Writing Update #1 | NaNoWriMo 2017

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Hey, everyone! Hope you’re doing well and hanging in there! In case you haven’t noticed from my lack of posting, I’ve been avoiding writing this post. The writing has been a struggle for me personally, and I’ve been waiting for something positive to happen before I write my first update. I’ve realized though that it’s late enough in the month that I need to update or I’ll have no record to look back on at the end of this month, so here I am!

This post comes to you in two parts:

  1.  An update on how my writing is going
  2. The tricks and advice that are keeping me going

Novel Progress

As I predicted at the beginning of NaNoWriMo I did a lot of jumping around at the beginning. I started towards the beginning and as I wrote and learned more about the story, I began jumping ahead to make notes under chapter headings of things I want to remember to write once I get there in this draft.

I started this month with a Word document that contained 30 chapters with headings to remind me at what point I should have major plot points (e.g midpoint, pinches, climax, etc.) happening. I adjust these periodically and by no means am dead set on ending with 30 chapters. I just find it useful as visual representation of the mental framework I want to remember to follow so that stuff is actually happening. (I’m too good at stalling the story while I set up scenes that aren’t fully formed yet.)

There are often a lot of thoughts bouncing around in my head as I write. I’m try to stay in the moment, but my internal editor is always reminding me that I’m telling too much and that I keep changing my writing POV and that holistically the story is a mess and that my protagonist has no personality. But something I’ve found very encouraging to remember, when I’m in the mood to be optimistic are these words from Adam Silvera.

“For the first draft I “Tell Now, Show Later” because I gotta learn the characters and story first by TELLING myself before SHOWING you.

I find it a lot easier to write when I remember that this a crucial first step in writing a novel. I need to get all my ideas out and then select from amongst them the strongest that will make this story more coherent. Not everything will be necessary to include in a final draft, but the final draft will not be reachable unless I get all these scenes out of my head.

I also remind myself that I will be able to commit to a POV after I’ve decided what I want to keep and how to best have the story unfold. At that point I will be able to better develop my protagonist’s voice and better bring her to life.

So right now as I endeavor to catch up, I’m still jumping around to write the most interesting bits and following leads I discover as I write. I’m also rereading what I’ve written, which I know some people advise against, but I always find I’m able to add words as I reread and make things more clear because when I sprint I find I leave out clarifying and descriptive details in my hurry to keep up with the story unfolding in my head.

I also make in-line notes about things I want to fix later or add to make certain details more meaningful. And the best thing about doing it this way is I feel like I’m satisfying my inner editor and adding to my word count!

At this point, I figure I’ll share my current writing stats as depicted in graph form. Bare in mind, that although I’m behind, I have not given up hope!

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Tricks That Help Me Keep Writing

I’m not a fast writer. I also find it difficult to write when I’m stressed out or deeply unhappy about something, because the words I write at these moments are often tinged with those negative emotions. Because I don’t think anyone should force themselves to write if they’re not in the right headspace for it (which, let me be clear, I consider separate from the infamous “writer’s block” headspace), I have found certain ways to keep adding words and not feel like I’m totally slacking.

These are my tricks for anyone struggling to write:

  1. Open a second NaNoWriMo document for all the extra stuff you don’t want cluttering your main story and don’t want to delete for the sake of winning. In my second document, I have transferred scenes that no longer fit, summaries for scenes that I’ve since written, and ideas for spin-off storylines and even related novel ideas I may want to pursue later! Then I just add up the word counts between the two documents when I want to update my NaNoWriMo word count on the website.
  2. Commit yourself each day to time spent with your butt in your writing chair. NaNoWriMo is all about that word count, but I find it much easier some days to think of success in terms of time spent writing rather than words written. If you often find yourself procrastinating on writing because you’re telling yourself you can do it later in the day, this might be something that can help you. I often find myself getting ants in my pants after I’ve written a couple hundred words and feel like I deserve a break, but it’s avoidant behavior that shouldn’t be indulged! If I tell myself to sit down for an hour and not get up, I often find that I’ll end up writing things that surprise myself and make me want to keep writing. These are often things I would’ve never thought of if I was allowing myself to take a break every 20 minutes.
  3. Don’t look at your friend’s stats if you’re behind! When I’m on track or even ahead, I find it incredibly reassuring to look at my writing buddies’ stats and remind myself that I’m doing exactly what I should be doing. But if you’ve not been able to write for a few days and have fallen really behind, comparisons can be really detrimental to your already fragile writing self-esteem. So my advice for catching up is to look up how many words you need to write each day to catch up and focus on meeting or exceeding that goal.

