Sunday, June 16, 2013

Between Shades Of Gray
By Ruta Sepetys

This is NOT a part of the Shades of Gray series! I don't know how many people gave me disgusted looks while I was reading this, and I had to explain to them that I was not reading porn in school, because it is not. The shades of gray in this case refers to the areas between right and wrong, sometimes called the gray area.

4 out of 5

Fifteen year old Lina Vilkas was a happy child living in Lithuania, that is until they came for her family. Taken in the middle of the night Lina, her brother Jonas, and their mother are marched out of their house by the NKVD (Soviet police) and put on to a train with other people on the list. This story explains Lina's journey across Russia and Siberia as the NKVD take them from prison camp to labor camp to worse.

I thought this was really good! It really showed a part of WWII that doesn't get talked about a lot and I thought that was amazing. When I was reading it, it reminded me a lot of Code Name Verity because it discussed things that did happen, but that we don't learn about in school. I thought Lena was an amazing lead character, and she was so brave and she never gave up hope of living through her ordeal. If you like WWII, which I do, this is a great book to read.


  1. Hi Leanne!

    I came across your blog through goodreads, so I figured to stop by and say hello! I'm now following your blog :)

    That is so sad that you have to actually put a disclaimer on your blog because people automatically assume this book is a part of the 50 Shades of Gray series LOL! While I doubt this author didn't intend for that to happen, there are other authors out there that like to use that play on words to get their book noticed. Sad, but true!

    This book does sound really interesting. I've noticed recently that more movies and books are starting to explore parts of WWII that hardly is talked about which I think is cool. The book cover is beautiful!

    If you like stories about WWII but you are looking for something different, I suggest checking out a movie called LORE. The movie takes place at the end of WWII and is from the perspective of a German girl whose parents get arrested (they were strong Nazi believers) and she must take care of her younger siblings. On their journey she meets and is saved by a Jewish boy and tries to fight her attraction to him because she was taught to hate Jews. Very interesting movie.

    Anyway! Sorry to write a book here! Feel free to stop by my blog sometime. Always looking for new blogger buddies to chat with!

    Best Wishes,
    Mia @ The Muses Circle

    1. Thanks Mia for commenting. I really liked this book, and I have always been fascinated by WWII. I will check out that movie and see what I think about it. I looked at your blog too and I am following it. Thanks for the input and I hope we can trade suggestions again sometime.