[a letter of tangled thoughts] review: ruin and rising

02 August 2014

Series: The Grisha #3
Title: Ruin and Rising
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Indigo
Publication Date: June 19th 2014
Source: For Review
Summary: 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. -goodreads

Dear Leigh Bardugo,
To be honest, all I want to do is collapse on the floor with exhaustion. Because I stayed up all night reading Ruin and Rising, because my emotions are tired of being taken control of, because my heart is so bruised and battered right now IT NEEDS TO REST. You're writing, your plots: good grief your plots. They are so intricate and complex and clever and stunning and when will you stop being so incredibly cruel? At some points in the book, YOU KNOW WHEN, YOU WROTE THEM, I literally had to just sit there and just, just. I don't know. At one point i dived face first into my duvet and had a mini-hyperventilation session. That happened a lot. In all seriousness though, I think my heart nearly fell out of my chest, I mean, it's majorly bruised and patched up and bruised over the patches. So-
You managed to make me laugh, cry, hyperventilate, cry some more, smile, laugh, crumple into a ball [rather like the tissue i had clutched in my fist]and feel so many things I was constantly in a whirlwind of emotions that all crashed into me at once like a tidal wave and I couldn't breathe and i was drowning and then suddenly my head was above the water and I could breathe again but barely just and after that i don't really know what happened but I'm here now and i survived. Barely. But I did.

The way your characters came to life, completely, utterly; they were there, they were, I was them. Baghra, Sturmhound [of course], Mishi, they were my favourites. And then - Mal. I don't even want to talk about Mal for fear of spoiling something, everything - because it was everything. Alina, Genya, David, Tolya and Tamar, even Zoya: all I wanted to do was delve into the book and help them and save them and I couldn't but I carried on reading even though I wanted to stop and absorb everything slower and oh. The ending. That plot twist. I literally cannot even.
So there you have it.
I hope your happy that my life was both crushed and built at the same time in the course of reading your book. You should be, because Ruin and Rising is my favourite series ending of all time alongside Dreams of Gods and Monsters.
*Crawls to hug book and stare at the ceiling*
The Reader That Nearly Overdosed on Feels
Thank you to Guardian Children's Books and Indigo for sending me this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

20 comments:

  1. I have seen so many people recommend this series... plus its your favourite alongside the Dreams of Gods and Monsters (I am halfway true DOSAB and I think I am in love). I am definetly going to have to pick this up some time soon! I adore all of your reviews, so unique and interesting to read, I devour them:D

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    1. YES ALANNAH I APPROVE OF YOUR READING TASTE. Please please tell me when you've finished so I can DISCUSS THINGS. And heck yes start Shadow & Bone soon!!!!!!
      Awwwh thank you, that's SO NICE I'M SMILING. :D

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  2. Shadow and Bone has been at the top of my wishlist for about a month now, but I've been saving all my money for Warner Bros Studio Tour and London next week, so I might get it whilst I'm there.
    I love how you did this review in letter form. Your reviews are always brilliant. :D

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    1. GOOD IDEA. And Harry Potter, you spend money on the right things Holly..;) And thank you! :D

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  3. OH MY GOD I DIED READING THIS ONE SO MANY FEELS I CAN'T EVEN THE ENDING I JUST *CRIES*

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    1. NIKKI I RE-READ MY OWN REVIEW AND DIED READING IT THAT IS THE STATE OF THINGS.

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  4. I READ A SPOILER ABOUT THE ENDING AND IM JUST DNGJDFNJGDJFNGJNT I'm about to read the second book but then the [[[spoiler]]] came. But it's okay, I am still going to continue the trilogy. YOUR FEELS! Your feels are totally virtually tangible (is that a thing). *pats you* It's going to be okay,you just kind of move on and then start a new book and suddenly remembers ruin and rising and you're back to square one! (very encouraging). But seriously your review is fantastic! <3

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    1. WHAT WHERE WHO WOULD DO SUCH A TERRIBLE THING I'M SO SAD FOR YOU :( Was it a huge spoiler or---? IT'S TOTALLY A THING. totally virtually tangible. I love it. *accepts pats* ..wait. ABBY WHY DID YOU JUST SAY THAT?! o.O But hah thank you! <3

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  5. I LOVE THIS REVIEW. I LOVE THE LETTER FORMAT. I LOVE IT. Also I really need to continue the DoSaB series.

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    1. I LOVE THIS COMMENT AND THANK YOU AND erm. yEs I think you do..

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  6. Brilliant review and great blog:) I got a copy from the Guardian too!

    -Aditi @ http://athousandwordsamillionbooks.blogspot.in/

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  7. THIS REVIEW.
    Like. I can't even.

    I've heard so many good things about this series.

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    1. THIS COMMENT.
      Like. I can't even.

      So remind me why you haven't started it yet? :P

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  8. YOUR REVIEW MAKES ME CAN'T EVEN.
    Have you written anything Hawwa, because you should seriously consider writing something, your writing is amazing.
    I need to read the second one, I have it and I can't wait to find out what happens!! I CANNOT WAIT. PLOT TWISTS ARE THE BEST. IDK. BYE.

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    1. THIS COMMENT I LOVE.
      I have and I am but it's a tiresome process as I don't even know what the heck the plot is or the genre but I write short stories but I hate what I write and I hate that I can't ever reach my goals so that's a problem but THANKS.
      DID YOU SAY BYE BECAUSE YOU'RE READING IT NOW? I THINK YOU SHOULD HAVE.

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  9. I really enjoyed Shadow and Bone when I read it, even though, I admit, it didn't quite surpass my expectations. I'm not dying to pick up the rest of the series but I kind-of want to because the ending of the trilogy has so many mixed feels. It's so strange seeing you praise the ending when I've heard a lot of people say they really disliked it.

    Great review, as per, of course! ;p

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    1. WELL. I'm just. Unique. :P Who disliked it? :(((((((((((((
      And thank you Rocky...and..if you ever do pick up the next book do tell me what you think! :)

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  10. THIS BOOK. I just die a little bit every time I think about it. That ending really hit me in the feels, and I couldn't be any more impressed with this conclusion overall. This trilogy is actually one of the few where I've given 5 stars to all three books. LOVE this post, Hawwa!

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    1. SAME HERE SAM. And I agree totally. tHe FeElS. Just. I can't. And thank yyooouu :)

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