I also wanted to share a video with some good advice for those of you who may be stuck because you do not know what to write next! I was going to share this video in a post that may not end up happening so now’s a good a time as any.

In “WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? | NANOWRIMO DAY 6” Katytastic provides what I think is excellent advice for this predicament, starting around 1:31 in the video.

End Note

Writing is hard. There’s no way around it. If  you are behind and feel like all is lost, I encourage you to look at your NaNo stats, which provide an estimate of how many words per day you need to write to still finish on time. As I am currently at 6,927 words on Day 14, my current estimate is 2,534 words, which is not hopeless! Especially when I think about how some days I may still manage to write more than that.

I don’t know when I’ll be able to update you all again. My priority is winning NaNoWriMo so I can’t guarantee another one this month, but I do hope to update you if and when I am able to catch up to where I need to be.

Thank you for reading!
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October Wrap Up + November TBR

It’s a little late but I still wanted to do my October Wrap Up and November TBR, both of which I decided to combine because I didn’t feel I really had enough content for two separate posts. I didn’t read much in October and I don’t expect November to be much better because of NaNoWriMo.

I’m pretty happy at this point that I’m right on track with my Goodreads Reading Challenge, even if it’s only because I lucked out in starting a new trilogy with such short books that I could burn through them really quickly.

October ’17 Wrap Up

  1. Uprooted by Naomi Novik – Reviewed!
  2. White Cat by Holly Black
  3. Red Glove by Holly Black (didn’t finish until November 6th)

I loved what I read in October! I had suspected I would really like Uprooted, but it was still a lovely surprise of a read. It was nothing like I had expected and a refreshing standalone fantasy novel. There were some cliches that irked me, but overall I think the author managed to challenge them enough to satisfy me. The main thing I appreciate from a writer’s standpoint is how a book with magic can still have beautiful moments that illuminate human nature. I really hope to do that will the stories I write.

White Cat I started because I watched an interview with Leigh Bardugo and at 46:20 she recommends reading the Curse Workers trilogy by Holly Black if you’re a fan of Six of Crows. I was going to write a book review for it, but I started the sequel Red Glove immediately and then NaNoWriMo started and it just didn’t happen, which I’m super bummed about. I may read them again and try to do a series review or something because I think these books are a little underhyped.

I’ve never read anything by Holly Black before (other than her co-written middle grade fantasy The Iron Trial, which I felt was really derivative of Harry Potter). I feel like the Curse Workers trilogy is something I would’ve really loved in middle school when I was an avid reader. But I still enjoyed them a lot reading them now.

The books are set in an alternative universe U.S. on the east coast where the magical mafia is a thing! Workers are people who are born with one of seven abilities: physical, memories, luck, emotions, dreams, death, and transformation. People wear gloves because everyone fears being worked upon. In the backdrop of the stories, the government is trying to pass legislation that makes testing mandatory so that workers are identified.

I love the protagonist Cassel. He’s adorable and reading from his perspective is refreshing for me personally for two reasons. One, because I feel like I’ve been reading a lot of novels with female protagonists. I hadn’t noticed until I read this book and am hearing him talk about his girlfriends and realize just how subtly different it is to be a boy than a girl. The second reason is just because I don’t read a lot of books set during high school anymore, so the background concerns about staying out of trouble in school and worrying about homework and grades took me back.

November ’17 TBR

As I’ve mentioned loads in the past week, I’m participating in NaNoWriMo so I don’t think I’ll be reading too much, but given that it is the end of the year already somehow I want to stay on track! So I’m still planning on reading at least three books: one novel, an anthology, and a non-fiction book.

