packetcat reads 2022 Week 2 – The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Pages: 381
Purchased from: Kobo

A lovely dark fairy tale set in the Russian wilderness. I love how the author borrows from Russian mythology and folk tales to weave a narrative that doesn’t feel like a well trodden path. It occasionally borrows tropes from the fairy tale genre but the book never relies on the tropes to carry the narrative.

I’ve added the sequel to my wishlist but I will save reading it for later!

packetcat reads 2022 Week 1 – Vicious by V. E. Schwab

This is the first week of these posts! I am doing a 2022 challenge of reading one book a week.

Vicious is a very interesting take on the superhero genre. I am normally not a fan of superhero fiction and I was initially not particularly into the premise of the book but as the story developed I became increasingly intrigued and I couldn’t put it down.

The feud between the protagonist and the antagonist builds up throughout the novel in an organic way and by the time the book ends, the final “showdown” felt like a true epic superhero battle.

A fantastic start to my year of reading!