Monday, September 18, 2017

My Thoughts: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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Shadow and Bone
(The Grisha Trilogy #1)
by Leigh Bardugo
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Publication Date: June 5th 2012
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Pages: 358
ISBN: 9780805094596
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: Own

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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.

Shadow and Bone is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy. (Goodreads)


My Thoughts...

I first read Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo way back in 2012 when the book was first released, but I never finished the rest of the books in the series, which is something that I really wanted to do this year. So when Lori and I were thinking of a book to kick off our very first Readalong /Book Club (#AlltheBooksReadalong) pick on Instagram, Shadow and Bone was one of the first books to come to mind. Since I read the book so long ago, and didn't remember much about it, it sounded like an absolutely perfect choice. And it was!!

I'm so glad that I decided to re-read this book before finishing up the rest of the books in the series, as I didn't remember much of anything about it. I kept waiting SOMETHING in the story to be familiar from reading it before, but it didn't really, which was surprising. (Thought it shouldn't be... I've read a couple hundred books since I first read this one. Ha!) This book was a really great read. I enjoyed the storyline and the awesome characters as well. When I turned the last page and closed the book, I wanted nothing more than to start Siege and Storm, the second book in the series, right away. Unfortunately I have other books that must be read at the moment, but I will definitely be working the second and third books into my TBR for the next few months.

Overall; If you haven't already checked out Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, I highly recommend that you do so! I tried to pace myself while reading the book, and I ended up flying through it instead, it was that good. I can see now why others rave about it, and I can't wait to get started on the second book to see what's going to happen next for Alina on her journey.
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