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text 2018-01-31 23:01
January Recap
Avenged (Ruined) - Amy Tintera
Shattered Minds - Laura Lam
Out of the Easy - Ruta Sepetys
The Dead List - Jennifer L. Armentrout
White Trash Zombie Gone Wild - Diana Rowland
Infinity + One - Amy Harmon
When I Am Through with You - Stephanie Kuehn
Our Kind of Cruelty: A Novel - Araminta Hall
Keep Her Safe: A Novel - K.A. Tucker,Roger Casey,Wendy Tremont King,Will Damron,Robin Eller,Simon & Schuster Audio
Cinder & Ella - Kelly Oram

A new year with new reads...and it's off to a good start.  Only one book under 3 stars and 1 DNF.  9 books rated 4☆ and above.  I changed up my review format this past month, I decided I wanted my process more simplified.  Who knows, maybe this one will stick.





(Audiobook) Avenged by Amy Tintera

Finish Date:  01/05

☆4.3☆Stars - Grade=A-


(Kindle eBook) Shattered Minds by Laura Lam

Finish Date:  01/09

☆4.2☆Stars - Grade=B+


(Audiobook) Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Finish Date:  01/12

☆5☆Stars - Grade=A


(Kobo eBook) The Dead List by Jennifer L Armentrout

Finish Date:  01/14

☆4.5☆Stars - Grade=A-


(Audible Audiobook) White Trash Zombie Gone Wild by Diana Rowland

Finish Date:  01/19

☆4.5☆Stars - Grade=A-


(Kindle eBook & Audiobook) Infinity+ One by Amy Harmon

Finish Date:  01/21

☆4.8☆Stars - Grade=A


(Audiobook) When I Am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn

Finish Date:  01/23

☆3.2☆Stars - Grade=C


(Netgalley eARC) Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall

Finish Date:  01/26

☆4☆Stars - Grade=B+


(Audiobook) Keep Her Safe by KA Tucker

Finish Date:  01/29

☆4.2☆Stars - Grade=B+


(Kindle eBook) Cinder + Ella by Kelly Oram

Finish Date:  01/31

 ☆4.3☆Stars - Grade=A-


Plus 1 DNF...

Renegades by Marissa Meyer - This just had too many characters to keep track of and I had no idea what was going on, so I gave up at 28%.


11 books total, 5 Audiobooks, 3 eBooks, 1 combo audio/eBook, 1 eARC, and 1 DNF'd Audiobook.

3,483 Pages (including Audios)



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review 2018-01-13 23:50
4.7/5 STARS - GRADE=A (Upgraded to 5/5)
Out of the Easy - Ruta Sepetys



Out of the Easy is my 555th read on Goodreads, so in honor of that, I upped my 4.7-star rating to a full 5 stars…because my 555th read needs a 5-star rating. 


Ruta Sepetys writes such vivid, compelling characters that just reel you in.  Josie is no exception, nor are any of the other characters, even the skeevy ones.  Along with Lauren Fortgang's narration, the time period and the atmosphere is captured perfectly in Out of the Easy.








Plot~ 4.5/5

Main Characters~ 5/5

Secondary Characters~ 5/5

The Feels~ 5/5

Pacing~ 5/5

Addictiveness~ 4.3/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 5/5 Cliffhanger~ No


Book Cover~ It's Doable…this one is better than the one with the yellow shirt.

Narration~ Very Good by Lauren Fortgang

Setting~ New Orleans 1950

Source~ Audiobook (Library)



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review 2017-09-12 00:00
Between Shades of Gray
Between Shades of Gray - Ruta Sepetys This story has tons of feels. It's about when Stalin was invading countries. The author's note speaks about how everyone knows of Hitler, but many don't know that Stalin was doing horrible things. Because of how Russia was communist until the 90's people weren't allowed to talk about it before so it isn't as known. Anyways, the Lithuanian people in the story were taken from their homes and loaded into railroad cars. Many died during the trip. It was horrible. They went to work camps. Some ended up in Siberia freezing to death. Parts are heartbreaking. It focuses a lot on the relationships between the people, not just all the horrible stuff that happened.
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review 2017-07-07 00:00
Out of The Easy
Out of The Easy - Ruta Sepetys Rating: To Come

I am so excited to get this book, I bought it online a few days ago and am desperate to get my nose in this book. I loved Ms. Sepetys other books, Salt to the Sea and Between Shade of Gray. This woman writes the most amazing stories full of heart and tragedy. It is such a pleasure to read her books even though the subject matter is anything but pleasurable. She writes from the heart, and you can tell in her writing style.

Full review to come for Out of the Easy soon!
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review 2017-05-26 23:43
Realistic Historical Fiction
Salt to the Sea - Ruta Sepetys

Audiobook, excellent narration
Intense survival historical fiction- be ready for some deep feels
A young adult novel that transports the reader to a horrendous time in history. It is the story of four fictional individuals evacuating/escaping during World War II who make their way to the ill-fated
doomed Wilhelm Gustloff the greatest sea disasters of all time. The individuals the story follows are Polish, Lithuanian, Prussian, and ? each has secrets, each different reasons for running. The Germans and Russians, the torture and abuse they did these people is semi cleansed making it suitable for younger or sensitive readers. I will warn you this is not a HEA type read it touches on the realistic fate of most refugees and the ship disaster. There is one sociopath German that is truly frightening.
I loved walking along with this group of people, the shoe poet was my personal favorite. His tales and warmth were amazing. I really enjoyed it and learned of a historical event I hadn't heard of before.

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