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Uprooted by Naomi Novik eARC {5 Stars}

Uprooted by Naomi Novik took me completely by surprised and I can’t remember the last time I loved a book so much. Uprooted is the story of a girl from a small village who ends up living the not-so-happy fairytales of her childhood, but as long as she has friends and allies on her side, she can take that terrifying Wood! If you are a fan of creepy and dark fairytales, Uprooted is basically a new tale to add to the classics so don’t miss out :D.

Note: I received an advanced copy of Uprooted from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik eARC {5 Stars}

Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Published by Del Rey on May 19th, 2015
Genres: Adult, Fairytale Retelling, Fantasy
Page Length: 448 pages
How I got my copy: Edelweiss
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Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

5 Stars

Strengths:

  • The magic of Uprooted really impressed me. There is something akin to the traditional recitation of words that leads to something happening, but there are a lot of other kinds of magic in the world that were such a delight to discover.
  • Uprooted is clearly a blending of various Eastern European folktales, but used in just the right ways for them to feel familiar but fresh and interesting at the same time. I loved realizing a reference subtly and really felt enmeshed in the world of Uprooted while seeing where Novik drew inspiration.
  • I am apparently a sucker for the creepy wood plot and Uprooted stars a VERY creepy Wood with giant, many-jointed walking sticks that come and snatch people to corrupt in the wood and a whole lot of other scary things.
  • Uprooted stars a really great female friendship that I think was a big factor in making me so happy while reading despite all the scary things going on. There is just something wonderful about knowing your best friend has your back and will always have your back!
  • The writing of Uprooted will suck you in and never let you go (like the Wood!). It is so gorgeous and evokes amazing imagery without slowing down the pacing.
  • Speaking of pacing, I’m seriously impressed! Uprooted is on the longer side, but I never felt that the pace slowed nor was I stressed out by it moving too quickly. Any moment where it felt like one plot line was wrapping up, the next appeared at just the right moment to keep me desperately reading.
  • Don’t be fooled by the illustrated cover, Uprooted features a sexy and slow-burn romance that had me absolutely swooning.
  • I think my favorite thing about Uprooted though is the ending because wow what a perfect ending! I didn’t see how things could work out well and was making predictions, but I’m pretty sure my jaw dropped at various points during the ending because Novik wove such a beautiful yet realistic conclusion. Seriously, amazing.

Weaknesses:

  • I don’t normally understand when readers talk about trying to read slower so that a book doesn’t end, but I understand that now after reading Uprooted. I’m heart-broken that it looks like Uprooted is a standalone because I desperately want to keep following Agnieszka’s story after Uprooted. Pleeeeeaaaaaassssse???

Summary:

Uprooted is a must read for fantasy fans and I don’t say that lightly! This is a story that so many readers will adore, whether you typically read YA or adult or both. Naomi Novik is now on my insta-buy list and excuse me while I go read her entire back catalogue!

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya

 

 Uprooted by Naomi Novik

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Comments

  1. I read this yesterday on the plane and I did enjoy it a lot! It reminded me of a Robin McKinley book.

  2. I am SO excited for this. I was sad that I didn’t rate an ARC, but it sounds like it’s one I would want to buy in hardcover anyway. Off to my local independent bookstore!
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  3. I impulse-bought this one over the weekend, and based on your review, I’m glad that I did! :)

  4. This book is getting ALL THE LOVE! I actually bought it on Tuesday, when it came out. Now I am almost fearful to go into it, seeing everyone foam at the mouth for it. But that cover…..I can’t resist it.

    I shall put this one at the top of the pile!
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  5. Wow, this sounds awesome! I loved the cover right away and I’m excited to hear that the inside is equally good.
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  6. Dragana says:

    This is a third 5 star review of Uprooted I have read today. Ok ok guys I get it. I should sell my soul to the devil and get it now. (or just buy it since I just realized it’s out ooops) :D
    I loved how all characters sound and setting and everything. Can’t wait to read it! :)
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  7. Adelynne says:

    Wow! Now I’m really pumped to read this! Thanks for the review!

  8. I’m so glad you loved this! It has become one of my favourites of all time.
    YES, the romance was so wonderful, wasn’t it? But I’m really glad it took second place in the story, because the other stuff happening was so interesting!
    And I agree, the friendship with Kasia was what made this book so great, I’ve been missing a friendship like that from YA novels.
    I’m actually glad it’s a standalone. Isn’t it just perfect as it is? ;)

    • So agreed! I don’t have a hardcover yet because of moving and it is BREAKING MY HEART! I NEED THE PRETTY! Sigh, yes it’s perfect as is, but I also just want more! ;-)

  9. Okay, now I’m wondering what I did wrong since you and Tabitha both gave it 5 stars. I mean, I enjoyed it, but…dishonor on me, my family, and my cow? ;)
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  10. You just KNOW it’s a good book when your review only lists one weakness: the fact that there are no more books to follow. I.SO.NEED.this book in my life, I caught wind of it too late to request it but everyone and their mother LOVED it to pieces – and from the way you described it here^^, I KNOW I’ll love it too :D Fantastic review Anya! xx
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    • Haha, I always feel kind of bad when I can’t think of a good weakness, but it’s not my fault the book is perfect!

  11. I am reading this one at the moment and it has come VERY highly recommended. Fellow bloggers who also love fantasy have been blown away by this one. I’m about 1/4 of the way in and really enjoying it so far.
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  12. I keep hearing such amazing things about this book. Now I want to read it even more. Love your review and am so happy to hear there is a strong female friendship. Just hearing that has made this book jump to the top of my ‘need to buy’ list.
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  13. I’m reading this right now and will hopefully finish today. What an amazing story, and Novik is an amazing writer:-)
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  14. That is the BEST and the WORST when you love a story so much that you want the story to go on! :)
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  15. So many book bloggers seem to love this book! (Well, the ones I follow. *wink*) I really, really, REALLY want to read Uprooted now. :D Great review, Anya!

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