Invitation to a Bonfire

Invitation to a Bonfire

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 strugg The seductive story of a dangerous love triangle, inspired by the infamous Nabokov marriage, with a spellbinding psyc...

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Title:Invitation to a Bonfire
Author:Adrienne Celt
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:1635571529
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

Invitation to a Bonfire Reviews

  • Elyse Walters
    Jan 10, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    Feb 10, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt is a 2018 Bloomsbury USA publication. Honesty?s a girl who waits at the door She speaks her piece without a roar. Clarity shines a light in the dark Her hand a torch, her mouth a spark. To reveal is to do more (The whisper that we?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    ?I watched him like a child watches an older child, slyly, and from the corner of my eye. Always hoping for him to approve of me in some way, since he was my life?s first coup, the first thing truly wanted and procured.? We know from the first page of this disquieting novel that...

    For a book with such ravishing prose, this was a strangely heartless story. The plot seemed nothing more than a hanger for the writing, a chance to showcase the author's flair. Yet even that talent ended up stretched too thin as the story meandered towards its end; there's only so much...

    Actual rating 4.5/5 stars. Set out in an alternating timeline and interspersed with differing perspectives, as well as collected journal entries, letters, and newspaper clippings, this tells the convoluted tale of a Russian refugee and the professor that would make then break her. ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    At one point, Zoya, our narrator, writes ?there is such a thing as too much foreplay? and that might well serve as my opinion of this book. Celt?s writing is stupendous and she even channels Nabokov?s luscious, voluptuous style, no mean feat to pull off such a bold act of ventr...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen history that rests on my shoulders. If I don?t let out some of that air, I think I wil...

  • Candace
    Mar 14, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt is a 2018 Bloomsbury USA publication. Honesty?s a girl who waits at the door She speaks her piece without a roar. Clarity shines a light in the dark Her hand a torch, her mouth a spark. To reveal is to do more (The whisper that we?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    ?I watched him like a child watches an older child, slyly, and from the corner of my eye. Always hoping for him to approve of me in some way, since he was my life?s first coup, the first thing truly wanted and procured.? We know from the first page of this disquieting novel that...

    For a book with such ravishing prose, this was a strangely heartless story. The plot seemed nothing more than a hanger for the writing, a chance to showcase the author's flair. Yet even that talent ended up stretched too thin as the story meandered towards its end; there's only so much...

    Actual rating 4.5/5 stars. Set out in an alternating timeline and interspersed with differing perspectives, as well as collected journal entries, letters, and newspaper clippings, this tells the convoluted tale of a Russian refugee and the professor that would make then break her. ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    At one point, Zoya, our narrator, writes ?there is such a thing as too much foreplay? and that might well serve as my opinion of this book. Celt?s writing is stupendous and she even channels Nabokov?s luscious, voluptuous style, no mean feat to pull off such a bold act of ventr...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen history that rests on my shoulders. If I don?t let out some of that air, I think I wil...

    'Invitation To A Bonfire' is Adrienne Celt's third novel and is a propulsive literary thriller that caught my attention as it is set in 1920s America and inspired by the infamous fifty-two year marriage of Vladimir and Vera Nabokov. I very much enjoyed the format of the book, the story...

    At fifteen, Zoya Andropov was sent to an orphanage where she cross-stitched portraits of Party members, her stomach growling from hunger. Her parents, who were on "the right side" of the Russian revolution, had died soon after "the new and glorious union of our country," like everyone ...

    Although this book falls into a category I normally despise, that of the fictionalized biography however loose the interpretation, I chose it specifically because of its root material -- the ever intriguing marriage of Vladimir and Véra Nobokov. Knowing Nabokov?s predilection for ch...

    3.5 ? that ending was amazing 3.5 ?? that ending was amazing ...more ...

    Fun & sexy & mysterious & MURDER ...

    'Vera. Even your name intoxicates, incinerates. Veer-a. ' The line sound familiar to the opening lines of Lolita? Warning : This may be the best book you have ever read if you are a literary enthusiast. So if you have Lolita or any other work by Nabokov, you must be aware of t...

    "?It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.? ? Invitation to a Bonfire, Adrienne Celt . . OMG, I did not see that ending coming! July is off to a great start! Adrienne Celt?s ?...

    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 w...

    Review to come ...

    This one intrigued me from the get go. It had entirely too many elements I?m interested in (historical fiction, immigration, author, books, current and old manuscripts) to ignore. I?m actually quite surprise I didn?t end up loving this one, this is more of a strong like and appre...

    2.5 * Like so many other reviewers, I wanted to like this novel but found that I really didn't. For me it was that it lacked a cohesive sense of time and place. It's supposed to take place in the 1920s, but the clothes, hair, technology, traditions seem to belong in the 1950s. Zoya'...

  • Kasa Cotugno
    May 05, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt is a 2018 Bloomsbury USA publication. Honesty?s a girl who waits at the door She speaks her piece without a roar. Clarity shines a light in the dark Her hand a torch, her mouth a spark. To reveal is to do more (The whisper that we?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    ?I watched him like a child watches an older child, slyly, and from the corner of my eye. Always hoping for him to approve of me in some way, since he was my life?s first coup, the first thing truly wanted and procured.? We know from the first page of this disquieting novel that...

    For a book with such ravishing prose, this was a strangely heartless story. The plot seemed nothing more than a hanger for the writing, a chance to showcase the author's flair. Yet even that talent ended up stretched too thin as the story meandered towards its end; there's only so much...

    Actual rating 4.5/5 stars. Set out in an alternating timeline and interspersed with differing perspectives, as well as collected journal entries, letters, and newspaper clippings, this tells the convoluted tale of a Russian refugee and the professor that would make then break her. ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    At one point, Zoya, our narrator, writes ?there is such a thing as too much foreplay? and that might well serve as my opinion of this book. Celt?s writing is stupendous and she even channels Nabokov?s luscious, voluptuous style, no mean feat to pull off such a bold act of ventr...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen history that rests on my shoulders. If I don?t let out some of that air, I think I wil...

    'Invitation To A Bonfire' is Adrienne Celt's third novel and is a propulsive literary thriller that caught my attention as it is set in 1920s America and inspired by the infamous fifty-two year marriage of Vladimir and Vera Nabokov. I very much enjoyed the format of the book, the story...

    At fifteen, Zoya Andropov was sent to an orphanage where she cross-stitched portraits of Party members, her stomach growling from hunger. Her parents, who were on "the right side" of the Russian revolution, had died soon after "the new and glorious union of our country," like everyone ...

    Although this book falls into a category I normally despise, that of the fictionalized biography however loose the interpretation, I chose it specifically because of its root material -- the ever intriguing marriage of Vladimir and Véra Nobokov. Knowing Nabokov?s predilection for ch...

  • Elissa
    Jan 27, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt is a 2018 Bloomsbury USA publication. Honesty?s a girl who waits at the door She speaks her piece without a roar. Clarity shines a light in the dark Her hand a torch, her mouth a spark. To reveal is to do more (The whisper that we?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    ?I watched him like a child watches an older child, slyly, and from the corner of my eye. Always hoping for him to approve of me in some way, since he was my life?s first coup, the first thing truly wanted and procured.? We know from the first page of this disquieting novel that...

    For a book with such ravishing prose, this was a strangely heartless story. The plot seemed nothing more than a hanger for the writing, a chance to showcase the author's flair. Yet even that talent ended up stretched too thin as the story meandered towards its end; there's only so much...

