Salt to the Sea | Book Review

This book review will contain spoilers, most of which are already known because of the time period this novel was set in. Nonetheless, if you haven’t read this book, please be wary (and go read it!).

Also, not gonna lie, I cried a few times during this book.

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys has made its way onto my favorites list, and for good reason. I’d been struggling for three weeks with Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (reasons for which will be in my wrap-up), and I decided to put it on hold. I wanted to try something a little different, and preferably a standalone so I decided to read Salt to the Sea. From the first page itself, I knew I’d made the right decision.

Salt to the Sea is a historical fiction novel set during the final year of the Second World War when the Russians have advanced on Germany, and Germany’s defeat seems inevitable. It follows four characters who are all on a mission to board the Wilhelm Gustloff to reunite with their families, to get to safety and, for one character in particular, carry out a mission for Hitler involving the Amber Room. Obviously, the Second World War is real, and so is the Wilhelm Gustloff, but the four main characters are fictionalized as a way for Sepetys to interpret how people possibly boarded the vessel.

The Wilhelm Gustloff was a part of Operation Hannibal, a naval evacuation by sea of German troops and civilians from East Prussia, the Polish Corridor and Courland. It was carrying more than 10,000 passengers at its time of departure, and when it was torpedoed by Russian submarine S-13, more than 9,000 lives were lost, 5,000 of which were children. The sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff is the worst maritime disaster in history, facing six times more casualties than the Titanic and the Lusitania (which was torpedoed during World War I), yet most people know nothing or close to nothing about the ship.

As a history student who has studied Hitler’s Germany, Stalin’s Russia and the Second World War extensively, I was surprised to know that I knew nothing about this ship and the disaster despite having read about and studied this time period so extensively. It’s always nice to learn something new, and despite the fact that it’s been 71 years since the war ended, there are still so many more untold stories, just like the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff.

I’m not going to spend more time talking about the ship and turn this into a history lesson. If you’d like to learn more about the ship and this disaster, you can check out Cathryn J. Price’s novel, Death in the Baltic: The World War II Sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, which can be bought here. You can also read more about Operation Hannibal and the other ships that were sunk during this operation online. Ruta Sepetys did an interview with Time where she talks about her book, her research and her theories behind why this disaster is not talked about more. It can be found here.

Moving on to the actual novel, I want to first talk about the writing. This novel is written in four alternating perspectives; Joana, a Lithuanian nurse who has been repatriated and is on a mission to meet her mother and figure out where the rest of her family is, Emilia, a fifteen-year-old Pole who’s hiding something and is trying to get to safety, Florian, a German restoration artist who’s carrying out an important mission for Hitler, and Alfred, an overenthusiastic German soldier.

What is so beautiful about the way Sepetys writes these alternating perspectives is that there is no overlap, no mention of the same event from different points of view (except for when the ship sank), so this moves the story along much quicker than if there had been overlapping. Each character usually has a page, a page and a half, or two at the most, but in that short length, you learn so much about these characters. Even though the story keeps changing perspectives, it isn’t hard to become attached to these characters because of the way Sepetys describes their journey and their emotions.

Her descriptions are incredibly worded, and while some people may find this complicated, it adds so much more depth to the story and makes it more complex. What Sepetys has managed to do through her writing is make the reader understand and empathize with these characters who are suffering from the war.

Now, let’s talk about the characters. (I’m going to talk about them in the order they were introduced to me in the book.) All of the characters are unique in their own ways, and they come from different parts of Europe with their own secrets and their own struggles. Sepetys crafts them so carefully and skillfully, that even as a reader who has no connections to war or occupation, I can empathize with all these characters. Suddenly the war we read about in textbooks is given a human face and feels a lot more personal.

First, there’s Joana, whose first line in the book is Guilt is a hunter, and she carries this guilt with her throughout the book. She’s a Lithuanian nurse who has been repatriated to Germany and is in search of her mother so that she can figure out where the rest of her family is. She’s gentle and caring but gets the job done. She’s strong, full of willpower and puts the others ahead of her own needs.

