Title: Siege and Storm (Grisha Trilogy #2)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Siege and Storm is the sequel to Shadow and Bone, which I reviewed here in (as always) a totally professional manner.
I'm always wary of Middle-Book Syndrome in a trilogy (ie NOTHING HAPPENS). However, Siege and Storm does not suffer from this affliction.
It's hard to do this without spoilers, but let's just say SOMEONE SECRET offers to make Alina the queen of Ravka. And her response is that she wants to lead the Second Army instead. WHAT. She kicks so much ass. Also she may be turning a tiny bit evil? But we still love her.
The only downside of this book is Mal. He lives up to the French meaning of his name - hurty and sad. SUCK IT UP, Mal. Stop sulking! Do you see Alina moping? NO, and she has dead animal parts permanently fastened around her.
Luckily, this was just a small part of an otherwise totally awesome book. And the final battle is SO COOL, you guys.
Buy it! (Link is to Amazon.)
Full disclosure: I borrowed this book, but I got an Amazon gift card for my birthday but I bought the series in hardcover because I want to keep it foreverrrrrrrrrrr.