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▶ ACE #1 Darkness never dies.Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new po▶ ACE #1Darkness never dies.Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her--or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm....

Title : Siege and Storm
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ISBN : 9780805094602
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 435 Pages
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Siege and Storm Reviews

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    2019-03-08 13:44

    This was loads better than the first book. I loved the new characters that were introduced & I'm digging the direction the plot is going in. I'm interested to see what happens in the final book in this trilogy!

  • Emma Giordano
    2019-02-26 12:41

    5 stars!I really loved Siege & Storm! I had not delved into the Grishaverse Trilogy since reading book one in 2015, and I am saddened that it took me so long to go back to this amazing world!I definitely struggled with the beginning of this book, but I feel it is a reflection of myself instead of the quality of the book. I’ve realized that jumping into sequels of books I haven’t read in years via audiobook is a habit I should break as I don’t retain much from the beginning on the story, but nonetheless once I finally got engaged, I was HOOKED.I love these characters and the way they develop in the second installment. I love this world. I love the magic system. I love the plot. I love everything about this book and I am immediately going to dive into book three to avoid what happened at the beginning of this novel. XDI apologize that this isn’t the most in-depth review – The Grisha Trilogy is one where I just can’t do anything but gush about it!

  • Katerina
    2019-03-20 12:01

    Yup, I'm still insanely in love with the Darkling. I'm going to burn in Hell. Or rule the world with him as his Queen of Darkness, whatever comes first.“I know the truth in your heart. The loneliness. The growing knowledge of your own difference. The ache of it.”Alina tried to deny it, the connection and the similarities with him, but she could't hide from the truth. Her purpose seemed clear; rebuild the Second Army, defeat the Darkling, destroy the Fold, free Ravka, find the third amplifier, don't burn everyone in the process and keep Mal close. It wasn't simple though. She could feel the hunger for power growing inside her. With an ambitious prince by her side, she tried to fight the evil that was haunting Ravka and her guilt for helping this darkness unleash. Some people worshipped her as a Saint, some hated her because they were afraid of her powers and some wanted her to run away from this new life and become the person she was before she had the potential to destroy the world .Well, not some people, just Mal.“There is no ordinary life for people like you and me.”I really enjoyed Siege and Storm (not as much as Shadow and Bone but still it was great),a nd even my dislike of Mal can't take that away. You may ask why I don't like the handsome tracker who is willing to give his life for Alina, who bleeds when you cut her and tries to protect her at any cost. Because he loves only certain parts of her, excluding her being a Grisha and the role she has to play in the game of politics and eventually the struggle between light and darkness. He loves the girl who grew up with him, who followed him blindly and was always in the backround. The girl he took for granted. But she isn't the same person anymore, and the Darkling is the one to blame. The ruthless, murderous, manipulative Darkling. Deep, deep inside, I hope he will redeem himself, that there is still something good worth saving despite the awful things he has done, his twisted ways and his greed.But Darkling isn't the only one antagonizing Mal. Have you met Nikolai?The witty, sarcastic, calculative pirate (or privateer) with a claim to the throne who has a kind heart even though he rarely reveals it?"I can’t decide if you’re crazy or stupid.""I have so many good qualities. It can be hard to choose."Well after babbling about the men I want to marry (that's right, men, I'm polygamic when it comes to book boyfriends) I have to talk about the rest of Siege and Storm !It was captivating (again, not as much as the first book but I can't give it less stars, it's physically impossible!), it sucked you in the world of the Grisha and held you with a strong grip. Leigh Bardugo's writing is stunning, the world-building incredible, the tension in the scenes palpable and the evolution of Alina's character well-presented. Definitely a great sequel to a great series!

  • Steph Sinclair
    2019-03-20 05:47

    I always go into a second book in a series with fears that it will have the dreaded "Second Book Syndrome". I worry that the characters will regress, the plot will stall and surmount to overall ridiculousness, and in the end, become boring and lathered in disappointment. So even though The Grisha series is a new favorite for me, I still had these concerns. You cannot even imagine my glee when I discovered Siege and Storm did NOT suffer from any of these things. On the contrary, it was even better than its predecessor. If you loved Shadow and Bone, be prepared to be blown away!There are so many things I want mention and squeal about in this review, but OH THE SPOILERS. And anyway, Kat did such a great job with reviewing in code already. So I've decided to just write letters. Dear Darkling,You're so evil, but I can't seem to conjure up any feelings of dislike for you. In fact, I missed you in Siege and Storm. For most of the novel, you were gone from me, only appearing in Alina's dreams. How fair is that? Don't you know how much I need your evil goodness to be present at all times? Seeing you torture the poor peasants of the Grisha world, warms my heart.And, oh, Darkling, what new skills you have. Wait, does that sound dirty? Because it totally isn't. Then again, you did tell us all to, "Make me your villain." It's only fair if I, too, am allowed at least one inappropriate pun. But seriously, you've leveled up faster than a Super Saiyan in Siege and Storm. Kat says you learned to line dance, but I think it's more along the line of baking cookies. You showed those cookies who was boss!But your ending concerns me. I guess the cookie batter turned out to be much more difficult that you expected. Maybe you should take a page from Paula Deen and add more evil butter. I'm not sure this has anything to do with book 3, Ruin and Rising, but I just like cookies, okay? And you. I like you too. So be sure to be extra evil next time and give those cookies a run for their money.Love,Steph--------------------Dearest Mal,Please do us all a favor and stop being so insecure over your relationship with Alina. The girl's got a lot on her plate. She has the responsibility of saving all of Ravka, which is kinda a tad more important than you. I need for you to be more understanding and supportive. I liked you in Shadow and Bone, but I'm starting to think I'm outgrowing my mildly inappropriate swooning of you. Just yesterday, I found myself wondering if Leigh might actually kill you off in Ruin and Rising. If that happens, it's possible I might only mourn you for half a page. No, no, no! I take it back! Don't you dare die on me, Mal-Mal!True love is tough love,StephP.S. I still love you, Mal. <3--------------------Sturmhond,I think I speak for everyone when I say, please become a real person.xoxo,Steph========And finally:Dear Leigh,Amazing.You are evil. Evil, evil, evil. So evil, your stories leave me speechless. Your humor sends me into fits of giggles and tickles my tender pieces. Your plots make me wish I can pack my bags and vacate to your mind if only for a day. Please don't ever stop being this awesome evil. And because Troy gifs have become our thing:Also, that ending is causing me to hit the Kvas pretty hard tonight. Look what you've done to me.Mal, Darkling, Sturmhond... I must collect them all. Hiccup,Steph An ARC was received for a review from the publisher. No monies or favors were exchanged for a positive review. Thanks, Macmillan! More reviews and other fantastical things at Cuddlebuggery Book Blog.

  • Emily May
    2019-03-14 08:54

    This rating might come as a surprise after I was so excited to get reacquainted with the Darkling in my early status update. However, if it hadn't been for the scenes with the Darkling, this book would have probably only received one star - it's only his characterisation, his different layers and, let's face it, his sexiness that convinced me to rate this at two stars. Maybe I could stretch to 2.5 if I close my eyes and picture the Darkling like this:I usually approach the sequels to three star reads with some trepidation but I confess that my hopes were high for this one. Despite the flaws present throughout Shadow and Bone, I found it wildly entertaining in parts and a very easy page-turner. I had also hoped that Alina would mature and grow once she harnessed her power and realised that some things are more important than beauty and looks - this realisation never came. In fact, I believe the relationship between beauty and power to be even more apparent in this sequel and I struggle to sympathise with a girl who discovers she is incredibly powerful but still can't see her worth beyond her plain appearance.This I just mentioned is nothing new and was a problem for me in the first installment which has unfortunately carried over into the second. However, the main difference between the two that overrides everything else and is way bigger than my problems with the beauty issue - which I may have otherwise been able to look past - is that I found this second book incredibly boring. Or I did at least after the first quarter where the Darkling disappears for a huge chunk of the book (honestly, he is the only interesting thing about this series). Gone was the fun I had while reading book one, gone was the exciting mystery and sexual tension. This book introduced several new characters who I never came to care about, whilst also bringing Alina Shallowkova and whiny Mal back into the spotlight.Mal is a dull character. He is whiny, uninteresting and I can see no reason why anyone would think the sun shines out of his backside... yes, even Alina. Though, saying that, he is radiantly gorgeous and I suppose Alina doesn't need any more of a reason to put someone on a pedestal. I was so bored by their relationship that I couldn't even summon the energy for my standard eyeroll reserved for fictional couples that are annoying. I'm not even sure what Mal does for most of this book aside from standing by and being jealous of every man that Alina talks to.I admit that I was far less engaged for the second half of the book, so if someone would like to come and tell me that something awesome happened while I was away floating on a cloud of not caring, that really wouldn't surprise me. Most of it was read without interest, some bits were even skimmed. I think it's fair to say that I won't be returning for the next book. Such a shame because I was genuinely very excited for Siege and Storm.

  • Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
    2019-03-05 08:08

    I didn't enjoy this quite as much as the first book, and I think it's partly because of my dislike for Mal, and partly because I found the moments between the high action points to be too slow/dull for my taste. My favourite thing about this book was some of the new characters we meet, especially Sturmhond! I was also a little sad we didn't see quite as much of the Darkling, he is such an interesting character.

  • Kiki
    2019-03-07 09:07

    The Good:1. Alina and her inner dark anti-hero2. Nikolai3. Nikolai's face4. Nikolai's clothes5. Everything Nikolai said6. Everything Nikolai did7. The last 10%, in which some stuff actually happenedThe Bad:1. Mal2. Mal, cause I seriously hate that asshole3. The confusing and vague nature of Alina's powers4: MALThe Ugly:1. How oddly fixated I am with this strange series and how invested I am in it despite lukewarm pacing and plotting and holes in the worldbuildingAll I want from the next book is the death of Mal. That is all. Mal, please die.That would be awesome.

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    2019-03-19 13:47

    When I first found the YA book community I was a little taken aback at just how much you guys care about fictional characters. I mean, I'd get pretty into books I was reading. I would occasionally tear up when a character died. Buuuut I just did not understand the caps lock screaming over people who... aren't real.Then I discovered Nikolai Lantsov.AAAAND MY PREVIOUSLY UNKNOWN ABILITY TO FANGIRL LIKE A FREAKING PRO OVER TOTALLY FICTIONAL CHARACTERS.I don't know how Leigh Bardugo managed to turn a side character into an incredibly well-developed, complex, hilarious little gem with such depth. HE IS SO PRECIOUS. Nikolai Lantsov (who shall permanently be referred to by his full name because it is awesome) is totally the new mark that I'm holding every other cocky prince to now.I was worried about rereading this book in case it wasn't as wonderful as I remembered... most of my early favorite YA books have turned out to be something I might not give an enthusiastic 5 stars to if I found them today. But this story was somehow EVEN BETTER than I remember. The Grisha trilogy (or Shadow & Bone trilogy or whatever I'm supposed to call it now) will always stand out for me with because of the wonderfully rich worldbuilding, amazing writing, and complex characters. Ok I know I've only talked about Nikolai, but let me shift this fangirling over to The Darkling for a second because HOW. How is he the perfect villain and can we please have more characters like him. When I want all of the hopes and dreams of a mass murder to come true then you know they're well written. And Alina is definitely still one of my favorite heroines! I know my extreme enthusiasm for those three tends to push Mal to the side, but you know what... he's an awesome character too. In any other series he'd probably stand out as the one I'd be excited about! Buuuut he's in a tough crowd here.Yeahhhh I know I basically just rambled forever and said next to nothing about the actual story, but I don't want to spoil the first book! All I can say is READ IT. IT'S GOOD. LEIGH BARDUGO IS BRILLIANT. NIKOLAI LANTSOV DESERVES A FULL SERIES. Oh, and if you're a fan of Once Upon A Time, don't tell me that Emma & Hook aren't totally an older version of Alina & the Darkling with her white hair and his guyliner:Am I the only one who sees this?!

  • Christine Delilah (Maramochabooks)
    2019-03-01 13:51

    Spoiler Free Review“The Darkling had told her he was destined to rule. He had claimed his throne, and a part of her too. He was welcome to it. For the living and the dead, she would make herself a reckoning.She would rise.”PLOT RUNDOWN:(Now featuring more Dan and Phil!)The irrelevants(Alina and Mal) are captured by King D(The Darkling) And the Darkling being the DarklingAlina being.... uh? Mal's body guard? In love? Let's just say she's pretty useless for the first half. (+ love triangle alert)The Darkling disappears, Mr. Mystery pops up. Alina is all "who is he?", while 80% of people, except for our super sleuth MC who can't can take a hint, know who he is. Me waiting for Alina to go:Instead Alina going:@ The Darkling:Alright, so yes Alina had action scenes, but she only acted when she was told to. It's no secret I don't like Mal, he's in the majority of the first half. Alina is practically centered around protecting him and validating him. I know I was supposed to find quotes like this endearing:“And there's no way I'm leaving you alone with Prince Perfect.""So you don't trust me to resist his charms?""I don't even trust myself. I've never seen anyone work a crowd the way he does. I'm pretty sure the rocks and trees are getting ready to swear fealty to him.”Instead it came out as insecure and odd. I get it where Mal is coming from, but really, I find it annoying possessive. If she were to dump you, then you should respect that. If she's charmed by him, it doesn't mean she wants to be with him anyways.A new character is introduced, though he seems mysterious, he doesn't give off the intriguing kind, at least not for me. His character is also very one sided, while I'd prefer someone to be more complex in more than just one typical nature.In the first novel we had good and evil blurred, while here "good" is considered to be on one side. Basically there's still confusion on who to trust, but it's obvious who's playing for the "right" side.Generally I feel like more time could of been spent demonstrating growth rather than building onto relationships. Another main factor of why I couldn't get into it is because I was spoiled completely.Overall thoughts:if you go into this, don't have expectations when it comes to characters or plot. The writing is still great, it's just more lacking in other elements for me personally.P.S. There are two moths in my room I'll keep you updated on what's going on.P.P.S/UPDATE I caught one, the other bastard is still prancing around my room.

  • Wendy Darling
    2019-02-22 05:53

    Our Conversation with Leigh Bardugo is up, along with an opportunity to win our Siege and Storm ARC!4.5 stars Siege and Storm is an exquisite jewel of a book. The second installment in Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy is full of adventure and magic--and in my view, it's even better than Shadow and Bone.There are flying ships. A thrilling, poignant scene with a magnificent white ice dragon. A whirling, frenzied volcra attack in the night. A sobering ride through the city of Novokribirsk, where names are written in blood on church walls and a Ryeal'nye Alina, "genuine Alina" has terrifying meaning. And Genya--oh, my heart breaks for the beautiful Genya. So much thought was put into this world, with evocative settings, original folk tales, gorgeous clothes, memorable battles, and incredibly imaginative touches. (I love the gift from Nikolai's father!) The food porn, both real and imagined, made me dizzy with pleasure: smoked sprats on black bread, little dwarf fruit trees, brandied cuckoo, cold soup served in jeweled pumpkin-shaped cups, croquembouche, and a suckling pig, to name but a few of the items that made my mouth water. And I definitely want to have a baby jello deer at my next party! Preferably with a miniature living forest centerpiece.And while I still hold love for both Mal and The Darkling, there's now also Sturmhond, a dashing privateer with a careless grin and hidden agenda. I can't help it, friends, I have a serious weakness for men who have a gift for witty banter. (view spoiler)[He's been added to my fictional island, where swoonworthy YA boys like Will Herondale, Dimitri Belikov, Adrian Ivashkov, and Archer Cross roam about freely like ponies. You may come visit, they're always willing to play.(hide spoiler)] Alina's interactions with Sturmhond are so much fun to read, and even when he's out of the room, his presence continues to fill it."So you don't trust me to resist his charms?""I don't even trust myself. I've never seen anyone work a crowd the way he does. I'm pretty sure the rock and trees are getting ready to swear fealty to him."Most of all, I love how Alina character has undergone interesting development. She begins asserting herself more and more, and the allure of power beckons seductively--but the price she must pay for it may be more than she can afford. I looked up at the star-filled sky. The night was velvety black and strewn with jewels. The hunger struck me suddenly. I want them, I thought. All that light, all that power. I want it all.Her relationship with Mal is now terribly complicated, both by her position as Sun Summoner and by the position she's put him in. So many YA books revert to tired old machinations to separate love interests, but the tension and difficulty between these two feel urgent and real. I have to say, Shadow and Bone is the only book that all three of us read and loved last year on the blog, and all three of us love this sequel, too! I mean, K says it deserves a meteor shower of stars. What does this mean for book three? Will Leigh Bardugo blow our minds with Ruin and Rising? I have the feeling the answer is going to be a resounding YES.An advance copy was provided by the publisher for this review.

