The Winter of the Witch Katherine Arden Review

The Winter of the Witch

I can’t believe this beautiful series is over. I am sad to finish it. Katherine Arden painted a beautiful world that I was so glad I got to experience.

The Winter of the Witch continues the story right after the events of The Girl in the Tower. Moscow has been struck with disaster and they are hunting someone to blame. Unfortunately, Vasya fills that position. While escaping she goes to the land of Midnight, where she learns that the fates of the seen and unseen world are resting on her shoulders. Through this journey Vasya will come into her powers and learn her true destiny.

This was such an emotional roller-coaster. The events in this are heart stopping. We are introduced to new characters. I fell in love with Deb Grib. But as to be expected, there is also heartache.

I loved watching Vasya’s growth through the series. She goes from a unique young girl to a powerhouse of a woman. I will say the story line became more political than I expected. There is one part of the book where she finds a cottage. I was hoping she would build her life there but she left to help Russia. I promise that wasn’t a spoiler, lol. This series will forever be a favorite of mine.

Rating: 5/5


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Book Unhaul

My shelves are getting a little full and we are about to start remodeling so I need to unhaul a few books. Most of the ones I am unhauling I did not enjoy. I am selling them for $5.00. If you are interested in any of them feel free to email me at readinginthewildwood@gmail.com. This will probably be the first of many unhauls.

Synopsis:

In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s leader, the enigmatic Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien’s guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.

Synopsis:

Whenever another kid goes missing in October, the Pender kids know what is really behind it: a horrific monster out in the marshes they have named the Mumbler.

That’s what Clara’s new crew tells her when she moves to town: Bree and Sage, who take her under their wing; spirited Trace, who has taken the lead on this year’s Halloween prank war; and magnetic Kincaid, whose devil-may-care attitude and air of mystery are impossible for Clara to resist.

Clara doesn’t actually believe in the Mumbler. But as Halloween gets closer and tensions build in the town, it’s hard to shake the feeling that there really is something dark and dangerous in Pender, lurking in the shadows, waiting to bring the stories to life.

Synopsis:

Fall in love, break the curse.

Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. Before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, Harper learned to be tough enough to survive. When she tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s pulled into a magical world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. A prince? A curse? A monster? As she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

Synopsis:

Jack buries his past, content to become the mysterious stranger who has appeared out of the blue. Addie, desperate for answers, must look into her heart — and into Jack’s lies and shadowy secrets — for evidence that will condemn or redeem the man she has come to love.

When Jack St. Bride arrives by chance in the sleepy New England town of Salem Falls, he decides to reinvent himself. Tall, blond, and handsome, Jack was once a beloved teacher and soccer coach at a girls’ prep school — until a student’s crush sparked a powder keg of accusation and robbed him of his reputation. Now, working for minimum wage washing dishes for Addie Peabody at the Do-Or-Diner, Jack buries his past, content to become the mysterious stranger who has appeared out of the blue.

With ghosts of her own haunting her, Addie Peabody is as cautious around men as Jack St. Bride is around women. But as this unassuming stranger steps smoothly into the diner’s daily routine, she finds him fitting just as comfortably inside her heart — and slowly, a gentle, healing love takes hold between them.

Yet planting roots in Salem Falls may prove fateful for Jack. Amid the white-painted centuries-old churches, a quartet of bored, privileged teenage girls have formed a coven that is crossing the line between amusement and malicious intent. Quick to notice the attractive new employee at Addie’s diner, the girls turn Jack’s world upside down with a shattering allegation that causes history to repeat itself — and forces Jack to proclaim his innocence once again. Suddenly nothing in Salem Falls is as it seems: a safe haven turns dangerous, an innocent girl meets evil face-to-face, a dishwasher with a Ph.D. is revealed to be an ex-con. As Jack’s hidden past catches up with him, the seams of this tiny town begin to tear, and the emerging truth becomes a slippery concept written in shades of gray. Now Addie, desperate for answers, must look into her heart — and into Jack’s lies and shadowy secrets — for evidence that will condemn or redeem the man she has come to love.

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.

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

Synopsis:

*SPOILERS FOR A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES*

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

Synopsis:

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Welcome to Weep. 

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My Favorite Love Stories

Happy Valentine’s Day! It is the day of love so I thought I would talk about a few book relationships I enjoy. Of course these aren’t all of them. Also, some of these are not traditional love stories, but I enjoy them anyway.

Synopsis:

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

This was so much fun. I love retellings and this one is my favorite. I love the chemistry between Jest and Cath. It is perfection.

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Synopsis of The Cuckoo’s Calling:

A brilliant mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide.

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this. Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is the acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. 

Ok. So this is not a confirmed relationship. I so hope it happens! I need the next book in this series. I won’t spoil it, but it is obvious when you start reading. The tension between the characters is intense. I need this to happen.

Check out book one in the Cormoran Strike series.

