Hello, my friend! I hope your weekend was exceptional and productive. 🙂
I’ve been busy reading and writing (has anything really changed??) with lots of puppy snuggles from my good boy. Denver will forever remain cold and dreary but I’ll be comforted by the warmth of my books and tea.
I read Shadow and Bone a couple weeks ago but have been so immersed in the series, I haven’t had the chance to write down my thoughts. I’m telling you, it’s that freaking good. I won’t have any spoilers but I say that now and just might slip a thought about something that would be spoiling.
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: fantasy, young adult, romance (a smidge)
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Synopsis thanks to Goodreads:
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.
My thoughts: OOOoooohhhh boy. This book you guys is absolutely amazing! Leigh Bardugo created a beautifully magical world that sucks you right in. Everything is described so wonderfully and you feel as if you’re right there, a part of the magic. Bardugo takes you on a thrilling ride and a wild road of emotions.
Alina Starkov is the girl you want in your corner but completely relatable. She’s an average girl thrust into the glitz of the Little Palace and under the spell of the Darkling. Her journey felt so real to me (aside from the gift and grand lifestyle) and my heart ached for every betrayal, every loney sob, and every heartbreaking decision Alina had to make. But this girl crawled and fought and dug her nails in to keep herself free (and those she cares for) and belonging wholly to herself.
This is a fantasy that is refreshing and one I’m so invested in, it’s nearly obsessive. It’s so great and I can’t recommend it enough!
Let me know if you’ve read this book and share your thoughts below! 🙂