Ruin and Rising (Grisha Verse, #3)
▶ Alternative Cover Edition #1 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 (Grisha Verse, #3) Details

TitleRuin and Rising (Grisha Verse, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 17th, 2014
PublisherHenry Holt and Company
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Romance

Ruin and Rising (Grisha Verse, #3) Review

  • Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
    January 1, 1970
    I AM SO PISSED. I AM SO PISSED.Please allow me the indulgence of using an extended metaphor to describe this series.The first book is the first stages of love. It's not true love, but infatuation. You are ensnared by his looks, enamored by everything he does. His quirks are adorable. His faults are overlooked because it's a part of who he is. It's part of what makes him special. So what if he has a habit of scratching his ass in public? It's cute.The second book is the "settling in" stage of the I AM SO PISSED. I AM SO PISSED.Please allow me the indulgence of using an extended metaphor to describe this series.The first book is the first stages of love. It's not true love, but infatuation. You are ensnared by his looks, enamored by everything he does. His quirks are adorable. His faults are overlooked because it's a part of who he is. It's part of what makes him special. So what if he has a habit of scratching his ass in public? It's cute.The second book is the "settling in" stage of the relationship. You now see his faults, and they're pretty annoying. His habits of eating like a Neanderthal is now more annoying, less endearing. You really wish that he'd stop checking out other girls. You want to change him, but you are still in love, these are faults you can deal with because you're in this for the long run. The disappointments are inevitable in every long term relationship, aren't they? Over time, surely things will take a turn for the better.Or so you think. Until he dumps you without explanation.And so we come to the third book. It's 5 years since you guys broke up. He crushed your heart, left it in little pieces. You still love him anyway, despite what happened to end your relationship previously because there's just something about him. Some inimitable quality that attracts you and keeps you hanging on no matter what.And now he wants to meet again. You're excited. It's been too long. You've desperate with anticipation. This might be it. You guys might still have a chance.You wait in a cafe, in your best outfit, breathless with anticipation.And then he shows up. Time has not been kind. His hairline has receded by 2 inches. He has a paunch, and a double chin. He's grown a mustache that could only be described as a "douche-stache." You had anticipated this, but it still comes as a shock.Still, you can't bring yourself to hate him. You remember all the good times. You feel the sense of familiarity that you get with no one else, however much your physical attraction to him has changed. There's history between the two of you...and for now, that's the only good that came out of this meeting. You wish you had just left it there, where hopes and dreams and the flights of your imagination could have brought you more than this encounter ever could.That is my feeling towards this book. Grievously let down.I'll be happy to discuss the book. Please put spoilers in spoiler tags if you want to discuss in the comments =)
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  • Wendy Darling
    January 1, 1970
    They had an ordinary life, full of ordinary things--if love can ever be called that.<34.5 stars Oh, and Leigh Bardugo talked to me about the glorious, glorious food of the Grisha trilogy here during this fairy tale lunch: http://www.themidnightgarden.net/2014...
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  • Emma Giordano
    January 1, 1970
    la la la la la tis impossible for me to say anything coherent about the Grisha trilogy because I love it so much. What a wonderful conclusion. I'm so happy I finally continued with this series this year.
  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    January 1, 1970
    That was an interesting conclusion to the trilogy. I can't say I'm super satisfied with how things came together, but it was still enjoyable! My main gripe with this series is it's lack of plot. I wanted more from the story, all three books feel like this build up to the ending, but nothing happens during those build up moments. (obviously this is just my opinion, you don't have to agree with me!)
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  • Aqsa
    January 1, 1970
    UPDATE:The more years pass- the more embarrassing this fucking review gets lmao. BUT ALSO- I have to admit, while Acomaf beat this ^ trash book in regards to storytelling, Acowar (Acotar #3) kinda sucked ass so like... y'all tread carefully and if anything- enjoy Acomaf only because I see that book as a standalone anyway.Also, fuck this book & the author lmfao.UPDATE:Okay so for those of you (like myself) who were disappointed with this ^ piece of disgusting garbage- GO READ THE"A COURT OF T UPDATE:The more years pass- the more embarrassing this fucking review gets lmao. BUT ALSO- I have to admit, while Acomaf beat this ^ trash book in regards to storytelling, Acowar (Acotar #3) kinda sucked ass so like... y'all tread carefully and if anything- enjoy Acomaf only because I see that book as a standalone anyway.Also, fuck this book & the author lmfao.UPDATE:Okay so for those of you (like myself) who were disappointed with this ^ piece of disgusting garbage- GO READ THE"A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES" series by Sarah J. Maas. "A COURT OF MIST AND FURY" in particular, I should say-- as the book really sets the stage and it beats this ugly trash in every way and IS EVERYTHING that r&r could have been but miserably failed to be. SO PLEASE READ ACOMAF.I promise you it is worth every word. GO READ IT NOW.All the past angst and bitterness is beyond this spoiler tag.(view spoiler)[HEY LOOK WHATS UP MORE ANGSTI was talking to one of my tumblr friends a few days ago about some old wounds regarding this certain character who is like the other half of my dark heart and bad stuff that happened and then just this morning I was having a chat w/a GR friend about something related but it involved the angst over poorly written female protagonists and the boiling rage in the pit of my stomach over the lost potential of these certain protagonists. I was thinking this over in my head and I felt the need to apply a scenario to this one particular character(s) and notp that I (and a lot of my fellow friends) feel strongly negative about.I was thinking of how Mal would for sure be a meninist in the real world and he would be the kind of boyfriend that would be living in his girlfriend’s house and one night he’d just look at his amazing, strong and successful girlfriend Alina and be like, “Hey babe I just want you to know that I feel super uncomfortable by the fact that you make a lot more money than I do. And I also think that taking this route and that recent promotion you got, it’s just, it’s a bad idea. Maybe you should reconsider another job or just stay at home because I think that that power would corrupt you.”When I apply this scenario with respect to the books, it goes like this:Alina then suddenly feels terrible about how her boyfriend’s feelings are hurt and in turn she says, “Hey babe I totally understand how you feel, I mean I wouldn’t want to ever feel worthless at all, like remember how I use to feel so shitty all those years ago before I got the job at this multimillion company and before you ever noticed me and became my boyfriend? I know what you’re going through and I wouldn’t want you to ever feel bad by something that makes me feel amazing. So you know what? I’m going to sell my house and we can go live in that rundown apartment that my aunt who used to hate me lived in before she died. At least we’ll be together and we can be equal and not have to worry about other things that might help us prosper in life.”Right, so now, I’m just going to apply the scenario, to a way I prefer and think makes a LOT of sense and just sounds right:After Mal gives his little bullshit speech, Alina gives him a good long thorough look and then runs off into her bedroom, only to return with her wallet. Now she takes her sweet little time and saunters over to Mal who is lounging on the 5 seat Italian leather sectional sofa that Alina had just bought a month ago for $1150 from Ikea, only because Mal had said that the color matched the storage combo TV stand in the living room in which he kept his Xbox and countless related items. Eyebrows raised he gives her an appraised look as she stands in the center of the living area and smiling slightly, pulls out a hundred dollar bill from her wallet. She reaches for a pen from a cup holder on the TV stand and writes a few words on the bill. They read, “You’re a fucking piece of sexist garbage shit and not worth my goddamn time.” Then she throws the hundred-dollar bill in Mal’s apparently flabbergasted face and tells him to get the fuck out of her house.Then later that night as she’s lounging on her newly bought antique loveseat and drinking a fine exquisite wine that her friend Genya Safin from HR at the company sent to her, she calls up her assistant Nikolai and tells him to connect her with CEO Morozova so she can accept his offer of promotion.So yeah. Just wanted to throw in all that angst y’all. Sorry it sounds like such a badly written fic lmao. But hopefully my point is made. ...........................................................................EDIT: 17/11/2014Look. Me and a friend wrote a mini post- R&R fic thing a while back on tumblr because we were depressed as hell. It's a little embarrassing sorry, bear with me.Me: Aleks is sitting peacefully in a garden full of blooming flowers trying to have a peace of his mind when the distinct bunch of white orchids catch his attention and he is forced to burden himself with the thought of a little white haired stubborn girl living her life out someplace without him accompanied by a useless tracker who’s sudden thought makes Aleks contemplate ripping someones spleen out and he wonders if the new king would aid him in doing so since they were both cast aside by the summoner and he promises himself that throughout planning he would also get some flirting tips from the king and maybe even take his new flying vessel for a spin and perhaps crash it right on top of Keramzin and shout at the top of his lungs “SURPRISE BITCHES” and once thats done maybe even take over the world lmao byE.Dani: ORPHANS RUN SCREAMING FROM ALL EXITS, AND ALINA EXITS KERAMZIN BRANDISHING A BUTTER KNIFE AND A PASTRY CAKE GONE AWRY THAT IS TOUGH ENOUGH TO KNOCK A LESSER MAN OUT"I KILLED YOU," SHE CRIES. ALEKSANDER GAZES DOWN AT HER, HANDS ON HIS HIPS AS HE SMIRKS."I BET YOU THOUGHT YOU’D SEEN THE LAST OF ME." while subtly checking her out because he is a lonely soul..Me:Alina’s hand tightens around the butter knife, still slick with the saints know what since she was actually never a doozy in the kitchen (probably would’ve been better at the summoner job but that went down the drain) “I’ve taken you down once, don’t think I won’t be able to again” she says.Aleks squints at the pastry in her hand, “Not with that I hope. Looks deadly,” He mock smiles.Alina frowns, “With the amount of sugar I put in it? Yeah, probably”Aleks shrugs, “I have a sweet tooth.”Alina’s eyes widen, “Oh, I didn’t know. You never told me.”Aleks eyes almost threaten to bulge out of his sockets and he brandishes a hand at her in a taunting manner, loosing anger with every word “Really Alina? REALLY? Because last time I remember I tried talking to you (ok yeh I was pissed u turned me down for the frik fraK BUT) even wheneva I tried talking to you, you freAKLING FLEED OUTTA THE LIL PALACE LIKE THERE WAS SOME GODDAMN SALE AT IKEA SDFGHJASDASKJDKDSFFDSKJ ”..........GUYS I CAN'T FUCKING GET OVER THIS SHIT AHJAHSJKKALJSLKSADKLSDKSJDLSJKDL I HATE EVERYTHINGexcept Aleks <3EDIT: 20/07/2014AVADA FUCKING KEDAVRA THIS BOOK, APPARATE IT TO AZKABAN AND THEN SACRIFICE IT TO THE AZTEC GODS THANKSEDIT: 06/17/2014Im not going to lie to anyone, just be simply honest.I am heartbroken.But I don't have anything left in me to say, or to double over in rants and rage, so I'll just say one thing*Don't open this if you havent read R&R*.