Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo (Grishaverse #3)

Hello, my darling readers!
This is it, we reached the third and final installment of the Shadwo and Bone trilogy. We are, however, not leaving the Grishaverse yet. The first trilogy may be done now, but there are still two more duologies to review!

The Plot:

The Darkling rules from his shadow throne, keeping his people leashed with terror.
The hope of the entire nation rests on the fragile and broken shoulders of a missing sun summoner…

The Rating:

So, the second installment was a bit flawed but I was still excited to find out how Alina story would end.

While, so far, I had been at peace with Mal although I was aware many people out there hated him, I am beginning to see their point. I bothers me that he can’t seem to accept Alina for what she is but only wants her if she is the way he wants her to be. Actually, Alina had spent her whole life making herself smaller just to be with this guy. That’s why I hate the love story part of just about every YA novel! Honestly, Alina would be better off on her own without any guy on her back, even though Ruin and Rising gives her three options of eligible bachelors.

Although the story was overall rather thrilling and exciting, the plotholes became more apparent as we move towards the end. It felt like Bardugo desperately wanted to have this kind of conclusions, so she would make it happen whether it makes sense or not. There is some sketchy stuff going on and I am not entirely convinced.

Nevertheless, I couldn’t put this book down. Despite all the polt holes or issues I have with Alina’s character development, it was still a thrilling ride and I needed to know how it would end. I don’t love the ending we got but I guess I can live with it.

Ruin and Rising is a decent book. There are some flaws but it’s an enjoyable read. Bardugo’s writing is amazing to go through and I like the world she created. It’s just that somehow I had expected a little more from here. I know she has it in her to up the game a notch.

Although this review sounds a tad negative, I did like Ruin and Rising. It’s not perfect, but which book is? The entire trilogy was thrilling and exciting, especially in terms of world building. Still, I am glad that it’s done now and we can move on to some fresh characters.

Did you read the Grishaverse Books? Let me know in the comments what you think!

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