The seductive story of a dangerous love triangle, inspired by the infamous Nabokov marriage, with a spellbinding psychological thriller at its core.In the 1920s, Zoya Andropova, a young refugee from the Soviet Union, finds herself in the alien landscape of an elite all-girls New Jersey boarding school. Having lost her family, her home, and her sense of purpose, Zoya struggles to belong, a task made more difficult by the malice her peers heap on scholarship students and her new countrys paranoia about Russian spies. When she meets the visiting writer and fellow Russian migr Leo Orlovwhose books Zoya has privately obsessed over for yearsher luck seems to have taken a turn for the better. But she soon discovers that Leo is not the solution to her loneliness: hes committed to his art and bound by the sinister orchestrations of his brilliant wife, Vera. As the reader unravels the mystery of Zoya, Lev, and Veras fate, Zoya is faced with mounting pressure to figure out who she is and what kind of life she wants to build. Grappling with class distinctions, national allegiance, and ethical fidelitynot to mention the powerful magnetism of sexInvitation to a Bonfire investigates how ones identity is formed, irrevocably, through a series of momentary decisions, including how to survive, who to love, and whether to pay the complicated price of happiness....
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Invitation to a Bonfire Reviews
This was a great read! Loosely based on the troubled Nabokov marriage, it was a thrilling tale of mystery and suspense with a little bit of single white female thrown in for good measure. Adrienne Celt expertly weaves a story that made it hard for me to put this down. She even manages to make this feel like a Russian novel. I for one loved it. Thank you to NetGalley for providing an ARC for review.
Short Summary: The tepid tale of a love triangle gone wrong (although do any of them ever go right?) that was inspired by Vladimir and Vera Nabokov's marriage.
Thoughts: The summary makes it easy to go into this novel with certain expectations (seductive story, spellbinding psychological thriller) but this story is, possibly because it was written as a series of letters, comes off as extremely apathetic and lethargic.
Verdict: Unfortunately, this tale failed to seduce or spellbind me and consideri ...more
3.5/5-- Invitation to a Bonfire is a solid book, but it's wishy washy in terms of where it fits in any sort of literary catalogue. It's nearly literary fiction, but not quite so heady. So then is it mystery fiction? Not quite that, either. It falls kind of in a no-man's-land between the two. And it's nearly historical fiction, but doesn't quite feel grounded in a specific life enough (it claims to be about Nabokov, but I didn't feel enough pull or specificity there to say "yes, this is him"). Mo ...more
This book was a sloooow burn kind of suspense so it was hard for me to get into it. However the writing was beautiful and poetic. It wasn't exactly thrilling but extremely mysterious and at times ambiguous. I enjoyed it enough but not really my cup of tea.
I received an ARC for this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I have a special place in my heart for characters who are lonely enough to be duped by people who pretend to love them. I always end up reading the book with my heart in my mouth, wanting to reach into the book to warn the lonely character. Reading Invitation to a Bonfire, by Adrienne Celt, was no different—at least until the end, when the tables turned more than once. The beginning of the novel led me to think that it would be the story of people teasing and tricky a girl who just can’t blend i ...more
DNF. I tried to push through to get to the passionate love triangle, which sounded very interesting to me, but I got so bored during the childhood/school parts that I lost interest.
*I received a free pre-release copy of this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I really, really wanted to like this book. The synopsis sounded great, so I figured I'd enjoy it. Unfortunately, I just could NOT get into it. I've spent the last three days trying to read this book. I thought for SURE I must be almost half-way through it, but when I looked and saw I was only 12% of the way through, I decided it was time to move on.
I'm giving this two stars and not one because, while I couldn't get into the story, the writing is excellent. Strange, I know, so say the writing of ...more
The revolution and following turmoil made an orphan of Zoya Andropova. Therefore, she like so many other kids comes to the USA as an orphan and is welcomed in a New Jersey boarding school. She never belongs even though she quickly acquires the language and gets good marks. After her schooling, she can stay on the premises and work in the newly built greenhouse where she fully immerses in her work with the plants. Neither does she have friends, nor a lover. It is just her work and the love for li ...more