Hello book lovers and happy May!
How have you been the past month? Since March was such a slow reading and reviewing month for us, we were very happy that April was the total opposite. Besides reading and reviewing books from our ever growing TBR, we were able to review a few ARCs as well as our first two NetGalley books! Yay! In case you’ve missed a few reviews, here are the links once again for you to catch up:
And here is a list of our reads and hopeful reviews in May:
The Summer Remains by Seth King, The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda, The Siren by Kiera Cass, The Queen and the Cure by Amy Harmon, Here’s to Tomorrow by Teagan Hunter, and Wait for Me by Caroline Leech.
Lots of bookish love,
♥ Ashley & Sabrina ♥
I have been drawn to books detailing the struggles of people during World War II since I have been a child. For that reason, I wanted a chance to read this book for years. Finally I was able to check it out through Overdrive from my library and was anxious to be transported back in time.
The story begins in Lithuania with Lina, her mother, and younger brother being deported by Soviet officers in a filthy train car to a place they had never experienced before – Siberia. Lina and her family, along with others that become family to her, are forced to work in cruel conditions at labor camps for Stalin’s regime. Lina uses her love for art as a tool to tell the story of the horrors she faced, despite the danger of her drawings being discovered. She hopes her art will help her father make his way back to her family after she finds him in a separate train car going to a different location.
In the first few pages of this story, I was confused about what was taking place because I had not seen the mention of the characters being Jewish. I even stopped reading to ask my husband, who happens to be a History major, if he could clear up my confusion. We were both stumped. Eventually I came to realize through my reading that only one of the characters was in fact, Jewish. The deportations were actually a result of “Sovietization” and the result of Communism in Russia. Citizens from the Baltic states were removed, murdered, or forced into labor camps to further the agenda of Stalin. This was an unfamiliar aspect of history to both my husband and me. Continue reading “Between Shades of Gray – Review”