Shadow and Bone: The Grisha Trilogy, Book 1

Book review by Julie A. Carlson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Thrilling, exotic fantasy romance gets pretty violent.

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 32 reviews

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age 10+
age 12+

Amazing book

I read this before allowing my child to read and if I must say so myself, it was pretty good. I don't really think the violence, sex or swearing is as bad as what commonsense makes it out to be. The main character, Alina is strong, smart and is a great role model to girls. Romance is little and swearing is also rare.

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