    Actual rating 4.5/5 stars. Set out in an alternating timeline and interspersed with differing perspectives, as well as collected journal entries, letters, and newspaper clippings, this tells the convoluted tale of a Russian refugee and the professor that would make then break her. ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

  • Katie
    May 22, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt is a 2018 Bloomsbury USA publication. Honesty?s a girl who waits at the door She speaks her piece without a roar. Clarity shines a light in the dark Her hand a torch, her mouth a spark. To reveal is to do more (The whisper that we?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    ?I watched him like a child watches an older child, slyly, and from the corner of my eye. Always hoping for him to approve of me in some way, since he was my life?s first coup, the first thing truly wanted and procured.? We know from the first page of this disquieting novel that...

    For a book with such ravishing prose, this was a strangely heartless story. The plot seemed nothing more than a hanger for the writing, a chance to showcase the author's flair. Yet even that talent ended up stretched too thin as the story meandered towards its end; there's only so much...

    Actual rating 4.5/5 stars. Set out in an alternating timeline and interspersed with differing perspectives, as well as collected journal entries, letters, and newspaper clippings, this tells the convoluted tale of a Russian refugee and the professor that would make then break her. ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    At one point, Zoya, our narrator, writes ?there is such a thing as too much foreplay? and that might well serve as my opinion of this book. Celt?s writing is stupendous and she even channels Nabokov?s luscious, voluptuous style, no mean feat to pull off such a bold act of ventr...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen history that rests on my shoulders. If I don?t let out some of that air, I think I wil...

    'Invitation To A Bonfire' is Adrienne Celt's third novel and is a propulsive literary thriller that caught my attention as it is set in 1920s America and inspired by the infamous fifty-two year marriage of Vladimir and Vera Nabokov. I very much enjoyed the format of the book, the story...

    At fifteen, Zoya Andropov was sent to an orphanage where she cross-stitched portraits of Party members, her stomach growling from hunger. Her parents, who were on "the right side" of the Russian revolution, had died soon after "the new and glorious union of our country," like everyone ...

    Although this book falls into a category I normally despise, that of the fictionalized biography however loose the interpretation, I chose it specifically because of its root material -- the ever intriguing marriage of Vladimir and Véra Nobokov. Knowing Nabokov?s predilection for ch...

    3.5 ? that ending was amazing 3.5 ?? that ending was amazing ...more ...

    Fun & sexy & mysterious & MURDER ...

  • Rhonda Lomazow
    Apr 14, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt is a 2018 Bloomsbury USA publication. Honesty?s a girl who waits at the door She speaks her piece without a roar. Clarity shines a light in the dark Her hand a torch, her mouth a spark. To reveal is to do more (The whisper that we?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    ?I watched him like a child watches an older child, slyly, and from the corner of my eye. Always hoping for him to approve of me in some way, since he was my life?s first coup, the first thing truly wanted and procured.? We know from the first page of this disquieting novel that...

    For a book with such ravishing prose, this was a strangely heartless story. The plot seemed nothing more than a hanger for the writing, a chance to showcase the author's flair. Yet even that talent ended up stretched too thin as the story meandered towards its end; there's only so much...

    Actual rating 4.5/5 stars. Set out in an alternating timeline and interspersed with differing perspectives, as well as collected journal entries, letters, and newspaper clippings, this tells the convoluted tale of a Russian refugee and the professor that would make then break her. ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    At one point, Zoya, our narrator, writes ?there is such a thing as too much foreplay? and that might well serve as my opinion of this book. Celt?s writing is stupendous and she even channels Nabokov?s luscious, voluptuous style, no mean feat to pull off such a bold act of ventr...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen history that rests on my shoulders. If I don?t let out some of that air, I think I wil...

    'Invitation To A Bonfire' is Adrienne Celt's third novel and is a propulsive literary thriller that caught my attention as it is set in 1920s America and inspired by the infamous fifty-two year marriage of Vladimir and Vera Nabokov. I very much enjoyed the format of the book, the story...

    At fifteen, Zoya Andropov was sent to an orphanage where she cross-stitched portraits of Party members, her stomach growling from hunger. Her parents, who were on "the right side" of the Russian revolution, had died soon after "the new and glorious union of our country," like everyone ...

    Although this book falls into a category I normally despise, that of the fictionalized biography however loose the interpretation, I chose it specifically because of its root material -- the ever intriguing marriage of Vladimir and Véra Nobokov. Knowing Nabokov?s predilection for ch...

    3.5 ? that ending was amazing 3.5 ?? that ending was amazing ...more ...

    Fun & sexy & mysterious & MURDER ...

    'Vera. Even your name intoxicates, incinerates. Veer-a. ' The line sound familiar to the opening lines of Lolita? Warning : This may be the best book you have ever read if you are a literary enthusiast. So if you have Lolita or any other work by Nabokov, you must be aware of t...

    "?It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.? ? Invitation to a Bonfire, Adrienne Celt . . OMG, I did not see that ending coming! July is off to a great start! Adrienne Celt?s ?...

    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 w...

    Review to come ...

    This one intrigued me from the get go. It had entirely too many elements I?m interested in (historical fiction, immigration, author, books, current and old manuscripts) to ignore. I?m actually quite surprise I didn?t end up loving this one, this is more of a strong like and appre...

    2.5 * Like so many other reviewers, I wanted to like this novel but found that I really didn't. For me it was that it lacked a cohesive sense of time and place. It's supposed to take place in the 1920s, but the clothes, hair, technology, traditions seem to belong in the 1950s. Zoya'...

    This one comes out of nowhere and gets under your skin. Zoya Andropova comes over from Russia as a young orphan, dropped into an all-girls boarding school in 1920s New Jersey. Zoya is alienated and alone when her favorite Russian novelist arrives with his beautiful, aristocratic, calcu...

    Adrienne Celt writes beautifully lyrically her first novel The Daughters drew me in swept me away .Invitation to a Bonfire had the same effect,A psychological thriller a love triangle based on the Nabokov marriage & Zoya the young mysterious refugee from the Soviet Union .Will be r...

  • Bandit
    Feb 10, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt is a 2018 Bloomsbury USA publication. Honesty?s a girl who waits at the door She speaks her piece without a roar. Clarity shines a light in the dark Her hand a torch, her mouth a spark. To reveal is to do more (The whisper that we?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    ?I watched him like a child watches an older child, slyly, and from the corner of my eye. Always hoping for him to approve of me in some way, since he was my life?s first coup, the first thing truly wanted and procured.? We know from the first page of this disquieting novel that...

    For a book with such ravishing prose, this was a strangely heartless story. The plot seemed nothing more than a hanger for the writing, a chance to showcase the author's flair. Yet even that talent ended up stretched too thin as the story meandered towards its end; there's only so much...

    Actual rating 4.5/5 stars. Set out in an alternating timeline and interspersed with differing perspectives, as well as collected journal entries, letters, and newspaper clippings, this tells the convoluted tale of a Russian refugee and the professor that would make then break her. ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    At one point, Zoya, our narrator, writes ?there is such a thing as too much foreplay? and that might well serve as my opinion of this book. Celt?s writing is stupendous and she even channels Nabokov?s luscious, voluptuous style, no mean feat to pull off such a bold act of ventr...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen history that rests on my shoulders. If I don?t let out some of that air, I think I wil...

    'Invitation To A Bonfire' is Adrienne Celt's third novel and is a propulsive literary thriller that caught my attention as it is set in 1920s America and inspired by the infamous fifty-two year marriage of Vladimir and Vera Nabokov. I very much enjoyed the format of the book, the story...

