Book Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Henry Holt & Co. (BVR)
Publication Date: June 5th, 2015
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 358 pages
Summary: The Kingdom of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a darkness with strange monsters. Alina Starkov is an orphan who has been living in a relatively safe environment with her best friend, Mal. Together they discover that there’s more to Alina than meets the eye. After discovering Alina’s mysterious ability they travel to the royal court. Here she is trained with The Grisha and nothing is as it seems. The Grisha, a magical elite possess special powers and are led by the mysterious Darkling. As the Shadow Fold grows, an entire kingdom depends on Alina’s untamed power. Will she be able to conquer her fears and control her power? This is the first installment in Bardugo’s fantastic Grisha Trilogy.

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Book Review: The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

Book Review: The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux/Macmillan
Publication Date: March 3, 2015
Genre: Romance/Dystopian
Pages: 402 pages

Summary: Kestrel endures her engagement to the crown prince of Valoria and struggles to keep the truth of her deal with the Emperor a secret from Arin. Meanwhile, a broken-hearted Arin refuses to give up on Kestrel and remains determined to be a good leader to the Herrani despite the obstacles thrown his way by the Emperor.

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