YOU KNOW WHAT!
You don’t know so I’ll tell you anyways…
So, one of my classmates poked my cheek and I literally screamed ”DON’T TOUCH ME!” and hit that person. I don’t know what is wrong with me…but I am a fully norma-*hemhem* person…
And I just realized how life is amazing but the feeling is gone now…
Here is the link to my review of the first book of this series.
- Title: Siege and Storm
- Series: Shadow and Bone #2
- Author: Leigh Bardugo
- Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Magic
- Category: YA
- Publishing Date/Publisher: June 4th 2013 by Henry Holt and Company
I love this font!!!!!
Darkness never dies.
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, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But 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.
[Synopsis from Goodreads]
About the Author:
Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse (now a Netflix original series) which spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, the King of Scars Duology, and The Language of Thorns—with more to come. Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Ninth House (Goodreads Choice Winner for Best Fantasy 2019) which is being developed for television by Amazon Studios. She lives in Los Angeles. For information on new releases and appearances, sign up for her newsletter.
She would be delighted if you visited her at LeighBardugo.com and fairly giddy if you liked her selfies on Instagram.
[Picture and text taken directly from Goodreads]
My Ratings: 5/5 (okay, fine. This series is officially one of my all time faves 😉
Dude…this trilogy deserves all the stars in the universe. (Just my opinion of course.)
Well, this book is all about finding the mythical sea dragon….well, anything that involves dragons is my treat. A lot happens in the middle of the sea, in boats. It gives a little pirate vibe to the book which I absolutely loved.
I really enjoyed reading about Alina. In this book, she grows so much, changes so much and learns so much about how to unleash her magic. She becomes a person who is more sure of herself unlike the girl who didn’t even know how to summon her magic before. And you know the best thing about the book, so many new characters were introduced and Miss Leigh managed to make me fall in love with all of them.
Now we come to the person who stole the show…Prince Nikolai Lantsov. The wittiest and most charming person I have ever met. (I haven’t actually met him). No, actually The Darkling is the most charming person but Prince Nikolai has a different sort of charm around him. And he is goddamn smart. He is this sort of person who is always making plans in his head. And he just charms everybody. He stole the whole book to be honest. He is just amazing. I think he is quite similar to Kaz Brekker in terms of mind of intelligence and their knack for making the plans. He one of my favourite characters in this trilogy. Well, The Darkling and Prince Nikolai. *blushing* Actually, I don’t blush but my cheeks tingle.
And to be honest…Mal is a great character but sometimes, he is just really annoying. But sometimes, my heart melts with him. I understand he is a bit of a jealous freak but…sometimes you need to calm down. Seriously?! In the last book of this trilogy, Mal changes a lot so don’t start hating him right now please.🙂 (who finds this emoji creepy? Like the eyes don’t smile…it is the sort of smile you would wear before killing someone…🙂🔪. This looks a million times better. The perfect expression for stabbing someone.)🙂🔪
Is Zoya present a lot in this book?? No I think she is most present in the last one. Because after the ”disaster” at the palace is she present most of the book right? I cannot even freaking separate the events from all the books. I know them but I can’t separate them into their appropriate books…this ANNOYS me!!!
Maybe, we will talk about her when I review the last book.
Well, overall, this book is perfect. The new characters were gradually introduced in the book so you will not lose track unless you find the book boring. It was easy to follow and if I am not mistaken, it picks off right where it left off in the first book. Well, I don’t think everything was very easy in the book…we have got one hell of an amazing and extremely well-written antagonist…Lord Voldemort could never- and one hell of a smart-ass (Prince Nikolai…sure as hell I won’t forget you).
And a very well-written love triangle except there were 3 love-interests…would that be called a quadrangle?? But I think adding the third love interest wasn’t really necessary but let’s be honest over here…the chemistry between The Darkling and Alina was so thick I could cut it out of the book and still not be able to chew it…Mal and Alina didn’t have much chemistry like *cringes a little*…
I DON’T CARE BUT ALINA AND THE DARKING SHOULD BE TOGETHER…I WILL SACRIFICE ICE-CREAM FOR THIS!!!! OKAY…I’LL SACRIFICE CHOCOLATE FOR THIS. Chocolate is my favourite food so…
Why do authors like making their readers suffer?? What did we ever do to them?? Well, never mind…
Again, I know this sounds a lot like rambling but I always find it a little difficult to write reviews of books I really love. Like, I cannot fully explain why I like this and that…
This is all a bunch of rambling and disorganized thoughts…*sighs*
But you get the idea. It was the perfect sequel to Shadow and Bone. The characters develop a lot and the setting and atmosphere were top-notch. The new characters were gradually introduced and Leigh Bardugo actually kept a lot of secrets and mystery in this book and if by chance you didn’t like this book, you will have to read the last one because of the curiosity and the way this books ends. The romance was well-written and the chemistry between The Darkling and Alina could have exploded out of the book. I think she also did a great job in the relationship between the protagonist and the antagonist without making Alina a villain in the process. And if I am not mistaken, a lot of things are kept in the dark, to be revealed in the third and final book. Now, this is a heavy-fantasy and ONLY READ THIS IF YOU ARE IN THE MOOOOD!! We don’t need people saying that they didn’t like this book because they read it at the wrong time or whatever utter nonsense you can come up with. Don’t ruin your first experience….
So there…that was a better one right??
Well, if you reached here…thanks for tolerating those blocks of paragraphs. It means a lot.
NOW BYE! I HAVE MUCH MORE IMPORTANT THINGS TO DO THAT WASTING MY TIME OVER HERE!
This isn’t true you know…just joking…🎃
6 thoughts on “Siege and Storm-A Book Review”
You changed your blog name to portable magic? I really like it, Hermione! 🤩
Also, I’m glad to know you love this book! I really enjoyed it, I liked how this delved a lot deeper in the world and stuff, and it was a little boring in between but overall, aah it was good. And yes, mal is definitely way better in the last book, in this one he was just fine. Nikolai and the Darkling are both fab!! I didn’t like Alina much in this one though, she went through so many changes that happened all of a sudden.
And yes, 🙂🗡 one of my friends is obsessed with the combination of these emojis.
And wait, hold up, you cant seriously sacrifice chocolate?! 😱
GREAT POST, LAH! REALLY ENJOYED IT!!
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Actually, Portable magic was always my blog name but I was thinking of changing it because I am a little bored of it haha😂. And you are definitely right. Everything becomes much darker and delves deeper in this book. Nikolai and The Darkling are just 💛💙💜😍.
And don’t worry…i finished the whole series already and it seems I dont have to give up chocolate. THE CHOCO IS SAAAAVVVEDD!!!
Oh well, the last book definitely had me crying on the kitchen floor but what can I say…authors adore making their readers suffer☺🔪.
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Oh ok, I don’t remember why I thought it wasn’t your blog name, sorry, hehe.
And yeah, authors do love that!!
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