Review: Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2) by Leigh Bardugo | (semi-)Spoiler Free


siege-and-stormTitle: Siege and Strom (The Grisha #2)

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Genre: YA Fantasy

Published: June 4th 2013 by Henry Holt and Company

Pages: 435

This is the second book of the Grisha trilogy and while the review doesn’t contain spoilers for Siege and Storm, there will be some for  the first book of the series!

Siege and Storm continues where Shadow and Bone left off. Alina and Mal are on the run from the Darkling. After crossing the True Sea, they try to make a new life for themselves on foreign land while keeping their identities hidden. Things take an unexpected turn and Alina will have to pick between her power, her country and her very first love.

Damn, Leigh Bardugo really knows how to write her books, they keep leaving me speechless and gaping. Her writing is so vivid but also so simple, it made it very easy to envision the world and the events that happened throughout the book, especially the fight scenes! They played in front of my eyes like a movie! She does it so well and effortlessly, I genuinely love reading what she writes.

I do have to say the beginning was just a teeny tiny bit slow for my liking but once the action picked up I forgot all about it! It ended up being really fast-paced, one thing happened after the other and you never knew what to expect! Just like the first book, Siege and Storm was full of action, suspense and unexpected twists and turns.

I love that everything about these books is so unpredictable. I didn’t know what to expect from this book, sometimes the second book of a trilogy doesn’t turn out so well and they’re boring and labelled as “fillers” but this one did not disappoint! I can’t decide if I liked it more than the first one or not!

Now, let’s talk about the characters, shall we?

A lot of new characters were introduced in this books that I really liked. The twins Tamar and Toyla (whose names I keep mixing up, oops!) were quite enjoyable and I liked them from the start. They’re both very loyal, always keep their word and do what is asked of them. And they’re strong as hell, I bet they could tear anyone in half! Even without Grisha powers!

We were also introduced to Nikolai, the new love of my life. I don’t know how he did it but I fell in love with him so deeply, I’d probably die for him if he asked me to. I’m not going to say too much about him because that would spoil some surprises but he is just a genuinely great person. He is witty and humorous, very handsome, unpredictable and even a little mad sometimes. He’s so very charming, he’s ambitious and driven, smart and innovative and he needs to be protected at all costs! God, I really do love him. I really liked what Alina said about him in the book and thought I’d share the quote: “He’d transitioned effortlessly from the role of a glib adventurer to arrogant prince, and now he became a beloved commander, a soldier who laughed easily with his companions and knew each commoner’s name.”

Alina went through some more character development in this book. She keeps growing and changing, for the better and sometimes even for worse. I like that she is a lot more sure of herself and her powers. But sometimes she says/thinks/does things that I’m not a fan of and I don’t know if it’s her power and greed for the next amplifier or the Darkling’s influence.

I don’t really have any opinions on the Darkling if I’m honest? He was barely in this book and I can’t decide if he has good or bad intentions and what he really wants from Alina. A lot of people seem to love him but I just can’t form and opinion yet.

The same applies for Mal. I liked him in Shadow and Bone and I was happy that Mal and Alina ended up getting together in the end! But in Siege and Storm both of them have changed. Mal doesn’t like Alina’s power and who she has become, he isn’t there for her when she needs him and he keeps distancing himself from her. And Alina is getting hurt in the process, over and over again. I get that they have been best friends since they were little kids and she has been in love with Mal for a long time but she deserves better! Someone who treats her right and supports her! But the both of them want the other to be someone they’re not and it’s taking its toll on their relationship.

A concept I would very much like though? Alina and Nikolai. Though they’re very much platonic in Siege and Storm I think they’d be good together! But, I mean, if Alina doesn’t want him I’ll gladly take him!!! My precious prince ♥♥♥

All in all I can say it was a thoroughly enjoyable book and I have become a big fan of the Grisha universe! I’m very excited to read the last book of this trilogy!

⭐⭐⭐⭐  (4 out of 5 stars)

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Also, check out my review of Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) if you haven’t already.

February Wrap-Up

Well, this month has been very sparse when it comes to books if I do say so myself. I have only managed to read 4 (ok, let’s be honest, 3 and a half) books in the month of February but that wasn’t my fault! I’ve been writing all my exams in the first 3 weeks of the month so I only really had time to read in the past week and a half. But I’ll do better in March and hopefully tackle my huge TBR list! I will have reviews for all of these up soon so keep an eye out!

Anyway, here’s my February Wrap-Up:

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

everything-everythingGoodreads: “My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.”

(A review of Everything Everything will be up soon!)

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Goodreads: “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.shadow-and-bone-cover

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.”

(A review of Shadow and Bone is up on my blog!)

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

caravalGoodreads: Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world . . . 

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.”

(A review for Caraval will be up soon!)

Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2) by Leigh Bardugo

Goodreads: Darkness never dies.siege-and-storm

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.“

(Technically, I’ve finished this book in March but I’d still like to mention it in my February Wrap-Up 😉 You can find my review for Siege and Storm here!)

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Jackie x