‘Shadow and Bone’ by Leigh Bardugo

This review may include spoilers

4/5 |Scriber Rating
Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance |Genre
416 pages |Kindle Edition
June 5th 2012 |Published

Synopsis:

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 fulfil 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?

Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance.

My Review:

‘exciting’, ‘plot-twist’, ‘interesting’

It was slow in the beginning but the descriptive writing drew me in. I enjoyed reading about this world and Alina’s self discovery. I especially loved Leigh Bardugo’s writing.

There is a plot twist which surprised me. I was getting a little bored but the twist made the story exciting again.

I liked Mal as a character but I did not like him as a love interest for Alina. They were best friends and they met as children. Lived in an orphanage together. Alina fell for him, whilst he was with a number of girls. He doesn’t notice her and as soon as she leaves, he’s lost? Heartbroken? Jealous? I think Alina needs to forget about him. But as it’s a young adult novel, Alina has to choose someone, Mal is a better choice over The Darkling.

This book is definitely worth a read.

I hope this was helpful. Feel free to leave a comment below and let me know what you thought of the review or the book.
Thanks for reading 🙂
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