    At fifteen, Zoya Andropov was sent to an orphanage where she cross-stitched portraits of Party members, her stomach growling from hunger. Her parents, who were on "the right side" of the Russian revolution, had died soon after "the new and glorious union of our country," like everyone ...

    Although this book falls into a category I normally despise, that of the fictionalized biography however loose the interpretation, I chose it specifically because of its root material -- the ever intriguing marriage of Vladimir and Véra Nobokov. Knowing Nabokov?s predilection for ch...

    3.5 ? that ending was amazing 3.5 ?? that ending was amazing ...more ...

    Fun & sexy & mysterious & MURDER ...

    'Vera. Even your name intoxicates, incinerates. Veer-a. ' The line sound familiar to the opening lines of Lolita? Warning : This may be the best book you have ever read if you are a literary enthusiast. So if you have Lolita or any other work by Nabokov, you must be aware of t...

    "?It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.? ? Invitation to a Bonfire, Adrienne Celt . . OMG, I did not see that ending coming! July is off to a great start! Adrienne Celt?s ?...

    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 w...

    Review to come ...

    This one intrigued me from the get go. It had entirely too many elements I?m interested in (historical fiction, immigration, author, books, current and old manuscripts) to ignore. I?m actually quite surprise I didn?t end up loving this one, this is more of a strong like and appre...

  • Julie
    Aug 12, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt is a 2018 Bloomsbury USA publication. Honesty?s a girl who waits at the door She speaks her piece without a roar. Clarity shines a light in the dark Her hand a torch, her mouth a spark. To reveal is to do more (The whisper that we?...

  • Bam
    Jun 07, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt is a 2018 Bloomsbury USA publication. Honesty?s a girl who waits at the door She speaks her piece without a roar. Clarity shines a light in the dark Her hand a torch, her mouth a spark. To reveal is to do more (The whisper that we?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

  • Mercedes
    Feb 10, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt is a 2018 Bloomsbury USA publication. Honesty?s a girl who waits at the door She speaks her piece without a roar. Clarity shines a light in the dark Her hand a torch, her mouth a spark. To reveal is to do more (The whisper that we?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    ?I watched him like a child watches an older child, slyly, and from the corner of my eye. Always hoping for him to approve of me in some way, since he was my life?s first coup, the first thing truly wanted and procured.? We know from the first page of this disquieting novel that...

    For a book with such ravishing prose, this was a strangely heartless story. The plot seemed nothing more than a hanger for the writing, a chance to showcase the author's flair. Yet even that talent ended up stretched too thin as the story meandered towards its end; there's only so much...

    Actual rating 4.5/5 stars. Set out in an alternating timeline and interspersed with differing perspectives, as well as collected journal entries, letters, and newspaper clippings, this tells the convoluted tale of a Russian refugee and the professor that would make then break her. ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    At one point, Zoya, our narrator, writes ?there is such a thing as too much foreplay? and that might well serve as my opinion of this book. Celt?s writing is stupendous and she even channels Nabokov?s luscious, voluptuous style, no mean feat to pull off such a bold act of ventr...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen history that rests on my shoulders. If I don?t let out some of that air, I think I wil...

    'Invitation To A Bonfire' is Adrienne Celt's third novel and is a propulsive literary thriller that caught my attention as it is set in 1920s America and inspired by the infamous fifty-two year marriage of Vladimir and Vera Nabokov. I very much enjoyed the format of the book, the story...

    At fifteen, Zoya Andropov was sent to an orphanage where she cross-stitched portraits of Party members, her stomach growling from hunger. Her parents, who were on "the right side" of the Russian revolution, had died soon after "the new and glorious union of our country," like everyone ...

    Although this book falls into a category I normally despise, that of the fictionalized biography however loose the interpretation, I chose it specifically because of its root material -- the ever intriguing marriage of Vladimir and Véra Nobokov. Knowing Nabokov?s predilection for ch...

    3.5 ? that ending was amazing 3.5 ?? that ending was amazing ...more ...

    Fun & sexy & mysterious & MURDER ...

    'Vera. Even your name intoxicates, incinerates. Veer-a. ' The line sound familiar to the opening lines of Lolita? Warning : This may be the best book you have ever read if you are a literary enthusiast. So if you have Lolita or any other work by Nabokov, you must be aware of t...

    "?It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.? ? Invitation to a Bonfire, Adrienne Celt . . OMG, I did not see that ending coming! July is off to a great start! Adrienne Celt?s ?...

    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 w...

  • ClaireEva
    Aug 25, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt is a 2018 Bloomsbury USA publication. Honesty?s a girl who waits at the door She speaks her piece without a roar. Clarity shines a light in the dark Her hand a torch, her mouth a spark. To reveal is to do more (The whisper that we?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    ?I watched him like a child watches an older child, slyly, and from the corner of my eye. Always hoping for him to approve of me in some way, since he was my life?s first coup, the first thing truly wanted and procured.? We know from the first page of this disquieting novel that...

    For a book with such ravishing prose, this was a strangely heartless story. The plot seemed nothing more than a hanger for the writing, a chance to showcase the author's flair. Yet even that talent ended up stretched too thin as the story meandered towards its end; there's only so much...

    Actual rating 4.5/5 stars. Set out in an alternating timeline and interspersed with differing perspectives, as well as collected journal entries, letters, and newspaper clippings, this tells the convoluted tale of a Russian refugee and the professor that would make then break her. ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    At one point, Zoya, our narrator, writes ?there is such a thing as too much foreplay? and that might well serve as my opinion of this book. Celt?s writing is stupendous and she even channels Nabokov?s luscious, voluptuous style, no mean feat to pull off such a bold act of ventr...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen history that rests on my shoulders. If I don?t let out some of that air, I think I wil...

    'Invitation To A Bonfire' is Adrienne Celt's third novel and is a propulsive literary thriller that caught my attention as it is set in 1920s America and inspired by the infamous fifty-two year marriage of Vladimir and Vera Nabokov. I very much enjoyed the format of the book, the story...

    At fifteen, Zoya Andropov was sent to an orphanage where she cross-stitched portraits of Party members, her stomach growling from hunger. Her parents, who were on "the right side" of the Russian revolution, had died soon after "the new and glorious union of our country," like everyone ...

    Although this book falls into a category I normally despise, that of the fictionalized biography however loose the interpretation, I chose it specifically because of its root material -- the ever intriguing marriage of Vladimir and Véra Nobokov. Knowing Nabokov?s predilection for ch...

    3.5 ? that ending was amazing 3.5 ?? that ending was amazing ...more ...

  • Kathleen Gray
    May 26, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt is a 2018 Bloomsbury USA publication. Honesty?s a girl who waits at the door She speaks her piece without a roar. Clarity shines a light in the dark Her hand a torch, her mouth a spark. To reveal is to do more (The whisper that we?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    ?I watched him like a child watches an older child, slyly, and from the corner of my eye. Always hoping for him to approve of me in some way, since he was my life?s first coup, the first thing truly wanted and procured.? We know from the first page of this disquieting novel that...

    For a book with such ravishing prose, this was a strangely heartless story. The plot seemed nothing more than a hanger for the writing, a chance to showcase the author's flair. Yet even that talent ended up stretched too thin as the story meandered towards its end; there's only so much...

