ABC Book Challenge ✰ U and V

Continuing this challenge I saw at these blogs: Purple Manatees, and The Bibliophagist.

✰ Memorable books starting with U ✰

Unfortunately, this list is empty.

✰ Books on my TBR starting with U ✰
1) Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
2) Uprooted by Naomi Novik
3) Useless Magic by Florence Welch

✰ Memorable books starting with V ✰

Unfortunately, this list is empty. The one book I read staring with a V was not too memorable.

✰ Books on my TBR starting with V ✰
1) Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
2) Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

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The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden, narrated by Kathleen Gati

Following their adventures in The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower, Vasya and Morozko return in this stunning conclusion to the best-selling Winternight Trilogy, battling enemies mortal and magical to save both Russias, the seen and the unseen.

The Winternight Trilogy introduced an unforgettable heroine, Vasilisa Petrovna, a girl determined to forge her own path in a world that would rather lock her away. Her gifts and her courage have drawn the attention of Morozko, the winter-king, but it is too soon to know if this connection will prove a blessing or a curse. Now, Moscow has been struck by disaster. Its people are searching for answers – and for someone to blame.

Vasya finds herself alone, beset on all sides. The grand prince is in a rage, choosing allies who will lead him on a path to war and ruin. A wicked demon returns, stronger than ever and determined to spread chaos. Caught at the center of the conflict is Vasya, who finds the fate of two worlds resting on her shoulders.

Her destiny uncertain, Vasya will uncover surprising truths about herself and her history as she desperately tries to save Russia, Morozko, and the magical world she treasures. But she may not be able to save them all.

The Winter of the Witch was a wonderful conclusion to the Winternight Trilogy. Katherine said in the Author’s Note that from the earliest drafts of The Bear and the Nightingale that she knew where she wanted it to end but the path had varied.

I feel I know what she means because I read the ARC for the second book, The Girl in the Tower, and the very end was changed when I listened to the audiobook. I think the change was wise.

I also loved learning from the Author’s Note what was historically accurate and what was imagined for a story with magic. I loved the balance of powers at the end. It was so perfect and so carefully orchestrated.

Vasya’s development and growth was so well done. It’s a true coming of age story for a witch finding her place in the world and learning to accept some outcomes.

4.5 out of 5 Mushrooms.

There are some details that I want to address and for that I am issuing a SPOILER WARNING!

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ABC Book Challenge ✰ T

Continuing this challenge I saw at these blogs: Purple Manatees, and The Bibliophagist.

✰ Memorable books starting with T ✰

 

1) Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
2) The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
3) Thrawn (Star Wars) by Timothy Zahn
4) Thrawn: Alliances by Timothy Zahn
5) Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness
6) Tunnel Vision by Keith Lowe
7) Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
8) Tatooine Ghost by Troy Denning

✰ Books on my TBR starting with T ✰
1) Thrawn: Treason by Timothy Zahn
2) Tarkin by James Luceno
3) Tarnished City by Vic James
4) To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer
5) Tomorrow War by J.L. Bourne
6) Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
7) Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake

ABC Book Challenge ✰ S

Continuing this challenge I saw at these blogs: Purple Manatees, and The Bibliophagist.

This is a long list!

✰ Memorable books starting with S ✰

1) Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
2) The Secret Ways of Perfume by Cristina Caboni
3) The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson
4) Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
5) The Shining by Stephen King
6) Sisters of the Fire by Kim Wilkins
7) The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
8) She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb.
9) Supernova by C.A. Higgins

✰ Books on my TBR starting with S ✰
This is only a small fraction on my TBR.

1) Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
2) Satellite by Nick Lake
3) The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
4) The Shores of Tripoli by James L. Haley
5) A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck
6) Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
7) Someday by David Levithan
8) The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
9) Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets by Audible Originals, Stephen Fry (Presenter), John Woolf, Nick Baker

ABC Book Challenge ✰ Q and R

Continuing this challenge I saw at these blogs: Purple Manatees, and The Bibliophagist.

✰ Memorable books starting with Q ✰

I have never read a book staring with Q. Well, at least not any memorable ones or any since I started keeping a record 12 years ago.

✰ Books on my TBR starting with Q ✰

1) The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst
2) Queen’s Shadow (Star Wars Disney Canon Novel) by E.K. Johnston
3) Queens of the Sea by Kim Wilkins

✰ Memorable books starting with R ✰

1) Red Rising by Pierce Brown
2) Room by Emma Donoghue
3) Radiate by C.A. Higgins
4) Rappacini’s Daughter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

✰ Books on my TBR starting with R ✰

1) Radio Girls by Sarah-Jane Stratford
2) The Reader by Traci Chee
3) Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

ABC Book Challenge ✰ O and P

Continuing this challenge I saw at these blogs: Purple Manatees, and The Bibliophagist.

✰ Memorable books starting with O ✰

1) The One Man by Andrew Gross
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✰ Books on my TBR starting with O ✰

1) Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
2) One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake
3) Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Since O was so short:

✰ Memorable books starting with P ✰

1) The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
2) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
3) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
4) Proxy by Alex London
5) The Prophet by Michael Koryta

✰ Books on my TBR starting with P ✰

1) The Passage by Justin Cronin
2) Perfume River by Robert Olen Butler
3) The Philosopher’s Flight by Tom Miller

ABC Book Challenge ✰ N

Continuing this challenge I saw at these blogs: Purple Manatees, and The Bibliophagist.

✰ Memorable books starting with N ✰
1) Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story by Jewel

2) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

3) The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

4) NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

✰ Books on my TBR starting with N ✰
1) Neverminds by Rich Bernatovech, Illustrators Jamie Fay and Danielle Alexis St. Pierre

2) A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

3) Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

4) Niccolò Rising by Dorothy Dunnett