Book Review: The Bear and the Nightingale – Katherine Arden

It took me a record breaking of over a month to finish this book, due to complications such as finals, procrastination, book con, and more procrastination. But without further ado, here’s the book review that I honestly don’t even wanna write cuz I’m always so tired no matter what.



Name: The Bear and the Nightingale
Author: Katherine Arden
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Release Date: June 27, 2017


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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BookExpo/BookCon Haul 2019

I started editing this and then WordPress doesn’t understand what an undo button is and just erases my entire progress, so a week later, I am FINALLY. Attempting to complete this long-ass post. Even though I was going to sleep three hours ago. And skip reading because sleep. Ugh I hate myself.

But anyway, this year I also attended BEA (BookExpo) and BookCon and it was super fun! My haul ended up being TWENTY books! INSANE! So I’ll show you what I got and hope you will end up feeling interested in some of these titles! I try to sum up the synopsis in a paragraph in my own words, but sometimes that doesn’t happen… so…. yea.

NOTE: With the exception of American Royals,  all ARCS (and finished copies) won’t be reviewed until at least September/October due to my reading schedule already being full for Summer, not to mention the books I have that need to be read at home.

These are pretty much in chronological order of when I get them; I don’t even know why this needs to be a thing but it is!

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