    Actual rating 4.5/5 stars. Set out in an alternating timeline and interspersed with differing perspectives, as well as collected journal entries, letters, and newspaper clippings, this tells the convoluted tale of a Russian refugee and the professor that would make then break her. ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    At one point, Zoya, our narrator, writes ?there is such a thing as too much foreplay? and that might well serve as my opinion of this book. Celt?s writing is stupendous and she even channels Nabokov?s luscious, voluptuous style, no mean feat to pull off such a bold act of ventr...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen history that rests on my shoulders. If I don?t let out some of that air, I think I wil...

    'Invitation To A Bonfire' is Adrienne Celt's third novel and is a propulsive literary thriller that caught my attention as it is set in 1920s America and inspired by the infamous fifty-two year marriage of Vladimir and Vera Nabokov. I very much enjoyed the format of the book, the story...

    At fifteen, Zoya Andropov was sent to an orphanage where she cross-stitched portraits of Party members, her stomach growling from hunger. Her parents, who were on "the right side" of the Russian revolution, had died soon after "the new and glorious union of our country," like everyone ...

    Although this book falls into a category I normally despise, that of the fictionalized biography however loose the interpretation, I chose it specifically because of its root material -- the ever intriguing marriage of Vladimir and Véra Nobokov. Knowing Nabokov?s predilection for ch...

    3.5 ? that ending was amazing 3.5 ?? that ending was amazing ...more ...

    Fun & sexy & mysterious & MURDER ...

    'Vera. Even your name intoxicates, incinerates. Veer-a. ' The line sound familiar to the opening lines of Lolita? Warning : This may be the best book you have ever read if you are a literary enthusiast. So if you have Lolita or any other work by Nabokov, you must be aware of t...

    "?It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.? ? Invitation to a Bonfire, Adrienne Celt . . OMG, I did not see that ending coming! July is off to a great start! Adrienne Celt?s ?...

    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 w...

    Review to come ...

    This one intrigued me from the get go. It had entirely too many elements I?m interested in (historical fiction, immigration, author, books, current and old manuscripts) to ignore. I?m actually quite surprise I didn?t end up loving this one, this is more of a strong like and appre...

    2.5 * Like so many other reviewers, I wanted to like this novel but found that I really didn't. For me it was that it lacked a cohesive sense of time and place. It's supposed to take place in the 1920s, but the clothes, hair, technology, traditions seem to belong in the 1950s. Zoya'...

    This one comes out of nowhere and gets under your skin. Zoya Andropova comes over from Russia as a young orphan, dropped into an all-girls boarding school in 1920s New Jersey. Zoya is alienated and alone when her favorite Russian novelist arrives with his beautiful, aristocratic, calcu...

    Adrienne Celt writes beautifully lyrically her first novel The Daughters drew me in swept me away .Invitation to a Bonfire had the same effect,A psychological thriller a love triangle based on the Nabokov marriage & Zoya the young mysterious refugee from the Soviet Union .Will be r...

    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 ...

    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 sc...

    Yowsa. Based on the trouble (to say the least) Nabakov marriage and written loosely in his style, this packs a lot into a fairly slim volume. Arguably it's historical fiction- and in a very narrow niche- but it's also a psychological study of three people who really should have been se...

  • nikkia neil
    May 07, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt is a 2018 Bloomsbury USA publication. Honesty?s a girl who waits at the door She speaks her piece without a roar. Clarity shines a light in the dark Her hand a torch, her mouth a spark. To reveal is to do more (The whisper that we?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    ?I watched him like a child watches an older child, slyly, and from the corner of my eye. Always hoping for him to approve of me in some way, since he was my life?s first coup, the first thing truly wanted and procured.? We know from the first page of this disquieting novel that...

    For a book with such ravishing prose, this was a strangely heartless story. The plot seemed nothing more than a hanger for the writing, a chance to showcase the author's flair. Yet even that talent ended up stretched too thin as the story meandered towards its end; there's only so much...

    Actual rating 4.5/5 stars. Set out in an alternating timeline and interspersed with differing perspectives, as well as collected journal entries, letters, and newspaper clippings, this tells the convoluted tale of a Russian refugee and the professor that would make then break her. ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    At one point, Zoya, our narrator, writes ?there is such a thing as too much foreplay? and that might well serve as my opinion of this book. Celt?s writing is stupendous and she even channels Nabokov?s luscious, voluptuous style, no mean feat to pull off such a bold act of ventr...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen history that rests on my shoulders. If I don?t let out some of that air, I think I wil...

    'Invitation To A Bonfire' is Adrienne Celt's third novel and is a propulsive literary thriller that caught my attention as it is set in 1920s America and inspired by the infamous fifty-two year marriage of Vladimir and Vera Nabokov. I very much enjoyed the format of the book, the story...

    At fifteen, Zoya Andropov was sent to an orphanage where she cross-stitched portraits of Party members, her stomach growling from hunger. Her parents, who were on "the right side" of the Russian revolution, had died soon after "the new and glorious union of our country," like everyone ...

    Although this book falls into a category I normally despise, that of the fictionalized biography however loose the interpretation, I chose it specifically because of its root material -- the ever intriguing marriage of Vladimir and Véra Nobokov. Knowing Nabokov?s predilection for ch...

    3.5 ? that ending was amazing 3.5 ?? that ending was amazing ...more ...

    Fun & sexy & mysterious & MURDER ...

    'Vera. Even your name intoxicates, incinerates. Veer-a. ' The line sound familiar to the opening lines of Lolita? Warning : This may be the best book you have ever read if you are a literary enthusiast. So if you have Lolita or any other work by Nabokov, you must be aware of t...

    "?It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.? ? Invitation to a Bonfire, Adrienne Celt . . OMG, I did not see that ending coming! July is off to a great start! Adrienne Celt?s ?...

    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 w...

    Review to come ...

    This one intrigued me from the get go. It had entirely too many elements I?m interested in (historical fiction, immigration, author, books, current and old manuscripts) to ignore. I?m actually quite surprise I didn?t end up loving this one, this is more of a strong like and appre...

    2.5 * Like so many other reviewers, I wanted to like this novel but found that I really didn't. For me it was that it lacked a cohesive sense of time and place. It's supposed to take place in the 1920s, but the clothes, hair, technology, traditions seem to belong in the 1950s. Zoya'...

    This one comes out of nowhere and gets under your skin. Zoya Andropova comes over from Russia as a young orphan, dropped into an all-girls boarding school in 1920s New Jersey. Zoya is alienated and alone when her favorite Russian novelist arrives with his beautiful, aristocratic, calcu...

    Adrienne Celt writes beautifully lyrically her first novel The Daughters drew me in swept me away .Invitation to a Bonfire had the same effect,A psychological thriller a love triangle based on the Nabokov marriage & Zoya the young mysterious refugee from the Soviet Union .Will be r...

    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 ...

    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 sc...

    Yowsa. Based on the trouble (to say the least) Nabakov marriage and written loosely in his style, this packs a lot into a fairly slim volume. Arguably it's historical fiction- and in a very narrow niche- but it's also a psychological study of three people who really should have been se...

    I was really expecting to like this book as a fan of historical fiction. But it fell flat. I?m okay with suspending some belief to accommodate fiction but here are the things I couldn?t get past: 1. It doesn?t have a 1920s feel about it. I expected to be transported to that ti...

    Thanks Bloomsbury USA and netgalley for this ARC. This book will keep you reading all night long. You wont know which way is up and down at the end but you'll be satisfied. ...