  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
    2019-03-04 11:59

    Holy freaking crap. You know when a book is so good... so captivating.. that you cannot find the words to even give it a worthy review? Even now, I find myself without many words to express how much I love this series. So I'm just going to leave you with a few reasons this book is totally legit. 1. PIRATES. Snarky ones.2. STEAMPUNK STEAMPUNK STEAMPUNK!!!!3. BADASS MAGIC4. YES, this book is much darker than the first.5. Mind games. Crazy ones. The struggle is real [and swoon worthy]6. Alina's character growth7. Second book syndrome? NOPE. And the last half is bat shit crazy.8. The *thing* that you aren't sure if its real or not.. and the moment you find out if you're right or wrong (anyone?? yeah??) (view spoiler)[Basically when you realize all those times he appeared to her- he was legit there(hide spoiler)]9. GORGEOUS writing. 10. THE FREAKING ENDING. LEGIIIITTTTTTTTT. (view spoiler)[ Yeah.. the moment she's like "My power is yours... and yours is mine..." freaking wow.(hide spoiler)]11. The Darkling. Nuff said.I literally could not read fast enough. There is so much emotional struggle - so many challenges, and our dear Alina had to suffer them all... and yet in the end, she was the BALLER that I knew she would be. And I gotta say something about Mal. (This isn't super spoilery imo but read at your own risk.)He gets a lot of shit in this book for his rash decisions. Most people tend to hate him, but I just can't bring myself to feel anything but sorrow for him. He is just hurting... and hurting people hurt people. And if you ask me, he does get his shot at redemption in the future. Now does that mean I ship him with Alina? I'm not gonna answer that. You'll have to read my review of book 3. Lastly, just a friendly reminder that I compiled a list of songs [that are more or less really just for the Darkling himself...] You can check them out here!!!**and can I just say that I imagine the song "Frost Flowers" by Evelyn Glennie is perfect for the scene between Alina + the Darkling in his room....Ps... I feel like I should note that I read this series on audible. The narrator was absolutely phenomenal. Ohhhh how good she does all the voices... If you have only read the physical copy, I recommend going back through these on audio!My Blog ~ Instagram ~ Twitter ~ Etsy

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    2019-03-08 10:07

    Now listen here, I'm still on board with the series but about 70% of this book was SLLLLLOOOOOOWWWWWWWW........*super minor spoilersWhile this was definitely an informative middle chapter to the trilogy, I can't help but be slightly disappointed that there just wasn't more. I found myself really excited in the final chapters with the sudden blaze of action, but couldn't help feeling like Bardugo saved all the fun stuff for the end in an attempt to make sure no one gave up on the series mid way. I needed more Darkling, I needed more Nikolai, I needed more action, but the only thing I got more of was Mal and Alina being awkward. I know it sounds like I'm pooping all over this book, and I really did enjoy it overall, it just went in a totally different direction than expected. I was really hoping to get more time with Nikolai in an attempt to broaden my shipping options but it seems I can't even do that. :( However, if you are a fan of Mal then you will really enjoy this one. There were some nice little twists that kept me from putting this down, and the ending was really fantastic, so I'm still excited to keep moving on. But *sigh*, I just wish there had been more of ANYONE except Mal. I will say that I really enjoyed Tolya and Tamar's characters; I think they added an element that invested me into the story further. Here's to Ruin and Rising; may it be everything that this one was not and more! ********************Buddy read with the fabulous favorite BENTLEY <3

  • Kat Kennedy
    2019-03-23 10:08

    Sequels are really hard to write reviews for. Mostly because people don’t want to read them for fear of spoilers, but keeping them spoiler free makes it difficult to properly discuss the book. So now I’m going to have to do this review in code.In Siege and Storm Alina and Mal are on the run from the Darkling. They meet Pumpkin who has the ability to help Alina defeat the Darkling. Problem is, Mal and Pumpkin don’t get on at all. Also, the Darkling can now line dance which adds a level of complication. As well as line dancing, which makes a dark and creepy addition to the novel, the Darling drives a wedge between Mal and Alina by knitting. Also, I think he may be losing the plot a little.Firstly, Bardugo’s writing has dramatically improved. Siege & Storm is a far smoother novel, both in terms of writing craft and pacing. The tension is always ramped up, the drama meter is set to erupt and before you realize what is happening, it all explodes in your face, leaving you clutching at the tattered remains of your heart and an ego that is no longer ashamed to see you crawl onto twitter to cry on Bardugo’s shoulder.I can’t really talk too much about the characters without giving it away – but Alina kicked butt in this installment. Especially when she got hold of her aardvark. No more doe-eyed victim. She really struggles and grapples with her goiter. What does her goiter mean for her? For Mal? For the future of Ravka? And was the Darkling right about that Chinese finger box between Mal and Alina? Mal struggles the most in this novel as he is a salt mine. And in his salt mineyness he deteriorates and loses a lot of faith. I have a feeling he learned a lot about himself in this novel.Everyone grows and changes, even the Darkling a little and I wonder if he’ll let Alina continue to cross stitch, or if he’s finally going to seriously back stitch her? Or has his line dancing finally started to shake him up? So many questions, so many moral and ethical dilemmas.There is little doubt that Pumpkin stole the show and I applaud Bardugo for his inclusion. He certainly made life interesting and added a great comedic element to the book. Overall, Siege and Storm managed to be a stronger novel than the first. Now I absolutely can’t wait for the next!*This review also appears on my blog, Cuddlebuggery Book Blog.*An ARC was provided to me by Macmillan for reviewing purposes. No money or favors were exchanged for this review.

  • ~Poppy~
    2019-03-06 11:58

    “I have loved you all my life, Mal," I whispered through my tears. "There is no end to our story.”“Why won’t you leave me alone?” I whispered one night as he hovered behind me while I tried to work at my desk.Long minutes passed. I didn’t think he would answer. I even had time to hope he might have gone, until I felt his hand on my shoulder.“Then I’d be alone, too," he said, and he stayed the whole night through, till the lamps burned down to nothing.” I really liked it but few chapter in the middle they were boring!!But I'm so excited because now I have a team!!So we have Mal(childhood friend- current lover), the Darkling(handsome-evil guy) and Nikolai(Pirate-Prince)..It's not love triangle anymore. I don't know how we call this..Love square? :P I don't know..So what team am I?(view spoiler)[1)I am teamMal!! I love Mal so much. He loves Alina and he supports her with whatever she does. He even hated where they were, but he didn't say a word because he loves her that much. Why people don't see that? Okay he was so insecure in this book but I understand why. First of all, he has to compete with two strong characters. Secondly, he knows that Alina keeps secrets from him and also Alina is changing and because of that Mal is afraid of losing her. "He raised his hands as if to plead his case, then dropped them helplessly. “I feel you slipping away from me, and I don’t know how to stop it.” 2)I'm so disappointed of the Darkling. I really loved him in the first book before we learn why he wanted Alina. Deep down I thought he would regret it and he will have a good explanation for what he did but no. He is just evil and lonely. I feel sorry for him because he thinks that he feels something for Alina but the truth is that he wants her for her powers and because she the only one she understands the power he has."There are no others like us, Alina," he whispered. "And there never will be." I don't hate him anymore. But I don't think that he belongs with Alina. Maybe Alina had feelings for him but with the time this feelings has subsided.3)Nikolai, Nikolai, Nikolai. I really really liked him. “I am Nikolai Lantsov, Major of the Twenty-Second Regiment, Soldier of the King’s Army, Grand Duke of Udova, and second son to His Most Royal Majesty, King Alexander the Third, Ruler of the Double Eagle Throne, may his life and reign be long.”Oh what a name!! :PHe's so funny. Every time I read about him I laugh with something he was saying. But I don't ship Alina and Nikolai. Yeah, he is really good and he likes her but he wants her because people of Ravka loves her and he wants a political marriage with her.4)I love Alina and her strength and all but please choose someone already! She loves Mal there is no doubt about that but she has feelings for the Darkling and Nikolai. Come on!! 5)"You found the stag, and you found the sea whip. Maybe you were meant to find the firebird, too."I want to comment something about that line. Why Mal has found two amplifiers? I mean they are so difficult to find but Mal found them easyly. Okay he is a good tracker but i think it is more to that. I think he has powers too that's why he found the amplifiers.Or he is just the best but we will in the third book. I like my theory though.6)I don't think the Darkling is dead. But I really like the end.7)When Nikolai suggest to marry Alina and Mal can stay as "her personal guard", I thought that Mal will kill Nikolai. Oh my god, I laugh so hard I couldn't read!8)When Mal and Alina had FINALLY a moment, of cource the Darkling appeared and destroyed the moment.9)"Vasily laughed. “I can’t decide if you’re a fearmonger or a coward.” “And I can’t decide if you’re an idiot or an idiot.” Vasily was definately an idiot. And because of that he is dead.10)I WANT MAL AND ALINA TOGETHER! (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Mitch
    2019-03-22 08:44

