Friday, June 26, 2015

Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

From Goodreads: 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.

My Rating: 4.5 hearts 

Thoughts on the Novel: Uprooted by Naomi Novik was a book that appeared on my radar as a read recommended for those who liked Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses (which I had put on my wishlist, but have yet to still read). I wasn’t sure what to expect from Uprooted when I began it; but after reading it, here are five reasons why I think you should definitely read it too: 
  1. The protagonist: Agnieszka is a heroine that’s easy to root for. She’s average looking, loves the outdoors, is clumsy, and can never stay tidy. Even when Agnieszka finds out that she has magic and is a pretty powerful witch, she doesn’t develop an ego. Case in point: while the other wizards have fancy nicknames, she chooses to be Agnieszka of Dvernik.  
  2. The secondary characters: I loved how well-rounded all the secondary characters in the story were. The villain, for example, still managed to earn some sympathy from me, despite having done such terrible things.  
  3. The setting: I don’t want to spoil anything so all I’m going to say about the Wood is that it’s seriously creepy! 
  4. The portrayal of friendship: I really liked how realistic the relationship between Kasia and Agnieszka was. Not only was their friendship layered, but it developed over the course of the novel as well. 
  5. The romance: Initially, the Dragon and Agnieszka have a rather unequal relationship because he’s a lot older than her and much more knowledgeable about magic. Then, there’s the fact that Agnieszka has grown up resenting him because she knows that he’s going to take Kasia when they turn seventeen. However, Agnieszka and the Dragon’s relationship becomes more equal as she learns about her own magic and spends more time with him. I loved seeing the two of them slowly start to open up to each other! 
A must-read for those who enjoy fantasy, Uprooted was released in May 2015 by Del Ray. 

Comments About the Cover: I guess because the central picture is of a girl with a rose, the cover reminds me of Beauty and the Beast. The story though isn’t a retelling of the fairy tale, in spite of some similar elements.


  1. Another good review for Uprooted! I've barely heard anything bad about this book yet. It makes me want it even more.

    Have you seen the UK cover for this? It's GORGEOUS

  2. This is next on my to-read list - all the reviews I've read have been really positive, and I can't wait!

  3. Ah! Everyone has been loving this lately! *anxiously adds to dangerously high TBR* I like the European cover better, it is so pretty!

  4. I don't think I've read a less-than glowing review of this one yet Z! I really need to make time for it. I love the sound of the friendship between the girls and of course her relationship with the Dragon:)

  5. I haven't heard of this one but now that I have read your review and read this "recommended for those who liked Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses" I'm totally intrigued. I actually can't resist a romance like that so xD

  6. Seems like everyone is reading and praising this one!! That's so exciting. Especially because it has a lot of the elements (above^^) that I love in stories! I hope I can get to it sooner rather than later!


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