Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo


Pages: 308

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Release Date: June 5th 2012

Published By: Henry Holt and Company

Source from Goodreads

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

Shadow and Bone is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy.

My Review: 3 and a half stars

Alina is an orphan until she discovers a power she didn’t even know she had. Alina is confused when she is dragged to meet The Darkling who takes an interest in her. As her power strengthens and her feelings against The Darkling changes everything is turned up side down on the day of the Queens Fete.

Basically this book is about two orphans who are about to cross the Fold when they are attacked by Volcra while Alina was protecting Mal she is injured by one. When she wakes up everybody was avoiding her Alina wanted to know is Mal was ok? and what was happening? The next thing she knows she is being dragged to The Darling. Alina doesn’t know this but she has a power that nobody has seen for many years. Then she is taken to the Little Palace under The Darkling protection, things are finally getting good for Alina when everything is turned up side down.

I have seen and heard of this book everywhere so when I started reading this book I did have high expectations when i started this book. I wasn’t disappointed when i finished i just found it to be meh.

This book is like any other YA book I found we have two best friends who have feelings for each other but they won’t admit it to each other. Then we have the mystery guy who no one ever knows but have heard many story’s about him not one being a good thing.

Now this book wasn’t all bad I did enjoy Mal and Alina moments together we don’t get that many moments but when we do they are really good. Mal and Alina are two completely opposite people Mal is the best tracker there is who is popular with everybody whereas Alina is plain she has her friends but other than that there is nothing special about her. The Darkling I actually liked him at the start I really did we are not long in the story when we know his true power. But when we get nearer to the end my thoughts on him changed completely.

There was defiantly romance in this book between Mal, The Darkling and Alina. I love Mal and Alina together so when she started to get to know The Darkling even more she learns to like him to. But it was always Mal who she was always thinking about and making sure that he was safe.

It was slow at first I found I didn’t really know what was going to happen until half way through everything changes the plot and the pacing.

Would I continue with this series? Yes I will be picking up the next two book i am hoping i like the second and third one even more, i just want to read more of Alina and Mal together.

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