Synopsis:

Two years after being released from Camp Green Lake, Armpit is home in Austin, Texas, trying to turn his life around. But it’s hard when you have a record, and everyone expects the worst from you. The only person who believes in him is Ginny, his 10-year old disabled neighbor. Together, they are learning to take small steps. And he seems to be on the right path, until X-Ray, a buddy from Camp Green Lake, comes up with a get-rich-quick scheme. This leads to a chance encounter with teen pop sensation, Kaira DeLeon, and suddenly his life spins out of control, with only one thing for certain. He’ll never be the same again.

I don’t hear a lot of talk about this one, but it is one of my favorites. It follows Armpit from Holes. It shows his life after Camp Green Lake which gets a little complicated when he falls for a pop star. It discusses so many important topics and the relationship is adorable.

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Synopsis:

First published in French as a serial in 1909, The Phantom of the Opera is a riveting story that revolves around the young, Swedish Christine Daaé. Her father, a famous musician, dies, and she is raised in the Paris Opera House with his dying promise of a protective angel of music to guide her. After a time at the opera house, she begins hearing a voice, who eventually teaches her how to sing beautifully. All goes well until Christine’s childhood friend Raoul comes to visit his parents, who are patrons of the opera, and he sees Christine when she begins successfully singing on the stage. The voice, who is the deformed, murderous ‘ghost’ of the opera house named Erik, however, grows violent in his terrible jealousy, until Christine suddenly disappears. The phantom is in love, but it can only spell disaster.

I can’t describe how good this is. I love it. The book is amazing. It actually gives a lot more detail from Erik’s prospective than the play does. Fun fact. That is the Phantom’s name. It is so dark and romantic. I might have to re-read it soon.

Check out Phantom of the Opera.

I hope you all have an awesome Valentine’s Day!

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There There by Tommy Orange Review

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I completed There There for the Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge. This months prompt was read a debut novel. There There is a highly acclaimed debut for Tommy Orange. I was looking forward to it because it had aspects that I don’t usually read about. However, it fell a little flat in my opinion. Let’s discuss.

This novel follows twelve members from Native American communities. They all are traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow. They are all connected in ways they don’t realize. The voices come together to paint a picture of the struggles of today’s urban Native American.

I have a lot of conflicting thoughts. Lets start with my main issue. I had a hard time keeping the twelve characters separate. Their lives were so similar that very few details stood out. I understand that having the same background will cause similarities, to an extent. But the details in most of the characters’ lives were almost identical. I think it would have been more effective if they had have had more differences. In my opinion, it did not feel like it gave a diversified representation of Native American’s lives today. It only gave a representation of a few.

My other problem was that events happened with little motivation. I don’t want to spoil it, but right at the climax during what we knew was going to happen the plot changed. It came out of left field and I don’t know why it happened and it was never explained. We did not have much perspective from the character that changed the events so I don’t know what his thought process was.

My last issue was the fact that there was no closure. A lot of characters just stopped being represented and the end. The ones that were represented were left with open ended story lines. So I really don’t have a grasp of the outcome of the book.

Now for the positives. It was not a bad book. I finished it. The point of views were interesting despite their similarities. It was also interesting seeing how the characters connected. Some of that you didn’t find out until the end and that was satisfying. I also liked how unique the story was. I personally have not read many books set in the view point of a Native American. Much less a modern day Native American.

I hope to see more work from the author in the same vein. I am sure growth and experience will perfect his work into something I will truly love.

My Rating: 3 stars


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Valentines Day Giveaway

Since it is the week of Valentine’s Day I thought I would spread the love. I am giving away a copy of Serpent and Dove. So many people loved this book. Unfortunately, I wasn’t one of those people. I want to give this away to someone who will enjoy it. And in case you want to give something away to your special someone I am including a $10 Books a Million gift card.

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  • 1.Subscribe to my blog and drop your Instagram name in the comments of this post. (+5)
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I will choose the winner at random and I will announce the winner on Valentine’s Day, February 14th. Please be 18 years or older. United States only.


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Meet the Blogger

Since I have been doing this a while now I thought now would be a good time to tell you a little more about me. My name is Megan. Obviously, ya’ll know I love to read but there is a bit more to me than that. So today we are talking all things not book related.

Hobbies

Camping– I have been camping since I was born. It is a big part of my life. Off course I love to read while camping. It is part of the reason I named my blog Reading in the Wildwood. I love to read anywhere, but reading outside is my favorite.

Cooking– I come from a family of good cooks. Actually, I am pretty sure if I didn’t love to cook I would be kicked out of my family. My husband is also a great cook so we love to cook together.

Bullet Journaling– This is a new hobby but I really love it.

Favorite Movies

Phantom of the Opera

Gone with the Wind

Grease

Matilda

Nightmare Before Christmas

Corpse Bride

Hocus Pocus

Lost Boys

The Craft

A Few of My Favorite Bands and Singers

Nirvana

Fleetwood Mac

Dolly Parton

Waylon Jennings

Alabama

Let me know a little about yourself in the comments! I would love to get to know you.