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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.

uprooted book cover

“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!)

hes a twat

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!

Dragons

 

 

Tigerlily Review by Jodi Lynn Anderson

I have had this book on my Goodreads to read list for-ever, so I was really excited to finally get around to reading it, Tigerlily is a unique re-telling  of the classic J.M Barrie tale Peter Pan.

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Tigerlily book cover

This story rather than focusing on Peter is the story of Tigerlily the girl with the feather in her hair- told through the eyes of the infamous Tinkerbell.

Tinkerbell is a great narrator for the story, telling Tigerlily and Peter’s story though her own assertive and loyal eyes. Tinkerbell’s telling the story right before Wendy came to NeverLand and, this story is not of Peter’s love for Wendy but of his love for Tigerlily, Wendy comes later…

I went into this book thinking I was going to love it, so I suppose I set myself up for a bit of a fall.

Tink really is a great narrator but it’s the rest of the story that I find problematic. Because, the story is essentially a love affair between Peter and Tigerlily and, the characters were aged up which straight away lost some of the charm of the original tale for me.

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 (Peter, Tinkerbell and Wendy- 2003)

The whole point of Peter Pan is that he is the boy who never grows up but some how in Tigerlily all the magic of Peter and Neverland, the whole boyhood and childishness of the tale has been written away. In Tigerlily’s Neverland it’s a place were you stop ageing after the most significant moment in your life has passed so mothers can in fact look younger than their daughters and aging in referred to as a disease.

A great character, probably my favourite character in this book was the character of TickTock, Tigerlily’s adoptive father.

( Tigerlily – 2003)

Tick Tick is described as a man who can not decide whether he is a man or a woman and has decided he will live as both. I found him an interesting and ultimately diverse character, and may have shed a tear or two for Tick Tock along the way.

Although there were good points I have to stand my by original conclusion Tigerlily is an interesting re-telling but I found that turning Peter Pan into a half starved emaciated teen struggling to survive in the harsh and ruthless Neverland took some magic out of the story.

Neverland became such a cold and callous place I began to wonder what a fairy like Tinkerbell was even doing there and, with Mr.Smee more menacing than Captain Hook I knew there was a problem.

Hook – 2003

All in all an interesting read for any Peter Pan fan but it just wasn’t for me.