Take a basic story of a girl in love with her best friend, throw in a dash of an alluring bad boy and a whole ton of awesome fantasy elements and you have Shadow and Bone. In the beginning Alina passes the time making maps at her military camp and swooning over her childhood best friend Mal. She, and everyone else at camp, soon finds out that she possesses a magical power not seen in years. Alina is swept away into a life of luxury by bad boy character the Darkling (yes..the is part of his name). Everything Alina thought she knew about herself has changed. She must find out how to use her power, who the Darkling really is and whether or not Mal is still alive. This tale is beautifully written, creating a dark fantasy world I loved reading about. Book 2 cannot come soon enough!
Favorite quote – “The problem with wanting,” he whispered, his mouth trailing along my jaw until it hovered over my lips, “is that it makes us weak.”
Overall 5/5 stars.