Siege and Storm Review

Author: Leigh Bardugo Publishing Date: June 4th, 2013 Series: Grisha Trilogy #2 Genre: Young adult, fantasy, romance Darknes...

Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publishing Date: June 4th, 2013
Series: Grisha Trilogy #2
Genre: Young adult, fantasy, romance

Darkness never dies.
Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.
The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her--or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

What I Liked:
This book involved pirates, the open sea, beautifully (and understandably) written battle scenes that took my breath away and made me cringe. That cliffhanger gave me chills! There are so many things to love about this book, and this trilogy. I can't tell if I want to marry Leign Bardugo or BE her. She has such talent. Her books are addicting, but not the trashy kind of dramatic addicting. There is a lot of drama, but the books in and of themselves are well written with realistic characters and an action packed plot. Give me a second to breathe because I just cannot handle all this awesome!

Okay there are so many aspects that I loved in this novel, and I want to delve into detail about these things, but how do I do without spoilers?! Ugh! I'll try my darndest to keep this spoiler-free, but like, just read with caution.

I love pirates. Freaking. Love. Them. If that old romantic version of piracy were a thing that existed now, with the swashbucklers and the wooden ships, and the rough hunks of thieving manliness, I would totally run away from home and join their ranks. I got major heart eyes for pirates. And the Siege and Storm character Sturmhond!

Mal and Alina were on the run. Pretty early on, like within the first 10 pages, action jumps from the pages and sucks you in, and we meet Sturmhond! He wears leather pants and a teal jacket with gold buttons, and he reminds Alina of a fox. He is so clever, and charismatic. Here are a few descriptions of Sturmhond and quotes from the books-

“Being around [him] was always like this, watching him shift and change, revealing secrets as he went. He reminded me of the wooden nesting dolls I'd played with as a child. Except instead of getting smaller, he just kept getting grander and more mysterious.”

“Saints, Alina. I hope you weren't looking to me to be the voice of reason. I keep to a strict diet of ill-advised enthusiasm and heartfelt regret.” -Sturmhond quote. Do you see why I love this guy? Such sass! Such wit! 

“I have so many good qualities,” Sturmhond said. “It can be hard to choose.” 

Literally all my praise for this book revolves around Sturmhond because he just completely captured me. There were other wonderful aspects of the story too, but Sturmhond. Read and you'll see. You'll see...

other good bits- Russia inspired "small science" wizard people, battles, suspense, will they won't they romance, mystery, darkness, grit, moldy priests, girl power, legit frustration over characters, tunnel escapes, big twin little twin ninja warriors, the mutilation of a pretty character (which isn't necessarily GOOD but it made me sad and the fact that it could evoke such a reaction is good) 

What I Hated:
Unlike the first book, I actually have a gripe or two with this sequel. More specifically, I would like to take the character Mal, shake him by the shoulders and tell him to grow the hell up. Mal is a love interest, and he is the type of guy who does not confront a problem with grace and reason. He yells and gets angry, and then walks away and avoids the issue for weeks and sulks like a big muscular baby! Literally one of the best ways to describe him comes directly from the book. He "soaks his troubles in kvas and acts like a wounded ass."

Mal. You give me heart palpitations. Pull your head out of your butt, it isn't a hat. Then go and deal with your issues like an adult caN YOU PLEASE?!

Overall: 5/5
Even with Mal, this is a sweet sweet book that can guarantee one hell of a quality read. GIVE ME THIS SERIES! I WANT


How I See It:
If this book ever does become a movie, I would love for Robbie Kay, of Once Upon A Time, to portray Sturmhond. He has that mischievous fox look about him, and he's charming enough to capture everyone's attention.

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  1. "Even with Mal" LOL. Tell me about it, Mal began to bother me in this book as well. Thankfully, he does seem to grow up a bit in Ruin and Rising, although their relationship is still a little angsty. I also really liked Sturmhond's character, this series needed a humorous character to lighten everything up a bit. So many feels with Ruin and Rising though, I hope you like it!

    1. I don't really ship angsty couples xD they frustrate me so much! But omg if this book gave me so much emotions I CANNOT EVEN IMAGINE HOW RUIN AND RISING WILL MAKE ME FEEL ladfj

  2. Sounds like a cool book! I love the graphic cover!

  3. Sturmhond is basically one of my favorite characters of all time. He's so well-rounded, he absolutely MAKES this book. I wasn't as frustrated with Mal as you (because in general, I actually love him and ship him with Alina) but he did annoy me at times, which is okay because he's not perfect and that's fine by me. I'm curious about what you'll think of him in the next book, because I personally found that he went through a lot of character development in Ruin and Rising. Great review, and I look forward to your review of R&R! =D

    1. I love love LOVE Sturmhond and can't wait to see what happens with him.
      As for Mal... I like him, but just the way he responds to things in general leaves me with a bad taste xD Although I guess how he responds to things is rather realistic. In the moment, people don't think rationally. They walk away and you know REACT xD I guess as a reader I was frustrated because if they just sat down for five minutes and talked I felt like their drama would have been cut in half.
      Can't wait to read Ruin and Rising! Just got it in from the library and plan on reading it soon ^_^

    2. I was annoyed with Mal in this book too but I could understand his reactions even if I wasn't entirely happy with them..^_^' There were even times I may have wanted to smack him a little bit..

      Ruin and Rising is my favorite book of the trilogy and my favorite book of all time right now. So I hope you enjoy it!