Review: Ruin and Rising

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Title: Ruin and Rising
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Published: 2014
Page Count: 417
Rating: 2/5

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Alina and her army have escaped the Darkling as they hide out in underground tunnels and the Darkling rules Ravka. She wants nothing more than to go and find the firebird, the last amplifier but the Darkling will be tracking her every move.

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This was the worst book in the series by far! I’ve been told by several people that with each book, this series gets better but I can’t agree on that. The final battle was within the last 50 pages and the build up was too weak. The book dragged for almost the entirety and most of the time I was dreading picking the book up to read. I couldn’t wait for it to be all over. I am also so confused as to why so many people adore Leigh Bardugo and claim her to be one of the greatest YA writers. While, I didn’t have any problems with her writing, I also don’t see it to be anything amazing.

Mal finally redeemed himself in this book because he didn’t complain about Alina being around other guys. Maybe he can grow as a character. I still don’t love him but he definitely was less annoying this time around. Nikolai is still just as great! I’ve been told he is getting his own book and that is something I would definitely read. There’s a pretty major plot twist that occurs and I didn’t see it coming from a mile away. But when it happened I just didn’t care because by the time it occurred I was already in the last 75 pages and I was just ready for the book to be done. The entire story seemed to be a repeat of Alina and her army hiding and the Darkling finding them and then they go into hiding again and I just got bored. The final battle was over in done in what felt like 10 pages and I couldn’t believe that we had this 350 page story leading up to the battle and it was all over so fast.

I’m sorry to all of you who love this story but it didn’t live up to the hype for me. I was looking forward to reading Six of Crows but now I’m truly terrified that I’m not going to like the duology but I’m still going to give it a chance.

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11 thoughts on “Review: Ruin and Rising

  1. I re-read the entire trilogy recently and whilst I loved it the first time, I now feel very indifferent towards it all. I found the writing a bit of a slog, Mal drove me insane, and I lost interest in the plot. I think now it has been out a while, it is overhyped. Personally, I even think the Six of Crows duology is overhyped. I loved the characters but I couldn’t get on board with the plot and it bugged me.

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  2. I definitely preferred SoC to the Grisha trilogy!! The writing was markedly better and did not include a ton of tropes ( I felt the Grisha trilogy was very tropy—not sure if that is a word but I’m sure you get the gist.) I loved all the characters in the SoC duology and thought the story was fast paced and a ton of fun. I was meh on the Grisha trilogy but would absolutely recommend SoC!

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  3. I’ve only ever read the first book in the Six of Crows duology and I found it pretty underwhelming. The story was predictable and it dragged. And it didn’t make me want to care about any of the characters.

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  4. I’m sorry this book didn’t work out for you!
    I think I enjoyed the series when I first read it, I didn’t like Mal that much I remember xD
    I’m going to try and re read them soon and see if I still enjoy them 🙂

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