Uprooted by Naomi Novik – Review

Author:Naomi Novik 

Genre:Fantasy /Young Adult

Standalone or Series: Standalone 

Publisher: Del Ray

Uprooted is the story of Agnieszka – she is a young woman who lives in a small village with her family and her best friend the beautiful and enigmatic Kasia but there is a dark side to Agnieszka’s world. Her village is on the edge of a dark, magical wood, a wood that destroys and kills everything it touches. Agnieszka and her people are protected from the wood by the Dragon. A fearsome wizard employed by the King to live in a tower on the edge of the wood and protect the people with magic but the Dragons protection comes with a price. Every ten years he will come to the village and take a girl to go and live with him in the tower. Ten years he will keep her and after that the girls are let go, often they try to go back to live with their families but they can’t. The girls are much changed and each girl has left the village never to return.

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“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

Agnieszka knows that Kasia will be taken by the Dragon, he always picks the most beautiful, most talented girl Kasia is all those things. When the day of the choosing arrives and all the girls a rowed up for the Dragon’s choosing the Dragon takes a look at Kasia but instead he chooses Agnieszka-scruffy, plain Agnieszka. Agnieszka will soon learn that everything in the Dragon’s tower is not as it seems and it is not just Agnieszka who will learn- the Dragon will also find himself. (And if you like a Wizard with an attitude problem you will love the Dragon!)

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What did I think?

I really enjoyed Uprooted it is a slow paced, fairy tale which felt to me to have Russian influences. Agnieszka and the Dragon have a really interesting love/hate (mostly love…confusion,sometimes disgust <3) relationship and something I really enjoyed about this book was their slow burning romance . It wasn’t to intense, or to in your face it was just there, sadly though I felt the relationship (for me at least) was never quite fore-filled and was disappointed by their lack of conclusion.

The story and character development in Uprooted is very well done and I really enjoyed Noami’s writing style. Her style is quite slow but as I read on I could really feel the story building around her words and as I turned each page was desperate for a conclusion.

Over all I would give this a Paint and Butterflies rating of 4/5 stars I would highly recommend for anyone who enjoys a fairy-tale with Russian influences, Wizards and Witches and a Dragon with a serious attitude problem!

Happy reading everyone!

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Top Ten Tuesday -Ten Books that have Stuck with Me

Hi Guys and welcome to Top Ten Tuesday- Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly Meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish this weeks topic was a freebie so I chose ‘Ten Books that have Stuck with me’. As a reader I read a lot of books but there are a special few that I know will stay with me always and forever.

P.S I Love You by Cecelia Ahern 

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Cecelia Ahern is one of my favourite authors she is so reliable and always rights stories that draw me in. P.S I Love You (which she wrote when she was 21 btw!) Is the story of Gerry and his beloved wife Holly, when Gerry dies from Cancer he leaves her 1 years worth of letters that come to her in unique and different ways, all with the aim of building her life back together. All signed P.S I Love You.

 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I know the classic tale of Elizabeth and Darcy inside out and will treasure it forever if you haven’t read Pride and Prejudice I recommend it highly and it is a great starter classic for the non-classic reader.

You Had me at Hello by Mhairi McFarlane

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Such a brilliant modern romance novel (I don’t like the term chick lit it’s so demoralizing!) A real the one that got away story, I have never shipped two people more! Flashing back and forth from university to the present day this is a heart wrenching and really funny read ❤

Summer in February by Jonathan Smith

 

Summer in February has such a special in my heart it is based in the real life diaries of Captain Gilbert Evans the Diaries were adapted into novel form by author Jonathan Smith. The book follows a group of Pre-WW1  artists in Lamorna, Cornwall, England, the artists commune had members such as A.J Munnings and Harold and Laura Knight. The story follows Gilbert and his best friend A.J as they both fall in love with the same woman and her later struggles with her mental health and suicide attempts that were to follow. The story is sat in the fringes of the first world war when the world is just waiting to burst in flames. Beautifully written and tragic Summer in February is one of my all time favourite novels, it also has a stunning movie adaptation staring Emily Browning.

To read my review of the film click here.

 Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte 

I have mixed feeling about Wuthering Heights, it’s third person narrative being one but this is a list of books that have stayed with me not my favourite books of all time. Kathy and Heathcliff are probably two of the most dislikeable lovers ever written but still their story has stayed with me and when I am feeling the need to read something cold and dark I’m sure I’ll pick up Wuthering Heights once more.

The Silver Linings Playbook by Mathew Quick 

One of the best books I’ve read where the man character/s are suffering from mental health issues. Really funny also and so quotable.

“Let me tell ya. You gotta pay attention to signs. When life reaches out with a moment like this it’s a sin if you don’t reach back… I’m telling you.”

On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves 

A teacher/ student romance, set on a deserted island, after a plane crash. I promise if you read this you will cry, I repeat YOU WILL CRY.

Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 

This is a short novel that is so beautifully written that every sentence is quotable. Sometimes I would read pages over and over again just to take in the beauty of the language but the most beautiful thing of all is the story- A MUST READ.

Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes 

Me Before is probably my favourite book of 2015, I remember it being a Sunday when I read it and I starting reading (meaning only to read a chapter or so) and when I looked around it was dark, the day had gone and I had finished the whole thing. Lou Clarke the main character in this novel was so relateable to me at that time in my life and her relationship with Will was so beautiful and funny. I must re-read this before the movie comes out in March 2016 – staring Emilia Clarke from Game of Thrones as Lou.

My Me Before You Movie Update

My Me Before You Book Review

The Host by Stephanie Meyer 

I always think Stephanie Meyer gets a bad rep because of (cough) Twilight. But if Twilight is the reason you haven’t read The Host yet then you are missing out. I have read this book twice now and I’m really not a re-reader. The earth has been invaded and Melanie’s body has been taking over by the alien species known as Souls, a Soul called Wanda.

To read a full in-depth review of The Host click here.

So that’s it! I hope you enjoyed my Top Ten Tuesday, happy reading everyone!

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The Classics Book Tag

Hi everyone –  I have just seen this Classics Tag over at Erika Bookventureland the Tag was originally created by It’s a Book World. Reading more classics is one of my goals for 2016 but for now here’s a look at the classics I’ve read so far and what I hope to read in 2016 and beyond.

An over-hyped classic you didn’t really like.

I’m really on the fence about Wuthering Heights, I love the story in its self but I don’t think it’s written in the best way. I think it’s the fact it’s being told from the perspective of a guest at Wuthering Heights. Everything that happens to the characters is second/third hand information if it was from Kathy and Heathcliffs POV I think the story would have resented much more with me. I adore the (2009) adaptation with Tom Hardy though definitely worth watching.

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Kathy and Heathcliff (2009)

Favourite time period to read about.

I really enjoy reading about World War I & II some of my favourites are Bird Song and Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman.

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Favourite Fairy Tale. 

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My favourite fairy tale is probably Cinderella the idea of being down on your luck and being rescued appeals to most of us when we’re feeling low. But I can’t deny that Beauty and the Beast comes a close second, Belle is a lover of books after all!

What is the most embarrassing classic you haven’t read?

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Probably Jane Eyre, thanks to endless adaptations I am very familiar with the story and prefer to read books when I don’t know the plot. But Jane Eyre is on my tbr for 2016 because I’m thinking it’s about time.

Top 5 classics you would like to read soon.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

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Emma by Jane Austen

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (I have actually started this and so far so good, the BBC series is what inspired by to start reading this and Mr. Thornton I just… ❤

1984 by George Orwell

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Favourite modern book/series based on a classic.

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Splintered by A.G Howard is a modern day YA Re-telling of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. If you like Alice in Wonderland, fairy-tales and a love triangle to end all love triangles then this three book series is for you.

Favourite movie/tv show based on a classic.

This is a tough one because there are some great adaptations out there but for me Pride and Prejudice would have to be fave. Mathew McFadden has to be my  favourite Darcy (sorry Colin!)

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Worst classic adaptation. 

The most recent adaptation of Anna Karenina, I am a fan of Keira Knightly  and watch most of her films but this particularly adaptation was filmed in a very particular style almost like it was filmed in a theatre and I just didn’t enjoy it.

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Favourite edition you would like to collect (more) classics from.

I love the Penguin English Library editions I already have a few and hope to carry on collecting.

An underhyped classic you’d recommend to everyone.

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Cheerful Weather for the Wedding by Julia Strachey to read my review of the film adaptation click here.

And here are my tags! 🙂

Carries Book Reviews

Art and Soul

The Book Finch

Comfy Reading

Your Daughters Book Shelf

Hope you enjoyed my classics tag, happy reading everyone!

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WWW Wednesday 20/1/2016

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Taking On a World of Words. (Formally hosted at Should Be Reading)

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The only rules are to answer the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading

Gloria Stienem

I am currently reading two books at the moment, this is unusual for me I’m normally a one book at a time type of girl but I am currently taking part in Our Shared Shelf which if you don’t know is Emma Watson’s feminist book club. The book this month is My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem, I will be reviewing this at the end of January.

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I have also just started Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn I have had a copy of this book for a while but tend to stay away from Crime/Mystery books until I am really in the mood. I have managed to go unspoiled so far so needless to say no spoilers please!

Recently Finished

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I recently finished reading Uprooted by Noami Novik I really enjoyed this Russian fairy-tale esk stand alone, but I don’t want to go into this to deeply as I have a full review coming SOON!

Reading Next 

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I don’t plan my reading to much I tend to go with my mood but I am hoping to start Howl and Other Poems by Allan Ginsberg next.

I hope you enjoyed by WWW Wednesday happy reading everyone!

