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    Ruin and Rising []  2020-1-19 22:46

    I don't hate trilogies as much as I hate the latest books in them. I always feel sad and allow down because poor things always happen and things aren't as exciting as the build up. With the Grisha trilogy? I don't really feel that way, I feel beautiful happy with in and Rising starts off a few months after the latest book left off, with Alina weak and underground with the Apparat and his faith soldiers. But she needs the third amplifier and she can't just hide underground with the Darkling having rein in Ravka. As she digs deeper into Morozova's past, she finds out more about her connection to him.I'll admit it, this trilogy has never really had a plot and this book is no exception. Alina goes from one put to the next, and the next. It's a lot of doing and more hero driven, with lots of side characters and powerful main characters instead of following a straight forward path.I love the characters so much, especially the Darkling. Oh man, the Darkling. He's so bad, so very, very bad. But he does it so well. Him and Alina have such a back and forth, they are literally opposites. Light and dark, amazing and evil. They are they only two of their kind of power and they both know it.I hate myself for wanting them to be together but I won't lie and say that I prefer Mal. I thankfully didn't hate him as much in this book, really I thought him and Alina were nice together but I still think he's kind of bland. Especially when yet another amazing guy- Nikolai, exists in this book but Alina is still not interested in him the method I want she ina is strong, and she's been powerful even when she was weakened. She comes through when you would think she would back out and I love that. Also, friendships! Powerful female friendships with multiple females. Genya is still fierce as hell despite everything she's been through, and Tamar is still [email protected]#$%.This series is just heartbreaking at times, it's dark and angsty but still hopeful somehow and I think the ending of this just shows that. I love this series. It actually took me longer than I wanted to finish this book because I just didn't wish it to end, and I didn't wish to say good-bye to these characters but I had to. But this book was so satisfying and for once I'm not allow down at the end.

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    Ruin and Rising []  2020-1-19 22:46

    After the end of the second book, I was very much looking forward to seeing how Alina and her friends’ stories would end. Bardugo’s writing has gained strength since the first book, though her talent for vivid detail and world-building remains just as strong.I can safely say that this book doesn’t suffer as much from slow pacing as the previous two books; however, the course of happenings isn’t all that interesting in hindsight. The intriguing part of the story lies more in the development of Alina and her friends’ characters than it does in everything that is event around them.I’ll be honest, though, and say that I was always far more interested in what was event on the page whenever Nikolai was present. He’s a scene-stealer, to say the least. But Alina’s struggle to manifest her power, to reject her darker nature and the Darkling’s magnetism, and to heal her relationship with Mal was an enjoyable experience. She’s much changed since the beginning, though at times I felt as if Bardugo leaned too heavily on telling us how much Alina felt she has changed rather than seeing those changes for l was never a particularly interesting hero to start with, but his transformation from carefree beautiful boy to a hardened soldier and devoted friend/protector to Alina is notable. In the end, I wasn’t all that invested in Mal and Alina’s romance, but I did have fun reading their individual journeys to become their truer selves by the for the Darkling, his presence since the first book has diminished, but it’s always a pleasure to see him on the page. The darkness of his story and his ruthlessness create reading about Grisha politics and beliefs all the more ere were a lot of more twists and turns in this book than anticipated, one of which had me wide-eyed and very worried about one of my favorite character’s future. And the consequences of both the Darkling and Alina’s political and private stances culminate into a very bleak and emotional showdown. There is so much more loss and pain in this final installment, but it all holds water. Though not perfect, Ruin in Rising is a satisfying end to Alina and Mal’s story and is also a unbelievable stepping stone for some other secondary characters, namely Nikolai and Zoya, who we obtain to see again in King of Scars!

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    Ruin and Rising []  2020-1-19 22:46

    This is the third and final installment in the original Grisha series, and as much as I enjoyed / was intrigued after that first book, it was unfortunately all downhill from there… I was determined to [email protected]#$%! though, mostly because I am very much interested in reading Six of crows duology, and it takes put some years after this trilogy in the same world, so I wanted to read them in order, but now I think it wasn’t necessary… will allow you know for sure after I read that first book… but back to the actual review of the huge finale…You guys… I am sooooo disappointed… because a lot of my thoughts are spoilers not only for the previous books but also for this one, I will share as much of it as I can without a lot of info and then we shall dive into all the spoilery parts :) unfortunately after a beautiful amazing begin with that first book… at least I thought it was decent, with a lot of potential, the second one was mostly boring… unevenly paced, with interesting scenes event inbetween a long stretches of blah… this third one was worse… it suffered from the same pacing issue and even though there were some surprising twists and turns that saved it a bit from it being an utterly miserable experience for me (more about that in the spoilery part) it still was only 2,5 stars for me… there was a lot of build up to what I was expecting to be an epic war at the end and it just… fizzled out :/ I never really liked Alina as the main character… I sort of liked / tolerated her in that first book, but I was not a fan of how her journey unfurled in the sequels… she was very whiny and undecided, changing her mind all the time… I never quite understood why all those guys couldn’t resist her, but ultimately I think the one she ended up with was the best choice for her (again, more about that below, in the spoilery section) the ending felt rushed and even though I liked the direction it went, the info could have been handled much better… ok, that’s all I can say without spoilers, so now let’s dive into the more interesting parts….....SPOILERS ABOUT THE WOLE SERIES, INCLUDING HOW IT ENDS.....Because I have a lot of thoughts and they are all quite chaotic, I will test my best to at least place them in points of some sort… ;)#1 the writing style - there is a lot of potential here, and I am hoping that the Six of crows duology will be better… especially when it comes to secondary characters and some witty dialogue parts, I am crossing my fingers I will have fun her later books more… I also wished that we could saw some other perspectives besides just Alina’s… especially since she wasn’t the best main character… I would have loved to be able to see inside the minds of some other people…#2 Alina - like I said, I wasn’t her largest fan as the main character… she’s whiny and undecided, going back and forth between “I just wish to be a normal girl” and “I am a strong Sun Summonner and I wish more power, give me the amplifiers” not to mention her indecision between “I love Mal and only him, let’s just be together” and “the Darkling is the only one who can understand me, because we are alike with our powers” AND “I should agree to Nikolai’s proposal and rule as a queen by his side because it’s best for Ravka” GAH!!! just create up your damn mind and stick to it… she constantly changed her mind and it grew old beautiful quickly… the same thing goes with her powers… she couldn’t summon her powers on her own at the beginning (only with Darkling’s help) until she realized that it was her who supressed it when she was a young girl so she wouldn’t have to leave Mal in the orphanage and after she remembered that it was magically unblocked just like that *snaps fingers* her powers in general are just weird, as in the method she handles it… because it’s either she struggles for weeks or months to learn to do something or she just does it at the first test :/ the more I got into the story, the more annoyed I was by her…#3 Mal - out of the three guys that were interested in her, I’m glad she ended up with Mal… I didn’t have that a lot of issues with him as some other readers appeared to have had… I don’t think he wanted to see her powerless, but I hated that he suffered, although not as much as Alina, with the case of “I wish to be with you but it will be better for our country if we won’t be together, cause you are destined for better things” ugh… and don’t even obtain me started on him being the third and final amplifier… it was an interesting idea, but not really executed very well, at least in my opinion… not to mention him being brought back to life after Alina killed him to access bigger powers to conquer the Darkling… I thought that bringing people back from the dead was almost impossible and not really possible to access by all Grisha, but maybe I misunderstood items :/#4 the Darkling - he was a really amazing villain, mostly because you could not only understand his motivation but also agree with his point of view… don’t obtain me wrong, he was still brutal and ruthless, killing without hesitation or remorse, for what he believed to be important reasons to achieve his goal… and mostly because of that, I really would have loved to obtain his perspective in the books… he feels this connection to Alina and sees her as his opposite and equal, someone to balance him out… at least I’m assuming that’s why he’s so obsessed with her and convincing her to join him… the ending of his story is very disappointing, but I will obtain into more about that a bit further down…#5 Nikolai - hands down my favourite hero in the whole trilogy, the @#$%!&? prince of Ravka, originally introduced to us as a pirate captain :) he’s very smart, utterly charming and clever :) I loved him and will probably at some point pick up the duology all about him… mostly because I am very interested how he will with what he experienced with being changed by the Darkling into sort of a monster… he’s left with scars and darkness inside him… alongside Darkling he’s the most interesting hero in the whole trilogy and again, I would have loved to obtain his perspective… especially because he’s so charming but also calculated and always thinking of how to best use all that is available for him, including people and their powers… I could understand why he wanted to seek an alliance with Alina because of her powers, but couldn’t really understand why he liked her as a person… I’m hearing some opinions that apparently Zoya is a potential love interest for him in his own story and I can understand that one so much better… I’m not sure if it’s real so don’t quote me on that, but I would love to see those interactions… ;)#6 the ending - like I already mentioned, the whole series had a begin full of potential that never really went anywhere… the sequels were uneven and disappointing, but not as much as the every ending of the third one… I assumed we were building towards this epic finale / war and what we got was… *sighs* Alina, Mal and a very little group of Grisha and not very experienced soldiers facing the Darkling and his Grisha soldiers in the Fold… and don’t even obtain me started on how magically and out of the blue some Grisha came up with how they can hide themselves with some trick with the sound that I still don’t understand… not only they could hide from the Volcra but they were also able to communicate with each other even if they weren’t close to one another… I was rolling my eyes so hard at this… not to mention that just like Alina and some of her tricks, they were able to pick it up very quickly… I liked how the Darkling was connected to Morozova and the idea that Mal is the actual third amplifier was interesting, if it would have been handled better… but Alina killing him to conquer the Darkling and then being slammed with extra power for it to immediately disappear was… weird… it goes to other regular people, all across the land as we later search out, and lots of people obtain the power of summoning light… what’s even more weird, all of them know immediately how to use it :/ regular people without any Grisha training right away know how to wield this fresh and completely unpredictable power and they can vanquish the Fold… there was some serious eye rolling at this point… and then Alina picks up a Grisha dagger and just kills the Darkling… I was just as surprised as he was that this is how his story ends :/ he deserved a much better ending, and I don’t mean by that, that he should have lived, but this… this whole ending was like watching a firework going up in the sky, when you follow how it ascends and you are waiting for the huge boom and then… it just never happens… *sighs* the official word is Alina died during the war when in fact she and Mal, now both of them without powers, go back to their home to begin up an orphanage… it was all very disappointing and blah and I wanted and expected more from the huge finale of the trilogy…Like I mentioned, this was a series with a amazing begin and lots of potential that unfortunately fizzled out along the way… I am hoping that since these were her first books, that the future ones are better… I expect to pick up Six of crows within the next few months, so I will allow you know what I think then ;) although as much as I saw mixed reviews about this one, I’ve heard nothing but praises about the sequel duology… fingers crossed I will love it :)

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    Ruin and Rising []  2020-1-19 22:46

    Although I loved these characters, and found the story to be engrossing, this latest book was a disappointment to me. Maybe my expectations were too high after the first two books; the first book in particular was just stunning. But this one...I was so shocked and saddened by the method it ended. It felt like a cop-out, frankly. How could such a powerful female hero be written in such a way? (trying not to be too spoilery here) It felt like the author got to the point where major decisions had to be made--but they weren't. Instead we got a watered down kind of semi-ending ending. I really don't like to criticize another's writing, because I know it's simple to criticize. Leigh Bardugo made a fascinating group of characters in an interesting universe, and created a ton of us care very deeply for them. The writing was terrific, and the plot started out wonderfully. By the second book, it was beautiful sloggy with the same escape and capture, escape and capture routine starting to wear a small thin. And by this book, definitely thinner. But I stuck it out because I was sure the end would be bittersweet and superb. Instead, it felt like an ending just occurred--it didn't happen. It's the difference between making a decision and refusing to create one...what usually happens when you refuse to create one is that one is created for you, and it's always the worst one possible. I'm really disappointed. I expected a bigger out.

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    Ruin and Rising []  2020-1-19 22:46

    The writing is excellent, but the story and the characters e beginning is slow. Alina is hiding. She’s lost the strength of hero she developed over the first two books, never to fully regain her inner strength. The Apparat is hiding them and trying to control Alina. He’s a weak antagonist. The Darkling and the globe outside the caves is worse than ever, but that’s off stage. Alina is going to hunt the firebird, but that adventure doesn’t start right away. When Nikolai returns to support her, the story begins in earnest, and he’s charming, witty, and injected action back into the story. The later half of the book works better than the first r me, and I realize that a lot of readers will search Mel a heartthrob, he doesn’t live up to the potential I saw in the first book. The Darkling still has power over Alina, which ads some tension to the story. Alina’s choices seem more like the middle book of a e romance gets settled; however, there’s a Deus ex Machina wrap up that left me unsatisfied. I felt Alina took the simple method YA fantasy, romance is mandatory. I usually ignore that part of the YA genre because the outcome is always predictable with small variation. There’s a pattern to these romances, and Ruin and Rising follows the safe path, which is a shame because the ending could have been much more powerful.

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    Ruin and Rising []  2020-1-19 22:46

    "Please tell me you plan to dress up as a volcra and jump out of a cake."Blinding LightThe best part of this one by far was the beginning. I loved seeing Nikolai take charge and the rescue missions by him are always a blast to read. Truly, I want this series was about him as he is an awesome hero but unfortunately he's not in this story much.I enjoyed learning more about the Darkling's past and the history of this world. I thought getting more info about the amplifiers was a amazing touch to the ain, the side characters are always fun to read about. There is a huge group of very various people that all add their own quirks to the story.Darkness ReignsSo this one was amazing in the beginning, progressively got boring, and then just flat created me angry. There are so a lot of awesome powers in this story, and the heroine has this large power that could've had such astonishing potential, and she hardly ever uses it. I am just astounded by how much her power is 'talked' up and then she barely ck to our heroine, she makes some incredibly outrageous choices in this one. In the first one she was lacking in self esteem, in the second one she actually wanted to die in parts, and in this one she is greedy and self-serving. Yes, everyone has faults, but this is supposed to be the mobad heroine that the whole globe is rallying behind and frankly she doesn't deserve the support. The method everything was 'resolved' just leaves me shaking my head. I cannot fathom the choices that were made. It was all very wonderful to und TogetherThe romance I enjoyed in this one until a crazy choice by Alina. Then I'm just trying to figure out how on earth Mal can stand to be around res Burning in the DistanceThe series as a whole started out amazing and slowly got worse. I was expecting much more out of the story because the concept is so wonderful. The powers that the characters have could truly have gone somewhere fantastic. This one was a allow down. The side characters are amazing and definitely carry the story.

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    Ruin and Rising []  2020-1-19 22:46

    I very much liked the world-building in the books as they were very imaginative and refreshing, however I cannot recommend the series as the lack of hero development was utterly astounding. The main, Alina, remains a whiney weak brat throughout all three books, rarely showing any growth in her character. Shes still in puppy-love with Mal, never realizes her full potential and when things go down she's either1) worrying if Mal is OK, 2) too confused to counter the opponent although she has all of this supposed wonderful power or 3) totally taken off guard and unable to think on her feet in any situation that occurs. The entire trilogy I expected some growth, some present of gaining confidence, something showing that the lead had progressed in maturity (think Throne of Glass series). Instead we got a whiney child that never accomplishes all these wonderous things that her "power" is supposed to manifest. I only completed the trilogy because I like to finish what I started but I finally gave up near the end of this book as I knew what the cookie-cutter ending would be. Avoid.

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    Ruin and Rising []  2020-1-19 22:46

    Alina Starkov, Sankta Alina is trying to recover in the White Cathedral. But light is unreachable so far beyond the surface, she has almost lost herself. The Apparat is keeping her underground while the Darkling has seized Ravka’s throne and rules his ruthless way. An troops of believers is being formed underground but it’s mostly full of weak people that are fed only by their faith, seeking shelter off their living Saint. She wants to support them all, to protect them all, as she knows whta the Darkling is capable of. And for that, she has too obtain buck to the surface, obtain the Firebird, her third amplifier and conquer him.Eventually she emerges to light. She has Mal in her company as well as a few Grisha that had gone underground with her. It is not an simple task, but the have to search Nikolai and then find for the Firebird. Word has it that the prince is still alive and thankfully it is not only rumors as they found each other and they join their forces. The hunting must begin as soon as possible, but first she needs to ensure that the Small Palace students are safe. As they are about to bring them from Keramzin to a safe place, they are attacked by the Darkling, his Grisha and of course his nitsevo’ya. And hell breaks out…Maybe love was superstition, a prayer we said to hold the truth of loneliness at bay. I tilted my head back. The stars looked as if they were close together, when really they were millions of miles apart. In the end, maybe love just meant longing for something impossibly bright and forever out of reach.I made a bond with this book, the kind of bond that Alina and the Darkling shared. It’s my favorite of all three, even though I mourned for so a lot of this time. I loved how the characters turned out in this third book. They are more complete, more mature and ones I recognize and love. Alina has learned a lot from her mistakes, from Nikolai, from Baghra’s lessons, even from Botkin’s lessons. But she also learned from the Darkling himself. He was always so begin to her. She finds the strength to go versus the Darkling and she becomes a leader for her followers. She brings together people that would never be in the same company otherwise. She is a caring person. She may have lost her parents but she doesn’t wish to lose Ravka too. She wars for her country, for her people and she is willing to do whatever it takes to save Ravka, even if that means to not have Mal in her life. But she cannot restrain the need to obtain the third amplifier. She cannot deny that urge, being it for the amazing of Ravka or her own greed, she doesn’t care any l was a revelation. He was powerful like the soldier he has always been. He was a commander for the troops of the faithful as well as for their company. He was the talented tracker that we very well saw in the two previous books. He was a man in love that would give up everything for the woman he loved. He was wise to step back when he believed that Alina was meant to be queen someday. He was the amazing man to his life for her when it came to that. He was more mature in the third book and I loved him.But I loved Nikolai more! This hero is amazing. Nikolai is clever and intelligent and can turn anything into something useful. He can be a amazing leader, a general, a person that can set a tactic at any given time and in a very short time frame. He can be funny and charming and can say all the right words. He is wise in his own way. And just like Genya said, “The man can dress!”.He goes through a lot and he cherishes his friends. He doesn’t wish to push Alina or Mal over something but Ravka comes first for him, so he will do whatever is needed. I loved his flying boats and all the intelligence he had to show! I am looking forward to read more about him in “King of Scars”.“You were meant to be my balance, Alina. You are the only person in the globe who might rule with me, who might hold my power in check.”Last but not least is the Darkling. The vilain we all love to hate, or just love for that matter. He got into my heart in this one. He wanted the best for his people, the best for Ravka, for he had seen a lot, more than anyone could bare, but he also had lost track somewhere in the process. He wanted her, not only out of greed, but he wanted to become better with her. After all, he was only a boy once that lived a thousand lives alone. He wanted not to be alone anymore. He wanted someone like him. I don’t forgive him, but I understand and sympathize him. I wish the girl to be with the boy.“Aleksander,” I whispered. A boy’s name, given up. Almost forgotten.

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    Ruin and Rising []  2020-1-19 22:46

    All three Grisha books were absolutely terrific and I have no issue recommending them. I do have one small issue bugging me, however. I purchased these as e-books. As such, only 55 to 60 percent of each book was actually book. The rest was previews of other works by the author. I don't know about the hardback or paperback versions. It just seems like kind of a rip-off to this story as three books when just over half of each book is used for story and half used for something else. It would have been much more honest to this story as one or at most two books. Making it into three books is a publishing rip-off that is incredibly dishonest. The author is good. Why does she have to jerk us around this way? If this series had been presented as a single books, it would have been about 650 pages long. I know that's kind of huge but certainly still in the ballpark for an epic fantasy novel. Stephen King never turned "The Stand" into a series and that sucker was method over 700 pages. Bottom line on this whole thing is this. The Grisha Books are great. They encompass a single story that is too short for serialization.

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    Ruin and Rising []  2020-1-19 22:46

    For more reviews check out my blog at [...]Ahhhh, the finale, always a bittersweet time when finishing up a trilogy. It's the build up and anticipation, the angry dash to search out what happens, then the hole in your heart when it's all over, book in hand wondering what you're supposed to do with your life after such an intense run with an imaginary world.Dramatic, I know. 'Tis the life of a ina and Mal have barely escaped from the war with the Darkling at the Small Palace and search themselves at the mercy of The Apparat, below ground in the confines of the White Chapel. Alina has been unable to summon light since the battle. Unnerved by her ever growing flock of fervent followers, and The Apparats iron gripped control over her life, Alina feels she has merely traded one captor for another. With a present of force and some careful negotiations, her ability to summon once more under her control, Alina and her squad manage to strike a with the Apparat and trek out above ground in find of the third amplifier, The Firebird, the only hope of defeating the Darkling who rules Ravka from the throne of the King. Their journeys lead them to the lost Prince Nikolai and throughout the kingdom of Ravka in find of the amplifier, which is found in the unlikeliest of places. The group must create their final stand versus the Darkling in the Fold, but who will come out victorious, and at what price?I am so heartbroken to come to the end of this series. I enjoyed this amazingly detailed and intricate globe that Bardugo has built, and come to love each and every hero (yes, even The Darkling). They were each so memorable with such defined quirks and mannerisms I really felt like I knew them. The development within Alinas hero alone was so layered and rich, as was her evolving and developing relationship with Mal. I even grew to love Zoya, that haughty, snobby mean girl that she is, by the end of the book. The entire plot was so well thought out, intensity building up until the final war on the Fold. There were plenty of surprises along the method that I was not expecting which kept me on my toes and the wheels in my brain constantly turning. The ending was perfect, gut wrenching and redeeming, everything that I had hoped that it would be. I would be lying if I said I didn't shed at least one tear while reading this book. The follow up chapters after the war on the Fold gave me closure with the entire story, it was perfect....perfect I tell you!Leigh Bardugo has gained a fan for life, I am only upset I didn't hear about her and her awesome trilogy sooner! This is definitely a story I plan to revisit and reenter for years to come.

