A Book Nook

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This Month’s Must Read…




Written By: Catherynne M. Valente

“Magic does that. It wastes you away. Once it grips you by the ear, the real world gets quieter and quieter, until you can hardly hear it at all.”

Koschei the Deathless is, to Russian folklore, the embodiment of evil. Koschei has come to marry Marya Morevna. The daughter of twelve mothers, watches as three birds turn husbands, and wonders when one will come for her. As she grows up in St. Petersburg, the marriages of her sisters describe the passage of years into the Russian Revolution. Once the Tsar of Life arrives on a dark winter night Marya is swept away into a world of magic. Though all is far from a fairytale as Marya must navigate the borders between life and death as war comes for her, for life, and for all of Russia.

From this folktale blossoms a lyrical story with the vision of Catherynne Valente. This novel encompasses the essence of war, love, and life along with the beauty and the terror of revolutionary dreams. The ability to transport a reader somewhere beyond and draw a flawless conclusion is what makes Valente unrivalled among others. The following is a book that presents a darker outlook yet never reaches pessimism. This is the first work that I have read by Valente and it will not be the last.

This Month’s Must See…

Mockingjay Part 1

Written By: Suzanne Collins

Directed By: Francis Lawrence

“You love me. Real or not real?” I tell him, “Real.”

Having twice survived the Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) finds herself in District 13, facing difficult decisions. In the wake of the Quarter Quell, the Hunger Games have been changed forever. Her courage having inspired a nation, the heroine heeds the advice of her friends, and sets out to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson). Meanwhile, Katniss’ fragile alliance with President Coin (Julianne Moore) could lead to disaster.

The third of four films in the successful and admired Hunger Games series was one of the most anticipated movie releases of this year. And this intense, action packed adaptation does not disappoint. As swept the theaters by storm opening day on November 21 bringing in $300 million thus far. The film’s ability to rival the original story is uncanny due to the executive decision of dividing it into two parts. Through various points of view and well-paced events the audience absorbs the full scope of this film. Mockingjay’s dark tone beautifully showcases war and revolution led by our heroine, pleasing audiences worldwide.

– Maria S.


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