Shadow and Bone By Leigh Bardugo

A few months ago I finally got around to reading Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo and  I’m very conflicted about how I feel about it. On the positive side I really did like the story and I got through the first two thirds in a day or two, but then I just sat on it and I didn’t end up loving it by the end. The story itself was very compelling, and I loved it, but I felt like many of the characters fell sort of flat and I didn’t really end up feeling like many of them grew over time. I am still going to continue with the series for two reasons. 1) I have the first book 2) I’m hoping the characters grow and become more 3D in the second book.

img_3608.jpgShadow and Bone is set in the Grisha universe, where the elite of the population have abilities to manipulate, create, or change things around them. Shadow and Bone is mainly about an orphan named Alina who lives in a country named Ravka and worked as a map maker for the military. Her best friend, Mal, knew her since she arrived at the orphanage and followed Alina as they both continue their paths in the military. That is, until the day they are sent on a mission to attempt to cross the fold, a great darkness that has taken part of the country hostage. While in the fold Alina releases a great power that fends off not only the darkness of the fold, but the monsters that live inside it. The problem? She didn’t know it was there, she doesn’t know how to control it, and she’s taken from her friend to be taken to the small palace and serve the Darkling. That’s where this story begins. During the book we follow Alina as she spends her time at the small palace developing her power, growing stronger, and falling in love.

Overall this book got a four out of five stars because I love the universe and the story was entertaining. I didn’t love the characters as much as I hoped to, but they have a lot of growing to do and I think in the next book is when that I will really happen because they are left to a much more difficult situation than what they’ve been used to. I also hope to watch as their relationship grows a little more.

Warning: stop here if you haven’t read the book. I recommend it if you’re looking for a new fantasy series, and I really do hope that you read it, but if you don’t want spoilers stop here. If you’re read it, keep going.

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I really liked Shadow and bone to be honest. I think that it was such a unique universe that has so much area to be explored that I couldn’t help but love it. I also really liked to examine the motives of the individual characters because I think that it puts a lot into the individual characters and what they do. I really want to look into the Darkling’s background more because he just overall is an interesting character that I think deserves to have the spotlight a little bit more. I hope to learn more about him with the next books but I’m not going to really hold my breath on that. Honestly, I didn’t have the next book I pry wouldn’t actually continue the series, regardless of how great the world is. I didn’t like the real overall story very much and I didn’t find myself connecting to the individual characters. I did start to like the two main characters’ relationship once they left the palace, but I wasn’t too overall interested in the main story because it was pretty normal where a girl gets taken away by a prince and goes to live happily ever after. I enjoyed the story overall but I didn’t really like it enough to continue it.

 

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I did like The Lightning Thief a lot, but I’m not able to give it all five stars. I honestly loved the audio book and can’t wait to continue it via OverDrive. The biggest drive for me to continue this series is because I really like to look at Mythology and I find it one of the most interesting subjects I have ever had the pleasure to learn about while I was in school. I enjoyed the story and I really liked how many of the demigods had learning disabilities outside of camp because it’s such an amazing representation for people, especially the marketing audience, to have in great books because it makes them seem more real to the individual. I also just liked it as a “new classic” that many people read and is known by most people if not just by the basics of the story. I was afraid that this story had been inflated beyond a point of being able to live up to its hype, but it was great and I really did like it.

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I liked the idea of Witch and Wizard, I really did, but I just got so bored halfway through that I couldn’t finish it. I loved the production of the audiobook too, but it was such a slow story that I wasn’t able to complete it. I ended up stopping around 3/4 of the way through and I just haven’t been able to pick it back up. Because of this I’m giving this a 2/5 stars even though I ended up DNF-ing it. It honestly made me sad that I had to do that, but what are you going to do sometimes? I completed most of it so that I feel like I can discuss it and talk about it, which is why I gave it a review but it just wasn’t my favorite read by any stretch of the means.

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I LOVED Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children. I flat out loved this book and I can’t explain to you how happy I am that I read this book. I fell in love with all of the characters and I can’t wait to read more about them in the next books. I also really like that the inspiration behind this story was pictures that the author found AND that the pictures were included in the book, just because it’s such a unique thing. I also love seeing Jacob and Emma together, they’re so cute and Olive is hands down my favorite because she is so sweet. I just love this book, so watch out for a video and blog post that’s just me gushing about it.

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I don’t know why I really read Burning Glass to be honest. It seemed interesting and the cover was cool but it just didn’t hold my attention and I don’t know why. The story was good, and when I sat down and forced myself to listen to it the story was great. The story overall was really good and I really enjoyed it. I loved the character and the settings, but just overall this book just wasn’t my favorite and I don’t know why.