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    Ruin and Rising: Book 3 (THE GRISHA) []  2020-1-18 19:33

    "Please tell me you plan to dress up as a volcra and jump out of a cake."Blinding LightThe best part of this one by far was the beginning. I loved seeing Nikolai take charge and the rescue missions by him are always a blast to read. Truly, I want this series was about him as he is an awesome hero but unfortunately he's not in this story much.I enjoyed learning more about the Darkling's past and the history of this world. I thought getting more info about the amplifiers was a amazing touch to the ain, the side characters are always fun to read about. There is a huge group of very various people that all add their own quirks to the story.Darkness ReignsSo this one was amazing in the beginning, progressively got boring, and then just flat created me angry. There are so a lot of awesome powers in this story, and the heroine has this large power that could've had such astonishing potential, and she hardly ever uses it. I am just astounded by how much her power is 'talked' up and then she barely ck to our heroine, she makes some incredibly outrageous choices in this one. In the first one she was lacking in self esteem, in the second one she actually wanted to die in parts, and in this one she is greedy and self-serving. Yes, everyone has faults, but this is supposed to be the mobad heroine that the whole globe is rallying behind and frankly she doesn't deserve the support. The method everything was 'resolved' just leaves me shaking my head. I cannot fathom the choices that were made. It was all very wonderful to und TogetherThe romance I enjoyed in this one until a crazy choice by Alina. Then I'm just trying to figure out how on earth Mal can stand to be around res Burning in the DistanceThe series as a whole started out amazing and slowly got worse. I was expecting much more out of the story because the concept is so wonderful. The powers that the characters have could truly have gone somewhere fantastic. This one was a allow down. The side characters are amazing and definitely carry the story.

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    Ruin and Rising: Book 3 (THE GRISHA) []  2020-1-18 19:33

    I very much liked the world-building in the books as they were very imaginative and refreshing, however I cannot recommend the series as the lack of hero development was utterly astounding. The main, Alina, remains a whiney weak brat throughout all three books, rarely showing any growth in her character. Shes still in puppy-love with Mal, never realizes her full potential and when things go down she's either1) worrying if Mal is OK, 2) too confused to counter the opponent although she has all of this supposed wonderful power or 3) totally taken off guard and unable to think on her feet in any situation that occurs. The entire trilogy I expected some growth, some present of gaining confidence, something showing that the lead had progressed in maturity (think Throne of Glass series). Instead we got a whiney child that never accomplishes all these wonderous things that her "power" is supposed to manifest. I only completed the trilogy because I like to finish what I started but I finally gave up near the end of this book as I knew what the cookie-cutter ending would be. Avoid.

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    Ruin and Rising: Book 3 (THE GRISHA) []  2020-1-18 19:33

    For more reviews check out my blog at [...]Ahhhh, the finale, always a bittersweet time when finishing up a trilogy. It's the build up and anticipation, the angry dash to search out what happens, then the hole in your heart when it's all over, book in hand wondering what you're supposed to do with your life after such an intense run with an imaginary world.Dramatic, I know. 'Tis the life of a ina and Mal have barely escaped from the war with the Darkling at the Small Palace and search themselves at the mercy of The Apparat, below ground in the confines of the White Chapel. Alina has been unable to summon light since the battle. Unnerved by her ever growing flock of fervent followers, and The Apparats iron gripped control over her life, Alina feels she has merely traded one captor for another. With a present of force and some careful negotiations, her ability to summon once more under her control, Alina and her squad manage to strike a with the Apparat and trek out above ground in find of the third amplifier, The Firebird, the only hope of defeating the Darkling who rules Ravka from the throne of the King. Their journeys lead them to the lost Prince Nikolai and throughout the kingdom of Ravka in find of the amplifier, which is found in the unlikeliest of places. The group must create their final stand versus the Darkling in the Fold, but who will come out victorious, and at what price?I am so heartbroken to come to the end of this series. I enjoyed this amazingly detailed and intricate globe that Bardugo has built, and come to love each and every hero (yes, even The Darkling). They were each so memorable with such defined quirks and mannerisms I really felt like I knew them. The development within Alinas hero alone was so layered and rich, as was her evolving and developing relationship with Mal. I even grew to love Zoya, that haughty, snobby mean girl that she is, by the end of the book. The entire plot was so well thought out, intensity building up until the final war on the Fold. There were plenty of surprises along the method that I was not expecting which kept me on my toes and the wheels in my brain constantly turning. The ending was perfect, gut wrenching and redeeming, everything that I had hoped that it would be. I would be lying if I said I didn't shed at least one tear while reading this book. The follow up chapters after the war on the Fold gave me closure with the entire story, it was perfect....perfect I tell you!Leigh Bardugo has gained a fan for life, I am only upset I didn't hear about her and her awesome trilogy sooner! This is definitely a story I plan to revisit and reenter for years to come.

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    Ruin and Rising (The Grisha Book 3) []  2020-1-18 19:36

    Alina Starkov, Sankta Alina is trying to recover in the White Cathedral. But light is unreachable so far beyond the surface, she has almost lost herself. The Apparat is keeping her underground while the Darkling has seized Ravka’s throne and rules his ruthless way. An troops of believers is being formed underground but it’s mostly full of weak people that are fed only by their faith, seeking shelter off their living Saint. She wants to support them all, to protect them all, as she knows whta the Darkling is capable of. And for that, she has too obtain buck to the surface, obtain the Firebird, her third amplifier and conquer him.Eventually she emerges to light. She has Mal in her company as well as a few Grisha that had gone underground with her. It is not an simple task, but the have to search Nikolai and then find for the Firebird. Word has it that the prince is still alive and thankfully it is not only rumors as they found each other and they join their forces. The hunting must begin as soon as possible, but first she needs to ensure that the Small Palace students are safe. As they are about to bring them from Keramzin to a safe place, they are attacked by the Darkling, his Grisha and of course his nitsevo’ya. And hell breaks out…Maybe love was superstition, a prayer we said to hold the truth of loneliness at bay. I tilted my head back. The stars looked as if they were close together, when really they were millions of miles apart. In the end, maybe love just meant longing for something impossibly bright and forever out of reach.I made a bond with this book, the kind of bond that Alina and the Darkling shared. It’s my favorite of all three, even though I mourned for so a lot of this time. I loved how the characters turned out in this third book. They are more complete, more mature and ones I recognize and love. Alina has learned a lot from her mistakes, from Nikolai, from Baghra’s lessons, even from Botkin’s lessons. But she also learned from the Darkling himself. He was always so begin to her. She finds the strength to go versus the Darkling and she becomes a leader for her followers. She brings together people that would never be in the same company otherwise. She is a caring person. She may have lost her parents but she doesn’t wish to lose Ravka too. She wars for her country, for her people and she is willing to do whatever it takes to save Ravka, even if that means to not have Mal in her life. But she cannot restrain the need to obtain the third amplifier. She cannot deny that urge, being it for the amazing of Ravka or her own greed, she doesn’t care any l was a revelation. He was powerful like the soldier he has always been. He was a commander for the troops of the faithful as well as for their company. He was the talented tracker that we very well saw in the two previous books. He was a man in love that would give up everything for the woman he loved. He was wise to step back when he believed that Alina was meant to be queen someday. He was the amazing man to his life for her when it came to that. He was more mature in the third book and I loved him.But I loved Nikolai more! This hero is amazing. Nikolai is clever and intelligent and can turn anything into something useful. He can be a amazing leader, a general, a person that can set a tactic at any given time and in a very short time frame. He can be funny and charming and can say all the right words. He is wise in his own way. And just like Genya said, “The man can dress!”.He goes through a lot and he cherishes his friends. He doesn’t wish to push Alina or Mal over something but Ravka comes first for him, so he will do whatever is needed. I loved his flying boats and all the intelligence he had to show! I am looking forward to read more about him in “King of Scars”.“You were meant to be my balance, Alina. You are the only person in the globe who might rule with me, who might hold my power in check.”Last but not least is the Darkling. The vilain we all love to hate, or just love for that matter. He got into my heart in this one. He wanted the best for his people, the best for Ravka, for he had seen a lot, more than anyone could bare, but he also had lost track somewhere in the process. He wanted her, not only out of greed, but he wanted to become better with her. After all, he was only a boy once that lived a thousand lives alone. He wanted not to be alone anymore. He wanted someone like him. I don’t forgive him, but I understand and sympathize him. I wish the girl to be with the boy.“Aleksander,” I whispered. A boy’s name, given up. Almost forgotten.

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    Ruin and Rising: Book 3 (THE GRISHA) []  2020-1-18 19:33

    This is the third and final installment in the original Grisha series, and as much as I enjoyed / was intrigued after that first book, it was unfortunately all downhill from there… I was determined to [email protected]#$%! though, mostly because I am very much interested in reading Six of crows duology, and it takes put some years after this trilogy in the same world, so I wanted to read them in order, but now I think it wasn’t necessary… will allow you know for sure after I read that first book… but back to the actual review of the huge finale…You guys… I am sooooo disappointed… because a lot of my thoughts are spoilers not only for the previous books but also for this one, I will share as much of it as I can without a lot of info and then we shall dive into all the spoilery parts :) unfortunately after a beautiful amazing begin with that first book… at least I thought it was decent, with a lot of potential, the second one was mostly boring… unevenly paced, with interesting scenes event inbetween a long stretches of blah… this third one was worse… it suffered from the same pacing issue and even though there were some surprising twists and turns that saved it a bit from it being an utterly miserable experience for me (more about that in the spoilery part) it still was only 2,5 stars for me… there was a lot of build up to what I was expecting to be an epic war at the end and it just… fizzled out :/ I never really liked Alina as the main character… I sort of liked / tolerated her in that first book, but I was not a fan of how her journey unfurled in the sequels… she was very whiny and undecided, changing her mind all the time… I never quite understood why all those guys couldn’t resist her, but ultimately I think the one she ended up with was the best choice for her (again, more about that below, in the spoilery section) the ending felt rushed and even though I liked the direction it went, the info could have been handled much better… ok, that’s all I can say without spoilers, so now let’s dive into the more interesting parts….....SPOILERS ABOUT THE WOLE SERIES, INCLUDING HOW IT ENDS.....Because I have a lot of thoughts and they are all quite chaotic, I will test my best to at least place them in points of some sort… ;)#1 the writing style - there is a lot of potential here, and I am hoping that the Six of crows duology will be better… especially when it comes to secondary characters and some witty dialogue parts, I am crossing my fingers I will have fun her later books more… I also wished that we could saw some other perspectives besides just Alina’s… especially since she wasn’t the best main character… I would have loved to be able to see inside the minds of some other people…#2 Alina - like I said, I wasn’t her largest fan as the main character… she’s whiny and undecided, going back and forth between “I just wish to be a normal girl” and “I am a strong Sun Summonner and I wish more power, give me the amplifiers” not to mention her indecision between “I love Mal and only him, let’s just be together” and “the Darkling is the only one who can understand me, because we are alike with our powers” AND “I should agree to Nikolai’s proposal and rule as a queen by his side because it’s best for Ravka” GAH!!! just create up your damn mind and stick to it… she constantly changed her mind and it grew old beautiful quickly… the same thing goes with her powers… she couldn’t summon her powers on her own at the beginning (only with Darkling’s help) until she realized that it was her who supressed it when she was a young girl so she wouldn’t have to leave Mal in the orphanage and after she remembered that it was magically unblocked just like that *snaps fingers* her powers in general are just weird, as in the method she handles it… because it’s either she struggles for weeks or months to learn to do something or she just does it at the first test :/ the more I got into the story, the more annoyed I was by her…#3 Mal - out of the three guys that were interested in her, I’m glad she ended up with Mal… I didn’t have that a lot of issues with him as some other readers appeared to have had… I don’t think he wanted to see her powerless, but I hated that he suffered, although not as much as Alina, with the case of “I wish to be with you but it will be better for our country if we won’t be together, cause you are destined for better things” ugh… and don’t even obtain me started on him being the third and final amplifier… it was an interesting idea, but not really executed very well, at least in my opinion… not to mention him being brought back to life after Alina killed him to access bigger powers to conquer the Darkling… I thought that bringing people back from the dead was almost impossible and not really possible to access by all Grisha, but maybe I misunderstood items :/#4 the Darkling - he was a really amazing villain, mostly because you could not only understand his motivation but also agree with his point of view… don’t obtain me wrong, he was still brutal and ruthless, killing without hesitation or remorse, for what he believed to be important reasons to achieve his goal… and mostly because of that, I really would have loved to obtain his perspective in the books… he feels this connection to Alina and sees her as his opposite and equal, someone to balance him out… at least I’m assuming that’s why he’s so obsessed with her and convincing her to join him… the ending of his story is very disappointing, but I will obtain into more about that a bit further down…#5 Nikolai - hands down my favourite hero in the whole trilogy, the @#$%!&? prince of Ravka, originally introduced to us as a pirate captain :) he’s very smart, utterly charming and clever :) I loved him and will probably at some point pick up the duology all about him… mostly because I am very interested how he will with what he experienced with being changed by the Darkling into sort of a monster… he’s left with scars and darkness inside him… alongside Darkling he’s the most interesting hero in the whole trilogy and again, I would have loved to obtain his perspective… especially because he’s so charming but also calculated and always thinking of how to best use all that is available for him, including people and their powers… I could understand why he wanted to seek an alliance with Alina because of her powers, but couldn’t really understand why he liked her as a person… I’m hearing some opinions that apparently Zoya is a potential love interest for him in his own story and I can understand that one so much better… I’m not sure if it’s real so don’t quote me on that, but I would love to see those interactions… ;)#6 the ending - like I already mentioned, the whole series had a begin full of potential that never really went anywhere… the sequels were uneven and disappointing, but not as much as the every ending of the third one… I assumed we were building towards this epic finale / war and what we got was… *sighs* Alina, Mal and a very little group of Grisha and not very experienced soldiers facing the Darkling and his Grisha soldiers in the Fold… and don’t even obtain me started on how magically and out of the blue some Grisha came up with how they can hide themselves with some trick with the sound that I still don’t understand… not only they could hide from the Volcra but they were also able to communicate with each other even if they weren’t close to one another… I was rolling my eyes so hard at this… not to mention that just like Alina and some of her tricks, they were able to pick it up very quickly… I liked how the Darkling was connected to Morozova and the idea that Mal is the actual third amplifier was interesting, if it would have been handled better… but Alina killing him to conquer the Darkling and then being slammed with extra power for it to immediately disappear was… weird… it goes to other regular people, all across the land as we later search out, and lots of people obtain the power of summoning light… what’s even more weird, all of them know immediately how to use it :/ regular people without any Grisha training right away know how to wield this fresh and completely unpredictable power and they can vanquish the Fold… there was some serious eye rolling at this point… and then Alina picks up a Grisha dagger and just kills the Darkling… I was just as surprised as he was that this is how his story ends :/ he deserved a much better ending, and I don’t mean by that, that he should have lived, but this… this whole ending was like watching a firework going up in the sky, when you follow how it ascends and you are waiting for the huge boom and then… it just never happens… *sighs* the official word is Alina died during the war when in fact she and Mal, now both of them without powers, go back to their home to begin up an orphanage… it was all very disappointing and blah and I wanted and expected more from the huge finale of the trilogy…Like I mentioned, this was a series with a amazing begin and lots of potential that unfortunately fizzled out along the way… I am hoping that since these were her first books, that the future ones are better… I expect to pick up Six of crows within the next few months, so I will allow you know what I think then ;) although as much as I saw mixed reviews about this one, I’ve heard nothing but praises about the sequel duology… fingers crossed I will love it :)

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    Ruin and Rising (The Grisha Book 3) []  2020-1-18 19:36

    I don't hate trilogies as much as I hate the latest books in them. I always feel sad and allow down because poor things always happen and things aren't as exciting as the build up. With the Grisha trilogy? I don't really feel that way, I feel beautiful happy with in and Rising starts off a few months after the latest book left off, with Alina weak and underground with the Apparat and his faith soldiers. But she needs the third amplifier and she can't just hide underground with the Darkling having rein in Ravka. As she digs deeper into Morozova's past, she finds out more about her connection to him.I'll admit it, this trilogy has never really had a plot and this book is no exception. Alina goes from one put to the next, and the next. It's a lot of doing and more hero driven, with lots of side characters and powerful main characters instead of following a straight forward path.I love the characters so much, especially the Darkling. Oh man, the Darkling. He's so bad, so very, very bad. But he does it so well. Him and Alina have such a back and forth, they are literally opposites. Light and dark, amazing and evil. They are they only two of their kind of power and they both know it.I hate myself for wanting them to be together but I won't lie and say that I prefer Mal. I thankfully didn't hate him as much in this book, really I thought him and Alina were nice together but I still think he's kind of bland. Especially when yet another amazing guy- Nikolai, exists in this book but Alina is still not interested in him the method I want she ina is strong, and she's been powerful even when she was weakened. She comes through when you would think she would back out and I love that. Also, friendships! Powerful female friendships with multiple females. Genya is still fierce as hell despite everything she's been through, and Tamar is still [email protected]#$%.This series is just heartbreaking at times, it's dark and angsty but still hopeful somehow and I think the ending of this just shows that. I love this series. It actually took me longer than I wanted to finish this book because I just didn't wish it to end, and I didn't wish to say good-bye to these characters but I had to. But this book was so satisfying and for once I'm not allow down at the end.

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    Ruin and Rising (The Grisha Book 3) []  2020-1-18 19:36

    I very much liked the world-building in the books as they were very imaginative and refreshing, however I cannot recommend the series as the lack of hero development was utterly astounding. The main, Alina, remains a whiney weak brat throughout all three books, rarely showing any growth in her character. Shes still in puppy-love with Mal, never realizes her full potential and when things go down she's either1) worrying if Mal is OK, 2) too confused to counter the opponent although she has all of this supposed wonderful power or 3) totally taken off guard and unable to think on her feet in any situation that occurs. The entire trilogy I expected some growth, some present of gaining confidence, something showing that the lead had progressed in maturity (think Throne of Glass series). Instead we got a whiney child that never accomplishes all these wonderous things that her "power" is supposed to manifest. I only completed the trilogy because I like to finish what I started but I finally gave up near the end of this book as I knew what the cookie-cutter ending would be. Avoid.

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    Ruin and Rising (The Grisha Book 3) []  2020-1-18 19:36

    Although I loved these characters, and found the story to be engrossing, this latest book was a disappointment to me. Maybe my expectations were too high after the first two books; the first book in particular was just stunning. But this one...I was so shocked and saddened by the method it ended. It felt like a cop-out, frankly. How could such a powerful female hero be written in such a way? (trying not to be too spoilery here) It felt like the author got to the point where major decisions had to be made--but they weren't. Instead we got a watered down kind of semi-ending ending. I really don't like to criticize another's writing, because I know it's simple to criticize. Leigh Bardugo made a fascinating group of characters in an interesting universe, and created a ton of us care very deeply for them. The writing was terrific, and the plot started out wonderfully. By the second book, it was beautiful sloggy with the same escape and capture, escape and capture routine starting to wear a small thin. And by this book, definitely thinner. But I stuck it out because I was sure the end would be bittersweet and superb. Instead, it felt like an ending just occurred--it didn't happen. It's the difference between making a decision and refusing to create one...what usually happens when you refuse to create one is that one is created for you, and it's always the worst one possible. I'm really disappointed. I expected a bigger out.

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    Ruin and Rising: Book 3 (THE GRISHA) []  2020-1-18 19:33

    I don't hate trilogies as much as I hate the latest books in them. I always feel sad and allow down because poor things always happen and things aren't as exciting as the build up. With the Grisha trilogy? I don't really feel that way, I feel beautiful happy with in and Rising starts off a few months after the latest book left off, with Alina weak and underground with the Apparat and his faith soldiers. But she needs the third amplifier and she can't just hide underground with the Darkling having rein in Ravka. As she digs deeper into Morozova's past, she finds out more about her connection to him.I'll admit it, this trilogy has never really had a plot and this book is no exception. Alina goes from one put to the next, and the next. It's a lot of doing and more hero driven, with lots of side characters and powerful main characters instead of following a straight forward path.I love the characters so much, especially the Darkling. Oh man, the Darkling. He's so bad, so very, very bad. But he does it so well. Him and Alina have such a back and forth, they are literally opposites. Light and dark, amazing and evil. They are they only two of their kind of power and they both know it.I hate myself for wanting them to be together but I won't lie and say that I prefer Mal. I thankfully didn't hate him as much in this book, really I thought him and Alina were nice together but I still think he's kind of bland. Especially when yet another amazing guy- Nikolai, exists in this book but Alina is still not interested in him the method I want she ina is strong, and she's been powerful even when she was weakened. She comes through when you would think she would back out and I love that. Also, friendships! Powerful female friendships with multiple females. Genya is still fierce as hell despite everything she's been through, and Tamar is still [email protected]#$%.This series is just heartbreaking at times, it's dark and angsty but still hopeful somehow and I think the ending of this just shows that. I love this series. It actually took me longer than I wanted to finish this book because I just didn't wish it to end, and I didn't wish to say good-bye to these characters but I had to. But this book was so satisfying and for once I'm not allow down at the end.

