Publisher: Del Ray
Release Date: May 21st 2015
Genres: Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Fantasy, Fiction, General, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy
“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”
Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.
Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.
The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.
But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.
I was so sure I would fall in love with UPROOTED I almost purchased it before I had the opportunity to check it out at the library. It sounded like it was made for me and I was convinced I’d adore it. Sadly, it was like THE FIFTH WAVE all over again-another book that everyone loved and yet found myself wanting to DNF. I stuck in there and finished UPROOTED though, and while the ending was impressive, getting there was a serious challenge.
The pacing is my number one complaint. There was slow pacing when the plot could have benefited from a faster pace, and vice versa. Huge chunks of the book were just so slowwwww. It didn’t help that the pages were rarely broken up by dialogue, so most of them are just filled with long paragraphs of random descriptions. Needless to say, the pacing brought me down.
When it comes to the characters, Agnieszka, the heroine, is the stereotypical Chosen One with an “endearing” flaw: she’s clumsy as hell. If I had a dollar for everything we are told how disheveled she was and how messy she looked… Argh.
I found the other characters to be lacking depth and some of them just felt there. Taking up space but not really contributing anything. Even the mysterious Dragon felt one-dimensional and I’m still not entirely sure what’s the deal with him 430 pages later. There’s distant and aloof and then there’s just cold. The Dragon was just straight up mean to Agnieszka sometimes.
There were two romance scenes. TWO. And those two were so randomly interspersed with the rest of the story the actual romance development felt like it came out of nowhere and disappeared for the next 200 pages. I’m not even sure I could tell you what happened in those in-between pages. I was just kind of half there, turning the pages at that point.
All I wanted to do was get through this so I could start something else. I usually love any fantasy book with a hint of romance but this one just stretched out my patience.
UPROOTED’s beginning was intriguing and its ending felt truly magical and inspiring. I seriously loved the ending; the last hundred pages made me bump up the rating and the resolution was so great-things were revealed and it all came together nicely. However, I can’t forget the extremely tedious middle.