What better way to spend a wintery Sunday than reading.. And hoo boy have I waited rereading this one.
I've had an aggressive start for my reading year, to say the least. This is my 20th read and I have several other books going on as well. Probably running towards a reading slump, but oh well. 📚📚📚👾
Still at it, I don‘t know why my progress with this book is so slow :/ I can‘t seem to read much in one sitting ☹️
3 ⭐ There is a good story in here but it is confused by too many voices trying to tell the story and a bit of repetition. The characters felt too distant. I think I was spoiled by The Bear & The Nightingale triology that may have impacted on my enjoyment of this book.
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After a slightly slow start I'm now intrigued to find out where this story will take me with Miryem stuck in fairy land with a cruel Staryk King & Irina married to a beautiful Tsar with a dark magic & fire demon seeking to drink her life. The parallel story is becoming more intertwined keeping me hooked as I keep warm under a cosy blanket with a cup of tea
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#unpopularopinion I didn't love this one. I had a hard time engaging with it and nearly didn't stick with it until the end. This apparently isn't my genre.
An exciting retelling of Rumpleskiltskin, set in some Slavic kingdom where winter and summer fight a battle for survival, bringing together three unlikely allies to restore balance in the universe. A perfect story for Chanukah, if you ask me! I wish this was a series...
Thank you, @whippoorwill815 ! I'm excited to read this one! I can't wait to start reading and try the chocolate once everyone is in bed! Thanks @MaleficentBookDragon for organizing this #jolabokaflodswap !
This was nominated for a bunch of SFF awards so I feel like I should read it, but I don't want to.
Didn't like Uprooted (YAish with unsettling romance), this is a fix up novel of a novella I've already read and didn't like much either, and I think presenting it as in a series with Uprooted is a shameless cash grab.
Keep downloading the library ebook and keeping it from someone who might actually want to read it. Need to stop. Not for me.
A loose retelling of Rumpelstiltskin featuring three young women whose stories intertwine as each looks for a way to subvert society‘s expectations.
Miryem is the daughter of a Jewish moneylender who freely lends, but never collects. Miryem takes over the business and discovers a talent for changing silver into gold.
Gorgeous writing and lovely female friendships!
This is modern fairytale loosely based on Rumplestilskin. I liked the way that the main characters were females who were underestimated yet determined. It is well written with great imagery. A bit of a slow burn but a great read.
I have owned this Staryk King candle forever, but I am finally burning it (to see if I want to buy more from this store) and it smells SO wintery delicious, I love it.
Oh man, Squidapus liked this a heck of a lot and way more than Uprooted. An amalgamation of folklore and fairy tales into something wholly unique in execution. A story about women being underestimated in a society that doesn't give them many choices or respect. The fantasy was so well thought out and the plot intricately wove varied plot points into a week connected whole. Any minor quibbles Squidapus had were thrown aside by some great writing.
Real talk, Squidapus is only really reading this for his book club. He'll give her another chance cause there were parts of Uprooted he enjoyed but overall he didn't care for it. So here's hoping!
I didn't think I would enjoy this as much as Novik's earlier Uprooted, but I'm the end I may prefer it! The examination of racism, prejudice, and class distinctions felt more relevant than I remember Uprooted being. And so entertaining that I didn't want to get out of my car and stop listening to it. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐.
There are men who are wolves inside and want to eat up other people to fill their bellies. That was what was in your house with you, all your life. But here you are with your brothers, and you are not eaten up, and there is not a wolf inside you. You have fed each other, and you kept the wolf away. That is all we can do for each other in the world, to keep the wolf away.
I‘ve been reading this book since April. While I was enjoying what I read I found myself not reading it for long periods of time. Well, I finally sat down and finished it in a day and a half. The story seems like a mix of various vaguely remembered fairy tales but is actually a unique tale with three strong female characters. Despite the slow start I ended up loving this book.
5⭐! Even though there were 6 POVs we follow, it's easy to keep up with each narrator because they each have their own distinct personalities. While the story runs much slower than I'm used to, I was just really immersed in the storybuilding and the eventual #slowburn #romance. The main selling point are the girls, but really liked how interwoven everyones stories were and the concept of debts, payments, and consequences
So the NEWTs part of the #MagicalReadathon2019 is happening right now! Found out about it because @Schnoebs is participating and figured I'd double book it and do my "make up exams" and the NEWTs ??? And because I think alchemy is cool, my Wizarding career is Alchemist!
I'm going to try to only use novels for as long as I can, then manga once it's almost time to end ??
Learn more about it here: https://youtu.be/Rq7vFHcngYs
I love a gritty, no nonsense heroine and Miryem definitely fits the bill. She drags her family back from the brink of starvation and faces every challenge thrown her way with grim determination. Novik‘s fairy tales are atmospheric and utterly gripping. You won‘t be released from her spell until you turn the final page.
I finally got this from the library, and made the time to read it. I can see why some found it long in parts, but I enjoyed all the shifting POV‘s of the ongoing story, even as I wanted to rush to the end. I loved the mixing and melding of a few classic fairy tales into something new and compelling, and some great nods to ongoing human conflicts, Jewish culture and persecution, environmental issues, women‘s rights, etc.