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Hooked on Books

Reading is my passion! I'll read anything if it looks good & sounds good. I'm also a sucker for books with unique settings & I'd choose Hardcovers over E-Books any day! : ) -Empress Reece

Currently reading

Gemina (The Illuminae Files)
Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman
Admiral
-Penguin Audio-, Sean Danker-Smith, Johnathan McClain
The Facefaker's Game
Chandler J. Birch
Grimalkin the Witch Assassin
Joseph Delaney, Christopher Evan Welch
Progress: 90 %
The Forlorned
Angela J. Townsend
Progress: 274/274 pages
The Other Side of Midnight
Simone St. James
Olmec Obituary (Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth Book 1)
David L. Owen
Progress: 12 %
Stiletto: A Novel
Daniel O'Malley, Hachette Audio, Moira Quirk
Progress: 31 %
The Fate of the Tearling: A Novel (The Queen of the Tearling Book 3)
Erika Johansen
The Aeronaut's Windlass: The Cinder Spires, Book 1
Jim Butcher, -Penguin Audio-, Euan Morton
Progress: 11 %

Refugees of War...

Salt to the Sea - Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea follows refugees from different countries that have banded together while trying to safely evacuate in the midst of World War II. Each refugee has their own unique history and some even have reasons for wanting to stay under the radar of the German soldiers. They are all trying to reach a port and board a ship in hopes of traveling to a safe destination away from the war. The ship they board though just happens to be the Wilhelm Gustloff.

If you're familiar with it's story, then you know it was shot down by several torpedoes over 9,000 people including civilians and children we're killed.

 

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I thought this was a good story but I felt like it was toned down. These refugees go through one harrowing experience after another and even though I can imagine the roller coaster of emotions they went through from fear, to relief and hope, to fear and defeat again, the actual story itself did not evoke those emotions from me or the sympathy I would expect to feel from reading a war story. And that may be because it's a young adult book and geared toward a younger audience. With that said, it's a decent introduction into some of the tragedies suffered during World War II.