Books I Want to Read

  1. Black Heart by Holly Black
  2. The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
  3. A Nervous Splendor: Vienna 1888-1889 by Frederic Morton

I’ve already read Black Heart, because I totally procrastinated on this post. It was a satisfying conclusion to a too short series. I’m honestly distraught that I won’t have these books to look forward to at night and when I want to procrastinate on writing.

Next up is The Language of Thorns, which I pre-ordered ahead of its September release this year. I think an anthology is a smart choice for NaNoWriMo, because I won’t need to binge it all in one go; I can read a story here and there and not feel like I’m spending too much time away from my own story.

I may also be able to read A Nervous Splendor at the same time. This novel is one I bought for my German Lit. class last fall and it’s somewhat inspiring the world and some events in my novel so I figure it’s a good time to finally read it and hope it positively influencing my worldbuilding.

End Note

Sorry this post is coming so late, but writing and reading have taken up a majority of time of late. I’ve also been working on job application and will soon start grad school application. I plan to release a NaNoWriMo writing update very soon (maybe even tonight), so stay tuned for that! I don’t have many words yet but I have gotten a lot done.

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What I’m Writing This Year | NaNoWriMo 2017

What I'm Writing

In which I share details about my WIP and how I plan to write it.

Happy Halloween! It is 7:16 p.m. as I finally begin drafting this post and I can hear the rain outside pattering against the window and flowing through the gutter. I had intended to begin writing this earlier. I had also thought I might start writing the novel already, but my sinuses have been bothering me since Monday and I’ve just been trying to get some rest.

I’ve finally created my novel on the NaNoWriMo website. Feel free to add me as a writing buddy if you would like so you can keep up with my writing progress if you are interested. I’ve added a one sentence summary to it, which I will include below.

A thirteen-year-old witch is abducted in the place of the sickly young princess in order to end a century-long curse upon the beasts who have been plaguing the countryside.

It’s going to be a YA-targeted fantasy novel. I’m still reluctant to share much more details about the story as I still feel it might change at any point, as it often has in the past as I write. I’m fairly confident in how the story will begin and, thus, I’m willing to commit to it here finally!

I anticipate there will be lots of adventure, political intrigue, and magical beasts.

How I Plan to Write

I have found that starting from the beginning is often counterproductive for me, as it will often change the course of my novel before I’ve gotten to what I have planned. It’s actually heart-breaking, because I really love writing new beginnings (more so than finishing novels in fact). But that’s why I know it will be better if I save it for later. It’s something to look forward to.

I’m going to be writing out of order this year, and jumping around as I see fit to add stuff where I feel I need to in the moment. I’ll also be writing partially in summary form and probably by subplot line so nothing is forgotten.

The very first thing I’m eager to do first thing on November 1st is write all the scenes featuring the antagonist, whether they be direct interactions or bits that will foreshadow. I’m also eager to build up a big lead at the beginning as I know it will be difficult to write on days I work, and it’s important not to fall behind too early.

End Note

I intend to post writing updates throughout the month. In the past, I’ve attempted weekly updates on my story. I will most likely try this again, but I don’t want to make any promises if it begins to seem like it’s getting in the way of my actual writing. I plan to have a couple more posts going up this week, including a book review and my October Wrap Up that I’ve decided to combine with my November TBR since both should be fairly short.

I’m so excited to start writing! Best of luck to anyone who is participating! You can do this!

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Let’s Talk Plot + Tips | NaNoWriMo 2017

Plot Tips

A post for anyone who might want to participate in NaNoWriMo, but doesn’t know what to write.

I think one of the main obstacles that prevents people from even trying to attempt NaNoWriMo is that they don’t know what they want to write. Some people have loads of works-in-progress, so choosing between them might be the most of their worries. And of course, there are those pantsers who are perfectly content to just write by the seat of their pants with no plans in sight, following every scent they come across as they go.

But for others like me, there might a desire to write but a hesitance, maybe related to confidence, to choose something and just go for it.

I have struggled with plot a lot in the past. I used to be a pantser, and was successful at completing NaNoWriMo. But once I realized that the drafts I wrote were not anything I wanted to continue working on past NaNoWriMo and that one of the major determinants of what books become my favorites is a strong plot I decided I wanted to become a writer with a plan. Of course, it’s been easier said than done.

