Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys.

If you’ve followed my blog, you know I went on an Out of the Easy New Orleans tour back in July (here’s the link: http://bookreviewsbyava.tumblr.com/post/124327243159/out-of-the-easy-by-ruta-sepetys-french-quarter ) and that was when I officially discovered my love for Ruta Sepetys’s books. She’s the whole package- a great writer who chooses words wisely and creates you’re not soon to forget. So when I got the chance to review her new book, Salt to the Sea, I was thrilled. I didn’t think it could live up to Between Shades of Gray however. Boy was I wrong.

Salt to the Sea is about four teens. Joana, who you might recognize from Sepetys’s debut, is a Lithuanian deserter and nurse. Florian is a Prussian who restores art, and is Emilia the Polish girl he finds in the woods, who’s hiding a big secret. Finally, there’s Alfred, a Nazi ship worker. Throughout their journey through Eastern Europe and its seas, these four young people fight for their country, their family, and, most importantly, their sanity.

Ruta Sepetys’s third novel is a doozy, packed with love, loss, and history, not to be missed this winter. You can pick it up in stores February 2016.

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