Looking Back: The Halfway Point

July 10, 2015

Guys, the powers that be in the book world have not favoured me this year *cue sad face*. I've had the displeasure of reading one abysmal book after another for a long, long while and it has made me so miserable that the effects can be observed in pretty much every part of my bookish life.

Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

July 9, 2015

Title: Uprooted
Author: Naomi Novik
Publication date: July 29, 2014
Publisher: Macmillan
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Publisher (NetGalley)
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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, ambitious wizard, known only as the Dragon, to keep the wood's powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman must be handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as being lost 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 no one can predict how or why the Dragon chooses a girl. And when he comes, it is not Kasia he will take with him.
After a slew of one unimpressive book after another, I finally struck gold with Uprooted. This book is like that person you meet for the first time and know you're going to be best friends with, because it feels like you've known each other your entire lives.