Recently, I finished reading Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo. It is the last book of the Grishaverse trilogy. It’s a young adult fantasy book about Alina and her goal to overthrow the Darkling and make Ravka whole again. In general, I think that this last book tied everything nicely but had a few surprises. I’m glad I read this series because it gave me a bit of a background to the Grishaverse even though Bardugo’s writing has improved greatly ever since. I think her strong suit is writing villains and morally gray characters because I didn’t care that much about Alina or Mal. They were just orphans but Nikolai and the Darkling had these rich pasts. Speaking of Nikolai, I have purchased King of Scars and hope to get to it in the next few months.
My rating: 3/5 stars
Have you read Ruin and Rising? If so, what did you think?
I finished reading The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters, a historical gothic fiction about Frances Wray, who accepts lodgers into her home that she shares with her mother. Although meticulously detailed in descriptions, it did tend to drag on in quite a few places. This bothered me more towards the end and it was really annoying waiting for the other shoe to drop especially when the shoe finally did drop, it was very unsatisfying. I also felt that there wasn’t that much chemistry between the main relationship and it felt like instalove. I think it would do good with some serious editing. Also, I consumed this on audiobook going to and from work and if I didn’t, I don’t think I would’ve made it through.
My rating: 3/5 stars
Have you read The Paying Guests? If so, what are your thoughts?
Last week I finished reading Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo, the second book in the Grishaverse Trilogy. We finally get to meet Nikolai, whom everyone has been talking about and I’m sorry to admit, but he was the most exciting thing about the book. Maybe I’m not the target audience for this series. I was more interested in the characters and there’s some great dialogue, some quotable quotes. But I feel like the villain, The Darkling, and Nikolai shine brightest for me in the series. Alina and Mal aren’t that vivid to me and I’m not that interested in them but I have already started the last book, Ruin and Rising.
My rating: 3/5 stars
Have you read Siege and Storm? What did you think?
This week I read Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem and I’m in love. I loved the writing style. I loved the pacing. This book definitely checks all the boxes for my ideal book. We follow Lionel Essrog, an orphaned young man who has Tourette’s. Tourette’s is no laughing matter but I couldn’t help but laugh at the situations it gets Lionel in and his random tics at the most inappropriate times. The novel is heavily character driven and if there wasn’t Lionel Essrog, this would just be another run of the mill crime novel. This book is definitely one my favorites of the year.
My rating: 5/5 stars
Have you read Motherless Brooklyn? If so, what did you think about Lionel Essrog?
I first came across Leigh Bardugo when I came across her book Six of Crows. It’s a young adult fantasy book which, until then, I wasn’t a huge fan of. But that changed when I finished Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom thereafter. I had no plans of reading her earlier books because I already loved Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom so I saw no need to read them. But there was a lot of hype when her new book that’s based in the Grishaverse came out, so I decided to give her first three books a try since it’s in the same world.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo is also a young adult fantasy book about Alina Starkov as she finds out she’s a very powerful Grisha, who are people that posses and practice magic in the Second Army of the King. I thought that the book was well written and flowed well allowing for a quick read. There were moments that took me by surprise and moments that I was able to guess but not all of it (fine it was only one thing I guessed right). I loved the characterization and the fact that they were morally gray. I just love Bardugo’s ability to create such intriguing characters and lets them make mistakes, lets them be human.
My rating: 4/5 stars
If you’ve read Shadow and Bone, what did you think of it?