Finding Baba Yaga by Jane Yolen // ARC Review

Finding Baba Yaga by Jane Yolen

A young woman discovers the power to speak up and take control of her fate—a theme that has never been more timely than it is now…

You think you know this story.
You do not.

A harsh, controlling father. A quiescent mother. A house that feels like anything but a home. Natasha gathers the strength to leave, and comes upon a little house in the wood: A house that walks about on chicken feet and is inhabited by a fairy tale witch. In finding Baba Yaga, Natasha finds her voice, her power, herself….


Finding Baba Yaga by Jane Yolen
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publication Date: October 30, 2018

It’s not always easy for me to connect with characters, and with a story, when it is written in verse … but I connected with this one.

I have questions I don’t know
how to ask. There are answers
I don’t know how to hear.

Jane Yolen weaves an intriguing, and captivating tale with Finding Baba Yaga. There’s something special about her writing, and her storytelling; about reading the stories of girls who haven’t quite learned to fit themselves neatly into society’s pre-ordained roles for them, about boys who are punished for being boys, about a bizarre and terrifying witch who is driven by repugnance and bitterness—literally, as much as figuratively.

I found myself both mystified and curious, and—throughout Natasha’s journey from her childhood home to the curious house walking on its chicken feet, and the life she makes for herself from thereon—wholly entranced by the mystical atmosphere created by every word, and every line.

(…) I think I know now
there are no happy evers.
Only happy moments.

Finding Baba Yaga is peculiar, and extraordinary, standing out with its unique, and distinct voice,  and unlike anything you’ve ever read before.


The quotes above were taken from an ARC, and are subject to change upon!-2Have you read any of Jane Yolen’s works?
Do you enjoy novels written in verse?
[Do you love Studio Ghibli (and its movies with Baba Yaga) as much as I do?]

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xx, Lily


19 thoughts on “Finding Baba Yaga by Jane Yolen // ARC Review”

  1. You always write the most gorgeous reviews, Lily. ❤ I'm happy to hear you enjoyed this one a lot. I'm not used to reading novels in verse, I'm scared not to connect quite as much as with other books, but maybe I should try someday 🙂

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