Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo [Review]

5 out of 5 Robots!

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Series: Grisha Trilogy #1
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Release: June 5, 2012
Hardcover: 358 Pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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.
. (Courtesy of the Publisher)
Shannon's Thoughts:
You know when you read a good book, you think “that was a good book” and move on to the next? But when you read an awesome book, you think about it for days afterwards?  Shadow and Bone is like that for me.  I have spent three days reliving it in my head and generally obsessing about it. Now, I don’t want to talk it up so much that you have too high expectations that no mortal book could fulfill.   It's just that I don't find many books that really get me excited.

So.  What did I love?  I don’t even know where to start!  First of all, I LOVED the setting. The story takes place in Ravka, a Russian inspired fantasy land.  I loved the Russian elements!  Bardugo does an amazing job describing Ravka.  It is very imaginative. I also loved the characters. Alina is a regular girl who discovers she has Grisha powers.  She has to come to terms with this new power and what it means for her.  She has a hard time believing in herself at first, but slowly comes into her own.  Mal, her best friend and occasional love interest, is also adorable.  And The Darkling.  What can I say about the Darkling without revealing too much.  Just that he's a game changer and such a great character.  Speaking of Grisha powers, I loved the different types of Grisha and their powers! You can tell Bardugo put a lot of thought into it.
In my interweb travels, I came across Leigh Bardugo’s pinterest.  What is so cool about this is she pins things that inspire or represent aspects of the book.  It is like getting a front row seat to the author’s mind.  You can check it out here!

This is definitely in my top 5 reads of 2012 so far.  I can’t recommend it enough. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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