Are These 3 Popular BookTok Books Worth The Hype?

Written by E.R.B

The book community has been thriving a lot over the past three years, and TikTok has played a major role in making reading trendy and cool again, and it has inspired many young adults to start heading to the bookstore. This is amazing, because everyone should be able to feel the experience of falling in love with a book, especially if it’s a fictional one. I myself absolutely love the YA Genre, and I’m going to let you know if I think some of the viral BookTok books are worth your time, or if you should skip it.

I’m sure that you’ve all heard of this book but if you haven’t, don’t worry! I’ll give you a little summary on what it’s about. It was published in 2012 and in April 2021 it was adapted into a hit Netflix Series, that also included elements from Bardugo’s other successful YA book Six of Crows. The premise of Shadow and Bone is about a 17 year old cartographer named Alina Starkov, who doesn’t think that she possesses the magical gifts of the Grisha who can control different elements. But one day, when she is surrounded by a dangerous attack when crossing the treacherous Shadow Fold, which is filled with horrific monsters, Alina unleashes dormant light magic that she wasn’t aware of. And thus her journey begins and she has to discover the reason behind this, all while she encounters friendship, romance and villainy at the palace in Os Alta. The fictional kingdom of Ravka in this book, which takes some inspiration from Russian culture is cleverly crafted and written in a way that it completely makes the reader feel like Ravka is a real kingdom. Bardugo’s fantasy world building skills are absolutely worth the hype. However… The overall plot of the story didn’t entice me as much as I would have liked, and although the MC (Main Character) Alina Starkov is an easy character to root for, I found her easily forgettable. The crumbs of romance in the story didn’t perk my interest either. Her main love interest Mal, who is her childhood best friend does not have much to do in the book and I didn’t feel any sparks between Mal and Alina. The villain in this book is very intriguing and I very much look foward to reading about them in the sequel, Siege and Storm. Overall, if you’re an avid fantasy reader then you should read this book and experience the Grishaverse for yourself. I enjoyed it, but I personally feel that it is very overrated, and I think you can find better YA fantasies to read.

Overall, I love to read trending books to see if I’ll enjoy them and if they deserve their accolades. What do you think about BookTok, and have you read any of these books yet?

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