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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
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Aug 01, 2017

it was ok
bookshelves: fiction, on-my-bookshelf

2.5 stars
Do not let the quaint, soft focus, idyllic cover fool you -- this is a creepy, blood-thirsty novel, full of woodland creatures, gnomes, goblins, vampires, walking-dead, a frost demon, and a massive bear-like man who feeds on death and fear. Seriously -- Russian folklore/fair-tales are freaky and scary! That being said, Vasya, was a hardass. Like a Russian, magical Wonder Woman. There is a sequel to this book, which normally I would touch -- but Vasya intrigued me. Given enough time away from this -- I could be persuaded to continue her story. Maybe. If I don't have nightmares.

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Reading Progress

December 8, 2016 – Shelved
December 8, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
July 24, 2017 – Started Reading
July 24, 2017 – Shelved as: fiction
July 24, 2017 – Shelved as: on-my-bookshelf
July 25, 2017 –
page 31
July 28, 2017 –
page 109
33.75% "Very strange, very confusing - each of the characters has a given name and a nickname, and they're both used interchangeably, so it's hard to keep them straight."
July 30, 2017 –
page 168
July 31, 2017 –
page 219
67.8% "I just don't understand the folklore/magic."
August 1, 2017 – Finished Reading

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