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May 24, 2012

Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone
by Leigh Bardugo
Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: June 5th 2012
By Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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 unlikely 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.

You know how some books you pick up and immediately fall in love with it and find that you just can't put it down? The book is your every thought and you want to freeze time so you can just read it all day? Shadow and Bone is one of those books!

I wanted to put everything on hold and freeze time so I can just read and read. Whenever I got a break in class, I read. Instead of taking my lunch break, I read. I was just so into this story and so in love with the world Leigh Bardugo created. The characters were fantastic!

Shadow and Bone was entertaining and had me glued to the pages until the very end. This to me makes a book a HUGE five stars. It consumed my every thought. I was very antsy waiting to see what would happen. The romance in the story is unbelievably beautiful and developed at the perfect time. It was just right and not super overdone.

Another great thing that stuck out to me was the opening chapter and the ending chapter. It's one of those before and after scenes, but the way the author did it was great. This is a book worth reading! I HIGHLY recommend it.

5 out of 5 stars!


  1. With so many positive reviews starting to appear, I can't wait to read SHADOW AND BONE myself. I'm glad you enjoyed it so much and after reading your review, I'm happy that it's fairly high on my tbr-pile. :D Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I'm supposed to start reading this soon! So excited that you loved it so much, it's in my TBR for my next batch of books to read!

    Great review!


    1. Ah! Start it and then come back and talk to me about it! LOL

  3. THoroughly enjoyed this one as well!

  4. It was a really good story. I really didn't know what to expect when I began reading it. It was a nice change! :-)

  5. Great review! I can't wait to read this one!

  6. Wow, I've really been wanting this one. I'm glad it had a strong beginning and ending--that's important.

  7. This one is going onto my to-read pile :)

  8. I can't wait to read this book! Your review makes me want to read it even more. The storyline and the cover are attention grabbers!

  9. I've been looking forward to reading this and your review really makes me want to read this!

  10. Now I know this is a worth while book. Thanks!

  11. I miss having a book that is just that good that I cannot put down. Maybe Shadow and Bone can get me out of the reading slump I've been in.

  12. I love those all consuming books you can't put down! So glad you found it in this one and I hope it will be the same for me as well! Great review! :)

  13. I keep seeing so many good reviews of this which makes me very excited to pick it up. I do have a copy so it should be soon and I hope I enjoy it just as much.

  14. I just keep hearing amazing things about this book. I'll have to add it to my wishlist! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)

  15. This is incredible! Such a unique concept, and the characters sound really likable.

  16. I was already interested in reading this book before but now I REALLY want to read it!! Thanks for the review :)

  17. Every review I read of this book says the same thing, this book is amazing. i can't wait to read it, I'm hoping to catch the author on the Fierce Reads Tour next month:) Enjoyed your review:)

  18. Awesome review, I can't wait to start this one.

  19. Tell me how you really feel? LOL I had not had this book on my tbr list before. Probably because the cover didn't catch my attention. Thanks!

  20. SO excited for this one! I have an ARC of it but I can't get to it yet!

  21. I've heard amazing, amazing things about this book from friends who have already read it, and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy myself. The story itself sounds intriguing, but I've heard brilliant things about the writing, and judging from your review, I see that you agree. Thanks so much for the review!


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