Next, we have Florian, whose first line is Fate is a hunter. Florian is on a special mission for Hitler and believes that he’s carrying something that Hitler wants. Florian is a German restoration artist who worked with Erich Koch, one of Hitler’s SS men, and was allegedly involved in the smuggling of the Amber Room. Florian is very mysterious at first, not revealing his identity to anyone, constantly gripping his pack and just being very silent. Eventually, he opens up to Joana (who he ends up falling for. They even get married!) and you learn more about him as the story progresses. He had to be my favorite character out of the four main characters because of his complexity and also because his mission was very different from the others.

Next, we have Emilia, whose first line is Shame is a hunter. Emilia is a Polish fifteen year old girl who’s trying to conceal her identity and another secret. The first character crossover in this book happens between Florian and Emilia, and over the course of the book they form a heart-touching bond, like a brother and sister. I can’t say much about Emilia without giving away one of the biggest plot reveals, so I’m just going to keep my mouth shut.

Lastly, we have Alfred, an overenthusiastic Nazi soldier, whose first line is Fear is a hunter. He’s the only character who doesn’t interact with the other three until a third or maybe halfway through the book. Most of his story is told through imaginary letters to his lady love, Hannelore. We learn a lot about Alfred through these letters, the most important being that he thinks he’s better than everyone else. He’s absolutely obsessed with making sure he’s being rewarded for all the work he seems to be doing, rather than actually helping anyone out. I didn’t like Alfred, and I kept hoping he’d die when the ship sunk.

Those are all the major characters in the book. They were all written so beautifully and they represented how the war affected different people in different ways. This novel truly has become a favorite of mine for all the right reasons.

It still astounds me to know that the disaster of the Wilhelm Gustloff is still not known to most people. This story will live on with me forever. Sepetys has truly written a story to memorialize all those who were lost in this maritime disaster, all those who survived, and all those who were affected by this war. Now, for me, the Wilhelm Gustloff will remain a symbol of all the other stories from this war, and other historical events, that remain untold.

If you’re a fan of historical fiction, or just love history in general, I definitely recommend checking this book out. Even if you don’t like history, I promise this book won’t disappoint.

Totally visualized a lot of scenes from Titanic while I was reading this book, not gonna lie.

Final verdict: 5/5 stars

Thanks for checking out my review, I hope you enjoyed it and I truly do hope you check out Salt to the Sea. I will definitely be checking out other books by Ruta Sepetys, especially Between Shades of Gray, that has a character crossover.

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How to Start a New Genre | Thursday Tip Day

Hello! This week’s Thursday Tip Day is all about starting a new genre. As readers, we love to diversify and expand our reading options, even though we have preferred genres. I’ve been trying to start historical fiction, so I thought I’d share some tips on how to start a new genre.

  1. The first thing to do is do research. Read more about the genre and what it’s about, some popular books and what other people are saying about the genre. Doing research will give you more insight into what the genre is really about and whether or not the genre is actually for you.
  2. After doing research, pick your first book. Choose the book that you’d like to start off. Making this choice is important because this could make or break whether you read more or entirely give up this genre. It can be hard choosing a book; some people pick books that are a little more popular and more liked but there is a chance you may not like what everyone else likes. So make sure to pick the right book after a lot of research and reading a lot about what other people thought.
  3. After you’ve read the book, pen down your thoughts about the book. This will help you figure out what you liked and what you didn’t like. It’ll also help you understand how authors deal with specific plot points in this genre like romances, betrayals, or stuff like that, that sometimes is dealt with differently in different genres. By penning down your thoughts, it’ll help you decide whether you liked the book and the genre.
  4. One of the most important things to do is to experiment. If purely one genre is too much, then experiment with a mix. For example, if historical fiction is too much, try out historical romances or historical fantasy that incorporate elements from your favorite genres.