(view spoiler)[Aleksander. (hide spoiler)]..............................GUISE IF YOU WANT YOUR JAW TO FALL SLACK AND BRAIN TO EXPLODE AND AUTOMATIC FLAILING TO ENSUE THEN FUCKING READ THE SHIZZ OUT OF THE LATEST DARKLINA/ALARKLING TEASER OMFG ASDFGHBJKL I CRY FOREVER“If only I’d known you’d prove such an apt pupil.” His voice was genuinely admiring, almost surprised. To my horror, I found that pathetic orphaned part of me taking pleasure in his praise. “Why come to me now?” he asked. “Has it taken you this long to recover from our skirmish?”If that had been a mere skirmish, then we really were lost. No, I told myself. He’d chosen that word deliberately, to intimidate me.I ignored his question and said, “I didn’t expect compliments.”“No?”“I left you buried beneath a pile of rubble.”“And if I told you I respect your ruthlessness?”“I don’t think I’d believe you.”The barest smile touched his lips. “An apt pupil,” he repeated. “Why waste my anger on you when the fault is mine? I should have anticipated another betrayal from you, one more mad grasp at some kind of childish ideal. But I seem to be a victim of my own wishes where you are concerned.” His expression hardened. “What have you come here for, Alina?”I answered him honestly. “I wanted to see you.”I caught the briefest glimpse of surprise before his face shuttered again. “There are two thrones on that dais. You could see me anytime you liked.”“You’re offering me a crown? After I tried to kill you?”He shrugged again. “I might have done the same.”“I doubt it.”“Not to save that motley of traitors and fanatics, no. But I understand the desire to remain free.”“And still you tried to make me a slave.”“I sought Morozova’s amplifiers for you, Alina, that we might rule as equals.”“You tried to take my power for your own.”“After you ran from me. After you chose—” He stopped, shrugged. “We would have ruled as equals in time.”I felt that pull, the longing of a frightened girl. Even now, after everything he’d done, I wanted to believe the Darkling, to find some way to forgive him. I wanted Nikolai to be alive. I wanted to trust the other Grisha. I wanted to believe anything so that I wouldn’t have to face the future alone. The problem with wanting is that it makes us weak.** A laugh escaped me before I thought better of it.“We would be equals until the day I dared to disagree with you, until the moment I questioned your judgment or didn’t do as I was bid. Then you would deal with me the way you dealt with Genya and your mother, the way you tried to deal with Mal.”He leaned against the window, and the gilded frame came into sharp focus. “Do you think it would be any different with your tracker beside you? With that Lantsov pup?”“Yes,” I said simply.“Because you would be the strong one?”“Because they’re better men than you.”“You might make me a better man.”“And you might make me a monster.”“I’ve never understood this taste for otkazat’sya. Is it because you thought you were one of them for so long?”“I had a taste for you, once.” His head snapped up. He hadn’t expected that. Saints, it was satisfying. “Why haven’t you visited me?” I asked. “In all these long months?”He stayed silent.“There was barely a day at the Little Palace when you didn’t come to me,” I continued. “When I didn’t see you in some shadowed corner. I thought I was going mad.”“Good.”“I think you’re afraid.”“How comforting that must be for you.”“I think you fear this thing that binds us.” It didn’t frighten me. Not anymore. I took a slow step forward. He tensed but did not move away.“I am ancient, Alina. I know things about power that you can barely guess at.”“But it’s not just power, is it?” I said quietly, remembering the way he had toyed with me when I’d first arrived at the palace— even before, from the first moment we’d met. I’d been a lonely girl, desperate for attention. I must have given him so little sport.I took another step. He stilled. Our bodies were almost touching now. I reached up and cupped his cheek with my hand. This time the flash of confusion on his face was impossible to miss. He held himself frozen, his only movement the steady rise and fall of his chest. Then, as if in concession, he let his eyes close. A line appeared between his brows.“It’s true,” I said softly. “You are stronger, wiser, infinite in experience.” I leaned forward and whispered, my lips brushing the shell of his ear. “But I am an apt pupil.”**she sAID IT. SHE FUCKING SAID THE WORDSIS IT FUCKIN JUNE YET ASDFGHJKL.................GUISE IF YOU WANT TO BE HIT IN THE FUCKING FACE THEN REAAAD THE FIRST TEASER/SNIPPET OF RUIN AND RISING OMG ASDFGHJKLHere's the original post from Ms. Bardugo, since the image is cut off!Ruin and Rising mini teaser!A little Darkling/Alina snippet for the holidays :)“Why waste my anger on you when the fault is mine? I should have anticipated another betrayal from you, one more mad grasp at some kind of childish ideal. But I seem to be a victim of my own wishes where you are concerned.” His expression hardened. “What have you come here for, Alina?”I answered him honestly. “I wanted to see you.”I caught the briefest glimpse of surprise before his face shuttered again. “There are two thrones on that dais. You could see me any time you liked.”Leigh = Thanks for making this such a wonderful year. I maaaaay post another tiny snippet next week, but no promises!GUISE THERES A FUCKING SYNOPSIS IM CRYINGGGGAND LOOKIE HERE!!! WHAT DID I TELL Y'ALL OMFG I CALLED IT :'')JUNE 3RD IS SO FAR AWAAY! :(................JUST WANTED TO CLARIFY SOMETHING*ahem ahem*YOU GUYS WHAT IS THIS EVEN OMFG IM CRYINGRUIN AND RACY JESUS CHRISTHOLY FUCK SOMEONE HOLD ME OMFG (hide spoiler)]
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  • Katerina
    January 1, 1970
    *5 “you might make me a better man” stars* “I will strip away all that you know, all that you love, until you have no shelter but mine.” Agony. Pain. Tears. Heartbreak. Acceptance. This is the way the Grisha trilogy ends.A masterpiece. A gem. Leigh Bardugo gave everything she had in this grand finale. I'm numb and empty inside. I want to sit in silence and contemplate what happened and figure out the reasons why. I came to the conclusion that things were meant to end this way from the start. A *5 “you might make me a better man” stars* “I will strip away all that you know, all that you love, until you have no shelter but mine.” Agony. Pain. Tears. Heartbreak. Acceptance. This is the way the Grisha trilogy ends.A masterpiece. A gem. Leigh Bardugo gave everything she had in this grand finale. I'm numb and empty inside. I want to sit in silence and contemplate what happened and figure out the reasons why. I came to the conclusion that things were meant to end this way from the start. A battle of wills, a battle between Light and Darkness, self-preservation and sacrifice, greed and kindness, brain and heart. “I wanted to believe anything so that I wouldn’t have to face the future alone. The problem with wanting is that it makes us weak.” After I finished Ruin and Rising, I faced the question how do I want to remember the Darkling . He was a twisted, brutal tyrant, I could not possibly deny it and he proved it time and time again, each crime worst than the previous. But he was more. I choose to remember the brilliant dark haired boy, blessed with too much power, burdened by eternity, feared by his own kind, facing the entire world alone and wishing to change things, to create a place for the Grisha and himself. He was misguided, controlled by his greed and desires but this boy still existed, buried under layers of darkness. I forgive him. “In the end, maybe love just meant longing for something impossibly bright and forever out of reach.” There are so many other characters I want to talk about, but first I have to (grudgingly) admit that Mal finally won my respect, even though he's still my least favorite character. He understood his mistakes and what was at stake and it gave him a new perspective. I loved Zoya so so much, and David and Genya and Harshaw, and I'm so proud of Nikolai, the arrogant, all-too-clever fox who brought hope and laughter even in the most desperate times. “Na razrusha'ya. I am not ruined. E'ya razrushost. I am ruination.” It was a fitting ending. Suitable I dare say, even though I hoped that some things would turn out differently. So many plot twists and deaths that created a knot in your chest, desparation that threatened to drown you, mythical creatures, fanatic monks, flying ships, Saints and Demons, and in the center of the world-changing events, two orphans from Keramzin. Who said that otkazat’sya aren't important?
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  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
    January 1, 1970
    Holy shit. This was brilliant and terrible and I have so many feels I can't even begin to describe.Ok ok, listen. I know there are so many conflicting reviews on this book. But as for me? I literally could not choose how I wanted it to end. I know, I might be a terrible person but I was totally OK with all three ending scenarios. At the beginning of this book.. I was literally rooting for Alina to save the Darkling, Alina with Nikolai, and Alina and Mal. Come on, guys. You know you were curious Holy shit. This was brilliant and terrible and I have so many feels I can't even begin to describe.Ok ok, listen. I know there are so many conflicting reviews on this book. But as for me? I literally could not choose how I wanted it to end. I know, I might be a terrible person but I was totally OK with all three ending scenarios. At the beginning of this book.. I was literally rooting for Alina to save the Darkling, Alina with Nikolai, and Alina and Mal. Come on, guys. You know you were curious about all three. Let's be honest.So my true feelings? Can we please just clone Alina.. and have all three endings??? Plus, I just adore Alina herself. She was NOT the perfect heroine, and by golly, I love her for it. She grew up and had an amazing character arc - yet still fought so many weaknesses. But I gotta say I think Leigh Bardugo did the right thing with the ending, even though I so badly wanted to see the outcome of the other two. I don't want to give away spoilers and I get why somewhere upset but I can't help but think that there was no other truly satisfying endgame here. (Though I am still sad about the others..)So here it goes.. my little rants. *****SPOILERS AHEAD.*****MAL.Poor Mal. He gets shit from everyone. Dude messed up, I agree. Maybe he isn't as "sexy" or entertaining as the other gents in this book, true. BUT the guy gave up his life for Alina in the end. Give him some credit.The Darkling's ...endingYES OK. I'm grieving, and I'll never get over him. I already said above that I wanted Alina to save him. BUT. Guys, he was a mass murderer and kinda deserved his end. Does that mean he is any less appealing? Lord save me, but nope. I freaking love him. Best villain I've ever met - and I'm still lowkey convinced he's alive. The Darkling will always be one of my favorite characters but I refuse to rate this book just based off of those last few pages even though I shipped the hell out of him and Alina. I still do.Alina losing her powersYeah, I'm super sad about this too but I think it was the only way for Leigh to write her a happy ending. Do I wish it had been different? Totally. But from the beginning, Alina never wanted her powers. NikolaiI literally cannot fit my feelings about Nikolai in a single review. Thank goodness he's getting his own series (after me begging for it since 2015). Pirate king? Oh, yell yes. Anyway, I still can't rave enough about this series as a whole. All. Time. Favorite.My Blog ~ Instagram ~ Twitter ~ Etsy
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  • Cait • A Page with a View
    January 1, 1970
    It's been a few years now and I still can't find the words to review this masterpiece of a trilogy. The worldbuilding was so much fun. The characters were hilarious & real. The plot twists were incredible. I loved every single thing about it... SO I now present to you the feels broken down in annoying gifs:How I feel about Nikolai:How I feel about The Darkling:How I feel about Mal:The beginning of this book in the caves:The third amplifier twist:THAT ENDING:Actually, I'm fine with the end. I It's been a few years now and I still can't find the words to review this masterpiece of a trilogy. The worldbuilding was so much fun. The characters were hilarious & real. The plot twists were incredible. I loved every single thing about it... SO I now present to you the feels broken down in annoying gifs:How I feel about Nikolai:How I feel about The Darkling:How I feel about Mal:The beginning of this book in the caves:The third amplifier twist:THAT ENDING:Actually, I'm fine with the end. I just WANTED TO SEE A CERTAIN PRINCE BE HAPPY. But I'm still not over a beloved character's death...There you go. Pretty sure that's the most gifs I've ever used in my life. Sorry for the hour that probably took to load...
