Book: Siege and Storm
Series: The Grisha #2
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Darkness never dies.
Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.
The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her--or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.-Goodreads
Review: I loved the first book in this series and was really looking forward to this. Unfortunately, the only thing that worked was the introduction of a new character, Nikolai (imagine a young, debonair Richard Castle). Other than the first few chapters, the Darkling (who is def full on 'bad' now) was barely in the book and the few scenes he was in, didn't seem necessary to the story. Most of this book was teenage angst with Alina and Mal, both of whom were incredibly annoying and boring.