March 1, 2018 at 8:57 am #4843
Winter lasts most of the year at the edge of the Russian wilderness, and in the long nights, Vasilisa and her siblings love to gather by the fire to listen to their nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, Vasya loves the story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon. Wise Russians fear him, for he claims unwary souls, and they honor the spirits that protect their homes from evil.
Then Vasya’s widowed father brings home a new wife from Moscow. Fiercely devout, Vasya’s stepmother forbids her family from honoring their household spirits, but Vasya fears what this may bring. And indeed, misfortune begins to stalk the village.
But Vasya’s stepmother only grows harsher, determined to remake the village to her liking and to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for marriage or a convent. As the village’s defenses weaken and evil from the forest creeps nearer, Vasilisa must call upon dangerous gifts she has long concealed—to protect her family from a threat sprung to life from her nurse’s most frightening tales.
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Hoping to get to this one. Grrrr, another one that is more expensive on Kindle than actual paperback! What is up with that?!?March 10, 2018 at 6:08 pm #4860
1/2 way through, and enjoying it so far…March 13, 2018 at 9:10 am #4861
I’ve started and like it. Although, I keep picturing the Russian figure skaters. 🙂March 13, 2018 at 1:03 pm #4864
haha! Since it’s kind of mystical/fantasy-ish, I keep picturing different fairy tales.March 28, 2018 at 12:46 pm #4866
Done. This book was just okay for me. I liked the book in the beginning, but by the halfway point, I didn’t like it too much anymore. I felt like the beginning with the family relationships and the history was interesting and the story moved well. But, once the middle hit, where Vasya is growing up and all the fairy tale stuff starts kicking up, the book lost steam for me. I thought it was really boring and it felt like nothing was actually happening until the very end. Proud of myself for finishing 🙂March 29, 2018 at 12:35 pm #4868
I agree with you. It started off good but the middle took forever! I kept thinking – okay, how about giving her the necklace now? And then she got the necklace and I didn’t get what it really did for her.
Once it got to the last quarter it was better. I like a little fantasy so I enjoyed it overall. I’m glad her brother survived and stuck by her. I’m very glad her step-mother is out of the picture. I’m also glad her Father got to stand by her side in the end. I felt that was a relationship that had potential to shine in the book but was kind of glazed over.
I liked it enough to move on to the second book. I’ve got it reserved at the library.April 4, 2018 at 5:48 am #4878
Cool, let me know how you like it. I was the opposite, I was like, there’s no way I’m reading the 2nd and 3rd book haha!May 29, 2018 at 8:39 am #5052
Finished up book #2 and liked it much better. The last book comes out in January and I’ll be checking that one out too. 🙂
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