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    Ruin and Rising review []  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 review []  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 free 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 review []  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 review []  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 sell 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 offer 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 review []  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 deal 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 review []  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 offer 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 review []  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 review []  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 review []  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 deal 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 review []  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: Book 3 (THE GRISHA) review []  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) review []  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 free 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) review []  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) review []  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 sell 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 offer 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) review []  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 deal 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) review []  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 offer 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) review []  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: Book 3 (THE GRISHA) review []  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) review []  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 deal 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) review []  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) review []  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) review []  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 free 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) review []  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) review []  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 sell 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 offer 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) review []  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 deal 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) review []  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 offer 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) review []  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 (The Grisha Book 3) review []  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) review []  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 deal 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) review []  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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    Rise of Nations Rise of Legends review []  2020-1-13 20:15

    I really dig this game's graphics, android game play, and android game engine. The android game has a steep learning curve and enough various styles between the three civilizations to create almost everyone happy: the Alin are a fantasy/magical/Persian-style race, the Vinci are steampunk/sci-fi/robotics, and the Cuotl are more of an Aztec/Inca e hot keys are really straightforward, with the same QWER set for the first row, shift-QWER for the second, etc.. You can hover over everything to figure out its role, because everything is well documented. The troops themselves aren't idiotic about pathing like in other RTS ere are unbelievable heroes and unique troops (like the Alin's elder dragon in glass circles) that are well-rendered and really fun to e only issue is that we lost hours of time to network problems even when connected via the same LAN. More than two players would always disconnect, and since there's no method to save a game, that would essentially abort the game, sometimes 40 seconds after starting. After fiddling with the windows firewall settings numerous times, we basically figured out that the windows firewall settings, beyond the pop up, have very small to do with this issue. All the ports were already opened in the router and we configured the firewall to allow anything from Rise of Legends through using any e BIG fix for this was to install MSXML 4.0 Service Package 3 (Microsoft XML Core Services). We thought we didn't need this when running Windows 8, but we did, and it allowed 4 of us to play uninterrupted!Despite that, we got a lot of check-firewall-settings pop up boxes when trying to connect to the multiplayer game. When you obtain that, just be persistent and hold hitting ok (except checking for windows firewall pop-ups in the background); it should connect you after 3-5 pop-ups. I'm docking this review a star for so, it's a fast android game for an RTS. Once it was working, android games usually lasted 45 mins to an hour. Once the balance tips, it's beautiful might also wish to know we had at least 3 copies running off a single disk install with a single key, playing the android game together, so it's a beautiful little financial investment to check it out. :)

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    Rise of Nations Rise of Legends review []  2020-1-13 20:15

    One person said this a few years back about this android game and I think it sums it up perfectly. This android game suffered unfortunately from poor marketing, just look at anyone who gives this a poor review, their huge complaint is it's not a sequel to Rise of Nations, and this is really is a shame this android game is so overlooked, there was so much place into it, the graphics, units, buildings, spells are so detailed and special to every aspect of the game, and I have to mention the soundtrack as well, it's simply amazing. To poor so a lot of people seem unable to judge a android game on it's own merits rather than complaining that it is not a successor to another game, I advise any fan of sci-fi or fantasy type android games to buy this.

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    Rise of Nations Rise of Legends review []  2020-1-13 20:15

    Very annoyed. I received the regular Rise of Nations and not the Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends. Due to me being overseas and unable to return it I had my wife contact customer service who have problems us a full refund where I can repurchase it from a various vendor. Very, very annoyed.

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    Rise of Nations Rise of Legends review []  2020-1-13 20:15

    Fresh condition.

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    Rise of Nations Rise of Legends review []  2020-1-13 20:15

    Be careful when purchasing this item, I thought I would be receiving a copy of the android game republished by Value Software which is pictured and I hoped would contain the patch. I received a copy of the original android game that must be patched manually with patches you must search yourself.

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    Rise of Nations Rise of Legends review []  2020-1-13 20:15

    Here we have a amazing game, I never understood why players didn't liked such an awsome game, I loved to play this android game borrowed from a friend, but my pc was very poor for it at that time, a few years after when I bought a better pc I bought this android game too just to search out that wasn't possible to play it on-line anymore, I got a small bored, but the campaign is amazing too so the cash wasn't totally lost, it have a amazing story, soundtrack, it's much fun and the graphics still amazing even for today standarts, so why this was so poor accepted by the players?This is my first (not very useful) review so don't stone me... lol

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    Rise of Nations Rise of Legends review []  2020-1-13 20:15

    Amazing Game, had to buy it again as mine got damaged.

