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

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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
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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Review: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

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Title: Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2)

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Release Date/Publisher:  June 4th 2013 by Henry Holt and Co.

Read: June 13th 2013

Pages: 435-Hardcover-owned


  1. Shadow and Bone
  2. Siege and Storm
  3. Ruin and Rising


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. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. 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.

What I thought:

This book is just as good as I remember the first one being, but much darker. The Darkling does make an appearance again in this, but he’s discovered a new power and it’s  much more dangerous. When Alina does get back to Os Alta, things start to change and everyone waits and plans for the Darkling’s attack.

I still liked The Darkling’s character and it’s hard not to become attached to him. In this book Alina starts to change too, to crave power and really start to use it. I felt sorry for Mal a lot because of what he goes through with Alina. They keep getting driven further apart and it was sad! It doesn’t help that he’s not a Grisha and gets some flack for it. At least he’s an awesome tracker!

Now onto the new character, Stormhond. He was such an awesome character; flirty, smart, and all-around awesome. I loved that he had his own version of a pirate fleet! Later in the book we learn more about him and he gets even more awesome.

I know I talk a lot about the characters but they really make this story! All the Grisha magic and the fantasy and the legends that create this world are so easy to get absorbed into and love. If you haven’t picked up the first book, I think you really should! This series does not disappoint.

(My blog is also mentioned along with others in the Paperback version)