Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

I can confidently say that this book did not end the way that I’d expected it to. Like… at all. Okay, that’s not true, I’d guessed at some of the ending, but I’d also overestimated some aspects of it.

First of all: No, I did not cry, but I ALMOST did (I teared up). The inevitable happened and my heart cracked a bit; probably permanently. I mean, I definitely saw THAT (I’m trying not to spoil anything 😓) coming, but it still hurt 😩 In fact, it might’ve been the thing that hurt the most in this book and it’ll never not hurt thinking about it.

Honestly, when everything finally revealed itself and the final puzzle piece snapped into place, it was such a relief for my brain! I’d been constantly conjuring up different theories of how certain things could be possible and what they could mean so the moment of truth was a blessing when it arrived 😂

I’m not going to lie though: The ending was a bit of a disappointment, because I’d been expecting a bit more than what actually happened. It wasn’t bad! I’d just been braced for a lot more chaos than I was delivered.

And of course, because I can’t talk about this book without talking about Prince Perfect: I SWOONED OVER EVERY SCENE OF HIS 😍 Well… almost every scene… Some of them just made me want to bawl like a baby and cradle him in my arms… (you’ll have to read to know why 😇)

I’m not sure if this was included in all the formats, but the newer one that I have included a short story at the end called The Demon in the Wood, which served as a prequel to the Darkling’s story. And… well, it made my heart hurt for him a lot. It gave some perspective into his motives and childhood. It was definitely something I think readers needed to see, especially the ones that didn’t really understand him. Every villain starts somewhere.

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