March 3, 2019: Six of Crows Reading Blog #2

I’m about halfway through Leigh Bardugo’s ‘Six of Crows’ (midway through Section 3: Heartbreak). This part goes heavily into the backstory of the Dregs’ members, how they came into the lives they chose to live. I love how it shows the human side of all of these characters. Way before their notorious reputations were cemented, they were small children forced into indentured servitude, or living a life of intense gambling. Fate also brought bitter enemies together, forcing them to ignore their biases in each other in order to survive and adapt. (The parts involving the history of Nina and Matthias were very intriguing). I definitely notice that Bardugo’s writing style is quite different from the Grisha series. Her female characters in Six of Crows are feminine and fierce, which is quite refreshing to read. Perhaps I’ll be able to finish this story by mid-week.

February 16, 2019: ‘Ruin and Rising’ by Leigh Bardugo/A Review

I heard so many mixed reviews about ‘Ruin and Rising’. I went into this book bracing myself, since I wasn’t sure whether I would be pleasantly surprised or throw the book down in disgust after sticking with it for this long.

It turns out that I feel…well, pleasantly surprised!

‘Ruin and Rising’ by Leigh Bardugo is the third book in the Grisha trilogy. It follows Alina and her quest in searching for the final amplifier in order to save Ravka from the Darkling. Along the way, Alina discovers more about her powers, and also which characters in her inner circle are truly her supporters in the darkest of times.

There is a major plot twist toward the end of this book, which did make me want to put the book down and say, ‘Really? It’s going down that path?’, but I decided to keep reading. Only because I was almost finished with the trilogy, so I might as well see what happens. As it turns out, the way it all wrapped up was a pleasant surprise. I do wish that I received more input from certain characters, but I wasn’t dissatisfied with it.

I’m glad that I completed ‘Ruin and Rising’, and now on to ‘Six of Crows’. The world of Ketterdam is touched on briefly in Ruin and Rising’, and I’m curious to learn more about this different landscape.

One more thing…so many readers love the Darkling over Mal. As for me, I’m just not into the Darkling. Manipulation is not for me!

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Reading ‘Shadow and Bone’ by Leigh Bardugo

I began reading ‘Shadow and Bone’ by Leigh Bardugo over the weekend. I’ve been hearing all about this story and ‘Six of Crows’ being picked up for a Netflix series, and so many people have been expressing their excitement over this news. Since I have yet to read Bardugo’s Grishaverse series, I decided to pick up Shadow and Bone at the library.

I’m about a quarter of the way in, and so far I’m liking what I’m reading. I enjoy the ‘magical training school’ plot line…along the lines of Harry Potter, yet the trainees are older. The main character is certainly enduring a life altering experience. I hope to get in more reading by the end of the evening. My work schedule complicates things!