    I think I might’ve been the only person who had one foot in each of the ‘Shadow and Bone is awesome’ and ‘Shadow and Bone is mediocre’ camps. Siege and Storm was supposed to be the book that made up my mind, but instead, it's causing me to do the split... I truly do see why so many friends have raved about Leigh Bardugo's series - a part of me absolutely feels the same way - yet at the same time, another part, maybe a bigger part, has so many issues with the story I also have half a mind to angrily reject everything about this. I'm pretty sure I'm going to be the odd man out with my half love half loathe view toward this sequel, but I don't think I've ever read a book that's left me so utterly frustrated between my mixed reactions.To put it another way, I once compared Shadow and Bone to a masterfully constructed house of cards, and that's still true of Siege and Storm. It's a beautiful view, and I'd be dishonest if I said I didn't enjoy every minute of looking at it while it stood, and yet, at the same time, when I'm poking around, the whole thing falls apart, and I'd be dishonest too if I said that doesn't bother, nay, enrage me. Here's the thing, Leigh Bardugo is an excellent (some would say superficial) writer in the sense she can pull together character, setting, myth, and plot in a way that's epic, exciting, compelling, and just feels like reading a modern day folk tale, and that got to me, it really did. I'm not going to say I didn't feel what my raving friends felt, because I did - cool world building, tough heroine, epic fantasy, what's not to like?But at the end of the day, Bardugo's talent is really making something out of nothing, because all those great qualities, if you think about it, is just that, nothing. Take for example Alina, who seems like this multifaceted character who has a complex relationship with power, but you know, she can't even answer the most basic question about her character - why is she doing any of this, taking charge, going up against the Darkling? Love of country? Nope, that's not it. Mal? Ha. The Darkling? Are you kidding me? Bardugo does a great job of fabricating this illusion of Alina as a complex and reluctant heroine, but behind the (admittedly awesome) writing, I just didn’t get a sense her character had any drive besides her relationship with Mal or whatever the plot demanded, and it seemed like to me she’s the kind of one dimensional character who can’t exist outside of being swept up by the plot.As for the other characters, the Darkling's this well written, interesting evil character, but behind the facade is... nothing at all. Seriously, we know nothing about the Darkling or his motivations. I’m disappointed because Siege and Storm gave us zero development for his character, and all the praise seems to be directed at a blank slate who’s been the lucky beneficiary of some massive transference. And Mal (a.k.a. uninteresting designated love interest), I honestly don’t know why I tolerate him as much as I do, because his character really doesn’t exist outside of causing Alina angst, this time with well received new guy Sturmhond, who, if you think about it, is just an amalgam of every bad boy stereotype ever in one well written but blatantly cliched package (with one early confrontation scene between him and the Darkling leaving me steaming). Yet I'll admit, Bardugo has skills and she pulls all of this off, creating these seemingly complex characters that shouldn't be, but while part of me has no qualms with liking them, the other part's just irked by how superficial they are.Then again, my view of the plot is just as equally conflicted. On one hand, the pacing, beyond a bizarre turnabout involving the Darkling's reappearance in the first chapter or two, totally worked and had me hooked the whole way through, wondering if Alina could truly beat her nemesis - it's just that riveting. On the other, the plot blatantly screams 'quest to find MacGuffin' and 'obvious rehash of the first book' with pretty much the same structure down to the same convenient nonending, and you know, I liked working my way through the story at the same time that I hated it. Like I said, it's a testament to Leigh Bardugo's skill as a writer that she can make such blatantly shallow elements work in her book, and I love that they work but hate how I can so easily recognize what she's done.Anyway, I have a feeling everyone who loved the first book will love this too. I'm also pretty sure those who didn't will laugh this one off as well. And that leaves me in the middle with my conflicted opinions, anticipating the final book yet griping about my dissatisfaction at the same time.

  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    2019-03-13 08:43

    The first book was a surprise for me - I had low expectations as I was basically reading this trilogy to read the Six of Crows duology.I was excited to continue and this book fell short. 4 guys, 1 "oh so plain" girl... you get it.I still love the magic system and the world and I'm hoping things will get better in the third book!

  • Bentley ★ Bookbastion.net
    2019-03-08 09:59

    See this review and more on www.bookbastion.netShadow and Bone:★★★★★____________________This might be the biggest let down of the year for me right now. As good as the first book was, and as much as I was looking forward to the sequel, I just wasn't feeling it. If you'll forgive me for being a bit blunt, because I hate to say it, but a fair chunk of this aside from the beginning and end was straight up boring. Plot movement is almost totally sacrificed in favor of propping up events that are sure to come in book 3. I read an interview with Leigh Bardugo, where she explains that certain events planned for this book were moved into book 3 and I have to think that's probably what did in my enjoyment of this one. Much of the story felt repetitive and the charm began to wear thin. Lots of circular war strategizing makes for dull reading. Go figure. But my biggest complaint has to be that there is a distinct lack of the Darkling, who we all know was the best part of Shadow and Bone. Seriously, he's missing from like 80% of this book. There's something extremely compelling about his character, and his connection with Alina. I fear that this book shuttled his character straight off into "irredeemable bad guy" territory permanently, when I'm hoping for something a bit more unconventional as an ending for his story. Basically, I'd like Alina to pull a T-Swift and bring him back around in book three. Oh and lastly, we have to talk about Mal. What happened to him? While I still considered him a non-entity in book 1, he's been rendered totally annoying here. He's whiny, petulant and acts almost as though he believes Alina owes him her devotion, when he doesn't really do much to prove he deserves it. I was over him in a big way here. Like I said though, I have a good feeling about book 3, so I'm going to keep my hopes up as Chelsea and I move into the final installment next week! ★★★✩✩ = 3 out of 5 stars_____________________________Buddy-read with the incomparable Chelsea Humphrey

  • Kaylin
    2019-03-17 06:07

    3ish Stars Overview: This is really hard to rate, because I really liked some parts, and really disliked others. Like Mal.I really enjoyed the first book, but this series can go in two directions and I’m not sure I like one of them. In the first novel, Alina constantly called herself a scrawny, 'useless' orphan girl. She had some major self-confidence problems, and her unrequited feelings for the golden-boy (Mal) didn’t help. But then she discovered her powers, met The Darkling and just came into her own. She trained with the Grisha and felt powerful, and because she felt it, she was. (Ugh, I loved it.) Then the ending of the first book happened and challenged everything she thought she knew about the Grisha. And this somehow also thrust her back with Mal and back into the role of self-deprecating, scrawny orphan. I feel like the series can either: 1. End with her rejecting this complicated, corrupted society and deciding to live as the ‘simple’ girl she was before.2. Show her embracing the ideas of this culture on her own terms.I’m a fan of #2. But this book couldn’t make up its mind and ended up mostly filler. Pros:Nikolai is such a fun addition! I love his sense of humor and how it wasn’t compromised by his family/backstory. I just want to grab a beer with him, tbh. Like I know The Darkling is awful and malicious but HE’S SO INTERESTING. He’s such a dynamic character who relies on these manipulative movements. He seems to truly believe he’s doing the best thing (even if I’m not certain what that is yet) and the way he unnerves everyone was fantastic.There was more world-building here, which I thought was lacking in the first book. It got a little overtly political in places, but it seemed necessary. This world is so vast and creative and I really enjoy the Russian influences. Cons:CAN MAL JUST LEAVEThere are pages of Alina commenting on how good he is at everything. And I just don’t care? All he does is comment on how he doesn’t want Alina to change and how frustrated he is because things are different and it’s boring. (And side note: Alina was in love with him for years why is she only now interesting to him? What right does he have to be so jealous of everything?)The Darkling and Genya were both so underutilized. Whyyyy? There was so much time with new characters and I just wanted to see them again.So. Much. Filler. Nothing actually happened outside of the first 50 pages and the last 10. It was just Mal and Alina arguing, politics, Alina stressing about herself, politics, Nikolai cracking jokes, politics, everyone wondering what The Darkling’s plan is... Just a ton of build-up. Did we really need another love interest? I like the character. Not digging the romance. In Conclusion:I think I’m going to either really hate or love Ruin and Rising, depending on the direction it goes.

