Book Title: Siege And Storm
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Narration: Lauren Fortgang
Series: The Grisha #2
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Setting: Ravka, in the Grisha-verse
Source: Audible Audiobook
⇝Book Theme Song⇜
(this link will take you to my tumblr post with video)
♫Unbreakable by Firelight --For Alina…because she's quickly becoming unbreakable and she's going to kick some serious butt, soon.♫
There's a lot of reviews out there for this; so I'm going to keep this short. Sometimes RL can really get in the way of your overall enjoyment of a book, and while I tried not to let it reflect in my overall rating of this book…it did make it so I was unable to stay focused while listening to this. Although, the middle did drag and seem rather blah at times. I don't know if it was me or the book, half the time.
The site where I found the map above is really interesting…a grishaverse wiki…this really helps to fill in the gaps where I've missed pertinent info due to my spacing out.
Main Characters: 4.8/5
Secondary Characters: 4/5
The Feels: 3.8/5
Theme or Tone: 5/5
Flow (Writing Style): 3.7/5
Backdrop (World Building): 4.3/5
Book Cover: 4/5
Ending: 4.5/5 Cliffhanger: more of a "to be continued" cliffy…
Will I continue this series? I think so…I just need to wait until I can give my full attention.
This year, June has been a month from hell...It started out with my birthday/Open House for my daughter, then a few days later her graduation ceremony, that all went okay...just very hectic. Two days after my oldest daughter graduated high school, my youngest daughter and I went up the road a mile to Subway and came home and a car had driven into our house. Like, seriously, drove through the front porch and the garage...then proceeded to go through the wall of the garage into the woods behind the house, where he hit a tree.
This photo is the aftermath of what happened...apparently the guy driving had a seizure. It's pretty scary, to pull into your driveway and see that...insane. But, hey...now we get to do some remodeling. The month closed out with some serious medical stuff for me, that I'm unfortunately, still dealing with. :(
Anyway, my reading hit a bit of slump (as in I found it hard to concentrate on reading and listening at all), with everything going on lately.
(Kindle eBook) The Deal by Elle Kennedy
Finish Date: 06/06/17
(Audiobook) One of Us is Lying by Karen M McManus
Finish Date: 06/07/17
(Kindle eBook) If I Fix You by Abigail Johnson
Finish Date: 06/11/17
(Audiobook) The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Finish Date: 06/13/17
(Audiobook) Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton
Finish Date: 06/19/17
(Netgalley Arc) The Last City by Logan Keys
Previously titled Gods of Anthem (booklikes won't update)
Finish Date: 06/20/17
(Kindle eBook) Underwater by Marisa Reichardt
Finish Date: 06/23/17
(Audiobook) Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Finish Date: 06/26/17
(Kindle eBook) Of Dreams and Rust by Sarah Fine
Finish Date: 06/30/17
9 Books Total (3,074 Pages Read)
4 Audiobooks, 4 eBooks, and 1 Netgalley Arc.
I was so immersed in the book I didn’t even realize what time it was when I was halfway (about 2 AM in the morning.) Yes it was that good. I loved everything about it.
The plot was fast moving and good - although it had some different elements, it is with the same template of: “Girl finds out she’s got extraordinary powers to make a difference in the world and is sent to a boarding school to enhance those skills”. Although it’s not any different from those types of books out there, the characters and the setting make up for it and provides an exciting read.
It seems like the language is based on Russian words (correct me if I’m wrong here.) With the terminology and setting loosely based on the language. I found this pretty interesting and fun to read, it certainly does provide a particular theme and flavor to the novel which adds to the joy of reading the book.
Character wise, I loved just about everyone in the book. Alina isn’t your typical character. She’s got a wry humor and has a tendency to be hard on herself. I really like her though. She’s not a damsel in distress, she’s a tomboy, but when push comes to shove she can look like a girly girl and enjoy it if she wants to. Her character develops throughout the book and she goes through some real tough times. She’s not whiny about it but she takes it all in almost to the point of admitting self defeat. I actually liked reading this about her. It’s makes her more human.
*****spoilers below you’ve been warned*****
Now who to choose? Mal or the Darkling? I fell for the Darkling. I really did. I loved his mystery and his charm and I wanted to kick myself in the butt for falling for him as hard as Alina did. He just HAD to be the bad one. Well, sometimes we just fall for the bad ones don’t we? ;)
I liked Mal too though. He was everything you wanted in a guy friend about to be boyfriend. He was just as charming but he had the good boy persona on him. I’d have to say, Alina had some good prospects (if only the Darkling didn’t have such a horrible agenda.)
Overall I loved this book and I’m definitely going to grab the second one. Can’t wait to see what happens!