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    (view spoiler)[This is a very sexy man AKA the Darkling:And this is what I think about this sexy man AKA the Darkling:And this perfectly describes how I feel about the ending: (hide spoiler)]
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  • Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
    January 1, 1970
    2 StarsOverview: Then he cupped my cheek, his thumb tracing my lip."You are all I've ever wanted," he said. "You are the whole of my heart.” ^My face right now. Let me preface this roast by stating-- my problem isn’t the love triangle. (If you can even call it that.) I’m not upset things didn’t turn out like I wanted, I’m frustrated the conclusion was a hot mess of nonexistent plot and unwinding character development. (Though I do obviously hate one of the love interests with all of my soul 2 StarsOverview: Then he cupped my cheek, his thumb tracing my lip."You are all I've ever wanted," he said. "You are the whole of my heart.” ^My face right now. Let me preface this roast by stating-- my problem isn’t the love triangle. (If you can even call it that.) I’m not upset things didn’t turn out like I wanted, I’m frustrated the conclusion was a hot mess of nonexistent plot and unwinding character development. (Though I do obviously hate one of the love interests with all of my soul)In my review of Siege and Storm, I theorized there were two possible outcomes for this trilogy—One where Alina embraces the Grisha society and uses her powers, and another where she rejects them and reverts to a ‘simple’ girl. I was kinda right? Mostly wrongMy main problem is how weak a character Alina becomes. She had a fantastic amount of development in the first book, when she discovered her powers and started to believe in herself. The second book introduced a theme of greed, and hinted the way she used her powers would inevitably corrupt here. It’s probably the driving conflict of this whole book. But it just flip-flopped back and forth before reaching a cop-out solution? It all works out spectacularly and everything is great, we can forget the past three books even happened??Seriously, there was even the introduction of a third love interest so everything is even more complicated, and Alina has to choose between three entirely different lives. But somehow she makes hardly any decisions the whole book. Pros: Genya and David were beautiful. Baghara as Alina’s quasi-yoda was also a nice touch. Nikolia’s humor and bravado was as fantastic as always, and he was truly a bright-spot in this depressing book. Bardugo’s writing is still very enjoyable. I flew through this, as the narrative flows easily and seems much improved from the first book. The Darkling is one of the most fascinating characters I’ve ever read about. Learning more about his backstory was one of the absolute highlights of this book, and his commanding presence made the pages he appeared 20x more interesting. He’s incredibly manipulative and cunning and sexy AF and there’s something so striking about his confidence in his actions. Cons Mal was better, I guess? I still hate him with the passion of a thousand suns. He’s still outrageously ‘perfect’ and always says something mushy or has a completely selfless reaction to everything. He just doesn’t feel real to me. Even though he never noticed Alina before, he’s going to act like he’s always loved her and that his every action revolves around keeping her safe. There’s something really icky about the fact that he can’t accept her with her powers. Why did Alina keep making herself smaller for this jackass? It was like we were supposed to swoon over all the ‘sacrifices’ Mal made for her, though he spent the past three books whining about how much stronger she was than him?What even was Nikolai the second half of this book, and was it necessary? The pacing here was just… off. So much of this was filler or the characters standing in a circle talking about their course of action. I enjoyed the team-dynamic to an extent, but it cut a lot of tension out of things, in my opinion. Everything barely moved along, interlaced with a few dramatic scenes, before reaching a very rushed ending. A very rushed ending that magically solves almost everything, undoes almost all the character development and was just… really lackluster? In Conclusion At least I can finally read Six of Crows now!
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  • Andreea Pop
    January 1, 1970
    REVIEW:Actual rating: 3.5 StarsSo. I am conflicted. I initially gave Ruin And Rising 4 stars. After like half an hour of deliberating and second-guessing my rating, I switched it to 3 stars. If you'll ask me in a week, I'll probably say it was a 4 star read. So to be honest, I think it's a 3.5 from me. There are several reasons why I did this to the last book of one of my favorite series EVER and I'm gonna complain about every one of them, so if I start writing in CAPS, please understand that I' REVIEW:Actual rating: 3.5 StarsSo. I am conflicted. I initially gave Ruin And Rising 4 stars. After like half an hour of deliberating and second-guessing my rating, I switched it to 3 stars. If you'll ask me in a week, I'll probably say it was a 4 star read. So to be honest, I think it's a 3.5 from me. There are several reasons why I did this to the last book of one of my favorite series EVER and I'm gonna complain about every one of them, so if I start writing in CAPS, please understand that I'm about to combust from overwhelming feelings. “I will strip away all that you know, all that you love, until you have no shelter but me.” I don't know why I gave it 4 stars in the beginning. I guess I'm loyal that way and I couldn't stand dishonoring this beloved series of mine, one I relentlessly recommended over and over. But I had to be honest with myself and admit there were things that bugged the hell out of me. Alina's missed big destiny she could've truly had. The lack of Darkling scenes. Mal's predictable role. And then there were things that balanced it out a bit. Baghra's and the Darkling's backstory -- finally!! The side characters, all awesome and, honestly, the only ones that developed in this installment. And, of course, Nikolai Lantsov, the prince of sass and strategy. Alina sparked in Ruin & Rising and showed me that she could be kick-ass, strong, manipulative and the no-bullshit-type. But this side of her vanished quickly and fizzled out altogether in the end. I expected her to be powerful, to have the destiny she deserved -- no, that she earned-- not just a happy-ending in the white-fence picket style. She could've been one of the major heroines in fantasy, but she settled for plain and ordinary and I know that for her it's enough. I understand her choices. I even somewhat respect them. But that doesn't mean I like them. “It’s true,” I said softly. “You are stronger, wiser, infinite in experience.” I leaned forward and whispered, my lips brushing the shell of his ear. “But I am an apt pupil.” I want to gush over Baghra. I loved that woman! And I loved how she truly loved her son. There was a gut-wrenching scene that brought me to tears in which you could see the dynamic between her and The Darkling, how like calls to like and how you have to start taking action for making the changes you wish to obtain. Baghra also spilled out her secrets and I was pleasantly surprised it wasn't 100% what we (Grisha hardcore fans) previously guessed. And her story only increased my love for her, because she could be cruel, frustrating, sarcastic to no end, but she never tried to hide her flaws and mistakes. Just imagining living in such regret for hundreds of years, no one to share the burden with, made me question my own happiness and how... vain I felt in that moment. “You want a love story too? There's none to be had.” Now onto the complicated things. The guys. The Darkling was definitely my favorite character from The Grisha Trilogy. He's so multi-layered and complex, compelling and brilliant, dedicated and conflicting. His allure is always shocking, because his ruthlessness should make me scream "The hell with him!". But no. The fact that he manages to make me teary eyed, although he's basically a killer spokes volumes of Bardugo's writing mojo. He's the best antagonist I've ever had the pleasure to encounter. You want to love him, to protect him, to hate him, to find out his every thought and secret and cheer him up once in a while. Yet the most gut-wrenching thing about him is how utterly alone he is. How he craves an equal. How he needs assurance that the world won't be just an empty vessel. And this whole revelation, along with his unraveled backstory, makes him so lovable in my eyes. “He was ancient, I knew that. But in this moment he was just a boy -brilliant, blessed with too much power, burdened by eternity.” I liked Mal in this book far more than I did in the first two installments. You see, if I were to describe him in a few words, it would probably be determined, easygoing and a huge ungrateful ass. But my opinion about Mal changed quite a bit in this last book. For once, he finally realized how Alina's power is a part of her and that she doesn't need changing. She's special for who she really is and her talents bring out exactly that. He definitely became the main brick of support for Alina. And his stubborn determination and selflessness to help her in her war against The Darkling truly amazed me. Yeah, he might be a bit boring and a stuck-up prick whenever he wants to be, but he's also that cute, loyal and funny best friend that knows exactly what you want, need or fear. Nikolai was awesome and won major points in my overall appreciation for this book. His quick wit, his arrogance and love for clothes, his clever mind -- the Prince was a stand-up guy, not judgemental, always thinking about what's best for everyone. But guys, he had to endure some pretty sick stuff in this book and it made me proud to see him rise again afterwards, because if there's anyone who deserves to rule Ravka, it's him. There's also a scene in the first half of the book where he basically tells the King to go shove something up his ass and shut the eff up, or otherwise he'll charge him with rape. I don't think I've ever wanted to cheer and clap and yell "hell yes" so hard. “Please tell me you plan to dress up as a volcra and jump out of a cake.” The secondary characters were incredible! Genya, oh how much I loved her! She is awesome and she is fully appreciated in R&R. I liked how strong she managed to remain through her tragic life story, with the same "I rock" demeanor, but the best thing of all? Her relationship with David. To see him finally stand up for Genya was simply clap-worthy. You're the man, David. “Beauty was your armor. Fragile stuff, all show. But what's inside you? That's steel. It's brave and unbreakable. And it doesn't need fixing.” Is it impossible to believe I really liked Zoya? She's such a strong, sassy and unpredictable character! I think the biggest surprise was how much I constantly awaited the scenes with her. Plus, her one-liners were bazinga. “Maybe you’re hungry,” said Zoya. “I always get mean when I’m hungry.”“Are you hungry all the time?” asked Harshaw.” In addition to them, the twins were badass and compelling. They offered some funny release while staying loyal to Alina and being a very important asset to their goal. Harshaw was an okay character, but I felt we barely scratched the surface of his personality. Nadia and Adrik were interesting enough and Adrik's crush on Zoya was so sweet!You know my biggest regret about R&R? No, sorry, make it the second. No, the third. Errr, maybe the fifth. Anyway -- The Apparat's ass wasn't handed over to him. Really, someone needed to show him who the real boss was so he'd lose the whole diva attitude. About the ending... It broke my heart. I might've even shed a few tears. I refused to believe it was happening. Some will say it was perfect. Some will hate it with every fiber of their being. For me? It was bittersweet. Good things happened, bad things happened, but that's life so I don't have the right to complain. The romance might prove tricky to explain. Since we have quite a love, um, square, there was never a solid chance that we'll know who Alina would end up with. But I also wanted a different love story. One enchanting, complicated, defying and different. But I guess I have to look somewhere else for something that isn't prone to the same style of happy-endings. Le sigh. I don't want to spoil anyone, but I'm sure you can see I'm not quite happy about the endgame pair. And don't get me wrong -- I don't hate who Alina ends up with, I just thought that she'd be at her best with someone else. “It was something no other Grisha understood, and in the end, it was what bound the Darkling and me most closely—not our powers, not the strangeness of them, not that we were both aberrations, if not abominations. It was our knowledge of the forbidden, our desire for more.” Anyway, I appreciate and respect that Alina finally got the happy-ending she wanted. She's content, she has friends that she can call family and she's surrounded by everything she's ever loved. *squishes her in a hug* “A lesser Saint,” he said. “But perhaps a better queen.” This book was good, but I expected it to be grand. I don't know -- maybe I was way too involved and my expectations were way above the clouds, but there's no way I can be objective when it comes to the ending of one of my favorite series. Yeah, it gave closure and it tied loose ends narratively speaking, but after reading R&R I felt disappointed, sad and, to be honest, bitter. Because the fans' theories were better than the path Bardugo chose. Because this had so much potential for awesomeness and while it was still well written and interesting, it sort of failed to deliver the shock and amazement I've expected. Because R&R ended up being quite a cliche-ish finale. Because it was somewhat predictable (good guesses, Grisha fans). Maybe I could've overlooked how it ended and maybe I wouldn't be willing to pay someone to re-write it to my peculiar tastes (joking... I think) if it weren't for a slight issue. I was bored. Seriously. I found myself taking breaks from reading so I can avoid continuing it. But the need to know how it all clicked together won and I caved in to my greedy heart. I'll still read anything Leigh Bardugo writes. She's awesome like that and has killer writing skills, although I don't particularly agree with some of her decisions in this story. I can't wait for the other series entitled The Dregs and set in the Grishaverse! I loved this world and I can't sulk and pout about Ruin And Rising forever 'cause I'd miss all the awesomesauce that those books would surely prove to be! For now, I'm gonna cry and rock back and forth in a corner to express my temporary unpleasure and disappointment. I'll throw a bookish tantrum. I'll drown myself in Grisha fanfics. I'll forget that this was the actual ending. I'll delete everythinggg from my brain -- except maybe the Darkling scenes that were the best, I'm telling you. I'm sad this journey is over and a bit wowed about how it all went down, but The Grisha Trilogy will forever hold a piece of my heart, no matter that it crushed it a bit in the end. So please go read it, because it’s still one of the best YA Fantasy stories out there.ENJOY!<3 You can also find this review here: http://raftul-cartilor-vampiresti.blo... BEFORE READING:Um. No. Simply NO.A WHOLE BLOODY YEAR??? 2014?!?! Leigh Bardugo has got to be kidding me! Why the hell did I read the first two books before the finale is published? #stupid #stupid #stupid After S&S I’m dying. That ending? She would rise?? You seriously cannot end it like that. Oh. And Team Darkling. Always. <3 I need him with Alina! Also, I hope he doesn't end up dead. P.S. The author said she had started to call book 3 Ruin and Racy. Hot moments ahead? Please God, let it be so. Alarkling ones.
