I just finished reading Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2) by Leigh Bardugo for an Around the World ARC Tour.
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, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But 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.
I just recently read the first book in the series, Shadow and Bone, and loved it so I couldn't wait to read this one. And while this book was good and I enjoyed it, it definitely fell into the second book of a series trap. It just wasn't as good as that first book.
There's definitely a lot of action in the book. And some twists and turns. I liked Alina again. Now that she had control of her power, it was interesting to see what she did with it. I didn't like Mal in this book as much as I did last book, but I understand why. And I like the addition of the privateer in the book. I won't say much to give it away but he was fun and I enjoyed him.
The ending I saw coming. Well, I should say the result. I didn't see the way the end happened though. I don't want to have to wait a year to read the last book in the trilogy, Ruin and Rising!
I gave this book a rating of 3.5/5.
Siege and Storm will be released on June 4, 2013.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2013 150+ Reading Challenge: 19
2013 ARC Reading Challenge: 13
2013 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 16
2013 Sophomore Reading Challenge: 2
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for
an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.