To be completely honest, it’s been a few weeks since I’ve finished A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. I have been avoiding writing this review since then. It feels so final to write it! And I really don’t want it to end…
However, it must be done. So, here I am. I’ve finished the published books of ACOTAR series. There is only A Court of Frost and Starlight left, but I’m still waiting for my copy to arrive. I won’t be writing a review for that one (most likely).
“Only you can decide what breaks you, Cursebreaker. Only you.”
Well, where to begin? I love it. The characters are incredible. They have depth and aren’t necessarily likeable all the time. That is something I admire, especially if the writer still manages to make me care for them.
Where to begin? Well, I just finished A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas and my life has significantly improved by it.
In this sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses, we follow Feyre’s story after the defeat of Amarantha. Feyre had returned to The Spring Court with Tamlin and they are soon to be wed. However, Feyre is anything but well. She is deeply impacted by what she endured Under the Mountain and Tamlin simply doesn’t understand how to help her. Tamlin’s personality showcased it the first part of the book. He is toxic for Feyre and her failing mental and physical health is obvious to everyone but him.
Everything is changed on the wedding day of Feyre and Tamlin, when Rhysand comes and snatches the bride. And so, Feyre must fulfil her end of the bargain and spend one week every month with Rhysand… and in my opinion that is the best thing to have happened to her so far.
It is quite possible I sincerely hate myself… and I mean that in the most loving way. I’ve just finished a first book in a series and I’m hooked. Like seriously hooked. I immediately bought the other books that are published. Oops I did it again… I think I’m in love. Ugh… I’ve forgotten how addictive fantasy books can be.
So… what happened is I finished A Court of Thornes and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. Many have warned me this would happen. And yet, I stupidly believed otherwise. And here we are. I might’ve found my new favourite book series. And I love it. I love that feeling you get when you can anticipate how impactful a book will be. That is such a magical feeling.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas is the first book the series. I suspect there is no need to summarize the plot since I am like always, late to the party. Fashionably late, in my opinion, because I won’t have to wait to read the sequel.
And so it ends… I have officially read all the novels within Grishaverse. And I dare to say that it has been one the most amazing journeys I’ve taken.
So much has happened! Let’s recap. A month ago I decided to start reading YA fantasy again and chose Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse as my first read. A great decision. It didn’t take me long to fall in love with the brilliant stories of the all these characters. First I read Shadow and Bone trilogy which consists of Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising. Then, I picked up Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom. And now we’re here. At the end of the road. What an adventure! Such beauty, such heartbreak.
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo is the first book in a duology. It follows the story of the young king Nikolai Lantsov as he battles old and new enemies, but also Nina Zenik who has left for Fjerda to say goodbye to the love of her life and fulfill her last promise to him.
Lesser animals whined and struggled when they’d been caught in a snare. The fox found a way out.
It took me a century to read this book. Not because I didn’t enjoy it, but because I did. I enjoyed it so much. All these characters have crawled into my heart and it felt so scary to feel them slip away. So I read slowly, painfully slowly. I savored every word.
A few moments ago I read the last page of Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. How dare she…? Such a sadist. I’m done falling in love with her writing. Now I’m just falling into the abyss.
This was the kiss he’d been waiting for. It was a gunshot. It was prairie fire. It was the spin of Makker’s Wheel. Jesper felt the pounding of his heart—or was it Wylan’s?—like a stampede in his chest, and the only thought in his head was a happy, startled, Oh. Slowly, inevitably, they broke apart. “Wylan,” Jesper said, looking into the wide blue sky of his eyes, “I really hope we don’t die.
If this is your first time reading my review on the Grishaverse, let me catch you up on everything that’s been going on. I decided to have a tiny one-person readathon and I decided to read only Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse. I’ve been reading the books in chronological order and in that order you’ll find my essays/reviews on them. Firstly, there is the Shadow and Bone trilogy which contains Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising. Then, I read Six of Crows. And now we’re here.
Leigh Bardugo is a villain. I will shortly explain why. If you are just now joining me on my little one-woman journey reading Grishaverse, welcome! So, a week ago I decided to read all of Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse books. My goal was, and still is, to get back into reading YA fantasy. I believe I have chosen the right writer to start with. I started by reading the Shadow and Bone trilogy and you can read my opinions on all three books Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising.
And now, here we are again. I finished Six of Crows. Wow. I couldn’t have anticipated I would like this book so much. I mean, yes, everyone warned me that it was even better than Shadow and Bone trilogy, but still… Now, I wouldn’t say I liked it more. I love them all equally.
Maybe there are no words at the moment for me to explain the emotions I’m feeling right now. Because I can’t seem to find them. When I started this ‘Grishaverse reading project’, honestly, I didn’t expect to be affected in this way. And yet I am.
A few days ago I made a decision to reacquaint myself with YA fantasy. Decision was struck to make Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse my first victim. I am reading the books in order of publication, therefore the first series to read was the Shadow and Bone trilogy. The first book Shadow and Bone was an enjoyable reading experience, then the second book Siege and Stormgave the story a new darkness and I enjoyed it even more than the first one. And so, my journey with Alina comes to an end. I have just finished Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo… and I am ruined.
“Na razrusha’ya. I am not ruined. E’ya razrushost. I am ruination.”
Hello stranger! If you are just joining me on my journey in rediscovering YA fantasy, I suggest you check out my review/essay on Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo where I explain everything. I have arrived at the second milestone in reading the Grishaverse. This morning I finished Siege and Storm. This is the second book in the Shadow and Bone trilogy.
WARNING: if you haven’t read this book by now, I’m (not) sorry to inform you that there will be spoilers.
This quarantine has really turned everything upside down. It even made my posh, I-only-read-adult-fiction ass, read young adult fantasy. I know… I’ve gone mad. What is happening to me? Well, it’s good you asked… Because, we all know by now, that I will certainly tell you all my opinions.
So, picture me, sitting in my room, relaxed, drinking coffee, scrolling through my twitter feed. And I’m becoming more and more confused. I don’t understand anything these people are talking about. There are abbreviations and weird names I’d never heard before. I find it really hard to talk to these people since we seem to have so little in common.
Then, I decided I had to change that as soon as possible. I will, after all, have to read all these ya fantasy books if I want to be one of the cool kids. Peer pressure, I guess.
Galatea by Madeline Miller is an incredible short story. It is a retelling of a Greek myth. At first I was confused by how Miller could possibly tell this story in only 20 pages. The fact that the story is so short actually made it so much more powerful than it would’ve been as a lengthy novel.
“That’s the stone,” I said, “like I told you. It can’t get warm without sun. Haven’t you ever touched a statue?”