March 10, 2016

Ruin and Rising By: Leigh Bardugo Review

After finishing Siege and Storm I was in a hurry to read Ruin and Rising and finish this series. But at that time I went on vacation in the woods where there was no wifi. Since I read this series on ebooks that I borrowed from the library I had to wait till I got back home to start this one. As soon as I got back I was thrilled to finish this series and see how it all would end!

I enjoyed Ruin and Rising, but I think the first book in The Grisha Trilogy is definitely the best one. Just like Siege and Storm the beginning of the book was super slow! Luckily it didn't last as long in this book and as soon as Alina was away from the Apparat the pace really picked up. Speaking of the Apparat I can't stand him! Why are there so many characters in this series that get on my nerves?

Speaking of... I sure am happy that in this one Mal was less annoying. Hooray! He still bothers me though and I still like The Darkling and Nikolai better. I'm sad that Alina never grew on me more. I liked her, but I never loved her character like I wanted to. Whether I was annoyed by or I liked the character they all seemed a little distant to me. I never really felt connected to any of them or concerned about their well being. Maybe that's just me. Even though I didn't really connect with any of them that was okay with me. The story still kicked butt and I thought The Darkling and Nikolai were very fascinating characters.

So...the ending. I really liked it. I didn't love it. I'm happy with it, but it's not exactly what I would have wanted. I didn't expect what I wanted to happen to actually happen though so at least I wasn't disappointed. It ended how it needed to I suppose and it was a good ending, just a little predictable.

Overall I really enjoyed Ruin and Rising and The Grisha Trilogy. I'm extremely fascinated by this world that Leigh Bardugo has created. I think that the world building is the strongest part of the series. I can't wait to get to Six of Crows now!

I recommend The Grisha Trilogy to YA fantasy fans that enjoy a bit of political intrigue with a fun magical system.

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