Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Thursday, September 25, 2014
Why I chose this book:
So many people have been completely fangerling about this series, and even more so since Ruin and Rising came out. Because everyone has been telling me that I needed to read this I grabbed it on Audible and let’s just say I listened to it within 24 hours.

Shadow and Bone 
by Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Publish Date: June 5th, 2012
Format: Audiobook
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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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. (Goodreads)
My Bookish Likes:
I really like Alina’s character. She has a wonderful spunk and strength that I love finding in YA female characters. She even has a sense of sarcasm and wittiness that made me laugh out loud. Along with Alina, I really enjoyed how she fleshed out Mal’s character and The Darkling.

My Bookish Loves:
I absolutely without a doubt LOVED the audiobook narrated by Lauren Fortgang. She was 100% AMAZING! I’ve never heard such a great audiobook before (though I admit, I’m not a huge audiobook person). She brought this book to life for me in ways that I don’t think I could have done reading a physical copy of this book myself. Her pronunciations were perfect, and how she imitated Russian and British accents wasn’t distracted at all; it completely added a new dimension to the story. Also, she didn’t sound ridiculous when reading male voices. 

As for the story itself, I had no idea what was going to happen. All the twists and turns in this book always surprised me. I’m not sure if that’s due to listening to an audiobook and not reading into or going back to reread passages (which I tend to do a lot), or not, but I loved the unpredictability of this book, and how all the characters had a role to play.

Final Thoughts:
Overall, I loved this book even more than I thought I would. I understand everyone’s love now, and it’s like I’m finally in on a secret that I’ve been left out of for so long! I so thoroughly enjoyed this book that I immediately got Siege and Storm on audiobook.

I gave this book 5 stars on my Goodreads.


  1. I too finally picked up this book from the library simply because everyone has been fangirling about it. And now so are you. I think maybe it is time I read it.

    1. Definitely! I loved it, though again, I will say that I probably enjoyed the audiobook more than I would have reading the actual book. I'm not even that into audiobooks, but this one was fantastic!! :) I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the book once you've finished!


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