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Reviews of Fiction Books: Everything from Young Adult Romance to Crime Thrillers

Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo, Leigh Bardugo Find a story and this review hereShadow and Bone was the completely epic book I was subconsciously looking for. Why did I read City of Bones;when I could have been reading this?Alina Starkov is an orphan. She's never fitted in, is too skinny, and is basically every cliche' in YA books. How did Bardugo manage to make her amazing? I don't know. It must be some super secret Grisha power.Anyways, one day, when she was crossing something called the Shadow Fold, a great rift devoid of light, she and the rest of her group were attacked. When her childhood friend is endangered, she finds out that she has this awesome power and uses it to save him. She is then taken from her friend to be trained to be Grisha. What are Grisha, you ask? Read the book, and then find out.Alina was a good main character. She started out a bit, well, a lot, naive, but actually grew up. Did she mature? Yes. Did she develop her powers? Yes. And now, for the most important question. Did I like her? No. No I didn't.Don't worry. I'm not that crazy. Of course I liked her. She's impossible to dislike.The Darkling is a- wait for it- dark creature who wants her help to destroy the Fold. He's one part of this screwed up love triangle. Yes. I like him. I like him a lot. If Alina doesn't want him, can I have him?The other point is Mal. Mal is the childhood friend who was almost killed. When Alina left, he became a soldier. That's all I'm going to say.It was a completely awesome world to be in. I heard it was based on Russian mythology and culture. Now, Young Adult mythology screws up the actual mythology, so everything I read might be incorrect. However, I know nothing of Russian mythology, so I will base the rating on what I know. And what I know is that it was very enjoyable to read.There were so many twists. And no, you don't get any spoilers or hints.So, reader of my post, go read this book now. Shoo. If you don't Tiny;Average-sized Korean and I will hunt you down.And by the way, my neighbor's name is Alina. So I was picturing her throughout the book.And now, the moment you've all been waiting for. Some awesome quotes.“I'm not like you, Mal. I never really fit in the way you did. I never really belonged anywhere.""You belonged with me.” "The problem with wanting... is that it makes you weak" “People, particularly big men carrying big rifles, don't expect lip from a scrawny thing like me. They always look a bit dazed when they get it.”  

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