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    Rise of Nations Rise of Legends review []  2020-1-13 20:15

    Amazing RTS. But with only 3 races I think it may obtain boring quickly.But very well created game!

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    Rise of Nations Rise of Legends review []  2020-1-13 20:15

    If you're a fan of true time strategy, you haven't much to laugh in These times. But here's a small pearl from 2006 respectively the updated android game from 2010. So - don't hesitate: a lot of fun, amazing story, amazing troops and still really attractive graphics. Even the soundtrack is amazing. One of my favourites, works without issues on Windows 7. If you have the opportunitiy to buy, do it.(Sorry, if my english is bad. Not my mother language!)

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    Rise of Nations Rise of Legends review []  2020-1-13 20:15

    As described

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    In the Ruins of Neoliberalism: The Rise of Antidemocratic Politics in the West (The Wellek Library Lectures) review []  2019-12-20 18:35

    interesting author

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    Ruin review [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 review [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 review [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 review [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 review [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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    Ruin review [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 review [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 review [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 review [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 review [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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    Rise review []  2020-1-14 19:41

    I read the first book with low expectations and found myself pleasantly surprised by the unbelievable globe and characters. The ending of it lead to me having very high hopes for this sequel and I was not disappointed! It had enough intrigue and development on the characters I’ve grown to love to create me a very satisfied reader indeed. I definitely recommend these books to anyone who enjoys this genre.

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    Rise review []  2020-1-14 19:41

    Amazing story. Loved the characters. Amazing action and suspense. I figured out the villain before she was revealed. I recommend this book series.

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    Rise review []  2020-1-14 19:41

    Wrapped up the 2 book series well and in my opinion was better than the first book. I e twists and turns and unexpected surprises.

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    Rise review []  2020-1-14 19:41

    It was so good. i love the mystery of it all.

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    Rise review []  2020-1-14 19:41

    I really enjoyed this sequel to Rule that picks up where Rule left off and finishes the stories of the three girls. While I found Rule to be an OK read, I was somewhat disappointed in the book as it held such a promising storyline that I thought could have been executed better. That said, I was interested enough after the cliffhanger ending of Rule to plan on reading the sequel, and I'm satisfied to report that the sequel really redeemed the story for me.Rise begins by immediately throwing you into the action of the story and it never stops from there. We follow the three girls as they test and solve the mystery of their blackmailer while they simultaneously attempt to protect themselves, each other, and navigate the unfamiliar globe in which they ended up. There are a lot of twists and turns and a few things that I did not see coming. Some of the twists present a lot of creativity, which I always have fun in books like these. I thought the writing was tight and the pacing of the sequel very amazing as had been a year since I had read Rule, so I did struggle a bit in trying to remember different things about the girls, their secrets, and the globe in which they live. The author does a amazing job of weaving in parts of the back story early on in order to support the reader remember, particularly with Zofi and Akeylah. Some of Ren's backstory was missing for longer for me, but it didn't really detract from the book.

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    Rise review []  2020-1-14 19:41

    This is such an amazing follow-up to Rule. I love the globe that Ellen Goodlett has created, and her sisters. They're just so awesome!! Powerful in their own ways, with distinct and interesting personalities. This book had so a lot of twists and turns - I truly didn't know how it was all going to shake out, but I love how it did. Amazing writing, amazing characters, amazing world.

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    Rise Up review [App]  2018-4-7 13:0

    Even though i looked through all the comments, i wanted to give the android game a try. But everyone's right... this android game is trash!

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    Rise Up review [App]  2018-4-7 13:0

    I liked the android game it didnt have any lag like everyone says, worked fine and was very challenging. The only thing is a few too a lot of ads but that has nothing to do with the application

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    Rise Up review [App]  2018-4-7 13:0

    It's is a really poor android game

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    Rise Up review [App]  2018-4-7 13:0

    unoptimized android game lags so poor it breaks on some parts

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    Rise Up review [App]  2018-4-7 13:0

    I played it twice n deleted it it's [email protected]#$%

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    Rise Up review [App]  2018-4-7 13:0

    I just dont like it

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    Rise Up review [App]  2018-4-7 13:0

    It's ok... Not amazing controls...

