Siege and Storm - Leigh Bardugo
This book immediately sucked me in and I had no desire to put it down. I loved the cast of new characters and I couldn't help but enjoy every scene with Nikolai. He is so full of wit and sarcasm. He quickly became a new favorite character. 

Alina has grown so much since Shadow and Bone. Her desire for more power and all three amplifiers has me a bit nervous for her as well as incredibly curious as to what exactly will happen when/if she gets her hands on all of them. I'm dying to find out but at the same time I don't want this series to end. It has been such a fun journey.
The Darkling is back and has a few new tricks up his dark and devious sleeves. With Mal's insecurities, jealousy and all around irritating behavior in this book I almost found myself hoping Alina would ride off into the sunset with the Darkling and leave Mal to wallow in self pity. I know there is something special about Mal I just wish he would hurry up and figure out what it is.

The showdown at the end had me a nervous wreck. I knew it was coming and yet I still wasn't prepared for the explosion of action and surprises. I have to admit, I enjoyed this book even more than Shadow and Bone.