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7.1/10
Ruin and Rising
Reviews / June 24, 2019

by Leigh Bardugo This is the last book in the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo, and here we continue to follow Alina and her group of friends as they prepare for a war against the Darkling and his demon-like creatures.  After the disappointment of book two, I was nervous getting into this book, but I can easily way that this is the best in the series. This book was great. Action from page one, and great plot and interesting twists and turns that never made reading this boring. I love how we get to see more of the Darkling in this book and dig deeper into his complicated relationship with Alina. Their connection is strong, in more ways than one, and Alina suffers from the fear that she’s meant to like him. At the same time there is a part of her that longs for it too. But she’s deemed a Saint, a role she does not want to have, but people see her as the savior, the one who’ll destroy the darkness. And that’s what she wants too, she wants to be the hero. That’s why it’s great to see her being torn between light and dark and how…

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5.6/10
Siege and Storm
Reviews / June 24, 2019

by Leigh Bardugo In the sequel to Shadow and Bone we continue to follow Alina, who’s now on the run from the Darkling and the memories of what he made her do, of the lives he made her take. She’s wanted and hunted, but when she has no other option than to fight for Ravka, for the people she loves, she’s willing to sacrifice all to stop the Darkling. The first book in the series was a breeze compared to this one unfortunately. It took me forever to finish this book, and not from lack of trying. I read every night before bed, for weeks a struggled with one chapter at a time. But to be honest, it was so boring that I kept falling asleep constantly. I really wanted to like this book, I wanted there to be something here that pulled me in and made me want to continue, but nothing happened. At the same time, things obviously happened, but there wasn’t really a plot here. I realize that all of the things that happen in this book is necessary for the third installment to work, but couldn’t it have been done in a less boring way? We’re…

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6.9/10
Shadow and Bone
Reviews / June 24, 2019

by Leigh Bardugo In Shadow and Bone we follow Alina, who’s an ordinary girl in a world where people called Grisha has special abilities. Alina is an orphan, a map maker and longtime friends with a boy called Mal. When they enter the impenetrable darkness of the Shadow Fold, Alina’s journey from ordinary to exceptional begins. So I finally managed to complete this book (and the whole series) after trying like five times. I found this first book in the series incredibly hard to get into, and it was just something that didn’t pull me in at all. But as I reached about 10-20% in, I found that the story really took off and I could see why this is such a popular book. I liked seeing Alina struggle with accepting who she had become and what she could do, while at the same time feeling inadequate and uncomfortable with everyone’s expectation of her. At times I got a bit tired of the school-like setting, and there was a lot of details surrounding training, gossip, dances and all that kind of stuff. It was almost some weird Russian-inspired take on Harry Potter at times. But behind all of that shallow…