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Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo


Please allow me the indulgence of using an extended metaphor to describe this series.

The first book is the first stages of love. Its not true love, but infatuation. You are ensnared by his looks, enamored by everything he does. His quirks are adorable. His faults are overlooked because its a part of who he is. Its part of what makes him special. So what if he has a habit of scratching his ass in public? Its cute.

The second book is the settling in stage of the relationship. You now see his faults, and theyre pretty annoying. His habits of eating like a Neanderthal is now more annoying, less endearing. You really wish that hed stop checking out other girls. You want to change him, but you are still in love, these are faults you can deal with because youre in this for the long run. The disappointments are inevitable in every long term relationship, arent they? Over time, surely things will take a turn for the better.

Or so you think. Until he dumps you without explanation.

And so we come to the third book. Its 5 years since you guys broke up. He crushed your heart, left it in little pieces. You still love him anyway, despite what happened to end your relationship previously because theres just something about him. Some inimitable quality that attracts you and keeps you hanging on no matter what.

And now he wants to meet again. Youre excited. Its been too long. Youve desperate with anticipation. This might be it. You guys might still have a chance.

You wait in a cafe, in your best outfit, breathless with anticipation.

And then he shows up. Time has not been kind. His hairline has receded by 2 inches. He has a paunch, and a double chin. Hes grown a mustache that could only be described as a douche-stache. You had anticipated this, but it still comes as a shock.

Still, you cant bring yourself to hate him. You remember all the good times. You feel the sense of familiarity that you get with no one else, however much your physical attraction to him has changed. Theres history between the two of you...and for now, thats the only good that came out of this meeting. You wish you had just left it there, where hopes and dreams and the flights of your imagination could have brought you more than this encounter ever could.

That is my feeling towards this book. Grievously let down.

Ill be happy to discuss the book. Please put spoilers in spoiler tags if you want to discuss in the comments =)
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