Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo: The Girl Who Lived

Note, I’m reviewing this having read the entire series. I just binged it all before I could crank out a review. That being said, I will NOT give spoilers for the series. Just for this book. So yeah, don’t read this if you haven’t read the book. Because I need to vent.

I bought this book forever ago because LOOK AT THAT COVER. It’s great. I totally love it. It’s been sitting on my bookshelf for a good year. Just chilling. It took a trip to England to read it. And my desire to read Six of Crows and having friends force me to read this series first. But read it I did. And boy do I have feelings.

  • The Russianness. Yes times a million! It was just so great.
  • Her writing is wonderful. It keeps me intrigued and wanting more and more. And that banter is just splendidly wonderful.
  • Alina is relatable. She doesn’t know what she’s doing and is basically just trying to figure things out. I’m glad it doesn’t come easy to her. Because then there’d be no suffering, and I need the characters to suffer a little.
  • The Darkling. What a splendid villain to have. I just love to hate him. Because even though she tries to humanize him and make you feel sympathy, HE’S STILL A PSYCHOPATH. Okay, maybe that’s a little strong. But really. He’s a great little psycho.

  • The Darkling. I mean, not the character himself. Because he’s beautifully terrible. But the fact that Alina thinks that maybe she wants to be with him because he has power and flatters her with words and BLAH BLAH. NO. Just NO. So many signs of an abusive relationship right there and Alina misses them ALL. I mean, a collar to control your powers? HOW IS THIS NOT THE BIGGEST RED FLAG EVER. And then people keep shipping them together. My hate my stem from the other books too, BUT HE’S BAD NEWS FROM BOOK ONE.
  • WHAT IS ALINA’S GOAL?! I think this problem runs throughout the series. But really, I don’t know what it is. It’s to fit in, it’s to be different, it’s to be with the Darkling? Dude, don’t even know. She has a lot of little ones, but I feel like she doesn’t have an overarching one for the series.

All in all, I did enjoy this book. I know a lot of people say this is their favorite book in the series, but I’d have to say the second is my favorite one. Regardless, it’s still a good read. The world is intriguing and the series is definitely worth your time. (Also, anyone notice how freakishly close this series represents Harry Potter? The chosen girl of light. Super bady villain. A school where you learn your magic. A MAGICAL STAG?! No? Just me?)

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