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Read: 23rd-29th July
My Rating: * * * * *
I’d seen mixed reviews about this book. Some people loved it and rated it highly, some didn’t like it even a little and rated it poorly, and some from what I read had mixed feelings about it.
I have developed a soft spot for novels such as this after reading The Bear and The Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower, though unlike these two I did not get the feeling that Shadow and Bone was inspired or based on Russian folklore.
I thought the story was well-written, and loved the characters (I think I may have developed a small crush on Mal by the end of it hehe) – well, I didn’t like the Darkling or any of his men…. or some (actually, most) of the Grisha that Alina comes into contact with, though I didn’t dislike Genya, or Alina’s instructor because although he was a bit…I wouldn’t say brutal, but his despite the fact his training was difficult for Alina I get the feeling he was pushing her hard (though it doesn’t say anything in the book) because he knew she could get better if she kept pushing herself.
I shall quite happily move on to the next book in the trilogy as I’m intrigued to find out how Alina and Mal’s story progresses.
Stay true yourself, and never let anyone deter you from the course you wish to take.