Sash: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

Shadow and Bone by Leigh BardugoShadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Release Date: June 25th, 2012
Henry Holt and Co, 356 Pages
Sub-genre: Fantasy
Source: Bought the Audiobook
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: The Grisha #1
Recommended for: fans of Graceling by Kristin Cashore

The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfill her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?

I should have read Shadow and Bone 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 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.

Sean O’Pry for Armani FW12 is the perfect Darkling.

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.

Theme Song for The Darkling: Evil Friends by Portugal. The Man

No stars got nothing on me
Your sun’s got nothing on me

Before you were born, I was already sinning.

  • July 17, 2013 - 9:10 am

    Pam@YAEscapefromReality - I loved this book. What did you think of Mal? The second one gets really dark. Great review!ReplyCancel

  • July 17, 2013 - 10:21 pm

    Sash and Em - Mal was great, Pam! I can see why all the girls like him. :)ReplyCancel

  • July 18, 2013 - 12:40 am

    Steph Sinclair - Yay! You liked it! You must seek out Siege and Storm next. IMO, it was even better than Shadow and Bone!ReplyCancel

  • July 23, 2013 - 11:54 am

    Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - I read this one not too long ago just before reading Siege and Storm and absolutely loved it as well. I read both in print, though. I tend to re-read before the next in a series comes out so I’m thinking that before the finale I’d like to audiobook these previous two books – I’ve heard they sound lovely with the accents and I’d like to hear the pronunciation of the words that I’m MOST LIKELY butchering to pieces because I do not speak Russian at all. But yes to plot-driven! And that continues through the second book and only increases, I think. And there are more characters to love! (Also, I’m a Mal gal. Can’t help it. Love him.)ReplyCancel

  • August 13, 2013 - 12:02 am

    Sash: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo - AUDIOBOOK REVIEW - […] Fantasy Source: Bought the Audiobook Age Group: Young Adult Series: Grisha Trilogy #2 Follow up to: Shadow and Bone Voice Actor: Lauren […]ReplyCancel

  • August 18, 2013 - 8:21 pm

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