Saturday, July 8, 2017

Review: Shadow And Bone

Shadow and Bone (Shadow and Bone, #1)Shadow and Bone
Leigh Bardugo
Hardcover, 358 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Henry Holt and Company

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.

I went in to this book not expecting much and good lord was I pleasantly surprised!

Plot: So interesting and Entertaining! I found the plot had a lot of tropes we see in a lot of YA which, honestly didn't bug me. I loved the pace of the story, everything moved along pretty quickly. There are some parts of the book that were slow but they were with purpose. Honestly I loved all of it though! I loved that every time I thought I knew what was I gonna happen next, I'd be completely wrong! I'm usually right and I loved being wrong! I found the Grisha universe to be mesmerizing! The world Bardugo built is so wonderful and I just wanna know more!

Characters: I really enjoyed almost all of the characters! Alina, the main protagonist is okay. I didn't love her to be honest, but I didn't hate her either. I did however love her friend Genya! She was precious! The only character that I didn't like was Mal. He was just so plain and boring to me! There were somethings I liked about him but just not enough to over power his dullness.

At its best: I'm not even gonna pretend to be subtle about it. The Darkling is the best thing about this book and probably the series too. I am in love with him.
   He is everything. He's complex and mysterious and smart and powerful. Just everything! And When the truth about him is revealed...
The obsession has rooted itself deep my friends, I'm more than ok with it!

At its worst: As I mentioned above, the book has some tropes we see a lot of in other ya books. I found the mean girl to be unnecessary. We didn't need the girl on girl hate. And if you're wondering if Alina has brown hair and is considered too thin and unattractive, yes, all of the above. And also, Mal and Alina together aren't so great either. They were just meh and I wasn't invested in them as a couple.

Read again: Absolutely! And soon!

Continue series: Already have...

Final thoughts: I seriously loved it! I read it in one sitting and have been thinking about it ever since! I wanna know more! I wanna know everything! Give me the Darkling's history! Ravka's history! Its a knew favorite!

Rating: 9.5/10

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Review: Three Dark Crowns

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1)
Three Dark Crowns
Kendare Blake
Hardcover, 398 pages
Published September 20th 2016 by HarperTeen

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

Oh Lord, what a ride this book was!

Plot: The plot of this book was so original that as soon as I read it, it went straight in my arms to the check out desk! It was a little slow at the beginning but I didn't have a problem with that! It was for the purpose of world building and I appreciated that! However, once it got to the middle, It was so full of suspense and juicy drama and I was loving it! I didn't predict half the things that happened and found myself reading through the chapters quickly just to find out what was gonna happen next! Also, there is a lot of politics in this book and it was all so entertaining! And the ending left me shook!

Characters: The three sisters were great! I seriously loved them all! I did initially have a favorite but towards the end I just couldn't pick! Katherine was the one I pitied the most because she clearly was in need of some love. Arsinoe was my initial favorite because of her awesome personality and because she was obviously the underdog (I'm a sucker for underdogs). And Mirabella was suppose to be the strongest one out of the three but ended up being a sweet girl who was flawed and sensitive. It was such a contrast from who we expected her to be and I sorta enjoyed that! There were also a bunch of side characters! Some I liked, others I hated...

At its best: Getting to know the sisters was so enjoyable! The political aspects are also one of the most entertaining parts of the book! And the world that Blake created was so fascinating! The Island was mysterious and intriguing and I really hope they discuss the magic system of it in the next book!

At its worst: The worst thing about this book was Jules and Joseph, side characters in Arsinoe's chapters that sometimes overpowered them! I could not stand Joseph! Definition of fuck boy! And Jules was so boring and stereotypical and an awful friend to Arsinoe. Their romance was boring and selfish! I really could have done without them! I hope Joseph dies in the next book... 

Read again: Definitely!

Continue series: I cant wait for the next book that comes out in September! Blake knew what she was doing with that ending and I love/hate her for it!

Final thoughts: It was so good! I know its slow at first but just get to the middle and you'll be hooked! Its such a dark, mysterious and Intriguing read! absolutely loved it!

Rating: 9/10