Book vs. TV Show: Shadow and Bone

Hello, lovelies!
Earlier this year it finally happened! Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse novels were finally adapted into a TV show and Netflix released the episodes. I was insanely excited about this, so let’s see whether it lives up to all the hype!

The Plot (according to RT):

Based on Leigh Bardugo’s worldwide bestselling Grishaverse novels, Shadow and Bone finds us in a war-torn world where lowly soldier and orphan Alina Starkov has just unleashed an extraordinary power that could be the key to setting her country free. With the monstrous threat of the Shadow Fold looming, Alina is torn from everything she knows to train as part of an elite army of magical soldiers known as Grisha. But as she struggles to hone her power, she finds that allies and enemies can be one and the same and that nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. There are dangerous forces at play, including a crew of charismatic criminals, and it will take more than magic to survive.

Shadow and Bone on RT and Goodreads

Book vs. TV Show:

So, let me say right away, this is a pretty good adaptation! I really enjoyed watching what we got so far but there a still a few things I need to criticize. But let’s start with the things I did like!

The casting is spot-on. Literally every character has found a perfect actor or actress to portray them. I honestly don’t know how they managed to pull this off but I couldn’t be happier about it. This was actually one of the main things I was concerned about for the adaptation as the casting can really make or break how it turns out. So, I’m very glad that they really nailed it.

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Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (Grishaverse #5)

Hello, my darling readers!
I was over the moon with Six of Crows and beyond ready to dive into a new adventure with my beloved Murder Babies. So, let’s get talking about Crooked Kingdom!

The Plot:

They did it. Kaz Brekker and his crew pulled off the most daring heist the world has ever seen. But they cannot seem to escape trouble. After being double-crossed they must once more fight for what they already earned – and take their revenge…

The Rating:

Crooked Kingdom is a rollercoaster of emotions. I laughed, I held my breath, I was in tears and my heart broke over the ending.

While Six of Crows was about one huge gig they pulled, Crooked Kingdom is about several intricate little cons that are part of the bigger plan concocted by criminal mastermind Kaz Brekker.
Seriously, how does Leigh Bardugo come up with this kind of stuff? The amount of thought that must have gone into this – it’s incredible.

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Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo (Grishaverse #3)

Hello, my darling readers!
This is it, we reached the third and final installment of the Shadwo and Bone trilogy. We are, however, not leaving the Grishaverse yet. The first trilogy may be done now, but there are still two more duologies to review!

The Plot:

The Darkling rules from his shadow throne, keeping his people leashed with terror.
The hope of the entire nation rests on the fragile and broken shoulders of a missing sun summoner…

The Rating:

So, the second installment was a bit flawed but I was still excited to find out how Alina story would end.

While, so far, I had been at peace with Mal although I was aware many people out there hated him, I am beginning to see their point. I bothers me that he can’t seem to accept Alina for what she is but only wants her if she is the way he wants her to be. Actually, Alina had spent her whole life making herself smaller just to be with this guy. That’s why I hate the love story part of just about every YA novel! Honestly, Alina would be better off on her own without any guy on her back, even though Ruin and Rising gives her three options of eligible bachelors.

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Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (Grishaverse #2)

Hello, my darling readers!

The Plot:

After the events of Shadow and Bone, Alina tries to escape the life waiting for her back in Ravka. But great power like hers can’t stay hidden for long – especially if the Darkling has his mind set on finding you…

The Rating:

Okay, so here is the deal. I really this series of books but at the same time I want to go through it really fast because I want to be done with it. There are moments where the story is dragging on a little or nothing much is happening, but I still desperately want to know how this might end. Overall, the story is captivating but there are some dry spells too.

Maybe the reason I wasn’t 100% over the moon with this is because love stories are a big part of this book. I know people are hating Mal, I honestly don’t really care that much about him. I know some people still ship Alina with the Darkling which is kind of insane. I just want Alina to figure out her shit on her own without having do deal with a guy. Why is it that in every damn YA book there needs to be a love triangle or at least a tragic love story? Can we just cut that shit and let the badass women be?

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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (Grishaverse #1)

Hello, my darling readers!
This month will be a little special. At the beginning of the year, I discovered the works of Sarah J. Maas. As I enjoyed her books tremendously, I decided to give another queen of the YA genre a shot: Leigh Bardugo. I had heard nothing but good things about her novels, so this month I’ll be reviewing her Grishaverse books!

The Plot:

Shadow and Bone revolves around the teenage orphan Alina Starkov. She’s a soldier in the Ravkan army but her life is about to change forever when her regiment is attacked in the shadow fold, a stretch of land covered by unpenetrable darkness and haunted by monstrous creatures…

The Rating:

I was a little scared that this would be just another blueprint YA heroine story. One more glorified Hunger Games/Divergent version.
Luckily, that was not the case!

While some elements of Shadow and Bone might resemble out typical YA book, the vibe was rather different.
First of all, the setting is quite unique. You can tell that Ravka, the way the country looks, the language that is spoken, the habits people have are inspired by Russia. That alone creates for an atmosphere and a setting so different from the other YA books I’ve read so far, that I was at ease after the first chapter.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Debut Novels

Hey, guys!
It’s Tuesday, that means it’s time for a bookish favorites posts. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Bionic Book Worm and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
Today I’ll share what’s on my reading list for summer!

#1 Carrie by Stephen King

Stephen King is the most famous horror author out there. In case you didn’t know, his very first novel was Carrie. For me, it was the third of his books that I picked up, but it is my favorite one! Carrie is super intense, and was impossible to put down!

#2 Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I was late to join the party when it comes to SJM novels. Although I do have some problems with her writing, I thoroughly enjoyed Throne of Glass. Did you know that Maas had started writing that book back when she was about 18 years old?

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