Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Shadow and Bone
Publisher's Synopsis: Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee. Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart
My Review: I can't remember the last time a book came out with this much Hype since i have joined Goodreads, it was everywhere!!! So naturally after much noise i couldnt wait to get my grubby little paws on it! For me the best part of this book was Alina. She was incredible and went on such a journey, the kind where a charecter actually experiences growth on the pages right before your very eyes!! The world that LB has created is luscious and inviting. It was detailed without feeling overwhelmed. The other thing i love about this book is the Romance kind of takes a back seat. Its there lurking in the background.
The Darkling is definitly one of the most compelling charecters I've read.I love him. I love to hate him. And god damn it if there isnt one redeeming quality about this sexy, dangerous, psychopath. I want to get in his head and understand what games is he playing here. I want to know his NAME!!! Basically I JUST WANT HIM.... haha ;)
While Mal is the "love interest" i find him boring and quite frankily a little to late.. However this quote is a keeper..
"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."
Bring it on LB.... Book 2 cant come soon enough!!!!!