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Spinning Silver

By Naomi Novik, A compelling and imaginative retelling of Rumpelstiltskin

Naomi Novik’s newest novel, Spinning Silver, is a loose retelling of the Brother’s Grimm version of Rumplestiltskin — it borrows just enough elements from it to be recognizable while spending most of its time spinning a vivid and original tale. Plot Summary Miryem lives in a small town in the kingdom of Lithvas and comes …

                    

Uprooted

By Naomi Novik, A flawed but fun high fantasy novel

I’d heard about the many, many fans of Naomi Novik’s Uprooted a while back, but hadn’t planned on getting it since it belongs firmly in the fantasy genre — not really the typical literary fiction stuff I usually go for. But I was in the mood for something different and easy, so I picked it …

              

Sweet Valley Confidential

By Francine Pascal, A Dip Back Into Sugary Waters

Sweet Valley Confidential is a hot mess of a book that is bookended by an awkward beginning and a nauseating ending. It almost becomes a not entirely terrible book, but tragically-slash-comically crashes and burns in a sugary, taffeta-and-chiffon-covered mess in the last 30 pages or so. Between watching the show and reading the 500+ Sweet …