Mon, August 6, 2012

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo Review

Shadow and Bone book cover

Shadow and Bone book cover

Shadow and Bone
By Leigh Bardugo
Publication date: June 5, 2012
Henry Holt and Co., 358 pages
Source: Purchased for my Kindle

Alina Starkov doesn’t expect much from life. Orphaned by the Border Wars, the one thing she could rely on was her best friend and fellow refugee, Mal. And lately not even that seems certain. Drafted into the army of their war-torn homeland, they’re sent on a dangerous mission into the Fold, a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh.

When their convoy is attacked, all seems lost until Alina reveals a dormant power that not even she knew existed. Ripped from everything she knows, she is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. He believes she is the answer the people have been waiting for: the one person with the power to destroy the Fold.

Swept up in a world of luxury and illusion, envied as the Darkling’s favorite, Alina struggles to fit into her new life without Mal by her side. But as the threat to the kingdom mounts, Alina uncovers a secret that sets her on a collision course with the most powerful forces in the kingdom. Now only her past can save her . . . and only she can save the future.

— Goodreads.com description

I find magic books so appealing, and Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo is no exception.

There’s a war between good and evil — a must for magic books — and I love how delightfully precarious the line between the two sides is in this book. Plus, each page filled me with the sense that anything could happen. So magical!

Did I love it as much as the friends who recommended it to me? Probably not, but I still enjoyed it through and through. The Russian-esque setting and the slang words used got me a little too confuzzled to love it as much as I wanted. I just couldn’t keep up with it!

Still, the plot is full of exciting twists, and the setting is plush and vivid. And the romance. Gah. I’m so horribly torn. I’m sort of rooting for the bad boy, y’all. Can’t wait to see what happens next!

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. Jen said:

    Womp, womp. Slang. That’s kind of a deal breaker for me, unless it’s SUPER AWESOME and stuff I’d use in daily life. But books like Glitch, where I laugh when they’re trying to be serious. Nope, can’t do it.
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  2. Tara said:

    You are rooting for the bad guy?! I am intrigued…
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  3. Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books said:

    The cover of this book is so beautiful. Every time I see it on my shelf, I just want to pet it…

    But apart from that, I’m SO excited to read this because I need another good fantasy book in my life. Hopefully, I get to it soon!
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  4. Kyle @ A Reader’s Pensieve said:

    I have a copy of this and I keep waiting until I’m in the mood for fantasy to pick it up. I’m a little put off by the slang, but hopefully I can get through it!
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  5. Katie said:

    Thanks for the review! Initially I didn’t want to read this book, but after seeing many reviews recommending it I’ll be adding it to my TBR.

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  6. We Heart YA said:

    Glad to hear that it was a good read! We just picked up a copy last week.
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  7. Lori said:

    I’m rooting for the bad boy too. He’s so hot…sigh.
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  8. April Books & Wine said:

    Team Mal.

    The end.

    <333333
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  9. Cat @ Beyond Books said:

    I have to say that I was very happy to have a Russian-flavoured fantasy shine through a sea of celtic-flavoured ones. I mean, I am an uber fantasy fan and almost everything I read is celtic based. So though it took me a little while to get in the flow, and I was never remembering which kind of robed person was which (I had to keep checking the legend at the start of the book), I was still happy to read a fantasy novel that was written outside of the box.

    Also… YAY FANTASY IN YA! Regardless of what flavour it is.

    PS – I am currently writing my review of Dragonswood, in which I am giving you a shoutout for cluing me into the fact that this was a fantasy novel. So, thank you!
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