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Sisters of the Winter Wood
Sisters of the Winter Wood | Rena Rossner
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Captivating and boldly imaginative, with a tale of sisterhood at its heart, Rena Rossner's debut fantasy invites you to enter a world filled with magic, folklore, and the dangers of the woods.In a remote village surrounded by vast forests on the border of Moldova and Ukraine, sisters Liba and Laya have been raised on the honeyed scent of their Mami's babka and the low rumble of their Tati's prayers. But when a troupe of mysterious men arrives, Laya falls under their spell-despite their mother's warning to be wary of strangers. And this is not the only danger lurking in the woods. As dark forces close in on their village, Liba and Laya discover a family secret passed down through generations. Faced with a magical heritage they never knew existed, the sisters realize the old fairy tales are true...and could save them all. "Mixes fairy tale, poetry, history, and heart to create an enchanting and mesmerizing tale of sisterly love. I adored this book!" --- Sarah Beth Durst, award-winning author of The Queens of Renthia series
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JacqMac
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Day 6.
#7Days7Covers #CoverCrush

Tag, you‘re it!

Cinfhen 🖤 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty!! 2mo
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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Pickpick

I would have read this SO MUCH sooner if I had known it was about pogroms and antisemitism pre-World War II! I honestly really think more books like this are needed. People seriously do not comprehend how longstanding antisemitism is. The infusion of the bear and swan were really interesting and did help break up a pretty difficult topic but it also fit in with the tone and geography of the book. I also liked the text formatting as if it was verse

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SassenachTheBookWizard
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I have been wanting to get to this for probably a year now? Finally picking it up

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anjedah
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Well I actually don't like this book much it's okay okay

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lauriedslack
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Pickpick

A lovely #Jewish fairy tale - and it tested my Yiddish. A good find off the new acquisition shelf of the #library.

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Jess_Franzino
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Pickpick

I DEVOURED this book as if it were the delicious fruit described within ♥️ A poetic and intoxicating blend of Jewish folklore, fairytale, & world myths focusing on the love between sisters, sexual awakening in a time/place where such was forbidden to even be discussed regarding females, & the the strength of embracing the powers of womanhood. I got so lost in this book, that I had a hard time coming up for air.

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Hufflepuffle
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Pickpick

I am so glad I read this. A tale of two sisters trying to find themselves and each other while learning new things about their ancestry and dealing with growing tension in their community. The writing style is so different, swapping between prose and poetry. I thought the inclusion of Yiddish words and phrases was really clever and immersive. I loved that it was inspired by chassidic stories that the author grew up with (continued in comments)

Hufflepuffle ... and also Ukrainian, Moldovan, Russian and Romanian folktales but I was heartbroken to find out that much of the prejudice, attacks and murders within the book were based on true events. That feeling will not leave me for a long time. Definitely a 5 star read ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (edited) 4mo
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Riis_Books
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Riis_Books

This book has too many foreign words that I couldn't find a translator for... 😣 All foreign languages (non English) included do not use latin letters. 😔
But the quotes.... OMG some of them are amazing.

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Mehso-so

This book looked promising but it had a very slow pace for me. On contrary, the ending was rushed and unsatisfactory. The foreign words made the story extremely confusing and half of the time I ended up guessing. Moreover, as intriguing as it may sounds, I didn't like the verse POV. It interrupted my reading flow and lacked of rhythm and poetry. This book had a potential to be more magical, surprising and captivating. Unfortunately, it was not.

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Riis_Books
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Sometimes you know when you don‘t belong, but you don‘t know how to leave

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Riis_Books
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I brought winter and wood to the beach.

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Riis_Books
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If you want to know the history of a town, read the gravestones in its cemetery.

jenniferajanes I love reading gravestones! Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚 4mo
Riis_Books Thank you 🥰 4mo
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Riis_Books
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GivenLemons
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Pickpick

This book was fantastic! I read it in a day and couldn‘t put it down. It was beautifully written and has such wonderful characters. It‘s written in half prose and half poetry, split by narrator!

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Expandingbookshelf
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Mehso-so

In the woods two sisters are left alone while their parents are away. One tells her part of the story in prose, the other in verse; both are recipients of a secret family gift. I won‘t lie...the poetry is BAD. If half of your story is going to be in verse, you should be an amazing poet, and she...wasn‘t. This wasn‘t a bad way to spend a lazy afternoon, but I can‘t recommend this book much further than that.

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booksandsympathy
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I snatched this book up when it was only $2.99 on Kindle. I've been reading it slowly, but each time I started reading it, I was engrossed with this book. At first I wasn't certain about the two viewpoints, especially since one was in prose, but I came to enjoy the differences between them, as they felt tied to the sisters' personalities. It was a wonderfully dark blend of historical fiction and Eastern European fairy tale.

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ApplesandSpindles
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed the Christina Rosetti influence combined with Jewish history from Eastern Europe. It felt like its own fairy tale.

