Book Review: Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Alina is the not so pretty orphan that happens to be completely in love

     Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)        Published May 17, 2012             358 Pages
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Published May 17, 2012
358 Pages

with her beautiful best friend Mal.  But now is not the time for love because there are monsters called the Shadow Fold that eat humans (no I don’t think they are zombies).At a time of great despair, Alina discovers that she has a rare power that makes her valuable. Now considered a Grisha (powerful magicians) she is sent to a boarding school to learn the ins and outs of her power and what it takes to be a Grisha.

Coming along with her is the Darkling, the powerful leader of the Grisha. He wants Alina but does he want her for power or for love. And what about Mal?

I think the book was alright. It wasn’t bad but it also wasn’t my favorite. When Alina discovered this power she did everything to not actually believe she had it even though it was proven twice. For me that was a bit annoying.  Alina was too scared and lacked confidence.

Also she switched teams too fast for me. Everything was Mal until she discovered her new power and the Darkling showed some interest. Granted she didn’t completely forget about Mal but it felt like out of sight out of mind and when she saw Mal again it was like “oh snap I’m happy and you look like crap; I still love you.” -.-

The story itself was a bit predictable. The three way triangle could have gone two ways and ultimately she chooses the way I really wasn’t hoping she would. I think regarding that the author went safe.

I did like the way the author weaved the story. It was well written and did prove the edge of the seat setting. You wanted to know what happen and if Alina would grow a pair. I loved the Darkling so I was a bit upset how the ending turned out. The author used him as a element of surprise but as  much as I liked him there was nothing surprising with how things turned out.

Overall, the book gets 7 out of 10.

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