Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo: 5/5 Stars

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo – Review + Random Mutterings About the Conclusion of the Grisha Trilogy

It’s been two months since I’ve posted a review on here. What is up with me.

Sorry for the silence. I know you missed me.*

I’m back and filled with more nerd rage than ever. Muhahahahaha. Run while you still can.**

I’m going to try not to scream too much at Leigh Bardugo in this review, but who knows. I’m angry. And she sort of ripped out my heart in this book. *glares* I have one question for you Leigh… WHYYYY.

I’m trying to keep it spoiler-free, but if you’re the type who will hunt down anyone who mentions anything and smother them in stuffed animals (that sounds kind of nice, actually) AVOID ME AND MY REVIEW.

That’s right, I’m giving you leave to run. (The footnote doesn’t apply to you, you special bunch.) Now go away. GO.

*Actually, we both know that’s not true. BUT GO WITH IT.

**Just kidding, please don’t run. If you did, I’d have an emotional meltdown and throw my books at the wall in my rage/sadness…and we don’t want that, because, BOOKS. Please don’t make me hurt them. 


Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo: 5/5 Stars

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Young Adult / Genre: FantasyAction/Adventure / Content: 16+ / Recommended

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

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Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo: 5/5 Stars

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo – Review

It’s been five months since I’ve read Shadow and Bone and now I’ve finally read the sequel.

It’s sad, I know.

BUT OH MY WORD, WHAT A SEQUEL.

I finished Siege and Storm a whole day ago and I still can’t speak. (Okay, I might be stretching that a little, BUT I’VE TRIED TO START THIS REVIEW LIKE TEN TIMES SO…)

Excuse me, that was unprofessional.

Siege and Storm was everything I could want in a sequel. It started off intensely fast, and didn’t let up until the last page was turned. It was brilliant, and I can’t wait for more.


NOTE: Due to the nature of this review, as Siege and Storm is a sequel, if you haven’t read Shadow and Bone or if you have but want to make sure you’re not spoiled for the next book, I’d stop here and read up before checking out this review! 🙂 I don’t want to spoil you on accident (and if I do I’m really sorry!) so it might be safer to skip my nerdy ramblings for now and get your hands on the books. 😉 I try to keep my reviews spoiler-free, but sometimes I start ranting and forget! So before you continue on, just make sure you’re okay with that, savvy?


Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo: 5/5 Stars

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Young Adult / Genre: FantasyAction/Adventure / Content: 16+ / Recommended

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.

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Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: 5/5 Stars

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Review

Sequels are hard. They’re hard to write, they’re hard to read, they’re hard to enjoy. And it’s super hard to not compare them to their precursor.

Remember InsurgentCatching Fire, and Glass Sword? Case in point.

At first, Gemina was a little like that. After all, it’s only expected, right? I’m pleased to inform you that it didn’t stay like that for long. It was out of this world.

(…had to.)

I’ve had to wait a bit before writing a review for Gemina because I needed to calm down. And give myself some therapy. And ceremoniously return it to its place on my shelf. You know where I’m going.

So I present to you, The Review. Pray I make sense.

BEWARE, THOSE UNFORTUNATES OF YOU WHO HAVE NOT YET READ ILLUMINAE. YOU MAY BE SPOILED.

If you are one of those unfortunate beings, let me steer you over here instead, where we can chat without spoiling the series for you. You’re welcome.


Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: 5/5 Stars

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Young Adult / Genre: Science FictionAction/Adventure / Content: 16+ / Recommended

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: 5/5 Stars

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Review

It’s been a few days now since I finished Illuminae. Maybe a week. I’ve been trying to write a review ever since I flipped the last page, and the words just don’t come.

I NEED SOME TIME, Y’ALL.

Illuminae blew me away.

It’s one of those books that leaves you slightly breathless, and well, speechless too.

I’m hoping a week is long enough to let the book settle and fade so I can write a mildly coherent review. Though it’ll probably just sound like vague screaming anyway. THIS IS GOING TO BE A MESSY REVIEW, JUST SAYING.


Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: 5/5 Stars

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Young Adult / Genre: Science FictionAction/Adventure / Content: 16+ / Recommended

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

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A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles: 5/5 Stars

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles – Review

He can’t leave. You won’t want to.

What a charming reminder that “a life without luxury can be the richest of all.”

I savored every minute I spent reading A Gentleman in Moscow. It wasn’t anything like the book I was expecting. It was sweeter, softer, wittier, and way, way classier.

Take a bow, Amor Towles. You have created a masterpiece.


A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles: 5/5 Stars

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Adult / Genre: Historical Fiction / Content: 16+ / Recommended

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in another elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo: 5/5 Stars

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – Review

This week’s review is a bit late coming to you, but I hope you enjoy it! If you’ve read this book, comment below about what you thought about it! I’d love to chat with you.

Without any further ado, I give you…


Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo: 5/5 Stars

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Young Adult / Genre: FantasyAction/Adventure / Content: 16+ / Recommended

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

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

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

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer: 4/5 Stars

Cinder by Marissa Meyer – Review

Oh. Just another Cinderella retelling.

“Just another Cinderella retelling.”

“JUST another Cinderella retelling.”

I don’t know about you, but that’s what I thought when I first came across this book. Slipper on the cover? The word “cinder” in the title? No thanks. I’m good. I know what that’s going to be about. Right?

Nope.

This is not “just another Cinderella retelling.” It’s so much more. Don’t be fooled by the name, or the cover. While yes, it still is as much a retelling as it’s advertised to be, it doesn’t deserve the criticism that automatically comes with it.

Allow me to show you why you should give Cinder a chance.

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