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When Tomas was six, someone — something — tried to drown him. And burn him to a crisp. Tomas survived, but whatever was trying to kill him freaked out his parents enough to convince them to move from Slovakia to the United States.

Now sixteen-year-old Tomas and his family are back in Slovakia, and that something still lurks somewhere. Nearby. It wants to drown him again an
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Hardcover, 1st Edition, 368 pages
Published March 28th 2012 by Tu Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Luu
RECENZIA NA BLOGU

Každého asi zaujíma jedna krátka otázka a odpoveď na ňu je ÁNO. Áno, bolo to dobré. Oveľa lepšie, ako by ste čakali od príbehu, ktorého hlavný hrdina je americký Róm so slovenskými koreňmi, ktorý sa prisťahuje do Trenčína a tam sa ho snaží utopiť vodník zo Studne lásky.

Najväčší plus je autorov štýl - celé je to napísané takým svižným, jasným tempom, ktoré veľmi nerieši kultúrny šok alebo psychiku postáv, ale udalosť strieda udalosť a veľmi dobre sa to odsýpa.

A druhý veľký plus
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Experiment BL626
The book was fun as expected. What attracted me was the non-American setting and an underused mythology. The book delivered Slovakia and Slavic mythology. The mythology portion consisted of a fire spirit, a water spirit, a ghost, and a grim reaper. I admit it sounds generic. But as a big reader of urban fantasy, anything that isn’t vampires and werewolves, Greek/Roman mythos, Celtic mythos, or Norse mythos is a cheery break. Unfortunately, it was a shame that the basis for the Slovakian setting ...more
Suzanne
Vodnik might appeal to some of the same readers who enjoyed the Lockdown series by Alexander Gordon Smith; Lockdown (Escape From Furnace, #1) by Alexander Gordon Smith but I don’t think its fans will cut such a broad swath. While it has its share of action and adventure, with a nice sprinkling of magic, its setting of Slovokia may lead fewer readers to pick it up and try. Those who do try it may find the characters a little flat, the dialogue a little old-fashioned, and the action dragging a bit in some sections. The chapter openers, formatted as section ...more
Trevor Green
Every once in a while, I read a book that ends up being the equivalent to a tall, icy glass of water. Or better yet, Sprite. Just refreshing. I can think of several in my own reading experience (just to name a few): Harry Potter, Fablehaven, and most recently, Vodnik by Bryce Moore. Now don't mistake me, I'm not comparing these books to each other, or even grouping them up under some category, I'm simply saying they all gave me the same sense of excitement; the feeling that I was reading somethi ...more
Becky
Mar 02, 2012 Becky rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Becky by: Bryce Moore
My husband won an ARC of this book, and we've both loved it. I won't include any spoilers for you, but I'll just let you know that I've never read anything like this. I don't give out 5 star reviews willy nilly. I 100% enjoyed this book! It was the complete package for me.

The simple fact that it's set in Slovakia, and revolves around Slovak folklore sets it apart from other books. The setting feels real because it IS real. The magic is exciting and new.

This book is COMPLEX; moreso than I was exp
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Paula
I read a lot of Young Adult fiction and I very much appreciated the uniqueness of this book. It's always amazing to learn about great cultures and histories that somehow I missed out on. What DID they teach us in our history classes back in the day?

I especially liked the mini book within the book, "Death in the Modern Day". Instructions for modern reapers include, "Robes are dry-clean only. We have a standing account with Paul's Dry Cleaning, a little place in New York over in Chinatown. Failur
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Lexie Robinson Austin
Vodnik was a fabulous read, a rollicking fun adventure into the world of Slovak folklore. Having personally been to Slovakia, I felt that Moore did a great job in conveying the atmosphere of the country. I really felt like I was back there, walking in an old castle. The Slovakian folklore was a blast- it was like reading Percy Jackson without actually knowing any of the mythology beforehand. However, the absolute best thing about this book was Tomas’ voice and sense of humor. It was fresh, funny ...more
Rosalyn
4.5 stars

My sister recommended Bryce Moore's Vodnik to me, and I'm very glad she did. This young adult urban fantasy was a refreshing and fun blend of mythology and contemporary culture, set in Slovakia (Trencin, to be exact).

