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Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
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4.5 stars Siege and Storm is an exquisite jewel of a book. The second installment in Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy is full of adventure and magic--and in my view, it's even better than Shadow and Bone.

There are flying ships. A thrilling, poignant scene with a magnificent white ice dragon. A whirling, frenzied volcra attack in the night. A sobering ride through the city of Novokribirsk, where names are written in blood on church walls and a Ryeal'nye Alina, "genuine Alina" has terrifying meaning. And Genya--oh, my heart breaks for the beautiful Genya.

So much thought was put into this world, with evocative settings, original folk tales, gorgeous clothes, memorable battles, and incredibly imaginative touches. (I love the gift from Nikolai's father!) The food porn, both real and imagined, made me dizzy with pleasure: smoked sprats on black bread, little dwarf fruit trees, brandied cuckoo, cold soup served in jeweled pumpkin-shaped cups, croquembouche, and a suckling pig, to name but a few of the items that made my mouth water. And I definitely want to have a baby jello deer at my next party! Preferably with a miniature living forest centerpiece.

And while I still hold love for both Mal and The Darkling, there's now also Sturmhond, a dashing privateer with a careless grin and hidden agenda. I can't help it, friends, I have a serious weakness for men who have a gift for witty banter. (view spoiler) Alina's interactions with Sturmhond are so much fun to read, and even when he's out of the room, his presence continues to fill it.

"So you don't trust me to resist his charms?"

"I don't even trust myself. I've never seen anyone work a crowd the way he does. I'm pretty sure the rock and trees are getting ready to swear fealty to him."

Most of all, I love how Alina character has undergone interesting development. She begins asserting herself more and more, and the allure of power beckons seductively--but the price she must pay for it may be more than she can afford.

I looked up at the star-filled sky. The night was velvety black and strewn with jewels. The hunger struck me suddenly. I want them, I thought. All that light, all that power. I want it all.

Her relationship with Mal is now terribly complicated, both by her position as Sun Summoner and by the position she's put him in. So many YA books revert to tired old machinations to separate love interests, but the tension and difficulty between these two feel urgent and real.

I have to say, Shadow and Bone is the only book that all three of us read and loved last year on the blog, and all three of us love this sequel, too! I mean, K says it deserves a meteor shower of stars. What does this mean for book three? Will Leigh Bardugo blow our minds with Ruin and Rising? I have the feeling the answer is going to be a resounding YES.

An advance copy was provided by the publisher for this review.

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Reading Progress

January 10, 2013 – Shelved
March 27, 2013 – Started Reading
March 27, 2013 –
page 144
33.1% "Man. It's hard enough when your loyalties are already divided going into book two, but now there's a THIRD attractive male lead. My heart is going to appear so fickle."
March 28, 2013 –
page 240
55.17% "Stupid SLEEP. I knew I started this book too late in the evening! But my dreams will be filled with magnificent ice dragons and brandied cuckoos and flying ships and dashing privateers."
March 28, 2013 – Finished Reading

Comments Showing 1-50 of 108 (108 new)

Michele C. Yay! Can't wait for your review!

Wendy Darling I will have to try to find the words to do it justice, Michele. ;)

tonya. Need to start sooooon! *flaily hands*

Wendy Darling Yeesssssssss. Feel the feels with me, Tonya.

Lauren I love how she was able to SURPRISE us in this one as well. And you're right, even better than the first!

Tandie You're killing me! ANOTHER 5 star? Actually, I'm in heaven. I've never had so many 5 stars (when you, K., Cinda Williams Chima all give a book 4 or 5 stars) on my TBR shelf. I told K that I feel like a woman with an overflowing bank account who's being sent on a shopping spree. At the best mall in the world. I just need to figure out how to read faster or get more hours added to my day!

message 7: by Wendy Darling (last edited Mar 28, 2013 04:37PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Wendy Darling Agreed, Lauren--it wasn't at all possible to predict what was going to happen from moment to moment, both plot-wise and emotionally. Alina's growing into quite a complex character, and I loved so many of the secondary ones, too. (view spoiler) I can't wait to compare notes!

It's been a very good year for YA, Tandie. :) Although technically I've only rated 4.5 - 5 stars for just 7 of the 70+ 2013 releases I've read so far, hah. And oh yes, K has been flailing about this one too! With very good reason. She'll be writing the official review for our blog, and Tonya and I are going to be interviewing Leigh. I'll write a review for GoodReads, too.

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Katie Jealous. That's all.

Wendy Darling I know, I wish it was already out so you all could fangirl with me. But it's so worth waiting for.

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Yzabel Ginsberg Even better than the first book? OK, I'll be in as soon as it's out.

Wendy Darling Oh yes, Yzabel. More adventure, more romance, more magic, more food porn...just more everything. Loved it!

Tandie So looking forward to the interview! I don't really know anything about the author.

Wendy Darling It's going to be hard to keep it from being more than just gushing praise, hah. But we will try. :)

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Hady Gómez Oh oh oh!!!