  • Janelle
    Jul 09, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt is a 2018 Bloomsbury USA publication. Honesty?s a girl who waits at the door She speaks her piece without a roar. Clarity shines a light in the dark Her hand a torch, her mouth a spark. To reveal is to do more (The whisper that we?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    ?I watched him like a child watches an older child, slyly, and from the corner of my eye. Always hoping for him to approve of me in some way, since he was my life?s first coup, the first thing truly wanted and procured.? We know from the first page of this disquieting novel that...

    For a book with such ravishing prose, this was a strangely heartless story. The plot seemed nothing more than a hanger for the writing, a chance to showcase the author's flair. Yet even that talent ended up stretched too thin as the story meandered towards its end; there's only so much...

    Actual rating 4.5/5 stars. Set out in an alternating timeline and interspersed with differing perspectives, as well as collected journal entries, letters, and newspaper clippings, this tells the convoluted tale of a Russian refugee and the professor that would make then break her. ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    At one point, Zoya, our narrator, writes ?there is such a thing as too much foreplay? and that might well serve as my opinion of this book. Celt?s writing is stupendous and she even channels Nabokov?s luscious, voluptuous style, no mean feat to pull off such a bold act of ventr...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen history that rests on my shoulders. If I don?t let out some of that air, I think I wil...

    'Invitation To A Bonfire' is Adrienne Celt's third novel and is a propulsive literary thriller that caught my attention as it is set in 1920s America and inspired by the infamous fifty-two year marriage of Vladimir and Vera Nabokov. I very much enjoyed the format of the book, the story...

    At fifteen, Zoya Andropov was sent to an orphanage where she cross-stitched portraits of Party members, her stomach growling from hunger. Her parents, who were on "the right side" of the Russian revolution, had died soon after "the new and glorious union of our country," like everyone ...

    Although this book falls into a category I normally despise, that of the fictionalized biography however loose the interpretation, I chose it specifically because of its root material -- the ever intriguing marriage of Vladimir and Véra Nobokov. Knowing Nabokov?s predilection for ch...

    3.5 ? that ending was amazing 3.5 ?? that ending was amazing ...more ...

    Fun & sexy & mysterious & MURDER ...

    'Vera. Even your name intoxicates, incinerates. Veer-a. ' The line sound familiar to the opening lines of Lolita? Warning : This may be the best book you have ever read if you are a literary enthusiast. So if you have Lolita or any other work by Nabokov, you must be aware of t...

    "?It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.? ? Invitation to a Bonfire, Adrienne Celt . . OMG, I did not see that ending coming! July is off to a great start! Adrienne Celt?s ?...

    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 w...

    Review to come ...

  • Megan Bell
    Feb 13, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt is a 2018 Bloomsbury USA publication. Honesty?s a girl who waits at the door She speaks her piece without a roar. Clarity shines a light in the dark Her hand a torch, her mouth a spark. To reveal is to do more (The whisper that we?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    ?I watched him like a child watches an older child, slyly, and from the corner of my eye. Always hoping for him to approve of me in some way, since he was my life?s first coup, the first thing truly wanted and procured.? We know from the first page of this disquieting novel that...

    For a book with such ravishing prose, this was a strangely heartless story. The plot seemed nothing more than a hanger for the writing, a chance to showcase the author's flair. Yet even that talent ended up stretched too thin as the story meandered towards its end; there's only so much...

    Actual rating 4.5/5 stars. Set out in an alternating timeline and interspersed with differing perspectives, as well as collected journal entries, letters, and newspaper clippings, this tells the convoluted tale of a Russian refugee and the professor that would make then break her. ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    At one point, Zoya, our narrator, writes ?there is such a thing as too much foreplay? and that might well serve as my opinion of this book. Celt?s writing is stupendous and she even channels Nabokov?s luscious, voluptuous style, no mean feat to pull off such a bold act of ventr...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen history that rests on my shoulders. If I don?t let out some of that air, I think I wil...

    'Invitation To A Bonfire' is Adrienne Celt's third novel and is a propulsive literary thriller that caught my attention as it is set in 1920s America and inspired by the infamous fifty-two year marriage of Vladimir and Vera Nabokov. I very much enjoyed the format of the book, the story...

    At fifteen, Zoya Andropov was sent to an orphanage where she cross-stitched portraits of Party members, her stomach growling from hunger. Her parents, who were on "the right side" of the Russian revolution, had died soon after "the new and glorious union of our country," like everyone ...

    Although this book falls into a category I normally despise, that of the fictionalized biography however loose the interpretation, I chose it specifically because of its root material -- the ever intriguing marriage of Vladimir and Véra Nobokov. Knowing Nabokov?s predilection for ch...

    3.5 ? that ending was amazing 3.5 ?? that ending was amazing ...more ...

    Fun & sexy & mysterious & MURDER ...

    'Vera. Even your name intoxicates, incinerates. Veer-a. ' The line sound familiar to the opening lines of Lolita? Warning : This may be the best book you have ever read if you are a literary enthusiast. So if you have Lolita or any other work by Nabokov, you must be aware of t...

    "?It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.? ? Invitation to a Bonfire, Adrienne Celt . . OMG, I did not see that ending coming! July is off to a great start! Adrienne Celt?s ?...

    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 w...

    Review to come ...

    This one intrigued me from the get go. It had entirely too many elements I?m interested in (historical fiction, immigration, author, books, current and old manuscripts) to ignore. I?m actually quite surprise I didn?t end up loving this one, this is more of a strong like and appre...

    2.5 * Like so many other reviewers, I wanted to like this novel but found that I really didn't. For me it was that it lacked a cohesive sense of time and place. It's supposed to take place in the 1920s, but the clothes, hair, technology, traditions seem to belong in the 1950s. Zoya'...

    This one comes out of nowhere and gets under your skin. Zoya Andropova comes over from Russia as a young orphan, dropped into an all-girls boarding school in 1920s New Jersey. Zoya is alienated and alone when her favorite Russian novelist arrives with his beautiful, aristocratic, calcu...

  • Nancy
    Mar 24, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt is a 2018 Bloomsbury USA publication. Honesty?s a girl who waits at the door She speaks her piece without a roar. Clarity shines a light in the dark Her hand a torch, her mouth a spark. To reveal is to do more (The whisper that we?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    ?I watched him like a child watches an older child, slyly, and from the corner of my eye. Always hoping for him to approve of me in some way, since he was my life?s first coup, the first thing truly wanted and procured.? We know from the first page of this disquieting novel that...

    For a book with such ravishing prose, this was a strangely heartless story. The plot seemed nothing more than a hanger for the writing, a chance to showcase the author's flair. Yet even that talent ended up stretched too thin as the story meandered towards its end; there's only so much...

    Actual rating 4.5/5 stars. Set out in an alternating timeline and interspersed with differing perspectives, as well as collected journal entries, letters, and newspaper clippings, this tells the convoluted tale of a Russian refugee and the professor that would make then break her. ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    At one point, Zoya, our narrator, writes ?there is such a thing as too much foreplay? and that might well serve as my opinion of this book. Celt?s writing is stupendous and she even channels Nabokov?s luscious, voluptuous style, no mean feat to pull off such a bold act of ventr...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen history that rests on my shoulders. If I don?t let out some of that air, I think I wil...

    'Invitation To A Bonfire' is Adrienne Celt's third novel and is a propulsive literary thriller that caught my attention as it is set in 1920s America and inspired by the infamous fifty-two year marriage of Vladimir and Vera Nabokov. I very much enjoyed the format of the book, the story...

