Friday, 22 August 2014

Book Review - Ruin & Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Ruin and Rising
By: Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Grisha #3
Publication date: 17th June 2014
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co (US)
Page Count: 417 (hardback)
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: Won from giveaway. Special thanks to Fierce Reads.

Rating: 7
The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

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

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

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

Before you read on, do check out My Shadow and Bone review (book 1 of the Grisha trilogy).

Firstly before I begin, I would like to thank Fierce Reads for hosting the giveaway and for sending me a beautiful signed copy of this book. I really truly enjoyed it! Thank you so much!

Ruin and Rising is the final book of the Grisha trilogy. It was also the book that truly made me love the Grisha trilogy. R&R is basically about Alina's journey to gain the final amplify in order to become as strong as the Darkling, her final fight against the Darkling and the aftermath of it. It continues after the ending of the 2nd book and speaks of Alina's journey to find the firebird, the last amplifier. After a long journey and a huge twist, she goes to find the Darkling for the final battle.

I was really surprised with what happened to Mal. But that was the moment that I truly fell in love with him as a character. Throughout the series, we don't really see much of HIM and the romance between him and Alina and I wasn't too into him as a character. However, after what he did when he found out that he was the last ---------, I was so proud of him for what he was willing to do. Afterwards, I was rooting for him all the way:)

Lastly, Nikolai. Oh my baby. Oh my poor baby. I was crying when the Darkling did what he did to you. I love you. You are the prince of my heart. You are perfection. Literally.

What I am Loving:
My favorite part of the book was the ending. I absolutely loved the fact that Leigh Bardugo made the ending very put together and complete. It wasn't rushed. It filled all the loopholes and made sure all characters were accounted for. And of course at the end, she gave us readers an ending that felt true to the book - a perfect ending to a wonderful trilogy.

Here's my favorite line in the book, which is also the last line in the book:
"They had an ordinary life, full of ordinary things - if love can ever be called that."

What I am Unsure Of:
On the whole, I was very satisfied with the book so I have nothing much to say for this section. As seen in my ratings, this book was an 7 to me, so it was really really great. 

Final Verdict:
I absolutely adored Ruin and Rising. I am so grateful that the book blogger community introduced me to this book and made me read it. Thank you once again to Fierce Reads for the book of course. This book is unlike anything I have ever read before with the whole alternate universe russian fantasy adventure romance thing. This is the one book that I have been waiting for since ever. Seriously. Just read it. It's so worth it. I mean it will RUIN you with grief of the series ending but you will end up RISING from your adoration to this trilogy. ;)

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** All opinions are mine and are in no way influenced by anyone or anything.

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