Wendy Darling Yes yes yes! It's excellent, Hady. :)

Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen) Want!!!

Amber  ~ The Reading Addict I need this book. Now. So glad to see that you loved it!

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Tess Been super excited for this book. I'm still pretty in love with The Darkling so I hope we see lots of him in this book!

Jasprit Even better than Shadow & Bone? You have me so excited for this book Wendy! And I'm so tempted to click on your spoiler! But I think I can hold off just about until June *sobs* :(

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Liz eeek! as usual I am right there with you on this series! can't wait!

Wendy Darling I know, Jen and Amber! But it's worth the wait. :)

Sam, don't make me fight you. Because I WILL.

Tess--I loved The Darkling in S&B too, but man...just wait until you meet Sturmhond. You may jump ship like I did. ;)

YES, Jasprit. I think it's even better in plot, character development, action, attention to detail, food porn....everything. :) And hah, the current spoiler isn't a real one.

Liz! You will love it. Looooove it.

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Jo I have been waiting not so patiently for this. Seeing your review makes me want it even more! Sturmhond sounds so intriguing. Bardugo can definitely write great characters so I am shivering in anticipation!

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Tess I'll try my best to stay faithful, ahah~
Can't wait to get my hands on the book though, and looking forward to your review.

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Tina I don't remember the jello baby dear, but I do think you're going to have some competition on the spoiler tag.

Jessie I loved the Darkling in Shadow and Bone! Sturmhond sounds interesting, but I really hope I don't jump ship! The Darkling's too amazing to be abandoned! :P

message 27: by K. (new) - rated it 5 stars

K. I'm so happy you loved this, Wendy! This series has really surpassed the quality of most ya books out there. Bardugo is such an ACE writer. Can you believe that I'm re-reading this before I officially review? It has to do justice!

 Athena Ivashkova ~♥~ Wait....love triangle? What?!

 Athena Ivashkova ~♥~ Wendy Darling wrote: "I know, Jen and Amber! But it's worth the wait. :)

Sam, don't make me fight you. Because I WILL.

Tess--I loved The Darkling in S&B too, but man...just wait until you meet Sturmhond. You may jump..."

Food porn? LOL

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June Dude, I totes want The Darkling and Alina to hoook uppppp. He's a swoony bad boy.

Ai Haibara There's a love square??

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June @Ai Halbara - love square! What a perfect way to put it. Don't think I've ever encountered a love square before...this should be interesting. Hopefully.

Masako Lin I'm really excited for this! The reviews for this have been pouring in and they've been quite high. Can't wait to see what you think of this.

Elizabeth I need this to be available on the kindle store ASAP. Screw finals! I need this book!!!!


Wendy Darling All right peeps, I finally posted my review. And yes, Ai, there is a sort of love square. o.O An unusual one, because ALL THREE OF THEM are heartbreakers in their own way.

Just a few more weeks to go, ladies!

message 36: by Tish (new) - rated it 4 stars

Tish Your review has me even more anxious to get my hands on this. Goodreads needs a new button: instead of just "Want to Read", there should be "Must Read NOW". It would really hep with prioritizing the TBR list, don't you think? ;-)

message 37: by Ally (new) - rated it 4 stars

Ally Sounds amazing Wendy! I already couldn't wait to read it, but your review has made me want to get my hands on it NOW!

message 38: by Wendy Darling (last edited May 16, 2013 01:21PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Wendy Darling Hah hah, Tish--you can make an exclusive MUST READ NOW shelf, actually! Just create the shelf, then go into "edit bookshelves" and check "exclusive" and your books will be properly sorted. ;)

And it IS amazing, Ally. I'm always nervous with sequels to books I enjoy, but this one was even more exciting than the first!

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Caitlings I will gladly accept your invitation to this island. Though I notice it is lacking the Jonah Griggs pony, and therefore is inferior to my island.

Wendy Darling Oh, I like Jonah! (view spoiler) :D

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Caitlings That's fine. He's mine anyway.

Wendy Darling I bet there are ladies you would battle you to the death for that statement.

Are you guys reviewing this one soon?

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Caitlings I suspect so. I've posted a mini review of it before which is very similar to this one. Basically, I still love Mal (a lot) but STURMHOND!

Wendy Darling Exactly. *dreamy sigh*

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Caitlings Basically I hope Ruin and Rising ends with Alina and Mal together, and Sturmhond runs off with...well...me

Wendy Darling SHUT YOUR FACE. I told you have a dagger and I won't hesitate to use it.

Michelle I want a spin off with Tolya and Tamar!

Wendy Darling Omg, that would be awesome! And crap, I forgot to mention in our interview, but LB says we'll get an interesting story with one of them in the next book. But I can't say any more than that, she invoked a cone of silence, hah. But it's GOOD.

Michelle It was amazing to have new secondary characters to love in a sequel. LB is amazing. I'd settle for a novella, but a spin off would be awesome.

Wendy Darling Both are a great idea. Though I think I'd rather have that werefish/ghostshark series she mentioned. ;)


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