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Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik Review

Spinning SilverTitle: Spinning Silver

Author: Naomi Novik

Genre: Fantasy

Series: n/a

Goodreads Rating: 4.31/5

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Synopsis:  Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders… but her father isn’t a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife’s dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty–until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers’ pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed–and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold.

But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it’s worth–especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand.

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What I thought about the book: Maybe 3.5 stars. I had really high expectations for this book cause I LOVED Uprooted but it’s a very different book. It had this weird way of boring me and then reeling me again so 50% of the time I really enjoyed it and the other 50% I felt meh.

The changing points of view annoyed me and (with the audiobook anyway) it took me a minute to figure out who was speaking which took me out of the story a bit.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Get the book: Amazon | Book Depository

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Synopsis and book cover from Goodreads. Photos from my Instagram @elainehowlin_

They’ve taken the mice to Isengard | LOTR Mouse Movie

This is so good! The mice are just so cute and the end gave me a giggle. The hobbits and Gandalf are all mice while the orcs are rats and Sauron is a creepy owl.

Mice Animated Short Film by Jade Baillargeault, Nazli Doale, Dimitri James, Quang Daniel La, Morgane Lau, Mélanie Pango et Manon Pringault at ISART DIGITAL. Featured on CGMeetup.

“In a dark subway tunnel, a group of mice find a gold ring-pull that seems to have a mysterious effect on one of them. Not so far from them, an owl and his enslaved rats are watching. The owl sends his rats to get hold of this strange object…”

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And for old times sake…

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Uprooted by Naomi Novik Review

UprootedTitle: Uprooted
 
Author: Naomi Novik
 
Genre: Fantasy
 
Series: N/A
 
Goodreads Rating: 4.11/5
 
 

Synopsis: “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 and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

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: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik Review Elaine Howlin Literary Blog

 
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What I thought about the book:

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This wonderful book centres on a village close to an (evil) enchanted wood that is protected from said wood by a wizard known as The Dragon (are you feeling all excited for the fairytale magic yet?). Every 10 years he visits the village and takes a girl back with him to his castle. No one in the village knows what he does with the girls just that when they return after the 10 years they are different and never stay in the village. This year he takes Agnie despite everyone believing he will take her more beautiful and skilled best friend, Kasia. But Agnie does something at the Choosing Ceremony that makes him feel he must take her.

Based on that much you’re probably expecting a Beauty and the Beast style fairytale romance but you ain’t getting it!

That wood I mentioned at the beginning is the real centre of this story. Its power is growing and it wants to consume as much of its surroundings as possible. Including people! There are creatures living inside it that torment and steal villagers from all areas around the wood. It separates one province from another and attempts to incite war between them which Agnie and the Dragon try to prevent. If you like magic and fantastical battles then this one is for you.

 
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My Rating: 5 star review

May TBR & Goals

Ok, so I never stick to my TBR. Never. Maybe I sometimes read one or two books from it but I have never managed to stick to an entire TBR. Knowing I won’t stick to one, it seems silly to keep writing them so instead I’m going to list a handful of books I would like to read this month and my other bookish goals.

Books

Kushiel's Dart (Phèdre's Trilogy, #1) Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, #4) Midnight's Daughter (Dorina Basarab, #1) The Historian Rajmund (Vampires in America, #3) Venom (Elemental Assassin, #3)Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter, #1) Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1) The Force of Wind (Elemental Mysteries, #3) Heart of Steel (Iron Seas, #2) Deeper Than Midnight (Midnight Breed, #9) Bloodfever (Fever, #2) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6) Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dirk Gently, #1) River Marked (Mercy Thompson, #6) Beauty of the Beast (Fairy Tale Retellings #1) Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype Captive Prince (Captive Prince, #1)

I expect to read at least two of these books. Some of them I’ve added to my TBR each month since February so we shall see….

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Goals

Even if I don’t read the above books I hope to read at least 10 things in May. I say things because I’m including short stories, novellas, graphic novels, etc. in that. I read about 11 things in April so I should be able to manage this…..hopefully.


I have been so all over the place with posting since I started this blog last year. I really want to get more consistent with posting this month. My aim is to post 5-6 times each week. Which is a lot but I’ve written out a plan to help me. Fingers crossed!


I want to get more active on Instagram as well. I studied photography after school, I really like combining my love of books with my love of photography.

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If you’ve read any of the books I mentioned I’d love to know what you thought of them. I’d also love to know if I mentioned a book above you think I should straight away! (not including Harry Potter, this is my 3rd time reading it anyway)

The Prisoner of Azkaban – JK Rowling

464164Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
 
Author: J.K. Rowling
 
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
 
Series: Harry Potter #3
 
Goodreads Rating: 4.52/5
 
 
Synopsis: Harry Potter, along with his best friends, Ron and Hermione, is about to start his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry can’t wait to get back to school after the summer holidays. (Who wouldn’t if they lived with the horrible Dursleys?) But when Harry gets to Hogwarts, the atmosphere is tense. There’s an escaped mass murderer on the loose, and the sinister prison guards of Azkaban have been called in to guard the school…
 
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What I thought about the book: I just can’t decide if this one or Order of the Pheonix is my favourite….
Prisoner of Azkaban gives us a little break from having Voldemort breathing down our necks, establishes the wizarding world more and gives a lot more character development. The story is starting to mature, it’s the turning point for the books going from Children’s to Young Adult.
Since I’ve read this twice already I decided to listen to the audiobook narrated by Stephen Fry. Fry is awesome but he occasionally makes the characters sound whiny especially Hermione.
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My Rating: 
5 paws

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