Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo

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Title: Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1)

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone

Recommended to fans of: Red queen series by Victoria Aveyard, Shatter me series by Tahereh Mafi, The arcana chronicles by Kresley Cole, The selection series by Kiera Cass

Series: The Grisha Trilogy

Publisher: Indigo

Format: paperback

Genre: Romance, YA, Fantasy

Rating: 📕📗📘📙 out of 5 books

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads)

The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite – the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfil her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?

(Thoughts) (DISCLAIMER:This is my opinion only, may contain spoilers for the book, may contain coarse language)

  • Mal and Alina’s friendship is quite cute
  • Still not sure what a Grisha is in the first chapter, but apparently they are treated like royalty in the current country
  • The inciting incident, an attack at the fold causes Alina to do something that sparks the interest of The darkling, the strongest Grisha
  • I was still confused about the Grisha, they have names specific to a certain type of power, but some of them are still unaddressed and there is no breakdown as to what exactly each one of them did
  • The map is really beautiful
  • This book feels really similar to the Red queen series (but I think that this series came out first, but I was quite late in discovering it) and phantom of the opera
  • The scene where the darkling saved Alina and he asked her to focus on him and not the corpse was really cute
  • The darkling doesn’t abuse his authority and he sees something in Alina that she doesn’t
  • Wow, they use magic to put on make-up (this sounds awesome)
  • The darkling definitely saw something, thats why he wanted Alina in the black kefta
  • Alina doesn’t care for the Grisha rankings and that feels very fresh
  • It was good that we are introduced to the little palace and how things run in there
  • Alina can’t call forth her powers and is looked down upon on her instructors (but is explained why later)
  • Zoya is really a bitch and even uses her power in a strictly physical fight just because she feels threatened by Alina and to prove that she’s better
  • The appart is really creepy
  • Baghra’s sarcasm was hilariously refreshing
  • So its later explained that Alina had problems calling forth her light as she has been suppressing it for too long
  • I felt that there should have been a glossary for all the terms used in the book
  • OMG that kiss between Alina and the Darkling was so sudden
  • And during the celebration, she was sent a black kefta with the Darkling’s symbol on it (this definitely showed his possessiveness)
  • Wow, the argument between Alina and Mal was really tense
  • OMG, that plot twist threw me off, Baghra is the Darkling’s mother?! And he intends to use Alina’s powers to hold the Volcra off while he expands the fold to gain more power (No wonder a lot of nobles did not trust him?)
  • Alina runs away and bumps into Mal and they find the Stag
  • This book crushed my hopes of Alina and the Darkling (But I still believe that he has a good inside him, deep down) (I still prefer the Darkling over Mal, LOL)
  • The world building of this story was good

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

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