  • Grace (BURTSBOOKS)
    2019-02-28 07:03

    3.5 stars. Hello. Considering this is a sequel I’m just gonna jump into my thoughts… beware spoilers ahead that I’m not tagging because literally anything I write in this review is going to be in some way or another a spoiler. (If you want a synopsis or actual coherent thoughts check out my review of Shadow and Bone)While reading the first book of this trilogy(Shadow and Bone) I was always entertained but I had a big problem getting into the world and the book and just being invested in what was happening. That was not a problem with Siege and Storm. It was wayyyyy more interesting. That may be because I read it on audio, which I always enjoy more, or maybe this book is just better. More likely than not though, the reason I liked this book so much was Nikolai Lanstov. Nikolai. Nikolai. Nikolai. Usually, I hate giving in to the hype and being super typical and bandwagoning but honestly he is such a loveably charming and witty character I can’t even be bothered to care. I have never understood the hype about anything more than I have about Nikolai. He deserves every good thing any of us say about him and truthfully saved this series. From the moment Sturmhond was introduced I knew he had to be Nikolai. Not because I knew anything about him going into this book other than the fact that everyone loved him but because he was soooo entertaining and likeable that I couldn’t imagine another character being better than him. And maybe this shows my lack of faith in Leigh Bardugo at this time because I truly just didn’t think she had it in her to introduce two great characters after the bland-fest of Shadow and Bone. Maybe I should have talked about Alina first because I mean she is the main character but come on Nikolai stole the show on this one. She doesn’t read like the main character, or maybe all YA main characters are like this but she just seems like a placeholder, like she’s telling the story but it could have been anyone. The only individual thing about her is her power and if someone else had it I’m not sure the story would be much different. I don’t dislike her, she is a likable character and she really grew into herself and her power throughout this book. She’s sassy and often hilarious and thankfully has developed to not to take anyone’s shit but still I feel like there’s something missing. I really don’t know. I just wish she were less ordinary.Now that I sorted through those thoughts, let’s talk about Mal. One of my biggest complaints in Shadow and Bone was that I had literally no understanding of who the hell Mal was. He was supposedly Alina’s best friend but I just couldn’t place who he was as a character and how his actions coincided with that. That wasn’t a problem in this book and I guess for that reason I can’t exactly complain but Jesus Christ was he stupid. I get that he’s insecure and all that. He’s very prideful and has a frail grasp on his masculinity but can he shut the hell up for one moment? He supposedly loves Alina but the version of her that he wants doesn’t even exist anymore. The Alina of their childhood was frail, quiet, unassuming and did little more than fuel his ego. Once he realizes she’s changed he tells her about his feelings and then continues to complain for the majority of the second book about this very fact. He can’t handle her power because it makes her more confident than he is. The worst part is The Darkling warns Alina about this very problem and nothing angers me more than The Darling being right….. still waiting to understand why people like that guy. I mean he’s a power-hungry manipulator. I just don’t get it. All of these complaints are not to say that I don’t like this book because I do, I really do. If I didn’t I wouldn’t talk about any of these things because I wouldn’t even care. As negative as I sound I care about this book. I care about these characters even when they make me want to rip my hair out. None of the things I’m complaining about would really make me want to lower my rating of it. Something that I actually had a real problem with was the fact that there were only four major characters in this novel and apart from Alina all of them were men, which is a problem in and of its self but also all of them were for some reason romantically interested in her. Why can’t male and female’s coincide together and thrive in mutually beneficial relationships that don’t involve romance? Is that too much to ask for? (I'M LOOKING @ YOU NIKOLAI)This isn’t even to mention that Alina is boring as fuck. Idk why someone like Nikolai or even the ancient fucking powerful ass Darkling would have feelings for her. Like yes on a base level I get that they like her power or whatever but still… it’s just unrealistic.Ummm, I think that’s all I have to say. This was a mess of thoughts cause I never know how tf to talk about sequels. This was more my thoughts on the actual events of the book rather than the writing which is what I usually talk about but yeah other than Nikolai this book followed the same format more or less as the first. Solid writing, entertaining events, same bland ass characters only this time they whine more. Somehow I still liked it, and somehow I care about Mal and Alina. The end.

  • Darth J
    2019-03-21 05:49

    It starts with pirates.There's an unconventional dragon.Alina realizes that she must find a certain 3 amplifiers to defeat the Darkling.With 2 amplifiers so far, her powers are heightened.And a climactic battle at the palace ensues. My other reviews for The Grisha series:• Shadow and Bone• Ruin and Rising• Six of Crows

  • sana°¤°
    2019-03-13 13:05

    This book was such a massive disappointment, considering I actually really enjoyed the first book. Half of the time reading this book was me pissed-fucking-off and filled with all bullshit in the world I can't fucking even. Also, there are going to be spoilers ahead for this book. You have been warned. ※Bullshit #1: Mal. Ew.What an annoying little mother fucker. You should probably know by now I fucking hate this guy more than anything in the world. WHY IS HE EVEN A PART OF THIS SERIES? Ugh he pisses me off to the point of tears. Like, please can you just die? It's not that hard tysm. He is so petty, I CAN'T EVEN."'Not my type, but handsome.'My brows shot up. In my experience, Mal was just about everyone's type.""They were all gawking at Mal. It was hard not to.""He's probably so used to it, he doesn't even notice it anymore."◇As I've probably mentioned in my review for Shadow and Bone, Mal is such a handsome little fellow and "just about everyone's type." All the girls fall for him and no one can resist his handsomeness. Like, we get it you're handsome, Alina and other girls can't resist you, his handsomeness was mentioned in the first book and now again several times here. LIKE,, I GET IT HE'S HANDSOME, NO NEED TO FUCKING REPEAT IT AGAIN IN THE SECOND BOOK. And please, I can resist his bullshitty beauty. "I have loved you all my life, Mal," I whispered through my tears. "There is no end to our story."*screams* NO NO NO, THIS CANNOT BE FUCKING HAPPENING. I DON'T EVEN GIVE A FUCK ABOUT THE PLOT OR ANYTHING, THIS BOOK COULD HAVE GOTTEN SUCH A HIGHER MOTHER FUCKING RATING IF MAL AND ALINA NEVER HAPPENED. This pissed me off so much. DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH I SHIPPED THE DARKLING AND ALINA?? Imagine my fucking disappointment when I find out Alina falls in love with...with this thing. *screams some more* FUCKING MAL, I HOPE YOU GET YOUR DICK EATEN BY SHARKS. ※Bullshit #2: The love squareWell, I have officially read a book where not one, not two, but three guys have a thing for the same fucking girl. Mal, The Darkling and now Nikolai. "I want to kiss you,” Nikolai said. “But I won’t. Not until you’re thinking of me instead of trying to forget him."Are you fucking kidding me? Honestly at this point, I just...I just want everyone in this book except for The Darkling and Alina to live, making babies. kthx. Also, at this point, someone's grandpa is probably going to have the hots for Alina. ※Bullshit #3: The PlotLmao, I'm sorry, you say plot? WHAT. FUCKING. PLOT??? This book is legit a fucking back and forth between Alina and the motherfucking Mal getting caught, then escaping The Darkling, getting caught, escaping The Darkling over and fucking over again. Literally stop playing these fucking cat and mouse chase games and Mal die. Alina go help out the Darkling and fuck him in his bed, WHY YOU TRYIN' TO RUN AWAY?? Literally all they did was run and escape from The Darkling whenever he caught him and it was so fucking irritating like pls stop I'm losing more and more brain cells. I was so fucking bored reading this bullshit, it was to the point where I just wanted to rip the pages from the book and eat them. ※Bullshit #4: Mal and Alina's relationship problemsUgh, Jesus Christ, WHY YOU GOTTA TORTURE ME LIKE THIS AUTHOR??? Listen up, I do. not. give. a. single. fuck. about. Mal. and. Alina's. relationship. and. more. than. half. this. book. was. them. having. relationship. probelems,, fighting. and. confessing. their. love. Let me repeat,, I DO NOT GIVE A SINGLE FUCK ABOUT THEM. So fucking annoying I have lost the will to copy paste the quote where Alina was mad at him for kissing another girl. There was a huge lack of The Darkling.This is probably the biggest reason why I hated this book. The Darkling was barely mentioned and I just literally continued to read this series just for him. My daddy was barely in this fucking book, pls leave me and let me cry. Also I don't really get the Nikolai hype,, like he's cool and all but IDC about him.Overall, ASFBQEUFBGE2RIUGBVP;EOQGBRO[UETBGO24T[4WI AM MAD. ANXBDKDBSKBDAGHUDYJ

