Book Review: Ruin and Rising (Shadow and Bone#3) by Leigh Bardugo

Ruin and Rising (Shadow and Bone#3) by Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult

Release Date: June 17, 2014

Pages: 422 (Hardcover)

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The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

The Shadow and Bone series has it all (or did). Great dialogue, gruesome fights, and some of the finest humour out there. With this said, I had very little expectations for Ruin and Rising the third and final novel in the series. The Darkling plays such a large role in this series. Not only as the villain but as an ally and a lover, and I just…I didn’t see his importance here. To be completely honest, I didn’t see anything, no growth from the most beloved characters. Although I admit, Bardugo is the queen of twists and turns, I got very few twists except that one fucking huge one that made my eyes water.

Because in all actuality, what the hell happened? There was so much tension, so much build up in the first book that completely fell flat by the end of this one. This love triangle is just getting out of hand. It’s stupid and I hate it now. Bardugo used a great twist and something unique, to tie everything in a nice, sloppily done bow. How the war goes down is just not logical. It really isn’t. Moreover, the actual ending is not anything special. It’s so unlike the story that I think a lot of her fans are having an extremely hard time with it.

Nonetheless, Bardugo did put in one large plot twists, showing her brilliance through beautiful writing. I do like some of the secondary characters a lot more than before. Like Zoya, who has a great sense of humour and Nikola–everything about him, he’s kind of amazing.

It’s the classic ‘last book in the series’ syndrome. Many second books are cursed with being boring but the last book is always cursed with leaving many readers unsatisfied. And I am apart of that group of readers. I actually had to re-read the war because it was so fast, so clean, I just couldn’t believe it. Shadow and Bone is still an amazing series, just keep your expectations of this book low.

3.5 Interesting Clouds

Click here to see my review of Shadow and Bone.

Click here to see my review of Siege and Storm (Shadow and Bone#2).

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Book Review: Siege and Storm (The Grisha#2) by Leigh Bardugo

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Siege and Storm (The Grisha#2) by Leigh Bardugo 

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult

Release Date: June 4, 2013

Pages: 432 (Hardcover)

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Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

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Oh, man, this novel has done a number on my heart. Although this sequel is by no means better than the original, it has both impressed and disappointed me but I still liked it a lot. The new characters are undeniably loveable and certain situations are more intense than ever.

For some reason, in Shadow and Bone, I never realized just how childish Alina is, instead of growing up and learning from her mistakes and the mistakes of others she just acts even more greedy and self-centred. The middle part is also really boring with only a little bit of action. It’s mostly just planning and the romances building up or breaking down. The ending is a little too tied up nicely also since everyone and everything just so happens to get what they deserve (I’m trying not to give too much away!)

But, oh goodness, do I love some of these new characters! Prince Nikolai is amazing with his sense of humour, he seems so realistic. The relationship between Alina and Mal is again realistic because throughout the story, they show cracks, heartbreak, as well as their love for one another. As always, the writing is beautiful just like in the first one with lovely imagery and realism.

Siege and Storm is still a great story. The problems that I had with it are because of the fact that the flaws that I either overlooked or just didn’t realize are so glaringly obvious in this one. Nonetheless, I recommend this to anyone who has read the first one or like novels with strong heroines (with a tragic flaw) and mythical creatures so enchanting it’s shocking that they’re not real.

3.5 Dreamy Clouds
3.5 Dreamy Clouds

 

For quotes from this book, click here.

Favourite Book Quotes of the Week#34

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A list of my favourite quotes from books I’ve read in the past week. Leave a comment telling me what your favourite quotes are! I’ll be sure to check your post out too!

The Bone Season (Scion#1) by Samantha Shannon

13636400Favourite quote: “Once you know something, you can’t get rid of it. You have to carry it. Always.”

Siege and storm (The Grisha#2) by Leigh Bardugo

14061955 Favourite quotes:

1. “Anything worth doing always starts as a bad idea.”

2. “I have loved you all my life, Mal,” I whispered through my tears. “There is no end to our story.”

Last Night I Sang To The Monster by  Benjamin Alire Sáenz

6413788Favourite quotes:

1. I’m just a piece of paper with the word sad and a bunch of cuss word written on it.

A lost piece of paper. That’s me.

A piece of paper that’s waiting to be torn up.

2. This is the way I see it: If you get to know yourself very well, you might discover that deep down inside you’re just a dirty, disgusting, and selfish piece of shit.

3. You know, the thing about not talking very much is that people think you’re mature. They make things up about you.

4. I don’t like remembering.
Remembering makes me feel things.
I don’t like to feel things.

I’m thinking I could spend the rest of my life becoming an expert at forgetting.

5. “Okay is just a word I use so I won’t have to talk about what’s inside.
Okay is a word that means I am going to keep my secrets.

6. The heart can get really cold if all you’ve known is winter.

Sweet Peril (Sweet#2) by Wendy Higgins

15768191Favourite quote: “Girl, all you have to do is say the word, and Mr. Lusty McLust a Lot here will be happy to whisper some dirty nothings in your ear.”