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    Ruin and Rising: Book 3 (THE GRISHA) []  2020-1-18 19:33

    After the end of the second book, I was very much looking forward to seeing how Alina and her friends’ stories would end. Bardugo’s writing has gained strength since the first book, though her talent for vivid detail and world-building remains just as strong.I can safely say that this book doesn’t suffer as much from slow pacing as the previous two books; however, the course of happenings isn’t all that interesting in hindsight. The intriguing part of the story lies more in the development of Alina and her friends’ characters than it does in everything that is event around them.I’ll be honest, though, and say that I was always far more interested in what was event on the page whenever Nikolai was present. He’s a scene-stealer, to say the least. But Alina’s struggle to manifest her power, to reject her darker nature and the Darkling’s magnetism, and to heal her relationship with Mal was an enjoyable experience. She’s much changed since the beginning, though at times I felt as if Bardugo leaned too heavily on telling us how much Alina felt she has changed rather than seeing those changes for l was never a particularly interesting hero to start with, but his transformation from carefree beautiful boy to a hardened soldier and devoted friend/protector to Alina is notable. In the end, I wasn’t all that invested in Mal and Alina’s romance, but I did have fun reading their individual journeys to become their truer selves by the for the Darkling, his presence since the first book has diminished, but it’s always a pleasure to see him on the page. The darkness of his story and his ruthlessness create reading about Grisha politics and beliefs all the more ere were a lot of more twists and turns in this book than anticipated, one of which had me wide-eyed and very worried about one of my favorite character’s future. And the consequences of both the Darkling and Alina’s political and private stances culminate into a very bleak and emotional showdown. There is so much more loss and pain in this final installment, but it all holds water. Though not perfect, Ruin in Rising is a satisfying end to Alina and Mal’s story and is also a unbelievable stepping stone for some other secondary characters, namely Nikolai and Zoya, who we obtain to see again in King of Scars!

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    Ruin and Rising (The Grisha Book 3) []  2020-1-18 19:36

    This is the third and final installment in the original Grisha series, and as much as I enjoyed / was intrigued after that first book, it was unfortunately all downhill from there… I was determined to [email protected]#$%! though, mostly because I am very much interested in reading Six of crows duology, and it takes put some years after this trilogy in the same world, so I wanted to read them in order, but now I think it wasn’t necessary… will allow you know for sure after I read that first book… but back to the actual review of the huge finale…You guys… I am sooooo disappointed… because a lot of my thoughts are spoilers not only for the previous books but also for this one, I will share as much of it as I can without a lot of info and then we shall dive into all the spoilery parts :) unfortunately after a beautiful amazing begin with that first book… at least I thought it was decent, with a lot of potential, the second one was mostly boring… unevenly paced, with interesting scenes event inbetween a long stretches of blah… this third one was worse… it suffered from the same pacing issue and even though there were some surprising twists and turns that saved it a bit from it being an utterly miserable experience for me (more about that in the spoilery part) it still was only 2,5 stars for me… there was a lot of build up to what I was expecting to be an epic war at the end and it just… fizzled out :/ I never really liked Alina as the main character… I sort of liked / tolerated her in that first book, but I was not a fan of how her journey unfurled in the sequels… she was very whiny and undecided, changing her mind all the time… I never quite understood why all those guys couldn’t resist her, but ultimately I think the one she ended up with was the best choice for her (again, more about that below, in the spoilery section) the ending felt rushed and even though I liked the direction it went, the info could have been handled much better… ok, that’s all I can say without spoilers, so now let’s dive into the more interesting parts….....SPOILERS ABOUT THE WOLE SERIES, INCLUDING HOW IT ENDS.....Because I have a lot of thoughts and they are all quite chaotic, I will test my best to at least place them in points of some sort… ;)#1 the writing style - there is a lot of potential here, and I am hoping that the Six of crows duology will be better… especially when it comes to secondary characters and some witty dialogue parts, I am crossing my fingers I will have fun her later books more… I also wished that we could saw some other perspectives besides just Alina’s… especially since she wasn’t the best main character… I would have loved to be able to see inside the minds of some other people…#2 Alina - like I said, I wasn’t her largest fan as the main character… she’s whiny and undecided, going back and forth between “I just wish to be a normal girl” and “I am a strong Sun Summonner and I wish more power, give me the amplifiers” not to mention her indecision between “I love Mal and only him, let’s just be together” and “the Darkling is the only one who can understand me, because we are alike with our powers” AND “I should agree to Nikolai’s proposal and rule as a queen by his side because it’s best for Ravka” GAH!!! just create up your damn mind and stick to it… she constantly changed her mind and it grew old beautiful quickly… the same thing goes with her powers… she couldn’t summon her powers on her own at the beginning (only with Darkling’s help) until she realized that it was her who supressed it when she was a young girl so she wouldn’t have to leave Mal in the orphanage and after she remembered that it was magically unblocked just like that *snaps fingers* her powers in general are just weird, as in the method she handles it… because it’s either she struggles for weeks or months to learn to do something or she just does it at the first test :/ the more I got into the story, the more annoyed I was by her…#3 Mal - out of the three guys that were interested in her, I’m glad she ended up with Mal… I didn’t have that a lot of issues with him as some other readers appeared to have had… I don’t think he wanted to see her powerless, but I hated that he suffered, although not as much as Alina, with the case of “I wish to be with you but it will be better for our country if we won’t be together, cause you are destined for better things” ugh… and don’t even obtain me started on him being the third and final amplifier… it was an interesting idea, but not really executed very well, at least in my opinion… not to mention him being brought back to life after Alina killed him to access bigger powers to conquer the Darkling… I thought that bringing people back from the dead was almost impossible and not really possible to access by all Grisha, but maybe I misunderstood items :/#4 the Darkling - he was a really amazing villain, mostly because you could not only understand his motivation but also agree with his point of view… don’t obtain me wrong, he was still brutal and ruthless, killing without hesitation or remorse, for what he believed to be important reasons to achieve his goal… and mostly because of that, I really would have loved to obtain his perspective in the books… he feels this connection to Alina and sees her as his opposite and equal, someone to balance him out… at least I’m assuming that’s why he’s so obsessed with her and convincing her to join him… the ending of his story is very disappointing, but I will obtain into more about that a bit further down…#5 Nikolai - hands down my favourite hero in the whole trilogy, the @#$%!&? prince of Ravka, originally introduced to us as a pirate captain :) he’s very smart, utterly charming and clever :) I loved him and will probably at some point pick up the duology all about him… mostly because I am very interested how he will with what he experienced with being changed by the Darkling into sort of a monster… he’s left with scars and darkness inside him… alongside Darkling he’s the most interesting hero in the whole trilogy and again, I would have loved to obtain his perspective… especially because he’s so charming but also calculated and always thinking of how to best use all that is available for him, including people and their powers… I could understand why he wanted to seek an alliance with Alina because of her powers, but couldn’t really understand why he liked her as a person… I’m hearing some opinions that apparently Zoya is a potential love interest for him in his own story and I can understand that one so much better… I’m not sure if it’s real so don’t quote me on that, but I would love to see those interactions… ;)#6 the ending - like I already mentioned, the whole series had a begin full of potential that never really went anywhere… the sequels were uneven and disappointing, but not as much as the every ending of the third one… I assumed we were building towards this epic finale / war and what we got was… *sighs* Alina, Mal and a very little group of Grisha and not very experienced soldiers facing the Darkling and his Grisha soldiers in the Fold… and don’t even obtain me started on how magically and out of the blue some Grisha came up with how they can hide themselves with some trick with the sound that I still don’t understand… not only they could hide from the Volcra but they were also able to communicate with each other even if they weren’t close to one another… I was rolling my eyes so hard at this… not to mention that just like Alina and some of her tricks, they were able to pick it up very quickly… I liked how the Darkling was connected to Morozova and the idea that Mal is the actual third amplifier was interesting, if it would have been handled better… but Alina killing him to conquer the Darkling and then being slammed with extra power for it to immediately disappear was… weird… it goes to other regular people, all across the land as we later search out, and lots of people obtain the power of summoning light… what’s even more weird, all of them know immediately how to use it :/ regular people without any Grisha training right away know how to wield this fresh and completely unpredictable power and they can vanquish the Fold… there was some serious eye rolling at this point… and then Alina picks up a Grisha dagger and just kills the Darkling… I was just as surprised as he was that this is how his story ends :/ he deserved a much better ending, and I don’t mean by that, that he should have lived, but this… this whole ending was like watching a firework going up in the sky, when you follow how it ascends and you are waiting for the huge boom and then… it just never happens… *sighs* the official word is Alina died during the war when in fact she and Mal, now both of them without powers, go back to their home to begin up an orphanage… it was all very disappointing and blah and I wanted and expected more from the huge finale of the trilogy…Like I mentioned, this was a series with a amazing begin and lots of potential that unfortunately fizzled out along the way… I am hoping that since these were her first books, that the future ones are better… I expect to pick up Six of crows within the next few months, so I will allow you know what I think then ;) although as much as I saw mixed reviews about this one, I’ve heard nothing but praises about the sequel duology… fingers crossed I will love it :)

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    Ruin and Rising: Book 3 (THE GRISHA) []  2020-1-18 19:33

    All three Grisha books were absolutely terrific and I have no issue recommending them. I do have one small issue bugging me, however. I purchased these as e-books. As such, only 55 to 60 percent of each book was actually book. The rest was previews of other works by the author. I don't know about the hardback or paperback versions. It just seems like kind of a rip-off to this story as three books when just over half of each book is used for story and half used for something else. It would have been much more honest to this story as one or at most two books. Making it into three books is a publishing rip-off that is incredibly dishonest. The author is good. Why does she have to jerk us around this way? If this series had been presented as a single books, it would have been about 650 pages long. I know that's kind of huge but certainly still in the ballpark for an epic fantasy novel. Stephen King never turned "The Stand" into a series and that sucker was method over 700 pages. Bottom line on this whole thing is this. The Grisha Books are great. They encompass a single story that is too short for serialization.

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    Ruin and Rising: Book 3 (THE GRISHA) []  2020-1-18 19:33

    Although I loved these characters, and found the story to be engrossing, this latest book was a disappointment to me. Maybe my expectations were too high after the first two books; the first book in particular was just stunning. But this one...I was so shocked and saddened by the method it ended. It felt like a cop-out, frankly. How could such a powerful female hero be written in such a way? (trying not to be too spoilery here) It felt like the author got to the point where major decisions had to be made--but they weren't. Instead we got a watered down kind of semi-ending ending. I really don't like to criticize another's writing, because I know it's simple to criticize. Leigh Bardugo made a fascinating group of characters in an interesting universe, and created a ton of us care very deeply for them. The writing was terrific, and the plot started out wonderfully. By the second book, it was beautiful sloggy with the same escape and capture, escape and capture routine starting to wear a small thin. And by this book, definitely thinner. But I stuck it out because I was sure the end would be bittersweet and superb. Instead, it felt like an ending just occurred--it didn't happen. It's the difference between making a decision and refusing to create one...what usually happens when you refuse to create one is that one is created for you, and it's always the worst one possible. I'm really disappointed. I expected a bigger out.

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    Ruin and Rising (The Grisha Book 3) []  2020-1-18 19:36

    The writing is excellent, but the story and the characters e beginning is slow. Alina is hiding. She’s lost the strength of hero she developed over the first two books, never to fully regain her inner strength. The Apparat is hiding them and trying to control Alina. He’s a weak antagonist. The Darkling and the globe outside the caves is worse than ever, but that’s off stage. Alina is going to hunt the firebird, but that adventure doesn’t start right away. When Nikolai returns to support her, the story begins in earnest, and he’s charming, witty, and injected action back into the story. The later half of the book works better than the first r me, and I realize that a lot of readers will search Mel a heartthrob, he doesn’t live up to the potential I saw in the first book. The Darkling still has power over Alina, which ads some tension to the story. Alina’s choices seem more like the middle book of a e romance gets settled; however, there’s a Deus ex Machina wrap up that left me unsatisfied. I felt Alina took the simple method YA fantasy, romance is mandatory. I usually ignore that part of the YA genre because the outcome is always predictable with small variation. There’s a pattern to these romances, and Ruin and Rising follows the safe path, which is a shame because the ending could have been much more powerful.

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    Ruin and Rising (The Grisha Book 3) []  2020-1-18 19:36

    After the end of the second book, I was very much looking forward to seeing how Alina and her friends’ stories would end. Bardugo’s writing has gained strength since the first book, though her talent for vivid detail and world-building remains just as strong.I can safely say that this book doesn’t suffer as much from slow pacing as the previous two books; however, the course of happenings isn’t all that interesting in hindsight. The intriguing part of the story lies more in the development of Alina and her friends’ characters than it does in everything that is event around them.I’ll be honest, though, and say that I was always far more interested in what was event on the page whenever Nikolai was present. He’s a scene-stealer, to say the least. But Alina’s struggle to manifest her power, to reject her darker nature and the Darkling’s magnetism, and to heal her relationship with Mal was an enjoyable experience. She’s much changed since the beginning, though at times I felt as if Bardugo leaned too heavily on telling us how much Alina felt she has changed rather than seeing those changes for l was never a particularly interesting hero to start with, but his transformation from carefree beautiful boy to a hardened soldier and devoted friend/protector to Alina is notable. In the end, I wasn’t all that invested in Mal and Alina’s romance, but I did have fun reading their individual journeys to become their truer selves by the for the Darkling, his presence since the first book has diminished, but it’s always a pleasure to see him on the page. The darkness of his story and his ruthlessness create reading about Grisha politics and beliefs all the more ere were a lot of more twists and turns in this book than anticipated, one of which had me wide-eyed and very worried about one of my favorite character’s future. And the consequences of both the Darkling and Alina’s political and private stances culminate into a very bleak and emotional showdown. There is so much more loss and pain in this final installment, but it all holds water. Though not perfect, Ruin in Rising is a satisfying end to Alina and Mal’s story and is also a unbelievable stepping stone for some other secondary characters, namely Nikolai and Zoya, who we obtain to see again in King of Scars!

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    Ruin and Rising: Book 3 (THE GRISHA) []  2020-1-18 19:33

    The writing is excellent, but the story and the characters e beginning is slow. Alina is hiding. She’s lost the strength of hero she developed over the first two books, never to fully regain her inner strength. The Apparat is hiding them and trying to control Alina. He’s a weak antagonist. The Darkling and the globe outside the caves is worse than ever, but that’s off stage. Alina is going to hunt the firebird, but that adventure doesn’t start right away. When Nikolai returns to support her, the story begins in earnest, and he’s charming, witty, and injected action back into the story. The later half of the book works better than the first r me, and I realize that a lot of readers will search Mel a heartthrob, he doesn’t live up to the potential I saw in the first book. The Darkling still has power over Alina, which ads some tension to the story. Alina’s choices seem more like the middle book of a e romance gets settled; however, there’s a Deus ex Machina wrap up that left me unsatisfied. I felt Alina took the simple method YA fantasy, romance is mandatory. I usually ignore that part of the YA genre because the outcome is always predictable with small variation. There’s a pattern to these romances, and Ruin and Rising follows the safe path, which is a shame because the ending could have been much more powerful.

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    Ruin and Rising: Book 3 (THE GRISHA) []  2020-1-18 19:33

    Alina Starkov, Sankta Alina is trying to recover in the White Cathedral. But light is unreachable so far beyond the surface, she has almost lost herself. The Apparat is keeping her underground while the Darkling has seized Ravka’s throne and rules his ruthless way. An troops of believers is being formed underground but it’s mostly full of weak people that are fed only by their faith, seeking shelter off their living Saint. She wants to support them all, to protect them all, as she knows whta the Darkling is capable of. And for that, she has too obtain buck to the surface, obtain the Firebird, her third amplifier and conquer him.Eventually she emerges to light. She has Mal in her company as well as a few Grisha that had gone underground with her. It is not an simple task, but the have to search Nikolai and then find for the Firebird. Word has it that the prince is still alive and thankfully it is not only rumors as they found each other and they join their forces. The hunting must begin as soon as possible, but first she needs to ensure that the Small Palace students are safe. As they are about to bring them from Keramzin to a safe place, they are attacked by the Darkling, his Grisha and of course his nitsevo’ya. And hell breaks out…Maybe love was superstition, a prayer we said to hold the truth of loneliness at bay. I tilted my head back. The stars looked as if they were close together, when really they were millions of miles apart. In the end, maybe love just meant longing for something impossibly bright and forever out of reach.I made a bond with this book, the kind of bond that Alina and the Darkling shared. It’s my favorite of all three, even though I mourned for so a lot of this time. I loved how the characters turned out in this third book. They are more complete, more mature and ones I recognize and love. Alina has learned a lot from her mistakes, from Nikolai, from Baghra’s lessons, even from Botkin’s lessons. But she also learned from the Darkling himself. He was always so begin to her. She finds the strength to go versus the Darkling and she becomes a leader for her followers. She brings together people that would never be in the same company otherwise. She is a caring person. She may have lost her parents but she doesn’t wish to lose Ravka too. She wars for her country, for her people and she is willing to do whatever it takes to save Ravka, even if that means to not have Mal in her life. But she cannot restrain the need to obtain the third amplifier. She cannot deny that urge, being it for the amazing of Ravka or her own greed, she doesn’t care any l was a revelation. He was powerful like the soldier he has always been. He was a commander for the troops of the faithful as well as for their company. He was the talented tracker that we very well saw in the two previous books. He was a man in love that would give up everything for the woman he loved. He was wise to step back when he believed that Alina was meant to be queen someday. He was the amazing man to his life for her when it came to that. He was more mature in the third book and I loved him.But I loved Nikolai more! This hero is amazing. Nikolai is clever and intelligent and can turn anything into something useful. He can be a amazing leader, a general, a person that can set a tactic at any given time and in a very short time frame. He can be funny and charming and can say all the right words. He is wise in his own way. And just like Genya said, “The man can dress!”.He goes through a lot and he cherishes his friends. He doesn’t wish to push Alina or Mal over something but Ravka comes first for him, so he will do whatever is needed. I loved his flying boats and all the intelligence he had to show! I am looking forward to read more about him in “King of Scars”.“You were meant to be my balance, Alina. You are the only person in the globe who might rule with me, who might hold my power in check.”Last but not least is the Darkling. The vilain we all love to hate, or just love for that matter. He got into my heart in this one. He wanted the best for his people, the best for Ravka, for he had seen a lot, more than anyone could bare, but he also had lost track somewhere in the process. He wanted her, not only out of greed, but he wanted to become better with her. After all, he was only a boy once that lived a thousand lives alone. He wanted not to be alone anymore. He wanted someone like him. I don’t forgive him, but I understand and sympathize him. I wish the girl to be with the boy.“Aleksander,” I whispered. A boy’s name, given up. Almost forgotten.

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    Ruin and Rising (The Grisha Book 3) []  2020-1-18 19:36

    "Please tell me you plan to dress up as a volcra and jump out of a cake."Blinding LightThe best part of this one by far was the beginning. I loved seeing Nikolai take charge and the rescue missions by him are always a blast to read. Truly, I want this series was about him as he is an awesome hero but unfortunately he's not in this story much.I enjoyed learning more about the Darkling's past and the history of this world. I thought getting more info about the amplifiers was a amazing touch to the ain, the side characters are always fun to read about. There is a huge group of very various people that all add their own quirks to the story.Darkness ReignsSo this one was amazing in the beginning, progressively got boring, and then just flat created me angry. There are so a lot of awesome powers in this story, and the heroine has this large power that could've had such astonishing potential, and she hardly ever uses it. I am just astounded by how much her power is 'talked' up and then she barely ck to our heroine, she makes some incredibly outrageous choices in this one. In the first one she was lacking in self esteem, in the second one she actually wanted to die in parts, and in this one she is greedy and self-serving. Yes, everyone has faults, but this is supposed to be the mobad heroine that the whole globe is rallying behind and frankly she doesn't deserve the support. The method everything was 'resolved' just leaves me shaking my head. I cannot fathom the choices that were made. It was all very wonderful to und TogetherThe romance I enjoyed in this one until a crazy choice by Alina. Then I'm just trying to figure out how on earth Mal can stand to be around res Burning in the DistanceThe series as a whole started out amazing and slowly got worse. I was expecting much more out of the story because the concept is so wonderful. The powers that the characters have could truly have gone somewhere fantastic. This one was a allow down. The side characters are amazing and definitely carry the story.

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    Ruin and Rising (The Grisha Book 3) []  2020-1-18 19:36

    All three Grisha books were absolutely terrific and I have no issue recommending them. I do have one small issue bugging me, however. I purchased these as e-books. As such, only 55 to 60 percent of each book was actually book. The rest was previews of other works by the author. I don't know about the hardback or paperback versions. It just seems like kind of a rip-off to this story as three books when just over half of each book is used for story and half used for something else. It would have been much more honest to this story as one or at most two books. Making it into three books is a publishing rip-off that is incredibly dishonest. The author is good. Why does she have to jerk us around this way? If this series had been presented as a single books, it would have been about 650 pages long. I know that's kind of huge but certainly still in the ballpark for an epic fantasy novel. Stephen King never turned "The Stand" into a series and that sucker was method over 700 pages. Bottom line on this whole thing is this. The Grisha Books are great. They encompass a single story that is too short for serialization.

