End of Series SPOILER Discussion: The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

*image taken from Leigh Bardugo’s Website


Instead, you can check out my completely SPOILER-FREE reviews of the SECOND and FINAL book in the trilogy HERE. Continue reading “End of Series SPOILER Discussion: The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo”

Double Review: Siege and Storm & Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Hi everyone! Before I get into the reviews and discussion I just wanted to post a warning to those of you wary about spoilers: I have kept both REVIEWS completely SPOILER-FREE, so that those of you who have yet to read the books can still read them. I have created a SEPARATE post that you can read HERE for the End of Series Discussion so you can comment freely on it and others can just comment on the review and not worry about being spoiled!

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Release Date: June 4, 2013

Pages: 432

Format: Hardcover

Source: Bought

Series: The Grisha, #2

Genre(s): Fantasy

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

After reading and loving book one, Shadow and Bone, I had extremely high expectations for Siege and Storm. I am very happy to say that my expectations were met and it was just as wonderful as I had hoped!

Having not a bit of the second-in-a-series syndrome, Siege and Storm was beautifully written, filled with the same rich Russian fantasy that I adored in the first book. The story was filled with twists and surprises, leaving me thankful that I waited to read this one while I could read Ruin and Rising, book 3, as soon as I finished.

There were some new characters introduced that I absolutely loved. Most important: Sturmhond. Oh my goodness did I love him! Filled with clever, sassy and somewhat sarcastic remarks, he was a great foil to Mal, who I also adore. I had heard that Alina could find a possible love interest in Sturmhond and what I heard was correct. But, I’m still torn on my feelings. I’m pretty sure I remain loyal to Mal.

The Darkling, although not physically present throughout the bulk of the book, still created a looming presence that was very eerie and creepy, especially as the reader sees the story from Alina’s point of view. Some people find the Darkling sexy, but I just think of him as a really mentally messed up guy who needs to look for an obsession in someone closer to his age. Oh, and stop trying to destroy everything good in the world. But that’s just me.

All in all, if you’ve read Shadow and Bone but aren’t sure if you want to continue on with the series or not (If that’s you: what’s wrong with you?!), I’d definitely recommend you read Siege and Storm. Although fantasy is one of my favorite genres, I have yet to find a series that is addictive. But Leigh Bardugo with her amazing Russian fantasy has got me hooked and begging for more!

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Release Date: June 17, 2014

Pages: 454

Format: Hardcover (Exclusive Collector’s Edition)

Source: Bought

Series: The Grisha, #3

Genre(s): Fantasy

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

Ruin and Rising is one of the best conclusions to a fantasy series that I have EVER read. My expectations were surpassed when it came to this book.

There was not a moment when I wasn’t completely engaged in the story, immersed in the world of the Grisha. I found myself marking quote after quote, and I will never forget this amazing story.

I don’t even know where to begin when talking about this book because I loved every aspect of it. The story was fast-paced, and just got better and better with each page. There was exciting action that will keep you on the edge of your seat. A heart-wrenching romance, meshed with mood-lightening humor, all set in the amazing world that Leigh Bardugo has created.

Overall, Ruin and Rising was everything I could have asked for in a conclusion to my favorite young adult fantasy series!

Have you completed the trilogy, and what are your thoughts? Is this trilogy on your TBR? Let’s chat!

Please do keep in mind that not everyone reading this post has completed the trilogy, or even started it yet. I ask that you do not post spoilers for the book series on this post. BUT, if you do wish to talk spoiler-y with me you can read my DISCUSSION here!

Week in Review: June 22nd

Week in Review

Inspired by Anna @ Anna Reads.

What I Did:

We had a HUGE thunderstorm in my area mid-week and we lost power TWICE in two days. The first time it was out for 7 hours, then it came back on, and the next day it went off again for another hour. In it’s wake it killed our microwave, fridge, and power strip connected to the desktop computer…so yeah. Coincidentally the power went out during while I was watching a creepy episode of Pretty Little Liars and I kind of freaked out. Has anyone been watching PLL lately? I think the show has been drawn out quite a lot, but Season 5 looks like it’ll be different than the past ones…I’m liking it.

Links I Loved:

  • I was so thankful for The Recaptains this week. I finally started Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo but had only the faintest of memories of the details of what happened in book 1. They recapped Shadow and Bone here, and for those of you that are more up to date than I, the Siege and Storm recap is here.
  • Hypable posted a link to this hilarious video of when Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and asked the PARENTS trivia questions. It’s kind of amazing just how little the parents know. I mean, my parents know quite a bit considering the amount I talk about. It comes up at least once in every conversation, I mean come on!
  • Out of the blue this week there was an announcement that the pilot of the Delirium TV show based off of the series by Lauren Oliver would be released on Hulu on June 20th! It’s only going to be up for a month so hurry and watch it here!
*image taken from Lauren Oliver’s Tumblr

Books I Added to My Shelves:



Ruin and Rising (B&N Exclusive Collector’s Edition)  by Leigh Bardugo – This was a must. And the collector’s edition because there’s a short story about the Darkling. Yes please!

For Review:

 Fiendish cover The Kiss of Deception

Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff (Thanks to Penguin First to Read) – Her books look so creepy and this cover just screams “Emily you’re asking for bad dreams!” but it looks awesome and I’ve been craving creepy lately so…

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson (Thanks to Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) and NetGalley) – This has been promoted quite a lot and I’m eager to see what it’s all about. I’ve also been craving some good fantasy after my Leigh Bardugo obsession at the moment. I’m a part of #TeamRemnant, the street team for this book, so keep an eye out on my Tumblr the week of it’s release – there will be a bunch of original posts about the book!

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall (Thanks to Macmillan) – I’m so excited for this one! It’s cover is gorgeous, the story sounds adorable, and it seems to be really unique. I’m hoping to LOVE it. This is also my first ever physical ARC that I’ve requested from a publisher and I got accepted. I did quite the happy dance!

Recently Finished and Currently Reading:

I finished Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo and have now moved onto Ruin and Rising! I’m planning to do a double (spoiler-free) review post for the these two, with a Ruin and Rising (spoiler-y) discussion to top it all off! Don’t worry – I’ll hide spoilers so you won’t see them by accident!

On My Blog:

xo, emily

Saturday Snapshots (#2) – Grisha Trilogy Design Love ♡

Saturday Snapshots

Welcome to the first post in my new feature, Saturday Snapshots! This will be a feature where I’ll share lots bookish photos and sometimes food-y ones from the past week!

Pretty much everyone has been talking about the release of the third and final book in the Grisha Trilogy, Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo. Myself included! I went to the bookstore yesterday and bought it and…OH MY GOODNESS. The beauty of that book in person is just…I have no words! Pictures don’t do these books justice, but I’ll try my best! Oh, and I don’t own a physical copy of book #1. I must change that. But for now…

I’m planning on posting a double (spoiler-free) review for the last two books this upcoming Friday, accompanied by a (hidden unless clicked) spoiler-y discussion on Ruin and Rising, because let’s face it – I’ll want to talk about it!

Have you read the Grisha Trilogy? Are you planning to? Aren’t the covers beautiful? Let’s chat!

xo, emily