Near the end:
In Siege and Storm, the powers of Alina and the Darkling took on a whole new level. A whole bunch of new possibilities were opened up, and the plot grew more intense towards the end of the book. New characters that made the book all the more enjoyable and enthralling were introduced into the story. Siege and Storm was so wonderful and epic that if it was a bomb, it would blow up and leave nothing but ashes behind.
My feelings for Mal were extremely conflicted in the book, I wanted to climb up the highest building and howl at the top of my lungs. (Which I didn't) One minute I'd cheer for him enthusiastically and the next I wanted to rip said building off the ground and hurl it at him. If Bardugo wanted to create a dramatic ending by using our feelings for Mal, then yes, I could say she succeeded.
THE ENDING. The fantabulous ending.
If you've read my past posts, you know how I feel about endings. They are powerful, and are able to change an initial star rating of 2/3 stars to 5. To authors, if you feel that your book lacks any world building, character development, or just anything that would downgrade your book, then make it up to the readers by writing a fascinating, mind-blowing ending that will sweep readers off the feet and feel bad for hating your book. If you don't feel like changing the whole plot of your book, that is.
I was in low spirits when the ending of Siege and Storm hit me with a loud smack in the face. Truth to be told, I did not see that coming. A storm of insults were already brewing in my mind when Alina did what she did to Mal, but oh my, when she kicked the Darkling's ass I got up and did a victory dance, with lots of whooping and screaming. It was completely unexpected, I was unprepared because I was too busy judging the beginning and middle of the book, and I was thrown off my sure footing. When I read the ending, my heart was racing, my eyes were bulging, and I probably looked like a freak (refer to baby GIF above).
All in all, I think I can't stress enough that this book is definitely worth the read. I would recommend it for everyone, and if you haven't read this series, then please, RUN OFF TO THE NEAREST BOOKSTORE AND PURCHASE IT. NOW. This trilogy has swiftly elbowed its way into my list of top five series/books.
THE FEELS. OH, THE FEELS.
I'm glad that this Siege and Storm, the second book in the Grisha trilogy, did not comply to the Guidelines of Writing a Second Book, which is to make the book as boring as possible and exclude any air-punching scenes. Although this book was tedious for the most part, it did not disappoint. I'm glad that I pushed through and if you put down the book due to extreme boringness and can't finish it, I suggest (or even plead) you to bear with it. Anyway, I'm now off to read the third and final (gasp) book and I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS. (I just want Alina to kick the Darkling's ass one final time. Also, Bardugo, what about Mal??!?)
My rating for Siege and Storm: 94%
...just one more word on this book. AMAZING COVER. K bye.
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