BOOK REVIEW: Out Of The Easy – by Ruta Sepetys

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Title: Out Of The Easy
Author: Ruta Sepetys
Genre: YA, Historical Fiction, Mystery
First published: February 12th 2013
Publisher: Philomel Books
Finished reading: July 7th 2016
Pages: 346
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“Sometimes we set off down a road thinkin’ we’re goin’ one place and we end up another. But that’s okay. The important thing is to start.”

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I have been wanting to read another Ruta Sepetys novel ever since I finished Between Shades Of Gray last year. Since I don’t have a copy of her newest novel yet Out Of The Easy was an easy choice, especially since this title has been recommended to me various times in the past. I’m glad I finally took the time to read this story, because I really enjoyed reading it! In a way it’s difficult to compare the two books because the setting in Out Of The Easy is completely different, but I think I have found my new favorite Ruta Sepetys novel. The 1950s setting in the French Quarter of New Orleans is really well done and I truly felt like I was transported back to that era while I was reading this novel. Both the prose and character development are also excellent and it was really easy to connect to the main character Josie Moraine. I liked how determined she is to change her life even though she’s had a rough start, and also enjoyed the fact that the book shop was quite an important part of the story. The plot itself is also interesting and I definitely didn’t see some of the plot twists coming. If you like a well written, fast-paced and interesting historical fiction read, make sure to try Out Of The Easy!

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Josie Moraine has had a rough childhood growing up as the daughter of a brothel prostitute in the French Quarter of New Orleans. She doesn’t want to end up like her mother and is determined to make more out of her life… But things aren’t easy. She has been living in the book shop she works for quite a few years now, and is currently working on a plan to make it out of New Orleans and start a new life in college somewhere. But her plans get a whole lot more complicated when a mysterious death in the Quarter might be linked back to her or her mother… She isn’t close to her mother in the first place, and Josie is even more worried now her mother’s old ‘boyfriend’ is back in town looking for trouble. Josie is now caught between her dreams of attending an elite college and a clandestine underworld… Will she be able to escape New Orleans?

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Historical fiction is a genre I enjoy reading in general, and Out Of The Easy is definitely one of my favorites of the year. The setting, prose and character development are excellent and I really felt like I was right there in the 1950s along with the characters. All in all it was a very entertaining read that combines character development with action and a novel that is definitely worth reading if you like the genre!

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

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I was tagged for the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag earlier this month by Ajoobacats Blog and I thought it was a great way to review the books I’ve read so far this year! Here we go…


1. Best Book You’ve Read Yet in 2016.

I seriously can’t narrow it down to just one… So I’m going to cheat and pick a favorite for various genres.

  • Fantasy

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A Darker Shade Of Magic by V.E. Schwab

  • Historical Fiction

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All The Light We Cannot See by Antony Doerr

  • Contemporary / Romance

I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

  • Mystery /Thriller

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All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

YA (Ok, I cheated a little with this category, but I couldn’t NOT mention this book)

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The Conspiracy Of Us by Maggie Hall

2. Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2016.

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That would be between A Gathering Of Shadows by V.E. Schwab and Map Of Fates by Maggie Hall. Both sequels weren’t as strong as the first book, but still great reads!

3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To.

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There are SO many new releases I want to read! But this month I’m definitely going to try The Fire Child by S.K. Tremayne.

4. Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year.

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Without doubt Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo.

5. Biggest Disappointment.

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That would be between All The Birds In The Sky by Charlie Jane Anders and Daughter Of Smoke And Bone by Laini Taylor.

6. Biggest Surprise.

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All The Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry

7. Favorite New Author.

I’ve discovered many great new authors this year, but my favorites would be both Maggie Hall and V.E. Schwab.

8. Newest Fictional Crush.

Ehm, I don’t know? I have to confess I never actually have a crush on characters… Call me cheesy, but I’m already too in love with my hubby. 😉

9. Newest Favorite Character.

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I love the Shades Of Magic characters!

10. Book That Made You Cry.

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Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider

11. Book That Made You Happy.

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Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

12. Favorite Book to Film Adaptation.

I’m not sure I have seen any of this year’s book to film adaptations yet… Shocking, I know.

13. Favorite Post You Have Done This Year.

Call me a nerd, but I love numbers and graphics. 25 TBR Jar Picks: The Numbers was a fun post to write! As was January-April 2016: The Numbers

14. Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year.

I think it’s impossible to pick just one or even a few favorite covers. There are so many gorgeous ones out there!

15. What Books Do You Need to Read by the End of the Year.

What about all the books on my TBR pile? Something impossible, I know I know. But these below are a few that are on my priority list:

  • A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas
  • An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  • Broken Hearts, Fences And Other Things To Mend by Katie Finn
  • Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
  • More Than This by Patrick Ness
  • Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  • Room by Emma Donoghue
  • Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
  • Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
  • Talon by Julie Kagawa
  • The Bird And The Sword by Amy Harmon
  • The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
  • The Museum Of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Feel free to consider yourself tagged if you’d like to join as well. Have a great week everyone! ❤