You know you're immersed in a story when things like eating and the bathroom become a distracting necessity. Enter Leigh Bardugo's captivating debut novel, Shadow and Bone. One-part fantasy and one-part Tzarpunk (steampunk with a Russian flare), this book is a breath of fresh air in an extremely crowded genre. I laughed, I cried, I got grumpy when interrupted - need a bookworm ask for more? Bardugo is equally as fascinating a character as the ones she brings to life in this not-soon-enough to be trilogy. If you're looking for one of the best debut YA books of the year, look no farther.— Alli D.