The last few weeks I’ve found it increasingly difficult to find a good book to read. I just can’t get into any of the stories or seem to sit still long enough to read. As some of you may know, I’ve been constantly traveling with hardly a moment to collect my thoughts let alone crack open a new book. Some would call this a reading slump. I would agree.
A few days ago, in desperate need of a book to review for this week’s blog post, I picked up my third book of the week. One of the 8 books I packed in my suitcase to bring with me across the country. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo has cured my restless mind ladies and gentlemen.
The story immediately picked me up and carried me away to a place where setting down my book is not an option. I spent the entirety of the night with a flashlight swinging from the top of my tent and the pages of my book turning with an almost desperate fervor to find out what happens next.
The book instantly starts by throwing you into this simply one of a kind world created by the wonderful mind of Leigh Bardugo. Although it’s a bit slow to completely explain all aspects of the Grishaverse world, many things can be assumed through careful attention to detail. I admire the main character, but I look forward to getting to know her on a deeper level in the coming books.
While reading the second half of the book I often found myself wishing the author went through more of Alina’s thinking processes. She made many decisions towards the end I felt didn’t quite match up with her character from the beginning of the book. I 100% understand she changed both mentally and physically from the beginning of the book to the end; I’d just like to see her change happen slower and more realistically.
Huge props for the plot twist, it’s rare I find one I didn’t see coming. I think for many others, though, the plot twist will be slightly more obvious; unfortunately, I was blinded by the Darklings’ good looks and easy charm, same as Alina I suppose. I hate to admit it, but towards the end not only did things seem rushed but Alina and Mal’s reconnection seemed awfully cheesy to me. And talk about predictable.
I will admit I simply loved the author’s descriptions of secondary and even background characters. I found it easy to like people like David, Genya, Marie, Nadia, and Baghra with Alina (the main character) having only little interactions with them. Overall I’m looking forward to the last book for a multitude of reasons; reason number one this book being phenomenal. A definite four out of five stars!