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    Rise Up review [App]  2018-4-7 13:0

    Not a game, it's an ad delivery machine

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    Rise Up review [App]  2018-4-7 13:0

    Few things to impove. First take a look into the round cursor ring. It loses calibration in middle of android game and doesn't follow touch properly. Second, little objects like little squares and toy diamonds are obnoxious, test to balance android game as they are quite quick and the protector circle ring is quite small. Also it has so a lot of lag problems, especially in the level where there is red background with triangles on left and right side, and little squares falls in, that level has the worst lag spike. Also look into changing the protector ring thing. It's very little and slow for most objects falling during game. And also look into changing its shape, something like a rectangle or something, or test to implement a shop into android game in which you can buy the protector ring things of various shape and color. Also please give that protector ring a name.

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    Rise Up review [App]  2018-4-7 13:0

    Very nice game, various begginings would be nice, but else super cool hold it up! Skins for the balloon, should be appreciated so you feel like you could use your progression to something, like every 10 "distance" would obtain a coin, for example a 100 coins for a skin. (Keep it in-game currency though)

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    Rise Up review [App]  2018-4-7 13:0

    Android game is hella laggy on android device and I have already tried to uninstall and reinstall it and it don't work

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    Rise Up review [App]  2018-4-7 13:0

    after level 3 the whole android game lags you practically lose control of the cursor

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    Rise Up review [App]  2018-4-7 13:0

    Piece of trash won't even run on my phone. Idk why it's so laggy but it is.

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    Rise Up review [App]  2018-4-7 13:0

    Its the best android game ever and its challenging

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    Rise Up review [App]  2018-4-7 13:0

    Its another ad milking android game so dont bother.

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    Rise Up review [App]  2018-4-7 13:0

    Too difficult and lages constantly

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    Rise Up review [App]  2018-4-7 13:0

    B empte

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    Rise Up review [App]  2018-4-7 13:0

    Poorly created

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    Rise Up review [App]  2018-4-7 13:0

    Boring

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    Rise Up review [App]  2018-4-7 13:0

    Wayyy to a lot of ads and the cursor thing is poorly calibrated

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    Rise Up review [App]  2018-4-7 13:0

    Ruined android game with latest modernize it sucks its laggy then you just have multiple impossible levels

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    Rise Up review [App]  2018-4-7 13:0

    My phone won't allow me download it but it looks beautiful fun

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    Rise Up review [App]  2018-4-7 13:0

    It's A Really Amazing Game, It's Challenging But Still Really Fun To Play, And I Like How There's Various Type Of Levels Each Time!

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    Rise Up review [App]  2018-4-7 13:0

    I loved it [email protected]😀😀😀

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    Rise Up review [App]  2018-4-7 13:0

    Tue beat Android game of tue Globe

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    Rise Up review [App]  2018-4-7 13:0

    I haven't played this yet

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    Rise Up review [App]  2018-4-7 13:0

    It 8is amazing

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    Rise Up review [App]  2018-4-7 13:0

    It's fun but can create you rage

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    Rise Up review [App]  2018-4-7 13:0

    Too a lot of ads don't bother

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    Rise Up review [App]  2018-4-7 13:0

    I think you should modernize this application so it can be the best application ever

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    Rise Up review [App]  2018-4-7 13:0

    Horrible and badly coded

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    Rise Up review [App]  2018-4-7 13:0

    Brut

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    Rise Up review [App]  2018-4-7 13:0

    Very amazing game, definitely recommend it

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    Rise Up review [App]  2018-4-7 13:0

    Best offline android game I've played

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    Rise Up review [App]  2018-4-7 13:0

    It's not a poor android game at all

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    Rise Up review [App]  2018-4-7 13:0

    I lov this android game it is so fun

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    Rise Up review [App]  2018-4-7 13:0

    Poopy Stupid

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    Rise Up review [App]  2018-4-7 13:0

    Circle is to slow

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    Rise Up review [App]  2018-4-7 13:0

    Stupid as hell

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    Rise Up review [App]  2018-4-7 13:0