    At fifteen, Zoya Andropov was sent to an orphanage where she cross-stitched portraits of Party members, her stomach growling from hunger. Her parents, who were on "the right side" of the Russian revolution, had died soon after "the new and glorious union of our country," like everyone ...

  • Emma
    Aug 01, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt is a 2018 Bloomsbury USA publication. Honesty?s a girl who waits at the door She speaks her piece without a roar. Clarity shines a light in the dark Her hand a torch, her mouth a spark. To reveal is to do more (The whisper that we?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    ?I watched him like a child watches an older child, slyly, and from the corner of my eye. Always hoping for him to approve of me in some way, since he was my life?s first coup, the first thing truly wanted and procured.? We know from the first page of this disquieting novel that...

    For a book with such ravishing prose, this was a strangely heartless story. The plot seemed nothing more than a hanger for the writing, a chance to showcase the author's flair. Yet even that talent ended up stretched too thin as the story meandered towards its end; there's only so much...

  • miss.mesmerized mesmerized
    May 20, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt is a 2018 Bloomsbury USA publication. Honesty?s a girl who waits at the door She speaks her piece without a roar. Clarity shines a light in the dark Her hand a torch, her mouth a spark. To reveal is to do more (The whisper that we?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    ?I watched him like a child watches an older child, slyly, and from the corner of my eye. Always hoping for him to approve of me in some way, since he was my life?s first coup, the first thing truly wanted and procured.? We know from the first page of this disquieting novel that...

    For a book with such ravishing prose, this was a strangely heartless story. The plot seemed nothing more than a hanger for the writing, a chance to showcase the author's flair. Yet even that talent ended up stretched too thin as the story meandered towards its end; there's only so much...

    Actual rating 4.5/5 stars. Set out in an alternating timeline and interspersed with differing perspectives, as well as collected journal entries, letters, and newspaper clippings, this tells the convoluted tale of a Russian refugee and the professor that would make then break her. ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    At one point, Zoya, our narrator, writes ?there is such a thing as too much foreplay? and that might well serve as my opinion of this book. Celt?s writing is stupendous and she even channels Nabokov?s luscious, voluptuous style, no mean feat to pull off such a bold act of ventr...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen history that rests on my shoulders. If I don?t let out some of that air, I think I wil...

    'Invitation To A Bonfire' is Adrienne Celt's third novel and is a propulsive literary thriller that caught my attention as it is set in 1920s America and inspired by the infamous fifty-two year marriage of Vladimir and Vera Nabokov. I very much enjoyed the format of the book, the story...

    At fifteen, Zoya Andropov was sent to an orphanage where she cross-stitched portraits of Party members, her stomach growling from hunger. Her parents, who were on "the right side" of the Russian revolution, had died soon after "the new and glorious union of our country," like everyone ...

    Although this book falls into a category I normally despise, that of the fictionalized biography however loose the interpretation, I chose it specifically because of its root material -- the ever intriguing marriage of Vladimir and Véra Nobokov. Knowing Nabokov?s predilection for ch...

    3.5 ? that ending was amazing 3.5 ?? that ending was amazing ...more ...

    Fun & sexy & mysterious & MURDER ...

    'Vera. Even your name intoxicates, incinerates. Veer-a. ' The line sound familiar to the opening lines of Lolita? Warning : This may be the best book you have ever read if you are a literary enthusiast. So if you have Lolita or any other work by Nabokov, you must be aware of t...

    "?It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.? ? Invitation to a Bonfire, Adrienne Celt . . OMG, I did not see that ending coming! July is off to a great start! Adrienne Celt?s ?...

    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 w...

    Review to come ...

    This one intrigued me from the get go. It had entirely too many elements I?m interested in (historical fiction, immigration, author, books, current and old manuscripts) to ignore. I?m actually quite surprise I didn?t end up loving this one, this is more of a strong like and appre...

    2.5 * Like so many other reviewers, I wanted to like this novel but found that I really didn't. For me it was that it lacked a cohesive sense of time and place. It's supposed to take place in the 1920s, but the clothes, hair, technology, traditions seem to belong in the 1950s. Zoya'...

    This one comes out of nowhere and gets under your skin. Zoya Andropova comes over from Russia as a young orphan, dropped into an all-girls boarding school in 1920s New Jersey. Zoya is alienated and alone when her favorite Russian novelist arrives with his beautiful, aristocratic, calcu...

    Adrienne Celt writes beautifully lyrically her first novel The Daughters drew me in swept me away .Invitation to a Bonfire had the same effect,A psychological thriller a love triangle based on the Nabokov marriage & Zoya the young mysterious refugee from the Soviet Union .Will be r...

    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 ...

    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 sc...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Jun 02, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt is a 2018 Bloomsbury USA publication. Honesty?s a girl who waits at the door She speaks her piece without a roar. Clarity shines a light in the dark Her hand a torch, her mouth a spark. To reveal is to do more (The whisper that we?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

  • Kendall
    May 06, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt is a 2018 Bloomsbury USA publication. Honesty?s a girl who waits at the door She speaks her piece without a roar. Clarity shines a light in the dark Her hand a torch, her mouth a spark. To reveal is to do more (The whisper that we?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

  • Dannii Elle
    Jul 24, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt is a 2018 Bloomsbury USA publication. Honesty?s a girl who waits at the door She speaks her piece without a roar. Clarity shines a light in the dark Her hand a torch, her mouth a spark. To reveal is to do more (The whisper that we?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    ?I watched him like a child watches an older child, slyly, and from the corner of my eye. Always hoping for him to approve of me in some way, since he was my life?s first coup, the first thing truly wanted and procured.? We know from the first page of this disquieting novel that...

    For a book with such ravishing prose, this was a strangely heartless story. The plot seemed nothing more than a hanger for the writing, a chance to showcase the author's flair. Yet even that talent ended up stretched too thin as the story meandered towards its end; there's only so much...

    Actual rating 4.5/5 stars. Set out in an alternating timeline and interspersed with differing perspectives, as well as collected journal entries, letters, and newspaper clippings, this tells the convoluted tale of a Russian refugee and the professor that would make then break her. ...

  • Anita
    Jun 11, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt is a 2018 Bloomsbury USA publication. Honesty?s a girl who waits at the door She speaks her piece without a roar. Clarity shines a light in the dark Her hand a torch, her mouth a spark. To reveal is to do more (The whisper that we?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    ?I watched him like a child watches an older child, slyly, and from the corner of my eye. Always hoping for him to approve of me in some way, since he was my life?s first coup, the first thing truly wanted and procured.? We know from the first page of this disquieting novel that...

    For a book with such ravishing prose, this was a strangely heartless story. The plot seemed nothing more than a hanger for the writing, a chance to showcase the author's flair. Yet even that talent ended up stretched too thin as the story meandered towards its end; there's only so much...

    Actual rating 4.5/5 stars. Set out in an alternating timeline and interspersed with differing perspectives, as well as collected journal entries, letters, and newspaper clippings, this tells the convoluted tale of a Russian refugee and the professor that would make then break her. ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    At one point, Zoya, our narrator, writes ?there is such a thing as too much foreplay? and that might well serve as my opinion of this book. Celt?s writing is stupendous and she even channels Nabokov?s luscious, voluptuous style, no mean feat to pull off such a bold act of ventr...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen history that rests on my shoulders. If I don?t let out some of that air, I think I wil...