  • ♥ Becky22
    2019-03-06 07:49

    !! This review contains (huge) spoilers for Shadow & Bone (The Grisha #1) !! Shadow & Bone is one of my favorite books ever, and I couldn’t wait to read Siege & Storm. And, guess what? I wasn’t disappointed at all. This book was fantastic. Surprise, surprise, the Darkling survived the attack in the Shadow Fold. I knew it. (But then, who didn’t?) Darkness never dies. (Don't you just love that tagline?)I’ll admit it: I love the Darkling. Way more than I like Mal. (Sorry, Mal.) Unfortunately, loving the Darkling is a bit like being “Team Voldemort”: He’s the bad guy and we're supposed to hate him and I know that, in the long run, he probably doesn’t stand a chance. Not as a love interest and not as the ruler of Ravka. (Damnit, btw. Why did he have to turn out to be evil.) Now that I've finished Siege&Storm (view spoiler)[ I don't like him as much anymore. I mean, he's the villain. He's evil. And who wants to be Team Voldemort? Not me. So even though I love him as a character, I am no longer rooting for him. I'm pretty sure he's beyond redemption now, though I'm excited to see what will happen in book 3.(hide spoiler)]I still like Alina, though I didn’t love her as much in Siege&Storm as I did in Shadow&Bone. She was acting a bit crazy in this one, thanks to her stupid new amplifier. (Speaking of which, the part where she gets that amplifier- holy crap. How awesome was that.) And the whole thing between her and Mal was frustrating, to say the least. I kept wanting to shake some sense into her and into Mal. But I still like Alina as a narrator, because she has this dry sense of humor that makes you laugh out loud. "Make for the chapel!" Tamar shouted. The chapel? Did she plan to throw hymnals at the Darkling?And then there’s a new character, Sturmhond, aka (view spoiler)[ Nikolai (hide spoiler)]: All the lucky people who got ARCs have been swooning over him on twitter and tumblr for months now, so I was excited to meet him. I get it now. He’s pretty awesome."Tried my hand at poetry for a while. The results were...unfortunate."(He has much, much better quotes, but I don't want to spoil anything for you.)The ending was hsudihfklsafudshgd. Yup, that's how I'm going to describe it. hsudihfklsafudshgd. I'm pretty speechless right now.(view spoiler)[ SO SAD! SOOO SAD!"I have loved you all my life, Mal." I whispered through my tears. "There is no end to our story."(hide spoiler)]This book is full of action and suspense and AMAZING characters. Leigh Bardugo has an epic imagination and she canwrite, man. If you liked Shadow&Bone, you will love this book as well. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Natalie Monroe
    2019-02-25 12:54

    “Watch yourself, Nikolai,” Mal said softly. “Princes bleed just like other men.”Nikolai plucked an invisible piece of dust from his sleeve. “Yes,” he said. “They just do it in better clothes.” I'd like to say Siege and Storm's higher rating is because of the better writing and Alina's exploration of her dark side, but who am I kidding? They're for Nikolai, aka Prince Perfect, aka "sweetheart or handsome", aka Thief of Whatever's Left of My Heart After Kaz Fucking Brekker Raided It.He's the perfect balance between Mal and the Darkling. Nikolai has the Darkling's ambition and strategic mind, but knows where to draw the line. He's also otkazat'sya, normal, not Grisha. Instead of whining about it though, he invents flying ships and plays to his strengths. He has Mal's humor, expanded a thousand times over, with a bit of roguish charm thrown in.I've read Ruin and Rising. I ship Nikolai and Alina to the farthest edge of the sea.Mal, Mal, Mal. *sigh* I thought he was boring in Shadow and Bone. He was just there, like a footstool or a mushroom. Here, he's the biggest wankdouchenozzle that ever walked the literary earth since Jeb from Splintered. I sympathized with his feelings of inadequacy and purposelessness up until the last third of the book, where he basically admitted he wanted Alina to go back to the way she was: ordinary and powerless. Go fuck yourself, Mal. Alina's power is a part of her now and you can't cut it out like ex-friends in a photo. Be a Rhysand shape up. I understand what Bardugo is getting at, the antithesis to the Darkling's lust for power and Nikolai's ambition, the only boy who loves Alina for who she is, not her power. But he's just the other extreme. Oh, look, another opportunity to express my approval of Nikolai and Alina.In terms of plot, Siege and Storm suffers from slight Second Book Syndrome. It's mainly a "training montage", like so many predecessor YA novels. The heroine has discovered there is an evil plot afoot in the first book and in the second one, she gathers supporters/trains/gets to know her love interest(s) more before buckling down for the Boss Fight in book 3. If it weren't for the introduction of Nikolai, it would have been a very boring novel.Oops, I did it again. One more gif. Go on, indulge me.I'm not entirely certain Alina, a teenager with zero experience in warfare and politics, should lead the Second Army, but I do like that they address it rather than simply letting her have her way like in Ignite Me for #feminism. Alina leads because she's the Sun Summoner and Grisha respect power. I can get behind that. The Darkling makes a few appearances, though they carry a mild fanservice tone. Everyone loves the Darkling, so Alina/Darkling has to be shoved in somewhere. (view spoiler)[Her "hallucinations" of him don't serve much purpose except to rattle her, and he could've done a better job in the intimidation department. Hence, fanservice. (hide spoiler)]Nikolai is my one and only choice. ... I did it again, didn't I?My review of Shadow and BoneMy review of Ruin and Rising["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)
    2019-03-23 08:02

    “I've seen what you truly are," said the Darkling, "and I've never turned away. I never will. Can he say the same?”This has been very good indeed! I have many mixed feelings about this book, I feel very happy about the love that has content, the position that Alina takes was very good,she is getting stronger and is much more determined about what she wantsBut at the same time I have this discomfort by the lack of things on it like The Darkling mainly lol. And that clearly is a book that is displayed as a transition to the third because it contains many chapters where nothing relevant happensBut it does not mean that writing hasn't left me astonished again,because it did, it is very addictive and just can not stop reading! Points for Leigh Bardugo!“When people say impossible, they usually mean improbable.” It all starts when after escaping of The Darkling, Alina and Mal run away to Novyi Sem to have a "normal" life away from Ravka but obviously this goes wrong, and the Darkling finds them and is now more powerful than ever. (THAT'S MY BOY: 3)and from there it all starts to get a little ugly ...But everything is not as bad ,since on this book we know Nikolai who is according to my opinion the best character on this book. He has a personality that grabs you from the beginning, not counting that will go to surprise you more than once. It is so incredible, he made me laugh a lot and has a very important role in Alina's life what I loved :). No doubt to Nikolai has stolen the book :)“Do you answer a question directly?""Hard to say. Ah, there, I've done it again”I don't want to speak about Mal seriously, even though he has good scenes and moments on this book remains as hysterical and annoying character so simply I'll leave it there(view spoiler)[I have to name a scene where Alina is on bed with The Darkling and my review can't not contain a reminder of that moment ... So hot and weird and hot again: 3. (hide spoiler)]Speaking of the end, I liked it but I have not been very happy, because where does this lead us? to keep waiting for the final struggle, and actually would have been in my opinion an incredible closed end and something tragic, but it was not so has been bittersweet for me “So many men had tried to make her a queen. Now she understood that she was meant for something more. The Darkling had told her he was destined to rule. He had claimed his throne, and a part of her too. He was welcome to it. For the living and the dead, she would make herself a reckoning. She would rise.” (view spoiler)[The part of Alina powerless God! I need to know what is this O.o (hide spoiler)]And if you want to know I'm still in love with The Darkling and I would like gladly be her dark princess (? LOL.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
    2019-03-13 10:07

