The Bear and the Nightingale – A Book Review

About the book (from Amazon):

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.

My thoughts:

Overall I enjoyed reading this book. It did take me a while and I struggled staying motivated to get back to it several times, which made for a long period from start to finish. It is an interesting novel that weaves in fairytales with the story of a young girl as she grows up. There were a few times where I just wasn’t completely taken with certain chapters and then I didn’t pick it up again for a while. I finally did finish it and enjoyed the story overall. It is not a book that I would read again, but once was good and interesting. The author was very good and painting a beautiful picture of the setting and I believe that was the most enjoyable part of the book for me. I just never really got into any of the characters, but the style of writing was nice and wonderfully descriptive.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

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