«Wicked Saints», the first book in Something Dark and Holy trilogy, was published in April last year. I remember it being one of my most anticipated releases at the time when I first saw it on NetGalley and the fact that it was inspired by Eastern European culture immediately drew my attention. As someone from Eastern Europe, I often find these books very nostalgic to read, as they tend to reference a lot of Slavic folklore or events that I used to study in my history classes.
Emily A. Duncan said in one of her interviews that Leigh Bardugo was her favorite YA author, and you can easily see by the way the book is written where she drew her inspiration from. «Wicked Saints» reminded me of the Darkling, Mal and Alina – not the plot of events but the characters and their interactions.
Maybe every single YA fantasy inspired by Eastern European culture will always remind me of The Grisha trilogy now?
«Shadow and Bone» by Leigh Bardugo is the first book in the acclaimed Grisha world that surpassed all of my expectations! And yes, it is still the usual YA fantasy with cheesy lines, the fake “flawed” main character with big emphasis on the romance. But however cliché it was, I loved it!
As I will be writing this review, there might be more and more “negative” things that I will think of, but I don’t even care about them anymore. I enjoyed reading this book from the moment I picked it up until the very last page, and nothing can change that. So be aware that my rating is solely based on my enjoyment of the book.
In order to get my TBR, especially the book series TBR, under control, I’ve decided to post a little series about (1) series I’ve started but haven’t finished yet, (2) series I’ve started but have no intention to continue with, (3) completed series I still need to read, etc. etc.
Me not finishing the series has become a serious problem, send help if you’re reading this post!
I’m sure many of you can relate to how easy it is to start reading a new book series. The key word in that sentence is EASY! And there are a number of reasons for that:
The first book is usually always the best;
The first book is usually the shortest and the least intimidating of the series;
The excitement to start the new adventure is very palpable;
Learning about new world, magic system and getting to meet the characters adds this addictive element to the book when everything is new and shiny, and you can’t get enough of it.