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Author: Ruta Sepetys
Date: January 29th, 2013

     It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street.

     Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test.

     With characters as captivating as those in her internationally bestselling novel Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys skillfully creates a rich story of secrets, lies, and the haunting reminder that decisions can shape our destiny.

     Ruta Sepetys made my favorite author list on her first book, Between Shades of Gray and with this next book, set in a different time and a different message I just can't wait to see her characters and the decisions they all face. In Between Shades of Gray, there was a depth to every character and the decisions they faced felt real and the empathy and sorrow I felt through the book felt raw and real at every turn. If you haven't, read the review to see in detail why I loved the book in further detail.

     Here however, with a girl who wants out of the brother world and wants more out of the world than what the underworld offers. Josie, is one of those characters that already I know there's depth to her and I want to read more about who she is and the life she leads. As well, the environment has the same potential, in the underbelly of society, most people don't see what goes on there often, and pulls people into it, and the imagination runs wild with possibilities.

     The question I have here, I  understand that a death causes Josie to get involved in an investigation, and there is talk of some sort of temptation. What are the temptations, like getting into the whole brothel life and choosing that for herself, greed/money? I am confused on what sort of temptations are being implied to here. Now back to t he death, why is Josie involved? Was she in the room, a friend? A synopsis like this would annoy me and usually turn me away from the book, but there is enough that's pulling me into the book and of course it's Ruta, she won't let me down.
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