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Happy Release Day: The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

 


Genre: New Adult, Retelling, Fantasy

Pages: 352

Release Day: December 5th, 2017 by Del Ray

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The magical adventure begun in The Bear and the Nightingale continues as brave Vasya, now a young woman, is forced to choose between marriage or life in a convent and instead flees her home—but soon finds herself called upon to help defend the city of Moscow when it comes under siege.

Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life in a tower, cut off from the vast world she longs to explore. So instead she chooses adventure, disguising herself as a boy and riding her horse into the woods. When a battle with some bandits who have been terrorizing the countryside earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow, she must carefully guard the secret of her gender to remain in his good graces—even as she realizes his kingdom is under threat from mysterious forces only she will be able to stop.


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The Girl in The Tower by Katherine Arden


Genre:  Historical Fiction, New Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Pages: 352

Expected publication: December 5th 2017 by Del Rey

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Synopsis:

Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life in a tower, cut off from the vast world she longs to explore. So instead she chooses adventure, disguising herself as a boy and riding her horse into the woods. When a battle with some bandits who have been terrorizing the countryside earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow, she must carefully guard the secret of her gender to remain in his good graces—even as she realizes his kingdom is under threat from mysterious forces only she will be able to stop.


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The Bear and The Nightingale by Katherine Arden

the-bear-and-the-nightingaleGenre: Fantasy, Adult Fiction, Fairytale Retelling, Folklore

Pages: 336

Publication date: January 10th, 2017 by Random House Publishing Group

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Summary: At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles nearer, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.


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Music Monday

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I’m currently reading The Bear and The Nightingale and I’m one of those that likes to celebrate Christmas as soon as the calendar flips to November 1st. In my way of thinking, it comes and goes far too fast the older I get, and with little ones I enjoy savoring the spirit of the season. That being said, I break out my winter Playlists and start listening to Winter Solstice IV, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Manheim Steamroller, etc. Coincidentally, it is the perfect blend for The Bear and The Nightingale, which takes place in Russia. It depicts a cold, bitter landscape that is cruel when it comes to taking what is weak.


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Wishlist Wednesday

 

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Books that I have recently put on my Wishlist or books that I am dying to read! Posted every Wednesday.


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Blurb: A young woman’s family is threatened by forces both real and fantastical in this debut novel inspired by Russian fairy tales.

In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, a stranger with piercing blue eyes presents a new father with a gift – a precious jewel on a delicate chain, intended for his young daughter. Uncertain of its meaning, Pytor hides the gift away and Vasya grows up a wild, willful girl, to the chagrin of her family. But when mysterious forces threaten the happiness of their village, Vasya discovers that, armed only with the necklace, she may be the only one who can keep the darkness at bay.

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I was so excited to find this on Goodreads by accident while I was looking up Vassa in the Night. It looks like 2017 is off to a good start with some amazing books to be read, I’ll have to wait a little longer because this book doesn’t hit the shelves until January 17th 2017 by Del Rey. Until then I will wait patiently for this beauty.

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vassa-in-the-nightBlurb: In the enchanted kingdom of Brooklyn, the fashionable people put on cute shoes, go to parties in warehouses, drink on rooftops at sunset, and tell themselves they’ve arrived. A whole lot of Brooklyn is like that now—but not Vassa’s working-class neighborhood.

In Vassa’s neighborhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic, but stumbling out again could become an issue. Babs Yagg, the owner of the local convenience store, has a policy of beheading shoplifters—and sometimes innocent shoppers as well. So when Vassa’s stepsister sends her out for light bulbs in the middle of night, she knows it could easily become a suicide mission.

But Vassa has a bit of luck hidden in her pocket, a gift from her dead mother. Erg is a tough-talking wooden doll with sticky fingers, a bottomless stomach, and a ferocious cunning. With Erg’s help, Vassa just might be able to break the witch’s curse and free her Brooklyn neighborhood. But Babs won’t be playing fair. . . .

Inspired by the Russian folktale Vassilissa the Beautiful and Sarah Porter’s years of experience teaching creative writing to New York City students.

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I saw this earlier in the year and it has been on my wish list for quite some time. Vasilisa the Beautiful is one of my favorite folktales and I’m so unbelievably excited that two fantastic looking books are coming out! This gem here will be published September 20th 2016 by Tor Teen.

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Hope you enjoyed reading about these two books. What have you put on your Wishlist recently?