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  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    This book was everything. 💔🖤💔🖤💔🖤 I'm so emotional right now *SOBS UNCONTROLLABLY* I'll try to review this tomorrow when I can see out of my puffy, blurry, traitorous eyes. 😭😭😭
  • Kiki
    January 1, 1970
    If good high fantasy is a living body - blood pumping, juices flowing, joints moving, a hundred thousand tiny synapses and capillaries and white blood cells rushing and sparking and knitting together to form a natural machine - then this series is an empty ribcage, browned with age and disrepair. There are no lungs inside it; it doesn't creak and sigh with every nonchalant breath. It's just a pile of bones haunted by the ghosts of what it might have been. The world building in this series is tru If good high fantasy is a living body - blood pumping, juices flowing, joints moving, a hundred thousand tiny synapses and capillaries and white blood cells rushing and sparking and knitting together to form a natural machine - then this series is an empty ribcage, browned with age and disrepair. There are no lungs inside it; it doesn't creak and sigh with every nonchalant breath. It's just a pile of bones haunted by the ghosts of what it might have been. The world building in this series is truly awful. Nothing is stated unless it serves the plot, which makes for a seriously skimpy experience if you're into the intricacies of high fantasy worlds (which I am. Call me crazy, but I like details. I like to be taken on an adventure, not just feel like the author is trying to rustle up something worthwhile to give me in exchange for my money). Granted, my copies of this book and Siege and Storm sincerely erred on the side of functionality, being UK copies and thus devoid of any fancy fonts, page numbers, chapter headings or maps, but that's no excuse for such a soulless ending to a series. If this were a middle book and it had sat at this quality, then that would be different. But this is the last hurrah, and I'm totally not feeling it.We have a whole lot of nothing happening early on, except a couple of Mauve Shirts dying and some strange interactions between the Darkling and Alina. Then The Thing happens to Nikolai, and it's gratuitous as fuck, because there is absolutely no plot or character development linked to it. I don't even know why the author bothered. The Darkling turned Nikolai into...something (I totally don't understand the magic systems, the Darkling's power, or anything really; what the fuck is merzost? No idea) and it was awful, but there's no dealing with it. It just happens, and then it stops happening, and Nikolai is a broken shell of a man, left alone and sad and I suppose it's supposed to generate sympathy? But we already like Nikolai. He's super likeable. He's the only character worth giving a damn about. And I suppose he needed to be punished for that?I don't get how Mal is suddenly the third amplifier, but I won't lie and say I wasn't stoked when he died. Unfortunately, this is the cheesy side of YA, and we can't have any female characters (a) ending up alone, (b) allowing themselves to be powerful, or (c) choosing the greater good over a dude who makes their thighs twitch. Bonus points if our lovebirds have stilted sex once and then are sure that that's the same sex they want to have forever. Bonus bonus points if the heroine is a virgin who ends up with the first guy she sleeps with (because ladies, once you give it away, you can't get it back again! You're spoiled! Sucks for you).Of course, Alina trades in all of her power and ends up living an intensely ordinary life in the town she hated as a child, and it's not the actual A to B of this ending that really bugs me - it's that, in Alina losing her power, Mal gets everything he ever wanted. The S&S Mal would be puffing out his chest right now, grinning, feeling really fucking pleased with himself, because all he ever did was beat his chest and cry about Alina being more powerful than him, and act all "emasculated" (just a side note: "emasculation" is the most ridiculous concept in the entire cosmos, and I want to punch anyone who uses that word seriously in a sentence, because it is fucking nonsense). So, good for Mal, I guess. He got what he wanted. Somehow he still managed to be the star of the show.Look, I knew this series would not go out with the sort of bang I enjoy (teehee) but I sort of expected more. It took me forever to get through, was dull, was nonsensical, and to be honest, I feel like the author got bored and stopped caring. I don't blame her. I would. What started as sort of a semi-cool concept devolved into another lame quest for magic objects that obviously is solved by the power of love or some such unrealistic shit. Yeah, I know this is high fantasy, but what makes high fantasy relatable and enjoyable is the realism in it. We're dealing with wars and revolutions and tyrants and our world, our real world, has had its fair share of wars and revolutions and tyrants. Those things aren't fantastical, so I expect them to be handled with a little more finesse. Oh, and more bonus points for treating death with an almost sociopathic apathy: Harshaw dies and we don't even see it happen. Half a sentence is dedicated to it during the battle, another half a sentence a chapter after that, and then who fucking cares! It was just the crazy guy! Never mind. Alina and Mal got their happily ever after, and that's all that matters!(Don't give me shit about Alina lighting a fucking candle. Harshaw and Ruby and all those people who followed her gave up everything they had for her, and all we get is some horseshit epilogue about how they paint their ceilings and frolic in meadows with children orphaned by border wars that are continuing to rage. What did those people die for? A broken, lonely king and a liar who fakes her own death so that she doesn't have to deal with the fallout of the massive revolution that she led. Blech.)I give this book two stars because of Zoya, and the writing, which was okay. It's not Austen, but it'll do. It's better than The Young Elites which literally made me want to sleep for a year. It was so dead, it felt like ashes. It was so dead, it tried to suck me into the underworld.Alas, this book was a lacklustre ending to a series that I have already mostly forgotten about. It was limp and tasteless, like lettuce that's been sitting out for too long. Actually, that's the perfect way to characterize this whole series. Wilted lettuce. Unappetizing to look at, weak in flavour, and the last thing I'd pick up if I had any alternative.Fin.
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  • Dorreh
    January 1, 1970
    I'm like a bubble of explosive happiness right now! That was incredibly perfect I can't really find the proper words!!!But I'll try to anyways..........."What two things are infinite? The universe and the greed of men."This little point emphasized so much throughout this series. I adored every moment I spent reading this series. Although in my own experience I always love the first book in a series the most, because everything is so new and fresh. There is a certain giddiness associated with get I'm like a bubble of explosive happiness right now! That was incredibly perfect I can't really find the proper words!!!But I'll try to anyways..........."What two things are infinite? The universe and the greed of men."This little point emphasized so much throughout this series. I adored every moment I spent reading this series. Although in my own experience I always love the first book in a series the most, because everything is so new and fresh. There is a certain giddiness associated with getting to know everyone and becoming familiar with the pattern of thought of an author, better yet if you have never read the authors work before this. It's like treading into unknown territory, the excitement and the euphoria of the unknown. The last books always seem to bear a certain melancholic air about them. HOWEVER; this wasn't at all true about ruin and rising. This book is by far the best ending to a series I have ever read! And although I am a perky and expressive persona when it come to describing books in general, this book took me a level even farther. The story continues where siege and storm left of with a terribly rattling cliff hanger. So much tension built up around the beginning of the book that it gave me slight hand tremors at times. It's one thing to feel anticipation, it's another entirely to feel consumed or in my case suffocated by it. The best part about the two last books was Nikolai. I felt that between a charming yet eternally noble character like Mal and an indulgent yet troubled heroine like Alina, a aloof yet witty and clever character was definitely required. Although I don't particularly adore love triangles, I found the one Leigh Bardugo created wasn't the least bit perverse. It boarded well with the circumstances and only aided in further complicating the decisions and sacrifices. The dark humor however probably did me best. It was the perfect combination of inappropriate and contrary. There is nothing like the threat of imminent death and destruction hanging over ones head to make you feel like you should use every possible moment. The way the story unfurled its wings and began to soar was inexplicably delightful. "He’d wanted me to believe in his ruthlessness.Then I remembered his words from so long ago: Make me your villain."There are many villains, every story needs a villain truly. In this series however I rooted for the villain maybe more than once. The darkling was a uniquely meticulous character, one that although devious and evil per say, was burdened by the eternity of loneliness. Some characters are meant to be hated, but for me the darkling had a right to empathy. Bardugo created a character carefully drawn between the lines of good and bad, a perfect shade of grey.Overall I think it's needless to say I loved everything about this book. The way the author allowed the characters to build their alternate realities of what could have been like the shared story moments in the abandoned house just before the outbreak of war, or the third person BEFORE and AFTERS that started and ended every book. The last after actually brought a mist to my eyes, the good kind of pain. The types that stings your heart but fills it with a sad kind of joy. I so loved this series!
