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review 2017-06-02 21:23
Good Story, Didn't Move Me Much Though
The Bear and the Nightingale: A Novel - Katherine Arden

Sorry for the short review. I finished this the other day. I found it to be a good story. I do have to say though that I don't see me reading the next book in this series. I thought the book had a lot of flow issues throughout. And I still don't get the big deal with the "Bear" in this story since his power seemed to be really lame to me. I was hoping for another retelling like we got with The Lunar Chronicles series, but I just wasn't feeling this one very much.

 

There is a fairy-tale told at the beginning of the book that the book we are reading follows in certain aspects. The character we follow for most of this story is Vasilisa. Though before the book focuses on her entirely it flits around focusing on her nursemaid, her father, her brothers, and then eventually her stepmother along with other characters.

 

I don't know if the book would have been stronger for me if this was told in Vasilisa's first person point of view. Maybe. I was intrigued by her character and the backstory to her mother's family. The book leaves some things unanswered (hence another book). I was able to put bits and pieces together though so you can guess at her mother's family background.

 

The writing was okay. I think that the author really needs another way to describe winter though. It gets old reading about how something felt or looked like winter sunshine. Or the colors of someone's eyes. At one point I think I read several paragraphs which had some character or another noting that Vasilisa was not attractive, but they could not stop staring at her for whatever reason.

 

The flow is what hung me up the most in this book. I felt like I was waiting for something to happen for most of this book. It takes a while for the action to get moving. And then even that drags some.

 

The ending leaves things on a cliffhanger (my least favorite literary device ever) so maybe that influenced my overall feelings toward this book.  

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text 2017-05-09 00:09
Bookstore trip
The Bear and the Nightingale: A Novel - Katherine Arden
Amberlough - Lara Elena Donnelly
Tender: Stories - Sofia Samatar
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas
Not Quite Narwhal - Jessie Sima,Jessie Sima

I went to a bookstore on Sunday to pick up 2 books I had ordered, and left with 5 books. 

 

Sofia Samatar's collection, Tender: Stories is out! That and Amberlough were on my order. I've heard so many good things about The Hate U Give that I picked up a copy just because I saw it on the shelf. The Bear and the Nightingale and Not Quite Narwhal were both recommendations from one of the women who works there. She has pretty good taste, I usually take her up on recommendations.

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review 2017-04-27 22:03
Review: The Nightingale Girls (The Nightingale Girls #1) by Donna Douglas
The Nightingale Girls - Donna Douglas

Although there is a lot of romance in the plotlines of this book, but it is definitely in the women's fiction genre. The books were published in the wake of the popularity of Call The Midwife (book and television show), but there is very little nursing since the main characters are in training.

 

There are a lot of characters to keep track of in this book, but the main characters are Helen, Amelia (Mille), and Dora - these three are student nurses at The Nightingale Hospital, founded to train nurses and doctors while also providing healthcare to the East End of London. It is 1934 and Britain is changing in a lot of ways - and not everyone is happy about that. The book deals many issues regarding class and societal structure - for example, Mille is titled daughter but wants to be a nurse rather than a socialite and Dora is from the East End and can't afford textbooks until months after starting her training.

 

Be ye warned - there is a scene where a child is beaten, there is sexual assault of a teen girl on the page, and multiple references to the sexual assault and other victims of same rapist throughout the book. It was tough reading at times. Still I look forward to book two in the series.

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Read for Booklikes-opoly, Paradise Pier 29 The Monorail

407 pages = $5.00 to the bank

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text 2017-04-23 00:49
Booklikes-opoly (Fourth Turn)
The Nightingale Girls - Donna Douglas

It is after midnight here in England and I just got home from doing the laundry. Figured I get this out of the way before going to bed.

 

Bank: $25.00

Previous Space: New Orleans Square 22

April 23rd Roll: 8 (6+2)

New Space: Paradise Pier 29 - The Monorail (book that has travel by air, an airplane on the cover, or set in a city with a subway system). I picked The Nightingale Girls (The Nightingales #1) by Donna Douglas because I need a good reason to start reading this series (I have five or six of the books on my NOOK). The London Underground started in 1863; the book starts in the 1930s in a London hospital. 407 pages on the NOOK; possible $5.00 added to the bank. I know I am not going to finish this in two days, but I hope to have it done in time for one more turn.

 

Edited to Add: Broken Tune in the comments section corrected me on how much the book is worth. I changed the amount to reflect the correct value. This is why you don't do math after midnight.

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review 2017-04-20 00:00
The Bear and the Nightingale: A Novel
The Bear and the Nightingale: A Novel - Katherine Arden A grand fantasy in a historic setting, The Bear and the Nightingale deserves every ounce of attention its received.

Vasilisa, known as Vasya, is the youngest child of a lord deep in the wilderness of medieval Rus. Her mother died giving birth to her so she has been mostly left to grow up roaming the countryside and dressing as she chooses. Stopping only to hear the stories around the stove at night. Vasya slowly becomes aware that she is the only one who sees the figures from those fairy stories - from the spirits who guard their homes and maintain the hearth to the supernatural predators of the watering holes. When her father remarries a devout Christian woman and a zealous and gifted priest comes to their Church, the villagers are frightened into giving up belief in their folklore. Something is stirring in the deep woods, however, and without the guardian spirits, Vasya may be the only one to stand in its way.

The book feels like an authentic depiction of the period, with the characters behaving in the way one would expect. Its also beautiful. Vasya's childhood is lovingly depicted, and when the supernatural plot kicks in it does not let up. Vasya's father, nurse, siblings, step-mother and various other characters, some of them real figures, add to the richness of the picture. This was a complete surprise for me and I'm happy to see that Arden has another book ready and waiting.
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