Historical fiction has never really been my thing. However, every once and a while an excellent historical fiction book with come along that I just ca...moreHistorical fiction has never really been my thing. However, every once and a while an excellent historical fiction book with come along that I just can't put down. Between Shades of Gray is one of those books. I have a serious undying love for it. Ruta Sepetys has woven a tale from threads of despair and truth to create the story of a brave girl, her family, and friends who suffer through hardships for many years. This novel is touching and heartbreaking, yet it is also heartwarming how close these people become. I was drawn into a world of misfortune and the love that can blossom inside of it. This book captured me from page 1 until the very end -- I couldn't put it down! The characters gained my affections immediately -- I rooted for Lina, cried over the deaths, and swooned over Andrius. The most complex character, who really caught my eye, was Kretzsky; as much as I wanted to hate him, I just couldn't. You know a book is amazing when the characters are real, deep, and have more than just a one-sided personality. This is one of my FAVORITE books of all time. I would recommend it to everyone, no matter young or old, boy or girl, and what type of books you enjoy. Between Shades of Gray is a riveting novel that will stay in your heart forever.(less)
EDIT: Re-reading this book seriously brought back all my love for it. It's just.. awesome. Charlie's point of view captivates me. He really has a uniqu...moreEDIT: Re-reading this book seriously brought back all my love for it. It's just.. awesome. Charlie's point of view captivates me. He really has a unique way of thinking that's endearing but also makes you think about things you never did before. Can't wait to see the movie!!
March 6th, 2011 Right from the first letter, I loved Charlie. He's very real and has a unique voice that anybody can appreciate. You can't help but love this book; it's filled with heart wrenching moments, humourous conversations, and wisdom. Charlie isn't like any book character I've read before -- he really gets you thinking about even the smallest things in life. To me this book is extremely original, and no one can capture the writing style of it. The Perks of Being a Wallflower made me laugh and cry at just the right times. I'd recommend it to anyone. :) (less)
Honestly, when I decided to read this book I had very low expectations. I didn't even expect myself to finish it! See, I'm not a huge fan of books tha...moreHonestly, when I decided to read this book I had very low expectations. I didn't even expect myself to finish it! See, I'm not a huge fan of books that are set in the past. They've just never really drawn me in, I guess. However, the intriguing cover and great synopsis filled with tantalizing witchcraft drew me in. OH THANK WHOEVER THAT IT DID!
I'm officially addicted to this book. Everything about it is just perfect to me! Each and every character had a distinct personality -- just because they are supposed to be proper ladies doesn't mean they are. None of the characters were bland. Even the most irritating ones had their strong points. And hey, you don't want to LOOOVE every single character. Sometimes you just need someone to hate! I just couldn't hate any of them though, even Tereasa, who grated on my nerves at points. Another thing I adore is the writing style and pacing. Kate Brian really brings the 1915th world to life. Not one thing was bland, and I had clear, vivid images if the setting thanks to the perfect descriptions (everything was described, but it wasn't freaking long and dull)! The characters as well as the setting really popped and came to life. I've heard some things about how the pacing in this book is incredibly slow, but I couldn't disagree more. In my opinion the pacing was perfectly.. well, paced! This book was full of exciting moments ranging from small to heart pounding, but not every single moment was filled with intense moments, which makes me worship this book at the more. Some books try so hard not to be dull that the authors try to cram action packed scenes on every page, which is not a good thing because then there's no substance! Every word of every page was interesting, and it didn't have to be action packed to do so. The way this book ties in the paranormal with 1915 life is outstanding! Nothing seems fake or forced in. This book has the perfect balance -- without the paranormal part you couldn't have the rest of this book, and vice versa. A lot of paranormal books seem over the top with no real content, but with The Book of Spells that's not the case. There is more to this novel then witchcraft, although that plays a big part in it. Bottom line? I'M ADDICTED. I think I've found a new favorite book. I havn't even read the Private series, so you don't have to either if you're contemplating reading this book. I'd recommend it to anybody. I didn't think I'd like it, but look at me now~ <3(less)