These are my tips to help you start a new genre! I hope these tips help! Let me know some of your tips, and also if you’ll be starting any new genres.

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Summer TBR | 2016

Well, summer’s finally here and because I will be starting college in August, I have a longer summer than usual which I will use to my full advantage. This TBR is very tentative and I don’t know how many of these I’ll actually get through, but I am hoping to get through most. For any series I will be reading, I will not be mentioning each book, but the series name. I will also mention if a book or series is a re-read. Without further ado, let’s get started!

  1. The first book I need to finish is A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. This is the sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses, and this is one of my anticipated reads for the year. I just started Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard, so after this, I will move on to ACOMAF.
  2. I also need to finish the I Heart series by Lindsey Kelk. I just finished the third book, and I only have two books left. This series is so hilarious, and another reason why I’m convinced that adult books aren’t as drab as I think they might be.
  3. I will be re-reading the Harry Potter series because I don’t remember anything that happened and this series is just a gem and I’ve been planning on re-reading this series for a while. I finished this series for the first time when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 released which was ages ago. I will be re-reading this as part of the HPReadathon that begins 6th of June. This readathon is taking place in anticipation of J.K. Rowling’s new play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
  4. I will also be re-reading The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare because it is my favorite series but I don’t remember much and I really want to read about Tessa, Jem and Will again.
  5. There are a lot of new series that I really want to start. The first one is Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I have been meaning to read this series since October last year but I never got around to it. I finally decided to buy the ebook and I’m so excited to read this series! I have really high expectations for this series after all the amazing things I’ve heard from my friends and on BookTube.
  6. Another new series I want to start is The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I bought Cinder last summer but I never actually got around to reading it. I haven’t read sci-fi, except for The Martian which I absolutely loved, so I feel like Cinder is a good place to start.
  7. Another series I hope to start is The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski. Again, I bought the book last summer so I’m hoping to read it sometime soon.
  8. Another book I bought last summer but never got around to reading is Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, which I’ve heard a lot of mixed things about so let’s see how this one goes.
  9. I’ve really been wanting to get into historical fiction. I’ve only read two historical fictions, both for required reading, so I want to pick up some for pleasure reading. The first book I want to try is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I’ve heard only amazing things about this book and I cannot wait to finally read this book.
  10. I also really want to read Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. This is also historical fiction but is classified as adult while The Book Thief is young adult, so I really want to see how the genre is dealt with in different age categories.
  11. I really want to start reading some classics, and I’m really in a Jane Austen mood. I read Pride and Prejudice for the first time in class as part of required reading and it is one of my favorite books. I will re-read it, but I will also be reading Persuasion and Sense & Sensibility.

Those are the books I hope to get to this summer. Obviously, this list is tentative and I may read more, less or all of these books, so keep an eye on my monthly wrap-ups to see what books I actually do read. What books do you plan on reading this summer?

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How to Take Part in Readathons | Thursday Tip Day

Late once again, and my apologies once again. Things have been really crazy lately and there have been a lot of impromptu meet-ups with my friends which have not allowed me to blog on time. I’m probably going to start scheduling these posts to avoid posting these late. 

I have not announced it yet but I will be taking part in the Harry Potter Readathon which begins 6th June and goes on till 31st July in anticipation of J.K. Rowling’s new play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. More details of this readathon are available here. (The official announcement will be on my Summer TBR.)

Readathons are a great way of reading a bunch of books in a short amount of time. Taking part in readathons can be a lot of fun because it’s great to be able to interact with other people taking part in the readathon and comparing your progress and also the books they’re reading. So, in anticipation of this readathon, I decided to do a Thursday Tip Day that’d help you take part in readathons more.

