BOOK REVIEW: Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo
Bardugo does a wonderful job of building the world and setting the tone for the rest of the series. The book is well written and after getting used to this new fantasy world, I found that I couldn’t put the book down.
As enjoyable as I found Shadow and Bone to read, I felt that it was a little rushed. Just as you were getting used to one thing, you’d be slapped in the face with a change in plot. There wasn’t much down time to get used to what was happening with the story. However this can be easily overlooked as it’s a familiar story incorporating the usual tropes—a plain and ordinary orphan girl who can save the world.
I really liked the heroine, Alina Starkov. I felt like she could have been anyone of us, especially due to all her insecurities that stem from being scrawny, sickly and most importantly, plain, unlike other YA heroines who tend to be beautiful or flawless.
One major complaint I have for Shadow and Bone is that it has a heavy Russian influence and so there are Russian words throughout the book. It was initially confusing at first, not knowing what words meant but eventually became clear as the book went on and the English translation of some could be guessed at. This could have been avoided if there was a glossary included at the beginning or end of the book.