Notes from My Captivity
by Parks, Kathy

Determined to become a journalist worthy of her late father's pride, Adrienne leaps at a chance to write an article about mythological hermits in the Siberian wilderness and finds herself held captive by a family she did not believe existed. 60,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.

Adrienne is accompanying her stepfather, Dan, on an expedition to Siberia, where Dan hopes to track down a mysterious family living in the wild. As an aspiring journalist, Adrienne senses that this adventure could be her first big story, and she approaches the journey with gusto. It starts off promising, with colorful Russian guides to navigate the treacherous river and slay the wild bears. But one morning, Adrienne and Dan find them all dead, and the foreboding that has lurked in the background of their trip quickly ratchets to stark terror. When Adrienne is nearly killed, she finds herself rescued (or perhaps imprisoned) by the strange and dangerous Osinov family, with whom she develops an unusual bond. Adrienne is a particularly insightful and entertaining narrator; her indefatigable wry humor contrasts effectively with her terrifying situation. Like Gemma in Lucy Christopher's Stolen (2010), Adrienne comes to have mixed feelings about her captors and their off-the-grid lifestyle. Readers looking for a unique, edgy read will love the latest from the author of The Lifeboat Clique (2016). Grades 9-12. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

In 1987, Muscovites Grigor and Nika Osinov vanished amid whispers of sorcery. Over the summer, 17-year-old aspiring journalist Adrienne Cahill is accompanying her stepfather, Dan, an anthropologist, to Siberia to search for the mysterious couple, rumored to now have several children. Unlike Dan, whose belief in the Osinovs borders on religious fervor, hardcore skeptic Adrienne is certain they're just a legend—and an article disproving their existence is sure to earn her a college scholarship. However, in the middle of the trip, devastating and shocking events turn Adrienne into a believer. After she's captured by the Osinovs, she promises herself she will make it back home, and she sets her escape plan in motion: Make the younger Osinov brother, Vanya, fall in love with her and take her back to civilization. Over time, the pair bond, and Adrienne inevitably falls in love with him. She also falls in love with the rest of the family: tough-as-nails matriarch, Nika; Vanya' s sweet-tempered sister, Clara; and brooding elder brother, Marat. Can Adrienne convince them to let her go? Does Adrienne's rescue necessarily mean the Osinovs' discovery? Is there truth to the stories about their mystical powers? Elements of magical realism give the story a dreamlike quality, while Adrienne's wickedly sarcastic sense of humor keeps the story grounded in reality. Whiteness is assumed. Haunting. Mesmerizing. Completely unforgettable. (Fiction. 13-adult) Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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