I don’t really go to MTV’s Hollywood Crush for their book reviews. Honestly, I don’t know how often they do book reviews because they seem to tend to focus on other forms of media, such as TV shows and/or movies. So, I found it kind of interesting to say the least that they gave a book review on the Grisha trilogy’s book two. Not that it isn’t appropriate, because obviously, this type of book does cater to the target audience that HC focuses on. So, here goes what was said in the review:
When we left off, Alina had come into her own as the Sun Summoner—a unique, powerful grisha whose talents are coveted by many, but none moreso than the evil, seductive, ancient Darkling. And while she and her longtime friend Mal have escaped the kingdom and gone on the run, this is a trilogy, which means that her quest isn’t even close to over…nor is the threat that the Darkling poses if she falls into his hands. Oooooooooh.
Although it’s not quite as compelling and exciting as the first book—a second visit to Ravka exposes a certain lack of depth in the world building, and the romantic drama is ever-so-slightly hackneyed this time around—”Siege and Storm” still has all of the elements that made “Shadow and Bone” such a hit: a feisty heroine, complex characters and a light fantasy flavor that’s just otherworldly enough without requiring a full set of dedicated reference materials to keep track of the who, what, and where. (We love you, George R. R. Martin, but sometimes you go a little nuts.) And with Alina coming into her own as a grisha, it’s exciting to watch her begin to grapple with the questions of identity, responsibility and destiny that accompany her incredible power—especially when there’s an epic conclusion still to look forward to in book number three.
Okay, so it’s not the most glowing review, but they didn’t hate it and in fact are looking forward to finish this series off to a great end. I try not to take too much stock on other readers’ reviews only because each person takes in what the book gives differently. I’m definitely looking forward to it, and once I finish I will give my own review, so we’ll see if I feel the same way. Who knows. I might completely fall in love with book two more than book one.
“Siege and Storm” hits bookstores June 4.