Book Review of “Shadow and Bone” by Leigh Bardugo

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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. (From Amazon) 

I give this book a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

I originally bought this box set, because I loved the covers, and I had heard a lot of good things about them in the bookstagram world. I put off reading them for quite a few months, than a friend I met on Instagram picked this book to buddy read. https://www.instagram.com/marti_and_a_book/ You can follow her, she has great taste in books!

I read this book within 24 hours, I will admit I was #teamdarkling from the start, I didn’t feel Mal deserved her, because he never knew what was sitting right in front of his face. Whereas the Darkling knew from the start.  I felt he was more deserving of Alina. I found myself wanting more interactions between Alina and the Darkling, I wanted romance and tender hidden moments.  I really wanted The Darkling, just to be misunderstood. However by the time I came to the end of the book. I think my opinion may have changed. I am however still a fan of The Darkling. I always root for the “bad guy”

And I love Genya. I think she is someone who should stay in Alina’s life.

The writing in this book is beautiful, it flows nicely, and is such a distinct style, and topic. I am so glad that I have the rest of the series sitting on my bookshelf, I plan to devour it.  The world that Leigh has built in this book is so unique. I can’t quite say that I have ever read anything like this. I also enjoyed that it was a little more adult than most YA books. So that was a nice surprise.

If you have read this book, what do you think? Are you #TeamMal or #TeamDarkling

“The problem with wanting,” he whispered, his mouth trailing along my jaw until it hovered over my lips, “is that it makes us weak.”
Leigh Bardugo, Shadow and Bone