    Reviewed by: Rabid ReadsI was Team Mal to the death in SHADOW AND BONE.Yeah, the Darkling was hot in a not-so-vaguely sinister way, but friends-to-lovers will win over Bad Boys every time.HA. You'd think that by now I'd've learned not to speak in absolutes . . . but you'd be wrong.SIEGE AND STORM, the second installment of THE GRISHA trilogy, begins with Alina and Mal on the run after the big showdown with the Darkling at the end of SHADOW AND BONE.The showdown in which the Darkling's true nature was unquestionably revealed.Sorry guys. If you insist, of course, I will listen to your arguments on behalf of the Darkling . . . BUT. Know in advance that in my head, all I'll be hearing is a litany of, "NOPE. Nope, nope nope."But I will listen . . .SO. Following the obvious--seriously, it was obvious--trail of gold hairpins, the Darkling finds Alina and Mal, captures them, and (predictably) uses them against each other to secure their cooperation on the way back to Ravka.You: How are they getting back to Ravka?Me: On another boat. A whaler this time . . . A whaler crewed by . . . PIRATES. *oooohhhhh* And not just any pirates, no, these pirates are captained by Sturmhond. *aaaahhhhh*Come on, guys. "Sturmhond" is almost as good a name as "Dread Pirate Roberts."Maybe better, b/c Sturmhond is a tinkerer. He likes to find ways to improve old things and build completely new things. He's a . . . wait for it . . . steampunk pirate. You: What's that mean?Me: It's pretty cool, actually. I think the term Bardugo uses is "tsarpunk" You: What's that mean?Me: Umm, I don't really know that either, but it looks like this:I don't know about you, but I like it.So we've got Mal-the-childhood-friend, the Darkling (pure EVIL), and now Sturmhond (a PIRATE).There's really not much more I can say without spoilers, but I can tell you that Mal is kind of hard to like in this book. He feels like he's being left behind, like he no longer fits into Alina's life, and while BOTH of them need their heads banged together repeatedly, b/c all the loneliness and longing could have been avoided if they would just talk to each other. GAH. It's been days, and I'm annoyed all over again.Anyway, while it's both of their faults, I understand why Mal feels the way that he does, and that makes dealing with his idiocy (a very small bit) easier.And all of these misunderstandings are helped along by none other than Sturmhond, who has a very mercenary interest in Alina.At least it starts that way.BUT. After awhile, it seems to become something more, and Mal is acting like such a loser whiny baby that you start to wonder if maybe Sturmhond is the better choice . . . So yes, I would say there's a love triangle this time. Even though there was arguably one in the last book as well, it never felt like one to me. This one has me confused and bewildered, and while I like that, I know that many of you do not. So prepare yourself for that.There is also foreshadowing aplenty. I don't know what any of it means, but I took note and have suspicions: (view spoiler)[I'm pretty sure that Ilya Whatshisface is going to turn out to be Daddy Darkling, and Mal is somehow going to be the firebird. I mean seriously, why else would Alina get all sparky when he "happens" to circle her (unfettered) wrist with his fingers. This is also why I still have hope for them. The biggest barrier they have to overcome is Alina's magicalness, and while Mal is clearly no ordinary human, being a super tracker is in no way equal to sun summoning. Unless . . . there's something we don't know . . .(hide spoiler)]ALSO, the thing that happened last time that was a bit too convenient? This time Bardugo nailed it. It was sudden and shocking and absolutely believable. Maybe the difference was that this time "it" wasn't a loophole that allowed Alina and Mal to escape. This time "it" was what made it possible for all hell to break loose. Now that I'm thinking of it, there was also a loophole, and, yes, it was still a bit of a stretch, but it was no where near as bad as last time.So hooray for that!SIEGE AND STORM skillfully navigates the typical second book challenges. There are new and interesting characters, including but not limited to PIRATES, lots-o-action, and a surplus of villainy. Bardugo delivers a second dose of dark and creepy that is too enthralling to allow for things like food or water . . . I read it in an afternoon. And hey, guess what? TODAY is the day. RUIN AND RISING, the final chapter in the trilogy, is available right this very second. Well? What are you waiting for? Go on. *shoos away*My other reviews for this series:Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3) ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • maymay ☕
    2019-02-27 06:59

    Ahhhhh, and I had somuchhope for this one.If I had to sum this entire book up in one word, it would be. . . mehSiege and Stormwas AWESOME for the first 50% . . .. . . and then . . .. . . it ALL went down hillllllllll.Uuuughhhhhh, I hate having to talk bad about one of myFAVOURITEauthors BUTTTT there were justso manyflaws with this book.Mainly being the characters, I mean, I was CONSTANTLY annoyed by EVERYONE. Mal – why is he still here, like what’s his purpose exactly? Alina – for a main character, this special snowflake is HELLA annoying. This girl is more interested in the colour of her kefta than the LIBERATING THE WORLD. . . oh and don’t forget, she’ssooooougly and awkward butalllllthe boys are after her. *flips hair*The Darkling – please stop, you’re not evil, you’re not scary. You’re like a little boy who didn’t get to play basketball with his friends; go to your room and don’t talk to me. Do I care for the love triangle that has developed in to a love hexagon? No.Do I care for thepoor little girlwho has all the power in the world and is still whining? No. Do I care for the endless rambling about the MOST UNINTERESTING topics? No. Basically the only people who saved the book for me where Genya and Sturmhond. Literally, that’s it. I don’t really know if I wanna finish this series, maybe I’ll just skippppp it. “The less you say, the more weight your words will carry.” 2 stars!!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Buddy read with the fabulous, Annniiiieeeeee

  • karen
    2019-02-28 11:47

    so, yes - i found this book much more satisfying and original than the first volume. for one, i thought the writing was better, but also the themes are darker and truer than those in the first. there's more tension in this one, as alina ascends into a position of even greater power which separates her from her old life, and complicates her relationship with mal. accustomed to being the more capable of the two, mal is forced to accept that alina has responsibilities that are beyond him, and although he can still be useful to her with his particular skill set, there's a gap widening between them, despite both their attempts to fight it. mal realizes that he is becoming superfluous - that she might not need him the way she used to. and the realization hurts them both.most of the book is about power. the loneliness of power, its allure and the the temptation to wield it in the wrong ways, the way power corrupts intentions, becomes addictive, and ultimately isolates the one who holds it…. one can kinda see what made the darkling into the darkling, yeah?and mal can see it, too, as alina changes and grows into her role; she's no longer the frightened little girl she was, but he worries she is losing too much of herself and the things that make her special.He raised his hands as if to plead his case, then dropped them helplessly. "I feel you slipping away from me, and I don't know how to stop it."Tears pricked my eyes. "We'll find a way," I said. "We'll make more time - ""It's not just that. Ever since you (view spoiler)[put on that second amplifier (hide spoiler)], you've been different." My hand strayed to the fetter. (view spoiler)["When you split the dome, the way you talk about the firebird...(hide spoiler)]I heard you speaking to Zoya the other day. She was scared, Alina. And you liked it.""Maybe I did," I said, my anger rising. It felt so much better than guilt or shame. "So what? You have no idea what she's like, what this place has been like for me. The fear, the responsibility - ""I know that. I know. And I can see the toll it's taking. But you chose this. You have a purpose. I don't even know what I'm doing here anymore."this book ends with several characters in newly horrible situations, or - you know - dead. but cheer up, because there are also NEW characters, and they're not just cookie-cutter fantasy archetypes. or maybe they are, and i just don't read a lot of fantasy, so i don't know, but i loved tamar and tolya - their bravery and their secrets. and i knoooow everyone's all about sturmhond in this one - no matter what he is being called at the time, and i liked him, too. he managed to bring humor and cheer to an otherwise pretty bleak plot. but to me, a love triangle is bad enough without making it a square. back off, shippers! i do like the magic in this book, although sometimes the different kinds of grisha confuse me. squallers?? there are people whose magic is to make wind?? there should be better powers, with farther-reaching application, like "crop-growers" or "volcra-witherers." ah, but then there would be no need for heroes. there's a passage in this book that reminded me of one from The Last Unicorn:“Then what is magic for?" Prince Lír demanded wildly. "What use is wizardry if it cannot save a unicorn?" He gripped the magician's shoulder hard, to keep from falling.Schmedrick did not turn his head. With a touch of sad mockery in his voice, he said, "That's what heroes are for.” and here's the one from this book - which reminds us that in a world full of magic, we do still need our heroes. i don't think this is spoilery, but i'm sure i will be told if it is. this is also another example that highlights mal's restlessness and feelings of insecurity - a conversation between alina and nikolai (a new character i won't say anything about here)He dropped his hand. "He doesn't belong here."He belongs with me, I wanted to shout. But I knew it wasn't true. I thought of Mal's bruised face, of him pacing back and forth like a caged animal, of him spitting blood and beckoning to Eskil for more. Go on. I thought of him holding me in his arms as we crossed the True Sea. The map blurred as my eyes filled with tears."Let him go," said Nikolai."Go where? Chasing after some mythical creature that may not even exist? On some impossible quest into mountains crawling with Shu?""Alina," Nikolai said softly. "that's what heroes do.""I don't want him to be a hero!""He can't change who he is any more than you can stop being Grisha."It was an echo of what I'd said only hours ago, but I didn't want to hear it."You don't care what happens to Mal," I said angrily. "You just want to get rid of him.""If I wanted you to fall out of love with Mal, I'd make him stay here. I'd let him keep soaking his troubles in kvas and acting like a wounded ass. But is this really the life you want for him?"I took a shaky breath. It wasn't. I knew that. Mal was miserable here. He'd been suffering since the moment we arrived, but I had refused to see it. I'd railed at him for wanting me to be something I couldn't, and all the while, I'd demanded the same thing from him. I brushed the tears from my cheeks. There was no point in arguing with Nikolai. Mal had been a soldier. He wanted purpose. Here it was, if I would just let him take it.i just realized that both of these passages involve alina crying, which is a little misleading. yeah, she cries a lot - she's going through a lot of shit here. but she's also learning to grow into her role in terms of her emotional armor - assuming the public face of her power, suppressing her humanity to become a leader worthy of respect.I bit down hard on my lip to silence the sob that shook my my chest. That's good, I thought as the tears spilled over. That way the servants won't hear.and it's a tough transition, but an important lesson about the sacrifices that have to be made to attain and hold power - the mask that needs to be maintained.a tough lesson, but education is never a waste, indeed.so, yeah - much better than the first one, and i am looking forward to the third, despite the warnings people have given me. and i do want more darkling, who was used all-too-sparingly (albeit effectively) here.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Khadidja
    2019-03-23 07:48

