J. E. H U N T E R

A writer of young adult fiction specializing in self-publishing, creativity, and writing.

Hi All! Welcome to this latest post in my What I’m Reading series.Today I’m discussing my review of Uprooted by Naomi Novik. This fantasy novel, found in the adult section of the bookstore, follows the story of Agnieszka. Agnieszka is born in a village near a deadly, creepy, and fantasic wood. Although this book is sold in the adult section, this book is a great read for those who love young adult fantasy. This is one of those books where the character is quite young, learning about the world, and setting foot out in the world alone for the first time. I think the reason that this book is shelved as adult versus young adult is because the writing is very high caliber, and the book and plot have a thickness that many young adult books are often missing.

But enough about that. Let’s get to the good stuff. I loved this book. It had a creepy, haunted wood vibe that just drew me right in. The wood was just as much a character in this novel as Agnieszka, and I loved them both. Agnieszka is a strong, determined character who learns she has magical powers, and she must learn to use those magical powers if she is going to save her village, family, and friends, from the hungry wood that grows nearer every year.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik is a great, atmospheric reads. It’s the kind of book that swallows you whole and pulls you entirely into the world, something I love in a magic book. Uprooted is a fairytale retelling, and there are many hidden gems from well-known fairytales hidden in the book. But while loosely based on fairytales, this book is a unique edition to the fairytale retelling-genre. There are many fairytale retelling books that fall under the YA umbrella, but what I really enjoyed about Uprooted is that this is adult fiction. The main character might be young, but she is mature, and I loved that.

Have you read Uprooted? What did you think?

5/5 Stars

JEH

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