    'Invitation To A Bonfire' is Adrienne Celt's third novel and is a propulsive literary thriller that caught my attention as it is set in 1920s America and inspired by the infamous fifty-two year marriage of Vladimir and Vera Nabokov. I very much enjoyed the format of the book, the story...

    At fifteen, Zoya Andropov was sent to an orphanage where she cross-stitched portraits of Party members, her stomach growling from hunger. Her parents, who were on "the right side" of the Russian revolution, had died soon after "the new and glorious union of our country," like everyone ...

    Although this book falls into a category I normally despise, that of the fictionalized biography however loose the interpretation, I chose it specifically because of its root material -- the ever intriguing marriage of Vladimir and Véra Nobokov. Knowing Nabokov?s predilection for ch...

    3.5 ? that ending was amazing 3.5 ?? that ending was amazing ...more ...

    Fun & sexy & mysterious & MURDER ...

    'Vera. Even your name intoxicates, incinerates. Veer-a. ' The line sound familiar to the opening lines of Lolita? Warning : This may be the best book you have ever read if you are a literary enthusiast. So if you have Lolita or any other work by Nabokov, you must be aware of t...

    "?It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.? ? Invitation to a Bonfire, Adrienne Celt . . OMG, I did not see that ending coming! July is off to a great start! Adrienne Celt?s ?...

    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 w...

    Review to come ...

    This one intrigued me from the get go. It had entirely too many elements I?m interested in (historical fiction, immigration, author, books, current and old manuscripts) to ignore. I?m actually quite surprise I didn?t end up loving this one, this is more of a strong like and appre...

    2.5 * Like so many other reviewers, I wanted to like this novel but found that I really didn't. For me it was that it lacked a cohesive sense of time and place. It's supposed to take place in the 1920s, but the clothes, hair, technology, traditions seem to belong in the 1950s. Zoya'...

    This one comes out of nowhere and gets under your skin. Zoya Andropova comes over from Russia as a young orphan, dropped into an all-girls boarding school in 1920s New Jersey. Zoya is alienated and alone when her favorite Russian novelist arrives with his beautiful, aristocratic, calcu...

    Adrienne Celt writes beautifully lyrically her first novel The Daughters drew me in swept me away .Invitation to a Bonfire had the same effect,A psychological thriller a love triangle based on the Nabokov marriage & Zoya the young mysterious refugee from the Soviet Union .Will be r...

    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 ...

    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 sc...

    Yowsa. Based on the trouble (to say the least) Nabakov marriage and written loosely in his style, this packs a lot into a fairly slim volume. Arguably it's historical fiction- and in a very narrow niche- but it's also a psychological study of three people who really should have been se...

    I was really expecting to like this book as a fan of historical fiction. But it fell flat. I?m okay with suspending some belief to accommodate fiction but here are the things I couldn?t get past: 1. It doesn?t have a 1920s feel about it. I expected to be transported to that ti...

  • Lou
    Aug 17, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt is a 2018 Bloomsbury USA publication. Honesty?s a girl who waits at the door She speaks her piece without a roar. Clarity shines a light in the dark Her hand a torch, her mouth a spark. To reveal is to do more (The whisper that we?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    ?I watched him like a child watches an older child, slyly, and from the corner of my eye. Always hoping for him to approve of me in some way, since he was my life?s first coup, the first thing truly wanted and procured.? We know from the first page of this disquieting novel that...

    For a book with such ravishing prose, this was a strangely heartless story. The plot seemed nothing more than a hanger for the writing, a chance to showcase the author's flair. Yet even that talent ended up stretched too thin as the story meandered towards its end; there's only so much...

    Actual rating 4.5/5 stars. Set out in an alternating timeline and interspersed with differing perspectives, as well as collected journal entries, letters, and newspaper clippings, this tells the convoluted tale of a Russian refugee and the professor that would make then break her. ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    At one point, Zoya, our narrator, writes ?there is such a thing as too much foreplay? and that might well serve as my opinion of this book. Celt?s writing is stupendous and she even channels Nabokov?s luscious, voluptuous style, no mean feat to pull off such a bold act of ventr...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen history that rests on my shoulders. If I don?t let out some of that air, I think I wil...

    'Invitation To A Bonfire' is Adrienne Celt's third novel and is a propulsive literary thriller that caught my attention as it is set in 1920s America and inspired by the infamous fifty-two year marriage of Vladimir and Vera Nabokov. I very much enjoyed the format of the book, the story...

  • Tammy
    Feb 17, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt is a 2018 Bloomsbury USA publication. Honesty?s a girl who waits at the door She speaks her piece without a roar. Clarity shines a light in the dark Her hand a torch, her mouth a spark. To reveal is to do more (The whisper that we?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

  • Sarah
    Apr 20, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt is a 2018 Bloomsbury USA publication. Honesty?s a girl who waits at the door She speaks her piece without a roar. Clarity shines a light in the dark Her hand a torch, her mouth a spark. To reveal is to do more (The whisper that we?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    ?I watched him like a child watches an older child, slyly, and from the corner of my eye. Always hoping for him to approve of me in some way, since he was my life?s first coup, the first thing truly wanted and procured.? We know from the first page of this disquieting novel that...

    For a book with such ravishing prose, this was a strangely heartless story. The plot seemed nothing more than a hanger for the writing, a chance to showcase the author's flair. Yet even that talent ended up stretched too thin as the story meandered towards its end; there's only so much...

    Actual rating 4.5/5 stars. Set out in an alternating timeline and interspersed with differing perspectives, as well as collected journal entries, letters, and newspaper clippings, this tells the convoluted tale of a Russian refugee and the professor that would make then break her. ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    At one point, Zoya, our narrator, writes ?there is such a thing as too much foreplay? and that might well serve as my opinion of this book. Celt?s writing is stupendous and she even channels Nabokov?s luscious, voluptuous style, no mean feat to pull off such a bold act of ventr...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen history that rests on my shoulders. If I don?t let out some of that air, I think I wil...

    'Invitation To A Bonfire' is Adrienne Celt's third novel and is a propulsive literary thriller that caught my attention as it is set in 1920s America and inspired by the infamous fifty-two year marriage of Vladimir and Vera Nabokov. I very much enjoyed the format of the book, the story...

    At fifteen, Zoya Andropov was sent to an orphanage where she cross-stitched portraits of Party members, her stomach growling from hunger. Her parents, who were on "the right side" of the Russian revolution, had died soon after "the new and glorious union of our country," like everyone ...

    Although this book falls into a category I normally despise, that of the fictionalized biography however loose the interpretation, I chose it specifically because of its root material -- the ever intriguing marriage of Vladimir and Véra Nobokov. Knowing Nabokov?s predilection for ch...

    3.5 ? that ending was amazing 3.5 ?? that ending was amazing ...more ...

    Fun & sexy & mysterious & MURDER ...

    'Vera. Even your name intoxicates, incinerates. Veer-a. ' The line sound familiar to the opening lines of Lolita? Warning : This may be the best book you have ever read if you are a literary enthusiast. So if you have Lolita or any other work by Nabokov, you must be aware of t...

    "?It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.? ? Invitation to a Bonfire, Adrienne Celt . . OMG, I did not see that ending coming! July is off to a great start! Adrienne Celt?s ?...

    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 w...

    Review to come ...

    This one intrigued me from the get go. It had entirely too many elements I?m interested in (historical fiction, immigration, author, books, current and old manuscripts) to ignore. I?m actually quite surprise I didn?t end up loving this one, this is more of a strong like and appre...

