Shadow and Bone (Leigh Bardugo)

The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite – the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfil her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?


This was yet another book that has been on my shelf for ages, but I decided that it was finally time to get to it, and I’m glad I did. Once again, I’m keeping this review super short, ok?

So, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect of this story, but I liked it. The things I ended up liking the most was the worldbuilding and the writing. Which is great, because it makes me excited not only for the next 2 books on this series, but also Six of Crows.

The plot was sort of predictable at some points, but it was well achieved and I liked the story development.

There’s one thing that I’m not completely sold on, and that is the characters. I liked Alina a lot in the beginning of the book, but while at the little palace, Alina lost something in my opinion. It wasn’t that she seemed to change so drastically, it was how her priorities seemed to switch. She felt way too young at some points, being blinded by beauty and clothes and jewelries, and I sort of expected a little bit more from her. The Darkling is a mystery, but I know that’s how it’s supposed to be. I don’t dislike him though, so let’s see how it goes. Mal… well, I still don’t know… it’s like with the Darkling, my mind is not made up. So, I hope the characters develop more in the upcoming books, and that I grow to love at least some of them.

Overall, good start to this series, and let’s see how it goes from here on out.

Have you read The Grisha? What are your thoughts on this series?

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Author Duos

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It’s tuesday again! Here we go for another Top Ten Tuesday 😀 , a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Top Ten Author Duos You’d LOVE To See Write A Book Together (aka my (Jamie’s) world would explode if Gayle Forman and Jandy Nelson wrote a book together) — might be hard to come up with 10 but still would be fun! Bonus points if you tell us what kind of book you’d like them to write!

I’m rubbish at this pairing thing, really, I have a hard time thinking about who would go well with who… So, with that in mind, my duos will be purely on these authors interactions on Twitter 😀 , because I’m a sucker for those moments when 2 (or more) of my favorite authors start interaction on twitter! Enjoy!


1. Sarah J. Maas & Victoria Aveyard

Let me start by saying that Victoria Aveyard is a Queen on Twitter. The girl not only tweets a lot, but she tweets with everyone of the authors I like, so I kind “buddy-ship” her with everyone! And Sarah is a Queen herself… so, there’s that!

2. Rainbow Rowell & Jenny Han

How cute would this book be?

3. Tahereh Mafi & Ransom Riggs

I’ve never read anything by Ransom Riggs, I will though, but I haven’t yet. But, he’s married to the fantastic Tahereh Mafi, and she’s awesome, so how cool would be a book by these 2?

4. Renée Ahdieh & Sabaa Tahir

Renée and Sabaa apparently became friends because their books came out around the same time, they go on twitter a lot to promote each other, and that’s amazing. Also, both books are just beyond fantastic, and I would totally read some epic adventures written by the pair of them.

5. Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

They are friends people! They are actually very close friends! Can they write about Simon being BFF with Aaron?

6. VICTORIA AVEYARD & RENÉE AHDIEH

Have I mentioned that Victoria is a Twitter-Queen? Well, here she is with Renée, so I would like it to happen in book form as well.

7. Sabaa Tahir & Sarah J. Maas

I would like Sarah J. Maas to write with everyone, because she can’t do no wrong. And neither can Sabaa. So, girls, get working!

8. Jasmine Warga & BECKY aLBERTALLI

Again, they are friends! And both their books are fantastic. So Becky and Jasmine?! Hell yeah!

9. aDAM sILVERA & Leigh Bardugo

Now, I haven’t read anything by Leigh Bardugo yet, but these two interactions on twitter are cute enough to make me want this.

10. Sarah J. Maas & Susan Dennard

This is a no-brainer really. I’m not familiar with Susan Dennard’s writing, but she’s Sarah’s BFF – come on, look at them! I know they’re writing something online, and I need to check that out soon.

Top Ten Tuesday: Finished Series I Have YET to Finish

It’s Tuesday, September 8th, which means that it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:  Finished Series I Have YET to Finish. The thing is, when I start a finish series, I’ll devour it pretty quickly and one book right after the other. So, there aren’t many finished series that I’ve started and have not finished yet. With that in mind, I’ll share the finish series that I want to start until the end of this year.

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1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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This is in fact the only finished series that I’ve started and have not finished… I’ve only read the first book yet. I will finish it though, I really want to…

 2. Mistborn (the original trilogy) by Brandon Sanderson

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I’m so so curious about this series…

3. The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

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Same for this one, the only reason I haven’t bought it yet is because I haven’t found the 3 books at the same moment.

4. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

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I do own the first 2 books for a while now, maybe  Christmas will me the right time to get into it.

5. Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

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This will follow, as soon as I finish the Percy Jackson series.

6. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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I already have the first book. I bought it super cheap for my kindle! This because I want the hardcover, which are beautiful and expensive. I’ll probably read it on my upcoming trip in October… lots of hours inside airplanes with my Kindle.

7. Penryn and the End of Days by Susan Ee

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Much like the one above, I already own the first book in this series, and I’ll be reading it on my upcoming trip in October as well.

8. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

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I will read at least The Hobbit before the year ends… probably… hopefully…

9. The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness

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I’ve read so many great things about this trilogy that I need to check it out.

10. The Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin

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I’ve been curious about this series for a while, though I don’t know if it’s really my thing. It’s also on the bottom of my To Read List right now.