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Book Thoughts: Ruin and Rising (Leigh Bardugo)

Bardugo, Leigh - Grishaverse 3 Ruin and Rising

★★★★★★☆

Title:  Grishaverse #3 – Ruin and Rising
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Fiction / Fantasy / YA   Pages: 350
First published: 2014
Edition: 2018 Paperback edition, published by Hodder and Stoughton

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.

So with this book I have finished the Grisha trilogy and this final book is by far my favourite of the three. 

I feel Bardugo’s writing and storytelling reached a maturity that was lacking before and  I enjoyed it much more for it. The second half of the book especially really picks up the pace and is action packed.

I felt much more connected to our main characters in this book than the previous two and I felt like I finally got to know Alina and Mal. The Darkling remains an intriguing character and I loved that Alina’s connection to him is so complicated.

There was some unexpected twists and I absolutely loved the ending. I could not have asked for a better conclusion to this series. There may even have been a tear or two. 

I will definitely read more books by Leigh Bardugo in the future. 

6 out of 7 stars

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Book Thoughts: Siege and Storm (Leigh Bardugo)

Bardugo, Leigh - Siege and Storm

★★★★★☆☆

Title:  Grishaverse #2 – Siege and Storm
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Fiction / Fantasy / YA   Pages: 386
First published: 2013
Edition: 2018 Paperback edition, published by Orion

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.

It had been five months since I read Shadow and Bone and I probably left it a little too long to continue the series. It took me a little while to get back into this world, but I got there in the end.

The world is interesting, though I never feel we find out much about it. As far as the main character Alina is concerned, she is likeable enough, but always stays a little bland in my honest opinion. There is nothing about her that I dislike, but I never feel like I got to know her properly either. The same goes for the magic system and Alina’s powers. It is an interesting concept, but it is simply not quite explored enough for my liking.

Some of the other characters are certainly intriguing, especially the Darkling and Nikolai and some of the side characters piqued my interest as well. The plot was well enough executed and I am actually interested to see where the story goes from here.

I definitely will not wait five months to read Ruin and Rising.

5 out of 7 stars

 

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Reading Diary: Monday, 11 February 2019

08.46 – Good morning! I promise I will try and be a bit better blogging this week, plus I really want to catch up with all of your posts as well. Apologies for not really being present lately!

Anyway, I thought I would do a reading blog this Monday. I am 84% into The Hating Game by Sally Thorne on my Kindle. I have to say, so far I am slightly disappointed. Everybody has been raving about this book and it’s good, but not that great! I clearly went in with too high expectations. I do like a good chick lit book, I do like the hate-to-love trope every now and then and overall it is done pretty well, but I just cannot quite get behind these characters for some reason. I simply do not understand why they do what they do sometimes!

I expect to finish The Hating Game this morning. I am also reading Centaur as my non-fiction book. I am about 90 pages into that one. It’s really quite interesting, from a sports and a personal point of view, but it’s a pretty niche book. Declan Murphy was a top jumps jockey in England and broke his skull in a dozen places when he took a fall and a horse behind him ran over him. He was at death’s door, but he survived to ride again. The book is actually written by Ami Rao from Declan’s point of view. So far it is a pretty good read. Declan’s voice is pretty cocky, but nice about it!

Thorne, Sally - The Hating GameAnyway, back to The Hating Game!

12.43 – Well, I finished The Hating Game this morning and posted my thoughts on it. Basically, it was a good read, but I did not think there was anything extraordinary about it. I gave it 5 out of 7 stars in the end. I don’t think it is a book I would read again.

Bardugo, Leigh - Siege and StormThen I pottered about for a bit, cleaned the stables and picked my daughter up from school for lunch. I have just picked up Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo from the shelf to start later. I think I am ready to dive back into that world.

21.04 – I did not read as much I would have liked this afternooon. I read 10 pages of Centaur and 20 pages of Siege and Storm so far, which is pretty disappointing. Oh well! I read Shadow and Bone quite a while ago and it took me a few pages to remember what happened in that one. It is slowly coming back to me as I read though. I hope I will enjoy it.

22.50 – Watched the final episode of The Haunting of Hill House tonight with the hubster. It was weird! Not sure what I thought of that series as a whole. Some episodes were pretty good and others not so much.

I will post this now, before I suddenly go to bed and fall asleep and have it sitting in my drafts to finally be deleted, like so many of my reading diaries before today.

Goodnight, you lovely bookish people!