Expected publication: June 5th 2012
By Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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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.
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!