Book Buddies Review: Shadow and Bone

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lauren + kaitlin
Shadow and Bone
by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)Ratingfour and a half stars
First impression: Let’s see if it lives up to hype
Last impression: Eeeeek can’t wait for the next
Format: Library hardcover / 358 pages
Publishing Info: June 5th 2012 / Goodreads
Other books read by author: None


Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
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.

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Book Buddies Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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lauren + cristinaMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #1)Ratingfour stars
First impression: Ehhhh I don’t know about this one
Last impression: Wow, what a pleasant surprise
Format: Library e-book / 352 pages
Publishing Info: June 7th 2011 / Goodreads
Other books read by author: None


A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.
It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

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Introducing: Book Buddies!

book buddiesAfter expressing an interest in finding a “reading buddy,” I had quite a few people apply to join me! It was a hard decision because I really wanted to partner with everyone, but I knew I would be taking on too much. I decided to partner up with two of the bloggers who applied. I do plan to do something with everyone who applied, because this really was a hard choice – keep an eye out from me in the future!

Who are my buddies?

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  • Cristina from Girl in the Pages  ||  Cristina has such a cute blog that I’ve admired for a while! As you can tell, I’m a big fan of using hearts everywhere on my blog too 😉  She posts incredibly insightful and thought-out reviews. Our TBR lists look really compatible and she brought up some great ideas I hadn’t considered yet for Book Buddies. Cristina and I will focus on standalones and seasonal reads. You can see our partner posts in October, December, February, April, June, and August!

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  • Kaitlin from Next Page Please!  ||  Kaitlin reads a lot of the same books as I do and cleverly splits her reviews into a Non-Spoiler and Spoiler section; I love this when I’m reading the review for a book I’ve already read! She suggested some books I’ve wanted to read for a while, so hopefully we can cross those off our TBR lists finally! Kaitlin and I will be embarking on a couple of series reads together. You can see our partner posts in November, January, March, May, July, and September!

What’s the deal?

  • Each month I’ll be posting a discussion-style review with my Book Buddy. We’ll both read the book and then have a private discussion about it. We’ll post our discussion as a review on the 25th of each month. You’ll be able to see our similar/different opinions on the overall book, characters, writing style, etc. – just like a regular review.
  • You’ll see the first half of our discussion on one person’s blog and the second half on the other blog. We’d love for people to check out our full conversation and not have to repeat posting the same content, so be sure to check both my blog and her blog on our post day!
  • Otherwise, it’s not much different than a regular review! I’ll be posting the Book Buddies review just like it is a normal review on my normally scheduled review days. I hope you’ll get the same information out of it (except from two people!) as you would a normal review.

Keep an eye out for when Cristina and I take on Salt & Storm – October 25th! ❤