Book Review: Salt To The Sea by Ruta Sepetys




I really don’t know how or where to start this review. It was perfect in all the good and painful ways. It’s weird to love so much a book about a ship that sank in World War II, but you won’t understand all my hype until you read it. It was totally unexpected and satisfying  and sad and I LOVED IT.

First of all, I read this book because authors like Leigh Bardugo and Maggie Stiefvater read it and loved it. As long as I remember, I always been interested in World War 2 topic. I really can’t remember when was the last time I read a historical fiction novel, but this is definitely the first YA historical fiction book I read.

This is a fast read. The story alternates chapter between 4 main characters. Each chapters are short and very straight on point. I personally never got lost because each of the characters are totally different from each other. They all have a story, a secret and a shocking past. As the story develops, their lives join and secrets begin to be revealed and relationships begin to get strong. The character I connected with right away was Joana. She’s a nurse and though she’s different from me in so many ways, I imagined myself as her. Also, there’s is long brown hair guy that I couldn’t resist to like. The more you read, the more you’ll want to know about them and care for them. I couldn’t stop reading. When I finished it, I was a mess of tears. I horribly sobbed. I thought I knew what was going to happen that even at one point I thought about stop reading it. I felt that somebody was throwing knives at me or torturing me, but I let hope win and kept reading.

I don’t think I’ll ever be over this book. This review is nothing compared to my feelings for  it. I can’t stop thinking about it. It was my type of book, it has the kind of love story I love reading, it was unpredictable, sad, hopeful, real, honest, perfect.

Salt To The Sea is a masterpiece.

Ruta Sepetys has won my soul.


  1. I absolutely adore this book for all of the reasons you stated above. I love that it covers an event that is constantly overlooked but remains to be one of the greatest maritime tragedies of our time. The short chapters definitely helped keep the pace moving and I loved seeing how these four characters meet and the connections they build between each other. I was sobbing my heart out when I reached the end. This book is both tragic and hopeful. A win win combination. I’m glad you enjoyed it as much as I did. 😀


  2. AH, I have heard nothing but fantastic things about this novel. Granted, the reason I haven’t picked up a Sepetys novel is because I’m not HUGE on historical fiction unless I KNOW I will enjoy it, but this seems like a read I’ll be picking up soon. :3 Great review, Melanie!


  3. This was also my all time favorite book of the year so far! It’s SO hard to believe that this horrible tragedy isn’t more widely known about! I was excited seeing all of your updates on Twitter because I think that everyone needs to read this book! If you really like WWII historical fiction, you should read Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse and Front Lines by Michael Grant! Those were two more of my favorite books of this year! Great review!

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