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Shadow and Bone

Bardugo, Leigh

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Shadow and Bone
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Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protegé of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0805094598
9780805094596
Branch Call Number: FICTION Bar
Characteristics: 358 p. : map ; 22 cm

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When they are younger, every kid is tested for grisha powers. If they have them, they are whisked away to a life of luxury and extraordinary training. If they are just a regular kid, they go on with whatever life they were living. So when Alina and her friend Mal are crossing the fold and are being attacked by deadly volcra she releases an array of light that in no way possible should have come from her. She was tested when she was younger, and showed no talent, so why now? She is torn from her best friend and is quickly transported to the grisha palace where she meets the most powerful grisha, the darkling. It is declared that she is the only one able to destroy the horrors of the shadow fold. But she has a hard time finding her powers, and when she does, hears strange things about the darkling's plan. Will she be able to contact Mal and tell him about what is happening? Will she be able to put an end to the shadow fold? Find out when you the first of this amazing trilogy.
This book seemed a bit strange to me at first, but as I read on I discovered a mix of drama, romance, action, and so many more aspects that mixed together to become a book that I could not put down until I was done. I highly suggest that this book becomes close to the top of your "to read" list.

Aug 28, 2014
  • Persassy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This made me puke rainbows of joy.

Aug 22, 2014
  • ivych99 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Awsome start to a trilogy! Loved the ending, could have read it over and over again. Can't wait to read the next book!
Adventurous. Romantic. Awsome :)

Aug 18, 2014
  • forbesrachel rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An engaging debut! On her first trip into the Fold, Alina becomes swathed in light when she and her friend Mal are attacked by the volcra. Suddenly, her life gets twisted around; once a poor orphan, she now finds herself inducted into the Grisha as their sole Sun Summoner, and the only hope for all Ravka. Not only must she learn to use this physical light, but she must open her eyes to the hidden truths it reveals as well. Our attachment to Alina grows rapidly because of her compelling first person account. This perspective means that we are as much in the dark about the motivations of others as Alina is, so each reveal has some poignancy to it. Her experiences in the opulent and false world of the Grisha stands in counterpoint to the time spent in the wild with Mal. Shadow and Bone is well-endowed with its Russian inspired culture, element-based magic, romance, and a lead character that gains confidence as she grows into her role. Its sole disappointing factor is that the plot is predictable because of its use of stereotypes. Darkness attempts to swallow Alina at every step, in both internal and external ways. Light is not something that can be confined though, and no one will possess her.

Jul 14, 2014
  • Martke62 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The writing is amazing and I loved the Russian elements added to it.

A patron review from the Summer Reading Game: "I really enjoyed this book. I loved the friendship between the main character Alina and Mal and that Alaina was able to develop into a strong character in her own right. I found the involvement if magical powers in the book to be reminiscent of Avatar the last air bender but with a twist (and different types of powers though most people who specialize, do tend to fall into one of several color-coded categories). This had just enough magic to keep it interesting, but most of the story would appeal to someone interested in fantasy or adventure. I recommend this and will make sure to read the other two book in the series. "

Jun 12, 2014
  • ARIEL D SMITH rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The Darkling is the best, i do not care if he is BAD or whatever. I love him. Anyway this is a good read, bunch of action, drama, magic, romance you name it. Its all in here. Worth a read

Jun 02, 2014
  • nidofito rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Really enjoyed the book. Was glad to see that although the plot followed a typical YA formula, the author added her own twists to give it a unique look. Always love court politics and the power struggle that comes with it. Hope to see greater character complexity and depth and exploration of this world in the sequel.

Apr 24, 2014
  • CraigGraziano rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Alina Starkov has never felt like she belonged. Orphaned and adopted by a duke, Alina meets an equally parentless boy named Mal. The two are inseparable, referred to by the duke's servants as melenchki, little ghosts, as they giggle throughout the vast house. Of course, such things cannot always stay the same.

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Apr 14, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this. It is guilty of following a very familiar formula (girl has special powers that suddenly manifest, girl is part of a love/lust triangle, girl is out to save the world) but it was still really interesting. Probably because the author has chosen to base her world on Russian culture. I'm not sure how accurate it is but it's a breath of fresh air.

What it great here is the amount of intrigue and deception. At the core of the story here is a girl who has been nothing, or at least think she has been, for so long being shown attention. She's delighted and happy but she also sees the ugly side of being this important and this 'special.' Anyone who has had to deal with the in crowd at school will see many similar behaviours here. Lots of mean girls to be had here. Everyone has their own agenda and Alina is mostly alright being swept along with it until a certain point.

I'm curious to see what the rest of the series will bring. If you enjoyed "Divergent" and "The Hunger Games", I'd give this one a shot.

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Sep 03, 2014
  • whitefalcon17 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“I missed you every hour. And you know what the worst part was? It caught me completely by surprise. I'd catch myself just walking around to find you, not for any reason, just out of habit, because I'd seen something that I wanted to tell you about or because I wanted to hear your voice. And then I'd realize that you weren't there anymore, and every time, every single time, it was like having the wind knocked out of me. I've risked my life for you. I've walked half the length of Ravka for you, and I'd do it again and again and again just to be with you, just to starve with you and freeze with you and hear you complain about hard cheese every day. So don't tell me why we don't belong together," he said fiercely.”

Jul 17, 2012
  • pineapplemango rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“I missed you every hour. And you know what the worst part was? It caught me completely by surprise. I'd catch myself just walking around to find you, not for any reason , just out of habit, because I'd seen something that I wanted to tell you about or because I wanted to hear your voice. And then I'd realize that you weren't there anymore, and every time, every single time, it was like having the wind knocked out of me. I've risked my life for you. I've walked half the length of Ravka for you, and I'd do it again and again and again just to be with you, just to starve with you and freeze with you and hear you complain about hard cheese every day. So don't tell me why we don't belong together," he said fiercely.”

Jul 17, 2012
  • pineapplemango rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“How did you fare with the Queen?" he asked.
"I have no idea," I said honestly. "Everything she said was perfectly nice, but the whole time she was looking at me as if I were something her dog spit up.”

Jul 17, 2012
  • pineapplemango rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“I had spared the stag's life. The power of that life belonged to me as surely as it belonged to the man who had taken it.”

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Sep 03, 2014
  • whitefalcon17 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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 fulfill 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?

Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance.

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