Sunday, July 10, 2016

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Title: Ruin and Rising
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Published: June 19, 2014

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.

This book literally tore my heart in half,  no actually in pieces. So much happiness, and despair all squeezed into the final chapters of this series.. and all I can say about it is that it was a insane ride but an utterly amazing ending to the last book of the series. Ruin and Rising has got to be my favorite book of the Grisha series, and it totally has the qualifications to be. Though I am upset about how some relationships ended up. Ruin and Rising also showed us what we've all been waiting and preparing for. WAR, DEATHS, AND A LOT OF CRYING.

I gotta say that there was a lot of good character development in this book. Everyone, including Zoya, helped out and ultimately, with everyone's efforts they were able to defeat the Darkling. Though with the hefty cost of foes and allies alike. The bonds that everyone showed in this book was really great, which is why the loss of allies in this book really affected me. This book literally had me either on the tips of my toes, or being shocked at how they managed to mash so many heartbreaking things into it without it being too much. The deaths and devestation that came with this book truly hit me hard though. There noble sacrifices will never be forgotten. & May Oncat have a happy life without Harshaw.

One thing that has changed is my opinion of Mal. I mean *begrudgingly* I still don't approve of him and Alina, but that doesn't mean that he doesn't deserve her. All of his actions truly prove that he loves her, and I simply can't hate him just because I don't ship him with Alina. He has certainly matured a lot. He doesn't care that she's not the same girl he grew up with, all he cares about is that she's safe. So gotta say he's gotten better and isn't such a jerk in my opinion anymore.

Nikolai, oh Nikolai you are always a joy to have in the books. You gone through hardships just like the rest, and you along with everyone experienced things that should never happen to anybody. But still what happened to you was tragic and you'll never be the same. I still had hope that you would end up with Alina in the book but the moment this was said I realized that it wasn't gonna happen. .-.

The stars looked like they were close together, when really they were millions of miles apart. In the end, maybe love just meant longing for something impossibly bright and forever out of reach. 

Its ironic how this quote literally ended my hopes when I read it. Nikolai fell in love with her, but he couldn't reach her because she already had someone she loved and because of that she would always remain out of his reach forever. Something so close yet, unattainable. That broke my heart. -sigh- 

Now onto the Darkling. I've honestly could never hate him. Aleksander... such a common name indeed. He always leaves me so conflicted. Who is he truly?! The boy who said "I've lived a long life rich in grief", the boy who was so desperately lonely that he turned into a tyrant just to run away from it, or the grief stricken one who chased after his own mother when she jumped off the railing.. was he truly a villain at all? How could someone so wrong be so right!?! He wanted Alina to see him as a villain, yet he never harmed the students from the school. He just wanted to see her. The light that would balance out his darkness. He wanted her to change him. He wanted redemption. 

God if I could change anything about this book, it would be how she played out some of the characters. I truly wish that the Darkling ended up with Alina *yes, this ship in my mind overcomes Nikolai.. sorry guys*. Because this isn't right. It kills me every time the Darkling and Alina encounter each other. I go crazy since they both have this chemistry that undeniably attracts both of them to each other. Since that senerio can't happen. I just really want a side book showing the Darkling's *ahem* Aleksander's point of view. I need to know what drove him to do all of this! 

Well I'm done with my rant. Ultimately this earned 4.5/5 stars cause of the ending. Even though I would've liked a different outcome, in the end I felt really satisfied yet unsatisfied at the same time.. as strange as that sounds. How did you guys feel about Ruin and Rising? Did it also break your heart to pieces? 

Until then, Cindy 


  1. This seems like a really good book, I'll definitely give it a try. I love the way you do these reviews :)

    1. Thanks!!! :D Yeah you should definitely give this series a try, its pretty good! & Sorry for the spoilers >_<

  2. This book...I have no idea how to describe it. The many emotions and turmoil! I was devastated by what happened to the Darkling. He's just so misunderstood...and prone to extreme measures. But that doesn't make me love him less! Sigh, I wish the ending was a bit different for him. I'm still 100% on the Alina and Darkling ship, even if it's not possible anymore...

    1. Everything you just said is so true! He's so misunderstood and that makes me so sad! :( He really wasn't such a bad guy after all in my opinion.

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