Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Series: Grisha Trilogy #2

Published: 2013, Square Fish

My copy: Paperback, 435 pages (bought at Barnes & Noble)

My rating: 4/5 stars

Summary: Darkness never dies.
Hunted 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. [Goodreads]

Can I say anything about this book without spoiling something from it? Even my favorite character is a spoiler 😦 I’ll try not to give anything away for those of you who haven’t gotten to the series yet.

“First of all, are we so sure he really is a prince? And second, you’re just jealous.”

“Of course I’m jealous. I thought I was going to get to punch him. That isn’t the point.”

page 145

Siege and Storm was a typical sequel. It was pretty slow for the most part (even when the action was raging) and I didn’t feel like I was really into it until the last forty pages. It was enjoyable, but I was bored for a while in the middle as the plans started to come together and it felt like all Alina did was go to war meetings and fight with Mal. I totally understand all of the story building that was going on in this book, but I felt like it could have been more exciting, instead of Alina talking about how there was no hope LITERALLY ALL THE TIME and her fighting everyone with a pulse (but mostly Mal). It’s safe to say that she is not my favorite heroine. The plot was mostly about finding amplifiers and her hallucinating the Darkling, with a little bit of Grisha fighting splashed in their for your enjoyment. It felt like there should be more going on, or at least something that was more fun to read. Definitely not as good as the first book in the plot department.

“The world is changing,” said Nikolai, the steel edge emerging in his voice. “We change with it, or there will be nothing left to remember us but the dust.”

page 336

However, in the Alina-fighting-with-Mal department, Siege and Storm crushes Shadow and Bone. Seriously, every single chapter, those two are fighting or Alina is pining about how Mal is drifting away and how he hates it *insert wherever they are throughout the book* and how he’s going to leave her and they should run away and MAKE IT STOP. If you follow me on Goodreads, most of my updates where about how much I hate Mal. Sorry for that. I’m not sure what the romance situation even is at this point, but it’s not a love triangle anymore. I don’t even know who I want Alina to be with…? (Actually, I do, but that is a spoiler ;))

And the ending! The last thirty pages were pretty intense, but the last line of the last chapter really got me excited for the third and final book. Overall, this book wasn’t as good as the first one, but still a good book.

Hopefully I’ll pick up Ruin and Rising soon, and finish this trilogy!

Happy reading!

Julia 🙂

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