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!