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    Ruin and Rising (The Grisha Book 3) []  2020-1-18 19:36

    For more reviews check out my blog at [...]Ahhhh, the finale, always a bittersweet time when finishing up a trilogy. It's the build up and anticipation, the angry dash to search out what happens, then the hole in your heart when it's all over, book in hand wondering what you're supposed to do with your life after such an intense run with an imaginary world.Dramatic, I know. 'Tis the life of a ina and Mal have barely escaped from the war with the Darkling at the Small Palace and search themselves at the mercy of The Apparat, below ground in the confines of the White Chapel. Alina has been unable to summon light since the battle. Unnerved by her ever growing flock of fervent followers, and The Apparats iron gripped control over her life, Alina feels she has merely traded one captor for another. With a present of force and some careful negotiations, her ability to summon once more under her control, Alina and her squad manage to strike a with the Apparat and trek out above ground in find of the third amplifier, The Firebird, the only hope of defeating the Darkling who rules Ravka from the throne of the King. Their journeys lead them to the lost Prince Nikolai and throughout the kingdom of Ravka in find of the amplifier, which is found in the unlikeliest of places. The group must create their final stand versus the Darkling in the Fold, but who will come out victorious, and at what price?I am so heartbroken to come to the end of this series. I enjoyed this amazingly detailed and intricate globe that Bardugo has built, and come to love each and every hero (yes, even The Darkling). They were each so memorable with such defined quirks and mannerisms I really felt like I knew them. The development within Alinas hero alone was so layered and rich, as was her evolving and developing relationship with Mal. I even grew to love Zoya, that haughty, snobby mean girl that she is, by the end of the book. The entire plot was so well thought out, intensity building up until the final war on the Fold. There were plenty of surprises along the method that I was not expecting which kept me on my toes and the wheels in my brain constantly turning. The ending was perfect, gut wrenching and redeeming, everything that I had hoped that it would be. I would be lying if I said I didn't shed at least one tear while reading this book. The follow up chapters after the war on the Fold gave me closure with the entire story, it was perfect....perfect I tell you!Leigh Bardugo has gained a fan for life, I am only upset I didn't hear about her and her awesome trilogy sooner! This is definitely a story I plan to revisit and reenter for years to come.

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    Ruin and Rising (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy Book 3) []  2020-2-4 14:29

    I don't hate trilogies as much as I hate the latest books in them. I always feel sad and allow down because poor things always happen and things aren't as exciting as the build up. With the Grisha trilogy? I don't really feel that way, I feel beautiful happy with in and Rising starts off a few months after the latest book left off, with Alina weak and underground with the Apparat and his faith soldiers. But she needs the third amplifier and she can't just hide underground with the Darkling having rein in Ravka. As she digs deeper into Morozova's past, she finds out more about her connection to him.I'll admit it, this trilogy has never really had a plot and this book is no exception. Alina goes from one put to the next, and the next. It's a lot of doing and more hero driven, with lots of side characters and powerful main characters instead of following a straight forward path.I love the characters so much, especially the Darkling. Oh man, the Darkling. He's so bad, so very, very bad. But he does it so well. Him and Alina have such a back and forth, they are literally opposites. Light and dark, amazing and evil. They are they only two of their kind of power and they both know it.I hate myself for wanting them to be together but I won't lie and say that I prefer Mal. I thankfully didn't hate him as much in this book, really I thought him and Alina were nice together but I still think he's kind of bland. Especially when yet another amazing guy- Nikolai, exists in this book but Alina is still not interested in him the method I want she ina is strong, and she's been powerful even when she was weakened. She comes through when you would think she would back out and I love that. Also, friendships! Powerful female friendships with multiple females. Genya is still fierce as hell despite everything she's been through, and Tamar is still [email protected]#$%.This series is just heartbreaking at times, it's dark and angsty but still hopeful somehow and I think the ending of this just shows that. I love this series. It actually took me longer than I wanted to finish this book because I just didn't wish it to end, and I didn't wish to say good-bye to these characters but I had to. But this book was so satisfying and for once I'm not allow down at the end.

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    Ruin and Rising (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy Book 3) []  2020-2-4 14:29

    I very much liked the world-building in the books as they were very imaginative and refreshing, however I cannot recommend the series as the lack of hero development was utterly astounding. The main, Alina, remains a whiney weak brat throughout all three books, rarely showing any growth in her character. Shes still in puppy-love with Mal, never realizes her full potential and when things go down she's either1) worrying if Mal is OK, 2) too confused to counter the opponent although she has all of this supposed wonderful power or 3) totally taken off guard and unable to think on her feet in any situation that occurs. The entire trilogy I expected some growth, some present of gaining confidence, something showing that the lead had progressed in maturity (think Throne of Glass series). Instead we got a whiney child that never accomplishes all these wonderous things that her "power" is supposed to manifest. I only completed the trilogy because I like to finish what I started but I finally gave up near the end of this book as I knew what the cookie-cutter ending would be. Avoid.

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    Ruin and Rising (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy Book 3) []  2020-2-4 14:29

    Although I loved these characters, and found the story to be engrossing, this latest book was a disappointment to me. Maybe my expectations were too high after the first two books; the first book in particular was just stunning. But this one...I was so shocked and saddened by the method it ended. It felt like a cop-out, frankly. How could such a powerful female hero be written in such a way? (trying not to be too spoilery here) It felt like the author got to the point where major decisions had to be made--but they weren't. Instead we got a watered down kind of semi-ending ending. I really don't like to criticize another's writing, because I know it's simple to criticize. Leigh Bardugo made a fascinating group of characters in an interesting universe, and created a ton of us care very deeply for them. The writing was terrific, and the plot started out wonderfully. By the second book, it was beautiful sloggy with the same escape and capture, escape and capture routine starting to wear a small thin. And by this book, definitely thinner. But I stuck it out because I was sure the end would be bittersweet and superb. Instead, it felt like an ending just occurred--it didn't happen. It's the difference between making a decision and refusing to create one...what usually happens when you refuse to create one is that one is created for you, and it's always the worst one possible. I'm really disappointed. I expected a bigger out.

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    Ruin and Rising (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy Book 3) []  2020-2-4 14:29

    This is the third and final installment in the original Grisha series, and as much as I enjoyed / was intrigued after that first book, it was unfortunately all downhill from there… I was determined to [email protected]#$%! though, mostly because I am very much interested in reading Six of crows duology, and it takes put some years after this trilogy in the same world, so I wanted to read them in order, but now I think it wasn’t necessary… will allow you know for sure after I read that first book… but back to the actual review of the huge finale…You guys… I am sooooo disappointed… because a lot of my thoughts are spoilers not only for the previous books but also for this one, I will share as much of it as I can without a lot of info and then we shall dive into all the spoilery parts :) unfortunately after a beautiful amazing begin with that first book… at least I thought it was decent, with a lot of potential, the second one was mostly boring… unevenly paced, with interesting scenes event inbetween a long stretches of blah… this third one was worse… it suffered from the same pacing issue and even though there were some surprising twists and turns that saved it a bit from it being an utterly miserable experience for me (more about that in the spoilery part) it still was only 2,5 stars for me… there was a lot of build up to what I was expecting to be an epic war at the end and it just… fizzled out :/ I never really liked Alina as the main character… I sort of liked / tolerated her in that first book, but I was not a fan of how her journey unfurled in the sequels… she was very whiny and undecided, changing her mind all the time… I never quite understood why all those guys couldn’t resist her, but ultimately I think the one she ended up with was the best choice for her (again, more about that below, in the spoilery section) the ending felt rushed and even though I liked the direction it went, the info could have been handled much better… ok, that’s all I can say without spoilers, so now let’s dive into the more interesting parts….....SPOILERS ABOUT THE WOLE SERIES, INCLUDING HOW IT ENDS.....Because I have a lot of thoughts and they are all quite chaotic, I will test my best to at least place them in points of some sort… ;)#1 the writing style - there is a lot of potential here, and I am hoping that the Six of crows duology will be better… especially when it comes to secondary characters and some witty dialogue parts, I am crossing my fingers I will have fun her later books more… I also wished that we could saw some other perspectives besides just Alina’s… especially since she wasn’t the best main character… I would have loved to be able to see inside the minds of some other people…#2 Alina - like I said, I wasn’t her largest fan as the main character… she’s whiny and undecided, going back and forth between “I just wish to be a normal girl” and “I am a strong Sun Summonner and I wish more power, give me the amplifiers” not to mention her indecision between “I love Mal and only him, let’s just be together” and “the Darkling is the only one who can understand me, because we are alike with our powers” AND “I should agree to Nikolai’s proposal and rule as a queen by his side because it’s best for Ravka” GAH!!! just create up your damn mind and stick to it… she constantly changed her mind and it grew old beautiful quickly… the same thing goes with her powers… she couldn’t summon her powers on her own at the beginning (only with Darkling’s help) until she realized that it was her who supressed it when she was a young girl so she wouldn’t have to leave Mal in the orphanage and after she remembered that it was magically unblocked just like that *snaps fingers* her powers in general are just weird, as in the method she handles it… because it’s either she struggles for weeks or months to learn to do something or she just does it at the first test :/ the more I got into the story, the more annoyed I was by her…#3 Mal - out of the three guys that were interested in her, I’m glad she ended up with Mal… I didn’t have that a lot of issues with him as some other readers appeared to have had… I don’t think he wanted to see her powerless, but I hated that he suffered, although not as much as Alina, with the case of “I wish to be with you but it will be better for our country if we won’t be together, cause you are destined for better things” ugh… and don’t even obtain me started on him being the third and final amplifier… it was an interesting idea, but not really executed very well, at least in my opinion… not to mention him being brought back to life after Alina killed him to access bigger powers to conquer the Darkling… I thought that bringing people back from the dead was almost impossible and not really possible to access by all Grisha, but maybe I misunderstood items :/#4 the Darkling - he was a really amazing villain, mostly because you could not only understand his motivation but also agree with his point of view… don’t obtain me wrong, he was still brutal and ruthless, killing without hesitation or remorse, for what he believed to be important reasons to achieve his goal… and mostly because of that, I really would have loved to obtain his perspective in the books… he feels this connection to Alina and sees her as his opposite and equal, someone to balance him out… at least I’m assuming that’s why he’s so obsessed with her and convincing her to join him… the ending of his story is very disappointing, but I will obtain into more about that a bit further down…#5 Nikolai - hands down my favourite hero in the whole trilogy, the @#$%!&? prince of Ravka, originally introduced to us as a pirate captain :) he’s very smart, utterly charming and clever :) I loved him and will probably at some point pick up the duology all about him… mostly because I am very interested how he will with what he experienced with being changed by the Darkling into sort of a monster… he’s left with scars and darkness inside him… alongside Darkling he’s the most interesting hero in the whole trilogy and again, I would have loved to obtain his perspective… especially because he’s so charming but also calculated and always thinking of how to best use all that is available for him, including people and their powers… I could understand why he wanted to seek an alliance with Alina because of her powers, but couldn’t really understand why he liked her as a person… I’m hearing some opinions that apparently Zoya is a potential love interest for him in his own story and I can understand that one so much better… I’m not sure if it’s real so don’t quote me on that, but I would love to see those interactions… ;)#6 the ending - like I already mentioned, the whole series had a begin full of potential that never really went anywhere… the sequels were uneven and disappointing, but not as much as the every ending of the third one… I assumed we were building towards this epic finale / war and what we got was… *sighs* Alina, Mal and a very little group of Grisha and not very experienced soldiers facing the Darkling and his Grisha soldiers in the Fold… and don’t even obtain me started on how magically and out of the blue some Grisha came up with how they can hide themselves with some trick with the sound that I still don’t understand… not only they could hide from the Volcra but they were also able to communicate with each other even if they weren’t close to one another… I was rolling my eyes so hard at this… not to mention that just like Alina and some of her tricks, they were able to pick it up very quickly… I liked how the Darkling was connected to Morozova and the idea that Mal is the actual third amplifier was interesting, if it would have been handled better… but Alina killing him to conquer the Darkling and then being slammed with extra power for it to immediately disappear was… weird… it goes to other regular people, all across the land as we later search out, and lots of people obtain the power of summoning light… what’s even more weird, all of them know immediately how to use it :/ regular people without any Grisha training right away know how to wield this fresh and completely unpredictable power and they can vanquish the Fold… there was some serious eye rolling at this point… and then Alina picks up a Grisha dagger and just kills the Darkling… I was just as surprised as he was that this is how his story ends :/ he deserved a much better ending, and I don’t mean by that, that he should have lived, but this… this whole ending was like watching a firework going up in the sky, when you follow how it ascends and you are waiting for the huge boom and then… it just never happens… *sighs* the official word is Alina died during the war when in fact she and Mal, now both of them without powers, go back to their home to begin up an orphanage… it was all very disappointing and blah and I wanted and expected more from the huge finale of the trilogy…Like I mentioned, this was a series with a amazing begin and lots of potential that unfortunately fizzled out along the way… I am hoping that since these were her first books, that the future ones are better… I expect to pick up Six of crows within the next few months, so I will allow you know what I think then ;) although as much as I saw mixed reviews about this one, I’ve heard nothing but praises about the sequel duology… fingers crossed I will love it :)

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    Ruin and Rising (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy Book 3) []  2020-2-4 14:29

    The writing is excellent, but the story and the characters e beginning is slow. Alina is hiding. She’s lost the strength of hero she developed over the first two books, never to fully regain her inner strength. The Apparat is hiding them and trying to control Alina. He’s a weak antagonist. The Darkling and the globe outside the caves is worse than ever, but that’s off stage. Alina is going to hunt the firebird, but that adventure doesn’t start right away. When Nikolai returns to support her, the story begins in earnest, and he’s charming, witty, and injected action back into the story. The later half of the book works better than the first r me, and I realize that a lot of readers will search Mel a heartthrob, he doesn’t live up to the potential I saw in the first book. The Darkling still has power over Alina, which ads some tension to the story. Alina’s choices seem more like the middle book of a e romance gets settled; however, there’s a Deus ex Machina wrap up that left me unsatisfied. I felt Alina took the simple method YA fantasy, romance is mandatory. I usually ignore that part of the YA genre because the outcome is always predictable with small variation. There’s a pattern to these romances, and Ruin and Rising follows the safe path, which is a shame because the ending could have been much more powerful.

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    Ruin and Rising (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy Book 3) []  2020-2-4 14:29

    After the end of the second book, I was very much looking forward to seeing how Alina and her friends’ stories would end. Bardugo’s writing has gained strength since the first book, though her talent for vivid detail and world-building remains just as strong.I can safely say that this book doesn’t suffer as much from slow pacing as the previous two books; however, the course of happenings isn’t all that interesting in hindsight. The intriguing part of the story lies more in the development of Alina and her friends’ characters than it does in everything that is event around them.I’ll be honest, though, and say that I was always far more interested in what was event on the page whenever Nikolai was present. He’s a scene-stealer, to say the least. But Alina’s struggle to manifest her power, to reject her darker nature and the Darkling’s magnetism, and to heal her relationship with Mal was an enjoyable experience. She’s much changed since the beginning, though at times I felt as if Bardugo leaned too heavily on telling us how much Alina felt she has changed rather than seeing those changes for l was never a particularly interesting hero to start with, but his transformation from carefree beautiful boy to a hardened soldier and devoted friend/protector to Alina is notable. In the end, I wasn’t all that invested in Mal and Alina’s romance, but I did have fun reading their individual journeys to become their truer selves by the for the Darkling, his presence since the first book has diminished, but it’s always a pleasure to see him on the page. The darkness of his story and his ruthlessness create reading about Grisha politics and beliefs all the more ere were a lot of more twists and turns in this book than anticipated, one of which had me wide-eyed and very worried about one of my favorite character’s future. And the consequences of both the Darkling and Alina’s political and private stances culminate into a very bleak and emotional showdown. There is so much more loss and pain in this final installment, but it all holds water. Though not perfect, Ruin in Rising is a satisfying end to Alina and Mal’s story and is also a unbelievable stepping stone for some other secondary characters, namely Nikolai and Zoya, who we obtain to see again in King of Scars!

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    Ruin and Rising (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy Book 3) []  2020-2-4 14:29

    "Please tell me you plan to dress up as a volcra and jump out of a cake."Blinding LightThe best part of this one by far was the beginning. I loved seeing Nikolai take charge and the rescue missions by him are always a blast to read. Truly, I want this series was about him as he is an awesome hero but unfortunately he's not in this story much.I enjoyed learning more about the Darkling's past and the history of this world. I thought getting more info about the amplifiers was a amazing touch to the ain, the side characters are always fun to read about. There is a huge group of very various people that all add their own quirks to the story.Darkness ReignsSo this one was amazing in the beginning, progressively got boring, and then just flat created me angry. There are so a lot of awesome powers in this story, and the heroine has this large power that could've had such astonishing potential, and she hardly ever uses it. I am just astounded by how much her power is 'talked' up and then she barely ck to our heroine, she makes some incredibly outrageous choices in this one. In the first one she was lacking in self esteem, in the second one she actually wanted to die in parts, and in this one she is greedy and self-serving. Yes, everyone has faults, but this is supposed to be the mobad heroine that the whole globe is rallying behind and frankly she doesn't deserve the support. The method everything was 'resolved' just leaves me shaking my head. I cannot fathom the choices that were made. It was all very wonderful to und TogetherThe romance I enjoyed in this one until a crazy choice by Alina. Then I'm just trying to figure out how on earth Mal can stand to be around res Burning in the DistanceThe series as a whole started out amazing and slowly got worse. I was expecting much more out of the story because the concept is so wonderful. The powers that the characters have could truly have gone somewhere fantastic. This one was a allow down. The side characters are amazing and definitely carry the story.

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    Ruin and Rising (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy Book 3) []  2020-2-4 14:29

    All three Grisha books were absolutely terrific and I have no issue recommending them. I do have one small issue bugging me, however. I purchased these as e-books. As such, only 55 to 60 percent of each book was actually book. The rest was previews of other works by the author. I don't know about the hardback or paperback versions. It just seems like kind of a rip-off to this story as three books when just over half of each book is used for story and half used for something else. It would have been much more honest to this story as one or at most two books. Making it into three books is a publishing rip-off that is incredibly dishonest. The author is good. Why does she have to jerk us around this way? If this series had been presented as a single books, it would have been about 650 pages long. I know that's kind of huge but certainly still in the ballpark for an epic fantasy novel. Stephen King never turned "The Stand" into a series and that sucker was method over 700 pages. Bottom line on this whole thing is this. The Grisha Books are great. They encompass a single story that is too short for serialization.

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    Ruin and Rising (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy Book 3) []  2020-2-4 14:29

    For more reviews check out my blog at [...]Ahhhh, the finale, always a bittersweet time when finishing up a trilogy. It's the build up and anticipation, the angry dash to search out what happens, then the hole in your heart when it's all over, book in hand wondering what you're supposed to do with your life after such an intense run with an imaginary world.Dramatic, I know. 'Tis the life of a ina and Mal have barely escaped from the war with the Darkling at the Small Palace and search themselves at the mercy of The Apparat, below ground in the confines of the White Chapel. Alina has been unable to summon light since the battle. Unnerved by her ever growing flock of fervent followers, and The Apparats iron gripped control over her life, Alina feels she has merely traded one captor for another. With a present of force and some careful negotiations, her ability to summon once more under her control, Alina and her squad manage to strike a with the Apparat and trek out above ground in find of the third amplifier, The Firebird, the only hope of defeating the Darkling who rules Ravka from the throne of the King. Their journeys lead them to the lost Prince Nikolai and throughout the kingdom of Ravka in find of the amplifier, which is found in the unlikeliest of places. The group must create their final stand versus the Darkling in the Fold, but who will come out victorious, and at what price?I am so heartbroken to come to the end of this series. I enjoyed this amazingly detailed and intricate globe that Bardugo has built, and come to love each and every hero (yes, even The Darkling). They were each so memorable with such defined quirks and mannerisms I really felt like I knew them. The development within Alinas hero alone was so layered and rich, as was her evolving and developing relationship with Mal. I even grew to love Zoya, that haughty, snobby mean girl that she is, by the end of the book. The entire plot was so well thought out, intensity building up until the final war on the Fold. There were plenty of surprises along the method that I was not expecting which kept me on my toes and the wheels in my brain constantly turning. The ending was perfect, gut wrenching and redeeming, everything that I had hoped that it would be. I would be lying if I said I didn't shed at least one tear while reading this book. The follow up chapters after the war on the Fold gave me closure with the entire story, it was perfect....perfect I tell you!Leigh Bardugo has gained a fan for life, I am only upset I didn't hear about her and her awesome trilogy sooner! This is definitely a story I plan to revisit and reenter for years to come.

