I decided not to do a full review anymore, just because my review would be a comparison of this to another amazing Fantasy novel, and not of the YA genre. I know how some people are very protective of their favorite books, so I decided to avoid arguments from the fanatics of Shadow and Bone.
Don't get me wrong, it wasn't a bad novel, but clearly it wasn't good enough for me. It was good enough though to make me slightly want to read the sequel. In short, it was good enough for a Young-Adult novel.
A huge warning for avid Fantasy readers like me, don't expect much Fantasy. You'll be receiving more romance than Fantasy, and even more romance than a concise explanation of how the magic system works. Normal problem/s for a YA novel. Nothing wrong with a little romance in a novel, but too much overpowers the other supposedly good elements of the novel. Avid YA readers would devour this though, don't get me wrong. I'll try to further lower down my expectations for the sequel, if I am to read it soon.