The HPReadathon works on a weekly basis where each week, starting 6th June, we read each book in the Harry Potter series plus the three companion books. However, not all readathons function in the same way; some readathons just span over a period of time and give you the freedom to read whatever books you choose. Some readathons have a specific theme and want you to read books that follow that theme. Regardless of the type of readathon, taking part in these require mainly the same tips:

  1. One of the most important things is to keep track of readathons that are happening over the course of the year. Even if you want to take part in a readathon, it may never happen because you don’t actually know when one is going on. There are a lot of blogs and YouTube channels that do keep track of each readathon happening every month. The one I follow is Catriona’s (LittleBookOwl). Her calendar is comprehensive with the name of the challenge, the dates and the webpage with all of the details regarding the challenge. You can find her calendar here.
  2. Before the readathon starts, and even after it starts, be active. Make your presence known by announcing you’ll be taking part in the readathon. This is usually done on Twitter because it is the most convenient social network to post constant updates. Create a Twitter account if you have to, but do be active. Follow the readathon’s page, retweet their tweets and also constantly update what book you’re on, or how much you’ve finished. You can also answer polls and respond to comments. Another important thing is to interact with other participants; compare the books you’re reading, the place you’re from, and other such details. The more active you are, the more likely you are to win any kinds of contests or challenges that are being hosted, or you may even get a shoutout.
  3. As I said for reading challenges, create a TBR. The whole point of readathons is to binge-read a whole bunch of books in a generally small space of time. Creating a TBR allows you to maximize your time and lets you plan properly and efficiently for the time period you’ve been allotted. In most readathons, there are challenges such as read a book with a red cover, read a book that’s written by an author who shares the same first initial, and other such challenges. Creating a tentative TBR for these challenges makes life so much easier as you spend your readathon time actually reading rather than debating which books to read.
  4. One of the most important things is to create time for the readathon. While planning for the readathon, make sure you have enough time to devote. Readathons are created with the intention that all participants will take part in these reading binges and sprints. This means everything else, including work and school, comes secondary to reading. Make sure you can devote 24 hours or 48 hours or a week of your time to these readathons. Don’t take part in readathons during a stressy time or during finals or any other period when you can’t give your 100% to the readathon.

Well, those are my tips on how to take part in a readathon. Let me know if you’re going to be doing any readathons this summer, or have already taken part in some this year. I for one am very excited about the HPReadathon.

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e l e v e n

May has by far been the busiest month this year! I spent the first two weeks studying my butt off for my finals, and then it was summer after that! Three days after finals were over I had prom, which was a great experience! This prom wasn’t an official school event so it was more of a farewell party organized by us for us. After prom, we had our senior class trip to Goa which has been the trip of my life so far.

Goa was the experience of a lifetime because we got to spend a lot of time with the rest of the grade just hanging out, partying and cutting loose after all the stress of the IB program. Goa was also a very nostalgic and emotional trip because we did think a lot about our memories with each other in the past two years, and beyond that. Also, this was probably the last time we’d be together, at least for a while. I had the best time and by the end of the trip I was so not ready to leave. As much I’ll meet a lot of these people a few times over the course of the next two and a half months, it’ll never be the same as this trip. We should really plan a reunion!

So much has happened since finals got over that I cannot believe it’s only been two weeks since school was let out. It’s hard to believe that I’m no longer a high school student, and that I’m now a college student on the edge of a new journey, a journey that’ll shape me for the rest of my life.

Case Western has a checklist for me to complete in time for New Student Orientation and for the beginning of classes, and every time I do something, like submit a photo for my ID card or pick a dorm room, I get so excited for this new journey I’m about to embark on, but I also get a little anxious because it’ll be like starting all over again; new school, new faces, new friends, new place. I was at my school for ten years and I’d gotten so used to the school and the people and I’d made so many friends, and now adjusting to a new place seems a little alien to me, and because I haven’t done it in so long, I wonder how I’ll adjust this time around. And there’s the added factor of my parents not being around.

