I feel like my review is going to a bit rambly and quite over the place.
That’s right, I finally read something by Leigh Bardugo! This book had been on my TBR for so long that it grew cobwebs on it. And……. I liked it!!
Now I’m not going to lie, this did have some YA clichés that you see a lot. Girl in love with best friend, doesn’t know that she had powers, oh and a love triangle. Sarcasm aside, I quite enjoyed this book with all of the clichés. There were times that it did get a little slow for me but I pushed past it.
The world building was great! I loved her fluid writing and detail about the different kind of Grisha.
I’m so glad that Alina came into her power and became stronger. She was a little difficult to like in the beginning because she came off a bit whiny and weak, but by the end she grew on me. I liked seeing her go head to head with The Darkling.
Notice how I’m not really saying anything about Mal? He was okay. Not swoon worthy and a little boring. Why is he a love interest at all? I didn’t feel a drop of chemistry between him and Alina.
“The Darkling would not hesitate. He would not grieve. His darkness would consume the world, and he would never waver.”
I feel like The Darkling is misunderstood. I know, I know. I always defend the villain. I always go towards them in books I read. But honestly, The Darkling was my favorite out of this whole book. I want to know more about him and see what makes him tick.
Like I said there was a bit of a love triangle here. Mal was alright and all BUT, I cannot be the only one who ships her with the Darkling! Am I? Oh well, I’ll be the pirate on this ship.
Overall, this book did have twists and turns and for the most part I really enjoyed it. I have already ordered Siege and Storm and can’t wait to see what happens next!