Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Review: Siege & Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Siege and Storm 
The Grisha #2
Paperback, 435 pages
Published by Square Fish
Release Date: June 17th 2014

Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. 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.

Reese's Review:
Siege and Storm was awesome!!

Alina and Mal are on the run. Hiding in different towns, working odd jobs, and never staying too long in one place. Then they’re captured by the Darkling yet again and Alina knows everything is about to get much worse. They travel my ship, by air, and on land to try and figure out how to beat the Darkling.

Honestly I have no idea where to begin with this book. The whole trilogy so far is dark, brooding and a bit saddening. There are very few light moments. The book takes so many twists and turns that it’s overwhelming and you never know who’s safe. Leigh Bardugo makes sure we know no one is safe from death, torture, or heartache. It’s maddening.

Alina is honestly a hard character to like sometimes. She comes across as weak, but she’s not. She kind of has a hard and cruel dark edge about her. She isn’t used to having friends or people who care about her and sometimes pushes them away, she has a lot in common with the Darkling. I liked Alina in the first book. She’s strong, quick on her feet, she doesn’t learn the quickest, but she never gives up, and even with all that she remains the sort of scared self-conscious girl we met in the first book, just with more edges.

Mal what to say about Mal. Honestly I don’t buy his character. He seems to care about Alina, but when things get hard he pushes her away and doesn’t talk to her. I honestly just don’t buy the whole “I’m in love with my best-friend” thing Ms. Bardugo has been trying to sell me with his character. Honestly, if the Darkling weren’t so jaded and evil he would be a better match for Alina.

There are a lot of new characters in this book that I can guarantee you will enjoy. They bring more light-heartedness to this story that wouldn’t be there without them. Especially, Sturmhond’s character. His character was a bit of a mystery and surprise, but I really loved him throughout this story. He kicks bootay, he isn’t broody and he’s honest without being cruel. Seriously best character in this book.

Overall this book was the bomb and I’m exciting to read the final enstallment.

Leigh Bardugo is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Grisha Trilogy (Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising).

She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and most recently, makeup and special effects. These days, she’s lives and writes in Hollywood where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band. Her new book, Six of Crows, arrives fall 2015.

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