Nessa Luna [October Tune]'s Reviews > Ruin and Rising

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 2014, 2017, 2019, 2020, physical, series, audiobooks
Read 5 times. Last read December 25, 2020 to December 30, 2020.

A couple of months ago, I decided to try out the book called Shadow and Bone, that author Lauren DeStefano kept talking about on twitter. It was one of the best decisions I made this year, because I completely fell in love with the Grisha trilogy, with Ravka and Alina and Mal and even the Darkling. I read the first two books as quick as I could, but when I received Ruin and Rising I hesitated. Because a lot of people had given it one or two-star ratings, and because it was the last book in the series. I really wanted to read it, but I also didn't. But when I finally did, I fell in love with the series even more.

Like the previous book, this one has some nice action in the first couple of chapters that got me really excited, and it has some other battles throughout the entire book, which I loved because I am a person of action. I can't really say which of the battle scenes were my favourite because they were all amazing and thrilling.

There weren't really any new characters in this book, apart from the Soldat Sol but not a lot of them were actually called by name so I didn't really remember any of them until the end. Then there was Baghra's servant boy who was called Misha (which made me laugh out loud because I imagined an eight-year-old Misha Collins after this), who I loved a lot because he was adorable. Of course, there were all the old characters, including Genya, David, Tamar, Tolya and Zoya. I have to say, I got used to Zoya a bit more in this story, and I actually started liking her a bit. There was one particular scene where Alina was feeling awful because of something she'd seen, and there were Genya, Nadia, Zoya and Tamar looking after her and trying to make her feel better. I loved them even more after that.

As for the romance, there was still a bit of a love quartet going on, which I still didn't really enjoy. I still ship Alina and Mal a lot and I was really rooting for them throughout this book, even though they've had some rough times in the second book.

The writing was, as usual, amazing and I just wanted to keep on reading and reading, until the last couple of chapters, which kind of took me a whole day to read. I didn't want it to end, and I didn't want it to end badly, so I just read really slowly and put the book down at least five times in an hour so I could watch some TV or check the internet. But that was just me being extremely nervous.

I have to say, I am very happy with the way the book and the series ended, it did give me a lot of emotions and I kept on shouting 'no' and 'omg' in the last couple of chapters, but I loved it, and I think Leigh made the right choices. Some things really surprised me, and others didn't really, but it was just really really good. Yes.

In the end, I loved Ruin and Rising a lot, and I am so glad I decided to follow Lauren DeStefano's advice and pick up the first book. If you love books about magic (although it's not really magic) set in a world similar to Russia, you should definitely check out the Grisha trilogy!

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Reading Progress

August 27, 2014 – Started Reading
August 27, 2014 – Shelved
August 27, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
August 28, 2014 –
page 20
August 29, 2014 –
page 80
August 29, 2014 –
page 121
August 30, 2014 –
page 161
August 30, 2014 –
page 195
August 30, 2014 –
page 273
August 31, 2014 –
page 340
August 31, 2014 – Finished Reading
June 12, 2016 – Shelved as: 2014
December 23, 2017 – Started Reading
December 25, 2017 –
page 113
December 26, 2017 –
page 283
December 26, 2017 – Finished Reading
December 27, 2017 – Shelved as: 2017
January 27, 2019 – Started Reading
January 29, 2019 –
page 169
January 30, 2019 –
page 253
January 30, 2019 – Shelved as: 2019
January 30, 2019 – Finished Reading
February 17, 2020 – Started Reading
March 1, 2020 –
page 50
March 7, 2020 –
page 186
March 8, 2020 –
page 234
March 9, 2020 – Shelved as: 2020
March 9, 2020 – Finished Reading
December 25, 2020 – Started Reading
December 29, 2020 –
December 29, 2020 –
December 30, 2020 – Shelved as: series
December 30, 2020 – Shelved as: physical
December 30, 2020 – Shelved as: audiobooks
December 30, 2020 – Finished Reading

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Arlette Krijgsman I never got into these despite my love for Six of Crows... maybe I should give them another try, haha.

Nessa Luna [October Tune] Arlette wrote: "I never got into these despite my love for Six of Crows... maybe I should give them another try, haha."

Yes doooooooooo it!

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