I should have read this one sooner because oh my gosh, it is so good. I really enjoy fantasy and haven’t had a chance to read any Young Adult fantasy ..Show More »in a while so when I kept hearing great things about Shadow and Bone, I had high hopes. And thankfully they were met, albeit some issues.
So, we’ve got Alina, just your regular orphan girl who is secretly in love with her best friend who doesn’t seem to be interested and is off running around with other girls. But then, she’s got a secret power! The thing about Alina is that I do like her but she doesn’t seem overly special or unique to me in any way other than her power. I wanted more personality from her – more spark. But I’m willing to wait for character development to occur in the next two books.
Then there’s the Darkling – alluring, provocative, sexy, tempting. He’s creepy, but I like it. He’s powerful and dark and I can’t help but kind of sucked in by his magnetic pull.
And while this story is about Alina finding her power, it’s definitely a plot-driven book. Though I won’t go into what that specific plot is, since I don’t want to ruin anything for those who haven’t read the book. But it’s fast paced and I could not put it down – I would say I was flipping through the pages but I listened to the audiobook so there weren’t actually pages. And by the way, the voice actor was great. Her voice for the Darkling was sultry and I loved it!
Fans of Graceling by Kristin Cashore should pick this one up – it’s got good, evil, romance, love, and action.
The start of this book wasn't bad, a lot of action and tracking. but then the middle of the book towards the end of it it was slow and fast... some e..Show More »vents passed by quickly, and other events passed by slowly.
Honestly i think this series could be really really good. so many things could have been written in a different way, and so many events could have been executed in a difference way too, making this book way much better.
One of the things i mean is those Grishens, yes it was explained some how their powers in the first bok, but how it works and so on were not presented that clearly.
I was going to give this book a lesser rating, but the end of it was really good. and I hope that the 3rd book would be much better than this one.
If you read the first one, then give this one a shot, its not bad, but could have been better. And if you have no idea whats this book about, then go and buy the first one and give it a try.
This is book 3...and ladies and gentleman this is how a trilogy should end! For those of you who enjoyed Harry Potter....do you remember thinking at ..Show More »the end...does the wand belong to Harry....or doesn't it? This book had that type of ending, an ending that made me happy/sad/anxious to see if it would work/and just rung out thinking...man, I have GOT to listen to these again, it was awesome but so much happened I'm sure I missed something.
This book is full of murder, mystery, plots, plans, and best intentions. And we FINALLY see who Ileana will pick to be her man. The ending was amazing, it was powerful, and I think this series is good for anyone to read. Not much in the way of steam, but the story itself was so gripping adding in some steam for the sake of steam would have seemed false.