Sunday, 20 July 2014

Shadow and Bone

Title: Shadow and Bone 
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Pages: 358
Publisher: Orion Books
Source: Bought
Rating: 4.5/5

Summary (from Good Reads): 
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?

I'm a bit late catching onto this series, as I only heard about it when Ruin and Rising was released just last month, but seeing how many people were raving about this book, I thought I ought to give it a go!

I really, really enjoyed Shadow and BoneI love it when books are full of adventure, and this is just that! It was so well thought out and I just loved the whole story. It was mostly fast paced which meant that the book completely captured my attention and then kept it throughout the book. 

The main character, Alina, is a good character. She wasn't weak, or really that dependent on anyone else, which I liked. I hate when you're reading a book and the main character is just so dependent on others! I enjoyed being in Alina's mind, and seeing her come into her own and accept her 'gift'. I also enjoyed the last couple of chapters where Alina really came into her power.

One thing I liked was seeing how her relationships evolved with the different characters, such as Mal, The Darkling and Genya. Although can I just say, the Darkling was so annoying at times. I really found that he got on my nerves at time. I also didn't really know where that plot line with Zoya was going (maybe I just need to wait till the next book..) but still! Oh and can I just say, Mal and Alina! Ugh, I just want them to be together!

Another thing I liked about this book was the different things in it, such as the different powers and the names of things, such as Ravka and Kvas. I also liked the feature of Morozona's Herd and the Volcra. What I liked about this book, which relates to the Volcra, is the little story behind these creatures. It definitely added a new dimension to some parts in the book.

You know, Shadow and Bone was just really great because it put me more in the mood to read more fantasy books, and I just want to get on and read the next book already (which I've ordered)! I can't wait!

Have you read Shadow and Bone? If so, what did you think? If not, are you hoping to read it soon? Is it sat on your TBR list, or are you currently reading it now? Let me know what you thought of Shadow and Bone!

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