Note: This review is spoiler free (spoilers are all marked and have warnings)!
Book: Shadow and Bone
Author: Leigh Bardubo
Age: For readers 14 and up
After finishing Shadow and Bone I WAS SPEECHLESS?? Not necessarily because the book was extraordinary or whatever, but because I actually enjoyed reading it! I LEGIT STAYED UP PAST MY USUAL BEDTIME TO READ THIS ONE! That hasn’t happened in FOREVER! If you've read my other reviews you’d know I’m a grumpy, miserable reviewer who basically rates all books either 2 stars or 3 stars. So it came as a mind blowing surprise when Shadow and Bone became the first book that I had genuinely enjoyed reading in over 6 months. This book had its problems and it’s faults. But ngl, Shadow and Bone was kind of…….fun.
I literally promised myself after reading Six of Crows two years ago that I would NOT under any circumstances read Shadow and Bones. Not that I didn’t like the duology and the characters, but just because I found the Grisha world confusing. (This was my fault because I read Six of Crows before the Grisha Trilogy because I didn’t know the trilogy existed when I read Six of Crows). And partly because I didn’t want to read a separate trilogy where the crows don’t even show up once. Yet here I am, reviewing book one of the Grisha trilogy, and giving it 4.5 stars- which by the way does not happen often when I read hyped YA fantasy books!🤠
Either it’s the addicting storyline or just the captivating writing style. Whatever it was, it successfully kept my nose buried deep into this book.
Whoops. I realized I ranted about Shadow and Bone more than I talked about the nice things about this book🤨 Well don’t listen to whatever I just said. Read the book, it’s actually pretty good but a bit generic.
I would 10/10 recommend this book for those who have just started reading YA fantasy and would still recommend it for more experienced fantasy readers but advise to go in with lower expectations.