Actual Rating: 3.75 stars
First of all, I would like to say that the cover is absolutely gorgeous!
Siege and Storm is the sequel to Shadow and Bone, and honestly, the second book was way better. Siege and Storm had much loss, choices that could rip the world apart and way higher stakes. The main character, Alina, seems to be taking to power well. She has become greedy, selfish, threatens innocent people just because and yet, I cling to her, hoping that she gets better and redeems herself in the third book. My favorite character in the first book was Mal and I hated how he had to suffer in Alina's hands just because she was too selfish to let go of him. I hope he finds someone better than ALina and who actually sees him for himself. Anyway, there were many new characters introduced in this book and sometimes it was confusing to remember who's who. A new character was introduced: Nikolai who is now my new favorite character. And, he falls in love with Alina. Big whoop. Every single powerful guy she meets somehow falls in love with her: Nikolai, Mal and the Darkling. I can guess she is going to end up either with the Darkling or will sacrifice herself or go evil in the third book.
The plot was a bit slow-paced: there was a lot of talking and making plans and wallowing in self-pity in the middle of the book but it gets better in the end. Find out more about this book.