Review : Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

14061957Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Published: June 17, 2014

The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

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.
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I’m a bit bitter sweet about this ending. It was kind of expected but not really because Crooked Kingdom kind of spoiled it a bit for me (when Genia talks about Sankta Alina and her story). But then when I read Ruin and Rising right after Crooked Kingdom I found out the ending was not what I thought it was.

And honestly…I thought the Crooked Kingdom spoiler-ending would’ve been like 10 times more bad ass than what happened in Ruin and Rising.

The beginning of this book was really hard for me to get into. I don’t know why and maybe it’s because I completely DESPISE the apparat. But, what are you gonna do, there are some people we just don’t like. And then from there, I was kind of annoyed that Alina kept reaching out for the Darkling…like what the hell are you doing?! You’re trying to defeat him, not chat with the enemy.

I loved how everyone came together to try and take down The Darkling. Especially Tolia and Temar ( MY BABIES). I’m not sure how I feel about Genia being pardoned for her STUPID choices. But, Oh Well. AND HOLY HELL THE FEELS WITH BAGRHA. I think she was freaking AWESOME in this book. So happy we got to see her again.

All in all I think this conclusion was an okay one, like I said previously. I little anti-climactic for my taste, but a VERY solid series. I love the grisha universe that Bardugo has created and I REALLY hope we get to see more of it now that Six of Crows duology is done as well as the Grisha Series.

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Review: Frost by M.P. Kozlowsky

28599500.jpgFrost by M.P. Kozlowsky

Published October 11th 2016

Being human is her greatest strength.

Sixteen-year-old Frost understands why she’s spent her entire life in an abandoned apartment building. The ruined streets below are hunting grounds for rogue robots and Eaters.

She understands why she’s never met a human besides her father. She even understands why he forbids her to look for medicine for her dying pet. But the thing is, it’s not her real father giving the orders…

It’s his memories.

Before he died, Frost’s father uploaded his consciousness into their robot servant. But the technology malfunctioned, and now her father fades in and out. So when Frost learns that there might be medicine on the other side of the ravaged city, she embarks on a dangerous journey to save the one living creature she loves.

With only a robot as a companion, Frost must face terrors of all sorts, from outrunning the vicious Eaters…to talking to the first boy she’s ever set eyes on. But can a girl who’s only seen the world through books and dusty windows survive on her own? Or will her first journey from home be her last?

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This book has a really cool concept but it was so slow and, in my opinion, poorly written. It was pretty
predicable and I didn’t connect with the characters at all. Everything seemed… plain. I really liked the concept though and there was a lot of cool ideas through out the book. But this book just wasn’t for me. Maybe if you’re not a critical reader, you’ll like this book a lot more than I did.

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Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

20613470.jpgHeir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas

Published September 2nd 2014

Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak―but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life―and her future―forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

The bestselling series that has captured readers all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Timesbest-selling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall readers from start to finish.

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While I do really enjoy this series, I don’t think I’d call myself a die hard fan like many other people. I feel like I’m much more of a casual fan of this this series. I have been putting off getting caught up on this series for a while, not just because the books are very large but I’ve seen a lot of very aggressive fans on social media and it was very off putting to me. But I’m really glad that I’m finally getting caught up on these books because Heir of Fire is my favorite of the series so far.
I really love the development of this series. The plot, the characters, everything about this series has developed and grown so much since the first book. Sarah is such an incredibly talented writer and I’ll always read whatever books she writes.
Now, the reason why Heir of Fire is my favorite of the series is Rowan. He’s such an amazing character and I love him so much. I love the interaction and friendship between him and Celaena so much. He’s such a well written character and I’m so excited (and scared) to see what is in store for him the in next few books.
I’d definitely this series to anyone who’s looking for a series to emotionally drown in.

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Stephanie’s review of Heir of Fire.