My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Once again, I’m compelled to give another book in this series a 4 star rating. I don’t know why, but I don’t have it in me to give it a 5 star. It’s still missing that piece that would make it an “OHMYGOSH THAT WAS MIND-BLOWING” read.
-It got off to a very good start. Very exciting even from Chapter 1. It slowed down a lot (building up of plot) up until probably half of the book. After the half mar, it started to get really good, really quickly.
-There’s the usual use of overly complicated Russian terms that make the book confusing, but since this is already the 2nd book, I’m sure readers have already grown accustomed to Bardugo’s use of those terms.
-Alina (heroine) appears much stronger in Book 2. Though there is still that annoying part of her that cries whenever Mal doesn’t pay attention to her, and I think that’s the part of the book I hate about most- her crying over Mal. I MEAN, COME ON! NIKOLAI IS RIGHT THERE! YOU’RE THE SUN SUMMONER. YOU DON’T NEED HIM!
–I. STILL. HATE. MAL. He’s like the epitome of pathetic. Instead of being happy for the girl you love about her gaining power and everything, he becomes an ass over it, wants her to change, then starts kissing her arch-enemy. JEEZ, CAN YOU GET ANY MORE STUPID?!
-Alina and the Darkling’s relationship, although not necessarily romantic, was very raw and passionate, but not in an “LET’S GET MARRIED AT DAWN” way… More like a “WE’RE GOING TO DESTROY THE WORLD CUZ WE HATE EACH OTHER TO MUCH BUT ARE SO ALIKE WE CAN’T HELP IT”
-Plot developed and written very well. I like how the author left the ending open for excitement for the next book, but it wasn’t actually a cliffhanger.
WHEN READING THIS BOOK, BE PREPARED TO ENDURE THE FIRST HALF OF THE BOOK (WHICH WAS REALLY A BORE). It was worth it though- to get to read the second half. 😉