Shadow & Bone REVIEW

Shadow and Bone (Shadow and Bone, #1)

My rating for this book was 4/5.

I could not get into the beginning of the book, but when things picked up, there was no going back. I found this story to be seductive. Alina and Mal are a couple of friends that are separated once Alina ‘exposes’ her powers while on the treacherous Fold. The Fold, is a dark and dangerous area that vicious beasts live in and kill whoever enter. When Alina’s powers emerge, which allows many soldiers to survive the attack, she is taken away with The Darkling, the most powerful Grisha. Grisha have superpowers that can range from something little to magnificence. But not all things turn out for the better.

While Alina was a compelling character, my heart gravitated towards The Darkling. He demanded attention and seduced the minds of all. His powers were so great and many feared him. His want to save the Fold snagged me up in an instant and I wanted him with Alina immediately.

Then there’s Mal. He was such a beautiful soul and we saw him develop into a rigid soldier while on the quest to find the deer herd for a specific object. His personality saw the the reality of war, tracking, loving and losing people. His determination and desire was a few characteristics I liked most about him.

In the end, I realized it was a fantasy book filled with romance and I can’t wait to continue the series!

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FURTHERMORE REVIEW

Furthermore

“Color was life. Color was everything. Color, you see, was the universal sign of magic.”


Furthermore, by Tahereh Mafi, is a beautiful book, bursting with colors. My rating for this book is 4.5/5.

The main character Alice, is on a journey to find her father. While on this quest, she ventures into Furthermore, which has a different magical ruling system compared to her own town. Furthermore lurks with dangers around every corner and an interesting system where they can only travel by day and where people wish to eat them because of their magic. Few spoilers ahead, beware.

The novel is in the third person perspective, which can be annoying when the book mentions ‘Alice’ or ‘Mother’ every single sentence. Once we started our adventure, I fell in love with the narration of the book, but did knock points off because of this. There were many aspects that were similar, in my opinion, to the Hunger Games (Had a similar reaping, uncaring mother, presented talents to others, etc.) and had a world that had no rules. Because this system had no rules except chaos, this allowed for lazy writing to occur that could allow the main characters to get out of problematic situations. Oliver could just jump up into the clouds, or pull out a transporter to get them from one place to another.
SPOILERRRRRRRRRR

My most hated part of the novel, that really made me question giving it 5 stars was the ending. She finally finds her father, by a mere miracle, even though all of Furthermore knew she was there to capture her ‘enemy’ father. After she finds him, no one captures her, they just simply return to Ferenwood and everything is as it should be. Completely frustrating and another example of lazy writing.

Alice, also has a talent, even though we do not know about this until halfway through the book, in another lazy attempt to just get the topic out of the way and available for the user. To better present this, I would have liked to see subtle hints to her past that linked her power with changing color, instead of keeping this a secret to make up for the fact that her mother hates her.

Although there were major issues with the book, I really got involved and were captured by the characters. I cried with them, laughed with them, wanted to knock them on the head for the silly decisions made, and when the story was over, I was sad to see them go. I felt so happy they were happy and it was a bittersweet ending.