Shadow and Bone, by Leigh Bardugo
This galley came to me by way of a friend. I’m strangely glad he only loaned it to me because I had to make sure to move it up to the top of my reading list to return it to him this week (my to-read list is getting a bit bogged-down).
Now, I have grown to hate the phrase “unputdownable”. Not only is it grammatically dubious, but it seems to skirt the question of whether or not the reviewer was actually “able to put the book down” or not. So I’ll just flat out say it- I couldn’t put this book down. I read it in over the course of one day– stopping only for work, trips down to the laundry room, and ultimately sleep.
The plot of Shadow and Bone is nothing groundbreaking- we have an (orphan) protagonist plucked from obscurity, magic- dark and otherwise, evil creatures, etc. While the book stands on it’s own merits and is excellently written, it pulls from many sources- or to be more precise is calls to mind other works (at least for me) as varied as Beauty and the Beast and Snow White to X-Men and, of course, The Hunger Games.
As this book won’t be coming out until this Summer, I don’t really want to say much more. Suffice it to say I enjoyed it- it’s good fun and I’m sure will be a quality series. For all the YA readers out there- keep you’re eyes peeled- this one’s gonna be a big deal.
Goodreads rating: ****