Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo
This… Is… Wow. Just wow. This book was amazing and sucks you into the story immediately. It was difficult to put the book down when I needed to, and at night I dreamt about being in the magical place of Ravka.
Magical. Romantic. Intense.
Alina Starkov doesn’t expect much from life. Orphaned by the Border Wars, she is sure of only one thing: her best friend, Mal–and her inconvenient crush on him. Until the day their army regiment enters the Fold, a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters. When their convoy is attacked and Mal is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power not even she knew existed.
Ripped from everything she knows, Alina is taken to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. With Alina’s extraordinary power in his arsenal, he believes they can finally destory the Fold. Now Alina must find a way to master her untamed gift and somehow fit into her new life without Mal by her side. But nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. As the threat to the kingdom mounts and her dangerous attraction to the Darkling grows, Alina will uncover a secret that could tear her heart–and her country–in two.
“The problem with wanting,” he whispered, his mouth trailing along my jaw until it hovered over my lips, “is that it makes us weak.”
Thanks for being my best friend and making my life bearable. Oh, and sorry I fell in love with you for a while there.
And I reached out to the thing within me that I’d kept hidden for so long.
I’m sorry, I whispered to it.
I’m sorry I left you so long in the dark.
I’m sorry, but I’m ready now.
“I’m sorry it took me so long to see you Alina. But I see you now.”
This book had it all:
- Kept a steady and fast pace,
- Intriguing characters,
- Romance of love and loss,
- Descriptive and enchanting,
- Extraordinary plot twists!
Suspenseful. Mysterious. Twisted.
I honestly wasn’t expecting this book to be as captivating as it is, but it’s a pleasant surprise. The characters were relatable. The description painted an extraordinary picture without over embellishing or redundancy. And the world Leigh Bardugo paints is simply astounding. I don’t want to delve too much into any details, because I promise you, this is a book you will not regret picking up and reading. In fact, you’ll likely question why you haven’t read it sooner.
I know I did.