    Okay so I finished this book yesterday and I had so many feelings: Anger, frustration, sadness you name it. i'm just glad that i have the third and last book in this series in front of me or i would have lost my freaking mind!Spoilers are coming y'allThe basic components of this story are fascinating. Truly. The first and last 100 pages were AWESOME. let me tell you about the 232 in between:If Leigh bardugo could just stop reminding us that Alina is the most powerful Grisha of all time. that would be great, because clearly she's not (or she hasn't learn how to unleash her full power and use it properly) she's powerful and all but she gets defeated every time she faces the darkling, Her reaction to everything is to run away. seriously the whole book is her trying to run away from everything and everyone except Mal. and that's another thing i loved him in the first book but in the second one he became a liability. he's her anchor to her previous life where she was nothing but a map maker and i'm not sure i like it... i want her to read more and to learn more about her power instead of denying it and keep pretending she was meant to live a normal life *sigh in frustration*i'm sick and tired of the fight *back and forth* between the darkling and Alina.. just fucking end him or let him end you this triology could have been cut short to duology but since there are three amplifiers that means each one of them gets a book of its own, i remember seen a deer on a cover and i was like wtf does that have to do with the story then i read the second book about the ice dragon who happens to be on the cover of the second book and i was like OMG it makes sense now.. silly mein the second installment we Meet Sturmhond aka Nikolai (The king's second son) he's charming, smart, clever ambitious prince, i loved him he was great but i just had this feeling that he would do something stupid like betraying Alina or killing his father i'm glad he didn't *Phew*“All I ask is that you stay long enough to let me explain. If you don’t like whatyou hear, you’re free to go.”“Just like that?” I scoffed.“Trust me.”“Every time you say ‘trust me,’ I trust you a little less,”I don’t want to be a killer. But mercy might not be a gift the Sun Summoner could afford. I gavemyself a shake. First we had to find the firebird. Until then, all our hopes rested on the shoulders ofone untrustworthy prince. Although i loved Nikolai he was annoying at times but the award of the most annoying character in this series goes to.. *drum roll* MAL! say what you want about Nikolai or the Darkling but you can't not love them Mal on the other hand was just too much.“You know the problem with heroes and saints, Nikolai?” I asked as I closed the book’s cover andheaded for the door. “They always end up dead.”i'm not sure i'll be reading Book 3 anytime soon.. if i did it would be a miracle! *JUST KIDDING*

  • Reading Corner
    2019-03-03 14:08

    3.75 starsI definitely found this book good but I think it was harder to overlook the flaws in this one especially because I felt there was more faults than the last book.Shadow and Bone is difficult to live up to but Leigh Bardugo did deliver a good sequel but as expected I don't think it's as good as the first book.Siege and Storm is much more slow than the first book and the characters are in the same setting for most of the book.I loved the new characters like the twins Tamar and Toyla and how the story unraveled.The story mainly centres around Alina and Mal's relationship which I didn't really enjoy as I found Mal pretty annoying and whiny.I was slightly hoping she'd change love interests to anyone else really like the Darkling.I think the fact the book centres around their relationship makes parts of it boring because I don't think Mal is an interesting character and I have no interest in their relationship.The writing was fantastic as always and the story really picked up towards the end as it finished with a fantastic ending.I would have liked to see more of the Darkling as he's the most intriguing character. However, I didn't like how characters began to really become segregated into 'good' and 'evil' boxes which didn't happen in the first book as the characters were more complex because the lines seemed to blur between the two.Despite the books fault, I still found it incredibly entertaining and a joy to read.I would definitely consider it a great sequel even with the negatives.

  • Laura
    2019-03-04 07:09

    {4.6 stars}I wanted to take this opportunity to declare myself completely in love with Nikolai Lantsov, Major of the Twenty-Second Regiment, Soldier of the King’s Army, Grand Duke of Udova, and second son to His Most Royal Majesty, King Alexander the Third, Ruler of the Double Eagle Throne –or as I like to call him Nikolai, the only one.Alright, let’s get serious here.This second book was a lot better than the first one and this is how things are supposed to be. You’re supposed to see an improvement as the story goes and I liked how Leigh developed the plot and how she introduced all these new characters and their characterization. I think each new characters was rich and deep and they contributed to the storyline nicely.I did have some issues with the book and I’ll talk about them later but there was something that stopped me for a moment and I don’t know if it’s only me who feels this way but the book dragged too long. I was halfway through the book and I felt like I read 500 pages or something like that and although I enjoyed myself, I was also thinking “when this will end?” you know? It was such a weird feeling and I struggled with it during the last 30% of the book but regardless, I liked this sequel so much more than the first one.Let me tell you about what I disliked.Mal. I just wanted to punch him every single time he was on the scene. I hated how whiny he was and I gave him a second chance after me hating him back in book one and there were some cute scenes where I could and wanted to appreciate him but man, he messed things up and this is where I rant about miscommunication or the lack of as a plot device.Look, I don’t want Alina and Mal together because I don’t like Mal. And yes, I know they’re endgame and I hate them together but for all the things they could be separated for, Alina not telling him about her hallucinations/visions was the most ridiculous one. And once she told him? He left.Sometimes their reasons for not being together made sense but most of the time they were pretty dumb and I think it’s a mirror of their relationship. Just basic and full of “he/she is all I’ve ever known”.So, the romance factor in this book was a big meh for me. Sue me, I’m not fan of those types of relationships.The other thing I didn’t like about the book was Alina’s hesitation. I got all her fears, worries, guilt, anger, etc. but when it came to act on them, she restrained herself. All the fucking time, just to do it later on the book but with a higher cost. What was the point of that?And don’t let me start with the dumb ass decision of not accepting Nikolai’s proposal. She’s a clever girl, I know that but damn I doubted that. And this isn’t me swooning over Nikolai but think about the benefits of it. The political claim and just the power couple they could be together but no. Let’s not hurt Mal’s feelings. Alina’s in love. Wake the fuck up and smell the corpses of your people.Oh, and she rejected his proposal just to later seek his advances. But not everything was bad.Alina’s thirst for power was getting out of control after she found out and got the second amplifier and it was great to see because not only she has been under a shiton of pressure but also she’s not okay. And as much as I don’t agree with her on a lot of things, it’s difficult for her and she’s tired and angry and sad.She’s having these visions about the Darkling and they terrified her for a lot of reasons and it was understandable and all of that gave Alina a new depth and humanized her a lot. It was good to read.I enjoyed a lot reading about all these new characters and some from the previous book.Nikolai is probably the one I loved the most but I also liked the twins, Tamar and Tolya, the old characters such as Zoya, David, Genya and some of the people in the Little Palace and that was cool because our perspective of them change as this book goes and characters we didn’t love like Zoya, get to have a chance to be more than that dude or girl you hated and that meant a lot to me.When it comes to the Darkling, I’m always confused.I don’t love the Darkling. I don’t ship him with Alina and this is the first time I don’t like the villain that way when everyone loves him and stuff like that.I’m interested in him and very curious and I want to see how he and all of this will end. Plus, are his powers very similar to Alina’s because they both create it?Like, I think none of the Grisha can create matter. They take and change what’s already there but with light and darkness is it easier or more difficult? And I get the paradox and how these opposites work but yeah, I still don’t want Alina near him.Overall Siege and Storms is a great sequel. It’s delivered in a fluid and fun way. Leigh definitely did her best with this book and it paid off. Note #1: Why is it that when a couple breaks up or something like that, the guy has to do something incredibly stupid and a lot of times is beating the crap out of someone or being turned into a bloody pulp in a some sort of fight club underground shit? It’s something I’ve seen like a million times and it’s a dumb ass decision. Note #2: If you read Six of Crows before the Grisha trilogy, you may find it spoilery. I don’t care what they and the author say, I was mildly spoiled with Nikolai in SOC, so be aware.