I do not have all the answers and am still figuring out how to plot in a way that works for me. But I have come across a bunch of tips and resources that might help others, which is why I wanted to compile them here in a post for anyone who might benefit.

Bare in mind, this is not a comprehensive list, only stuff that I’ve personally come across and think have best influenced me.

Resources

  1. NaNoWriMo Adopt A Plot Forum. The official NaNoWriMo has an entire forum listed to adoptables each year. Here’s a link specifically to the Adopt a Plot forum, where people list anything from plot synopses to questions that might spark ideas. So it’s not exactly full-length prompts, but this might be a good starting point for you if you’re not even sure what kind of story you want to write yet.
  2. Three Act Structure. One of my favorite YouTubers is Katytastic who got her start making writing videos. Her explanation of the Three Act Structure is really easy to follow and something that might help you develop an effective plot that takes place over 27 chapters. It might make your story feel formulaic at first, but I think it’s a good starting place for a first draft and it may be smoothed out after the core of the story is written.
  3. Marissa Meyer’s 9 Steps from Idea to Finished. On her blog, the author of the Lunar Chronicles shows how she brainstorms/ researches and outlines in a few posts that I have found really helpful. I’ve not quite reached the point where her last few steps come in handy (e.g. revision), but I will definitely return to this series once I’ve got a first draft I’m ready to polish.

One Option (For if you’re really stuck)

Do a retelling of a well-known or beloved story with a different cast and setting. Some really successful fantasy novels that have done this are the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy and the Lunar Chronicles series. For instance, you might select a favorite Grim’s fairytale, Shakespeare play, Jane Austen novel, Biblical story, or tale from any other world mythology that speaks to you. Classics are wonderful sources to pull from because they’ve stood the test of time and are still around because there’s something universal about their stories that continues to resonate with modern day readers.

End Note

One last thing I want to leave you with before I go is about how prepared you need to be. Hank Green on the YouTube channel he shares with his brother John recently did a video called “The Secret to My Productivity” in which he describes that he doesn’t shoot to be 100% ready before he starts anything; he gets to 80% and then gets going. It might be hard to wrap your head around it, especially if you grasp at any excuse to hold off the future (like me). But I do believe he might be onto something.

I’ve come to realize over the last year that one thing that has really held me back in life is waiting until I’m 100% ready to do anything, which means I’ve gotten very little done. So what I’m getting at is that you should not not participate in NaNoWriMo if you don’t feel like you’ve figure out every last detail about your story. There’s point were you need to just start if you feel like you have enough to go on to figure out the rest along the way.

I hope you’ve found this post helpful. I wish I had more to share, but I think these tidbits are a good starting point for anyone who’s not got much planned at all. On Halloween I plan to finally tell you all about the story I’m writing for NaNoWriMo and how I think I’m going to be successful.

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Announcement + Plans | NaNoWriMo 2017

Today I want to officially announce that I will be participating in NaNoWriMo 2017! In case you’ve never heard of it, NaNoWriMo is a month-long writing event that takes place each November. The main objective is to complete a new novel from scratch with a minimum of 50,000 words by the end of the month, which translates roughly to 1,667 words per day. It’s a whirlwind, but it’s fun!

I prefer to think of the rules as guidelines, so I anticipate I may start my novel early. But my goal will still be to add 50,000 words between November 1-30.

If you are not certain if you would like to participate, I encourage you give it a shot if you’ve ever thought you wanted to be a writer. It’s an amazing time of the year where all kinds of writers are joined together over this crazy goal and you will have so much emotional and motivational support, especially if you are active in the NaNoWriMo forums or on Twitter where there will almost always be writing sprints available.

Directly following today’s post, I plan to release two more before November 1st. One will cover some thoughts and tips on plot for anyone who may be still be wondering about what they want to write if they participate. In the second I will share as much as I can about my novel and how I personally think I will go about writing, including personal goals.

