Is Leigh Bardugo’s King of Scars also moi tsar?

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.

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Is there enough mischief in Leigh Bardugo’s Crooked Kingdom?

71p2bgb7ipilA 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.

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Has Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows stolen my breath away?

91cjjssxp1lLeigh 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.

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Did Leigh Bardugo’s Ruin and Rising just break my heart?

14061957Maybe 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 Storm gave 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.”

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Am I falling in love because of Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo?!

14061955Hello 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.

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How did Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo reintroduce me to YA fantasy?

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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.

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Patrick Ness – A Monster Calls | Review

amcA Monster Calls is a beautiful, heart-breaking story about a boy whose mother is seriously ill. Patrick Ness leads us through the last few weeks of life that his mother shares with Conor. He has a really hard time dealing with the unavoidable future. So then, one night, after waking up from a terrible nightmare that has been haunting him for quite some time, he hears a strange noise in his room. And so begins an interesting friendship (if you can call it that) between a boy and a monstrous tree.

I deeply enjoyed this book. At first, I didn’t think it would affect me at all, but as the end started getting near I found myself with teary eyes. I am quite affected by this story!

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Rebecca James – Beautiful Malice | Review

7979738Beautiful Malice is a young adult thriller written by Rebecca James. It revolves around the protagonist, a seventeen-year-old Katherine Patterson who is running away from her past. She moves to another city and changes her name, just to live her most painful memory behind. And then, a new person enters her universe – a beautiful, smart and outgoing Alice.

I enjoyed this book. It was easy to read, the plot was developing quickly and there wasn’t a moment I felt bored or uninterested. However, I cannot say that this book changed my life or that I will recommend it to all my friends. It simply wasn’t that good. The plot twists were well done yet I felt little as I read them. I enjoyed almost all of the characters and I disliked Alice with a passion from the moment she was introduced. The characters weren’t immensely complex, but they were multidimensional and most of them had depth. Furthermore, I found the insta-love and insta-friendship unconvincing, but somehow it didn’t bother me very much.

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Carbon – Seeking the Truth (Through Lya’s Eyes, Vol.1) | Review

Seeking the Truth is the first volume of a graphic novel Through Lya’s Eyes. The graphic novel was created by Carbon in collaboration with an illustrator Justine Cunha. The plot of the novel revolves around a young girl Lya who after she suffered a terrible car accident is keen on finding the man who is responsible.

I would categorize this graphic novel somewhere between middle grade and young adult since it deals with a touchy subject but in a way very close to a younger reader. What drives the main character Lya is revenge, but the way it is portrayed is simplified and not so dark. Furthermore, one more thing I would give as an example of why it is middle grade is the speed at which friendship between Lya and her coworker was created.

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E. Lockhart – We Were Liars | Review

We Were Liars guides us through the tragedy of Cadence Sinclair Eastman. We are introduced to her life on the island of Beechwood through the summer and her life on the island.

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For almost two years I have been bombarded by amazing reviews of this book. Everyone seemed to have enjoyed it extremely. So, when I saw it in the bookstore a few days ago I knew I needed to have it and I knew I needed to read it immediately.

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