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Well-ReadNeck
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Mehso-so

A fast read and entertaining, but didn‘t quite live up to the premise. The chapters alternate between two sisters‘ POV, with one in verse and that didn‘t quite work for me.

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shaynarae
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Pickpick

I thought this was a wonderful fairy tale remix of different stories and historical fiction. It was written in the way of traditional fairy tales in that the simple plot is the core that moves the story, not so much the characters. Often I find that modern “fairy tales” rely too much on characters as drivers. I had a friend warn me that the characters make some infuriatingly bad decisions, which may have helped me keep my distance.

RadicalReader @shaynarae gorgeous book cover 11mo
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Literatigeek
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Pickpick

I absolutely adored this book. I felt like I devoured it each time I dove in to read it. The characters were refreshingly earnest. The plot felt like a fairytale from the brothers grimm. The family relations was nice to read and the different romantic arcs were interesting (as well as delightfully realistic). Highly recommend!

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Craftylikefox
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@Eyelit thank you so much! I look forward to jumping into this one! ☺️ #kindlitsy

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silentrequiem
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On sale and bought! Is this any good? #dealalert

valeriegeary Tempted...... It's on my tbr 12mo
irre I have an ARC but didn‘t get to it yet. 12mo
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MrsBibliophile
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Mehso-so

This was an interesting read, though I couldn't connect with the characters as well as I would have wanted. The idea behind this book is fascinating, however I just didn't feel very drawn in by it. I had to force myself to keep reading. The good part. One of the characters point of view is written through poetry, and I somewhat enjoyed it. All in all, this wasn't a terrible read, and still not fantastic.

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IndyHannaJones
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Pickpick

Overall, I enjoyed this book. The heart of it and the description of the Jewish faith and community were just lovely. I feel like there were some story details that were left unattended to and that some of the narrative clarity was sacrificed for the sentiments...which is ok, it was still a sweet book, but it left me wanting some plot filled in. She could write a really nice sequel to answer those points (I hope she does!) Dog for attention.

howlinglibraries I agree so much with everything you said here! (And what a cute puppers 💖) 12mo
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ElishaLovesBooks
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Pickpick

Interesting book. Full of Jewish mysticism and fairy tales, this story is told from 2 sisters POV. Laya tells her story in free verse while Liba‘s perspective is written in prose. I actually liked that the author chose to do that, but I felt the plot had some holes. I also questioned some of the character decisions which detracted from the story. But overall it kept my interest!

Cinfhen Hi!!!!! I‘ve been thinking of you!!!! What‘s the Chanukah plans???? This book sounds interesting!!! 12mo
ElishaLovesBooks @Cinfhen I‘ve been thinking about you too!! Not really any plans yet but already had some sufganiyot! 🍩🍩 This book was interesting- the author lives in Israel! Lots of Yiddish, too! 😂 Any fun Chanukah plans for you? 12mo
Cinfhen No real plans 😩have some friends & family visiting all December ( but not my kiddies😢😭) I have NOT had any 🍩 but I‘m looking forward to latkes 12mo
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Conservio
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This one was okay. Every since I read #deathless I‘ve been reading a lot of Russian folklore/ fairytales. While this one certainly had those elements (not just Russian folklore), it didn‘t live up to my expectations. It was far more about love and finding yourself than exploring the stories. One of the sisters had their viewpoint in verse.. Not sure why.

I think it is also more YA than adult. #fairytales #jew #judaism #bear #swan

IndyHannaJones I love Deathless 12mo
IndyHannaJones You should read Egg and Spoon. I love Baba Yaga in it. I loooove Russian based fantasy stories. 12mo
IndyHannaJones I liked that Laya's story was in verse. She's a swan, flighty and light. Her perspective would've been the same. 12mo
Conservio @IndyHannaJones I loved Deathless! Have you read The Bear and the Nightingale? Is Egg and Spoon an anthology or a novel? 12mo
IndyHannaJones @Conservio I have indeed read the Bear and the Nightingale. The third book comes out soon. Egg and Spoon is a novel. 12mo
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Conservio
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Working my way through my #thanksgiving reading list.

#housetomyself

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OutsmartYourShelf
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Panpan

Loosely based on Christina Rossetti‘a Goblin Market, I was looking forward to this based on the cover alone.

It promises much but failed to deliver. I was expecting a much darker tale & less focus on kissing. Honestly, I felt like the grandson in The Princess Bride, “Yuck no, they‘re kissing again”.

Unfortunately much like the fact that only certain people could see goblin magic, the enchantment some felt when reading this sadly eluded me. 2⭐️

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BookishTrish
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The colder weather today calls for this fairytale inspired #audiobook

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mdemanatee
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Pickpick

This read was a win for me: combined lots of favorite tropes

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mdemanatee
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Well that‘s one hell of an opening line (and so seasonally appropriate!)