During the month I hope to do weekly writing updates, some things I might find useful as I go. I also am already planning an inspiration/motivation post for the second week of November that I think will help anyone like me who is sure to be suffering after the “honeymoon period” of NaNoWriMo (aka the time after the initial week’s excitement when the doubts settle in and distractions come into play).

Pep talks I think only work so much and I’ve stumbled upon a few resources I will share along the month that may hopefully help you keep your writing mojo going. I do think that one of the most important things to keep in mind is that it’s supposed to be fun.

End Note

Let me know in the comments if you plan to participate in NaNoWriMo or have any questions I or anyone else might be able to answer. If you have no interest in NaNo-themed posts, rest assured I will continue to post book reviews or anything else I find interesting on the topic of books through November. I will have my October ’17 Wrap Up and November ’17 TBR coming out next weekend after the NaNoWriMo kick off is completed. ^_^

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Stranger Things Book Tag

Stranger Book Tag

In celebration of the arrival of Season 2 of Stranger Things to Netflix, I decided I wanted to do a Stranger Things-themed book tag! I went out in search specifically for an existing tag with this name and my favorite was found here, but she did not link to the tag’s creator so I’m not sure from where it originally came. If you know, let me know in the comments and I will happily link to the original post.

Feel free to do this tag if you’d like and take the banner I created! I’m not tagging anyone specific as it’s a bit of an old tag, but if you do it feel free to link back to this post and let me know in the comments so I can go read yours ^_^

#1 The Vanishing of Will Beyers

The first book in a series that left you intrigued and slightly confused.

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The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen | I loved this book and have read it twice, but I still remember the initial confusion about the setting of this novel. There’s a map but throughout the novel are hints that this story is set in some sort of distant future in which Harry Potter and modern medicine were lost…Oh, and there’s magic. Sounds crazy right?! It’s all explained in the second book, though.

#2 The Upside Down

A book with a setting you’d never want to live in.

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White Cat by Holly Black | I’m not even finished reading this book yet, but I already know I would not want to live in this world! They live in an alternative universe where mob-like families seem rule the world and gloves are a social requirement so that people know they haven’t been “worked” on, in other words been affected by the powers of others. Yikes!

#3 Eleven

A book you own that is somewhat damaged but loved to pieces.

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee | I probably got this book in 8th or 9th grade when it was required reading for English class. I would’ve never known it would become one of the oldest books in my collection and one I still cherish and count as one that has shaped the kind of person I aim to be. The pages have somewhat yellowed and the cover is a little worn but I’ll probably keep it as long as I can.

#4 Mike, Lucas, and Dustin

A trilogy you always go to when you need a pick me up.

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The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff | I really had to think about the series I wanted to choose for this category as most of my trilogies are fantasies with high stakes and not books I pick up to lift my mood or spirits, more so for excitement. But The Illuminae Files books are filled with a lot of laughs and good humor despite the space monsters and overall peril. If I didn’t have a never-ending TBR I would probably pick these books up more often. As it is, I will have to wait until NEXT YEAR for the final installment which is hopefully a fun and satisfying conclusion to the trilogy.

#5 The Demogorgan

A book with a terrifying beast you wouldn’t want to meet in an alley.

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Uprooted by Naomi Novik | Maybe it’s because I just read this book, but I feel like the antagonist is super scary because of how unpredictable it must be for the general public and how hateful it is toward humanity. The Wood has the power to create horrifying monsters of unsuspecting humans and wizards, and also has really creepy creatures of its own that I know I wouldn’t stand a chance against.

#6 Dr. Brenner

A book series with a villain who is both manipulative and dedicated.

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The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo | I feel like so many villains are manipulative and dedicated but also really nuanced these days. But I do think that the Darkling of The Grisha Trilogy really takes the cake. He’s so dedicated to his cause and that of the oppressed Grisha, it’s hard not to sympathize with him. He’s also so manipulative that he gets caught up in it himself when trying to turn Alina to his side.

#7 Nancy Wheeler

A book you didn’t expect to love.

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart | I recently reread this book this past summer and I still have a really soft spot for it. It still makes me cry super hard, even now that I read it knowing what’s going to happen. It was such a random purchase for me at the time that I bought it (since I’m not a big fan of contemporary YA) that I think this book is definitely one that has caught me off guard to become one that I love.

