|Nomadic SA Chick||
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Page Count: 368
Fiction Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, YA, Adventure, Dystopian
Dates Read: May 22-25, 2015
** I picked this book because I want to visit Russia soon. Though this book is not specifically set in Russia, it is a very Russian setting, and uses a lot of names and words that have a Russian feel to them **
Alina Starkov is young soldier for the once great nation of Ravka. When she was a little girl she was left orphaned in the home of Duke Keramsov. There she meets her life long best friend Malyen (Mal). While on a mission in The Fold, she and her fellow soldiers are attacked. During the attack Alina unleashes an unknown dormant power that will change the course of her life, and jeopardize her friendship with Mal.
Where do I even begin with this one? When I started this I expected to encounter every stereotypical YA dystopian plot cliche. This book did not disappoint in that manner. However, what I did not expect to find was a semi-enjoyable story to go fit around the cliches. This was a decent story, I just wish Bardugo could have been a bit more original with her story.
When I first finished this I was a little sad it ended. The more I think about it though, the more cheated I feel. Take a girl who has a special power and doesn't know it. Now this girl has an unexpected power that changes the course of her life. She meets a bunch of back-stabbing people. The throw in a predictable love triangle for good measure. That is the nitty-gritty of Shadow and Bone. I have yet to decide if I will finish the series or not. I'm sure curiosity will get the better of me, eventually, but at this point I don't see it in my immediate future.
3 out of 5 stars.