Review: Ruin and Rising

Dec •  8 •  2014
Review: Ruin and RisingRuin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Published by Henry Holt and Co. BYR on June 17th 2014
Genres: Young Adult- Fantasy/Dystopian
Source: Bought

The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

Finally! After many months avoiding this book, I had the guts to pick it up and finish it!!

Plot: Can I just say how awesome this book is? Like seriously. Every page was a new step in a new adventure just taking me deeper into the story. I loved every word written.

Grisha: *Sigh* The whole grisha thing is captivating yet powerful. So much hate, love, endurance, power… just flowing from the pages. Every move so enticing that I just could not get enough. I love the beginning, the middle and OMG the ending.

Ending: AHHHHHHHHHH! Can I re-read this section again? PLEASE!!! It’s amazing yet bittersweet. I think the ending was perfect. Literally. So on point yet the reader feels that its right.

As you can tell all I can do is talk about how amazing this series it. Seriously, its amazing. Ruin and Rising is not only ambitious, its gripping. From the complexity of the characters to the struggling for power. If you are looking for a fantasy series to blow your mind, read this series.

Happy Reading!



  1. Jen @ YA Romantics
    Dec 8, 2014

    Loved this series too! The ending was not what I expected but I really liked it 🙂
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

  2. Another great review of this book. I so need to start this series!!

  3. Jenny
    Dec 9, 2014

    I still haven’t worked up the courage to read this one yet Savy! I really want to though, I’m just not ready for this series to be over. So good:) Glad you were satisfied with how everything played out!

  4. Kate @ Ex Libris
    Dec 9, 2014

    I’m so glad you liked it! I thought it was an amazing ending…