Ruin & Rising (Grisha Trilogy #3) by Leigh Bardugo
Published June 17th 2014 by Henry Holt and Co.
Genre: YA, Fiction, Fantasy
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
Holy shit. This was brilliant and terrible and I have so many feels I can’t even begin to describe.
Ok ok, listen. I know there are so many conflicting reviews on this book. But as for me? I literally could not choose how I wanted it to end.
I know, I might be a terrible person but I was totally OK with all three ending scenarios. At the beginning of this book.. I was literally rooting for Alina to save the Darkling, Alina with Nikolai, and Alina and Mal. Come on, guys. You know you were curious about all three. Let’s be honest.
So my true feelings? Can we please just clone Alina.. and have all three endings???
Plus, I just adore Alina herself. She was NOT the perfect heroine, and by golly, I love her for it. She grew up and had an amazing character arc – yet still fought so many weaknesses.
But I gotta say I think Leigh Bardugo did the right thing with the ending, even though I so badly wanted to see the outcome of the other two. I don’t want to give away spoilers and I get why somewhere upset but I can’t help but think that there was no other truly satisfying endgame here. (Though I am still sad about the others..)
So here it goes.. my little rants.
Poor Mal. He gets shit from everyone. Dude messed up, I agree. Maybe he isn’t as “sexy” or entertaining as the other gents in this book, true. BUT the guy gave up his life for Alina in the end. Give him some credit.
The Darkling’s …ending
YES OK. I’m grieving, and I’ll never get over him. I already said above that I wanted Alina to save him. BUT. Guys, he was a mass murderer and kinda deserved his end. Does that mean he is any less appealing? Lord save me, but nope. I freaking love him. Best villain I’ve ever met – and I’m still lowkey convinced he’s alive. The Darkling will always be one of my favorite characters but I refuse to rate this book just based off of those last few pages even though I shipped the hell out of him and Alina. I still do.
Alina losing her powers
Yeah, I’m super sad about this too but I think it was the only way for Leigh to write her a happy ending. Do I wish it had been different? Totally. But from the beginning, Alina never wanted her powers.
I literally cannot fit my feelings about Nikolai in a single review. Thank goodness he’s getting his own series (after me begging for it since 2015). Pirate king? Oh, yell yes.
Anyway, I still can’t rave enough about this series as a whole.
All. Time. Favorite.