2013 Book Challenges: July Edition

*Does happy dance* I have finished one of my challenges! Finally! Goodbye, Début author challenge! Even though I’ll probably continue to read other Débuts just because.

2013 Reading Challenge

Goal: 100

Read: 11

Total: 64

Freaking out by Polly Wells

Beyond Parallel by Matthew Turner

Undercurrent by Paul Blackwell

Prep School Confidential (Prep School Confidential#1) by Kara Taylor

Proxy (Proxy#1) by Alex London

Gated by Amy Christine Parker

The Bone Season (Scion#1) by Samantha Shannon

Siege and Storm (The Grisha#2) by Leigh Bardugo

Clean by Amy Reed

Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Running Lean  Diana L. Sharples

2013 Debut Author Challenge

Goal: 13

Read: 6

Total: 13 (I’m done here! YES!)

Beyond Parallel by Matthew Turner

Undercurrent by Paul Blackwell

Prep School Confidential (Prep School Confidential#1) by Kara Taylor

Gated by Amy Christine Parker

The Bone Season (Scion#1) by Samantha Shannon

Running Lean  Diana L. Sharples

2013 TBR Pile

Goal: 50

Read:2

Total: 13

Clean by Amy Reed

Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

2013 YA Contemporary Challenge

Goal: 30

Read: 5

Total: 14

Freaking out by Polly Wells

Beyond Parallel by Matthew Turner

Prep School Confidential (Prep School Confidential#1) by Kara Taylor

Gated by Amy Christine Parker

Running Lean  Diana L. Sharples

2013 Sophomore Challenge

Goal: 20

Read: 1

Total: 2

Siege and Storm (The Grisha#2) by Leigh Bardugo

How are your challenges going? Send me links so I can check them out!

2013 Book Challenges: February Edition

Alright, SOME progress this month. I’m hoping March will be a heck of a lot better when it comes to books. I managed to kill two birds with one stone (Being Henry David) which rocks!. Maybe I’m not as fucked as I thought.

2013 Debut Author Challenge

Goal: 13

Read: 3

Total: 3

Being Henry David by Cal Armistead

Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans

The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett

2013 TBR Pile

Goal: 50

Read:4

Total: 4

Eighth Grade Bites (Chronicles of Vladimir Tod#1) by Heather Brewer

Intertwined (Intertwined#1) by Gena Showalter

Stoner and Spaz (Stoner#1) by Ron Koertge

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha#1) by Leigh Bardugo

2013 YA Contemporary Challenge

Goal: 30

Read: 1

Total: 2

Being Henry David by Cal Armistead

2013 Sophomore Challenge

Goal: 20

Read: 0

Total: 0

 

How are your challenges going? Send me links so I can check them out!

Shadow And Bone (The Grisha#1) By Leigh Bardugo

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Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

Genre: Adventure, Dystopian and young adult

Release Date: June 5, 2012

Pages: 358 (Hard Cover)
Shadow And Bone (The Grisha#1)

 

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart.

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How on earth did I allow this amazing book to sit on my bookshelf for months without reading it? How? The second I picked this book, it was near impossible to put down. Told from the perspective of Alina Starkov. A story about Standing out when all you want is to fit in. I love this book a lot. My new favourite!

There isn’t anything that I dislike about this book.

I loooovveeeee the writing style! It’s so very smooth. The characters jump right off the pages with the right amount of information that they aren’t choppy or stiff. There is so much action and adventure that goes on in the book that I never felt bored or barely put it down. With many twists and surprises, I was left in the dark about what would happen next. I loved it! Usually, certain romances annoy me and are very shallow. The romance in Shadow And Bone isn’t like that. I can easily make sense of Alina’s choice and her need for affection because she was so neglected as a child.

Shadow and Bone has brought out a shit load of emotions from me. Not only did I cry but I laughed and then squealed and then almost threw the book out the window because I got really upset with Mal and Alina. Overall, an amazing read that I would recommend to everyone. Especially if you’re a fan of The Hunger Games and badass girls kicking some serious ass.

Five Insanely Dreamy Clouds
Five Insanely Dreamy Clouds

Favourite Book Quotes Of The Week#15

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A list of my favourite quotes from books I’ve read in the past week. Yes, I managed to finish two books this week!

Shadow And Bone By Leigh Bardugo

10194157 Favourite Quotes:

1. “It’s funny,” I said after a while. “I always thought that being beautiful would make life easier.”

2. How could someone offering you a present sound so creepy?

3. “The problem with wanting,” he whispered, his mouth trailing along my jaw until it hovered over my lips, “is that it makes us weak.”

Sweet Evil By Wendy Higgins

11808950 Favourite Quotes:

1. My whole life I’d fooled myself into thinking I didn’t need his love, but I’d been wrong. Everyone needed their father’s love.

2. “Being controlled and being unloved is not a natural way of life.”

3. There was nothing healthy about desperately wanting something you couldn’t have.

4. If life was a game, like everyone said, then I wanted to win.