Anyway, over all, I really liked this book a lot--so much so that I immediately started reading the second in the series. I'll probably be reviewing it next week.
I didn't put this book under my Great Reads for Teens category, because there are some swears and I'm not sure if it's of the classic quality yet; could be, but I have to read the entire trilogy first.
The only thing I wish is that there had been some sort of short premise to the history of Ravka. If I would've had just a little background at the beginning, I could've dove deeper into the story faster, and therefore the ending wouldn't have seemed so abrupt. My only complaint.
That being said, I loved it! 4 out of 5 stars. I have a feeling the 2nd book is going to score higher. ;-)
But you should definitely check it out for yourself. Here's the premise:
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—a power that 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.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. 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 don't think I've ever read another book like this. It's a pretty fantastic read.