best book of 2016

Book Review: Salt To The Sea by Ruta Sepetys

BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR. 

HANDS DOWN.

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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.