#8 Hawkins, Indiana

A book with a setting that is just a little bit strange.

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Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter | The setting of this book is actually A LOT bit strange. It’s set in Brooklyn, which is strange enough to me because I’ve never been to New York, but it’s also really strange in that a chain of convenience stores called BY’s spins in the air and is surrounded by the spiked heads of shoplifters, many of whom we can deduce might have been set up by the evil hands wandering the store. It’s also pretty strange how the magic operating the stores also keep the locals, including law enforcement, from ever thinking to try and obtain justice.

End Note

I hope you enjoyed this book tag! It was a lot of fun thinking of good books I’d like to share for each category. Before I go, I also wanted to let you know what’s coming up on Betwined Reads. I’ve got three new posts planned for the last three days of October, all related to NaNoWriMo. If you don’t know what that is…Google it. Or you can wait until tomorrow for my first post explaining my plans for the event and some potentially useful tidbits for success this November! ^_^

Who else is ecstatic for the return of Stranger Things?!

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Uprooted by Naomi Novik | Book Review (Spoiler-Free)

Released: May 19, 2015
Pages: 435 pages (paperback)
Theme(s): Magic, human nature, friendship, tolls of war, value of life
Genre(s): YA / Fantasy / Fairytale
Age Group: 14+

★★½

“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 when the dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

My Thoughts

Uprooted is a standalone, fantasy novel that has been on my radar for a long time. I love fairytales of all sorts so this book’s summary seemed right up my alley, especially I was in the mood for what I thought might be a little light-hearted romance. That it is not; but nevertheless  I enjoyed it tremendously. It was beautifully told and the story really resonated with me, probably because of how unflinchingly honest it was about human nature and relationships.

I didn’t fall in love with this book all at once. It took me a little while to really get into the story, especially as the protagonist Agnieszka at first felt like a Mary Sue. But we soon find what makes her special and her follies are given somewhat of an explanation and, thus, turn into her personal strengths.

I really enjoyed how the story was told. The novel is written entirely from the perspective of Agnieszka, as if she’s telling this story to us directly, with hints of something like foreshadowing which is never too heavy handed but is a subtle reminder of no matter how dark things become that she’s made it out. My only critique in terms of style is that at times the story seemed to drag and force you to put aside your questions to be stumbling around in the moment with Agnieszka.

Why You Should Read It

  1. Strong Female Friendship. Agnieszka’s main driving force throughout the novel is protecting her best friend Kasia. Much of their lives are defined by the knowledge that either of them might be whisked away by the Dragon, although everyone believes it will be Kasia who everyone sees as special. After Agnieszka is chosen, we get to see the aftermath and how they grow closer after the Wood tries to tear them apart.
  2. A Beautiful Mad World. If you’re someone who loves vivid and fantastic world-building and imagery, then I think you will enjoy this book. As I was reading I felt I could see the world unfolding in my mind’s eye like a cinematic experience. The world is essentially a character in the story, magnificent and terrifying. It reminds me of nothing else I’ve read in recent years. Or ever.
  3. Horror & Suspense. Although it is at times a slow-burner, this is the most suspenseful novel I’ve read in a long time. There are moments where I felt like I was reading a psychological thriller. The antagonist is the Wood, which is ever creeping up upon the villages and has the power to corrupt people’s minds and bodies. The country is low on wizards so it is near impossible to tell if someone has been corrupted until they have snapped and are causing pain and suffering in their neighbors and loved ones.

My biggest criticism of the book after having now read the whole thing is that it feels a bit disjointed. I was terrified of the antagonistic force throughout the entire novel, which caused a lot of suspense. But finding out the “why” of it all didn’t do much to satisfy me, maybe because of how out of nowhere it came after the rest of the novel with no real hints. I also felt there was a lack of justice that was just devastating because of how much pain and sorrow the Wood had caused.

I do like where how the novel ends with Agnieszka and the Dragon, as it feels very believable and realistic. But also hopeful.

Have you read Uprooted? What did you think?

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