Title: Shadow and Bone
Series: Grisha Verse #1
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Published in English: 2013
Dansk titel: Pigen og Mørkningen
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2016
Finished Reading: August 2019
Genre: Fantasy, Romance & YA
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
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.
I had many issues with this book. I can barely count the times I wanted to throw this crap away. I hate when authors are trying too hard implementing something foreign and unfamiliar, this time around, Russian elements. It was beyond belief I have to tell you. However, it wasn’t the worst part of the book. Moreover, it wasn’t the bad writing or the confusing world, no it’s how generic this book really is. This book is painful to read and the reason why I’m about to quit the genre altogether. Everything is so god damn generic, down to the last detail of the landscape, the lackluster background, the eminent bad main character and of course the dreaded threesome. It seems there’s some sort of formula out there, that lists components that needs to be in a young adult genre book and this one took just about anything and created a messy, unimaginative story with so much fault I’ve never seen anything like this.
I’ve never experienced the need to end a book having only read five percent. It was so boring the first hundred pages or so I actually fell asleep.
I don’t agree to this formula of writing a Young Adult. This is the opposite of what I would do. Literally.
I had this book recommended by many people and I just don’t know what they see in this crap. Maybe, just maybe, they haven’t read a lot in the genre and as a result, not been fed up by the drama that surrounds the genre.
Need I continue? I think I do. After spending a day pondering, I’ve decided to go all out in this review.
I didn’t care for the world building one bit. It feels too much of a rip-off of other very popular works. Maybe after you finish this book, if you plan to read it, you’ll see just which books I’m referring too. Hint, he wears glasses and has a beautiful scar.
The plot was so boring it’s unforgivable. Even when it finally takes off the “things” that happen are predictable, there’s really no surprise. If you’ve read a lot of YA, you know whom the bad or good people are. Alina is so cliché it pisses me off. She’s special, she trains and all of a sudden, she’s the queen of the motherfucking world. Not literally of course, but this is like every other freaking book out there. I hate it. I get that its fantasy and all, but could some of you authors out there, make a genuine story that isn’t over the top?
The romance is by far the worst section in this entire book. As a reader, you know what’s going to happen, because it has happened so many times. I will not continue with this series nor her other series even though they’ve peaked my interest on several occasions, I’m just done with the author altogether.
Usually, when I dislike a book this much, at least there’s a pretty cover to back it up, but this is just grey, plain and generic, like the content! HA