Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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Another week, another book.

This one has been a long time coming. After I finally got through the big stack of library books, along with a few borrowed ones- this is it.

I’m finally going on my blind date.

And just because it’s been a while, and I’ve known about the book itself… it doesn’t mean I’m not going to be reading this one blindly. Because I totally don’t remember the synopsis for it.

Or even the title. Oh, wait. There it is. In the picture.

Now let’s move on to this week’s review.

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It’s really difficult not to delve in the realm of spoilers with this one. BUT, I’ll say this and then put the warning up:

It’s a weird book. The writing style is very different and if you don’t know the context of the book- it will surprise you.

But it’s also kind of refreshing, and if you’re looking for something unique to read then this one is for you.

When my husband told me to read this, he said not to read the author’s note or any of the reviews or even the back of it.

And that’s what I’d recommend, as well. It was great trying to figure out what was going on! A little maddening. But you know, the best ones always are.

There’s some swearing, but it’s minimal and only in the use of the d-word, h, and a.

And that’s all I gotta say about that.

Now.

⚠️⚠️⚠️SPOILER WARNING⚠️⚠️⚠️

So, it was really difficult to get into this one starting out. It tried my patience at times, but overall I was glad to get through it.

In the beginning, I didn’t know what was going on. There were these two different stories and I hate to say it, but I found myself disconnected to the ships and crew and captain and parrot. I favored learning more of the character. Mostly because I wanted to learn where the stories connected.

A few theories I had were that he was taken onto this ship and was flash backing through his old life. Or that maybe he had died. But then as the story progressed, I realized what was really going on and then it was confirmed: this is a book about mental illness.

But it’s not like most YA books about illnesses. I know it’s thrown out there a lot that books and movies like these romanticize serious conditions. (We’re not even going to start on that 13 Reasons Why show debate… well, at least not today)

This book however is as real as it gets for it.

And I don’t think I felt that way until I hit the very end and found that things in this book were based off of things the author and his son went through when his son was diagnosed with a mental illness. Even the drawings he used were from his son.

The book opened my eyes to what the world is like for someone with a condition like the protag’s. What horrible things they go through on a daily basis. How terrible it must be, not being able to discern what’s real and what isn’t.

So, again. Definitely encourage you to check this one out if you haven’t! Peace ✌️

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