Finally read it!
It is sad to say that I did not fall in love with this book. Don’t get me wrong, I did love reading it and there was nothing that irritated me. The plot was very good and so was the setting. I love the fantasy world that Leigh Bardugo created with a thing called “small science”. The Grisha could manipulate matter thus it is their power. It’s not magic, its science. 🙂 Also, I love how the setting is based on 1800s Russia. I am close to Russian so I can relate to everything in the book.
Alina, the protagonist, exhibits character development which is a good thing for a YA novel. She started to understand herself and her power towards the end of the book. She possesses a rare ability which she must use to save the world from the Darkling. That’s kind of typical but it is presented in a unique way that you will be surprised. I actually love the Darkling even though he is ‘the evil’. I kind of wish he and Alina could be together because both of them have special gifts and they are the most powerful but they are fighting each other. I am always intrigued with characters like this. I am going into spoiler mode. I am happy for her that she is with her childhood friend, Mal, I love couples like this too. But Mal is pretty ordinary and I hate it how Alina cannot truly be herself with him. She cannot use her power with him and he will never understand that part of her because he has no power of his own. One of my favorite parts of the book was when Alina and the Darkling demonstrated their power at the King and Queens ball. They are wrong for each other but it’s like the yin-yang in my opinion. So the Darkling has obviously put his spell on me.
If I read this a year ago I would probably be drooling over this. I do not understand why I am not doing so right now but I guess I expected more out of it. Maybe I’ll love it more when I reread it or start the second one.
Every book that I’ve been reading lately is turning into a movie. I am happy and annoyed by that because once a book is adopted into a movie some of its appeal is lost to me. And then there are those fanatics that just watch the movie and say that they know everything about it even though they have not read the book. But I am excited that David Heyman is going to produce this movie. Harry Potter was one of those rare adaptations that did not lose its magic on the big screen. Harry Potter films brought the books to life contrary to other book/films.
I am not sure when I’ll be posting my next review. I started reading inferno by Dan Brown, the Great Gatsby, and Emma by Jane Austen. I do not know which one I’ll finish first plus there always a chance I am going to pick up a different novel but right now I need to focus on my studying (I fell behind on some of my course work). I am not a dedicated blogger yet but hopefully I’ll be able to create a schedule for myself and maybe I will be posting more often.
I give the story 4/5
Thanks for reading