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.

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.



The time has come! Let the reading begin! After this post is up I’ll be scurrying over to our goodreads group and post all the month’s weekly open discussions up so everyone can post and chat as we please. All we ask from you guys are a couple small things.  These will also be posted up on the group topic as a pinned post so you see it all the time.
23437156Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

1. Please do not reveal any big spoilers. Or please use the spoiler code when writing spoilers. If you do not know how to do that, we will show you how now:
When posting a spoiler please use these tags <spoiler> PUT YOUR SPOILER HERE </spoiler> and your content within these tags will be hidden within your post.

2.  Please pleas PLEASE be nice to each other. We haven’t had any issues with this but I like to reiterate that this is to be a good experience for everyone to get together and talk about a great book to bring all us readers together this holiday season! :D

3. If you can please use our hashtag #WinterIsCrowing  it’ll place you into our read along give away that is happening in result of a successful read along.  Please feel free to use this hashtag on any sort of social media and please feel free to tell people that you’re participating in this read along. The more the merrier!



Happy Thanksgiving! More Read Along Info

Hey everyone!

Hope you’re all stuffed up on tons of turkey and stuffing and all the goodness of thanksgiving! A quick thank you to all of you who spent some time viewing our page during the holiday. But we’re all hear to learn about our lovely little read along happening in 4 days! So for those of you who don’t know, here are the facts you need to know :

For the month of December we’ll be reading Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.
23437156Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

I thought the synopsis would be helpful for those of you who don’t know about the book. I do believe it’s set in the Grisha world but not within the Grisha series *PLEASE CORRECT ME IF I’M WRONG*

Everyone is super encouraged to join and please please please spread the word of this read along the more people we have the better! and more opinions we have to look forward to in reading this final read along book of the year!

Please use our hashtag #winteriscrowing as much as you can remember to do so during this read along, we’re really hoping to track a good number of posts within social media for our Read Along Giveaway. 

Yup, you read that right. I’ll be tracking posts on our goodreads group, instagram, twitter and facebook (please follow us if you don’t already) for a winner to receive a copy of Vengeance Road by Erin Bowen. One of my favorite YA Reads of this year.

So please give us a great close of 2015 by reading along with us and please please please spread the word so we can get a good group together for this read along.