I am glad to finally have read book 2 in the Grisha trilogy. Honestly though it's been a year and a half since I have read Shadow and Bone the first book. I was wondering why when I first started reading I couldn't remember anything, then I went on goodreads and saw how long ago I read it!
Here is the goodreads description:
I enjoyed this book... though it took me a while to figure out what was going on. Luckily wikipedia has a recap of the book that helped me out. I love how the author is so good at detail. Detail of the environment that helps me feel like I am really involved in the story. You have to like a book full of plot though. I know some people don't care for this so this is not the book for you. I was surprised that the book started out with Alina and Mal on their "escape" adventures and that didn't last long. BOOM we were sucked back into the world of the King and the Darkling. I only say this because they first book led us up to the escape being so big and then it happens and is only a few pages long.
There was a lot of relationship drama in this book. Alina has issues with three men now, The Darkling, Mal, and Nikolai. While I didn't want to enjoy this drama.. I kind of did. This book includes a lot of new gadgets. A flying ship.. yes please! There is a pirate in this book that adds a lot of great scenes. I like that the author was able to add another main character and it wasn't a waste. Some books I've read add a character and I am like... ughhh we could've done without them. I want to know more about the Darklings past though. I thought for sure we would get that in this book. I feel like we didn't get very much about him though. Not that I cared because the author does a great job of making my mind go somewhere else during the book.
I was surprised at the end of the book with the way things turned out. I don't know what I was expecting but it wasn't that... which is good. I like to be surprised! I like that a lot of the characters from the first book were brought back it's nice to see people team up again. There are more mythical creatures added in this book that give it such an interesting turn.
Ruin and Rising the third book in the series is supposed to be out next June. I hope I don't forget as much this time around. Yeesh. Maybe it's because there are so many details that my mind just gets full. I am guessing the next book is going to be all about the Apparat.. plus I mean we can all guess who Alina is going to be with in the end. Though I always cheer for the bad guy!
I guess not I am going to read the two short stories that accompany the novels. The Witch of Duva (Girsha 0.5) can be read here. Looks like The Tailor (Grisha 1.5) can be found here.
The third short story, The Too Clever Fox (Grisha 2.5) can be found and read here.
The Cover for The Too Clever Fox is pretty amazing by the way! I just love it!
The crystal ball says:
My review for book 1 Shadow and Bone can be found here.