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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 2018-07-24 17:46
Uprooted
Uprooted - Naomi Novik

I Liked: the world building, the magic and how it differed from person to person. 

 

I Disliked: most of the characters. Dragon held himself above everyone on his holy crusade and was rude to all around him. Nieshka was dense and ran headlong into trouble without thought of consequences. Falcon was pretty much every stereotypical court wizard with his own hidden agenda to get ahead and usurp the one stronger than him. The king and prince were awful humans. I only liked the Crown Prince, what little we got of him before he bit the dust. I at least enjoyed Kasia and the little prince and princess there at the end. 

 

And the end struggles were well done. But this book would have been better if they had left out 200 pages. It was dense and repetitive. Our young willow witch learning the same damn lessons over and over the hard way because she refuses to listen and Dragon not really teaching her anything so much and commanding knowledge into her thick head.

 

The Wood and all that revolved around it kept me going. I really liked the walkers. I would be the one keeping the giant stick bugs as pets. 

 

Over all, mediocre but not terrible. I wanted to get this done so I could read Spinning Silver. Now I'm a little worried it will be more of the same dense prose.

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text 2018-07-21 21:53
Reading progress update: I've listened 700 out of 1080 minutes.
Uprooted - Naomi Novik

The Dragon is a nasty fellow and Nieshka is as stupid as they come.

 

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text 2018-07-20 18:29
Reading progress update: I've listened 60 out of 1080 minutes.
Uprooted - Naomi Novik

I guess while I was enjoying a mini staycation here at home with a friend from Florida, my copy of the audiobook for Stars Above returned to the library. Even though I was checking them to make sure they didn't expire. Oh well. But this one I caught literally 36 minutes before return and renewed it. Now that my friend has gone on her way I'm back to working on my cross stitch and listening. 

 

 

 

Everyone looks super tan next to me, the vampire queen. Lol

 

I'm also in the middle.of my Smart Pill study, so I'm wearing this clunky device on a lanyard or in my hoodie pocket and every time I use the bathroom or eat I have to hit the "event" button and record what i did in a journal. It's....interesting. But now we have a new running joke in the house. "Get out of the bathroom! I need it! There's about to be an event!"

 

It's also 106 degrees here. Who left the gates of Hell open? You're in so much trouble.

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video 2018-04-14 22:03

Not featured is the book I somehow forgot about, Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu.

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