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    Ruin and Rising (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy Book 3) []  2020-2-4 14:29

    Alina Starkov, Sankta Alina is trying to recover in the White Cathedral. But light is unreachable so far beyond the surface, she has almost lost herself. The Apparat is keeping her underground while the Darkling has seized Ravka’s throne and rules his ruthless way. An troops of believers is being formed underground but it’s mostly full of weak people that are fed only by their faith, seeking shelter off their living Saint. She wants to support them all, to protect them all, as she knows whta the Darkling is capable of. And for that, she has too obtain buck to the surface, obtain the Firebird, her third amplifier and conquer him.Eventually she emerges to light. She has Mal in her company as well as a few Grisha that had gone underground with her. It is not an simple task, but the have to search Nikolai and then find for the Firebird. Word has it that the prince is still alive and thankfully it is not only rumors as they found each other and they join their forces. The hunting must begin as soon as possible, but first she needs to ensure that the Small Palace students are safe. As they are about to bring them from Keramzin to a safe place, they are attacked by the Darkling, his Grisha and of course his nitsevo’ya. And hell breaks out…Maybe love was superstition, a prayer we said to hold the truth of loneliness at bay. I tilted my head back. The stars looked as if they were close together, when really they were millions of miles apart. In the end, maybe love just meant longing for something impossibly bright and forever out of reach.I made a bond with this book, the kind of bond that Alina and the Darkling shared. It’s my favorite of all three, even though I mourned for so a lot of this time. I loved how the characters turned out in this third book. They are more complete, more mature and ones I recognize and love. Alina has learned a lot from her mistakes, from Nikolai, from Baghra’s lessons, even from Botkin’s lessons. But she also learned from the Darkling himself. He was always so begin to her. She finds the strength to go versus the Darkling and she becomes a leader for her followers. She brings together people that would never be in the same company otherwise. She is a caring person. She may have lost her parents but she doesn’t wish to lose Ravka too. She wars for her country, for her people and she is willing to do whatever it takes to save Ravka, even if that means to not have Mal in her life. But she cannot restrain the need to obtain the third amplifier. She cannot deny that urge, being it for the amazing of Ravka or her own greed, she doesn’t care any l was a revelation. He was powerful like the soldier he has always been. He was a commander for the troops of the faithful as well as for their company. He was the talented tracker that we very well saw in the two previous books. He was a man in love that would give up everything for the woman he loved. He was wise to step back when he believed that Alina was meant to be queen someday. He was the amazing man to his life for her when it came to that. He was more mature in the third book and I loved him.But I loved Nikolai more! This hero is amazing. Nikolai is clever and intelligent and can turn anything into something useful. He can be a amazing leader, a general, a person that can set a tactic at any given time and in a very short time frame. He can be funny and charming and can say all the right words. He is wise in his own way. And just like Genya said, “The man can dress!”.He goes through a lot and he cherishes his friends. He doesn’t wish to push Alina or Mal over something but Ravka comes first for him, so he will do whatever is needed. I loved his flying boats and all the intelligence he had to show! I am looking forward to read more about him in “King of Scars”.“You were meant to be my balance, Alina. You are the only person in the globe who might rule with me, who might hold my power in check.”Last but not least is the Darkling. The vilain we all love to hate, or just love for that matter. He got into my heart in this one. He wanted the best for his people, the best for Ravka, for he had seen a lot, more than anyone could bare, but he also had lost track somewhere in the process. He wanted her, not only out of greed, but he wanted to become better with her. After all, he was only a boy once that lived a thousand lives alone. He wanted not to be alone anymore. He wanted someone like him. I don’t forgive him, but I understand and sympathize him. I wish the girl to be with the boy.“Aleksander,” I whispered. A boy’s name, given up. Almost forgotten.

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    Ruin [Book]  2018-3-7 18:0

    4.5 STARSIt's real that readers take very various things away from the same exact book. We all go into a book from various places, in various moods, hoping to search very various things on those pages. For me, just before I started Ruin, I'd just come away from reading 2 phenomenal books back to back that were richly layered, full of detail and emotion that created it completely impossible NOT to connect with those stories. So when I first started reading Ruin, it was impossible not to compare it to  those previous reads even though I tried my hardest not to. My first impression of Ruin was that I wanted more detail. It felt rushed at times, info were glossed over at certain moments that I so wished had been explored more thoroughly. We were teased with a few flashback chapters that took us into the past relationship between Zeus Kincaid and Cameron Reed and I longed for more of that. Ruin is a quick paced story that would've been kicked up a few notches if it had been slowed down just a bit, the build a bit more drawn out, the story fleshed out a small more. But...It was not difficult to obtain over what I initially thought was missing when I got caught up in everything that Ruin actually is. There's a lot to be said about a quick paced romance that you can easily devour in one sitting. Truth be told, I had a hard time putting this book down. It completely consumed me and I couldn't NOT think about it even when I was forced to step away. Ruin gave me all the angsty feels I can so clearly remember getting from Jake Wethers in The Mighty Storm. This book is massive with angst, massive with raw emotion and rippled with that delicious push and pull I crave in a amazing second possibility romance. I honest to God LOVED every bit of it. Zeus is a warrior and winning back the one that got away shapes up to be the largest war of his life. They were each other's first love but lies and mistakes tore them apart.  But there's a lot more to their story. There's one creature surprise Zeus never sees coming when he knocks on Cameron's door determined to victory her back. It sets in motion a turbulent roller coaster of heartache and hope that I never wanted to end. It demands these two characters face everything that tore them apart in the first put and everything that stands in the method of their second chance. It hurts and it's sexy and it's intoxicating and I couldnt obtain enough. I loved this book. Sure, Ruin is not without its flaws. i could sit here and list a handful of things i want were said or done or drawn out, but nothing changes the fact that Ruin was a deliciously angsty, unputdownable, unbelievably romantic story that I ABSOLUTELY LOVED. I love second possibility romances. I love love love Zeus Kincaid in this book. I love his delicious words and his sexy smirks and his determination in getting the girl. I love Samantha Towle's storytelling and the method she creates lush romance that cuts deep before sending her reader off completely fulfilled by all of it. By the end of this book, Ruin was easily near the top of the list of my Sam Towle favorites. Ruin is an absolute MUST READ second possibility warrior romance that came out of nowhere and knocked me right out with how much I enjoyed it!

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    Ruin [Book]  2018-3-7 18:0

    My bookworm heart bursts with happiness when I read a second possibility at love romance. I love taking that journey with the H and h and see them give their love a second chance. What I love the most about these kinds of books is that you can feel how strong their love still is no matter how a lot of years have passed from the moment that they first fell in love. Samantha Towle is a unbelievable author that always captivates me with her words. Ruin was a unbelievable reading journey that will have you cheering for Cam and Zeus from beginning to end!Five years have passed since Cameron Reed got her heart broken by Zeus Kincaid. He’s back in her life and he’s more determined than ever to war not only for the heavyweight championship title, but for the love of his life as well. Zeus never forgot Cam and he’s about to present her that even if five years have passed, she belongs to him. Will Cam give their love a second chance?The chemistry between Cam and Zeus was incredibly addictive. I could feel their connection getting even stronger with each fresh moment they made on this second possibility at love journey. They had a lot of obstacles to overcome when it came to finding their method back together. Cam and Zeus have been apart for five years and a lot of things have changed. I liked how Cam reacted to having Zeus back in her life. She created it clear from the beginning that it was not ok to come rushing back into her life that way. He really broke her heart and putting the pieces back together will take time.Overall this was a amazing reading journey that left me with a smile on my face. Samantha Towle always delivers when it comes to a captivating reading escape. I also loved a lot of scenes in this book, but I don’t wish to reveal too a lot of info from the storyline. Those scenes created my heart melt and created the story even more captivating in my eyes. If you have not read a book by Samantha Towle, you’re seriously missing out!I give, Ruin, by Samantha Towle, 4 sexy, passionate, romantic, never stop fighting for the one you love stars!

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    Ruin [Book]  2018-3-7 18:0

    "This Man...he ruins me. Every word. Every look. Every touch. But there's no one I'd rather be ruined by than him."Yea, that about sums up this book. LOL Samantha, you definitely have a method with words and turning them into a attractive in was a attractive story that kept my attention from begin to finish. Yes, it has your typical angsty romance stuff, but it's these characters and getting sucked into their lives that makes it stand out. Samantha takes a story and makes it so much more with her words, brings life to the story.Zeus and Cam were high school sweethearts. They both followed their dreams - she goes off to Julliard and he finds himself climbing the charts in boxing. But they hold moving further apart until one day, it all comes crashing down around ve years later, Zeus finds Cam and things are forever changed again. They have both grown up and moved on with their lives. Cam has built a wall around her heart and refuses to let Z back in. Zeus will stop at nothing to present why he came back to is is an extremely fast-paced, angsty read and I absolutely loved every second of it. The story of a second possibility romance where things move really fast, normally isn't my cup of tea, but I have to admit that I was sucked into this story from the get-go.Zeus is all alpha and never backs down from anyone or anything. Cam is just as stubborn and doesn't create anything simple for Zeus. Watching these two together is like watching dynamite and fireworks going off constantly; their arguments are explosive but their chemistry is off the charts wild and uncontainable."It hurts to love you too, Zeus. But it also heals me. Loving you is everything."Another heart pounding and attractive story from Samantha.

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    Ruin [Book]  2018-3-7 18:0

    Zeus and Cameron aka Cam had been teenage sweethearts but they hit some bumps in the street and their relationship ended. Several years later they reconnect and Zeus finds out that Cam had his kid which he knew nothing about and it was so sad. I kind of figured out the reasons why he didn’t know and even though I was right it still didn’t create me feel better. Cam as predicted has her walls all the method and I don’t blame her at all. I have to say I LOVED how alpha male Zeus was in this story! He was the excellent combination of alpha, broody but with an heart of gold. Zeus stopped at nothing when it came to Cam and his daughter, Gigi. Cam was a spitfire as well, created him earn her trust which I loved and in my opinion they were excellent book couple goals. They fought and loved hard with so much passion and I found myself fanning myself while reading!This was such a well written, angsty, second possibility romance that I could not place down!!!! It’s been a long time since I’ve gone to bed and woken up thinking about a book!! I want I could re read this book for the first time. Where’s that light flash thingy from “Men In Black” when you need it?? Towle has such a method with words and she had me hook, line and sinker with this unbelievable 5 star story!! I’ve been perfectly ruined by this story. *sighs*

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    Ruin [Book]  2018-3-7 18:0

    Ruin is a sweet kind of read. A second possibility romance by Samantha Towle that gives Zeus Kincaid the possibility to search his redemption for his greatest love lost. This globe winner boxer and his Dove, Cam, were each other's everything until they weren't. Until outside forces decided for them that his rise to the top of the boxing globe would be held back by the girl back can sense the deep affection that Zeus and Cam have for each other right from the start. The author gives us a few flashbacks to their youth and it was evident these two were created for each other. The time apart was hard on both of them, especially Cam. As they then see each other for the first time in 5 years, despite Cam's feisty and stubborn nature, that spark still ere are plenty of touching scenes as Zeus and Cam test and search a method to be together once again. But that globe of damage Cam can't seem to ignore keeps Zeus at arm's length a bit too often for my tastes. I obtain all the whys as to her reasons for not wanting to give Zeus another possibility but that man is on a mission and his genuine love and remorse at how things went down felt real to me. I just want Cam could have seen that as well and a bit sooner.A few surprises gave Zeus more ammunition in his war for his girl and I loved his determination to set things right. There are a couple of scene-stealers in Gigi and Elle and I loved both the adorable innocence and wise snark that they contributed to this book. I actually wouldn't mind hearing more from Elle. That woman definitely has a story to tell. As do Zeus's siblings. They were welcomed additions to this ere are also some very sexy scenes between Zeus and Cam that proved they were never quite over no matter how a lot of years were between them. It was all just a matter of time before their hearts and egos could catch up.I do so have fun the ease of reading when it comes to Samantha Towle and her work and Ruin is a book that is definitely worth your time. I happily give Ruin a solid 4 stars!

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    Ruin [Book]  2018-3-7 18:0

    I have read a lot of Samantha Towle books and I have to say that each book gets better than the last. I absolutely love her writing!! Her books suck you in and don’t allow go until the very end. She will also take your heart and emotions on a roller coaster ride!! But this is one ride you won’t wish to obtain off in is probably one of my favorites by this author because it covered so a lot of things I love in books. It is a second possibility romance, single parent story and has enough angst to hold you busy but it’s not over the top. It is her recent standalone novel and I loved the storyline and the characters. There is an adorable 4 year who totally stole my this story we follow Zeus and Cameron (Cam). They were high school sweethearts and each others love of a lifetime. Or so Cam thought. Zeus was determined to create name for himself in the boxing globe while Cam wanted to be a ballerina in Fresh York. While in her second year at Julliard, Zeus did the unthinkable and broke Cam’s heart, but what happens a short while later really changed Cam’s life for good. Quick forward 5 years and Zeus runs into Cam at a club in Fresh York City, and he is now determined to obtain back what he lost 5 years ago. But Cam isn’t having it. Can Zeus prove that he created a mistake and obtain Cam back?? Can she forgive Zeus for his past mistakes?? Will these two ever obtain the HEA they so deserve?? Read Ruin and search in is a complete standalone novel that is told primarily from Cam’s POV. No other book needs to be read to have fun this story. It is a fairly fast read but nothing feels rushed or unfinished in the story. You will just obtain sucked in so fast that you won’t be able to place it down until you’re done.I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a story of second chances, that has a single parent background and mixes in some sport aspects to the story. This book truly has a small bit for everyone. This is definitely a 1-click when it is won’t be sorry!!!

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    Ruin [Book]  2018-3-7 18:0

    I love second possibility romances and Samantha Towle brings us a amazing one with Ruin!! What is not to love about a love story that was epic at one time only to be torn apart. Can time mend those old wounds and can love be better the second time around? Can those feelings that you felt so a lot of years ago stay simmering until they are exposed once again? This is what Zeus and Cameron must face. Their love story is a fairytale kind of whirlwind romance. It was love at first sight and they seemed they would be together through thick and thin. Zeus was a rising star in boxing and Cameron’s dream was to dance at forward a lot of years… Cameron is on her own and working two jobs to help her and her daughter. She still loves to dance but now it’s as a go-go dancer at a nightclub. She had proved that she doesn’t need anyone else to survive that she can be the mother and the father to her child. Until she has an accidental run in with Zeus. She’s stopped following his career once their relationship came tumbling down. Seeing him again she knows she needs to stay far from him. He did the unthinkable and she’s not about to let him to come back into her life after all this time.But Zeus is well, Zeus. He’s determined and if he wants to go after something there’s no stopping him. When he follows Cameron back to her house, he’s about to obtain more than he bargained for. When he comes to face to face to a 4-year-old small girl, his whole globe turns on its axis. From what Cameron knew, he turned his back on her and their child. When in reality he never knew.What happens when Zeus sets his sights on getting his family back? Will the damage feeling from so a lot of years stop Cameron from trusting him again? What lengths will Zeus go to victory Cameron back? You will need to read Ruin to search out!! I thought this was a solid 4 star and is a complete novel.

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    Ruin [Book]  2018-3-7 18:0

    Sigh. I love a amazing second possibility romance! I’m a large fan of Samantha Towle’s books, and when I heard she had a fresh one out and saw that cover, I knew I required to read it asap! Full of angst, steam, and some feels to top it off, this was another victory from Towle!Zeus Kincaid and Cameron Reed used to be the center of each others worlds. Cam was dancing in Juilliard and Zeus was on his method to being one of the largest boxers in the world, when suddenly, Zeus ends it. One day these two are satisfied and in love, then it’s over. Cam’s heart was broken but she moved on. She had no choice but to move forward about five years later and Cam and Zeus run into each other again. Every thing in their lives have changed, but one thing has stayed the same. Those feelings, that pull they feel to each other is still there. I love being engrossed in a story and you can just feel the chemistry and connection the characters have. It was like that with Cam and Zeus.I want I could say things were simple for them when they were back in each others lives, but they weren’t. Zeus gave Cam some major trust problems and he has to earn his put back in her world. I could understand why Zeus did some of the things he did, but I am glad Cam didn’t allow him off too easy. He deserved to have to work for her after all he place her in was a quick paced read that I flew through. I obtain so much joy reading a story that I don’t wish to place down, and it’s getting more rare these days. Cam and Zeus had a sexy slow burn, second possibility romance. I enjoyed this one from begin to finish and I only hope that the author gives us more from this world! Though Zeus and Cam’s story is complete, I would LOVE a book about each of Zeus’s siblings!

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    Ruin [Book]  2018-3-7 18:0

    It's no secret that I love second possibility stories so of course this one caught my eye. Zeus Kincaid and Cameron Reed clicked instantly when they meet as teenagers and had the kind of love that was once-in-a-lifetime until Zeus allow her go and walked the other method without a second glance. Then Cameron's life plans changed. Zeus sees Cam about 5 years later and decides that he isn't going to leave her behind again, but Cam isn't so willing to trust him with her heart after everything that went down. I really loved that Cam wasn't eager and willing to forgive Zeus and while she remained civil and polite, she didn't allow Zeus test to placate her with charming words and seduction. She allow him know how much he damage her. As for Zeus, I went back and forth with him. I liked him as a guy and character, but not so much as boyfriend material. However, his scenes with Gigi were adorable. I would've liked to have seen more vulnerability on his part, there wasn't enough of that. He didn't really present his cards early on with Cam and even played android games with her so it showed a bit of immaturity if anything just because he's so used to winning. And I'm not sure what I was looking for, but I don't know if he actually showed her how much he cared to actually prove his intentions because his gestures didn't feel above and beyond to me even though I had no doubt he was trying. He got frustrated and aggravated method too easily. It wasn't until the end that I saw what he was willing to sacrifice, but by then, he wasn't needing to redeem himself anymore. However, I did appreciate the gesture he did for his former opponent, that actually spelled volumes about the depth of his heart and generosity.

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    Ruin [Book]  2018-3-7 18:0

    This book is crazy good!! It's been awhile since I've read a book by this author. I was super excited to read this one. Then add seeing that hot cover and I was ready to be All in. I defiantly got engrossed into it very quickly. There's so a lot of things I liked about it right away 1) It's a warrior book 2) Second Possibility romance 3) Well, that's a surprise I don't wish to spoil. Second- possibility romances are a favorite of mine and Ruin is now up high on my list.Zeus is the man!! He is something special. He's a man that created a mistake, but owns it and wars to create it right. He doesn't create excuses. He loves his Dove (Cam) with his whole heart,and everything he does shows that. What I'm trying to say is I fell so hard for Zeus. He was so simple to like and admire. Zeus is a fighter. He breaks up with his childhood sweetheart, Cameron (Cam) to focus on fighting. He has always wondered what would have been and thought about her often. He didn't realize how much, he actually regretted that decision until five years later when he runs into her. From then on he tries to victory her has alway wanted two things: to be a ballerina and to have Zeus. Things didn't turn out like she planned. Zeus left her heartbroken. She tries to move on with her life the best she can. One night while at work she runs into Zeus, and all she can remember is the damage that he left her with five years prior. She doesn't create things simple for him at all and tries her best to stay away from him.I'm very happy with how Mrs. Towle created Cam's hero a powerful woman. She showcased how clearly broken and damage Zeus left her. I also loved how Cam didn't just give in. She created Zeus war the hardest war of his is book created me wish to cheer for the characters, damage with them and war for them. Days after reading this book I would catch myself day dreaming about Zeus and Cam's love story! Did I say how much I love Zeus? I LOVE him!!

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    Love and Ruin: A Novel []  2020-1-24 23:24

    What a terrific book! I found this novel about the romance between Martha Gelhorn and Ernest Hemingway, and their marriage, so thoroughly absorbing that I often forgot I was reading “fiction” written by Paula McClain and instead believed I was in the midst of a memoir written by Gelhorn herself. So, Kudos to the author for that—and for her writing in general, which is always evocative and often beautiful. I also learned a lot: about Gelhorn and her daring as a correspondent (of which I knew almost nothing); about Hemingway (a lot of whose “stuff” I’ve read); about the Spanish Civil War, the home and lives they built just outside 1930’s Havana, and their exploits in China and Europe during WWII. Last, but not least, I learned something about what writing meant to them, how they went about it, and how it affected them. All in all, a fascinating read--certainly one of the best books I’ve encountered this year.

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    Love and Ruin: A Novel []  2020-1-24 23:24

    I absolutely Paula McLain's books. Love and Ruin is another amazing one I have read. This book provides such a amazing description of Martha Gellhorn - her life, feelings and challenges with Ernest Hemingway. Through this book, I was able to follow Martha through Europe, Cuba and parts of the U.S. The descriptions were so real, I felt like I was right there with e pace of the book goes so quickly and kept me engaged from the start. I have also read The Paris Wife and really enjoyed being able to link the stories together through the women's' shared experiences. I am a fan of Paula McLain's and look forward to future explorations of women in history by her. You won't be disappointed by this book.

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    Love and Ruin (Kindle Single) []  2020-4-1 19:56

    Masterful-- evocative, informative, and touching.When an author can convey to his reader, in a relatively short space, the sense of the sum passage of someone's life -- especially when that life has a tragic arc to it -- that's something special. But in Love and Ruin, Verini also manages to weave the tragedy and loss of a nation and the lives of the Duprees into a attractive melancholic tapestry.

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    Love and Ruin (Kindle Single) []  2020-4-1 19:56

    When you sit down and look at the infinite possibilities of a human life, what a blessing it is to have the opportunity to obtain to know the story of Nancy Dupree as Afghanistan's self appointed story holder. The wisdom of our past connects us to one another through the sharing of our inner journeys and the histories of our outer journeys- or the collective journey of humanity. The author gives us a amazing bonus with his talent, thoughtfulness and heart that comes through in the writing.I give this five stars because I did what reading does best, takes you into an alternative universe where you can experience life through another's eyes and you emerge coming back to yourself better than you were before. This book was gifted to me and it was just that- truly a gift.

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    Love and Ruin: A Novel []  2020-1-24 23:24

    Marty Gellhorn is an awesome woman. She was a trail blazer for foreign battle correspondence. Utterly fearless in going locations alone while guns were blazing. But the 7 years with Hem are not interesting. She knew she should not marry him but she did anyway and suffered mightily for it. Paula's position on what Marty was thinking and saying don't jive with the powerful woman that she was. The whole time I was reading the book I felt a disconnect btw fiction and fact. We won't ever really know because Marty burned papers and letters before her death, effectively creating a mystery around her time with Hem. I do recommend Paula's other book, Circling the Sun!