ApplesandSpindles I was sold with this opening line! 10mo
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Robothugs
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1) Always fun Snapchat filters (my niece Seriahna. She‘s the child without the glasses 🤪) and Handles winking at me.
2) I am writing this post. 😏 But also answering emails.
3) Sisters of The Winter Wood. I‘d recommend for those that liked The Bear and the Nightingale, but it‘s not as good.
4) I just bought some pumpkins!
5) What is this question?! Any! 🤤

MinDea Hahahah. Nice filter! 13mo
Robothugs @MinDea I could TOTES do this look. 🤓 13mo
MinDea Isn't that why you use the snapchat filters? To find your new look? 😆😆😆 13mo
Robothugs @MinDea Yeah. There goes my whole face...full of piercings. Thank you, Snapchat. I‘m also getting furry fox ears, a button nose, and contact lenses. 😆😆 13mo
MinDea 😆😆😆😆 13mo
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Robothugs
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Pickpick

Not my favorite read of the year, but I did gobble it up in two sittings. I wasn‘t crazy about the way Laya‘s chapters are written, I wish their had been more from her perspective. I did love the author‘s note, the historical accuracy and the fact that this comes from stories of her family (who came from Dubossary) and folklore. Those that loved The Bear And The Nightingale will enjoy this one.

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Robothugs
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If you want to know the history of a town, read the gravestones in its cemetery.

MelAnn I love this quote!!! 14mo
Robothugs It‘s great! Authors always sell me when they write something quotable on the first page. @MelAnn (edited) 14mo
MelAnn I‘m the same way! 14mo
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Robothugs
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I couldn‘t get into my previous read, so going ahead with this one. So far so good! 🤞🏻 But I always love these type of stories. #CurrentlyReading

emmaturi I like the sound of this one! 14mo
Robothugs @emmaturi I am loving it 🙌🏻 14mo
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BookRambler
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A beautifully written book .It has this gothic fairytale feel to it.

Some may not like it but I did and I would recommend it to those who live reading fantasy books.

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juliannebenford
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Received this stunning hardback from Orbit Books - isn't it beautiful? Anyone read it yet? #SistersoftheWinterWood

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TorieStorieS
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Bailedbailed

Though I‘m halfway through this one, I made the decision to bail on it earlier this morning... I‘m not one who reads to fall asleep but this book but for the last few days, this one has been putting me in a #DeepSleep ... I expected a lot from its enchanting premise and lovely cover... but I can‘t connect with these characters. It‘s not enough fairy tale or enough historical and just seems more like a YA book with style choices that aren‘t for me!

Kalalalatja That cover tho 👌 1y
TorieStorieS @Kalalalatja I know!!!! I wanted to love this so much... but the chapters in verse and lackluster characters with problems that could be resolved in a simple conversation all made me give it up in favor of a nightstand TBR stack that threatens to topple every day... 1y
Cinfhen I felt the same way about my previous bail...😴😴😴😴not a good sign 1y
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TorieStorieS @Cinfhen I know!! I hate to bail on any book- especially ones with enchanting covers and intriguing premises... but I just couldn‘t spend any more time on this one... but hopefully the book will find other readers who can connect where I couldn‘t! 1y
Cinfhen Yea, just because a book isn't for one doesn't mean it isn't for all @TorieStorieS Good point ☝️ 💚 1y
TorieStorieS Thanks, @Cinfhen for helping to alleviate my residual bailing guilt!! 💕💕💕 1y
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brilliantglow
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Some new book mail today! Pretty excited to start this one.

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Tanzy13
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Captivating and boldly imaginative, with a tale of sisterhood at its heart, Rena Rossner's debut fantasy invites you to enter a world filled with magic, folklore, and the dangers of the woods...

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underground_bks
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This historical fantasy weaves fact and fairy tale together to explore what was possibly the first pogrom (a violent riot against a religious group, in particular Jews in Russia) in the village of Dubossary in 1903. Rossner does an excellent job of historically and traditionally contextualizing magical elements in this story. The only issue I take is that this really reads like Young Adult, and I think it should be priced and marketed that way.

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aeeklund
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After spending time with some books with weightier subject matter (which were amazing but all-too-plausible and anger-inducing), I think it‘s time for some dark fairy tales, please and thank you.

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LibrarianRyan
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So I wrote in my notes BEASTS the owners manual. Hummm. Not what I was expecting.

Also when I picked up Pretty I thought it said in pansexuality. I might need glasses. 😉

Bookzombie 😂 1y
ScientistSam 😁 1y
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MarticaMustRead
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😍❣❣❣❣ #BEA18 #BookExpo #LibrarianLife #WorkPerks #ARC #Fairytales #Magic #TBR #BookCoverLove

YESSSS❕

One of my most wanted galleys and I got one❣

Finally getting a chance to sit down and admire some of today's stash. 🤓🤗

Christine11 That‘s looks AMAZING! Love the cover! 😍😍😍 1y
ScientistSam Beautiful! 1y
tpixie Lovely! 1y
ReadingRover This looks soooo good!!! Of course I missed it! 😝 (edited) 1y
ReviewsMayVary Loveeeee the cover!!!! #CoverPorn 1y
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