Book Club: "Shadow and Bone" by Leigh Bardugo


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Cover

Love, Love! This cover. It’s got a great blend of colours, blacks, grays, and red: represents the feel and setting of the story.

Characters

Great combination of characters in this one. It balances well and even though there is a bit of a love triangle, this one was fun to watch.

Favourite

I have to say I loved the main characters Mal, Darlking and Alina. But it was the Darkling that appealed to me most.

Least Favourite

Besides her trainer who seems like she always has her panties in a bunch, I don’t have a least favourite.

Beginning

On her travels as a map maker, Alina and Mal (among others) get into some trouble crossing The Shadow Fold. Alina seems to have saved the troop, not knowing how, and she must face The Darkling and his interrogations.

Storyline

Alina is taken by The Darkling to be trained on how to use her discovered powers. Long time friend Mal is assigned to be the guard. Without him close, Alina is feeling vulnerable and in a strange place. Soon she is able to gain a friend and become closer to the mysterious and attractive Darkling.

Ending

The whole story builds up for the ending, so we have an idea where it’s going to go. But there is always a twist, and this is the first book in a series so we are left to wonder what will happen next.

Thoughts

I really loved the setting of the story. The world building is beautiful, dark, and magical. There are aspects to the story that are not new–love triangle and naive girl learning to become stronger and more confident. But I did not mind any of it. I thought the writing really made for a very smooth, entertaining, and constantly moving story. It was very well put together and a very enjoyable read.

Quote

“The problem with wanting,” he whispered, his mouth trailing along my jaw until it hovered over my lips, “is that it makes us weak.”- Darkling

 

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Cover

The book is a stony grey colour, title is raised in black with bright red highlights, which is really effective at drawing the eye. There’s a nod to the antlers of the stag … (Spoilers) and there’s a Russian-esque building at the bottom. The inside flap on my copy has all the praise from various magazines, authors, and bloggers. Everything they say is true.

Internally, the illustration on the introduction of each new chapter is intricate and beautiful.

Characters

The characters Bardugo has created are fleshy, real, and easy to sympathise with.

Favourite

Genya. Girl has skill and a kind heart. I’d love to have her at my back.

Least Favourite

The Darkling. You’ll find out if you haven’t read the book.

Beginning

Alina and Mal are orphaned by the Border wars and are taken in by Duke Keramsov they are both tested to see if they are Grisha (have special abilities).

Storyline

Turns out the tests results were wrong and Alina and Mal’s lives are forever altered by the events surrounding the crossing of the Fold (A place where magic has malformed the land and people in horrible ways).

Ending

Alina’s reality becomes a nightmare and it all feeds into an insatiable urge to move onto the second book, Siege and Storm.

Thoughts

I devoured this book in very little time. Luckily, I was forced to only read it on the way to work where the bus stops at the end of the line because I would most certainly miss my stop if I was to read on my trip home. That is how wrapped up in Alina’s world you will be to.

Quote

“What am I supposed to do with a girl who can’t call her own power?” she growled at me. “Even children can do this.” Baghra, speaking to Alina.

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Cover

Can we all just take a moment and truly savor this beautiful cover? AND the fact that the second and the third book match perfectly?! It’s simple, but yet so interesting and different! When I first looked at this cover, I didn’t really know what I was looking at besides the castle. But after reading it, I see that the white stick looking things are the horns, and the dark swirls are the Darkling’s power. LOVE IT!

Characters

This book was filled with a lot of AWESOME characters: not only main roles, but also smaller ones. Mal’s two good friends in the army were funny. Ganya was so beautiful and kind. And even Zoya and Baghra were interesting!

Favorite

My favorite is a tie between Alina, Mal, and the Darking. Alina because she kicks SO MUCH butt in this book. Mal because he finally opens up towards the middle and end of the book. And the Darkling because of his big twist!

Least Favorite

I don’t think I have a least favorite character. I wasn’t annoyed or irritated with anyone … so that’s good!

Beginning

The story actually starts off with a flashback of when Alina and Mal were younger and how they became so close. After this flash back, it jumps forward a few years when the two are in the army and one of the most dangerous missions–crossing the Fold.

Middle

Alina discovers her true self and her power. While she’s homesick for Mal, the Darkling and everything around her seems to be going well. She’s training with Baghra to become stronger with her powers and to be prepared to break down the Fold.

End

There are just so many twists and turns in the end, which I don’t want to give away, so I’m not saying anything about the ending. I want you to feel exactly how shocked, unsure, and confused I felt. And then the love, warmth, and happiness as well, when things worked out!

Overall Thoughts

I really enjoyed Shadow and Bone! I wasn’t too sure how I was going to feel about it, but I soon came to enjoy the story and its characters! I hope you ALL give this one a shot! 

 


  • Kay

    I loved Shadow and Bone. I was intrigued, drawn in and blown away by everything about this book. Totally Amazing!!!

    • Hi Kay, I was just thinking about you today. Wondering if you’d read last month’s book!

      • Kay

        I have been on a cleaning and throwing out spree, so I have been a little slow coming online, but I am all finished now.

        • Spring cleaning always makes you feel good! Our next book is The Program by Suzanne Young.

    • Krista

      I had been hearing a lot of talk about this book going on around the web and when I heard that it’s possibly going to be a movie I knew it was something we had to check out! I was definitely not disappointed. Great writing.
      Krista

    • Belinda

      And did you see the promo kit some of the Youtubers got for the release of book 3? A-mazing!

  • Kay

    Thought you might like this. SYNC offers 2 free young adult audiobooks each week May 15 – Aug 20, 2014, some titles though are not available internationally. http://www.audiobooksync.com

    • Thanks Kay, I’ll make sure Belinda sees this. She loves audio books.

    • Krista

      I LOVE THEM! I download almost every title each summer, wonderful collection of audiobooks. It’s something I look forward to every year

      Krista

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