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    Love and Ruin: A Novel []  2020-1-24 23:24

    Paula McLain is one of my all-time favorite authors, and somehow this newest novel has snuck its method into my heart as my fresh favorite. Though I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE both The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun, this fresh novel was even more brilliant than these well-loved favorites!The reason is certainly Marty Gellhorn herself-- a hero who is just enough "me" for me to relate to while simultaneously being far more daring than I could ever hope to be. Yet, throughout all of the horrific things she witnesses in the novel, she never loses her humanity or her ability to be vulnerable. Ms. McLain has written a masterpiece of a hero here.And not just one! Her portrayal of Ernest Hemingway is a wonderful, paradoxical blend of tenderness, charisma, passion, pettiness, selfishness, and moroseness. Such a complex character! And so brilliantly executed.I cannot think of a single criticism to name. This is absolutely my favorite book of the year, so far. Above any other genre, it takes a finely honed-- and I suspect hard-won-- skillset to write quality Historical Fiction. Ms. McLain has done it time and time again and this novel is no exception.I highly recommend this book. I hope you have fun it as much as I have.

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    Love and Ruin: A Novel []  2020-1-24 23:24

    The narrative of "Love and Ruin" is the current inside a woman's mind and thoughts; a memoir of her relationship with a powerful, talented man who is a legend in literary history. Her ambition, disquiet, fear, love, joy, and trepidation are not told with a shallow, trivial voice as might be heard in a glossy women's magazine. Martha Gellhorn was a strong, talented, driven woman who fell in love with Ernest Hemingway. As her career developed, she fought to be acknowledged on her own terms and to disengage from the label of "Mrs. Hemingway." It was not ula McLain, a writer of genius, has produced a narrative of authenticity and strength written in Martha Gellhorn's voice. She deftly inhabits Martha's thoughts to expose the reality of her struggle with the management of a complicated life with complicated goals. The man, Ernest Hemingway, had identified her potential, brought her along, showed her the ropes, seduced her, and then could not live without her. In the bitter end, he torpedoed her ambition. She climbed out successfully with courage but not without pain, loss and loneliness. Today, she is remembered as one of the amazing battle correspondents of the 20th Lain has a talent for writing from a women's point of view with penetrating clarity, and honesty. Each hero that enters the story in a pivotal method is real, believable and painted with exquisite sympathy and objectivity. Ernest's sons and Martha's mother are vivid characters that have significant co-starring roles. There are a few instances when we hear from Ernest; his voice already set in the smoke of his downward spiral of loneliness, loss, and demoralization. In all the characters that McLain paints, we are left to create our own e story is well crafted and very compelling. I say that with a deep admiration for Paula McLain's comprehensive and creative skills. We know that McLain's Martha and Ernest are not the true people but I can believe that they are beautiful true. McLain's research is intrepid, and intelligent; a solid base for the characters and their story. Her first book "The Paris Wife" revealed her insights into Hemingway as a man, a writer, a husband, lover, and father; iy left an indelible , Martha shines through it all, beautiful, strong, confused, talented, wounded, driven, loving, and determined to balance a relationship and a career. The devastating, consumed and complicated man that she chooses for her partner, is her mentor at first, but then becomes the cyclone that sweeps her off course and away from her beacon. Gradually, with heart-wrenching agony, their love and work tear the hull of their boat and Martha Gellhorn. She finally arrives to leave her legacy and we are cheering her every step of the way.

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    Love and Ruin (Kindle Single) []  2020-4-1 19:56

    Nancy Dupree is an American woman who has dedicated much of her long life (she is near 90) to the formidable—and self-appointed—task of preserving the cultural heritage of this finely crafted profile, journalist James Verini tells us that he “first encountered Nancy Dupree in a ghostly sort of way” when he saw a performance of Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul, whose central hero of the Homebody is modeled on Dupree. Verini traveled to Kabul in 2012 on the occasion of the opening of the (then still uncompleted) library at Kabul University, a project Dupree has been working on for 30 rini found her much as advertised—an intense, determined woman revered for her perseverance in founding the library, for her advocacy of Afghan women’s and children’s rights, and for her program that distributes books to schools. But she also comes across as more than a tad arrogant, even contentious and cranky—perhaps understandable, given the size of the boulder she’s trying to roll up the rini’s acc is also a love story, that of her affair and marriage with the late Louis Dupree, the archaeologist-cum-swashbuckler (and, possibly, spy), who was considered a leading Western expert on Afghanistan’s history. We see Nancy and Louis exploring and documenting their beloved adopted homeland versus a quarter-century backdrop of invasions, civil war, and wanton roughout, Verini avoids the look-at-me, block-that-metaphor style all too common in long journalism today. Clear, uncluttered, and precise, his writing essentially disappears, letting the story and characters come l told, this is an absorbing and troubling tale of, as Verini writes, an “attempt to save Afghanistan’s past. . . from itself.”

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    Love and Ruin (Kindle Single) []  2020-4-1 19:56

    Love and Ruin encapsulates the romantic and tumultuous history of Afghanistan in a woman who lives her life in the love of her late husband and his love for their country. A unbelievable history and even better story.

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    Love and Ruin: A Novel []  2020-1-24 23:24

    I loved this fictional historical acc about Martha Gellhorn. The only one of Hemingway’s four wives who dared to be her own person and real to herself in a life where Hemingway believed he was the sun and all should only revolve around him and his needs. What a sanctimonious egomaniac! As usual, Gellhorn’s independence and feistiness is what Hemingway was so infatuated with and pursued relentlessly until she married him and these same qualities after marriage Hemingway saw as a betrayal and ultimately destroyed her heart. I believe she never recovered her ability to have any profound private relationships after Hemingway. While obtaining tremendous professional success in her life her amazing love and loss of Hemingway irreparably damaged her ability to ever again connect with anyone on a deep private level.

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    Love and Ruin: A Novel []  2020-1-24 23:24

    This is a novel that feels like a biography…that is, if biographies were written in the first person. This is a novel that also feels like a history book…that is, if history books were written in the first person.Written by Paula McClain, this is a novel about Martha Gellhorn, Ernest Hemingway's third wife. (He had four.) After meeting in a truly serendipitous way, the two finagled it so they worked together as battle correspondents during the Spanish Civil Battle in the late 1930s. Marty was fiercely independent, and as much as she loved Ernest, being a wife chafed versus her wanderlust, autonomous soul. It wasn't simple being married to such a huge and popular man for someone who wanted to be just as huge and just as popular herself. When "For Whom the Bell Tolls" was published, Marty knew they were no longer a marriage of equals. Ernest would always be bigger and better—and that was a huge shadow shading her every is is a slow-moving story that focuses more on hero development and historical narration—so much so that the plot seems like an afterthought. McClain makes every attempt to truly expose Marty's innermost thoughts and feelings, and the effect is mixed: At times it is brilliant and convincing, except when it's forced and artificial. It's necessary to say that parts of this book are absolutely, totally engrossing, but there are more parts that are…well, quite ere is one question book lovers have fun asking each other: When you're reading a book you don't particularly like, do you stop or hold going? I ALWAYS hold going for one reason. What if it gets really amazing and I missed it because I stopped reading? That perfectly describes this book. The latest quarter of it is astounding and totally worth plowing through the rest of it to obtain 's not that this is a poor book; it's actually quite good. But it could be so much better!

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    Love and Ruin: A Novel []  2020-1-24 23:24

    I really loved The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun and was so excited to read another Paula McLain book, but only fell in “like” with Love and Ruin. The writing isn’t as consistent and new as her earlier books and sometimes feels forced and trite. I never really connected with Martha Gellhorn, never really cared about what was event to her. Marthas most interesting relationship was with Cuba and Finca the house she restored there. So wanted to love this powerful woman who lived life to the fullest, but she didn’t come alive in this book. Read Circling the Sun or Paris Wife again instead.

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    Love and Ruin: A Novel []  2020-1-24 23:24

    A very compelling characterization of Gellhorn over the entire span of her romance and marriage to Hemingway.. The narrative is a novel and a certain amount of license should of course be granted to the author in her use of dialogue and decidedly negative characterization of Hemingway. However there are also some minor historical inaccuracies, e.g., describing the use of penicillin in the Spanish Civil Battle before it was actually in use, and a few others. However the novel expertly develops the plot in the setting of one of the most critical times in the Western Globe and carefully describes the extraordinary accomplishments of Gellhorn.. I found the book a true page turner.

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    Love and Ruin: A Novel []  2020-1-24 23:24

    This is a familiar story about Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway. It’s told as historic fiction in the first person with Martha as the narrator. Wanting to write, seeking adventure, and having nothing better to do she heads from St. Louis for Madrid in 1936 and gets involved with both Hemingway and the Spanish Civil War. Ernest is still married to Pauline Pfeiffer but somehow manages to have a romantic affair with Gellhorn between battles. He was intrigued by her gorgeous legs—“they begin at the shoulders,” he once remarked. A better book which covers this same period along with some other fascinating characters was published in 2014 and is titled Hotel Florida. Although it’s nonfiction, it reads often reads as an exciting novel.

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    A Court of Wings and Ruin []  2020-1-14 19:24

    ***SPOILERS***Y'all.Y'ALL.Let me begin off by saying I LOVED ACOMAF with everything in me. That book will forever stay in my top 3.But this? This book I will probably never read again.2 stars knocked off for two reasons.1) My not good love-bucket Azriel was done DIRTY. I'm all for relationships (Gallavich anyone?) but Morrigan, what the hell?! How dare you string my baby along for centuries! I understand being scared/afraid to come out, but to know that someone is so deeply in love with you and let that to go on for literally hundreds of years WHILE TAKING OTHER MEN TO BED with ZERO explanation as to why Az was simply not making the cut, seemed like a beautiful huge slap in the face if you ask me. I don't see myself every getting over that. Ever. I cried when I read her confession to Feyre, not for Mor - but for Az, because it felt like utter betrayal.Unless Morrigan can pull the world's largest, most heartfelt apology out of [email protected]#$% in the next continuation, then I will remain salty af for probably the next hundred years.2) Nesta & Elain. Okay, I was totally riding the sympathy train in the beginning of the book - their lives had been turned upside down, blah blah blah, but I mean come on! At some point, Elain should've shown some min acceptance rather than being small more than an annoying liability. I really really REALLY don't like Elain. I didn't much care for her to start with, but blegh. Continuing to pine after Graysen and be mopey overall - for Nesta, I still live for her banter/sexual tension with Cassian, but there's playing hard to obtain and then there's whatever she's doing. It's obnoxious. Don't lay one on my man in the heat of war and then act as if he doesn't exist two days later. Girl, bye.A few other things bothered me as well - parts felt rushed. Too a lot of characters were introduced and it was a time trying to hold up with everyone. Amren/Feyre/Nesta with their INSANE powers all fell a small flat for me when android game time came. Tamlin in general gave me l that being said, there were things I liked in this book:-Ianthe and her death (:-The Bone Carver/Bryaxis-Cassian-JURIAN (I honestly did not see that coming)-Lucien (even though he was remarkably absent for most of it)-The battle scenes (so simple to picture)This book was not amazing for me, but I still have hope for the next installment, whoever it may be about.P.S. Sarah - don't think I'm not serious as a heart attack when I say I expect huge things for Azriel in the future, or you will lose a reader(:

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    A Court of Wings and Ruin []  2020-1-14 19:24

    A court of Wings and Ruin did not disappoint! The third book in the series, picks up right where the second book left off. Sarah J. Maas makes her characters so real! We see Feyre struggle with vengence and the unintended consequences of it. We see her prepare for war and start to understand that battle is not valor and honor, but more slaughter, death and horrible injuries....sometimes necessary, but always poor and is book introduces more of the other high lords, which we really knew nothing about. We obtain to see a small bit of who they are and what makes them tick, but their stories are left for another book (yes there will be another book in the series). Most of the main storyline is resolved in this book.I am already looking forward to the next book, targeted for 2018, so I can have fun learning about some of the fresh characters introduced in this book. Gotta say, Sarah J. Maas is my favorite young adult author.Spoiler alert: My only complaint is that considering the involvement of the basic characters in such a brutal war, it is unrealistic to expect that all of them survive. While I like all of them and wish them to survive, it is still unrealistic that they all survive.

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    Royalty and Ruin: Modern Magick, 5 []  2020-1-28 22:6

    Royalty and Ruin: a grand tale indeed, of "tragedy, mystery, and adventure!" Or, "Pomp, Majesty, and tips of unearthly powers from afar!"No spoilers here: some of the above is true, and some of it isn't. But they were two phrases used in connection with some Storytellers late in Modern Magick 5, and they quite caught my ear. In "Modern Magick 5: Royalty and Ruin," we enter the heart of the Troll Court, see more of the Fifth Britain, attend a House Party in a rather literal sense (hosted by enthusiastic dead Waymasters), and learn some long-awaited backstory on the mysterious Baron Alban. In "Royalty and Ruin," Charlotte English continues to do fae settings just right, mixes in a goodly dash of royal backdrop and delicious meals, and reveals quite a bit more about these different lovely worlds she's meone gets their heart broken with some badly timed information; someone is more protective than Ves expects; and Jay seems to be finally coming around to Ves's lawless-but-practical method of doing things. And I continue to have a crush on Jay, who is not only handsome, pragmatic, and clever -- but apparently also abundantly loyal and phenomenally musically is book out hero development in interesting chunks; all the characters, without exception, remain ones that I would like to continue to obtain to know me books start to falter after multiples in a series. With Modern Magick, it's the opposite. Instead, I hold becoming more vested in the series, and hold being sorely disappointed when I explore I've finished everything there is to read. I look forward to the next one.

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    A Court of Wings and Ruin []  2020-1-14 19:24

    This review is difficult for me to write, because on the one hand I wish to give props to the author for trying some fresh things. I also wish to explain why all of the old things that remain are still beautiful terrible, though?Leaving aside the handling of Mor and her sexuality (which could have been better, but more in regards to how it's used in the story than the sexuality itself, which I personally though was expressed relatively well by the hero even if Feyre's narration created it clear that it was only because Mor liked women that she was excused from liking Azriel back? But then there was a line about Mor still liking sometimes, which is fine, obviously, but weirdly placed and probably unnecessary. Like, a mention of 'sometimes I still kinda like guys' would not have irritated me, but the coy 'sometimes I just like... you know' created me squint has this author never heard of strap ons), the other issues were many.Well. I say many. Most of the issues stemmed from one thing, and that thing is worldbuilding.Look. I love worldbuilding. Worldbuilding is my very favorite thing. There's a reason I am alone in my utter fondness for the white turret sections of The Amazing Hunt. Give me all the rules, give me all the procedures, TELL ME HOW EVERYTHING WORKS and I don't really mean the magic I mean the culture and the history etc. I realize I'm a small more into it than a lot of people, but surely we can all obtain behind actually BUILDING it instead of just tossing it willy nilly into the books because it sounds cool? There were a lot of first draft shenanigans in here is what I'm saying. I created a few comments on the Byraxis in my status updates, for is author has difficulties actually showing me that things are scary, too - she likes to just say 'yes this was utterly terrifying' and then leave it at that. Why is it terrifying? Is it trying to eat me? Has it eaten people before? Does it slay people who wander down into the catacombs, because the two people who went down to the catacombs both came back completely unscathed, so?(please don't think that because I didn't comment on the fragments that there weren't any. There were a metric ton. I'm saving it for my inevitable highlighter runthrough, and don't obtain me started on the lack of question marks, this is your eighth book, Author, this is not amateur hour fire your editors or pick up the slack yourself)But really the thing that bothered me most about this book is that there are no consequences. None. The power structure remains unchanged, everyone's relationships remain unchanged or utterly predictable, no one matures or develops in any method from the second book. Nothing these characters do has consequences. Amren is back (albeit depowered, not that we saw her use those powers more than once anyway), Rhys isn't dead anymore (which I am very bitter about, weirdly enough), Cassian and Nesta and Elaine and Lucien are fine (though Nesta, for all everyone's talk about her having death powers and being terrifying, does not actually do much in the power or terror department, which makes all of the comments sound super patronizing), and not even having at least two death gods killed (...somehow) changes anything in any sically this book bothers me because it was pointless. It tries to be deep and meaningful but does not succeed, and none of the characters learn anything so how can we, the readers? Maybe the best example is when Feyre goes to look into the mirror that has driven everyone who looked into it insane. We see two seconds of a beast in the corner (later, in summary, revealed to be Feyre's inner self) and then she's done and giving the mirror to the death god as payment (which he only set as a try to prove she cared or something). In a truly developed book we would have seen that screaming or crying that Feyre talks about, or at least seen her interact with her inner beast self or whatever. WHAT not good things inside you were so not good they almost drove you mad? What amazing things allow you think you were worth it anyway? What memories led you out? We don't know, and that makes it difficult to care in any ere's more items in the book that bothered me, and a couple of things I actually thought were done well, but overall... eh. Feel to ask about items if you like.

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    A Court of Wings and Ruin []  2020-1-14 19:24

    I wanted to love it. I was so prepared to cry and laugh and have an ending. Yes there was an ending for two characters but the rest were basically left up in the air. I found some parts boring and I tended to skim a lot. I thought Tamlin got the raw end of the deal. He wasn't the worst person by far and completely had his life destroyed. I felt like Rhys's and Nesta's powers were talked about like they would end worlds but nothing really came about. I love Amren but she should have stayed dead. It was a selfless act and it was ruined by her just appearing in the cauldron. After I was done reading I just felt disappointed. I love SJM but this one sadly just didn't do it for me.

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    Royalty and Ruin: Modern Magick, 5 []  2020-1-28 22:6

    I'm really enjoying these books! I had promised myself that I would stop buying kindle books and only use the library. But then I started reading the Modern Magick series. Oh well, I'll have to chop back somewhere else!

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    A Court of Wings and Ruin []  2020-1-14 19:24

    Well, it’s finally here. I’m so exasperated and everyone and their mother has given this 5 stars at this point so I’m feeling like quite the outcast. I liked A Court of Thorns and Roses, adored A Court of Mist and Fury, and A Court of Wings and Ruin was quite possibly my most anticipated book of the year. I took the day off work to read this and while I can’t say that I regret doing so or that the book was bad, it just wasn’t what I was expecting. There were things I liked and things I didn’t like, so I’ll begin with the e best parts of this book were, surprisingly, the battle scenes. We all knew a battle was coming in this installment but I never quite expected it to be nearly as epic and for all the fae and their magical powers to be quite as [email protected]#$% as they were. Savage, brutal, and thrilling (and the battle makes up a huge chunk of this book). In terms of the best (non-violent) parts, Feyre getting to discover more that the Court of Dreams has to was lovely. Her depictions of the town were enough to form magical cities in my mind, but the library carved inside an actual mountain? The shelves built into the stone walls, the reading nooks, the low-burning lamps, the cozy chairs, and the fireplaces. And lastly, I loved how she incorporates all of the lesser characters that seemed to have minor roles in the conclusion: the Suriel, the Weaver, the Bone Carver, and even a fresh terrifying beastie.And now onto the first issue: the beginning. The story opens where the ending of Mist left off with Feyre returning to the Spring Court. She’s intent on gathering info about King Hybern and his armies but it turned into this long and drawn out affair that transformed Feyre into this cruel and vindictive person that I didn’t much care for. What she intended to achieve simply didn’t seem important to the story as a whole either. My second problem was actually with the writing itself. I’m not sure if less editing was done, or time constraints to obtain this done and published (or a combination of the two) but this read incredibly uneven. There’s so much to accomplish with a final book in a series and it felt like Maas had a checklist of things that required to be answered, actions that the characters had to take to set up certain events, etc. and we bounced hurriedly onto the next task on her list just as soon as one was completed. The story lacked a grace and flow that was required to draw these three stories together in to give it the final farewell it deserved. And lastly, in terms of farewells, the ending caused the majority of my grumbles. Maas implied throughout the entire book of things impending that never came to fruition and things ended all nice and neat with a beautiful small bow on top. Clearly, a lot of (and I mean many) fans were perfectly content, I, unfortunately, was not. But as I said, it wasn’t a poor ending but it wasn’t the ending I as has already announced that there are two extra trilogies to come set in this same globe and while I was originally excited, I’d really like to know the focus on those stories before committing to more. What started as a beauty and the beast retelling turned into a fascinating globe full of magic and fae. While I don’t give this final installment the highest of marks, this was still a most engrossing trilogy.

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    A Court of Wings and Ruin []  2020-1-14 19:24

    Enjoyed the first enough to obtain the second, hit the third and started to loathe the entire series about halfway through when aspects REALLY REALLY started grating on me.1. Everyone is gorgeous. Perfect. Skinny. Alluring. Sexy. Excellent skin, hair, body. EVERYONE. GAG me. Blech. Haven’t we gotten beyond stories where there are nothing but beautiful, flawless, excellent models???2. Everyone is powerful. With each they obtain more and more godlike. To ridiculous, annoying degrees. Because of it, there’s an endless loop of nauseating lust and murder.3. Everyone is rich. Jewels jewels jewels. Fancy Estates. Lavish clothes. Rich rich rich.What I gleaned after three books? This author’s Mecca is beauty, power, with no consequences. Sex all over the place—whoever, whenever you want, orgies, or whatever. They are all horny, base, driven by lust. This is what our teens read? So a lot of YA authors are doing this these days, skirting over the truths of uninhibited with a lot of partners. No STD’s in this world! Just go for it! It makes you powerful to do what you wish when you wish to! (Uh no. Acting wise, making careful decisions, self-control, weighing the consequences—THESE create a soul truly strong). Coveting power. Coveting beauty. Coveting wealth. Coveting sex. No series I’ve read has been THIS bad, but I message a serious trend in YA novels moving this method and it’s getting scary. Sodom & a book for meant for the upcoming adult generation, it completely broke my heart. Weighed it down. What is sacred to humans anymore, what is good...perversion and lust, power and violence, unattainable perfection according to this series.

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    A Court of Wings and Ruin []  2020-1-14 19:24

    Lord I tried to love it. I just had so a lot of issues with so a lot of characters.1. Tamlin: probably the most ill treated hero in all of SJM books. I still couldn’t obtain over how she screwed up his entire life over locking her up in house. Seriously? Rio the guys heart out, destroy everyone’s faith in him, and then toodles! See ya! And the guy LOVED her. Like ends of the earth Loved. Even in this book he loved her. And she treats him like trash. I just can’t.2. Nesta: she’s supposed to have this amazing power that she stole from The Cauldron. 80% of the book was building up her damn power. And then when we finally see it? It’s like being told she had a power of Vesuvius proportions only to be shown it was actually like the homemade volcano science project you did as a 5th grader. Like you don’t understand how incredibly anticlimactic it was to be told she was going to do hurt only to do absolutely nothing. And what’s with the freaking attitude? Yea you’re no longer human but obtain over yourself! You’re gorgeous, supposedly powerful, and freaking immortal..STFU already! *eye roll*3. Elain: basically a doormat with all the personality of a doorknob. Az’s infatuation with her came from left field. Did not feel believable at all! *eye roll*4. Lucien: served absolutely NO purpose whatsoever to the book. He might as well have not even been in the book. Oh wait he was...for like 10 mins. Then went off on some errand that he didn’t even complete *eye roll*I could on but I’m too tired. The first book was gold! The second book was so so. This book, I can’t. If I didn’t already for it I would’ve stopped reading after chapter 17

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    A Court of Wings and Ruin []  2020-1-14 19:24

    I don’t often mention it but, as this is a highly anticipated fresh release, beware. Spoilers and foul language to is 700 page creature was touted as the most anticipated fantasy release of the year. Maas collected quite the following after her Throne of Glass series and the first two books in this series, A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury. Somehow, I’d been living under some kind of reading rock for the latest few years and had never heard of her. I’m so glad I came out from under that rock. While some people knock A Court of Thorns and Roses I actually enjoyed it very much but it could hardly compare to A Court of Mist and Fury. That one sucked me in and wouldn’t allow me go. In hindsight it was probably all of the tension and Rhysand’s cocky swagger. I pre-ordered A Court of Wings and Ruin while I was still reading the second book and dove into it as soon as it was delivered in high hopes that it would pull me in the same was Mist and Fury did. Let’s search out if it met those expectations, shall we?“When you erupt, girl, create sure it is felt across worlds.”We return to Feyre’s story while she is residing with Tamlin in the Spring Court with him and Lucien. After Mist and Fury we are predisposed to think of Tamlin now as an agent of evil. He continues to solidify that thought as he invites members of Hybern’s court to his home to aid them in their quest to bring down the wall between the Fae and ong the party to come to Tamlin’s court is Jurian, the human general from the latest battle that Hybern brought back to life using the cauldron. He comes off as a cocky @#$%!&? but I found him oddly likable. I think that is in part because of how whipped Rhysand became. I loved Rhys in Mist and Fury. He was snarky and a small rude. Now he is so over the moon for Feyre that all of his bad-assery disappeared and it was nice to search some of it again in ing on…Blah blah blah, Feyre is vindictive and tosses the Spring court in a salad spinner and screws everything going on there up and then runs away. She and Lucien then both search their method back to the Court of Dreams. It was nice to see Lucien making his own choices instead of just following Tamlin blindly. However (and I feel like I’m going to have a lot of “however”s in this review) he ended up being completely pointless for the entire book. Sure, he showed up in scenes and apparently went and did things but the story would have been the same with or without him. Seriously. If every mention of him was removed from the book absolutely nothing would have changed other than perhaps being a few pages shorter. That is disappointing. I wanted him to have a moment of redemption and his own glory but he was still small more than a background player in everyone else’s games.Let me be honest here, I could “blah blah blah” about 3/4 of this book. Most of it really felt like it had small point. The entertaining tension from MAF was gone, the “men” were all whipped, and the story just drug on and on and on with nothing of consequence happening. Don’t obtain me started on the incredibly awkward intimate scenes. At one point I’m beautiful sure Feyre was having a naked chat with Rhys with her legs up over his shoulder or something. Who does that? Uncomfortable and, again, awkward. When reading or watching a film the target audience has to have their reality suspended and become immersed in the story line and characters for the book/film/whatever to be good. The addition of these painfully awkward scenes brings the audience back to themselves and thus the story is interrupted.I also got the distinct impression that Maas threw in an LGBT hero just because that seems like the thing to do right now. Don’t jump down my throat, allow me explain. I love alternative sexualities and diverse cultures having inclusion in literature. In fact, there should be more of it. However, they need to be presented in a believable and appropriate manner. If you haven’t read the book yet I won’t ruin this part for you, but, it seemed to me that the author just tossed it in because it was “the thing” to do. It didn’t feel right for the character’s previous set up and story line. I was not on board. Amazing for you for including an LGBT hero but credibility and believability are also important. Don’t just hop on the band wagon. And for God’s sake, don’t create them appear ashamed of their sexuality. Ridiculous and completely out of character. Okay, rant over.“It is a fresh world, and we must decide how we are to end this old one and start it anew.”The final war in this book is something I think fans have all been looking forward to. The huge tete-a-tete with the evil Hybern when the globe of man and Fae will either be saved or doomed. I’m not going to obtain too far into this because it was the absolute best part of the book. However (I told you there would be a lot of howevers) this was also a bit of a allow down. It goes back to the suspension of belief in your own reality in to be immersed in the presented reality. Once more, it just didn’t work. Sure, the war was interesting and it was quite honestly the only part of the book I truly enjoyed but it did not live up to the expectations set by TAR and MAF. Everything was too convenient, too easy. This was supposed to be the be-all-end-all war to the death and it just didn’t have the pizzazz for that. Parts that could have been truly interesting were chop painfully short while we go back to the expected and dull “I don’t wish (insert name here) to die because I love them so!” is is legitimately the longest review I have ever written and thank you all for sticking with me through it. I want I could say that I loved this book and it was everything I expected it to be. I wanted to adore it. I was prepared to worship this book for years and re-read it time and again. Sadly, I’ll probably never pick it up again. Maybe my opinions on this book aren’t popular, I don’t know, but there they are just the same. A Court of Wings and Ruin, you allow me down.

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    Royalty and Ruin: Modern Magick, 5 []  2020-1-28 22:6

    used product to slay time

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    A Court of Wings and Ruin []  2020-1-14 19:24

    Sadly, this third installment was somewhat of a letdown after the amazingness of ACOMAF. Overall, I do still love the series, but was disappointed with this one for a dozens of reasons:**SPOILERS BELOW:- First off, I felt the pacing was off in several areas, and there were a handful of times where certain events/ideas were seemingly thrown in haphazardly. (For example, it created NO SENSE to me that Feyre would go off by herself to search the Suriel, IN THE MIDDLE OF A BATTLE, to search the zone of Hybern's main army?... I actually really enjoyed the inclusion of the Suriel storyline, but the timing of it didn't create ANY sense to me, and there really was no need to lie about it to the other characters & cause unnecessary tension/trust problems with them... It was just odd. And on that note, basically every time Feyre went off on her own to accomplish something, it was somewhat puzzling to me. I obtain that Maas was trying to establish that Feyre is now this [email protected]#$%, independent, powerful woman that can take care of herself, but really, in most cases it just seemed like a dumb idea for her to leave her team and/or lie about it, and it certainly felt like she was less effective without them most of the time). As for the pacing, there were parts of the story that seemed to drag & felt somewhat unnecessary, while others felt super rushed and unfinished. This was a HUGE difference from the first two books, both of which I literally couldn't place down, due to the pacing & crazy suspense/tension running throughout. By contrast, there were several parts in ACOWAR that felt like filler, or felt completely unnecessary & out of place?-Another frustrating aspect were all of the undeveloped characters and relationships. For example, there is virtually no change in the Cassian-Nesta and Lucien-Elain storylines throughout the story. Other than a few glimmers of actual emotions/feelings from Nesta, she remains extremely detached and distant the ENTIRE book, which created it difficult for me to root for her (to be fair, she did have that badass moment at the end with Cassian & Hybern, but then she seems to immediately retreat back to her same brooding, distant self?). I don't know, based on other reviews, I might be alone in my dislike of Nesta, but I just felt like Cassian was WAY too amazing for her, from the beginning to the end. And then there's Lucien's unrequited feelings for Elain that never advanced through the story at all, partly because Lucien was absent, and partly because Elain seems to have the disposition & personality of a mannequin. I mean, we obtain it... yes, we know Nesta and Elain are very upset about being immortal. But like, at some point shouldn't they have moved on? At least a little? It was almost like they were lobotomized in that cauldron, and they came out with no personality or emotion. Also, Azriel suddenly showing interest in Elain seemed beautiful out of hero and odd? As for Mor - I'm totally okay with the direction Maas went with her, but I'm beautiful @#$%ed that it means she's been stringing Azriel along (and sleeping with lots of other men, I might add) for literally HUNDREDS OF YEARS. WTH?... And while Mor's explanation for doing so is somewhat understandable, it still doesn't excuse the fact that she's been hiding the truth from him, when she's very aware he loves her.-And then there's Feyre and Rhysand -- they were probably my favorite literary couple, as written in ACOMAF. Sadly, they were almost boring together in ACOWAR. Where did the intensity/passion/teamwork/banter between them go? It's like all of the exciting & amazing aspects of their relationship were watered down. And I feel like there was SO MUCH missed opportunity for them to be working together, being a powerful, magical, badass duo, but there was really very small of that. And as for their passion/intensity, it wasn't even close to the connection they had in ACOMAF. As a lot of have mentioned, the scenes were somewhat graphic (though not any more graphic than those in ACOMAF), yet they were COMPLETELY lacking the emotion and intensity that was conveyed in ACOMAF. For the most part, there were just a lot of off-hand remarks and references to them not being able to hold their hands off each other, but the actual scenes were decidedly un-hot and just kind of unnecessary? My overall feeling about them together in this book can be summed up as MEH, which is such a bummer. Especially because I obtain the impression the remaining books in the series will focus on Feyre's sisters and others in the group, so it's disappointing that the end of Feyre & Rhysand's story felt so underwhelming.-There were some amazing aspects to the book, though. The highlights for me were: AMREN (she was amazing in this), the Suriel, the Library, meeting the High Lords, fighter Cassian, and tom line, it was an okay third book - I did have fun reading it for the most part, and still love the series overall, but it was FOR SURE the weakest of the three for me (my gauge for this is that while I've re-read the first & second books a lot of times, I have no desire to re-read this one)... And sadly, given the lack of growth in a lot of of the side characters, I'm just not that excited to see what happens with them in the upcoming books.

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    A Court of Wings and Ruin []  2020-1-14 19:24

    I expected so much from this book and waited every single day for it's release. I have no idea what led her to create the choices she created in this. To say I'm disappointed is an understatement. It was almost like reading an amateur author test to end a series a master had begun. Some of the happenings were mind boggling.SPOILERS!Tamlin didn't deserve THAT much hate and spite and punishment for locking her in the freaking house- I'm sorry, he didn't (people calling him emotionally abusive have obviously never been/seen actual emotional abuse). Ridiculous and immature. SJM RUINED his life for making some poor calls with amazing intentions, but yet writes Keir (Mor's evil father) off without a scratch?Rhysand not having ONE SINGLE (and MUCH anticipated) display of the power he is so frequently spoken to have? Seriously? In the entire war that she created us read, he didn't have ONE moment of glory displaying his large amount of power. Nothing that we so desperately wanted from the most strong High Lord in history. Cassian had several glory moments, but Rhysand was either drained, not present, or late to every single skirmish or war he could have (and should have) dominated. Doesn't she know we started the series for Feyre, but we continued with it for Rhys? She failed us so totally and completely. She created him too flawed/human/frankly boring in this e built Nesta's power up so, SO much. Man, we were ready to see her unleashed. It was going to be EPIC. But then.....what? It only served to throw the king versus a tree? That's it? That's the "power" she stole from the cauldron? Insanely ing their father at the end was beyond my wildest dreams of suck. Seriously? You thought to redeem their worthless father by having him magically appear right at the precise moment of sure conquer with a large fleet of ships? No. It's flimsy and completely reaching for a heart touching moment that only came off as totally cheesy. Amateur move.Having Elaine stab the king? Stupid. Stupid. Stupid. Would never en having Rhysand die and be brought back by the High Lords giving their powers? That is such a waste of her creativity. Why? Why did she do that, out of every single possible outcome she could have imagined? It wasn't a sweet parallel to Feyre, it was just a boring rerun of something we've already experienced.And bringing Amren randomly back? She just comes flying out of the cauldron? Wtf? Amren's sacrifice was attractive and touching and SJM cheapened it by bringing her back, even if she was e series had the absolute most insane potential after ACOMAF, but this book was a slap in the face to everyone who waited so long for it.

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    Royalty and Ruin: Modern Magick, 5 []  2020-1-28 22:6

    Really enjoyable books. Love the series.

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    Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything []  2020-1-19 20:16

    I really enjoyed this book. Not only are a lot of various facets of technology explained clearly and thoroughly, but the comics add a amazing dose of humor and even aid in the explanations. An perfect choice to obtain caught up on the a lot of exciting fields of mature and emerging science.

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    Rage and Ruin: The Harbinger Series, Book 2 []  2020-6-20 19:9

    This book....it has all the feels.I honestly cannot fully place into words what I feel after finishing this book. It was fast-paced, witty, angsty, and viscerally beautiful. It was a Mona Lisa level story and I'm still e Harbinger series has a unique put in my heart for a lot of reasons. One of which is that it is so raw and full of human flaws, insecurities, hurts, but most importantly beauty and hope. Trinity and Zayne war very human and very normal hurdles like insecurities, miscommunication, and a should-we, shouldn't-we kind of love. However, add in the end of the world, a villain more strong than anything they have ever come across, and a forbidden love and you have a whole fresh level of interpersonal issues.I love that Trinity is headstrong, slightly selfish (who isn't honestly), and yet uses her passion to care so deeply about those around her. Her struggle with what happened with Misha, her developing feelings for Zayne, and continuing to live and thrive with her disability all merge into a deep, rich, and multidimensional character. Zayne is kind and compassionate, but also not perfect. He misinterprets what Trinity means multiple times (in her defense, she didn't really test to correct him), snaps a few things that were insensitive or hurtful, all the while making Trinity a priority in everything that he did. There were times when I wanted to punch both of them in the face and shout, "Just create up, why is it so hard to say what you really want, what you really mean?!?!" But who hasn't struggled with getting too much into your own head and not knowing how to support someone understand the mess it is? Who hasn't been scared to obtain hurt, to be heartbroken, so not taking a possibility is easier than jumping in? They were two people thrown into an unprecedented situation and told to figure it out, so of course there were struggles and mishaps. And I loved how true and natural it created the ere were a lot of characters from the Dark Elements series that we got to revisit and that was amazing. We finally got to figure out what/who the Harbinger was and obtain some clarity on what Zayne and Trinity are fighting against. And we got hit with an ending I did not see coming; something so unexpected, I just had to sit and reel for a moment. The pacing, the action, the dialogue, everything was on point. I teared up multiple times as the emotions and situations felt so true and laughed more times than I can count. This truly was a masterpiece and a series I will read again and again, while mourning the fact there will only be one more book.

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    Cheating Our Kids: How Politics and Greed Ruin Education []  2020-7-16 18:28

    We have a vision in our heads that in to be a part of education, one must be the type of unselfish person who is wholly dedicated to improving the lot of students. We imagine that education is all about the children and that no one who would call themselves and educator or administrator would deam of putting themselves before that d to say, but this story is not the reality. Like anyone else, even teachers and administrators are often self-=interested. Teachers join unions (whose basic allegiance is to create teacher's rewards greater), boards of ed care about public relations every bit as much as helping students, and politicians just wish to say anything that will simulteneously support their electoral campaigns while not offending any unique interest e Williams's book is an investigative expose of this globe of furtive self-interests that we call the public school system. He devotes chapters to every single group who dares to lip service to helping students while really playing self-interested politics as usual. The main targets are the predictable ones: the teachers unions and the politicians. The former is taken to task for putting effective strangle-holds on any attempts to test and introduce any kind of accountability into the teaching profession. The latter is called to acc for their staggering ineptitude to do anything but spit tired rhetoric. Williams gives example after example of both groups failure to produce anything beneficial to the students.A reviewer below takes the reporter to task for not being objective, fair, and balanced in his reporting. This is true... but it is real of all investigative journalism of this kind. In addition to his fact-presenting, Williams does opine quite a bit. But he never name-calls and, contrary to the below reviewer's assertion, does not stump for any political party. (He takes republicans to task only a slight bit less than democrats.)Really, Cheating Our Children can and should be seen as a journalist's confirmation of (what is called) public choice theory. Public choice theory boils down to the easy idea that government is every bit as self-interested as business people and should always be seen as such. Bureaucracies are generally self-serving and -perpetuating, politics is plagued by unique interests (who look out for themselves rather than the amazing of all), and politicians care first and foremost about elections, rather than doing good. Anyone who likes this book and wants to discover the self-serving nature of bureacracies (of which the public schools are apotheoses), should read economist Ludwig von Mises'sBUREAUCRACY (Lib Works Ludwig Von Mises PB) or sociologist James Wilson's Bureaucracy: What Government Agencies Do And Why They Do It (Basic Books Classics).The reader should also be forewarned that the author speaks very highly of a voucher system and much of the book argues in favor of such an approach. I search it desirable, but others may be offput.

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    Rage and Ruin (The Harbinger Series Book 2) []  2020-6-10 20:2

    What a ride that was!Zayne and Trinity. Trinity and Zayne. What is there to say? Or rather, what’s ISN’T there to say?I fell in love with this story latest year after I borrowed Storm & Fury from the library on a whim. Zayne was a small bit of a stinker (which I loved — and after reading Dark Elements actually appreciate even more) and Trinity was a small reckless and whole lot sassy. It created for a amazing story and by the end I was ready for more.I waited what feels like forever for Rage & Ruin, but as per usual, Jen did not disappoint! I couldn’t place this one down.We pick up where we left off in Storm & Fury. Tensions are high and the status of the globe is steadily getting worse as the Harbinger’s identity is still unknown and the feelings Trinity and Zayne experienced for one another are now forbidden. No one knows the consequences — but is the unknown going to be enough to hold them apart?This book wrecked me so good. I rode a rollercoaster of emotion through the entire thing. It was action packed, heartfelt, and full of plot twists that left my jaw on the mething you should know about me, is that I collect book boyfriends. The list is quite long, actually. Prior to this book, Zayne was nothing more than a blip on my radar, but after — I couldn’t stop thinking about him! He has grown so much as a hero since Dark Elements and I absolutely love it!I completely recommend this series to anyone who enjoys paranormal/fantasy romances. Jen does a unbelievable job delivering all of what you need. The only warning I’ll give you is this — be prepared to have your socks knocked off.

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    Rage and Ruin (The Harbinger Series Book 2) []  2020-6-10 20:2

    RAGE AND RUIN is a unbelievable sequel in THE HARBINGER series. Picking up where the first book left off, we follow Trinity as she navigates her fresh life with Zayne as her bonded protector. She is still dealing with her grief over Misha, her confusion over the rules, and the danger of the Harbinger. Although this one picks up right after the first, there is enough gentle reminders woven into the book (without a knowledge dump) to let readers to remember the first book and obtain back into the groove inity is a Trueborn, a nephilim whose father is an Archangel. She is avoiding saying- or thinking- the L-word for the guy she likes but cannot be with, Zayne. Zayne is a Warden, which is a gargoyle shifter that exists to war demons. Trinity bonded with Zayne to save him, and at the same time, doomed their romantic relationship, as it is forbidden between Trueborns and their bonded Protectors. They are patrolling together while the Harbinger escalates his attacks and begins killing Wardens in horrific warnings. The bigger plots of the Harbinger are coming to a head, but Trinity and Zayne are having a hard time finding any patterns that might let them to stop them.A lot happens in this second book, and it certainly does not have middle book syndrome. The plot advances in a large method here. There are also features by characters from the past books that are really beautifully woven into the story- allowing us to see our old favorite characters without overshadowing this book and helping to advance the plot.What I loved: Armentrout combines humor, drama, romance, and action in a method that is truly masterful and unrivaled. This book is no different, and I loved the snark, the steamy romance (even those massive glances and interactions add up to tension you can chop with a knife), and the action that keeps the book moving very quickly. This is quite the page-turner that begs to be read in one (very long) sitting at 600 highly devourable pages.I really loved the involvement of Roth in particular here, but also Layla and Stacey (and Roth's familiars) that give these characters fresh life and involvement in this world. We also see plenty of demons, spirits, witches and other monsters that really create this a well-developed and interesting world. There is really never a dull moment in this book between the laugh-out-loud moments, the nail-biting war scenes, and the heartfelt inity also has retinitis pigmentosa, an invisible disability and one that Armentrout also has. Trinity considers how she looks (e.g. wearing sunglasses that support her but for which people judge her) and how people react to her limitations (e.g. when she does not see a vehicle when trying to cross the road) without being able to tell at a glance. This theme of invisible disabilities, along with themes of deciding when to follow or break rules and what makes someone amazing or poor (or something inbetween), really add something thought-provoking and deeper to a book that is also a pleasure to verdict: RAGE AND RUIN is a fantastically engaging read that will delight old and fresh fans of Armentrout's and this world. With plenty of banter, snark, and action, this is a book that keeps the reader on their toes- and with a bombshell ending that will leave readers begging for the next in the series. Prepare to laugh, cry, and sigh at this enthralling ease note that I received an ARC from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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    Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything []  2020-1-19 20:16

    I have fun reading books that focus on future technologies, and while I have fun most of them I have to say that this one has been my favorite to read so far because it injects so much humor into the discourse. To be clear, Soonish presents discussions of actual upcoming technologies, but I was glad that the authors used the same sense of humor from the SMBC comics when writing the chapters. Also, I was pleasantly surprised at how much ground the book covers. I would definitely recommend this science, technology, and humor enthusiasts.