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    1.) Shadow and Bone ★★★★★2.) Siege and Storm ★★★This book was a whole lot of ruin and not enough rising. This review is going to have mild spoilers, especially with information about Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm, so please proceed with caution if you haven't read this trilogy. Moral of this story:If you want the super hot guy you've been fantasizing about for years, make sure you never show that you can be more powerful than him in any aspect of your life. Mal wanted her powerless and he 1.) Shadow and Bone ★★★★★2.) Siege and Storm ★★★This book was a whole lot of ruin and not enough rising. This review is going to have mild spoilers, especially with information about Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm, so please proceed with caution if you haven't read this trilogy. Moral of this story:If you want the super hot guy you've been fantasizing about for years, make sure you never show that you can be more powerful than him in any aspect of your life. Mal wanted her powerless and he got his wish in the end, because fuck women making men feel insecure, right? Who would want to be a queen when you could live a life in hiding, filled with mediocrity, with Mal? I mean, you probably will have lots of super hot sex, right? Obviously, the Darkling and Nikolai accepting her for who she really is was completely overrated. /sarcasmWhat makes me the saddest is that I actually thought this series would be different. “Maybe love was superstition, a prayer we said to keep the truth of loneliness at bay.” How could Leigh Bardugo create this literary masterpiece that is the Darkling and just completely throw him away? He was heads and shoulders above any other character in this series and we only get to see him five times in this book; one of those scenes being the biggest load of bullshit I've ever read. I have no words for my disappointment.Shadow and Bone was honest to God perfect for me, I chalked my disappointment with Siege and Storm to "Second Book Syndrome", but this book was an abomination. The ending made me feel like I completely wasted my time and that there was really no point in this series at all. The most upsetting thing is that this could have been the best trilogy of all timeThis world, these characters, and the potential were astronomical. I'm actually still dumbfounded how this happened because Shadow and Bone was perfection, in my opinion. Maybe I'll feel differently once the bleeding stops, but I am just in disbelief by this safe terrible ending, when this could have been the next Harry Potter.The only positive thing I'll say is that Six of Crows is, so far, amazing and I don't think it will turn out like this lackluster ending. I will stand by the fact that I believe the Darkling is one of the best characters ever to be written, so I'm just going to pretend that Kaz Brekker is the Darkling reincarnated, even though Six of Crows picks right up where Ruin and Rising left off... I'm still going to pretend, because this is my coping mechanism!I will also say that Leigh Bardugo's prose is one of the most beautiful I've ever read, and it makes me want to read everything she creates, but I can't lie about the utter disappointment I felt when I finished the last page of this book. Unfortunately, we got a generic ending to this trilogy with no twists that ultimately turned Alina into one of the weakest female characters I've ever read. I obviously wanted her with the Darkling with some kind of redemption story, but I would have even been happy with Nikolai. Instead we get Mal who should be dead, and not even because of the knife, but because I want to kill him myself for all of womankind. I'm off to live the rest of my life through the Darkling fan-fiction. Goodbye, cruel world. “You are all I’ve ever wanted,” he said. “You are the whole of my heart.” Blog | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Youtube | Twitch
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  • C.G. Drews
    January 1, 1970
    WELL, 'SCUSE ME. BUT I'M RIDICULOUSLY UNHAPPY. I've had a weird mix of feelings about this series. I liked the first book but...never felt emotionally engaged? But then Siege and Storm was 5-star worthy. FIVE FREAKING FANTASTIC STARS. I fell in love with the world building and Nikolai and the magic and the science and Nikolai and Nikolai and also NIKOLAI. *ahem* And then Ruin and Rising? WHAT. HAPPENED.For me, it was:+ boring and slow+ the first 100-pages made me want to nap+ i didn't love any o WELL, 'SCUSE ME. BUT I'M RIDICULOUSLY UNHAPPY. I've had a weird mix of feelings about this series. I liked the first book but...never felt emotionally engaged? But then Siege and Storm was 5-star worthy. FIVE FREAKING FANTASTIC STARS. I fell in love with the world building and Nikolai and the magic and the science and Nikolai and Nikolai and also NIKOLAI. *ahem* And then Ruin and Rising? WHAT. HAPPENED.For me, it was:+ boring and slow+ the first 100-pages made me want to nap+ i didn't love any of the secondary characters or even care about them+ I still don't understand why people like the Darkling. Like whyyyy???? What??? He's weird and creepy and what's the pull???+ And then I don't think it squandered some of it's more epic characters and just tossed them out in the end to serve minimal plot points+ I seriously hated the ending. SO I'M JUST GONNA CRY, OKAY?! It's sooo hard to review this without spoilers. But my ship...my ship...omg. No. (view spoiler)[My ship, as I vocally admit all the time is NIKOLAI and ALINA. AND IT SUNK. Oh. my. Volcra. It sunk like the titanic and...and....I do'nt understaaaaand. I hate Mal. He is obsessive and whiny and controlling and ANNOYING. And Nikolai only came in after 100-pages and then in the last 100 pages, he was tossed out again because the Darkling turned him into a freaktastic monster. Which is awesome...but Alina was fully "Oh well. Love-triangle is cancelled. Woop woop. MAL, MARRY ME NOW." Like she seriously did not even freaking care that Nikolai was gone. She didn't even try to save him. I HATE ALINA BECAUSE OF THIS. OMG. (hide spoiler)] And I totally think the romantic aspect is subjective, so THIS IS JUST ME!! And I also know a lot of people like the Darkling, but I didn't get him at all. Basically all the characters (except darling adorable wonderful Nikolai) fell flat for me. The secondary characters? Eh. I couldn't tell them apart and there were SO MANY. I couldn't properly remember the end of bk 2 to figure out who everyone was. So I was bored and 100% DONE with the secondary characters. Which is so sad.And then the plot? Waaaaay too much time at the beginning was spent with Alina being a Saint and doing Saintly things and talking to priests (or whatever they were) AND IT WAS JUST BORING. It didn't liven up until Nikolai showed up.But aghhhhh SO MUCH AWESOME WAS THERE TOO. I still like this series. I do. It didn't end how I wanted it to and I DON'T think it stayed true to the characters. Buuuut. I love the world. I love the magic. I love the combination of magic AND science. I love how dark Alina went and scary and how bitter the sacrifices she had to make were. I loooove the Russian names. I ADORE IT. (I have a teeny tiny Russian obsession.) And I love the cover and the firebird mentions and the palaces. I love that it wasn't a monstrously big book. I love the plot twist at the very very end when Alina (view spoiler)[stabs Mal. Omg so beautiful. Pity he...came back. -_- (hide spoiler)]So bascially, I WANTED to love this book to pieces, but I'm too disappointed. I think this is like 90% subjective though. The writing was brilliant and the humour was crispily wonderful. But...I'm just gonna go eat a Volcra and be in a mood for 9 years. I am an unhappy melon.*** EXCELLENT QUOTES ****"You never know," said Nikolai. "I've been busy. I might have some surprises in store for the Darkling yet.""Please tell me you plan to dress up as a volcra and jump out of a cake.""Well, now you've ruined the surprise." (pg. 111)[Nikolai] clapped his hand on Mal's shoulder. "It's good to see you, Oretsev."The smile Mal returned was genuine. "You too. Thanks for teh rescue.""Everyone needs a hobby.""I thought yours was preening.""Two hobbies." "I can think of a few more interesting ways to spend one's time.""Is that supposed to be an innuendo?""What a filthy mind you have. I was referring to puzzles and the perusal of edifying texts." (pg 118) "You'll still make a great king.""Of course I will," he scoffed. "I'm melancholy, not daft." "If this stains my teeth orange --" said Zoya."It will," interrupted Genya, "but I promise to put your teeth back whiter than they were before. I may even fix those weird incisors of yours.""There is nothing wrong with my teeth.""Not at all," said Genya soothingly. "You're the prettiest walrus I know. I'm just amazed you haven't sawed through your lower lip." (pg. 216)
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  • Sofs
    January 1, 1970
    Ok, now that I'm relaxed I will try a to write a better review because I wrote the previous one in a moment of anger.So, here I was. A girl that loved S&B and thought S&S was a little boring and offered almost nothing but I was "It's ok. R&R will be da bomb" well, it was more like "da hell?"This book is RUIN AND RISING and I agree with 50% of the title. This book ruined the trilogy and it is not rising it anymore to my favorite trilogy. I'm so sorry for this trilogy. This book just s Ok, now that I'm relaxed I will try a to write a better review because I wrote the previous one in a moment of anger.So, here I was. A girl that loved S&B and thought S&S was a little boring and offered almost nothing but I was "It's ok. R&R will be da bomb" well, it was more like "da hell?"This book is RUIN AND RISING and I agree with 50% of the title. This book ruined the trilogy and it is not rising it anymore to my favorite trilogy. I'm so sorry for this trilogy. This book just stank the whole trilogy like titanic. *facepalm* this was a disaster. I wish I could say "they try so hard to impress the readers and make a huge impact" but I can't even say it in a good or bad way.I thought it was going to be a great finale. Like, this book ending one of the best plots and world I have read in the YA universe and yet, it was just a simple nothing book. I wonder "is this really a book from Leigh? This really happens?"I told you this has spoilers so ya.First. I knew there was a big chance of Darkling dying, yes. Did I wanted it? Of course no? He was my baby. People are saying he is pure evil but I didn't see that in S&B and S&S. I always thought he was a lonely boy who found love in Grisha and wanted the best for them. He uses the fear to control people. Do I like his actions? Of couse not. He was the perfect character. The one that is more than a bad guy but is not exactly a villain. Such a great character to just have few seconds in R&R. Really? What? Do you think we are reading this because of Mal or Alina? NAAAAh.I feel cheated. More than once we got a glimpse that probably Darkling wasn't that evil. More than once we saw emotion in his eyes. He said "make me your villain" and Leigh said "if this was a book from Darkling's POV he wasn't the villain" so yeah. I feel cheated. Always using Darkling to promote this trilogy and book for nothing. -.-''He was a kinda of villain but his character was perfect. A bunch of people like me started reading this trilogy because they heard about a guy called Darkling This trilogy was all about Darkling. Such great character deserved some redemption and I know if Leigh really wanted she would do it. She just didn't want it. I know this is her book but we are her readers. Tell me. When a bunch of them starts pushing to one side, the one she doesn't pick up, who is the fault? Ours?At the end, what happens? He dies. He dies. He says "Don't leave me alone" and this broke my heart.Now, we have Alina. I never liked Alina. I understand how confused, weak, boring she was in S&B since she was orphan and had nothing but a childish boy by her side(i'm sorry but true). S&S came and Alina was the same: boring, weak but pretending she was strong, confuse and she doesn't seem to have a head to think. She thinks and does what other people says to do or thinks (not just Darkling). But I still thought "R&R is coming she will probably be da bomb. She has to grow up" yeah, of course. Who she ends? Let's give up on everything, be a little bitch because I can't leave Nikolai behind but I'm so desesperate that I need Mal here. Oh, and let me leave Grisha behind to save a them love that it doesn't seem to exist (wth, they seem brother and sister, like..???) and keep weak again so I don't have to worry anymore and have a bunch of crying babies. THE E.N.D Sucks when we all are waiting for something big, for her to be different it she is just... Alina. The orphan girl, the one that is not strong enough for nothing, that only wants to live a simple life when she could such a great difference in Ravka. Urgh, what's wrong ith these YA authors? Is it hard to make a female protagonist that doesn't give up everything for a guy or because is not "who she is"?Please, I wish Alina was never a protagonist of this trilogy.Then, we have Alina and Mal. Yes. The worst couple in the YA universe. The couple that, I would say 80%, of reads dislike because there is no chemestry and they seem brother and sister. Yet, they end up together. How? Jesus, how? A guy that always wanted Alina to not have powers so he could keep protecting her. Even when she was losing herself in her power, instead of supporting, he was an idiot always attacking her and repressing her. He didn't respect her and who she is. The this trilogy ends with that: she gives up for him. Really? LIKE REALLY? da hell?I think this is Bardugo's fault. Really. Mal wasn't a good character. I even think Apparat was better than him as character. Mal was just like a shadow of Alina and almost didn't exist if wasn't for her past with him. He sucked as love interest. Yet he ends up with her. What a perfect disaster of couple they are. ò.óDon't get me wrong. Alina doesn't deserve Darkling or Nikolai. If she was different in R&R maybe I would support them but nope. So, right now I'm not that bad about it. -.-Like. I had a bunch of different endings you know? I thouhght the best was Darkling get redemption and lose his powers. Like starting from the 0 with Alina while she keeps her powers and helps ruling Ravka and Grisha. I think Darkling without powers would continue be great as an equal. I imagined them both losing their powers and finished together and went away. Probably trying to find other Grisha and help them. Oh, and Baghra with them of course.Well, I pretty much imagined a strong Alina helping Grisha and Ravka. Like almost a soldier, you know? But Alina was more a rat than solider anyway.I keep thinking if there was just 1 book, I could accept this end since Alina was like this in S&B but I keep thinking I would dislike it anyway because there is not much change.What I want: We find out Darkling is not dead but every sick and hurted. He comes back but different and searches for redemption and finds a hot & powerful girl. I want the same for Nikolai so at the end they can be "We don't need a weak girl. Keep living a childish love while we change the world" and ya 8-)This is such an amazing world and this book is almost a waste. It ruined the trilogy. I never felt so cheated by an author. It seems the YA author has a problem of writing a different end.Shot out to Tahereh Mafi and Veronica Rossi for write a different book.I would recommend this trilogy but not this book. If you want to read S&B I would say for you to just read that book and imagine the end since this was a waste of 3 books because there is no surprise at the end. This is a predictable end since S&B but we just trusted too much in Leigh. But the writing is still good this is why I don't give 1 star.The problem with wanting is that it makes us weak 3 Ps. Sorry the english since is not my first language :D
