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Title: Shadow And Bone
(The Grisha Series #1)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Dystopia
First published: May 2012
Finished reading: July 10th 2014
Pages: 372
Rating 5

This is the truth of him, I thought as I squinted in the dazzling light. Like calls to like. This was his soul made flesh, the truth of him laid in the blazing sun, shorn of mystery and shadow. This was the truth behind the handsome face and the miraculous powers, the truth that was the dead and empty space between the stars, a wasteland peopled by frightened monsters.”

myrambles1

Wow. It’s been a long time since I’ve considered giving a book the full five stars. I do not like handing out five stars though, mostly because  I feel a book can never be completely perfect… But I felt Shadow And Bone deserved it. It somehow just clicked between me and this book, and I enjoyed every single moment of it. Some may say the Russian references were way off. Others may say it’s just yet another YA triology feeding on the success of The Hunger Games. But I cannot deny my feelings for this first part of The Grisha series: nothing but praise and love! I definitely and totally recommend it for those who enjoy dystopian YA books. Now excuse me while I go and try to find an English copy of Siege And Storm

shortsummary1

Alina and her best friend Mal are orphans and they grow up only having each other. They are still teenagers when they are both chosen to join the King’s army in the Border Wars. Mal is quite the popular tracker and most girls dream of being with him, but Alina the mapmaker is just a grey mouse and nobody notices her… And even her best friend sometimes forgets she’s there. But things soon change as their army regiment has to enter the Fold. The Fold is filled with unnatural darkness and creatures called volcra, and divides the country in two. When they try to cross it, they are attacked by those nasty creatures. When Mal is about to be killed by one of them, it is Alina who rescues him by revealing a power even she didn’t know she possessed…

So it turns out Alina is a Grisha. Together the Grishas form a magical elite and are led by a mysterious guy called the Darkling. Alina was brought before him when they arrived back at camp, and he decides to take her to the king. She has become the hope of the nation in ending the wars and destroying the Fold. And so Alina the Sun Summoner is born! Alina is taken to royal court against her will and then trained to be a member of the Grisha. She still believes they were wrong and that she is not special at all… And mostly she just wants to go back to Mal who she has a secret crush on. But with some help Alina is slowly able to master her power. When she realizes she was only suppressing it so she can go back to Mal (who she hadn’t heard of since she arrived at royal court), Alina is finally ready to release her gift. But people aren’t who they pretend they are, and Alina soon uncovers a terrible secret involving the Darkling… A secret that forces her to escape the walls of royal court in order to save the country. Alina then finds out she has an ally she didn’t count on when she ran…

finalthoughts

This book left me without words. Or maybe just with words like amazing, stunning, sad, beautiful, heartbreaking etc. I suggest you to read it now if you like YA dystopian novels! It’s a definite must read if you haven’t…