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janusvielle

The Blair Book Project

Hello! I'm Janus. I am a 3D Graphics Artist by profession, and a proud Book Addict - i mean Enthusiast, and Blogger. I'm very much into Young Adult and Fantasy genre but I open myself to reading other genres from time to time. I run a blog launched as The Blair Book Project on Blogger, where I post entries such as my book reviews and other book related articles. I obviously got the name of this blog for the movie "The Blair Witch Project," why the name you may ask? I have no idea! I just thought it had a good ring to it. Ha! Ha! I post reviews twice a week and I regularly participate in book memes and features that readers and blogger all over the globe share their book interests (i.e. In My Malibox, Top Ten Tuesdays, etc). I have 230 GFC Followers. My blog has over 37,000 pageviews history and have roughly 200 page views per day. I have written over 267 reviews since my span of blogging. I am also an avid Instagram user, with over 350 followers, where I post pictures mostly of books I'm currently reading, books I got for review, galleys, purchased from bookstores, etc. (Statistics as of March 2013). My book reviews are not exactly "reviews" in a sense because I simply just type down what I feel about the book. What I write is solely my opinion and should not be taken as a definite basis of how the book is to be judged entirely. We all have different likes and dislikes so please do understand that although I'm very optimistic about the books I read, there will be negative comments towards those that I don't find suiting for my taste. BLOG URL: http://theblairbookproject.blogspot.com/ GOODREADS ACCOUNT: http://goodreads.com/janusvielle AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/AFAGLA0UYBOMH?ie=UTF8&ref_=ya_56 INSTAGRAM: @janusvielle

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Shadow and Bone

Shadow and Bone - Have you ever watched Avatar: The Last Airbender series? Or have you at least heard of it? You know, where the characters are given the abilities that wield the natural elements, may it be the earth, water, fire or wind; well say hello to an even greater take on that idea with Shadow and Bone!Leigh Bardugo introduces readers to a world of magic and discovery along with the spiteful taste of deceit... in more ways than one.I didn’t think I was going to finish this book. When I first started reading it, the first few pages were a bore. I thought I was in for a story of a girl and guy desperately not wanting to part and the whole soul mate – ugh! – cliché again. Add the fact that the protagonist, Alina, is described to be not pretty, doesn’t fit in, blah, blah, blah. Now where have I seen that before? Hmmm...I had trouble with some of the words used in this book as well...up until this point I never thought Google could let me down. Tsk. Tsk. Tsk. Either that or I was probably too lazy to do deeper research. Want to know why? Well let me ask you this, what the heck is a Kefta??? I only realized it was some sort of special cloak as I read through. I don’t know if the words are Russian or not, yet the setting felt like so. I even sifted through the last few pages to see if there were any appendices of sort describing the unfamiliar words but I sadly didn’t find any. Any chance there’d be one on the finished copy?Anyway, with all that I felt like setting this book aside. But something inside me told me to keep going... and there it was! Oh how amazing did this book turn out to be! Reading Shadow and Bone reminded me of Muhammad Ali’s infamous fighting style: Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. Yes, I just got stung! The moment Alina discovers the power she never thought she had, each event just got better and better. I think it’s nice that even though Alina was formed with the usual protagonist features, her personality had a purpose... and it’s not because a guy will make her feel good about herself; a little, I guess, but this story shows what real self-discovery and personal development is. The love story wasn’t so bad either. For a minute there I was also fooled by the Darkling. Man, you are real villain! And the way Alina and Mal’s relationship developed was not the usual approach I encounter romantic interests in books develop, so kudos!Now do I even have to say that I recommend you to read it? I think everything I’ve written above sums that up. Now go get copy, I order you! LOL.*Thank you, Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and NetGalley for the copy of Shadow and Bone.For more of my reviews, please visit my blog: The Blair Book Project @ www.theblairbookproject.blogspot.com/