I've just finished one of the best YA fantasy books that I've ever read! Shadow And Bone is spectacular! It's got everything - action, adventure, romance...
In this book the romance wasn't what kept me hooked. It was the story and the characters...I've only ever experienced that a few of times, especially reading YA - where a book just grips me until the end for the story and nothing else.
The story is based in a supernatural Russia, I guess you could say. Alina starts the book as an orphan but is swept up by The Darkling and taken to a palace when she shows that she can create light. From there the story takes many twists and turns I don't want to spoil but I'll just say that not everything is how it seems in this book.
Alina (the main perspective) was a believable character. She had her flaws and things to learn, which made her seem more human. She, at the same time though was serious but also funny.
The Darkling was a truly conniving character to read about. I don't know why, but I really liked him. He might have some redeeming qualities in the other books I hope...It would be good (for me) if Alina and The Darkling ended up together, although I really can't see this happening.
It took me a day to read this book (I was that hooked) so I obviously give this book 5 stars.
I can't wait to read Seige and Storm (#2) next :D...