Tuesday, April 2, 2013

On my bookshelf

One of the perks of my friends, other than the fact that they are all wonderful, kind, caring people, is that so many of them like the same books that I do.  My friend Sara recommended "Shadow and Bone" to me.  I loved it! 

Here's the premise (via Amazon):

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. 

This was one of the better YA fantasies I've read.  Sometimes in fantasy genre the plot is just so out there that it's not believable.  When I read fantasy stuff I want to actually believe that the story did or could happen.  Does that makes sense?
Anyways, loved the story, and loved the characters.  I really liked the relationship between the Darkling and Alina.  And her own self discovery and process of that.  Definitely recommend!

Once again, I have chosen to read (and fall in love with) a book that is part of a trilogy, and in which the second book has yet to be written.  Drats!  It will take ages once the book comes out for me to actually get a hand on one of the copies out local library actually buys and circulates.  By that time I'll have to read this one again just to remind my brain what it's about :)

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