Shadow and Bone: Book Review

Title: Shadow and Bone

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Series: Shaodw and Bone #1

Published September 2017 by Henry Holt and Co.

Hardcover

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Romance

Pages: 369

“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.” -Goodreads

My Review:

I repeat, this is about the book and not the show. I am currently reading all of the books to get to watch the show.

DONT JUDGE FOR ME BEING BEHIND

Anyways…

This book was pretty good.

I have read better and I have definitely read worse.

This is how it went for me:

Beginning: Eh pretty good

Half way through: Okay this going on forver

About the last 100 pages mark: YES I LOVE THIS

Last few chapters: Oh okay, back to eh

I think that it was a little slow to start, sped up, and then had a pretty dull ending. I think it built well for the second book, but like not well enough. I like to have a good structured ending so I kind of know what the next book will start like.

This book wrapped up the ending really nicely, but the only thing I can be sure of is that I will be seeing Alina and Mal on a boat or on new land. There was no destination. No end goals, nothing. I will have to see what happens I guess.

Alina was a really cool character. I knew she was going to discover that about herself, but the way Bardugo goes about that is a little lack luster. I think that she could have had Alina conscious. Because she was trying to save Mal, I think this would have been a good point to touch on during that certain event. I did not like that we had to see others recount the scene to her. I also think her character development where she learns to control the powers is also lack luster. I would have loved some more build up and some more action in that scene. The whole night of the ball thing near the end felt very rushed and then way to easily resolved. I think that the teacher lady could have dropped more hints and the Mal fight should not have been over and forgiven as fast as it was.

Anyways, Alina was a cool character but she was not fully developed in my eyes. She stayed pretty static throughout even though I think the idea was for her to become a new person.

Mal seems like a nice guy, but we know we do not like the nice guys on this blog. He seemed sweet, but he literally disappeared for half the story. That is not his fault but I do not think we got to see a lot of him to love him.

But lets talk about who we really love: The Darkling. Ah yes, I know we are not supposed to like him, but goddamn he is really enticing. I cannot say too much with out spoiling big things, but holy hell I think I am in love and I hate it.

Ravka was a really cool map and place to look/learn about. I think that the map could have had more details like the tiny towns that Alina passed through so that we would see where the journey took them the entire time. I have heard before that it is supposed to resemble a more Russian vibe than anything else so I took that into consideration when imagining everything.

I thought this was a pretty decent book. I would have liked to see more development. That will hopefully come in the second and third book. I am excited to see where Alina’s story goes and then watch the show.

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

Star Rating: 3.5

Talking With a Bookie Tuesday’s

Hey, guys so it is Tuesday and sadly the feature that I wanted to do is on hiatus for this week and I think next week so I decided I wanted to try and do something of my own. I want to just give a little about my personal life and thoughts that aren’t just about books. So here it goes:

  1. This past week I went on a trip to the capital of my state for a 4-H event to learn about the government. While I was there I participated in a mock trial because it is the judicial year. I was a witness in the mock trial. The witness I was playing was a 13-year-old girl and everyone kept saying I did so well and acted really well. Honestly, I don’t know what they were talking about because I pretty much just sat there and recited my lines having a nervous breakdown but maybe that is what a thirteen-year-old girl involved in an assault crime acts like. I don’t know. Anyways that event was super fun and informative.
  2. This whole weekend has been so productive. I wrote all the blog posts for this week so I could have time to just breath over the week. I also finished two books.
  3. I am riding better on my horse. I have realized I have been spending enough attention on my equitation so I am bouncing and my legs are flopping so I have made it a goal to get that muscle memory back because I used to be able to do it without thinking but now I’m a noodle.
  4. It is the end of the month which is exciting because I this month has not been the greatest months for me and I am excited to start over. I have a lot of exciting things happening next month like a WAHSET competition, a school dance, and some great reads for next month.
  5. My cats are so annoying. My tiny cat jake is sitting in my lap right now and is making it really hard for me to write this blog but he is still so cute.
  6. I am started school this week and I am not happy. I have been on break for the past week and let me tell you it has been heaven. Not only do I have to go to school I also have weight training to do. I hate weight training but I go all out durig it so I better be super buff by the end of it.

I think I am gonna end this little talk today. I hope next week this will be more organized. I want to try and just write down my thoughts throughout the week. Hope you enjoyed this post. I may do it next week maybe not I don’t know yet.

How was your past week?