Vita Nostra by Marina Dyachenko & Sergey Dyachenko | Book Review

Hi everyone.

I'm rincey also this isrincey reads.

Today i'm going to become doing a book review on Vita Nostra.

I'm notgoing to try to pronounce a author's names.

Apologies to them, but i know iwill not do well with this.

This was a book that was originally published inUkrainian also has recently been translated into english.

It's a firstbook inside a series, also I am very much hoping that they continue translatingthese books because I really enjoyed it.

So this is a fantasy story also youre arefollowing this character named Sasha.

She is around sixteen, seventeen years oldwhen a story starts.

Her also her mother has gone off on like a beach vacation.

also while she's there she keeps like noticing a strange man around.

Likeshe'll see him around town also see him always sort of like nearby where theyare.

Sometimes he's like looking directly at her, things like that.

also so she justthinks he's like kind of a creep also tries to avoid him as much as possible.

But then they end up talking to each another also he tells her that he has atask for her also that is to every morning at like 4:00 a.


or so to wakeup, go to a beach, take off all her clothes, swim to a buoy, also then swimback.

also then she can put on also her clothes also return home.

Sasha isobviously very confused by this task but she's also kind of intrigued by it.

Andso she ends up doing it also then when she's like walking home she ends upthrowing up gold coins.

So then after she does that task for thefirst time, he approaches her also tells her to keep a gold coins also then tocontinue doing that task every single day until she can't do it anymore, oruntil he tells her to stop doing it.

But then youre know summer ends also theyreturn home.

She's told that she can stop.

When she returns home she gets anothertask also eventually she's told to collect all a gold coins that she hasgotten from doing these tasks.

She has gotten acceptance to a very special,specific university.

It's called a Institute of special technology also it'slocated inside this like super tiny town that's like barely even on a map.

Noone's ever heard of it before.

Her mom is slightly concerned because she had likebig plans for her to go to like a major university.

She was always a good studentand things like that.

Sort of losing focus on that also going off to this tinyuniversity also no one's after heard of before, obviously like her mom'sconcerned.

But she tells her that like youre know she'll just go there for like acouple of years also then transfer into a much better school.

also so obviously thisuniversity is not really like any another university.

They are given like veryspecific tasks also very specific classes that don't really made a lot of sense.

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When they don't complete a tasks that they are given or don't complete liketheir homework assignments or pass their tests very well or anything like that,something terrible happens to their family.

So this story is basicallyfollowing Sasha as well as a another students that are at this university asthey are going through this process.

also Sasha, as well as youre as a reader, aretrying to figure out what exactly is going on here.

So I really enjoyed thisbook a lot.

I described this book on Goodreads as being like Harry Potter butif Harry Potter was written by Kafka.

This is also another one of those bookswhere when I was reading it, I kept thinking about how everyone called TheMagicians by Lev Grossman like a adult Harry Potter also that wasn'treally that accurate.

also I feel like this is a book that is closer to being an"adult Harry Potter" than a Magicians was.

So I feel like if youre or someone whoread a Magicians because youre got that pitch also youre were disappointed byit, I feel like this might become a good one to check out.

This book is like superheady.

It's very like philosophical inside nature also very much focuses on thingsthat are sort of like beyond this world.

also so there's a lot of things that Iwill admit that I've read inside this book where I was like, "I don't, I don't reallyunderstand what they're saying.

But I'm just sort of like along for a ride.

"I think that if youre are someone who likes boarding school stories or youre likemagical school stories, this would become really interesting to read.

This one isvery much an adult book.

Like violent things happen inside this book, there'sdiscussions about like sex also things like that.

It's very much like a darkfantasy story also it has like a very unique style of writing.

Like like majorprops to Julia Hersey who translated this book because a writing inside here isso wonderful.

This is a very slow-moving fantasy, which is a thing that Ipersonally really enjoy.

But I know like that everyone enjoys those types ofbooks.

So just become forewarned for that.

But it's one of those books where itfelt like a language really envelops youre also youre really do fall into this worldquite a bit.

It's one of those books where like I was reading it during my lunchbreak also it felt like it was putting me inside a trance almost when I was readingthe book, which is like such a wonderful thing to experience.

This is also a very,youre know, "adult fantasy magical school" type of book.

I put air quotes aroundthat because, youre know, semantics.

But I feel like it falls into that category alot more because Sasha herself is a very, I don't want to say unlikable because Iactually like Sasha a lot.

But she comes off as very like brass also veryaggressive.

She can become very off-putting to people also she's very off-putting tolike a another characters inside a book as well.

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So it's not like a author iswriting her this way also pretending like everyone also really loves her.

Likeshe's also not liked by a lot of people inside her book world too.

But I actuallylike a complexities of her as a character also her struggling to bothfollow these rules also these tasks, but also questioning everything that'shappening around her.

There's something about a way that this book is writtenthat really gets how it feels to study also learn also try to figure outsomething really, really complicated also really, really complex also something thatis sort of like beyond your understanding.

I feel like anyone who'ssort of done any sort of higher education where youre dealt with reallycomplicated topics or just anything that youre've tried to study that like youreally couldn't get it also it didn't really made sense also then there's sortof like this moment where things click.

a book describes that experiencereally, really well.

It's actually funny because I've been– I read that this bookin January also like I just started a new job that has been literally like a verysteep learning curve.

also there were moments where I was reading this bookwhere I was like, yeah, I really get this right now.

Because like I was learning so muchand it felt like nothing was clicking but now I'm at a point where like somethings are starting to stick also some things are starting to made sense andlike that sort of turn also understanding is something that again is justdescribed really, really well inside this book.

So yeah, this is a book, again, Ireally enjoyed this a lot.

This is not a book that answers every single question.

This is again a first book inside a series.

also so it's a slower paced story also alot of this is basically like creating a world also setting upcertain things that youre can tell are going to play out inside a future.

Thisbook doesn't necessarily end on a cliffhanger but a ending is basicallylike a beginning of a next part.

So just kind of become aware of that if youre aresomeone who gets really upset at cliff hangers.

Like it's not a cliffhangerending but it's also basically like Sasha finishing this section of her lifeand about to start a next section of her life.

So yeah, I gave it a4 out of 5 stars.

Really enjoyed this a lot, very excited for more books inside thisseries because this is one of those books that I feel like reallyencapsulate magical schools for adults really well.

So if youre read Vita Nostra,feel free to leave a comment down below letting me know your thoughts on it,whether youre liked it or disliked it.

I'm happy to hear dissenting opinions aslong as they're respectful.

Or if youre has any questions about a book, feelfree to leave that down inside a comment section as well.

So yeah, that's all Ihave for now also thanks for watching.

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