Jul 1, 2013

Memory Lane Monday: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Yes, it is that time of the week. The day we dread and wish would never come- Mondays. *Wipes tear* But have no fear, Memory Lane Monday is here! Every Monday, here at TheYABookworm, I'll do a special post called Memory Lane Monday. What's that you ask? Memory Lane Monday is a once-a-week post where I (or any other bloggers that wish to participate)  choose one book that I've previously read to be featured on that day. From the book chosen, I will pick two of my favourite quotes and write a little blurb containing my quick thoughts on the book. The books that I choose will not be books I've reviewed- since I've read so many books, I want to share with you my opinions on ones that I won't get the chance to fully review (because seriously, rereading dozens of books would take a year...or two)! Be sure to participate by leaving your "Memory Lane Monday" in the comments, or a link to your blog post with the hash-tag #YAMemoryLaneMonday on twitter :D

This Week's Memory Lane Monday....
Shadow and Bone By: 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 fulfill 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?
Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance.

Top Two Favourite Quotes...
#1 “The problem with wanting," he whispered, his mouth trailing along my jaw until it hovered over my lips, "is that it makes us weak.” 

#2 “I'm not like you, Mal. I never really fit in the way you did. I never really belonged anywhere."
"You belonged with me.” 

Like so many books on my To Be Read Shelf, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo has been highly recommended to me! I've seen lots of book bloggers and readers going crazy about how great this book is and I will say that I totally understand where they're all coming from. Shadow and Bone is definitely not the type of novel I gravitate towards so it completely took me by surprise that I was hooked so early after starting!

Shadow and Bone is one of those books where I think the characters really make the story for me. Don't get me wrong, the plot is unique, suspenseful and intriguing but it was the actual characters that had me flipping them pages. For example, The Darkling is a bad  and sexy beast (emphasis on the bad :S). One chapter I'd be swooning my heart out and then the next I'd be confused as to whether or not it's okay to crush on someone so evil. Is he good or bad? Is he good but just acting bad ,or is he really bad and is using goodness to look good but just acting bad?! Obviously I am stressing about this because this novel does have a bit of a love triangle and I'm going to be honest with you guys, as sweet as Mal is.....he's just not doing anything for me!

Have you read Shadow and Bone? What do you think about The Darkling? Be sure to let me know in the comments below! Keep Reading (and Happy Canada's Day to all of my fellow Canadian readers)! 

Your Y.A. Bookworm,
Caitlin <3


  1. This is a fun meme! I LOVE Shadow and Bone and I agree with you that even if the Darkling is bad, I still think he's kai-ute! :D I guess we'll know where we stand in the last book!

    1. I guess so! Ughh, why does he have to be so good at being bad?! :P

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