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Preview — Uprooted by Naomi Novik
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:life.Her/>Agnieszka ...more
That said, I loved the characters and would be happy to read more about them.(less)
This story contains mature subjects not limited to, sex/adult themes, wound descriptions, etc. However these are handled in a mature manner, giving enough description to paint a picture for you but not so much to gross you out.
If you are a parent and wanting to get this book for your child I would ask you to read it first and judge it for yourself. You know your child the best and all the answers and reviews in the world won't help you the way reading the book for yourself will.
I am about half way through the book and have enjoyed it greatly as with all of Naomi's works.
Edit: June 9,2015
I finished the book, and I will still agree with my first assessment of the novel. Its best for a mature teen or young adult. It has its darker points and lighter happier ones. It does have mature subjects in the beginning and heavy at the end. So you need to be prepared for that. It does have a ending that some may or may not figure out. And the story as a whole is a rather sad one.
Parents: I still say please read the book before giving it to your child (unless you know for sure your child can handle this book), if I had to give a number rating on this book for age it would be 16+. Though it's really a lot prettier than some of the M rated games out there. But as I have said before only you know your child and you can read reviews till your blue in the face and it won't help you understand the book fully, the best way to do that is to read it yourself. And if you let your child read it then you have something to talk about together.
I'll probably be damned for saying this but screw sugar-coating. This book makes me so angry.
Uprooted is one of those books with a pretty outside look full of sweet promises. Yes, sweet and yet they're EMPTY promises. The book covers scream 'BUY ME NOW OR REGRET IT FOR ALL ETERNITY' and the synopsis is so vague to the point of mystery. It lead me in to having such sky high expectations only later that I have those expectations thrown bac/> ...more
“They forget how to live here...[they] remember to be afraid,” my father said. That was all.Are you fucking kidding me? *seethes*
Then they took their dowry-silver and left. Mostly they would go to Kralia and go to the University. Often as not they married some city man, and otherwise they became scholars or shopkeepers.
I swear to god I'm the oFATE?! ...more
Because it took me ONE CHAPTER - well, a few pages really - to make me realize that this book was going to steal every bit of my spare time until I'd devoured it a ...more
My first review in 2017 and it started with a new milestone: my first ever 1 star rating. I wish I could give this a negative rating because as of right now, this is literally the worst novel I've ever read in my entire life. You can check my other reviews and you’ll notice I’m quite generous with my ratings but giving this book even a 2 stars would be an act too generous of me. Look, this will be an extremely unpopular opinion, I hated this book and I’m disgusted with alm ...more
Well I have and it sucks. It leaves you feeling rather torn in a review. So, I’m going to tear my review in two and review the two halves separately. Here goes:
First Half- A lovely magical friendship- 4*
In the beginning I had a real reason to carry on reading. The character known as the Dragon was a complete enigma. Discovering what drove this lonely man was, essentially, the reason I carried on with the book. He’s such a cool guy. Well at le ...more
Beautiful. That's the word I've been searching for. Uprooted is a beautiful book. Naomi Novik narrates the story of young Agnieszka, a constantly unkempt girl who to everyone's astonishment was chosen to live in the dreadful wizard's tower for 10 years as the price for his assistance against the evil Wo ...more
Imagine a powerful sorcerer living in a tower in the middle of a forest. He is over 150 years old, but he still appears to be a young man. Every 10 years, he picks a girl from one of the local villages to take back to his tower. The villagers say nothing, do nothing, b/c the sorcerer protects them from the Wood.
The villagers don't know what happens to the girls during their time in the tower, only that they come back changed. Grander, finer, more polished. Educated and dressed in fine clothes.
The girl ...more
I need to create a new shelf and label it "all time favorites" and put like three books on there, of which, this would DEFINITELY be one.
What an incredible fairy tale. This book is a lot like the The Wood that dominates this story, luring you close, whispering in your ear, offering you the most tantalizing temptations, if only you'll be persuaded into it. The difference between the two is that where The Wood is a dark, twisted creation that speaks only lies, this book delivers on its promises. ...more
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It's nor here nor there. I'm going to steal a bit from Chester and say this is the epitome of Blur Rating.
