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review 2018-10-23 21:29
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Uprooted - Naomi Novik

I spent a sleepless night reading the story. I kid you not, I've slept only three hours because I couldn't put the book down. Thank heavens I'm on holiday. 
Uprooted was fantastic. Almost perfect. The world was so deliciously creepy. The Wood, the tower, even the castle was like a never ending spookfest. And I loved it - the tension, the danger. Absolutely freaking amazing. And it got even better because Agnieszka was the best heroine ever. I liked her magic and the way she destroyed her gowns. A true heroine with substance. But the best was her friendship with Kasia. I reveled in it because there are so few books about true friendship between females. A lot of books I've read have been about girls or women in men's world. Or when a female character has a female friend it usually ends with tears and backstabbing. 
I'm too tired and rambling already. I give it 4.5 stars. And the reason is the big battle at the end of the story. As I said before, I love tension and danger and the book can have death but this was just a meaningless slaughter.
Still, great book. Read it.

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review 2018-09-09 01:19
Uprooted
Uprooted - Naomi Novik

Every once in a blue moon, buying a book because of the gorgeous cover actually works out for me. (Which is probably why I keep doing it against my better judgment.)

 

This book is sooooo good!

 

“The power in the Wood isn’t some blind hating beast; it can think and plan, and work towards its own ends. It can see into the hearts of men, all the better to poison them.”

 

Uprooted has an amazing Brothers Grimm fairy tale vibe, weaving magic, suspense, horror, and a little romance into a tapestry every bit as gorgeous as the cover promises. This is one of those times that I want to gush about how much I loved the characters and their journeys, but I can’t find the words. I don’t even want to try. I just want to bask in this good-book afterglow.

 

One thing I will say, though, is that Agnieszka’s name is pronounced ag-NYESH-kah, which, being wholly ignorant in the pronunciation of Polish names, I thought would have been REALLY nice to know BEFORE I got to the Acknowledgments at the end of the book. So there you go. I saved you a Google search. ;)

 

I read this for the Halloween Bingo 2018 Cryptozoologist square.

 

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review 2018-09-06 01:54
Deserves the Hype
His Majesty's Dragon - Naomi Novik

I did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did.

 

Beyond the absolutely endearing dragon (and a book-lover dragon at that, how can you pack more win?) and the lovely friendship with Laurence, the setting goes into many issues I would not have expected it to, but that would be the logical result of dragons existing, being intelligent, and drafted into the military.

 

It made me laugh, and think, and I mowed through most of it in one sitting. Full stars.

 

 

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text 2018-09-05 21:25
Reading progress update: I've read 240 out of 353 pages.
His Majesty's Dragon - Naomi Novik

This talk of whores and marriage! I can't stop laughing! Then it's tempered with the awww bit. And then

 

“I am merely curious, now, if that is all there is in Dover,” Temeraire said. “For Roland is too young for whores, is she not?”

 

Aaand back to the giggle fest

 

Edit: Now they talk about children and the long lives of dragons, and the difficulties of relationships for aviators, and it all adds up to the natural conclusion and I'm gasping for breath from pure mirth.

 

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text 2018-09-05 05:02
Reading progress update: I've read 160 out of 353 pages.
His Majesty's Dragon - Naomi Novik

“Oh, yes, that would be splendid too; we could read that next,” Temeraire said. “It is very nice how many books there are, indeed; and on so many subjects.”

 

I can't get over this. A book-lover dragon. A book-wyrm. So cute. *squee*

 

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