Monday, February 17, 2014

Shadow and Bone

This is the fourth time I've read Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. Though it has been a little more than a year since the last time I read it. And I still love this book so much. It's an amazing story with great writing and adorable characters. It has broken my heart a lot, though. Which upsets me a little. But it's so good. So I can't be too angry about it :D But yeah. This won't be such a long post, I think, since I have written a lot about this book before, hih. <3 But I wanted to write a bit more. Sigh.

I won't say too much about it. Just a little bit. Pfff. I always end up saying too much; but I don't mind. I loved reading this book again. I adore Alina. And Mal. But there were a few things that broke my heart a bit and made me a tiny bit upset. Sniffs. In the beginning of this book Alina is mostly just sick and tired all the time. And then we get to know why and she changes. I did love that. But I'm not sure I loved how it happen. She was so quick at letting go of Mal. Of believing the worst of him. It broke my heart.

And I just didn't get that. Sniffs. Because Mal and Alina where childhood best friends. They had been together as kids for more than ten years of their life. Sure, he had changed a bit in the last year. But she shouldn't have been so quick to judge him. At least not in my mind, hih. <3 But anyway. I did love reading about it, but yeah. Heartbreaking. I won't say more about the plot. Just, I still don't like the Darkling. I think he's an asshole. And I hated how much evil he had done. He deserves to die, horribly.

There is just so much about this book. But I'm not going to talk about it all. I will not. But I must mention a few things. Like Baghra. I loved reading about her in this book. She was pretty amazing. And I want to know more. Then there is Genya. I'm still unsure how I feel about her. I hate her for the letters. (Read The Tailor.) And that she kind of turned traitor. But she was also a great friend. And I did feel so sorry for her and I did adore her. And I need more of her and David. They need to get together.

There were a lot of things happening in this book that made me curious whether we'll get to know it in Ruin and Rising. Like the thing with how good Mal is at tracking. How he felt the stag. I need to know if there is a special reason for that. <3 There doesn't have to be, but yeah. It would probably make me love Mal even more. Sigh. And the Apparat. I need to know more about him. He was creepy in this book, but I'm pretty sure he's on Alina's side. I would love to get to know more about his story in all this.

I also just re-read Mal's Letter, which is in the Shadow and Bone paperback. You all need to read that. It's an amazing letter. And we get to know more about Mal. And it's so so amazing. Sigh. Mal will always be my favorite character. And I loved this peek into his mind. Just wishing I could have read everything that happened while he was tracking the stag. Sigh. It sounded like an amazing adventure with tons and tons of heartbreak. Just the way I like it, lol. But anyway. The letter made me adore Mal even more.

I loved re-reading Shadow and Bone for the fourth time. And I cannot wait to re-read Siege and Storm next. Which I have actually only read once; a year ago. I've been wanting to re-read it for ages, but I am a coward. And I'm not sure if I'm ready to start it yet either. But I will. There is just so much heartbreak and it makes me ache. See. I will post a quote below from Shadow and Bone, then I will tell you a little about my thoughts for it. Which will probably be a little bit spoilery. If you mind that sort of thing :)

I'd been so focused on my own fear and my own future that I hadn't given
much thought to what Mal had done or what he'd chosen to give up. He could never
go back to the army, to his friends, to being a decorated tracker. Worse, he was guilty 
of desertion, maybe of treason, and the penalty for that was death.

This quote broke my heart. First, because Alina only kind of thought it once. And because the way I remember it, she doesn't think of it at all in Siege and Storm. And that is why the book breaks my heart so much. Because she doesn't seem to care what Mal gave up. How much he loves her. Sniffs. But. I have hope. Ruin and Rising. She will change it. She will appreciate Mal more. Oh, fine, I'm guessing that won't happen :\ But I hope. I hope it with all my heart. Mal deserves to be loved with a whole heart.

But anyway. Enough about all that. I loved re-reading Shadow and Bone. And I do think I will love re-reading Siege and Storm too. Yes, it will break my heart. Probably even more than it did a year ago. Cries. But I will endure it. The wait for Ruin and Rising is just 4 months today. It will be here sooner than I know. Hah. Probably not. The wait will most likely be torture. But I'm still excited. Because I love this world that Leigh has created. And I'm dying for Ruin and Rising. <3 I cannot wait to finally read it.

I think I have finally said enough about Shadow and Bone. For now. Most likely. Just also wanted to mention that the author, Leigh, is such an amazing person. And I love talking to her on twitter. Cannot wait to read whatever else she writes. And ohh. My Shadow and Bone collection is pretty big. A lot of big. I will be sharing more about that when I get my two newest pieces of Shadow and Bone inspired jewelry. <3 Which I'm so excited about; because I can never have enough of these books. Sigh. <3

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  1. I've had Shadow & Bone and Siege & Storm in my kindle for awhile now. They were on sale for $1.99 each so I couldn't resist. I haven't read them yet b/c I'm still trying to "grow fond" of my kindle, which I'm having trouble doing. I'm just so use to the actual book itself.

    I picked this series to be the one of 5 that I want to read this year so I went to the library and checked Shadow & Bone out. I'm finally going to read it and I'm so excited to start! Reading this just amps my excitement so thank YOU for sharing this ♥

    1. Aw, YAY :D I really hope you will love it when you get to read it. <3

    2. I started Shadow and Bone today and so far I'm really into it :)

  2. I just got Shadow and Bone from the library - so excited to start it now!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  3. I didn't enjoy this as much as I should've. The second book, especially, dragged for me. I hope you'll enjoy the third book of the series, Carina!

  4. Glad you're still a fan! Love this trilogy!

    Your post is making me want to reread the first two books again...which might be a good idea, with R&R's release coming up!

  5. I really love this series. I need to do a reread prior to Ruin & Rising coming out. Just a wonderful series and Leigh is such a great writer. I am so sad to think about it being almost over but at the same time I know it'll be amazing and I can't wait to see what Leigh has going next. So happy it lived up to another read (of course...I think it'll be amazing forever and no matter how many times read).

  6. Haha-I love how you keep saying you won't write anymore but then you keep going :) It's always a good sign when a book can inspire such a passionate response; I hope you get an ARC of Ruin and Rising soon!

    1. lol :D That it is. <3 Aw, thank you. It's a bit heartbreaking, but there will be no ARCs of Ruin and Rising. Sniffs. Just less than four months left now :)

  7. I absolutely love seeing the three covers together! And no ARCs will be printed for Ruin and Rising - sadness! But I cannot wait to read the book. Glad you love this series so much, Carina! :)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  8. I thought this was an amazing story and I can't wait for the next. I have to admit that I was incredibly excited when I saw the main character has the same as me because it's unpopular and uncommon. I think the author did a beautiful job with her writing and her story telling. I loved Alina and I can't wait to read about what she does next.


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