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Shadow and Bone Review


The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfill her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?

So, I was very excited to read Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo after my sister decided to let me read it. My moms friend gave the book to both of us, and oddly, Angelina and I have very different likes and dislikes in books we read. She tends to enjoy books I think are boring and I like books she thinks are boring… anyways, like I said I was very excited to read this book and it didn’t let me down one bit.

The book started off great, the introduction was a huge pull factor to me, ok that and the awesome book description, but it made me read on. However! A huge however, the book takes a VERY long time to get interesting, and it isn’t until the… maybe the last 50 pages that I started getting more into the story. The beginning is kind of slow, nothing really happens in the whole book until BOOM! The ending! Gosh… I cant wait to read the next book… Like I said though, the introduction is great but once chapter one hits, I started to drift away from the story and considered to drop it even. Alina is, to me, a typical YA heroine. She is a girl full of attitude and sass, she speaks her mind with out thinking of the consequences and is involved in a, drum roll please, LOVE TRIANGLE!

Yes my dear friends, a love triangle. YA is known for it’s love triangles, mysterious, darkly beautiful boys and of course the bffl guy right? Right… ok…. this is the second thing that annoyed the heck out of me, we get that the book is geared toward young adults, but must we add the love  triangle? The Darkling, is the dark *cough* its in his name *cough* charming boy who we are made to love (I admit it, I did love him a little, but I loved Mal even more!) and Mal was the childhood best friend to Alina.

Another thing to be noted, Leigh Bardugo used Russian culture in her story, I didn’t notice this but she messed up a lot. She gave the main character a male Russian last name and named another character a Russian swear word…. just warning you.

So uh, yeah. Why did I like this book despite these few things?

I liked this book for a multitude of reasons, the biggest being, despite the typical love triangle and typical MC, the story was original. I loved the idea of a Sun Sorceress and the magical Darkling that’s really it. The story was a fantasy unlike others I have read, but let it be known that I read mostly Science Fiction which I don’t count as fantasy =P Leigh Bardugo created a beautiful world full with detail to make it seem more real (as real as fantasy can get >_>). She did a wonderful job with setting the story up, though the scenes tended to move slowly, everything was explained pretty well. The whole story was very imaginative and I respect that! The monsters were nuts too, I liked ’em….

To me, Shadow and Bone was great (mostly the last half really). Though Alina annoyed me and the Love triangle annoyed me even more, I found myself in love with Leigh Burdago’s world.


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