, Olivia, who’s coming with them for the summer.

But when Gwen and Olivia are kidnapped by shadowy creatures and taken to a world of flesh-eating sea hags and dangerous Fey, Gwen realizes her mom might have been sane all along.

The world Gwen finds herself in is called Neverland, yet it’s nothing like the stories. Here, good and evil lose their meaning and memories slip like water through her fingers. As Gwen struggles to remember where she came from and find a way home, she must choose between trusting the charming fairy-tale hero who says all the right things and the roguish young pirate who promises to keep her safe.

With time running out and her enemies closing in, Gwen is forced to face the truths she’s been hiding from all along. But will she be able to save Neverland without losing herself?


I had this book extremely hyped up in my mind. I really enjoyed the story, but there were  a few parts that irked me.  I'm a huge Peter Pan fan girl and this one just seemed completely up my alley. Unhooked was my first read by the author, and boy did she deliver. I tend to get confused a lot in fantasy novels as to what's going on, but Maxwell did such an amazing job at accurately describing the scene we're in, but also staying in the story and keeping it alive. She turned Neverland, that is normally seen as fun, light and inviting into a dark, mysterious and sometimes scary place. 

The story starts off with Gwen and her mom moving for what seems like the millionth time to a sketchy flat in London. Gwen's best friend, Olivia, accompanies them on the move to stay for a few weeks to help them get settled in. That first night they are there, Gwen and Olivia are kidnapped by strange, dark monsters. We spend the beginning of the book with Gwen, who ends up on the ship of a sexy pirate and his crew. She's trying to figure out where she is, who to trust and where Olivia disappeared off to. 

I enjoyed Gwen as a main character at first, but she started to annoy the crap out of me towards the end of the novel. I felt like she was a bit dense and not fully understanding everything that was happening. In this story, Maxwell addressed that the characters know about the Peter Pan fairytale, and used it as a disadvantage against them. I understand that that played a part in Gwen being undeceive, but it still annoyed me all the same. It shouldn't have taken Gwen as long as it did for her to comprehend who was the villain in this story. I also felt like Olivia was a complete waste. She was under Pan's spell 95% of the book, which made her completely unrelatable, but also a character I didn't enjoy in the least. Gwen was so focused on saving her friend, which is great, don't get me wrong, but it was clouding her judgement on what will keep her safe and get her out of Neverland. 

Captain Hook, who goes by Rowan in this novel, was undeniably swoon-worthy. You're unsure throughout the book whether he could be trusted, but you never doubted how insanely hot he was, regardless. One thing that did bother me was his power over Gwen. It felt like she couldn't make any decisions on her own without his permission first. Granted, this also could just be a flaw in Gwen's character entirely.  

"In this world, though, desire is a bit more dangerous. In this world, lass, more often that not - it consumes." 

As with Rowan, you spend a good bit of the novel trying to decide if Pan is the good guy. He was such a charming character when you first meet him that it took a little over half way through the story to realize how much of a complete douche Pan is. I had no connections with him at all as a character, besides the fact that I just wanted him to die already. He had little logic to his motives at all, besides just wanting to rule Neverland out of greed. Pan's only logical advantage was he used his good guy persona in the fairytale to help him gain trust with the people who find their way to Neverland. 

One thing I really enjoyed was the mini-story that appeared at the top of beginning of each chapter. You find out towards the end of the book who the story is about, but it's such a dark story about war and loss. It really helped one of the characters in the story have more depth and development, which really helped me enjoy the character in the end. 

Overall, I did enjoy this story. This was my first Peter Pan retelling and it has me wanting to pick up more in the future. I really enjoyed Maxwell's writing and story-telling and amm looking forward to reading more of her books in the future. 


3.5/5 stars