    2.5 * Like so many other reviewers, I wanted to like this novel but found that I really didn't. For me it was that it lacked a cohesive sense of time and place. It's supposed to take place in the 1920s, but the clothes, hair, technology, traditions seem to belong in the 1950s. Zoya'...

    This one comes out of nowhere and gets under your skin. Zoya Andropova comes over from Russia as a young orphan, dropped into an all-girls boarding school in 1920s New Jersey. Zoya is alienated and alone when her favorite Russian novelist arrives with his beautiful, aristocratic, calcu...

    Adrienne Celt writes beautifully lyrically her first novel The Daughters drew me in swept me away .Invitation to a Bonfire had the same effect,A psychological thriller a love triangle based on the Nabokov marriage & Zoya the young mysterious refugee from the Soviet Union .Will be r...

    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 ...

  • Paula Bardell-Hedley
    Jul 24, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt is a 2018 Bloomsbury USA publication. Honesty?s a girl who waits at the door She speaks her piece without a roar. Clarity shines a light in the dark Her hand a torch, her mouth a spark. To reveal is to do more (The whisper that we?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    ?I watched him like a child watches an older child, slyly, and from the corner of my eye. Always hoping for him to approve of me in some way, since he was my life?s first coup, the first thing truly wanted and procured.? We know from the first page of this disquieting novel that...

  • Roman Clodia
    Jul 30, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt is a 2018 Bloomsbury USA publication. Honesty?s a girl who waits at the door She speaks her piece without a roar. Clarity shines a light in the dark Her hand a torch, her mouth a spark. To reveal is to do more (The whisper that we?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    ?I watched him like a child watches an older child, slyly, and from the corner of my eye. Always hoping for him to approve of me in some way, since he was my life?s first coup, the first thing truly wanted and procured.? We know from the first page of this disquieting novel that...

    For a book with such ravishing prose, this was a strangely heartless story. The plot seemed nothing more than a hanger for the writing, a chance to showcase the author's flair. Yet even that talent ended up stretched too thin as the story meandered towards its end; there's only so much...

    Actual rating 4.5/5 stars. Set out in an alternating timeline and interspersed with differing perspectives, as well as collected journal entries, letters, and newspaper clippings, this tells the convoluted tale of a Russian refugee and the professor that would make then break her. ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    At one point, Zoya, our narrator, writes ?there is such a thing as too much foreplay? and that might well serve as my opinion of this book. Celt?s writing is stupendous and she even channels Nabokov?s luscious, voluptuous style, no mean feat to pull off such a bold act of ventr...

  • Monica Kim
    Jul 05, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt is a 2018 Bloomsbury USA publication. Honesty?s a girl who waits at the door She speaks her piece without a roar. Clarity shines a light in the dark Her hand a torch, her mouth a spark. To reveal is to do more (The whisper that we?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    ?I watched him like a child watches an older child, slyly, and from the corner of my eye. Always hoping for him to approve of me in some way, since he was my life?s first coup, the first thing truly wanted and procured.? We know from the first page of this disquieting novel that...

    For a book with such ravishing prose, this was a strangely heartless story. The plot seemed nothing more than a hanger for the writing, a chance to showcase the author's flair. Yet even that talent ended up stretched too thin as the story meandered towards its end; there's only so much...

    Actual rating 4.5/5 stars. Set out in an alternating timeline and interspersed with differing perspectives, as well as collected journal entries, letters, and newspaper clippings, this tells the convoluted tale of a Russian refugee and the professor that would make then break her. ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    At one point, Zoya, our narrator, writes ?there is such a thing as too much foreplay? and that might well serve as my opinion of this book. Celt?s writing is stupendous and she even channels Nabokov?s luscious, voluptuous style, no mean feat to pull off such a bold act of ventr...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen history that rests on my shoulders. If I don?t let out some of that air, I think I wil...

    'Invitation To A Bonfire' is Adrienne Celt's third novel and is a propulsive literary thriller that caught my attention as it is set in 1920s America and inspired by the infamous fifty-two year marriage of Vladimir and Vera Nabokov. I very much enjoyed the format of the book, the story...

    At fifteen, Zoya Andropov was sent to an orphanage where she cross-stitched portraits of Party members, her stomach growling from hunger. Her parents, who were on "the right side" of the Russian revolution, had died soon after "the new and glorious union of our country," like everyone ...

    Although this book falls into a category I normally despise, that of the fictionalized biography however loose the interpretation, I chose it specifically because of its root material -- the ever intriguing marriage of Vladimir and Véra Nobokov. Knowing Nabokov?s predilection for ch...

    3.5 ? that ending was amazing 3.5 ?? that ending was amazing ...more ...

    Fun & sexy & mysterious & MURDER ...

    'Vera. Even your name intoxicates, incinerates. Veer-a. ' The line sound familiar to the opening lines of Lolita? Warning : This may be the best book you have ever read if you are a literary enthusiast. So if you have Lolita or any other work by Nabokov, you must be aware of t...

    "?It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.? ? Invitation to a Bonfire, Adrienne Celt . . OMG, I did not see that ending coming! July is off to a great start! Adrienne Celt?s ?...

  • Helly
    Jul 27, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt is a 2018 Bloomsbury USA publication. Honesty?s a girl who waits at the door She speaks her piece without a roar. Clarity shines a light in the dark Her hand a torch, her mouth a spark. To reveal is to do more (The whisper that we?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    ?I watched him like a child watches an older child, slyly, and from the corner of my eye. Always hoping for him to approve of me in some way, since he was my life?s first coup, the first thing truly wanted and procured.? We know from the first page of this disquieting novel that...

    For a book with such ravishing prose, this was a strangely heartless story. The plot seemed nothing more than a hanger for the writing, a chance to showcase the author's flair. Yet even that talent ended up stretched too thin as the story meandered towards its end; there's only so much...

    Actual rating 4.5/5 stars. Set out in an alternating timeline and interspersed with differing perspectives, as well as collected journal entries, letters, and newspaper clippings, this tells the convoluted tale of a Russian refugee and the professor that would make then break her. ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    At one point, Zoya, our narrator, writes ?there is such a thing as too much foreplay? and that might well serve as my opinion of this book. Celt?s writing is stupendous and she even channels Nabokov?s luscious, voluptuous style, no mean feat to pull off such a bold act of ventr...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen history that rests on my shoulders. If I don?t let out some of that air, I think I wil...

    'Invitation To A Bonfire' is Adrienne Celt's third novel and is a propulsive literary thriller that caught my attention as it is set in 1920s America and inspired by the infamous fifty-two year marriage of Vladimir and Vera Nabokov. I very much enjoyed the format of the book, the story...

    At fifteen, Zoya Andropov was sent to an orphanage where she cross-stitched portraits of Party members, her stomach growling from hunger. Her parents, who were on "the right side" of the Russian revolution, had died soon after "the new and glorious union of our country," like everyone ...

    Although this book falls into a category I normally despise, that of the fictionalized biography however loose the interpretation, I chose it specifically because of its root material -- the ever intriguing marriage of Vladimir and Véra Nobokov. Knowing Nabokov?s predilection for ch...

    3.5 ? that ending was amazing 3.5 ?? that ending was amazing ...more ...

    Fun & sexy & mysterious & MURDER ...

    'Vera. Even your name intoxicates, incinerates. Veer-a. ' The line sound familiar to the opening lines of Lolita? Warning : This may be the best book you have ever read if you are a literary enthusiast. So if you have Lolita or any other work by Nabokov, you must be aware of t...