(from Leigh Bardugo's Website)
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.
“And there's nothing wrong with being a lizard either. Unless you were born to be a hawk.” ― Leigh Bardugo, Shadow and Bone
-I like this quote for no particular reason I just like the whole idea of the quote. To me I think it says that there is nothing wrong with just being and or doing something small unless you were born to do greater things. The quote also references to animals and it's something that I tend to do as well so I guess thats why I found this quote to be memorable.
Favourite Main Character: Alina Starkov
-I guess this is a pretty obvious choice since she is the true main character, but even so I found I really liked her character. I liked how she wasn't perfect, how she didn't fit in. Not only that, but I really liked her and Mal's friendship. Also I just think her ability is definitely one of the coolest out of everybody's and I am just very fascinated by the whole idea of her ability.
Favourite Side Character: David
-David isn't a huge part of this book particularly, but nonetheless he is my favourite side character. I just love how he is so curious and just completely gets into his work. In that sense he kind of reminds me of myself... Also he seems kind of nerdy which I find tends to make me like the character even more. I definitely ship him and Genya! Speaking of Genya I like her a lot too, but David is still my favourite.
Dislike: ALINA AND DARKLING'S RELATIONSHIP
-So I really wanted Mal and Alina to end up together and then you know the whole story happens and whatever, but then her and the Darkling have a thing... Just no. Obviously this is more a personal thing not everyone might feel this way, but I personally would rather her with Mal. Also though the whole Darkling part just seems so creepy. He might look young but technically he is ancient and she is like a teenager.
Rating: 4/5 stars