• Greetings from sunny Naples☀️
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Yesterday I got a massage for the first time and I’ve never felt so zen in all my life!
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Today is being spent by the pool with cocktails and a little bit of laptop time.
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Speaking of there’s a new review up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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  • A little belated considering I’ve been away for a little while now but my holiday TBR is now up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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Three things: 
I am tanned.
I have read one book so far.
Peach Daiquiris are my new favourite drink🍹
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  • All packing has been done, I don’t think I’ve forgotten anything but we’ll soon see😂
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Now for a nice relax with my favourite person tonight💕
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There’s a new post up for the Needlemouse blog tour too (Link in bio✌🏻)
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There should be plenty more posts going up whilst I’m away 🙊
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  • Another lovely weekend passes by. This one filled with Lego building, food and watching the new series of Stranger Things💕
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I adore Steve. He’s such a sweetheart.
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Tonight I’m curling up with my next read and tomorrow I’m being cooked for- I know, very lucky🙊
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There’s a new post up all about my last read as part of the Blog Tour!
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What’s your favourite thing to cook?
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  • Just under a week till holiday number one begins and I’m starting to look at what I’m taking with me 🙊
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This little red number is definitely coming!💃🏻
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After a tiring day I’m spending the evening on the couch with a book and wine...definitely need wine😂
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Question: are you a super prepared packer orrr are you a throw it all in the morning you go kinda person? 🤔
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  • So June was an amazing reading month! And a pretty great month in general.
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I went away with my favourite person, went to some bookish events and ate a lot of wonderful food💕
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And we finally got sun! What’s your go to ‘summer read’?
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The full wrap up is on my blog (link in bio✌🏻) and there’s also a little fun post about some books I think Hufflepuffs would enjoy💛
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  • I spent all last night and all this morning binge watching The Dragon Prince after seeing @bookswithchloe recommend it. All I can say is I need season three😍
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The rest of today will be spent photo taking in prep for going on holiday!
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I finally have a TBR for it too...and I’m going to work on one for the NEWTS read-a-thon👏🏻
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There’s an unboxing of the @fairyloot June Broody Banter box now up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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It’s my favourite box to date!
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Have you ever used any bookish sub boxes? Is there another I need to try?
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  • #AD - Gifted
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I’m having a much needed day of rest today!
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Hay fever is no joke but at the same time sooo ridiculous. I mean I’m allergic to grass and trees when you think about it😂
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Tomorrow I have a full day of post writing planned until my favourite person gets home💕
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There’s another new review up of Once & Future up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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Spoiler - I loved it.
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  • #AD - Gifted
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In full holiday prep mode but I cannot for the life of me pick what books to take!
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I have a few ideas and two holidays...help!
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I’m also going to try and do ARC August this year. Wish me luck🤞🏻
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There’s also a review of this amazing book up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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My Dark Vanessa is now an all time favourite of mine and is due to be published in 2020!🙊
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  • I said there were a lot of reviews currently up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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I adored The Star-Touched Queen. It was magical, dark and full of the most beautiful writing😍
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  • I had a wonderful evening with my favourite families eating so much amazing food and drinking all of the gin💕
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Seriously, I mean all the gin😂
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There’s a fair few reviews up on my blog at the moment (link in bio✌🏻)
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One of which is for The Man with the Twisted Lip by Arthur Conan Doyle - what a fab little story!
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Books Fantasy Reviews

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

March 12, 2018

I absolutely adored this book. Before I realised I had just under 100 pages left and I felt so sad. I fell in love with the world and the story. I'd read thinking five minutes had passed but I'd read thirty pages and somewhere had lost time.

This novel is heavily influenced by Russian folklore, a topic I know very little about, but now want to know all the things. From the little I do know I believe this novel is a spin on the story of Vasilisa the Brave. A young maiden that didn't conform to the stereotypical marry or join a convent attitude in medieval Russia. In this novel Vasya is able to see some of the benign demons within her town, something very few can see. They are closely related to the old Gods who are steadily being ousted by the vehement Christians. The only other person to see these demons is Vasya's cruel and somewhat mad step-mother.

My god I hated that woman. Anna has every reason to be sad and scared, yet she chooses to take out her frustrations on Vasya, the only person who may have perhaps been able to assist her in understanding that the demons meant no harm. In this book Arden did a fantastic job of making you hate certain characters and adoring others.

Speaking of adoring characters. Vasya. She is the type of character I love to read. She is unapologetically her despite the fact that it causes fear and distrust. She doesn't conform and is fine with that. I appreciate that she was described in a way that didn't make her the typical stunning heroine. She was by no means a beauty but it was her presence and persona that drew the eye. Her growth throughout the novel was fantastic to see. I can't wait to see how she develops in the next novel.

Finally, the plot. So cleverly constructed. It wasn't an action packed book but still managed to move with considerable pace and have you on the edge of your seat. I'm addicted to this series.

A big thank-you to Ali. I'm so glad you pushed me to read this.

INFO

Name: The Bear and the Nightingale

Author(s): Katherine Arden

Publisher: Del Rey

Pages: 312

ISBN: 978-1-78503§-04-5

Rating: 5/5

Have you read The Bear and the Nightingale?

What did you think?

Thank-you for reading,

Katie x

  • Reply
    JJ @ This Dark Material
    March 13, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    I really need to read this soon! And I’m quite jealous of the UK cover, I think its much prettier than the versions they published in the US 🙂

    • Reply
      Katie - A Novel Idea
      March 14, 2018 at 7:46 pm

      It’s such an incredible series. I adored it. And I’ve just finished and loved the second one in the series too!

      Katie x

  • Reply
    Camilla @Reader in the Attic
    March 25, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    I still have to read a negative review about this one! I think that should be more books about Russing folklore. I think that the most famouse are actually Leigh Bardugo’s novel and this one. All the others, if there are, are just put in the sidelines.

    I never heard that Vasya could actually bring fear. Something I like, to be honest *.*

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      Katie - A Novel Idea
      March 26, 2018 at 1:03 pm

      I haven’t read Leigh’s series yet, I’ve read the Six of Crows duology though! It’s such a fascinating topic right?
      Oh if you haven’t given this series a go yet I think you’ll love it!
      Katie x

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