Uprooted by Naomi Novik | Book Review

Title: Uprooted
Author: Naomi Novik
Publisher: Del Rey
Release Date: 5/19/2015
Genre: Fantasy
Page Count: 438

Summary

Uprooted is the story of a group of villages and a forest called The Wood. The Wood has a lot of corruption and danger. If someone finds their way into The Wood, they either do not come out, or if they do come out, they are changed in not in a good way. These villages have protection from The Wood by a wizard named The Dragon. This protection, however, comes at a price. Every 10 years, the villages must give up a girl to The Dragon to serve him in his tower. After their time with The Dragon is up, they come back different. They are not the same girl that they were when they left. When they come back to the village, if they come back to the village, they are only there for a little while to see their family before leaving to make a home somewhere else.
The Dragon makes his choice of which girl to serve him at a choosing ceremony. Every girl that is born in a certain year, the year they turn 17 will line up to see if they are the chosen one. The choosing ceremony is coming up and the villages have already decided on the girl who will be chosen by The Dragon. The girl chosen is typically very beautiful, talented, and brave. The girl for this ceremony the villages believe will be taken is Kasia. Her family has prepared for her to be taken since she was a little girl. The problem with this is she is not the girl The Dragon chooses.

Why I Picked It Up

Online buzz. Also, was in the mood for a fairy-tale retelling.

Thoughts

Uprooted is a story that once I finished I wanted to turn to the first page and start reading again. This is one of my favorite books I’ve read so far this year. There were hilarious moments. There were heartbreaking moments. The characters were wonderful. I recommend this book to anyone in the mood for a modern fairytale.

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June Reading Wrap Up + Announcement

I have been sorting out the different topics that I love to talk about. The Blank Space Newsletter is where I discuss sports. Don’t forget to subscribe to that by the way. If have been blogging about books here, but I didn’t want to turn this into only a book blog. I plan on writing more post on other things (I promise, that is coming when I think of those things).

So I wanted to figure out where to discuss the books that I read. Do I start a new blog and turn it into a book blog? Or do I start making youtube videos and join the booktube community. Videos are my choice and I’m happy with that choice. I’ve made two vides so far, and have been welcome to the community with open arms. My first video is the Booktube Newbie Tag. You can watch that below. I also have my June Reading Wrap Up below as well. I’m all about the content!

 

The Magicians by Lev Grossman | Book Review

Title: The Magicians
Author: Lev Grossman
Publisher: Viking
Release Date: 8/11/2009
Genre: Fantasy
Page Count: 402

Summary

The Magicians is the story of Quentin Coldwater. He does magic tricks and is obsessed with the children’s book series, Fillory and Further. In that series the children explore a magical land called Fillory and become Kings and Queens. Quentin wishes the same could happen to him. One day, he and his friend James head to their college interviews where they find that tragedy has struck their interviewer. When the paramedics come, one paramedic tries to hand Quentin and James manilla envelopes she states she found inside the room of the interviewer. Quentin takes his. James does not. On Quentin’s way home, he opens the manilla envelope and finds a notebook with the title The Magicians: Book six of Fillory and Further. This startles Quentin because there are only 5 books in the series. He also finds a piece of paper inside of the notebook. When he tries to read it, the paper flies out of his hand. Trying to chase down the paper, he ends up in front of a school he’s never seen. Brakebills College; a secret exclusive magic school. While there, Quentin is offered to take the preliminary examination to find out if he will be accepted into the school. The story continues to follow Quentin’s life at the school while he learns what real magic is and whether or not him keeping his fantasy alive of seeing the land of Fillory will pay off.

Why I Picked It Up

Heard about this series on a Book Riot Podcast episode.

Thoughts

It is an adult fantasy and the first book in a trilogy. Some have stated it is the adult Harry Potter. I advise everyone who picks this book up to not go into it thinking it is the adult Harry Potter. I think a lot of people that go into this book thinking this are disappointed. To try to compare it to Harry Potter, I will say it is about a school of magic but it has adult themes. There are cursing, sex, drugs, drinking, etc. This story felt less about going to this magical school in a magical world and more about being in the real world where you just so happen to go to a school of magic.

This is the second time I’ve read this book and the second time is the charm. I tried this book last summer. I thought the characters were annoying and I didn’t care about anything that was happening. However, the story sat in the back of my mind and I wanted to know what happened next. This book was on my TBR list for the summer and I am glad I put it there.

I really enjoyed this book. I thought the characters felt realistic to the story. They aren’t perfect. They were still annoying, however, they felt like students who attended an exclusive magic college would act. They could be elitist at times, but there were some that you could sympathize with. I also really enjoyed the storytelling. I liked how the land of Fillory was connected into the story. I liked reading about them learning magic. I also liked Quentin trying to figure out what life would be like being a graduate of a magic school in the real world. I am interested to see what happens in the next book in the series. I thought this book could have been a stand-a-lone. It completed the college experience for the students and answered the question “does Fillory exist?”.

Again, I am happy I gave this book a second chance and it is one of my favorite books of the year.

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Rainbow Readathon TBR

Another week, another readathon. This week, the Rainbow Readathon will begin. Starting June 15th and ending June 21st. I found out about this readathon from GingerReadsLainey on youtube. The rules are to pick books that have spines the colors of the rainbow. You can do books from the different colors or read all of one color. You can also double up on 2 colors on a spine. I picked to do a book from each color of the rainbow. I have 6 books. Doubtful that I will read all 6, but I wanted to have options. Let me know if you are participating in the readathon. There is a twitter hashtag, of course. #rainbowthon. I will be using that when I can. Happy reading!

1. Blue Book – Half Resurrection Blues by Daniel Jose` Older (I’m on page 166 and plan on finishing it early in the readathon)
2. Yellow Book – Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
3. Orange Book – The Martian by Andy Weir
4. Red Book – The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
5. Green Book – Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
6. Purple Book – Rush by Eve Silver

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For the Rest of 2015

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s topic is the most anticipated releases for the rest of the year. I did a 5 most anticipated for the beginning of the year and I’ve read 3 of them so far. Bumping it up to 10, helped me add books I may not have even thought about. I can not wait for these titles to be released.

    

    
1. Shadowshaper by Daniel Josê Older (June 30, 2015).
2. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (July 14, 2015)
3. City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg (October 14, 2015)
4. The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler (June 23, 2015)
5. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (September 8, 2015)
6. Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs (September 22, 2015)
7. Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor (October 20, 2015)
8. Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone (Illustrated Version) by J.K. Rowling (October 6, 2015).
9. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling (September 15, 2015)
10. Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl (October 13, 2015)

My Spring Book Haul

I tried. I tried. That is all I can say. I gave in and continue to give into my love for buying books. I’ve read 5 of these, so that is a good thing, right? But it does not explain me not following the read 5, buy 1 plan. Maybe I’ll try that again. Anyway, let us just get into it. Here is the book haul.

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  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht
  • Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
  • The Walled City by Ryan Graudin
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  • Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  • Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
  • Half Resurrection Blues by Daniel Jose Older
  • The Quick by Lauren Owen
  • The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
  • The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
  • The Circle by Dave Eggers
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker (replacement of my tattered version. This one is pretty!)
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  • Leaving Atlanta by Tayari Jones
  • Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple