Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Published: June 5th, 2012
Read as: Library loan
Average Goodreads rating: 4.03
My rating: 5
The thought filled me with grief, grief for the dreams we’d shared, for the love I’d felt, for the hopeful girl I would never be again.
Alright folks, you got me. Nearly every blog I browsed, review I read, and social media post I paused on told me to get on board with the Grisha verse. “No,” I would say. “No, I didn’t like Six of Crows. I didn’t like it so much that I don’t want to read more of Bardugo’s books and you can’t convince me otherwise.”
Oh, how silly I was. How naive. How utterly stubborn. Because you know what?
Shadow and Bone is absolutely amazing and I should have listened to you ages ago.
I haven’t enjoyed a book this much in months. I allot myself only so much time a day to do nothing but read and it hurt every time I had to put this book down and go take care of those pesky responsibilities. It was so easy to get caught up in this world, in these characters, and be swept away.
Alina, our first person narrator, is one of the most real characters I have ever come across. I was constantly impressed by her and engaged in her story, her struggles, and her triumphs. The most impressive things about Alina? Her willingness to learn, change, and make decisions with her head and not her hormones.
YA characters are typically in their teens when hormones are wildly raging so the expectation in there for them to make decisions based on those impulses. Alina does and who can blame her? The Darkling is Hot Stuff even to my rickety soul. But what I love is that when push comes to shove Alina makes a huge, world altering decision based on reasoning instead of those lust filled hormones. She shows growth as a character and I adore her.
Speaking of adore, can we talk about the Darkling for just a second here? I mentioned above that I chosen to not read this series, so what changed my mind? Well, unless you’ve been living in a cave you may have seen that this book is being made for television and the main casting lineup is in. I had no intention of watching it but was happy for those who were excited for it. So what changed my mind?
Folks, Ben Barnes was cast as the Darkling and that sealed my fate. Everything I have seen him in he has played a morally grey character in, if you don’t mind me saying so, the most alluring way possible. So, of course I now wanted to watch him play this Darkling that people talked about so much. Before I could do that, I needed to read the books, so here we are.
I have three pages of notes I took while reading this book but I think you all may get my point so I don’t feel the need to hash them all out here. I love this book. Adore it. We have a fascinating setting, end of the world dramatic situations, a magic system I am enthralled with, and some of the best characters I have ever seen put to page. This has become one of my new favorites and I hope the rest of the trilogy lives up to expectations.
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