Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Published June 5, 2012

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.

 


So this is a re-read for me, I decided to re-read this series and I’m not regretting it. Although, I prefer the Six of Crows duology over this trilogy, I’m still enjoying immersing myself in this story and world. I absolutely am obsessed with Leigh Bardugo’s writing. It’s something that really just has the power to draw you in and keep you sucked in her words and it’s like her writing just grabs you and doesn’t let go which is something I feel like a lot of YA Writers struggle with. Since reading a lot of YA, other than The Raven Cycle, Cinder Series, and Throne of Glass. I don’t think I’ve been so drawn into a universe. 

Was I blown away by like the plot, characters, development etc? Yes and no. I enjoyed the plot quite a bit. I thought it was interesting to have Alina and Mal just be “normal” until her powers manifested. I thought it brought some spice into their relationship other than the girl pining over the boy. But my goodness, after that it was like OVERKILL. We get it, she’s the sun summoner and she’s powerful and it causes riffs between the two of them because he’s not a grisha.

Personally, the only characters I thought of as worth while in any way were the Darkling and Genya. They were like the only two who really had any substance. I LOVE the Darkling, probably one of the better villains I’ve read through YA. And Genya just had so much personality compared to anyone else. She was strong, sassy and confident, but also shy and soft spoken when it came to David. She just was great.

Shadow and Bone is always a great read, I have to say Bardugo does a great job of making a really good jumping off point for a action filled, and suspenseful trilogy. It had been so long since I read this the first time, that reading through the twists and reveals of certain plot points made me appreciate the thought that went through setting up everything that happens in this and the other two books.

5/5 Stars

Favorite Hunger Game Moments | Top Five Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey on YouTube.

This week’s topic for Top 5 Wednesday is Top Hunger Games Moments. Now, as some of you have seen on Goodreads (or soon enough) I just finished Mockingjay. I have to say that Hunger Games isn’t my favorite. After the first book, I pretty much lost interest, but there were still some really good parts of the series:

volunteerKatniss Volunteers for Prim. 

I have to say that this was obviously a pivotal moment in the book, but when they adapted the book to movie, this was such a strong acted scene. Although acted, it’s almost like Katniss pulled through heartstrings almost anyone could feel. This is the reaction any sibling would have if they got reaped. And I think that’s why this is one of the top five moments. It’s the beginning of the whole plot and series as well as just an emotionally gripping scene in the book and in the movie.

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Cinna

God Bless Cinna and Lenny Kravitz.  I see Cinna as the true flame that kept Katniss going. Prim yes was the underlying thing that keeps Katniss going but it always comes down to when Prim is in danger. But Cinna was the one from day 1 who didn’t even have to TRULY know Katniss to know that she was going to be a rebel leader. The face of the rebellion. He knew she was going to change the world.

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Finnick and Annie’s Wedding

I enjoyed this part of the books. It was kind of the beacon of hope amidst the most awful times that any of them have endured. I also think that Finnick is one of the most deserving people of this happiness. Losing Mags in the last games, the way he cared for her and everything he endured. Not thinking he’d see Annie ever again. I just think this was one of the most perfect things in the whole series.

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Seneca Crane and the Nightlock. 

THE BIGGEST F**CK YOU IN ALL OF MOVIE HISTORY. Okay, maybe not, like THE BIGGEST but…damn it was a good one.

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President Coin and the Last Hunger Games 

I think Coin’s last idea of hosting a final hunger games using the captiol’s children is an AMAZING part of the series. As much as I hated Coin, I thought this idea and what not brought up a great thinking point in the book, it was an awesome time to truly think about what you would do in a situation like that, and if you truly understood Katniss throughout the books.

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