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  • Grace (BURTSBOOKS)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars Book Stockholm syndrome took me hostage with this series and now that it's over I don't know what to do. I started off this series not caring at all and by the middle of this third book I was sobbing on my kitchen floor. I guess you could say the series got better as it went along. I’m not sure about that but I do know half this book ripped my heart out. The other half pissed me off but if you read my review’s of Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm that isn’t exactly rare for this se 3.5 stars Book Stockholm syndrome took me hostage with this series and now that it's over I don't know what to do. I started off this series not caring at all and by the middle of this third book I was sobbing on my kitchen floor. I guess you could say the series got better as it went along. I’m not sure about that but I do know half this book ripped my heart out. The other half pissed me off but if you read my review’s of Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm that isn’t exactly rare for this series. The rest of this is gonna be a mess of unorganized spoilers. This is your warning. So, obviously, the most important part of this series is Nikolai (some people argue that it’s Alina and Mal’s relationship but lol let’s be real). I, like everyone else that has read these books, love him and he was, of course, the cause of my sobbing on my kitchen floor that I mentioned earlier. He was the most interesting and devastating part of this book series and I will forever be bitter about the shit he had to go through in this book. I know he didn’t have to kill the love of his life or anything but arguably he had the biggest struggle of any character in this series with that bullshit The Darkling did to him and it hurts my heart. Also because of The Darkling’s stupid treachery, Nikolai wasn’t nearly as present in the story as he should have been and I’m bitter. Where is the Nikolai trilogy???? I need it immediately. I need more Nikolai content after this drought of a book. Anyway, moving on. I really enjoyed that a lot of the characters that were mostly background in the previous two books really came to life in this book. Zoya and David ended up being hilarious characters and I totally didn’t see that coming. I still don’t get why everyone loves The Darkling. I mean half the time he made me want to rip my hair out and Alina killing him was possibly the best thing that happened the entire series but also he’s a really interesting antagonist and I begrudgingly admit that reading this story from his point of view would’ve been enthralling. I mean just imagine for a second: this story being told by him instead of Alina. Like damn that would change everything. Speaking of Alina, maybe I should talk about her and by extension Mal. Here we are, you all saw it coming. I can’t simply talk about this series without talking about how utterly uninterested I am in Alina and Mal’s romance. It’s just boring and overdone idk man. The worst part is I really enjoyed the concept of Mal as the third amplifier, I totally didn’t see it coming and it made me feel actual emotions towards their relationship. Like I was actually worried for Mal. Can you believe it? Idk maybe it makes me fucked up but I’m a sucker for sacrifices like that and the angst surrounding it was the perfect mix of satisfying and heartbreaking. I honestly didn’t think Alina had it in her to kill Mal but she did and I was super impressed and upset and just satisfied with the story being done so well. You can imagine how cheated I felt when Mal suddenly was coming back to life. Like hello????? I’m still confused about how that even happened. Also, it was super annoying and convenient that Alina lost her powers just like Mal had always wanted. Oh yay, they can be together now! Yes, that was exactly what I wanted from this book! Ugh, I feel played. Other than that little fact, I thought this book was great and it put me on an emotional roller coaster, which sadly I don’t get to experience much in my reading life. I’m happy I finally read this trilogy. I finally feel like I’m part of the club and I’m ready to move on to Six of Crows. The grisha verse is a rich, captivating world. The politics are super dark and twisted but so interesting to read about and I can’t wait for Leigh Bardugo to pull a Cassandra Clare and just continue this world forever.
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  • ~Poppy~
    January 1, 1970
    “You are all I’ve ever wanted,” he said. “You are the whole of my heart.”“He leaned against the window, and the gilded frame came into sharp focus. “Do you think it would be any different with your tracker beside you? With that Lantsov pup?”“Yes,” I said simply.“Because you would be the strong one?”“Because they’re better men than you.”“You might make me a better man.”“And you might make me a monster.” I really wanted to give 5 stars.I did! But from the beginning of the book until the middle it “You are all I’ve ever wanted,” he said. “You are the whole of my heart.”“He leaned against the window, and the gilded frame came into sharp focus. “Do you think it would be any different with your tracker beside you? With that Lantsov pup?”“Yes,” I said simply.“Because you would be the strong one?”“Because they’re better men than you.”“You might make me a better man.”“And you might make me a monster.” I really wanted to give 5 stars.I did! But from the beginning of the book until the middle it was boring :'(But afterwards, it was so good!!! Finally, the redemption for all the characters!!It was the best ending she could give!!(view spoiler)[1)ALINA AND MALYes!!!!!!!! I am so excited they ended up together!!I am so happy!!“Do you think you could be happy?” he asked. “With a used-up tracker?” I smiled at that. Cocky Mal, charming, brave, and dangerous. Was that doubt in his voice? I kissed him once, gently. “If you can be happy with someone who stuck a knife in your chest."“They had an ordinary life, full of ordinary things-if love can ever be called that.” 2)The DarklingI still believe that he wanted Alina because he felt alone and she was the only one she understands what it's like to be him with all that power!“This isn’t right,” he said, and in his voice I heard desperation, a new and unfamiliar anguish. His fingers skimmed my neck, cupped my face. I felt no surge of surety. No light stirred within me to answer his call. His gray eyes searched mine—confused, nearly frightened. “You were meant to be like me. You were meant … You’re nothing now.”See what I am saying? “Speak my name once more.” He was ancient, I knew that. But in this moment he was just a boy—brilliant, blessed with too much power, burdened by eternity. “Aleksander.” His eyes fluttered shut. “Don’t let me be alone,” he murmured. And then he was gone.God!!!! I didn't love the Darkling but I don't hate him either! I will admit that I cried when he died! He had to die though because even if he wanted to change he couldn't!! It was too late for him! I am so sad that he never knew what love meant but it wasn't only his fault!"How could he be so cruel and still so human?"3)Oh my god! I knew that there was more to that Mal is amazing tracker but I did not see that coming!!He is the third amplifier!! And he is also the great great great great great nephew of the Darkling?Or cousin? Wtf?????I was so afraid that Mal would be end up dead!! I knew Alina that she would kill the Darkling! And I was thinking that she would end up with Nikolai!! Nikolai is good person!! I really like him but he doesn't belong with Alina! Thank god she brought him back to life!!“Mal,” I said. “Do you think … do you think it’s the amplifiers?” He frowned, checking the sight on a rifle. “What do you mean?”“Is that what’s between us? My power and yours? Is that why we became friends, why…” I trailed off. He picked up another gun, sighted down the barrel. “Maybe that brought us together, but it didn’t make us who we are. It didn’t make you the girl who could get me to laugh when I had nothing. It sure as hell didn’t make me the idiot who took that for granted. Whatever there is between us, we forged it. It belongs to us.” Then he set down the rifle and wiped his hands on a rag.4)“Know that I loved you,” she said to the Darkling. “Know that it was not enough.”I liked Baghra!! Deep down she was so good person! She helped Alina so many times but she loved her son deeply but at the end it wasn't enough.5)I am so glad that Alina lost her powers because we all saw what they did to the Darkling!"I couldn’t forget what he’d done, and I wouldn’t forgive what he was: a murderer. A monster. A man who had tortured my friends and slaughtered the people I’d tried to protect."6)“Alina, this is the alliance I want: the First and Second Armies brought together. As for the rest, I’ve always known that whatever marriage I made would be political. It would be about power, not love. But we might get lucky. In time, we might have both.”“Or the third amplifier will turn me into a power-mad dictator and you’ll have to kill me.” “Yes, that would make for an awkward honeymoon.”Nikolai!!! He is so funny! I rally really like him! If Mal didn't exist, I would want Nikolai to be with Alina! Okay he likes her and she likes him but that wouldn't last!7)“I wasn’t afraid of you, Alina. I was afraid of losing you. The girl you were becoming didn’t need me anymore, but she’s who you were always meant to be.”Ohhhhhh, Mal!!! (hide spoiler)]
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  • Demi
    January 1, 1970
    Moral of the story: A woman should never show more strength and power than her boyfriend. Ladies, you must give up everything so you can be with your man.The end.....Also, fuck any defense for this ending. The fucking title is "Ruin and Rising", and by naming the book this, Leigh Bardugo completely misled everyone into believing this book would be something its not. Read this if you like heavily contrived romance that the actual plot suffers for.
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  • Dulcie
    January 1, 1970
    This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but a whimper. T.S. EliotWhat a perfect encapsulation of this miserable conclusion. I thought I had prepared myself mentally for the worst of scenarios. Even as I prayed desperately for a satisfying ending to my favorite YA series of all time, I readied myself for every possible emotion: For devastation. For despair. For my soul to be raked over the coals until it became a shriveled, blackened thing so that I could never feel happiness again. I was This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but a whimper. T.S. EliotWhat a perfect encapsulation of this miserable conclusion. I thought I had prepared myself mentally for the worst of scenarios. Even as I prayed desperately for a satisfying ending to my favorite YA series of all time, I readied myself for every possible emotion: For devastation. For despair. For my soul to be raked over the coals until it became a shriveled, blackened thing so that I could never feel happiness again. I was definitely not ready to feel like this:Because that ending was BAD. It wasn't simply controversial, or polarizing, or provocative. It was just plain bad. It was half-cooked, it was predictable, it was unoriginal, it was poorly-plotted, it was the epitome of YA gone tame and lame. (view spoiler)[ I have so many grievances against this book that I can hardly list them all. But foremost on the list is definitely the BUTCHERING OF THE DARKLING. Over and over again, we've been told that the Darkling is a morally ambiguous character, whose actions can be categorized as neither right nor wrong. And yet all we see of him in R+R is his committing atrocity after atrocity! Was it so that when he met his pitiful end, we'd feel that he "deserved" it? What I had looked forward to the most was gleaning further insight into his character, but there was no more insight to be gained, because in the book he ONLY APPEARS ABOUT ~5 TIMES. In the previous installments, he was enigmatic and mysterious. Here, he's just a half-baked character that the author didn't bother to flesh out. His pitiful excuse for a death scene deserves a rant all of its own. A knife to the heart? WTF? Why not just have him choke to death on a chicken bone? Both endings would carry the same dignity for a man of his power. Just a pathetic and lazy copout. "Freed from his misery" "a merciful death" etc, MY BUTT. He was put down like a DOG. And of course, the most grievious wound of them all. Alina. Losing her powers. AGAIN. To return to the orphanage. With Mal. I'm speechless with the inanity of it all. (hide spoiler)]To reverse all of the protagonist's hardwon character development, and to lazily discard the best pairing (and most captivating individual) in one fell swoop...what a complete and utter disappointment. The takeaway message here? It's okay for a woman to repress her potential for the sake of her man. After all, ordinary love triumphs over all, so girls! Keep your talents on the down-low, otherwise you might make your boyfriend feel "inferior!" I expected so much more out of the author. This was my favorite trilogy, this was my adored OTP, and it was all blown to smithereens in a whimper of an ending. I'm so angry. Given the lack of strong female protagonists in YA, and the dearth of supportive love interests, why on Earth would an author doom her character to this circular end?