Well, I’ll stop rambling on about college and just cherish my time that I have. I am so used to spending my summer working on submissions and stuff that I’ve gotten so bored. I don’t remember the last time I was this unproductive, and honestly, because I’ve always had something to do, being unproductive irritates me. I am hoping to get an internship this summer, hopefully doing some writing, reporting or researching, or working with social media. Also, because of all the time that I’ve got, I’m going to read like crazy! So many books to get to this summer, plus I started binge-watching new TV shows; I’ve started The Royals, Empire, The Vampire Diaries and a whole bunch of others on Netflix. There goes my internet.

Well, those are my plans for the summer! I will also be moving houses so I’ve got to start packing up and selling my old textbooks and some books I don’t really need to make place for new ones in the new house. Also, I think our family will be taking a trip to Bhutan and Nepal which sounds super awesome and exciting, so hopefully that happpens!

I hope you guys have an awesome June, and an awesome summer! What are your plans for the summer? Also, how many of you are incoming college freshmen?

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May Book Haul + Wrap Up

May was a busy, busy month because of finals, prom, and my senior class trip, and I overestimated the amount of time I’d get to read. Also, Lady Midnight took a lot longer to finish than I had anticipated. So, instead of the five books I’d planned on finishing, I finished only one book and started on another.

First up, I’m going to quickly share with you the books I bought this month. I only bought two books; one paperback and one ebook:

  1. The first book I bought was a much-anticipated release, which was A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. This is the sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses (book review up here!). This is Sarah J. Maas’s new adult series which is steamier and sexier than the Throne of Glass series. A Court of Thorns and Roses was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and A Court of Mist and Fury is supposedly a retelling of Persephone.
  2. The second book I bought was Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. This is the first book in her very popular young adult fantasy series. I have heard so many great things about this book, and after coming to the conclusion that I won’t be able to find the paperback here, I decided to purchase the ebook. I don’t actually remember what it’s about, but I’m really excited to jump into this world.

Now, onto the books I read this month:

  1. The first book I read was Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare, the first book in The Dark Artifices. I’m not going into much detail about this book because I’ve talked about it way too many times, and there’s a full spoiler review here, if you want all of my thoughts about the book. Long story short, I really enjoyed the book, and it definitely lived up to my expectations and the hype surrounding it. I gave it a 5/5 stars.
  2. The second book I started was I Heart Paris by Lindsey Kelk. This is the third book in the I Heart series. I absolutely love this series and it always has me in splits! Lady Midnight was really heavy so this was a nice break from fantasy. I’m about a third of the way, almost halfway, through. Really excited to finish this book and continue on with the series!

Well, that’s my book haul and wrap-up for this month. Not too much but June is my first full month of summer so I’ll be getting a lot more reading done next month. I’ll be doing a Summer TBR but monthly wrap-ups, instead of monthly TBRs.

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Lady Midnight | Book Review

This book review contains spoilers, so if you have not read this book then please do not proceed. I’m not going to say I didn’t warn you. 

Lady Midnight is the first book in The Dark Artifices, the sequel series to The Mortal Instruments, written by Cassandra Clare. It follows Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn five years after the events of City of Heavenly Fire have taken place.

I purchased this book myself, and read it in paperback format, which was published by Simon & Schuster.

Parabatai Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn investigate a series of murders that has rocked both the Faerie and Shadowhunter world. It’s been five years since Emma’s parents were killed during the events of City of Heavenly Fire when Sebastian Morgenstern attacked the L.A. Institute, and Emma is hellbent on finding out who took her parents from her. At the same time, Julian’s been keeping secrets, Mark, Julian’s brother, who was being held captive by The Wild Hunt, has a chance to return to the Shadowhunter world, and Emma longs to know why falling in love with your parabatai is forbidden.

