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text 2017-08-09 23:56
Reading progress update: I've read 432 out of 432 pages.
Ruin and Rising - Leigh Bardugo

I really enjoyed this series (got teary eyed at the end!) 

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review 2017-07-04 05:53
Book #2 of the Grisha...has left me feeling kind of confused...
Siege and Storm - Leigh Bardugo

 

 

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

 

 

 

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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.♫

 

 

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜

4/5 STARS

B+

 

My Thoughts

 

 

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.

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  4.8/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  3.8/5

Addictiveness:  3.5/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3.7/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.3/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  4.5/5

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.

 

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text 2017-06-30 20:07
June Re-Cap...A seriously crazy month.
The Deal - Elle Kennedy
One of Us Is Lying - Karen M. McManus
If I Fix You - Abigail Johnson Dodge
The Girl from Everywhere - Heidi Heilig
Dragon Teeth: A Novel - Michael Crichton
Gods of Anthem - Logan Keys
Underwater - Marisa Reichardt
Siege and Storm - Leigh Bardugo
Of Dreams and Rust - Sarah Fine

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

5 Stars

 

(Audiobook) One of Us is Lying by Karen M McManus

Finish Date:  06/07/17

5 Stars

 

(Kindle eBook) If I Fix You by Abigail Johnson

Finish Date:  06/11/17

4.3/5 Stars

 

(Audiobook) The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Finish Date:  06/13/17

2/5 Stars

 

(Audiobook) Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton

Finish Date:  06/19/17

4/5 Stars

 

(Netgalley Arc) The Last City by Logan Keys

Previously titled Gods of Anthem (booklikes won't update)

Finish Date:  06/20/17

3.8/5 Stars

 

(Kindle eBook) Underwater by Marisa Reichardt

Finish Date:  06/23/17

4.7/5 Stars

 

(Audiobook) Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Finish Date:  06/26/17

4/5 Stars

 

(Kindle eBook) Of Dreams and Rust by Sarah Fine

Finish Date:  06/30/17

4.5/5 Stars

 

9 Books Total (3,074 Pages Read)

4 Audiobooks, 4 eBooks, and 1 Netgalley Arc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-06-22 01:51
I loved reading this one!
Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo

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!

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review 2017-06-21 00:00
Wonder Woman: Warbringer
Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons Series) - Leigh Bardugo Coming in on the heels of a successful movie, Leigh Bardugo's Wonder Woman: Warbringer is another good relaunch of the character. Diana witnesses the destruction of a ship just offshore of Themyscira and manages to save a young girl. Bringing a mortal to the island is bad enough, unfortunately Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl. She springs from a cursed bloodline reaching back to Helen of Troy and is destined to bring about a destructive war simply by existing. Her presence on the island almost immediately causes sickness and earthquakes. Diana must bring Alia back to New York and break the ancient curse before it is too late.

Bardugo strikes a good balance between humor and action and succeeds in making memorable characters in a short span of time. This book is never just about Diana and her quest, or even about Diana and Alia. We have a post-millenium cast of the Breakfast Club to care about! The book scores a lot of points for the idea of shifting the focus of the story to character relationships instead of boss fights and keeping only the very best of the fish-out-of-water jokes of Diana's introduction to modern culture. Themyscira apparently has an updated library so Diana's able to understand and even make some pop culture references of her own, even if they feature the impressionists.

Where Warbringer goes wrong is that the Breakfast Club teen melodrama approach of the book makes it feel...small. Diana and Alia's quest is to end a millenia-old curse that has contributed to the deaths of millions but the book never quite lets that sink in. When the time comes for an action sequence, or when secrets are revealed the narrative threatens to fall flat. The small conversations, the quiet bonding moments - with the exception of the romance which felt too convenient - those were the most effective.

There's also the minor concern that that the DC Icons universe is clearly very different from the DC Film universe which is different from the current Wonder Woman comic book. Wonder Woman is fantastic no matter what universe she's in, but there's going to be some confusion down the line. Keeping all that in mind, I liked the book, but can't go higher than that.
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