Mini-Reviews: Six of Crows + On The Fence

six of crowsSix of Crows (Six of Crows #1)

Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher/Release Date: September 29th 2015 by Henry Holt and Company
Pages: 465-Hardcover-Owned
Finished: July 14th 2016
Goodreads
My Rating: 5/5

Review:

  • I loved this book so much! It was my first read for the Make Me Read It Readathon and I’m so happy I finally got to it. Wish I’d read it earlier but now I won’t have to wait as long for the next book. Which I need right now!
  • I loved the world in the Grisha series and I was worried this wouldn’t be as good but it totally is. I was so happy getting back to it, and although I’m in the middle of my Grisha series re-read I didn’t have any trouble getting familiar with it again.
  • I loved all the characters, especially Kaz. They were all so interesting and I can’t wait to see how they handle the events at the end of this book in the next one. Did I mention I need the next book right away?

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on the fenceOn The Fence

Author: Kasie West
Publisher/Release Date: July 1st 2014 by HarperTeen
Pages: 296-Paperback-Library
Finished: July 19th 2016
Goodreads
My Rating: 4.5/5

Review:

  • Super cute! The tom-boyish girl finds herself and love in this and I couldn’t stop smiling while I read. This author is definitely going to be among my favourites for contemporary books.
  • Family was a big theme in this and I loved that. It was great to see how close she was to her brothers too. Her dad was an only parent and tried so hard, even though he had a tough time trying to raise a girl.
  • I noticed some characters that were briefly mentioned in another book I’ve read by the author! It’s been a while since I read it so there could have been more but that was kind of cool to see.

Series Re-Read: The Grisha by Leigh Bardugo

This is where I’ll be highlighting series I want to re-read! A lot of them are because I haven’t read the last book(s) in the series and don’t remember what happened in previous ones. Feel free to re-read or just read these along with me!

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I knew I was going to re-read this series at some point soon! I absolutely loved it the first time even though I had to wait for each book to come out. I have read all three before and loved all of them.

Since this month’s book club read is the first book I decided to do a full re-read! I know my copies don’t fully match, but this series featured bloggers in the paperback versions (I got the first in paperback and I plan on the second soon just because). My blog was in the first two. 🙂 I’m about halfway through the first book as I write this and I’m loving it again.

Here’s a Goodreads description of the first book:

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

Shadow and Bone is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy.

Have you read this series before? What did you think?
Has there been a series you wanted to re-read lately?

Review: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

ruin and rising

Title: Ruin and Rising (The Grisha #3)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Release Date/Publisher: June 17th 2014 by Heny Holt and Co.
Finished: June 20th 2014
Pages: 432-Hardcover-owned
Series:
1. Shadow and Bone
2. Siege and Storm
3. Ruin and Rising

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

What I Thought:

I was beyond excited to read this after loving the first two books so much! I got it the weekend before release since my bookstore had it in early, and I actually started reading it the day it was supposed to be out. The cover is even prettier in person too.

This book really does the series justice, it was so good and so much went on! Everything finally gets wrapped up in this and even more things happen to amp up the tension. There were even a few moments where I couldn’t believe something was happening. Our favourite pirate prince makes another appearance in this, which was awesome because I missed him! He was probably my favourite male character, but after the last book I can really appreciate Mal, and even moreso in this one.

I had trouble putting this down, but at the same time I never wanted the book to end. I really can’t say too much without spoiling things, but the ending was so good. Although there is so much sadness and loss in this book it seems like things worked out the way they were supposed to, and I was fully satisfied with everything. I even cried a little at the last chapter, since I’ve been so into this series.

I seriously love this series and suggest you give it a try, and if you’ve already started it make sure you continue!

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