There had been so much hype surrounding this book before its release, and even after it released. I was very excited to read the book, considering I’d just finished City of Heavenly Fire. When the book came in the mail, I was super excited, but the size of the book really put me off. For a first book in a new series, this is considerably long, and it does scare me to think about how long the next two books are going to be. (Note: this was the same size as City of Heavenly Fire, the last book in The Mortal Instruments)

Cassandra Clare has always been an amazing writer; she is so good at world-building, writing angst-y romances and describing emotions. Her writing gets better as she continues to write her books, and the skill with which she describes the setting is amazing. I was comparing her writing in City of Bones to her writing in Lady Midnight and the writing is worlds apart, and it just shows how far she’s come. I absolutely love reading her descriptions, and I personally believe she knows where to draw the line before it becomes too description-heavy.

We met a lot more characters than expected in this book. I knew Emma, Julian and his siblings would be important characters in the book, but I didn’t expect characters like Johnny and Kit Rook, Cristina and Perfect Diego to be so crucial in the book. Malcolm Fade, the warlock, played a huger role than I anticipated (which I will touch on later in this review). We also got to meet characters from other series: Tessa Gray and Jem Carstairs from The Infernal Devices, and Clary, Jace and Magnus from The Mortal Instruments. Characters such as Kieran, Mark’s lover and companion during The Wild Hunt, are also very important. There were a lot of characters, and I didn’t expect to see so many in the first book itself, but Clare crafted them in such a way that you didn’t lose track of who was who.

Clare plunges you straight into the action without much of a preamble. The storyline was quite unique; all the murders were based on Edgar Allan Poe’s last completed poem, ‘Annabel Lee’, but in Lady Midnight, the poem was based off of an age-old love story where a Nephilim girl fell in love with a Downworlder warlock, namely Malcolm Fade. Annabel Blackthorn and Malcolm Fade fell in love before the Accords were signed, so a Nephilim-Downworld love story was forbidden, and Annabel was punished by her family. She was locked up in an iron tower, and “died of loneliness”. Malcolm was informed that she’d become an Iron Sister, so when Malcolm heard of her death, he felt betrayed by his own friends, and by the Shadowhunter Law. The murders are all a part of Malcolm’s sacrifice to bring back Annabel from the dead.

“‘First the flame and then the flood:

In the end, it’s Blackthorn blood.

Seek thou to forget what’s past

First thirteen and then the last.

Search not the book of angels gray,

Red or white will lead you far astray.

To regain what you have lost,

Find the black book at any cost.’”

Edgar Allan Poe was a Romantic poet, and though I didn’t study his works in class, I did study Romanticism when studying John Keats and Charles Lamb’s Essays of Elia. Mythology and magical realism were all very important aspects of Romantic poetry, and I absolutely love how Clare took these elements and spun a whole story around it. She is ingenuous when it comes to turning something “mundane” into something involving the Nephilim, which makes us believe in the world she’s building even more. I have read ‘Annabel Lee’ before, but now I have a whole new take on it (She did the same thing with the Jack the Ripper murders in a novella in Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy.)

Amongst all of this, Emma is grappling with her own feelings towards Julian; she’s fallen in love with him, but parabatai are forbidden from falling in love. She and Julian sleep together (I didn’t know Shadowhunters had birth protection runes), and they even profess their love to each other, but pursuing anything means turning her back on the only family she’s known, which is something she can’t do. This is where I kind of got mad at Emma; to try and get Julian to fall out of love with her, she lies about being with Mark (which is honestly just a very bitchy thing to do). I’m pretty sure this is going to cause a lot more trouble in the coming books, considering things are complicated between Mark and Cristina.

The book finally ends with the epilogue in which we find out that Fade was actually successful in raising Annabel Lee from the dead, so I cannot wait to see how she is integrated into the story in the next book. I don’t know if I can wait an entire year for another Cassandra Clare book.

I really enjoyed this book; it definitely lived up to its hype, and Cassandra Clare is a genius in her own right. She’s skilfully developed her characters and built on this beautiful world she’s already developed so well. This book was called Cassandra Clare’s best work yet, but would I go so far as it call it her best work yet? Not really, no. The Infernal Devices is my favorite series and it will take a lot from her before she can trump that trilogy.

Final verdict: 5/5 stars

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