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Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

sophiedeo's review against another edition

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3.0

As I made my way through the book, I was enjoying it quite a lot, but as we reached the conclusion, I found it to be extremely underwhelming. I like how Bardugo had dropped little hints in the previous books to a reveal here. I liked Nikolai's character arc, and I'm really excited for his spinoff. He is the best character in this series!! I liked the other secondary characters, and Alina was ok. Mal was also okay, I started liking him a bit more but I will always remember him as whiner. And the Darkling! I still don't get the appeal.

Overall, a good book but a disappointing ending. I'm glad I did decide to read this series though, and now I want to go reread Six of Crows.

clerrb's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging lighthearted medium-paced

3.0

goss44's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark emotional hopeful mysterious reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

Surprising ending, but an overall good story 😍

serabooks's review against another edition

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adventurous dark

4.0

keoverberg's review against another edition

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adventurous dark mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

ej3000's review against another edition

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adventurous dark medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix

4.5

oliviabuckel's review against another edition

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5.0

“He did not see the moment the girl ceased to bear her weakness and a burden and began to wear it as a guise.”

“I knew how much he liked that voice—gentle,warm, a lullaby voice.”

“You are on your knees. We are not negotiating.”

“I don’t reserve my friendship for perfect
people.”

“I will have your abdication by morning father, or I will have you in irons.”

“You are no Lanstov.” “I find I can live with that fact.”

“Was it harder to lose a mother or simply never know one?”

“Maybe love was a superstition, prayer we said to keep the truth of loneliness at bay.”

“You move forward, and when you falter, you get up. And when you can’t, you let us carry you. You let me carry you.”

“He had endowed his daughter with the power he’d meant for the firebird. The cycle had closed.”

“And Saints help me, Alina, I want to live forever.”

“Save them. This once, let me carry you.”

“They had an ordinary life, full of ordinary things—if love can ever be called that.”

These were everything I expected and more. I’m going to miss you Alina <3

wafflefonfabre's review against another edition

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3.0

More happened in this book then the last but it didn't fix any of its flaws. So I can barely enjoy it more. If this series had a more fleshed out main character and villian it would be better.
SpoilerThe fact this book ends with the darkling is an insult to alina, mal, me, and any person who mourns the fact the darkling was a shitty character and not an interesting one worthy of being the final word of any book even a text book.

selkii_'s review against another edition

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adventurous medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

milymily22's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25