REVIEW: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2)

Shadow and Bone
(The Grisha #2)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Square Fish
Published: June 17, 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
My Rating:

fourstars

Darkness never dies.


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

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

Siege and Storm is the second book in The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo.

MY THOUGHTS…

“We are alike, as no one else is, as no one else will ever be.”

This book only describes one thing– INTENSE! From the very beginning, I already enjoyed it because there was already some action going on. It got me feeling exhilarated and thrilled.

What I love about this second installment of The Grisha series is that Leigh Bardugo never fails to execute a kind of sequel that responds well to the first book. She also made a challenging deal by introducing new characters who eventually became remarkable in this book. Speaking of new characters, I was sooo fascinated with Nikolai Lantsov! Ladies, brace yourselves because it’s time for you to meet a royal blood hotness incarnate!

This book is really damn good, though I was honestly looking for more scenes that involves the Darkling. However, the ending left me feeling more and more curious of what’s about to happen in the third and final installment of the series. Looking forward for more intensifying scenes!

Rating: 4 Stars

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REVIEW: After the Bridge by Cassandra Clare

After the Bridge (The Infernal Devices #3.1)

Clockwork Angel
(The Infernal Devices #3.1)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Margaret K. McElderry
Published: March 19, 2013
Genre: Paranormal, Historical Fiction, Young Adult
My Rating:

4 Stars

Short Story about Tessa, Jem and what happened after that meeting at Blackfriar’s Bridge at the Epilogue of Clockwork Princess.

MY THOUGHTS…

Thank you Carol and Sandy for introducing this to me! xoxoxo

I won’t be making this review long because it will spoil those who haven’t yet read the final book of The Infernal Devices.

So here’s my opinion…

This short story is somewhat a continuation to what happened during the epilogue of the Clockwork Princess. I have to say that  this one is satisfying, though it’s not at all necessary (for me) because I am quite satisfied with the Clockwork Princess’ ending. But because I was still hangover with the book, I didn’t hesitate to read this short story because I was too curious and I think I can’t sit still without finding out more about the characters.

The short story did not disappoint me as it entertained me and well, made me feel in love all over again. Still, I don’t know how to move on with this series. Ugh. It’s hard, you know.

So if you guys have already read the Clockwork Princess, you might as well proceed with this short story after reading the book, to extend the feels. 😀

(NOTE: Don’t read this short story if you haven’t completed The Infernal Devices series yet. Okay?) 😀

Rating: 4 Stars

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REVIEW: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)

Shadow and Bone
(The Grisha #1)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Published: June 5, 2012
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
My Rating:

five-stars

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

Shadow and Bone is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy.

MY THOUGHTS…

“I’ve been waiting for you a long time, Alina. You and I are going to change the world.”

Why didn’t I read this earlier? Why wait for December when actually, this book was with me like three or four months ago and I’ve just kept it in my shelf without even thinking that this book could probably be my next favorite YA.

OMG, the feels I have with this book. It’s no wonder why there are lots of positive remarks about this and it even gains high ratings on goodreads. Whoa!

I love everything in this book. The world building is damn fascinating and Leigh Bardugo is one helluvah talented writer. She creates a world that is beyond your imagination– a world so beautiful yet chaotically doomed at the same time.

Another thing I like about this book is that it has a pretty nice concept and beautiful characters. I like the witty dialogues and the fun those things brought to me while I was reading it.

The romance is also extraordinary, though I was entirely confused as to whom Alina’s heart was really meant to in the first place. Do you smell a love triangle? Not to spoil you (because it’s actually obvious in the blurb), but yes it’s a love triangle thingy. I found myself okay with it though. 🙂

The one thing you could also not miss in this book is the intense action. This thing is really brilliantly done! It’s like watching a high-grossing epic fantasy film.

Shadow and Bone– I’ll tell you guys, is really awesome and worth a read. It’s unbelievably well-written and it’s a kind of YA-Fantasy that has all the elements to really make you feel obsessed. Right now, all I know is that I’m fangirling. 🙂

My Rating for this book: 5 Stars

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