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  • Darth J
    January 1, 1970
    In this finale, you'll find more incomprehensible nouns.A previously important phoenix plot that quickly fizzles out.Some weird girl who used to be beautiful is now ugly muddled body positivity message.Mal gets a dumb tattoo on his back that roughly translates to "I am become a blade" or some other crap, and it just makes me think of a lot of my millennial friends who have regrettable tats just because they think it makes them look badass. What they think they look like:What they actually look l In this finale, you'll find more incomprehensible nouns.A previously important phoenix plot that quickly fizzles out.Some weird girl who used to be beautiful is now ugly muddled body positivity message.Mal gets a dumb tattoo on his back that roughly translates to "I am become a blade" or some other crap, and it just makes me think of a lot of my millennial friends who have regrettable tats just because they think it makes them look badass. What they think they look like:What they actually look like:More words that you can't even wrap your head around with too many consonants and not enough vowels.An anti-climactic climax.Some weird the main characters and villain are all kinda related mess.And an ending that kinda gives everyone a happy ending but still feels like it comes up too short. My other reviews for The Grisha series: • Shadow and Bone • Siege and Storm • Six of Crows
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  • Natalia
    January 1, 1970
    I've never been more disappointed with a book in my life. Probably because I've invested too much of my heart into this story and I expected to get at least something in return. This isn't the worst book out there, but the amount of potential squandered, the idea of what it could have been - it all makes me want to weep. I expected so much more from Leigh, but in the end, it turned out to be just another trope-ridden YA series.More rant coming later.***We have a true cover, and everything is on I've never been more disappointed with a book in my life. Probably because I've invested too much of my heart into this story and I expected to get at least something in return. This isn't the worst book out there, but the amount of potential squandered, the idea of what it could have been - it all makes me want to weep. I expected so much more from Leigh, but in the end, it turned out to be just another trope-ridden YA series.More rant coming later.***We have a true cover, and everything is on fire. Was it the Firebird who set everything aflame? Was it Alina? I'm sitting here staring at the cover, trying to deduce how the story is going to end, but it seems pointless. It just makes me all the more nervous. I hope it won't be one of those final installments you just want to throw against the wall. I mean, Leigh Bardugo must know, that while maybe about 20 % of fans root for Mal, the other 80 % love the Darkling, right? RIGHT?***I know this is not the true cover, but every time I look at it, it seems kind if fitting for this book. Also, I have a feeling I'm going to either passionately love or hate it. Please, Leigh Bardugo, don't kill off the Darkling! Let him somehow redeem himself! Pleeease?!
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  • Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)
    January 1, 1970
    “I will strip away all that you know, all that you love, until you have no shelter but mine.” This will be difficult to explain because in fact I feel very nostalgic by the end of this trilogy that won my heart without my noticing it. But now that I am saying goodbye to the characters seriously I can say that I already miss them so muchThis book has won all the stars in my opinion for the great growth of the characters through it. They have been courageous and strong at all times and I loved “I will strip away all that you know, all that you love, until you have no shelter but mine.” This will be difficult to explain because in fact I feel very nostalgic by the end of this trilogy that won my heart without my noticing it. But now that I am saying goodbye to the characters seriously I can say that I already miss them so muchThis book has won all the stars in my opinion for the great growth of the characters through it. They have been courageous and strong at all times and I loved that!The story begins with Alina being maintained underground by the Apparat as we have previously seen is the leader of the "cult" who revere her as holy.but then they escape and begins his journey to get the firebird which they believe is the third amplifier that will give Alina the power necessary to defeat my love the Darkling hahaha(I have to take a break to talk about the new look of our main character. I loved the white hair which is suppose to change after her confrontation with The Darkling in the second book, I believe that at no time explain why the change occurs but I think it gives an interesting style to the plot it's like a representation of good and evil so I found a good change)(view spoiler)[Nikolai's return has made me so happy !, I love this man and he has managed to enchant us as ever because it remains one of the most interesting characters but then when everything goes well PUM! . The Darkling has to convert him in a horrible flying thing and he wants to eat people O.o WTF with that. I have crying with that scene seriously ... I thought I had lost him forever! :( (hide spoiler)]And I think everyone knows my feelings about Mal which are very scarce lol, but I have to say and pleasantly that has grown so much in this book that I have achieved I love him after all, is neither remotely of my favorites but I have to acknowledge that it has become a little wiser with your decisions. This has had a lot to do with the growth of stars this time :) “Maybe love was superstition, a prayer we said to keep the truth of loneliness at bay.” (view spoiler)[Mal being the third amplifier seriously I didn't expect that! a great twist in the story: D (hide spoiler)] My favorite thing in this book have certainly been Alina's encounters with the Darkling, I HAVE LOVED IT!These dialogues have no waste! And since we are talking about the Darkling I have to say that without doubt will be the most endearing character for me, not only the trilogy I mean all the books I have read. It was a character full of mystery and drama, which has no waste.I think it's a soul misunderstood a man with something destructive ideals but basically was always looking aceptacion, appreciation and I have so many incredible words to devote to this character but I just ...i LOVE HIM ! And if you read this book you can not miss her dearly taken dialogues and moments that hide so much feeling and thoughts according to my opinion, much of which not even spoken in the book. “Aleksander," I whispered. A boy's name, given up. Almost forgotten.” (view spoiler)[His death broke my heart like his last words, I think if his mother would have been different with your breeding maybe he could have been a better man. I can clearly say that I cry for him and that was a big lost for my (hide spoiler)]So you have to read it, really a great story with a lovely script and an interesting plot!. Full of magic and action, and amusing dialogues! :3
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  • TheCrazyWorldOfABookLover
    January 1, 1970
    “Maybe love was superstition, a prayer we said to keep the truth of loneliness at bay." Why you should read the Grisha trilogy:1. The Darkling2. Mal 3. Pirates and demons and magical birds4. The Darkling5. Nikolai6. The Darkling7. Mal and Alina8. Mal9. MAL10. Malyen Fucking OretsevIf you haven't gotten it yet, I'm kind of in love with Mal. And I know some people preferred the other heroes over him. Maybe because he wasn't as funny as Nikolai or as seductive as the Darkling. But I loved that boy “Maybe love was superstition, a prayer we said to keep the truth of loneliness at bay." Why you should read the Grisha trilogy:1. The Darkling2. Mal 3. Pirates and demons and magical birds4. The Darkling5. Nikolai6. The Darkling7. Mal and Alina8. Mal9. MAL10. Malyen Fucking OretsevIf you haven't gotten it yet, I'm kind of in love with Mal. And I know some people preferred the other heroes over him. Maybe because he wasn't as funny as Nikolai or as seductive as the Darkling. But I loved that boy from the start and Chapter 16 and the epilogue ruined my life. I read them 4 times. And I think when I'm done writing this review I'm going back to read them again.What I also loved: how I was oddly okay with anyway this could have ended. I actually kept going back and forth with how I wanted the story to conclude. Towards the last half, I HOPED it would end a certain way. I was PRAYING Alina would end up with a certain someone. And I can honestly say the ending was just perfection. PER-FREAKING-FECTION. I cried and weeped and laughed and I just thought it couldn't have been better.The characters were realistic, fantastic, and fun. The plot twists were CRAZY. The Darkling is literally the most fascinating and intriguing character I have read about and I can't praise Leigh enough for creating someone like him. For creating this whole series that stayed true to its characters and theme from the very beginning. And for Mal. Thank you for Mal.Fav quotes: "In the end, maybe love just meant longing for something impossibly bright and forever out of reach.""I am not ruined. I am ruination.""I will strip away all that you know, all that you love, until you have no shelter but me.""I would have been different too, without you. Weaker, reckless." He smiled slightly. "Afraid of the dark." He brushed the tears from my cheeks. I wasn't sure when they'd started. "But no matter who or what I was, I would have been yours.""You are all I ever wanted. You are the whole of my heart.""When evening fell, the boy would bring the girl a glass of tea, a slice of lemon cake, an apple blossom floating in a blue cup. He would kiss her neck and whisper new names in her ear: beauty, beloved, cherished, my heart.They had an ordinary life, full of ordinary things - if love can ever be called that." Find Me On:Instagram ❤ FB Page ❤ FB Blog ❤ Blog
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  • Sana
    January 1, 1970
    This review is mostly gifs bc I just cannot write proper English words and the only English word that I am able to write is the word "fuck" and there is enough of that if you scroll down. MalAlinaThe PlotThe DarklingThe EndingIf you don't want a whole fuck migraine, don't scroll down. :))*eye twitches**closes book and stares off into the distance**takes a deep breath**implodes*Literally trying not to fucking throw my fucking Ipad across the room. FUCK THIS BULL FUCKING SHIT. FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK This review is mostly gifs bc I just cannot write proper English words and the only English word that I am able to write is the word "fuck" and there is enough of that if you scroll down. MalAlinaThe PlotThe DarklingThe EndingIf you don't want a whole fuck migraine, don't scroll down. :))*eye twitches**closes book and stares off into the distance**takes a deep breath**implodes*Literally trying not to fucking throw my fucking Ipad across the room. FUCK THIS BULL FUCKING SHIT. 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Also if (view spoiler)[Alina and The Darkling don't become a thing (hide spoiler)],, I'm going to cut a bitch.Dear book, pls help me get up of this slump ty very much.and to make matters worse I've heard this has a shitty ending. great.
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  • Bentley ★ Bookbastion.net
    January 1, 1970
    1. Shadow and Bone: ★★★★★2. Siege and Storm: ★★★✩✩3. Ruin and Rising: ★★★★✩Prequel: 1. The Demon in the Woods ★★★★★_____________See this review and more at www.bookbastion.netOh man, this was so much better than I could have hoped it would be! Did it meet my own personal preferences? Not in the slightest. And while a loud and vocal part of my mind immediately started blaring red alert warning sirens when I saw things slipping away from how I hoped they'd go, I still appreciated the journey. Note 1. Shadow and Bone: ★★★★★2. Siege and Storm: ★★★✩✩3. Ruin and Rising: ★★★★✩Prequel: 1. The Demon in the Woods ★★★★★_____________See this review and more at www.bookbastion.netOh man, this was so much better than I could have hoped it would be! Did it meet my own personal preferences? Not in the slightest. And while a loud and vocal part of my mind immediately started blaring red alert warning sirens when I saw things slipping away from how I hoped they'd go, I still appreciated the journey. Note that I'm going to avoid spoilers in this review, so the things I say will stay fairly general and just touch on the surface elements of this book and its place as the final installment of a trilogy. I've seen a lot of conflicting opinions from fellow bloggers and reviewers and often wondered how a community could be so split. Now that I've finished the series for myself, I think I understand the conflict. Admittedly I'm still a tiny bit conflicted myself. Bardugo filled the pages of these three books with some wonderfully memorable character and storylines for them. It's hard not to pick favorites and even harder not take it personally when their stories turn in directions we would prefer they didn't. But I understood the reasons for the choices made here, and I respect Leigh Bardugo because it's clear that she went into this trilogy with a very specific vision, and damn did she commit to it. Even when the tide of the fandom might have been turning in another direction, she chose to honor her original plans, of which there was definitely foreshadowing towards all the way back in Book 1. The Darkling has to be one of the strongest and most memorable characters I can think of in an YA book I've read in recent years. He's incredibly well crafted, especially within the role he ends up playing in the trilogy. His motives are compelling, and totally understandable. Morally ambiguous characters are hard to write well, but when they're done right they become elevated from a caricature to another level that he deservedly belongs on, in my opinion. Alina's story comes full circle in this entry as well. I have to say that I really enjoyed her character journey a great deal. My only complaint here is that at times her power seemed a bit too easy for her to master. She goes from being nearly unable to call the light at all, to shearing the tops off of actual mountaintops. She's definitely a strong character, but I find her at her strongest when she's making decisions and confronting her demons without the powers that at times felt a little like a crutch. Mal was actually bearable here, and thank goodness for it because he's certainly more central to events in this entry. While his negativity and possessiveness from the previous book seemed to simply evaporate into thin air, I was grateful for the change of heart. He's much more enjoyable the way he was written in this entry.For those who followed my reviews for the last two books, one of the biggest complaints I had about Siege and Storm was the glacial pace. Rest assured that it was mostly disposed of here in favor of a plot that really cranks out event after event, in a lot of memorable places as well. I was certainly never bored! Ultimately, this was a really thrilling conclusion to the Grisha trilogy. I'm so happy to have gotten to know these characters over the last month. I can't wait to move on to Crooked Kingdom next month!★★★★✩ = 4/5 stars __________________Buddy reading this with the wonderful Chelsea Humphrey, and Noelle!
