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Between Shades of Gray

by AmeliaCogin

It is very rare to find a book which occupies your thoughs all day, every day. A book which is so captivating, it transports you, takes you on a journey, and you never, ever want that journey to end. A book in which you connect so deeply with the main character, you cry for her, sympathise with her.

I believe I have found the rarest gem of them all.

Between Shades of Gray is a first-person narrative. Lina, a fifteen year-old-girl, is taken from her home in war-time Lithuania with her mother and brother. Lina's family is seperated from her father, and the hope of seeing him alive once again spurrs her on, envigorates her to keep living. It is that same hope, aswell as first love, which keeps Lina alive and sane amidst death and violence.

This book was wonderful. Simply wonderful. It hasn't a flaw. It has moved me in a way I didn't know a book could. I would recommend it to anyone. It was magnificent. The author is Ruta Sepetys. Check it out!

~ Amelia

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Sun Aug 28, 2011 4:16 pm
TheButtonWorks wrote a review...

Oh. Your review alone is quite enough to make me add this to my reading list.

This reminds me of another, quite different story I've read - Nicholas and Alexandra. I don't remember the author's name, but it was a story about the last royal family of Russia. And how the Tsarevich's (the prince's) illness was connected to the Russian Revolution. It's the 'other side' of History, the stuff we aren't taught.

This novel you speak of - Between Shades of Grey - is a historical family novel, isn't it? Or is it a historical romance? It doesn't matter. I'm a sucker for both genres. :D

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Fri Jun 24, 2011 10:42 pm
JustMeNathalie says...

I totally agree! I just read Between Shades of Gray and I thought it was amazing. It's such a great book.


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