Are you one of those readers who really gets fed up with series?
It's like every corner you turn, every book you read, you find out it's a trilogy. Or some kind of saga. I remember I used to whine and cry about this all the time because I don't know about you but if I read a book today you can sure bet your butt that I will not remember details about it in two months time unless it was utterly epic, and even ...more
This fantasy is one part Polish folk tale, one part coming-of-age magical fantasy, and one part horror. The main character is Agnieszka, a 17 year old village girl who is chosen by the local wizard, called the Dragon, to be his servant for ten years, the latest in a long string of local girls who each serve the wizard for a decade, emerging at the end somehow c ...more
This tale does have a distinctly fairy tale aura to it, but not in the sense of that distance we get from a tale when characters are The Princess or The Younger Son. Instead, this is a tale that the reader steps into, and experiences with the viewpoint character.
I'm going to tap dance around spoilers as I loathe and despise them, to instead point out that I loved the distinctive n ...more
I just can't bring myself to finish this book.
The writing is beautiful, everyone seems to love it but I'm incredibly bored.
There I said it.
Also am I the only one that was disappointed with the Dragon? the magic system? how quickly she became stronger than the "most powerful wizard"?
Uprooted has a rather gorgeous and intriguing front cover, and admittedly, I was rather excited when I'd read the plot. But now, I feel like I've been kind of conned, in a way. Conned out of five hours of my precious reading time.
When I ...more
Or is it just me?
Because every time my husband drags me off to a campground, I look like this:
So. Yeah. Already prejudiced against the Strangle-Trees (or whatever they're called) in this story.
Ok, from the blurb, you probably think that the story centers around a guy named Dragon (or a dragon named Guy?) and the girl he falls in love with(or ...more
although i know, with my logic-brain and my experiences and my readers’ advisory training, that not every book is going to “work” for every reader, i always feel a little bit guilty, a little bit broken, when a wildly popular book i had every expectation of loving falls short for me.
and in this case, i’m not even sure why we didn’t click.
its hooks hooked me: it’s ...more
Buddy Re- Read with my fellow fantasy aficionados at Buddies Books and Baubles
❀ 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 an...more
Honestly, I was feeling a bit of trepidation before reading this, and I'm very happy to say that I didn't have any issues with the novel.
What? No issues at all?
No, not really. I honestly enjoyed opening characterizations, all focused more upon the hopes and the realistic expectations when it came to the Dragon who may or may not be an evil nobel/wizard, and I enjoyed the bait and switch enough that I just got suckered into the rest o ...more
☠ DNF at 31% ☠
What the hell is wrong with this world?! When I DNF a YA book, I expect to DNF it in a blaze of glorious ranting, not in a blaze of glorious snoring. Damn you, you Crappy Books Gods! If you are going to put me through a Freaking YA Novel, you could at least give me something to rage about. But no. That would be too considerate of you. You are nothing but a cruel and merciless☠What ...more
first of all, the fact that this Dragon or Sarkin guy isn't an actual dragon??? Mad Fake. i feel cheated on. and also, he's an asshole??? and apparently, people like the romance between him and the mc?? disgusting. he's verbally abusive. says things that actually hurt the mc's feelings. orders her aro ...more
I'll admit, though. I didn't particularly love this book as much as I expected. Don't get me wrong--it's a BRILLIANT book (all-caps worthy!), but I had trouble getting into the book because it was HUGE.
I guess the writing had something to do with it, too. I mean, it was elegant and defisowrong--it's ...more
A girl locked in a tower, tangled up in sinister magic, threatened by power-hungry princes and all the while trying to stay true to herself.
This was my first novel by Naomi Novik.
While neither cover nor title really sparked my interest, the surprisingly high Goodreads rating and the plot summary finally did it for me.
I picked this book up, expecting magic and romance ...more
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