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books I’ve Recently Added to my TBR

Hi Guys and welcome to Top Ten Tuesday- Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly Meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish this weeks topic is books I’ve recently added to my TBR pile.

So I have found my TBR pile changing recently go back two years and I’m sure my reading habits or regular reading would predominantly be filled with Young Adult. It’s not that I only read YA because I didn’t it’s just I really enjoyed reading that genre particular fantasy but flash forward to now and I think I have come to a point where I want to expand my reading or perhaps I already have over the last year or so it’s just lists like this that make it clear to me by how much. I still read YA don’t get me wrong and I am always looking for that Young Adult book that breaks convention and isn’t the same as all the rest but it seems the books I have added to my TBR recently are an eclectic bunch and I hope my reading habits continue to grow and change this way.

  1. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

2. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

I have recently seen the adaptation for And Then There Were None and War and Peace is currently showing on the BBC  both adaptations have really inspired me to read these novels. I might start doing an episode by episode review of War and Peace (BBC)

3. Crow by Ted Hughes

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I am gradually reading more poetry I recently was gifted Grief is a Thing with Feathers which is based on Crow. I feel I need to read Crow before I start Grief.

4. The Girls by Emma Cline

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Rumour has it this is the hot book for summer 2016!

5. The Chimes by Anna Smaill

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This has been on my TBR ever since it was Longlisted for the Manbooker .

6. The Longest Ride by Nicolas Sparks

What can I say I’m a sucker for a war time romance… (When I finally get round to reading this it will be my third Nicolas Sparks- Dear John and The Notebook are all I have read from his back catalog).

7. The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

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I’ve actually already started this the title story The Opposite of Loneliness is so beautiful I already want to re-read.

8. Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg

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9. The Winter King by Bernard Cornwall

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I recently read The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell which was adapted for television in 2015. I really enjoyed the pace and writing style so I sought out The Winter King a Arthurian Legend based novel, I’m a bit of a geek for anything King Arthur I blame the t.v show Merlin. #Fangirl

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10. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

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I’ve heard good things.

I hope you enjoyed my Top Ten Tuesday Happy reading everyone! xoxo

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children- by Ransom Riggs- Review

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a series I have wanted to start for about two years and this December I finally got round to it making it my final book of 2015.

Miss Peregrines home for Peculiar children

This creepy YA Fantasy-Mystery is both aesthetically pleasing and beautifully written it is the story of Jacob a young boy who has a close relationship with his Grandfather. This Grandfather has always told him stories and Jacob has come to an age when he realises than his Grandfathers tales are more like fairy-tales then the rock solid truth he had always believed them to be. With his Grandfather’s health failing and his own fathers difficult relationship with his Grandfather all tied in with Jacob’s mental heath issues, Jacob visits his Grandfather in search of answers. Only to witness something on his arrival that is so shocking it will change his life forever.

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Jacob is lead by the stories he was told as a child to England and a creepy, dead deserted house with nothing there but burnt belongings and the ghosts of a past long gone. But Jacob soon finds that this house is more than it seems, that the world from his Grandfathers tales might not be gone after all and it might be his destiny to be part of it after all.

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Told with genuine antique photographs the pictures add to the creepy feel of the story and help Jacob’s Grandfather’s tales come to life bringing the Peter Pan esk world into reality of Children who live forever, who never die.

I really enjoyed Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children I felt great empathy for Jacob’s story I loved learning about the Peculiar Children and I can’t waited to jump right in with book 2. To find out what will happened to Miss Peregrine, Jacob and the rest of the Peculiar gang! The Miss Peregrine series is being adapted to film for 2016 – Directed by Tim Burton this is something to look forward to in the up and coming year the film stars Eva Green, Samuel L. Jackson and Asa Butterfield as Jacob.

This first book in the series has 4/5 Paint and Butterflies Rating!

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Happy reading xoxo

 

 

Our Shared Shelf- Emma Watson’s Book Club

Emma Watson has started a feminist book club on Goodreads this January aptly named Our Shared Shelf. Anyone can become a member and get involved with the discussion, which although ongoing in relative forums will happen at the end of every month. Even the celebs are getting involved with Sophia Bush and Abby Wambach becoming members.

The first book of the year is My Life on the Road: by Glora Steinem.

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Emma said “As part of my work with UN Women, I have started reading as many books and essays about equality as I can get my hands on. There is so much amazing stuff out there! Funny, inspiring, sad, thought-provoking, empowering! I’ve been discovering so much that, at times, I’ve felt like my head was about to explode… I decided to start a Feminist book club, as I want to share what I’m learning and hear your thoughts too.”

Emma hopes that authors who are topics for the monthly read and discussion will themselves want to get involved expressing it’s “another prominent voice on the subject”.

As of yesterday I’m a member and will review all the books listed here in the hope of sharing and provoking future discussion.

Come everyone get involved- join Our Shared Shelf lets talk, read and discuss feminism!