Shadow and Bone

By Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone readers are taken into a whole new world, surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee. Our main character, Alina Starkov, has never been good at anything but when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life. This power could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart. I enjoyed the similarities to Game of Thrones and I really liked the strength that Alina demonstrates; very inspiring.Like book trailers, check out this one for Shadow and Bone.