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  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed by: Rabid ReadsRight, so it's been about a month since RUIN AND RISING came out, but I know there are still a lot of you who haven't had a chance to read it yet, so NO SPOILERS. I will, however, be using my trademark vague-ery to discuss the issues I had with this book. There are three. FYI. I may also have a rant (I haven't decided yet), but if I do, I promise that you'll have to CLICK ON IT to be able to read it. Moving on.I love the X-Men.I'd like to say that I've loved them since I Reviewed by: Rabid ReadsRight, so it's been about a month since RUIN AND RISING came out, but I know there are still a lot of you who haven't had a chance to read it yet, so NO SPOILERS. I will, however, be using my trademark vague-ery to discuss the issues I had with this book. There are three. FYI. I may also have a rant (I haven't decided yet), but if I do, I promise that you'll have to CLICK ON IT to be able to read it. Moving on.I love the X-Men.I'd like to say that I've loved them since I was a kid, b/c that's when I started reading the comic books . . . but that would be a lie (b/c not that cool).I've loved the X-Men since 2000, when the first movie in the first franchise came out. I have a vague recollection of liking the various Superman and Batman movies when I was growing up, but it was X-Men that first spawned my love of comic book movies. And I do love them. My best friend and I love them so much that we regularly go to see them without our husbands on opening weekend, b/c we aren't willing to wait. We planned for it, why didn't they? B/c they don't love comic book movies like we do. Aaaannndddd we can always go see it again, if they really want to<------EVERYONE wins!OR we can always go see it again as long as it's not X-Men: Day of Future Past .There's a point, I promise.You see, I have hard and fast rules for books (and movies) with any kind of paranormal elements. In fact, I'm probably more critical of books with magic and creatures than I am critical of books without them. One of those rules is, "Once you're dead, YOU'RE DEAD."Unless you're vampire. Then you're still kind of dead . . . Whatever, you know what I mean.In the latest X-Men movie, time travel was used as an excuse to kill practically everyone, b/c WHO CARES? We'll go back in time and FIX it. *twirls mustache*There was no time travel in RUIN AND RISING. There was, however, the gratuitous death of beloved characters, b/c WHO CARES? We'll use magic to FIX it, thus breaking what is probably my #1 rule.Another one of those rules is, "Once a Supe, ALWAYS a Supe."If you get turned into a vampire, you're going to be a vampire for the rest of your unnaturally long life. If you get bitten and infected with lycanthropy, there is no cure. You will change into an animal until you die, probably of violence. If you're born with magic, you will always have magic. Someone may temporarily hinder your ability to use it, but you will feel its lack.Which is why the only X-Men movie I haven't seen is X-Men Origins: Wolverine . I refused based on its premise, which is basically that Wolverine wants to be NORMAL. What a load of codswallop. He wants to feel pain? He wants to get old and die? Let's take a quick poll. Who, if they had superpowers, would want to get rid of them?*crickets*But regardless of whatever Wolverine thinks he wants (even without having watched the movie), I'm pretty sure it doesn't work, b/c he's still Wolverine in  X-Men: Day of Future Past .And why didn't it work? Hmmm??B/c, "Once a Supe, ALWAYS a Supe."(view spoiler)[If you read my review of Siege and Storm, then you know that I knew that Mal was the firebird. But MAN, I was wrong about everything else. It never crossed my mind that Mal-the-Firebird would be anything less than a wonderfully marvelous solution, b/c WHO makes it necessary for the main love interest to DIE in order to SAVE THE WORLD?!Leigh Bardugo, that's who.Bloody hell, man.So we're losing our minds for the last half, or third, or however long it was, of the book trying to figure out how Alina can defeat the Darkling without having to kill Mal . . . HERSELF.Let's not forget that part: ONLY the person who kills the beast, I mean the Mal, can control the amplifier.*whimpers* *rocks back and forth*And, OF COURSE, there is no other way, so Alina kills Mal.*throws book at wall*But it doesn't end there, NO, it does not, b/c Alina goes on to somehow (in an it-was-all-part-of-the-evil-mastermind's-plan way that does not even remotely make sense) explode her light into ordinary humans, making them Grisha, which in turn nullifies her own power. Permanently. And the Darkling isn't even dead yet. BUT MAL IS.And if we weren't already rocking back and forth in a corner, we would be after seeing the Darkling's nearly tangible despair at being alone in the world again (b/c Alina is now an ordinary human).I know a lot of you loved the Darkling from day 1, but this book was the first time I found him to be a sympathetic character. But he needs to die. We all know that. If left alive, he will never stop trying to take over the world. It's who he is. But how is Alina going to be able to kill him now that her power is gone?With a KNIFE. Through the HEART.*throws book at wall again*I'm not pointing any fingers, but SOMEONE doesn't get the concept of "subtle."Then Tamar and Tolya (somehow) manage to bring Mal back to life, but not-so-dead-after-all Mal comes back sans his super-trackerness. So now he and Alina are both everyday, ordinary humans.Awwww, how sweet. Now they can live the rest of their co-dependent lives together. (hide spoiler)]So in one fell swoop, not one, but two of my biggest Rules for ALL Things Supernatural were broken (the melodrama was just icing on the cake).But RUIN AND RISING wasn't all bad. Honestly, it was only in the last fifty or so pages that everything went to hell, but it went to hell spectacularly. The beginning was a bit slow, but it adequately communicated Alina's similar frustration at being forced to sit around and do nothing, and when things like that happen, I usually give them a pass, b/c I'm too impressed, on the off chance it was deliberate. If you aren't bothered by my broken rules, then there's a good chance you'll like the final installment of THE GRISHA  infinitely more than I did, and regardless, if you've read the first two books, it's definitely worth finishing. SO . . . recommended with qualifications.My other reviews for this series: Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1) Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2)
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  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    January 1, 1970
    Okay, so apparently The Six Of Crows duology are the only two I love to death! I couldn't decide on my star rating and finally decided on 2 stars. It's just not my thing. So many of my friends love this trilogy and I'm so happy for them. There is nothing like loving a book. =)I liked and didn't like the ending. I can't say why because of spoilers. The rest of the book was just mehhhhhh for me. I don't know what it was exactly and it doesn't really matter. I still love Tolya and Tamar, they were Okay, so apparently The Six Of Crows duology are the only two I love to death! I couldn't decide on my star rating and finally decided on 2 stars. It's just not my thing. So many of my friends love this trilogy and I'm so happy for them. There is nothing like loving a book. =)I liked and didn't like the ending. I can't say why because of spoilers. The rest of the book was just mehhhhhh for me. I don't know what it was exactly and it doesn't really matter. I still love Tolya and Tamar, they were my favorites! I loved Nikolai and I had an on and off love with Mal. Unfortunately, the storyline just didn't do it for me and it makes me sad =(
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  • Fables&Wren
    January 1, 1970
    WrensReads Review:I am finally ready to talk about what is happening to my heart because of this book.Anyone who actually gave this book a one star or even anything below a four, needs to get your head check. How have you read anything else as pure and good as this book?This book has left me empty and full at the same time. I am continually finding myself lost in thoughts about the book and how things ended and sometimes I am happy with the ending and sometimes I want to find Leigh Bardugo and s WrensReads Review:I am finally ready to talk about what is happening to my heart because of this book.Anyone who actually gave this book a one star or even anything below a four, needs to get your head check. How have you read anything else as pure and good as this book?This book has left me empty and full at the same time. I am continually finding myself lost in thoughts about the book and how things ended and sometimes I am happy with the ending and sometimes I want to find Leigh Bardugo and snap her in half. I have a love-hate relationship with her. Mostly love though because finally someone can break my stone of a heart and mend it all in three books.BUT SHE IS QUEENAs you probably know, my friend Brittney ~ Her Bookish Things is the one that told me I had to read this series. So I felt it fair to show you a non-spoiler of some of my words sent to Brittney throughout this book: Number 01:Wren: [Profanities]. *** is not dying. If he dies I am never taking a book recommendation from you again. Ever. Nope. Not Happening.Brittney: Omg do you want me to spoil?Wren: You should probably before I plan your murder lolol but seriously.*she tells me things and tells me to trust her*Wren: You are asking a lot of someone who has never actually met you in person lady.Brittney: I know I know.. I’m just saying hold hope for ***Number 02Brittney: So when it gets to that part [she said it’s gonna look really really bad].. just hang in thereWren: HOW ABOUT THE DEATH OF *** IS THAT THE BAD PART BECAUSE I DON’T THINK IT’S THE GOOD PARTNumber 02.5Wren: *** BETTER BE ABLE TO RISE FROM THE DEADNumber 03Wren *finishes book*Brittney: You survived!Wren: So did you! Sorry I threatened your life and stuff. You understand I hope.Brittney: No totally.I became overwhelmed with all emotions. So again, I am sorry it took so long for me to write a review. I’m not even sure any of this makes sense. So as you can see, this is a very, very, very emotional series. I honestly can’t really put into words my feelings on everything that happened. You get to the point that you don’t even know who you want to survive, because you know all the people you love can’t in order for the war to be over. So, some spoilers ahead. Proceed with your own caution. What is with the hate on Mal? Did you honestly believe that Alina could change The Darkling and they would live happily ever after? If you believe someone could change one person who has that kind of passion (you know, the kind that makes mass murder look okay if it gets you to where you wanna be), then I want to know what world you live in, because it isn’t this one. Mal has been good to Alina and they have loved each other and he SACRIFICED SOME BIG THINGS. AND SHE LOVED HIM FROM DAY ONE. So what’s the problem?The Darkling is a beautiful, cruel being and I wanted every piece of him. He had so much misplaced passion and had such a complexity to him. He will be one of my favorite characters for the rest of eternity. Note that I said characters, not villains. In his eyes, Alina was the villain. It just doesn’t feel right to call him that when really, he thought he was doing the right thing.The ending was the best we were going to get even if we don’t like it. I mean, come on, how did you expect it to end? Everyone high fives and goes “April Fools! We all love each other actually” and we just go “That Darn Leigh!” and laugh and laugh and laugh? Come on guys, gotta give some to get some. Not everyone was going to get a satisfying ending, but this was pretty close to it. I will read anything by Leigh because I know she will break my heart but she will mend it too. LOW KEY BUT NOT REALLY LOW KEY I need more Nikolai.ALSO I NEED HER NEW SERIES NOWSide note: AUDIOBOOK WITH LAUREN FORTGANG BECAUSE SHE IS SO GOOD AT READING JUST DO IT.WrensReads | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram
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