How are you? I am good, because I am finally on my Spring Break. I am also very tired because my friends were visiting and we were clubbing 3 nights in a row and despite having a blast I am exhausted. Anyway, as it is Sunday, here is another review. Today it’s Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I read this for one of my classes this term and here are my thoughts.
Author: Naomi Novik
Genres: High Fantasy, Magic, Fairy tale, Young Adult, Romance
Publisher: Del Ray
Publication Date: 19th May 2015
A dark enchantment blights the land. Agnieszka loves her village, set in a peaceful valley. But the nearby enchanted forest casts a shadow over her home. Many have been lost to the Wood and none return unchanged. The villagers depend on an ageless wizard, the Dragon, to protect them from the forest’s dark magic. However, his help comes at a terrible price. A young woman must serve him for ten years, leaving all she values behind. Agnieszka fears her dearest friend Kasia will be picked at the next choosing, for she is everything Agnieszka is not – beautiful, graceful and brave. Yet when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he takes.
My Goodreads Review:
I was reading this as part of my English literature course.
Everything i adored about this book had a con. The plot was interesting and gripping and completely unique but hard to follow at times. The characters were multi-dimensional and likeable and yet infuriating at times. I started off loving the writing style and not enjoying it by the end.
I am left feeling meh about this book because despite the good there are bad. I would recommend it overall because of its uniqueness however don’t expect to read it without a few annoyances.
I did really like the ending, although it was also a little hard to follow.
Characters: I really liked the Dragon. He was my favourite character. He was multidimensional and an interesting take on the traditional hints to the fairy tale tropes of a dragon – takes a princess, breathes fire, magical, lives isolated from society, etc.
Agnieszka on the other hand, I hated. She was so irritating. The biggest personification of Special Snowflake Syndrome I have ever read! She was so entitled and so yet helpless.
As for Kasia, I found her to be very meh. She was such a bland character who was merely there to further the plot but she had no voice or character or arc of her own, meaning she was very dull to read.
Characters = 5/10
Humour: There was no humour. There wasn’t even unintentional humour, which I normally find in every book. I often think that most books can get away without humour, however in this case I think the internal sarcastic comment would both lift the often sullen mood of most of the book and also make some of the characters far more likeable. Because the characterisation is so poor, you need something to raise the game.
Humour = 0/10
Atmosphere: This was an element of the book I really did enjoy. The way Novik built her world was really great. I love the way she intertwined all the fairytale tropes with a more modern interpretation.
Atmosphere = 6/10
Writing Style: I quite liked her writing style for most of things, such as description of scenery. But one major issue was the flow. It was horrifically set out. The start was so fast paced and intriguing, really grips you. Then it sags…for about 300 pages. 300 pages of basically nothing happening and extreme boredom. Then suddenly it is like she had a fixed word count she could go to and realised she had to have all the unimportant things she had started finished very quickly. And in the final 50 pages there was so much covered that you couldn’t follow because it was way too complicated and almost too outlandish to be believed. There are definite flaws with the writing.
Writing Style = 5/10
Plot: I did like the plot…when there was plot. Like I said, the earlier. At the start the plot was very interesting and gripping and got me really involved. But then it sagged and very little happened making it pretty dull. And then the conclusion was really interesting, but way to hard to follow and it took me three reads to understand.
Plot = 6/10
Intrigue: Other than the initial chapters i was not intrigued. I didn’t care what happened to them because I disliked the characters (with the exception of the Dragon).
Intrigue = 3/10
Logic: I think it was logical…although I can’t guarantee that because the ending was so confusing. When I say it was logical I mean the magic seemed plausible. I have to mark it down in case I am wrong about it being plausible.
Logic = 5/10
Enjoyment: I wanted to enjoy it but I didn’t. It was too slow and also too quick and the characters lacked definition.
Enjoyment = 5/10
Relationships: The relationship in this felt extremely forced. As if it had to be done in order for her to tick off another trope. Normally I adore all romances and think every book needs one. This one could have done without it. Although I did enjoy their friendship/tolerance with each other.
Relationships = 5/10
Overall Score = 40/90 or 4.44/10
Star Rating = ⭐⭐
That’s the end of the review, no spoilers today. If you couldn’t tell this was not a great read for me, despite it sounding like everything I normally adore and having pretty great reviews online. Is there something I’m missing? If so tell me below. Anyway, see you tomorrow ❤