No, I am not talking about Lord Of The Rings, I am talking about Uprooted by Naomi Novik
by Naomi Novik
Published by: 2015
Hardcover: 437 pages
My rating: 5/5
First sentence: Our dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley.
Summary: “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 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.
I chose this book as my first post, because it was the easiest one for me. It is my favorite book of all time. Without question. There wasn’t a moment in the book where I wasn’t smiling. If someone asked me ‘what are you reading?’ or ‘what is going on?’ I always had an answer, and I was excited to tell them, giving dramatic and quick details of the story that got my friends to laugh every time. It even got to the point where every hour they would ask me ‘what happened next?’ I knew they were enjoying the book too, and they weren’t even reading it.
Uprooted is a special book that left a place in my heart, long after I finished reading. I only read the book once so far, and I can still quote my favorite parts in the story, and some even word for word. I had multiple favorite parts in the story, and that in itself shows how good the book was, because most stories, even good ones, will only have one or two memorable moments, while this book had over a dozen.
This book had a little bit of everything. It keeps you questioning with all its twists and turns, and my usual ‘I must solve the mystery’ part of me disappeared within a few chapters. I was so immersed within the story I couldn’t stop myself from just relaxing and enjoying the feeling of reading a good book.
Truth is, this was the book that brought back reading for me. It brought back excitement and amazement in the art of story telling. It made me want to pick up another book and continue reading something else. Hoping to find another awe inspiring book, buried among the shelves in the book stores and libraries. To feel that thrill of staying up all night and day, turning the page over and over.
Another thing that caught my attention was it’s length. This book is bigger then most, but at the same time, it is so fast pace that it was able to put three major plot points in the book. It had over three major battle scenes, and three locations. In my opinion if the story was slowed down, the author could have EASILY made this into a trilogy, one for each location, but she didn’t.
This book is about a girl who gets chosen by a wizard to stay at his tower for 10 years, but when she gets there, things starts to unfold as evil tries to expand it’s power, and shit goes down. Battles, magic, an evil forest, and very many but very distinct characters. This book has everything you could ever want or need in a fantasy.
Many people mistake this book as Young Adult, but it’s not. It’s Adult. That doesn’t give or take away from the experience, and I would recommend this book to anyone: Young, Old, Male or Female.
But a word of warning: If you pick up this book, you will not be able to put it down— And it takes three days to read it. So get ready to lose a lot of sleep.
If you are bored, you have come to the right place. I felt the same way resonantly, so I have started picking up reading again. After years and years of ignoring original work, I looked at the latest releases and I would admit that my mind was blown at all the new fascinating stories that have come out.
The reason I quit reading in the first place was because it was just the same thing over and over again. There was no verity, and nothing really caught my interest. YA books were not as popular as they are now, and I have just realized that is what I enjoy most. Since twilight, YA has grown exponentially, and I have more then enough books to stratify me— For this year at least.
Books have vastly grown in creativity and style. It has really caught my interest again. I have been devouring books constantly since I have found out. I just can’t get enough, yet nine times out of ten the books I picked out ended up being less then satisfactory. I’m a very picky reader, so thats not surprising.
But good or bad, each book has it’s own experience that I learn and grow from. So even if I complain, I always end up reading the entire book (For a few exceptions) and I thought It would be nice to make a list for both myself and anyone else who is just as passionate about books as I am, and needs a good recommendation as well as a nice review, so they know what they are getting themselves into.
I will pick out the best of the best that I have read. The one out of ten books I thought was wonderful. Talking about both series as a whole, and stand alone books.
I like YA best, but I read a lot of Adult as well. Anything that seems interesting I will read it, so I do not just stick to one thing.
I mostly enjoy Fantasy and Romance, but anything can catch my attention, and I’m more then welcome to jump into their world with open arms.
A good example is Science-Fiction. When I thought of the word, first thing that came to mind was ‘star wars’ and ‘star trek’. I never got into it for whatever reason, probably because I was too young, so I never gotten into the genre. I also never liked aliens. They were scary to me as a child. After reading The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, she has taught me that Science-fiction isn’t just aliens and spaceships, and has opened my mind to a whole new world of possibilities.
And that says something about a book, if it takes the reader out of their comfort zone of genre and they fall in love with it. Making them hungry for more and opening up their tastes for a whole genre they never even thought of accepting before.
My goal with this blog is to do just that: Open people’s minds into reading other stories. Hopefully readers will be introduced to new series and stories they never heard of before, and broaden their reading, as well as their imagination. If they enjoyed the ride, then I believe it was all worth it.