Tomas isn't sure what to think when his family moves back to Slovakia. He still harbors terrible scars from a fire when he was five (and remembers almost nothing about how he got them), but he's open to a new adventure, particularly when he meets his pretty new cousin, Ka
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Willinda
Jul 23, 2012 Willinda marked it as to-read
Tohle si musím přečíst.. zkrátka proto! :D
Sonya
When I first read the synopsis of Vodnik I thought well this is something new and immediately I wanted to read it. The Plot was original using Slovakian legends to tie in a fish out of water slash self discovery story of the main character Tomas. As a young child after a horrific accident Tomas leaves Slovakia to live in America. In America Tomas is a fish out of water he doesn’t fit in, and when he returns to his native country of Slovakia at age 16, after his family loses their home in a terri ...more
Charlotte
Vodnik is an immensely enjoyable journey to a place where old, strange, crazy magic fills the streets of a medieval city. It's part mystery, part the story of a boy finding magical powers (while dealing with culture shock), part an exploration of ancient stories, and altogether engrossing.

When Tomas was an ordinary American teenager of 16, his house burned down around him. Miraculously, he survived unhurt--not like the time when he was a child in Slovakia, when someone (or some thing) almost dro
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April Steenburgh
Ten years ago, something bad happened to Tomas in Slovakia. Something he doesn't quite remember, but that left horrible burns on his body and prompted his parents to move the family to America. But a house fire leaves the family in a poor financial situation and they move back to Slovakia with Tomas, now 16, who sees things that could not, should not be. Tomas is a reclusive American boy, who wants nothing more than to watch his movies. He is not at all prepared for fire vilas, water demons, or ...more
Catherine
This is a fantastic young adult fantasy book! It has mythical creatures (including Death and a Slovakian version of the vampire), interesting characters, teenage angst, and plenty of pop culture references. The storyline was very gripping (I read the 300+ page book in two days), the climax was exciting, and the resolution was completely satisfying. Bryce has a very witty, slightly sarcastic writing style that I really relate to; I was grinning as I finished the book.

Synopsis: 16-year-old Tomas a
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Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
I was looking for something different to read, with adventure and magic. That is exactly what I got here.

Characters: Tomas has burn scars down the side of his body. He has never had much luck keeping friends. More of a homebody that enjoys playing video games and watching movies. When moving home to Slovakia he encounters his families gypsy blood line, and several fantastical creatures. The Vodnik being my favorite character, then Tomas.

Plot: When a fire burns down their house. His parents decid
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Kara-karina
4.5/5
With very little fuss and zero hype, Vodnik managed to make an impression of a unique, wry and clever story, which I absolutely loved!

There is just so many yummy parts in this book I don't know where to start...

First of all, for anyone interested in cultures beyond British/American this is a must read. Bryce's description of Slovakia and Slovaks' way of life is superb. I might not know anything of Slovakia, but I know Eastern Europe and I grew up in a very similar environment to the one de
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Erin
I wish there were a half-star rating system, because this book is easily 3 1/2 stars for me. It's a solid read with some fairly minor issues, enjoyable characters, and a mythology that really makes it feel like a fantastical quest to achieve an insurmountable goal and maybe pick up some cool abilities along the way--which, truthfully, it is. Perhaps my favorite part of the book lies in the characters and how they're handled; the kids act like kids, the adults act like adults, and the non-humans ...more
Valerie
Apr 14, 2012 Valerie rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I was hesitant to try this one, afraid it might just be a vampire book in disguise. What a dark and delightful surprise it was to step between these pages, and to follow Tomas, our mysterious hero, on a series of adventures we never would have expected. Tomas is Romany, and as a storyteller, he does a pretty fine job. Because he's our narrator, it takes a while to understand that he has survived a drowning. And that it left him with terrible burn scars... That's where the story starts to get int ...more
Kevin Albert
This book is a very interesting read. To be honest, I didn't know what to expect with Vodnik. It's a YA fantasy set in Slovakia dealing with Slovakian legends. Since I've never been to Slovakia and I don't know anything about Slovakian folk tales, I was worried I wouldn't able to relate. In actuality, Vodnik tackles a search for identity, acceptance, racism, culture shock, teenage angst, and even, love. These are all universal concepts. The story has a very unique set of monsters and magic that ...more
Karen Sandler
The best part about Vodnik is that it's set within a country and culture I've never read about before. There is much cool new (to me) folklore in the story, far beyond the typical vampire/werewolf/shapeshifter memes. The story is fast-paced, the humor is laugh-out-loud funny, and it's just creepy enough that at least one night I had some pretty whacked-out dreams as a consequence of reading it so late. If you want an exciting, adventurous book that's completely out of the ordinary, you gotta rea ...more
Michael
This book was a pleasant surprise to me. It was recommended by a friend who thought I'd be interested in it because I like Fantasy/Sci-Fi and have Slovakian heritage.