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    Rage and Ruin (The Harbinger Series Book 2) []  2020-6-10 20:2

    Rage and Ruin by Jennifer L Armentrout is the 2nd book in her unbelievable YA fantasy paranormal, The Harbinger series. Refresher: Trinity Marrow is a trueborn (half human/half angel); she has spent all of her life protected and trained by Wardens. In the latest book, Trinity was betrayed by her protector, Misha, and she used her growing powers to slay him to save herself and others. Zayne, is our hero, and he becomes Trinity’s Warden protector, as we learned then that it was Zayne who was supposed to be Warden who bonded with her.Rage and Ruin picks up where the first book left off. Both Trinity and Zayne can feel the attraction between them, but since he is now her protector, any relationship between them is forbidden. They both work together to find for the Harbinger, who has been killing Wardens and Demons. Each day, Zayne will work on training Trinity, especially with her eyesight disability, to teach her how to sense those attacking her out of her sight. They also go out to find and search out who is the Harbinger, and stop him before the globe is destroyed.I really liked Trinity and Zayne together, but both of them early on kept distancing themselves or fighting, and Trinity did not know how to handle her jealousy that Zayne was friendly with other girls. The sarcastic banter between them went on for quite a bit, but the chemistry and sexy tension between them was sizzling. It was amazing to see Roth and Layla again, especially Roth who would use a favor that Trinity owed him to obtain something he wanted back. They did raise the bar when they were around to work with Trinity and Zayne.What follows is a wild exciting intense action-packed adventure, with a number of surprising twists. I loved Zayne and Trinity together, even if it was a bit slow burn; but once they allowed themselves to succumb to their feelings, it was combustible. As I said previously, I loved a lot of of the secondary characters, especially Roth, Layla, Peanut, and Cayman. To say too much more, would be spoilers, as there are a lot of surprises, and I do not wish to ruin it for anyone.Rage and Ruin is a unbelievable addition to this series, with a unbelievable couple, and an exciting, tense, passionate adventure, which Armentrout kills us at the end with a wild, heartbreaking tearjerker of a cliffhanger. Jennifer L. Armentrout once again gives us a fun, heartwarming, romantic, as well as intense action filled story that kept me on the edge of our seat. I will be counting the days for next book in this series

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    Rage and Ruin (The Harbinger Series Book 2) []  2020-6-10 20:2

    What a crazy, thrilling ride!! I’m still in a state of shock and wonderment after finishing Rage and Ruin. It’s impossible to place into words all the emotions that are running through me at this moment. Rage and Ruin picks up right where Storm and Fury left off. And while it gives up some answers, this story will rock your globe and leave you breathless in anticipation…..With Rage and Ruin, we are dealing with the aftermath of Storm and Fury. Zayne & Trinity are now bound to one another. Trinity is a Trueborn and Zayne is her Protector. No one can truly know what Trinity is and it is a secret that are determined to keep. As our characters fall into their fresh roles, they still have to train and find out demons. The Harbinger is coming and is hurting innocent people. They have to search who or what it is and stop it before it’s too late. Tensions will run hotter than ever and mysterious developments will hold everyone on their toes. Support will be sought from an unlikely source. Forbidden feelings will rise to the surface. Will Trinity, Zayne and mates be able to stop what’s coming??? There’s only one method to search out…Fasten your seat belts and keep on to your hats, because Rage and Ruin is going to take you on a wild ride. This story is action packed and filled with lots of twist and surprising turns. There is never a dull inity and Zayne will be tested in ways they never expected, especially as a forbidden romance blossoms between the two of them. I loved their passion to duty and the war of their real feelings. The push and pull left my heart aching and filled with angst. Their connection was off the charts and I think I fell for these two even more.I loved the added moments with Roth & Layla. I adore Roth and he will always have a unique put in my heart. I think he adds some much required comedic relief to the story and helps balance all the seriousness. I liked seeing Layla because I feel like both her and Zayne’s characters have grown a lot since The Dark Elements Series and I enjoyed how far the two of them have come, despite everything the two of them have gone through.Rage and Ruin was everything that I wanted and then some. The first part of the book lays the ground work for what is to come. And the second part, well, it didn’t even stand a chance. I completely devoured the second half. I didn’t wish to place it down and I felt like I couldn’t read the words quick enough. My emotions are a complete and utter mess. So a lot of moments filled with angst and emotion, love and duty. Moments that will shock you to your core and leave you questioning what you just read. Moments filled with heartbreak that you just refuse to accept. And an unforgettable ending that will leave you dying for e war of amazing versus evil has begun. Once again, I am left with a million questions. I feel like the rug has been ripped from under me. My mind has been completely blown and I can not wait to see where the story will go from here…

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    Rage and Ruin (The Harbinger Series Book 2) []  2020-6-10 20:2

    The second book in The Harbinger series, and we’re back with Trinity and Zayne, now bonded as Trueborn and Warden Protector and working together to hunt for the mysterious ere’s not a lot I can say about the story without spoiling anything, and just allow me confirm that this is NOT a standalone, and you need to have read Storm and Fury, and preferably the original series in this world, The Dark Elements, before diving into this oneIt’s a bit of a slower pace this time around, as the globe is already well established, and we concentrate more on the relationship between Trinity and Zayne as they discover their brand fresh om the very beginning I have loved the connection between Trinity and Zayne, and now they have the added edge of their real bond, which enhances everything that was between them in the first book, but which also creates a delicious sense of the forbidden as their attraction is now totally off-limits. So we obtain this angsty, dramatic situation where they are both trying to do the right thing, creating both tension and true tension as they war hard versus their feelings, and each other. It’s both exciting and frustrating as they share intense moments all while keeping quiet about the tumultuous emotion between them, creating multiple opportunities for miscommunication. But it’s an emotional journey, and watching them with it and work through it is an entertaining ride, and it makes those romantic moments all the more wonderful when they happen.But in the midst of it all, the Harbinger is still killing, and seems to taunt them at every turn. The story progression here is slow for most of the book as Trinity and Zayne with their romantic drama, but things pick up towards the end of the book and there is some action and excitement, questions are answered, the plot thickens and there are some beautiful huge twists which are going to change everything going forward. The ending is not exactly a cliffhanger, but it’s a nasty note to leave off on, and I cannot wait to obtain my hands on the next book to see how it’s all going to unfold from aracters from previous books appear, and Roth, Layla and Cayman are all a part of the action, and I loved the scenes that involve them! The Dark Elements series is a fave of mine, so of course any opportunity to see those characters again is always a treat. I’ll say again, that it will be really helpful to create sure you’ve read that series before this one because there are a lot of tie-ins that may otherwise be a bit confusing.I really enjoyed this book. While not as fast-paced as its predecessor, it has a lot of heart and sets up the trilogy for a huge finish!

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    Rage and Ruin: The Harbinger Series, Book 2 []  2020-6-20 19:9

    Rage and Ruin is book 2 of The Harbinger series, and it cannot be read as a standalone. You must read Storm and Fury first.Picking up where S & F leaves off, R & R focuses on the growing (and forbidden) attraction between Zayne and Trinity, the struggle to navigate their fresh normal of being bonded to one another, and the quest to search the yne, as a character, has really grown and developed since he was first introduced in White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements series). Though he claims Trin has a light and a spark inside her, his light shines even brighter. Even better? He is very much of the "Rules Were Created to Be Broken" camp. And I dig it. Roth is clearly rubbing off on yne is also vulnerable. I wanted to wrap that Stony man in a hug and tell him how worthy he is of all the in is still dealing with heartache from happenings that occurred in S & F. Full disclosure, there were times I really struggled with her character. There is a selfishness to her and a wealth of immaturity. But there is also the weight and burden of being what she is, her fears and in's relationship with Roth is entertaining, and, much like he did for Layla, he her the possibility to tap into her potential and shift her perspective, while also providing unsolicited (yet valuable) ere is a lot of humor in this story mostly from the banter and push and pull between Zayne and Trin, but also because, well, is book, it absolutely gutted me. The depth of emotion between Zayne and Trinity, their fears, and the twists and turns at the end? I don't even know what to do with myself. Have tissues because, to quote Zayne, there's a lot you don't know.

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    Rage and Ruin: The Harbinger Series, Book 2 []  2020-6-20 19:9

    *Please create sure you read Storm & Fury first* -Otherwise some of this might not create ere were a few parts of this book that had me on the edge of my seat. My heart was literally pounding so hard. I was starting getting a small bit anxious (in a amazing way!)Zayne is still my FAVE! I was hanging on every line of dialogue between him and Trinity. I must have yelled "JUST KISS HER" at least a dozen times. You could literally chop the tension with a knife. Even though a relationship between them forbidden, I WANT THEM TOGETHER!So much more of the story is built in the book. I'm loving the direction this series is going in. All of the Buffy and Supernatural references go straight to my heart! I'm still processing the ending. My brain and heart are both on overload. This book has a amazing mixture of love, lust, action, swoon worthy scenes and even some scary stuff!I absolutely recommend this one! Please create sure you begin with the Dark Elements series as some of the characters reappear in this series.

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    Cheating Our Kids: How Politics and Greed Ruin Education []  2020-7-16 18:28

    I just finished reading Williams's book and HIGHLY recommend it. In it, he exposes in amazing detail the a lot of outrageous ways that our public school system is controlled by adults and run for their benefit, rather than the children. It's infuriating, yet also hopeful, as he shows how Milwaukee's parents were able to victory enormous changes, and outlines a guidebook for parents and activists everywhere.

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    Cheating Our Kids: How Politics and Greed Ruin Education []  2020-7-16 18:28

    Teachers unions, as most informed citizens know, have done more to hurt schools in the latest 50 years than any other entity. These groups raely if ever place children first, instead installing a system where it is next to impossible to fire teachers while convincing vast chunks of the general public that hard luck teachers are somehow underpaid (ha!). Bravo to this illuminating work!

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    Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything []  2020-1-19 20:16

    I adore this book. It teaches about cutting edge technology while interjecting humor. I cannot count the number of times I said “what, really?” while reading it. You may annoy those around you by insisting they listen while you read out loud whole sections. I was flabbergasted by how much info I was absorbing while simultaneously being entertained.Each section outlines advancements in an zone of science or technology, and then muses about how those advancements might change the world. I teach physics, and I learned a amazing from this book. The biology section really astonished me, as I do not hold up with that zone at all. AND there is a comprehensive bibliography if you care to delve deeper into any of the locations of ics covered contain access to space, asteroid mining, fusion power, programmable matter (woah, yeah this is mind blowing), robotic construction, augmented reality, synthetic biology (I knew absolutely nothing in the section, I read it three times), precision medicine, bioprinting and brain-computer interfaces. Then there is a section of subjects that were considered and rejected.I bought it originally to help SMBC, but have already been back to three more copies for mates and family. If you need a bonus for a nerd or science geek, you have found the excellent book.

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    Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything []  2020-1-19 20:16

    Soonish is that rarest of creatures, a popsci book that doesn't dumb anything down to the point that it's incorrect. Well-researched and formatted, "Soonish" examines 10 categories of technological advance and breaks them (and their implications!) down in a method that lay readers can understand (albeit probably lay readers that were studying for their AP Chem exam instead of getting to 2nd base behind the bleachers). It's probably the best popsci book I've ever read, and one of the best nonfiction in e light and irreverent tone helps create the material seem less daunting, but don't think that this is a comedy or humor book, or you'll be ere are a few things that could have been better (in particular, I would have loved a "further reading" section for each chapter or section), but all in all this is an awesome book that I'm recommending to all of my mates (though not lending them my copy, thieves).

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    Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything []  2020-1-19 20:16

    This is a amazing book for laymen and science geeks alike. The authors managed to combine primary science with advanced levels of context that increased my understanding even of things I thought I had a beautiful amazing grasp of already. Even better, it is combined with interjections of humor that create it the opposite of a dry academic read. Well worth if for anybody living in the modern age

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    Rage and Ruin (The Harbinger Series Book 2) []  2020-6-10 20:2

    I received an electronic advanced reader copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Review is also be available on *Milky Method of Books*.I know that Jennifer will always fo me a solid and write a book that will pull on my heartstrings and also create me laugh and cry. This is what happened with Rage and Ruin. To be honest, the feeling of anticipation I had for this sequel created me remember when I was anxiously waiting for the next release of the Titan series (that's Seth for you!) where I wanted to spot the next greek myth or Greek word!Zayne and Trinity are bonded as Protector and Trueborn while the mystery behind the Harbinger thickens. Having also to with their growing emotions, Trinity's fear of losing everything she loves and on the other hand, having to with her powers and her role in the Warden community, both she and Zayne are in for lots and LOTS of conflicting emotions!Honestly, at some scenes, I wanted to bash their heads together...and then create them yne is a sweetheart. While not one of my top favorite male characters (#sorrynotsorry), he is a powerful and loyal person, caring and loving and the method he supported Trinity and tried to empower her even more (Trinity has Retinitis Pigmentosa, a genetic disorder of the eyes that causes loss of vision), despite the growing mayhem heading their e final pages of the book, gutted me. No words, I hadn't felt like that since I had read Opal (from the Lux Series) and that says a lots on how Jennifer is a master on writing books that hook you from the heart and then create you beg and wish them more!Finally, the aspect of ghosts and spirits was also something quite deep and spiritual. We do have Layla and Roth helping in this book and of course Bambi, but there was a stage with a certain spirit that created me is is an awesome book! If you are fresh to Jennifer's books, read the Dark Elements series first and then start with this series! You will not be disappointed!4 likes

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    Rage and Ruin (The Harbinger Series Book 2) []  2020-6-10 20:2

    I received this eARC novel from the author and Edelweiss. This is my honest ing bonded to Zayne is problematic for Trinity. Protectors and their Trueborns are forbidden to be in a relationship with each other, which is where Trinity and Zayne were headed. Now, Trinity has slammed on the breaks, even though it just about kills her. Throw in the fact they can both feel each other's feelings, and hello awkward moments...And then there's the Harbinger. Trying to explore who this is and what their goal is has been a struggle. Some clues lead to others, but a lot of lead to dead ends. Trinity can't support but feel everything is going to explode at once, but she has no control without any en throw in Layla and Stacey, Roth and Co. and things are just escalating. Plus how things... ended... with Misha? Trinity's rage isn't going to stay bottled up for long. And the huge reveal? Trinity didn't see that coming at all...I say this every time Jennifer L. Armentrout releases a book and I'll hold saying it over and over: I LOVED THIS BOOK! I don't know how she does it, but JLA has made another masterpiece and completely sucked me into this world. She created me fall for each and every character, and broke my heart more times than I liked. But also created my heart race for every intense stage between Trinity and Zayne.I seriously wanted to strangle these two love birds. They avoided each other, had close encounters, and honestly had amazing self restraint to not succumb to their intense feelings, which both could feel from each other, mind you. I was tense with anticipation, only to be thoroughly disappointed. But when they did give in? It was magical.During the whole book, I tried very hard to come up with a lot of people who could be the Harbinger. I wanted to not be shocked, like JLA tends to do to me. While I wasn't shocked, I also did not figure out out before the huge reveal. What did shock me was the very, very end, which is what the intention was, I'm sure.I loved the moment Trinity and Zayne had their deep, painful, intense, true conversation. It was heartbreaking, enlightening, true. They left everything on the table and aired our their dirty laundry. I have fun those scenes because real thoughts and feelings are finally released after being bottled up for so long.I also loved seeing a lot of Roth and Layla and the rest of the gang. It wouldn't be the same if they were missing, and JLA gave us a lot of moments of them.And, as always, I am anxiously awaiting the next book already. I'm so curious how things are going to move forward and I'm sure there will be a lot of more surprises in the future. I'm waiting to see what part Peanut and Gina have too!Thank you again for an awesome novel, Jennifer L. Armentrout, and I'll be waiting with forced patience for the next novel!

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    Rage and Ruin: The Harbinger Series, Book 2 []  2020-6-20 19:9

    What a sequel!! First of all, I felt like I knew how heavy this book was but 600 pages!! Wow! While I do feel like there was some fluff, I do think that for the most part, Jennifer really does test to create use of every page she writes. There may not be a detail that seems significant right then but and there but it ends up changing the book completely and putting into a various path. For example, the small stage with the ghost around 33%, you may not think that stage is really required and may not matter a whole lot but then you obtain around 60% and it changes the book and takes our characters to a various setting and raises the stakes on the overall tting into the characters, I was happy to see more Zayne in this book. We didn't see him for a fair amount of the first book but he has a beautiful dominating presence in this book. And of course, we got more Roth in this book which is ALWAYS a positive! Layla took more of a backseat in more of this book which is understandable because I feel like she had more a presence and was somewhat of an obstacle for the relationship of Zayne and Trinity to be able to progress. Also, Peanut is always a delight to read! Jennifer really knows how do write the sidekick/funny mate and Peanut is absolutely no exception!!Getting into the plot, there are spoilers so I can't talk much on that but what I will say is that the stakes are even higher and though the setting is beautiful much contained, Jennifer makes amazing use of the various areas throughout and how to progress the book with small geography. One of my favorite things about this book was how the sequel IMMEDIATELY picked up where the first book picked off! More times than not, there is a bit of a time jump but not giving characters not much of a time to take a breath gives more of an intensity to the tting to the finale, it definitely ups the stakes for the third [final??] book in the series and it absolutely has me excited but also makes me sad because of the year-long wait. Just another reason though to have authors during this difficult time in the world!!!

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    Rage and Ruin: The Harbinger Series, Book 2 []  2020-6-20 19:9

    This book is one of the best books I've read in a while, and that's saying a lot for me, as "The Darkest Star" series had always been my favorite by JLA. But now they're neck and neck. It starts off the morning after the happenings from the end of the first book. Trinity is still very much grieving Misha and what she did to him. At the same time she's grieving her hopes of a relationship with Zayne, her destined protector. As protectors and Trueborns are forbidden to be together. And the whole book focuses on them, along with Roth, Cayman, and Layla, searching for the Harbinger, the monster that will supposedly bring forward the end of the world. It also sees Trinity and Zayne trying to war their feelings for each other.Honestly it was awesome from begin to finish. I love how JLA focused on both plots of the story without going overboard on either. I loved how Zayne and Trinity are arguing one minute, and falling for each other the next. It doesn't feel rushed and I appreciate at ending though! It was super sad, and created me cry. It was like I was in disbelief or something at what had happened. But the latest few pages had me shook. I honestly thought that the certain happening that created me cry was going to be a main part of the third book, but JLA was like "sike!" Of course, like I've noticed in most JLA books, the first one left in a method that could have created a amazing stand-alone novel. But the second books leaves off on a major cliffhanger that will leave me with a lot of sleepless nights until book #3 comes out.

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    Cheating Our Kids: How Politics and Greed Ruin Education []  2020-7-16 18:28

    Trying to search how school districts work is difficult. Transparency is hard to come by and this is deliberately so. Joe Williams breaks down the wall of obfuscation, the lies, and tells it like it is. My only regret is that he does not website more examples of the corruption that goes on in building fresh schools.Los Angeles Unified School District is in the midst of a $19 billion school construction project - the biggest in U.S. History. Precious small has been written about this monumental and historical occurence. I fear that the Fourth Estate is not up to the task of protecting the public. What editor would let a reporter to spend months researching the byzantine passages of public construction bids, self-dealing, and the intracacies of change orders? It would victory a Pulitzer if done right, but the economics of the newspaper business create it a remote possibility. A lot of reporters have to produce three to four stories a week! How can they dive into the five hundred layers of confusion in two days and write a credible story? Even if they spent three months, they would barely tap the at's why Joe Williams book is so important. It is an awesome start.I just bought 12 copies of this book for my parent leaders.

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    Rage and Ruin (The Harbinger Series Book 2) []  2020-6-10 20:2

    Rage and Ruin is book 2 of The Harbinger series, and it cannot be read as a standalone. You must read Storm and Fury first.Picking up where S & F leaves off, R & R focuses on the growing (and forbidden) attraction between Zayne and Trinity, the struggle to navigate their fresh normal of being bonded to one another, and the quest to search the yne, as a character, has really grown and developed since he was first introduced in White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements series). Though he claims Trin has a light and a spark inside her, his light shines even brighter. Even better? He is very much of the "Rules Were Created to Be Broken" camp. And I dig it. Roth is clearly rubbing off on yne is also vulnerable. I wanted to wrap that Stony man in a hug and tell him how worthy he is of all the in is still dealing with heartache from happenings that occurred in S & F. Full disclosure, there were times I really struggled with her character. There is a selfishness to her and a wealth of immaturity. But there is also the weight and burden of being what she is, her fears and in's relationship with Roth is entertaining, and, much like he did for Layla, he her the possibility to tap into her potential and shift her perspective, while also providing unsolicited (yet valuable) ere is a lot of humor in this story mostly from the banter and push and pull between Zayne and Trin, but also because, well, is book, it absolutely gutted me. The depth of emotion between Zayne and Trinity, their fears, and the twists and turns at the end? I don't even know what to do with myself. Have tissues because, to quote Zayne, there's a lot you don't know.

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