Sunday, April 3, 2016

Ruin & Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Ruin & Rising
The Grisha #3
Hardcover, 422 pages
Published by Henry Holt and Co.
Release Date: June 17th 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.

Reese's Review:
The plan didn’t work and now Alina’s army is dead and the Capital has been taken over by The Darkling. Alina has been in hiding underground, losing her powers and her friends. The Apparat has taken her broken army in, but the longer she stays the more isolated he makes her. When the chance to escape presents itself Alina and her friends depart on a mission to stop the Darkling once and for all.

Okay if I’m going to be real honest here, and I am because I am a crap liar, this book was a let down in compared to the other books in this series. The ending was just not enough for me. The whole Trilogy so much happened and this one was just let’s kill a bunch of people, continue trying to make Mal seem like he cares even though he doesn’t really seem to and kill the Darkling. We learn more aobut the Darkling which I liked and I wish he could have his own book or have had a happy ending, but that just wasn’t meant to be. Anyway, I honestly felt a lot of disappointment for this book in relation to the other two books.

Alina seems less herself in this book than before which I didn’t like. She always seemed so resilient in the other books and in this one she’s just so… sad and lonely and all about duty rather than fighting back. It was boring.

Mal is whatever. I was never buying what he was selling and he never trusted Alina even though he’d been with how many girls and they tried to say it’s because he didn’t want to hurt the friendship…right you big bag of douche I am still not buying a word you’re saying. Anyway, his character does have a huge surprise and it explained a lot about his character and talents.

So what can I say I hate endings and this book is yet another example of why. Endings can make or break a series for me and with how disappointing this one was to me it kind of broke the series.

On the plus side there was a lot of action and almost everyone got a happy ending.

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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