I’m going to go ahead and kick the bucket by talking about both of these books. They’re the first and second books in the Grisha trilogy and they’re to die for.
I didn’t think so when I finished the first novel – I mean, it was great, nothing really wrong with it, but not one of my top picks, ya know? – but I just finished the second installment, and, well . . .
Okay, first, I have to talk about Alina. The main girl with unknown powers. In the first book, she’s your typical, self-conscious, common girl. No great beauty or talent, but is helplessly in love with her best friend, who, FYI, may or may not be sleeping with many other girls.
Bear with me.
Honestly, during the first book I was not a fan of Mal (AKA, the best friend) at all. I wanted to punch him. Many times.
But during the second book, I started to feel for him a little bit more. Not much, mind you. But enough to make me interested in his and Alina’s relationship.
Alina, on the other hand, I also enjoyed much more in Siege and Storm. She starts out with a lot of problems and difficulties, but after a little ways in the second book, she’s amazing. I love that even though she’s in love with Mal, she still understands that she can’t run away with him and be common.
And usually with these type of books where there’s a bad (hotttt) boy who’s the villain (but you really wish wasn’t) and he shows up at the beginning of the second novel, the heroine gets away, there’s a very long interlude (the whole middle of the book) without any appearances of the bad boy (who you’re secretly only reading for. Who cares about the heroine, right? Bring on the smoky stolen kissing sessions!!), and then there’s some unseen event and the bad boy shows up (finally) and the book ends, giving the reader a very unsatisfied feeling because, well, WE WANT MORE OF THE BAD BAY AND KISSING GOSH DARN IT.
Did I leave anything out? Nope.
This was probably the first book I’ve read were I really enjoyed the whole thing. Even the parts without the bad boy (*gasp*).
The reason for that would most likely have to go to the mysterious character named Sturmhond. He’s, well, he rivals my feelings for the bad boy of the book. He’s funny, sarcastic (this rates high in my book), and sometimes he says things that either makes Alina want to punch him in throat or cut him in half.
“My mother was an oyster,” he said with a wink. “And I’m the pearl.”
Now . . . the bad boy of the book.
He’s called the Darkling. And there are no words to describe him. He’s the type of character that you can’t help but love, but you know you shouldn’t because he’s well . . . evil and whatnot.
I don’t even care anymore.
I say that a lot (oops.) but it’s so true right now. The ending of the second book . . . (*cries silently*).
It was so good and soo . . . infuriating. I WANT THE LAST BOOK RIGHT NOW!!!!
I found this and couldn’t resist. It’s probably my favorite quote in the second book and shows you a little why I love the gosh darn Darkling so much. (Between Alina and the Darkling).
This is what the ending has done to me. I’m a wreak.