    Sucked

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    Ruined review [Book]  2018-6-18 18:0

    The description might sound like a lot of other YA fantasy novels, but it's like this excellent mashup of all the best bits so who cares. The pacing absolutely barreled through the plot, yet did a complete job of worldbuilding and never felt like it glossed over anything important. There was seriously not a single page where I was bored... do you know how rare that is?!So basically Prince Casimir and Emelina are caught in the middle in a beautiful messy web of loyalties, ethical debates over the actions of their parents, and their eventual feelings for each other. (Let's take a moment to appreciate the slow burn romance that works). I loved how there really is no villain and nothing is black/white. Everyone's done something to damage the other side, so the conflicts keeps escalating in the name of revenge and self-preservation. It’s not super deep or anything -- it's just nice to search a more believable YA fantasy plot that isn't overly simplistic.I genuinely LOVED all of the characters and the alternating POVs between Cas & Em. I like when authors allow you obtain a solid sense of a hero through their actions, observations, and what they deem to be choices instead of just describing them with cliche adjectives (or worse, leaving them as an empty shell to spout dialogue). For such a quick plot, the characters are impressively complex, flawed, diverse, and grow so much throughout just a few chapters. And I realllllly appreciated that Em isn't some "Chosen One" princess with the magic her sister has, yet doesn't allow herself be defined by being ordinary either — she just does what she can with what she so, I super love how men and women are equal in this book without either of their identities stemming from the presence and strength (or lack thereof) of the other. Too a lot of authors test to create their YA heroines "strong" by having them be rude to men or by emphasizing the absence of a man in the women's achievements (which is still defining women through men). All of the characters here are powerful in their own right. (And I'm also tired of seeing gratuitous rape scenes & the absence of LGBTQ characters in some fantasy novels for the sake of "historical accuracy"). In this story, Olso has female warriors, Lera’s general is a woman, a prominent hero is gay, and none of it's touted as a huge deal. So that's a smaller detail in execution, but I thought it was really well ank you to the publisher for sending me a review copy!!!

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    Ruined review [Book]  2018-6-18 18:0

    “Ruined,” a non-stop action ride, involving fighting, magic and romance. This novel includes small downtime constantly hopping from one action sequence to the next, with an occasional separation of this for some romantic scenes. A amazing novel for someone looking for a quick paced book that is easily consumed.Em, a Ruined fighter seeking vengeance for the death of her family and the whereabouts of her sister, marries Prince Casmir under the identity of his betrothed Mary. Prince Casmir, the son of the King who slayed her family. Em hopes that by marrying Casmir, she can exact her revenge and bring the house of Lera down around is novel defied my expectations. Since it is part of a series I believed that Em’s identity would be revealed at the end and the novel would leave on cliffhanger where Casmir has to hunt her down for this betrayal. I was worried about his event because it felt predictable and resembled a lot of other series I have read where someone dons a fake identity. Surprisingly this didn’t happen and it created it an even better novel for it. It allowed Cas and Em to work through there problems with each other and reveal their personalities making the sequel “Avenged” a read I am looking forward to.A violent and bloody novel you will be swept away by the vast amount of war scenes and the [email protected]#$% action heroine known as Em.

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    Ruined review [Book]  2018-6-18 18:0

    Loved it - which is funny because this book has gotten such mixed reviews, I had held off on reading it. I'm glad I took a chance, it was a amazing read for those of us who like young adult dystopia but also like a amazing romance novel. I found this story excellent for someone like me, I don't need a ton of globe building and don't really relish gratuitous violence - this story found the satisfied medium. Em is a Ruined, a people who are being systematically killed by the kingdom of Lera. So she goes undercover as the Lera prince's intended, they end up marrying, but this does not stop Em's plan to destroy the Lera kingdom. Of course things don't go smoothly and Em ends up falling in love with the Prince, Cass. I like how he also falls for her and even when he finds out about her betrayal, and tries hard to not love her, still can't do e story moves at a fast clip, people are killed (it wasn't sugar coated) and the only poor news, it is book one of a series, so now I must wait till 2017 for book 2, urgh!I agree there were some editing mistakes, that I even found, so hopefully the editors will do a better job for book two.Highly recommend for older teens (there is mention of sex in the book) and adults like me (see description above), I finished the book in three days.

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