In Shadow and Bone, you are introduced into a world that I think is based off of Russia. You get to know the main character, Alina, really well and when she is in a tight spot you are on the edge of your seat. After you start liking Alina, you reach out to everyone around her. Mal, Genya, even the deer. You understand them all. The book is masterfully written and leaves you wishing that the book wasn't done. I recommend it for people ten years of age and up, because some parts might be too scary or freaky for younger kids.