Young Adult Book Review: Siege and Storm


Author: Leigh Bardugo

Age Range: 12 – 18 years

Grade Level: 7 and up

Series: Grisha Trilogy (Shadow and Bone) (Book 2)

Hardcover: 448 pages

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (June 4, 2013)


Source: Library

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

About the Book:

Darkness never dies.

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.

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About the Author:

Bardugo was born in Jerusalem, raised in Los Angeles, and graduated
from Yale University. These days, she hides out in Hollywood and
indulges her fondness for glamour, ghouls, and costuming in her other
life as makeup artist L.B. Benson.

Her debut novel, Shadow & Bone (Holt Children’s/Macmillan) is now a New York Times Best Seller.

She would be delighted if you followed her on Twitter, elated if you visited her web site, and downright giddy if you liked Shadow & Bone on Facebook.

My Thoughts:

If you are going to read any fantasy series, this should be it. I loved
this book just as much as the first. I can’t wait for the third book in
the series!

The Darkling is back and more powerful than ever. Alina makes new
friends and new enemies. She gains some new power herself and grows into
herself a little more. She also loses herself a bit. She changes. I
didn’t like Mal at all in this book. I wanted to smack him upside the
head. However, their rocky relationship made sense and added depth to
the story.

I cannot get enough of this series. I might be obsessed, but it is too
soon after reading the final page to tell. All I know is that book #3
can’t get here soon enough.



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  • Reply
    Brynley Paterson
    November 8, 2013 at 3:35 am

    Oh goody! I am just reading Shadow & Bone right now. So far so good.

  • Reply
    Tressa S
    November 12, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    I'm so glad that you loved this just as much as I did. I am DYING to read the third book!!! I'm hoping that somehow I will get an ARC because I know they are going to be extremely high in demand. I loved Sturmhond. LOVE him! I also agree about Mal. He drove me nuts and he could have been such a source of support and comfort for Alina, but he's not. This makes me want to read it again…

    • Reply
      November 13, 2013 at 4:01 am

      Sturmhond was fantastic! I just can't wait to see where this series is going. I almost hope that it doesn't end after the next book. It would be awesome if there were 5 books. 🙂

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