Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
My rating : 2/5 stars
If you would try to put another Young Adult trope into this book you would fail, because everything bad about YA is already in this book.
Top 3 cliche things about Shadow and Bone :
The typical love triangle with the best friend she’s known since she is little, but for some weird reason there was no romance between these two characters until a bad boy came around. It’s as if a bad boy being in the same room with two other people makes them fall in love. Mal (the best friend) was one hundred percent NOT interest in the main character until the Darkling (the bad boy) came. They had like 17 years to be in love with each other, but nothing happened. Suddenly a bad boy comes and all they want is to spent the rest of their days with each other.
The Darkling or The Bad Boy Love Interest with a difficult past, who treats her as if she’s a stupid little girl but actually loves her
I just don’t get how everyone is in love with the Darkling. I have to admit his super power is pretty cool, but except from that he’s so much like every other love interest. You could take any other bad boy love interest from any other book and just replace his sentences. For example Warner from Shatter Me or Edward from Twilight.
Also he acts like a little child. “He shook his head and rose. “You don’t understand at all” he said and began walking back up the hill” Sorry did her not knowing offend you ?
What I hate most about him is the fact that he’s 120 years old. I will never understand this. Since when is it okay for a love interest to be older than your grandpa ? Since he doesn’t look like that?? Imagine dating someone who is that old, buuuuuuut they don’t look that old so I guess it’s all right????????????
Why ? Why would that make it all right? Also someone who has lived for such a long time wouldn’t act the way an 18 year old would, but for some weird reason they do. Also if you’ve been living for 120 years how can such a boring girl with no character interest you. Haven’t you seen something more interesting ?
The main character.
“The girl was different, and she knew it” It’s not even in the first chapter ! It’s in the before section. The book didn’t even give me a chance to like the main character. Also that sentence makes absolutely no sense since the girl constantly talks about how she can’t be the “chosen one” since she’s so normal. She says she’s just a normal skinny girl with brown hair. Nothing special. This main character could be switched with the main character from Shatter Me or City of Bones and you wouldn’t notice a different. She is like every other main character in every other Young Adult trilogy and it’s so annoying.
As if that’s not bad enough this girl completely loses her shit when the Darkling is around. Girl have a bit of self control . “He turned his attention back to the colonel and I realised that I had been holding my breath”(page 42, chapter 3) I wish I could erase that sentence from every book that has ever been written. Why were you holding your breath? Because the 120 year old grandpa looked at you ?!
She has no self confidence for the entire book, but then suddenly she seems extremely self confident while talking to the Darkling. It makes no sense !
“What are you smiling at?” (the Darkling)
“Myself”, I admitted.
“Are you that funny?”
I thought you were just an ordinary, boring girl with no self confidence. She can’t be a Grisha. Grisha’s don’t “have spotty skin and dull brown hair and scrawny arms” (page 76) The author forces her to be normal so badly that it’s just annoying.
Every chapter you get a sentence like this : “I’m not the world-changing type.” (page 171). She’s like one of those really pretty and popular girls in High School who constantly say they are fat, even though they are not, just so everyone can tell them how skinny they are.
She was so uninteresting, boring and annoying.
The only good thing about this book is that the Grisha world is so damn interesting. It’s such an amazing world and I’m so glad that we have the Six of Crows duolgy that gives this world justice !
Just skip this trilogy and go straight to those books.