The main characters felt well-rounded and not like cartoon cutouts (though the Lesana character felt a little flat). Actions were believable within the framework of the story.

The book surprised me with it's matter-of-fact reminiscences of Communist-era Slovakia. These recollections were neither ubiquitous nor central to the plot, bu
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Kate
3.5 stars

Set in Slovakia with a healthy dose of Slovak folklore, this book is a really intriguing read. I enjoy learning about different cultures and mythologies. Moore nicely ties the folklore in with the plot to create a unique story.

My only real complaint is that there is a little too much pop culture referencing. The story is strong enough not to need to rely on Angelina Jolie and Disney references. I felt that this constant reach to pop culture obscured the Slovak culture in the story at ti
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FrozenTrout
I really liked this book. It's an urban fantasy set in Slovakia, using folklore from the area. The city and locations are real, and make me wish I could visit myself (especially the castle). I also thought the depiction of Roma discrimination was well done. The ending is set up for an eventual sequel, which I am anxiously looking forward to.
Todd Mulholland
Great modern day fantasy story from a non western European myth base.

This was a very fun read. I really pulled for the main character, the chapter introductions were interesting and foreshadowed future events, and the mythology was fascinating. It's set up so there could be future stories about Tomas, but the book itself is self-contained, with an entire story arc and a great conclusion. It's a somewhat light read - easy to pick up for early teens or later.

The story is set modern day, but with f
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Candace
I loved this book so much. It has been a long time since I have read a book I couldn't put down. I was the one shushing my husband when he tried to talk to me, usually the other way around.
Shana
Excellent story! Along the lines of hold me close necromancer and the chronicles of nick. Great lead character and a story based on slovakian mythology rather than the usual.
Megan
Fantastic! Unique setting, a character I could care about, and quote-out-loud humor mixed in with the drama and adventure.
Rania
Why isn't this book more popular? How come I never heard of it before?!? People! go read this book and make it a thing!

Vodnik is basically teen fiction based on Slovak mythology. That might sound really random, and the teacups and Death thing might sound cheesy, but when the author does a really good job of pulling it off! Loved the plot, character arc, zillions of movie references (which all -- for once -- happen to be movies I actually know about), Uncle Lubos, the castle setting (fancy), the
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Sašenka
Jedno sa tejto knihe musí uznať. Aj napriek tomu, že to je zahraničná kniha odohrávajúca sa na Slovensku, človek nemá chuť si vyškriabať nad tými nezmyslami čo si autor vymyslel, lebo s mu nechcelo spraviť dostatočne podrobný výskum či už o výskyte mien v dnešnej dobe alebo o tom či už konenče máme elektriku alebo ešte stále žijeme v jaskyniach. Asi tomu dosť pomohol fakt, že autorova manželka je Slovenka a že aj on tu strávil dostatočne dlhý čas, aby sa zoznámil s našou kultúrou a mentalitou at ...more
Becky B
Tomas' family is moving back to Slovakia because they just don't have enough money to make it in America after the house fire. But they are grateful Tomas survived the fire. Actually, they're grateful he's survived multiple fires and a drowning. Yeah, Tomas has had a bit of a rough life. Moving back to Slovakia isn't all fun and games either. The country is still recovering from being under Communism for decades, and being of Roma decent doesn't make Tomas the most popular person in town, but th ...more
Matthew Galloway
This book would immediately be fascinating because it focuses on Slovak mythology -- an area I knew very little about -- but luckily the book is also well written, has believable characters, and the exact right amounts of humor, action, and creepiness.

The protagonist felt very real to me -- his fears and angst and insecurities were all firmly based in his history and well thought through. The ones he overcame never felt like, "poof, the plot dictates this issue is done with so let's move on," as
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