Thursday, July 5, 2012

Review: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

"It's 1941 and fifteen-year-old artist Lina Vilkas is on Stalin's extermination list. Deported to a prison camp in Siberia, Lina fights for her life, fearless, risking everything to save her family. It's a long and harrowing journey and it is only their incredible strength, love, and hope that pull Lina and her family through each day. But will love be enough to keep them alive?"
Title: Between Shades of Gray
Author: Ruta Sepetys
Release Date: March 22, 2011
Publisher: Philomel Books
Pages: 344, Hardcover

"Sometimes there is such beauty in awkwardness."-Between Shades of Gray, pg. 161 (paperback)

Um. Yeah.

I can't really talk right now. This book was absolutely amazing. Let's just list out some verbs that describe this book:

  • Captivating
  • Fascinating
  • Phenomenal
  • Outstanding
  • Inspirational

This book leaves you:

  • Breathless
  • Satisfied
  • Wanting more from Ruta!

This is a pretty crappy review, but what I'm saying is: GO READ THE BOOK. Right now. If you loved Night by Elie Wiesel, you'll love this one as well. Guys, I teared up. **Almost cried. My tears were about to legitimately roll down my face but then the moment was over because I was reading so fast and I couldn't stop since it was just so intense and now I can't stop rambling about how amazing this book is-----

Go read it.

P.S. I love Andrius. Like so much.

Grade: A+++

Source: Library (paperback)


  1. I've heard really great things about this book but seriously you really got me at, "If you loved Night by Elie Wiesel." That is one of my all time favorite books EVER. Now I can't wait to pick this one up. Thanks for the review!

    1. Right?! They are both so so amazing. No problem, thanks for stopping by! :)

  2. I LOVED this book!!!! I meet the author a few months ago, and she was super super nice too!!! She actually spent some time in a Lithuanian prison as research for the book. The fake guards would actually beat the fake prisoners!!! Great review, totally agree :D

  3. What a great review. This sounds like a MUST READ. I'm going to go request it from my library right this minute :) Thanks!