What I Thought Of Siege and Storm

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Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Grisha #2
Pages: 435
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.

I finally got to read this book! If you read my previous review on Shadow and Bone, you would know I was really excited to get my hands on it, so I could devour it with great pleasure. Well I am proud to say I have done so! Also my birthday, which is coming up shortly, will hopefully provide me with some delicious gift cards that I can use to capture Ruin and Rising! Anyhow, without further a do I present to you, my thoughts on Siege and Storm! 

The beginning was great! The book started quickly, beckoning me into its pages... I was really happy with this, because any book with a quick start, that isn't confusing, deserves an A+ from me! Not to mention there was a plot twist, and it happend quite quickly in my opinion! Despite the quick start, I felt as though things were starting to ease back down, but then... BAM! I will say no more, for the very few of you have not read this book.

As things progressed, they began to slow down Although the true action parts were no longer there, conflict was still around. Everything that happend was very stressful in my opinion. You could tell that each of the characters was in a state of constant fear. The threat of the Darkling was actually only one of Alina's problems. The middle was focused more on romance. Yes she was also making plans for her army, but thats not important... What was really being focused on was love. Her and Mal's relationship, was well... I don't really know how to feel about it. Let's just say... they aren't my OTP *cowers* Their relationship was a bit, well, rough in this book. Mal was not happy, it was quite clear. Although I am DYING to say more, I won't. Don't fear. In the end, I felt the middle was a bit weak, I could have used some more action.

The characters were very clearly, themselves I think Leigh Bardugo did a very good job of expressing each of the characters personalities! Everyone had their own uniqueness... Each characters was fully developed and everything about them was clearly linked to their past! Which is of course, fabulous, as backstories are my life.

Alina was... transforming Throughout the book she was having what I like to think of as a battle against herself. The power of.... I'm not sure if I can say it... I guess I won't... The power of this thing she got at the beginning of the book was really affecting her. It was controlling her. I think it actually helped her find her priorities, and understand herself better. It also had a strong affect on her and Mal's relationship.

How about the end?  As you know, I wasn't the biggest fan of the middle, but I did enjoy the end. I liked the slight twist in the story, it made everything all the more exciting, without it, the book would have been quite boring. The twist was perfectly planned out, when I was starting get a little frustrated with all the romance and general boringness, it was there to save me! You know when your super hot and then you walk into an air conditioned room? Its like the best feeling ever, its just so nice. Thats what the ending felt like to me, perfect! Also it definitely makes a great transition into the next book!

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  1. This is my favourite book in the story! Though the romance does like to get in the way which is so frustrating. The romance is probably the only thing I didn't particularly like about this series.

    1. I agree it is amazing! The romance just really gets to me!! I still haven't read Ruin And Rising so I cant exactly pick my favorite, but I'm currently leaning towards the first one. I'm glad you enjoyed it!!!

  2. My thoughts on this one were about the same! I liked the first and last book a bit better due to Mal being a little whiny (he just didn't mesh well with Alina to me) but the third definitely changed my mind. Nice review Maya :)

    1. Yes Mal should really stop being such a baby xD if he didn't want to be there, he should have said so, not acting like... well how he acted! I hope things pick up in the next book, I'm super excited for it!!


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