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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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Book Thoughts: Shadow and Bone (Leigh Bardugo)

Bardugo, Leigh - Grisha Verse 1 Shadow and Bone


Title:  Grisha Verse #1 – Shadow and Bone
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Fiction / Fantasy / YA
First published: 2012
Edition: Kindle e-book

Going into this book I did not have any particular expectations, but I was looking forward to reading it as I had heard a lot of good things. This was my first book by Leigh Bardugo and I actually enjoyed it a lot.

This is YA fantasy and it definitely reads like that. The writing flows well, reads away very easily and the plot does not get too deep or complicated. It was very easy to relate to the main character Alina and the bond she has with her childhood friend Mal. I liked the world building, though I do wish it was a bit more extensive.

I was surprised when I finished this book, because it took me no time at all. The story clearly kept me engaged and I wanted to know what happened next, but on finishing it I also felt that it did not quite go deep enough for my liking. I just wanted a little bit more from it and in the end I was not blown away by it.

However, I do think this was a good place to start with Bardugo’s writing. I definitely enjoyed it and I do want to continue this series and explore this Grisha Verse a bit more.

5 out of 7 stars