Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

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Salt to the SeaDate Published: February 2, 2016

Published By: Philomel Books

Genre: young adult, historical fiction

Pages: 393

Edition Read: ebook

Dates Read: 1/10/19-1/13/19

Rating: 5-star-rating

 

 

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Goodreads Synopsis: 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 are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer to safety.

Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people—adults and children alike—aboard must fight for the same thing: survival. 

 

My Thoughts: This book has been on my tbr for YEARS and I just kept putting it off because I didn’t want to read a sad book. I regret putting it off for so long. This book was stunning. It was so beautifully written and you are right there along side the characters as they are making their way to the freedom that the ship offers. I hadn’t heard of this tragedy until I went to read this which is honestly so sad. The event this story follows is one of the worst events to happen in WW2. So many people were killed and it needs to have the attention on it that is deserved by those who lost their lives in it. This is one of my favorite books now and I will read anything that this author puts out. I felt so much for these characters, except for one of them who very much annoyed me the entire time and if you have read this then you most likely know who I am talking about! Everyone needs to read this book.

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Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

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Nyxia (The Nyxia Triad, #1)Date Published: September 12, 2017

Published By: Crown Books for Young Readers

Pages: 384

Edition Read: e-arc

Dates Read: 8/9/18-8/10/18

Rating: 4-star-rating

 

 

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Goodreads SynopsisEmmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.

Forever.

Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden—a planet that Babel has kept hidden—where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.

But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.

 

My Thoughts: I received an early review copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

A competition in space to go to a new planet to mine a mysterious new product. It was just as epic and amazing as that sounds. I really loved our main character Emmett, and honestly, the side characters were all pretty good as well. I loved the twists that got thrown at us. The mystery surround Babel kept me very interested. The end was such a cliffhanger and I can’t wait to read the next one as soon as my copy comes into the library. I highly recommend this if you are looking for a sci-fi with a competition aspect to it.

Contagion by Erin Bowman

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Contagion (Contagion, #1)Date Published: July 24, 2018

Published By: HarperTeen

Pages: 432

Edition Read: hardcover

Dates Read: 7/30/18-8/2/18

Rating: 4-star-rating

 

 

 

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Goodreads SynopsisIt got in us

After receiving an urgent SOS from a work detail on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is dispatched to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission.

Most are dead.

But when the crew arrives, they find an abandoned site, littered with rotten food, discarded weapons…and dead bodies.

Don’t set foot here again.

As they try to piece together who—or what—could have decimated an entire operation, they discover that some things are best left buried—and some monsters are only too ready to awaken. 

 

My Thoughts: I was expecting to like this because I love space books. However, I enjoyed this so much more than I thought that I was going to. The mystery of what happened and surrounding the one character was so good! ( I can’t say which character, because hello, SPOILERS!) The whole concept was done so well. I was completely sucked into the story the entire time and when I wasn’t reading all I wanted to do was pick the book up and see what was going to happen next. I can’t wait for the sequel to come out because this ended on such a cliffhanger. I am planning on checking out the other books this author has out because of how much I liked this one. Hopefully her other books are just as good! Highly recommend this if you are looking for a good space mystery/thriller!

May 2018 Wrap Up!

May Wrap Up

 

This wrap up is coming to you quite a bit later than I would have liked it to. I’ve been having some computer issues and just got them sorted out. So hopefully, the blogging schedule is going to be back on track. You’re going to have a TON of posts coming your way this week so be on the lookout and make sure you are following me and receiving the emails when new posts go live!

Okay, lets jump into all the things that I completed in May! Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments!


 

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The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1) From the Earth to the Shadows (Valkyrie #2) Giant Days, Vol. 2 (Giant Days, #2) A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.1) Beyond a Darkened Shore

Giant Days, Vol. 3 (Giant Days #3) Giant Days, Vol. 4 (Giant Days, #4) Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1)

 

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 9. A book with a body part in the title

 

 

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Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1)

Anticipated Releases: May 2018

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Quite a few books are coming out in May that I am looking forward to. My most anticipated book of the spring is coming out on May 1st! so many pretty covers this month as well! Let’s get into the books and as always don’t forget to let me know if you are also looking forward to any of these books.


 

May 1:

A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.1) Brightly Burning The Smoke Thieves (The Smoke Thieves #1)

 

May 15:

Out of the Blue Onyx and Ivory Girl Made of Stars

 

May 22:

Furyborn (Empirium, #1)

 

May 29:

Listen to Your Heart LIFEL1K3 (Lifelike, #1)

Waiting On… The Smoke Thieves

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This weeks book is:

The Smoke Thieves (The Smoke Thieves #1)

Expected Publication Date: May 1, 2018

Publishing Company: Viking

 

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Goodreads SynopsisA princess, a traitor, a hunter and a thief. Four teenagers with the fate of the world in their hands. Four nations destined for conflict. 

In Brigant, Princess Catherine prepares for a loveless political marriage arranged by her brutal and ambitious father. In Calidor, downtrodden servant March seeks revenge on the prince who betrayed his people. In Pitoria, feckless Edyon steals cheap baubles for cheaper thrills as he drifts from town to town. And in the barren northern territories, thirteen-year-old Tash is running for her life as she plays bait for the gruff demon hunter Gravell.

As alliances shift and shatter, and old certainties are overturned, our four heroes find their past lives transformed and their futures inextricably linked by the unpredictable tides of magic and war. Who will rise and who will fall? And who will claim the ultimate prize?

 

 

Why I’m Anticipating This: I think that this sounds so good. four different characters whose lives are linked together. I have high hope for this one. I love multiple pov stories so fingers crossed!

 

I actually have an early copy of this book so be on the look out for my review around the release date!

You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon

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You'll Miss Me When I'm GoneDate Published: January 2, 2018

Published By: Simon Pulse

Pages: 384

Edition Read: ebook

Dates Read: 2/1/18-2/11/18

Rating:  3-star-rating

 

 

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Goodreads SynopsisEighteen-year-old twins Adina and Tovah have little in common besides their ambitious nature. Viola prodigy Adina yearns to become a soloist—and to convince her music teacher he wants her the way she wants him. Overachiever Tovah awaits her acceptance to Johns Hopkins, the first step on her path toward med school and a career as a surgeon. 

But one thing could wreck their carefully planned futures: a genetic test for Huntington’s, a rare degenerative disease that slowly steals control of the body and mind. It’s turned their Israeli mother into a near stranger and fractured the sisters’ own bond in ways they’ll never admit. While Tovah finds comfort in their Jewish religion, Adina rebels against its rules.

When the results come in, one twin tests negative for Huntington’s. The other tests positive.

These opposite outcomes push them farther apart as they wrestle with guilt, betrayal, and the unexpected thrill of first love. How can they repair their relationship, and is it even worth saving?

From debut author Rachel Lynn Solomon comes a luminous, heartbreaking tale of life, death, and the fragile bond between sisters.

 

My Thoughts: This is a debut novel, the author is Jewish. I thought that the Jewish aspects were very interesting. I knew a little bit about the religion but not a ton, so this book was informative on the subject. I was a big fan of Tovah the entire book. However, I couldn’t stand Adina. I thought she was immature and the way she went about treating her sister was really crappy. I found myself wanting to just skim Adina’s chapters after the halfway mark because I just didn’t like her at all. She really brought the story down for me. As much as Huntington’s is a part of this story, you don’t really learn a ton about the disease. I was a huge fan of Tovah’s relationship in the story. Overall, I just thought that this was an okay read. It was horrible, but it wasn’t anything great either.