Title: Shadow & Bone
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Publication Date: June 5th, 2012
Genre(s): Young Adult (Fantasy)
Challenges: A-Z title, Debut
Format: Digital ARC
Format: Digital ARC
I honestly started this book with high expectations. The ratings on goodreads were very high, and I was excited to see how I would rate it. I was blown away by Shadow & Bone, because it was different than any book I laid hands on. Explaining what it talks about itself will be a difficult task for me, but I loved it. The idea might be a bit complicated and weird at first, but I'm so glad I never found myself confused while reading. I was very worried about being lost in the scene, and not know what was going on, but thankfully that never happened.
Alina is a normal "peasant" as they might call it. One day, she reveals a power she, herself didn't know that was in her until now. Having a power as powerful as hers, makes her a member of the Grisha, whom are magical elite that are led by a leader, the Darkling. The Darkling seeks her power, and takes her away from her friends and home to be trained. The idea of it all was just unique. My heart was broken in the first 50 pages, and it didn't stop. Alina, the main character, is amazing. I really loved her character. A strong, smart girl, who I never felt pity for. Her feelings were for her childhood friend, Mal. As she was taken away from him, she decided to forget him. He never showed any feelings other than friendship, and she decided to just leave it that way. She was swayed by the mesmerizing Darkling, who was so sweet with her.
This is totally spoiler free, but wow, talk about expect the unexpected. I was really heart broken, and my feelings swayed from hate to love for certain characters. All my inner feelings were stirred, mixed, and stomped on. My heart was literally racing with every word I read. It was that exciting, and I love how unpredictable it was. I am so excited, I want the next book in the series to be in my hands right now. "Shadow and Bone" definitely deserves a five star rating!
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