Series: Six of Crows

Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Posted October 17, 2016 by Lizzie in Review / 1 Comment

Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh BardugoCrooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Series: Six Of Crows #2
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on September 27th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 536
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars
Series Rating: five-stars
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Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city's dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.

How does one begin to explain how much they simply fell in love? I have no idea.

Well, I guess we can just start with this: I loved every single page. This is probably might most loved sequel to any book, in my top five for the year, AND my top five all time favorite series. If you haven’t already read book 1 of this series, I demand you stop reading this review right now and go pick it up. Bardugo has created one of the most imaginative, immersive, all out FANTASTICALLY AMAZING YA worlds I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Her usual wit, cunning, and flawless plotting is just as present in this book as it was with book 1. I’m so sad this series has ended, I seriously feel like I’ve lost six of my best friends!

Book 2 starts off just where we left the ending of book 1, the characters only continue to grow and surprise you throughout this entire read, and the plot just keeps getting better and better. I simple cannot express how much I enjoyed this read. I have zero complaints, nothing was too drawn out, no character felt lagging, there was no bridge plot – it was all necessary and it was all delightful.

I really enjoyed how in this book we got a bigger look at the setting, Ketterdam itself was explored a lot more and it gave us time to get to know all its beautiful and dirty secrets. The tone is definitely a little more somber, considering the events that transpired in book 1, but it never felt heavy. I didn’t have to take breaks or feel like anything was weighing down my ability to be entertained. I am continuously astonished at how well Bardugo chose names and places to reflect the world. Every aspect from religion to trade routes was explored or examined as part of the plot, and I don’t think I’ve read a YA book so unique like this is in a long time.

I have not read Bardugo’s other Greisha series, but I could tell that there were quite a few more references to it in this installment. Some characters that I assume played a large role in her previous series come back to make an appearance and some places/things come back as well. I really appreciated how she did that, because I didn’t feel like I couldn’t understand why something was important or like I was missing an inside joke.

Overall, this was a 5/5, home run, all out amazing read. Perfect for this time of year, and perfect if you’re looking for a little bit of everything. GO READ IT!

 

What do you think? Did you enjoy it as much as I did? Anything I missed? Let me know in the comments!

five-stars
Lizzie
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Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Posted June 21, 2016 by Lizzie in Review / 3 Comments

Review: Six of Crows by Leigh BardugoSix of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Series: Six of Crows #1
on September 29, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 465
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars
Series Rating: five-stars
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Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Kaz's crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.

Hello, Darlings!

If you’re a regular of the bookish online community I doubt you haven’t NOT heard something about Six of Crows – and rightly so! I read this book when it initially came out last year, and loved it. With the sequel being published soon I just felt like it deserved  a reread. As usual, because I loved it, my thoughts will be brief and spoiler free 🙂

The basic concept of this book is the cataloging of events that a group of teen misfits get up to in the slums of Ketterdam. This story is full of every thing you love and want from a page turner: love, suspense, comedy, adventure – basically a little bit of everything. The cast of characters are bountiful in variety, and I was SO happy to see that not a single character was predictable or easily categorized into any kind of trope. There is no classic funny man or dizty pretty girl with a big heart, each member of the crew has a purpose and will surprise you at every corner. The overall plot was amazing. Even during my reread I sat and read this in only two sittings – it’s that intriguing. The politics of their world and learning the back stories to each character from varying perspectives makes it so you are always learning something new. There wasn’t any point in this novel where I felt like clear world building or plot expansion was happening, I simply just wanted more.

More of their lives, more conversations, more sexual tension, and more of Dirtyhands devilish smooth talk. This is one of those stories that leaves you sad when it’s over, like you’ve said goodbye to your best friends and have to go back to reality. I could not, and most likely will not ever, get enough of this story. The setting is immediately crystal clear and the tone of the novel is so new to normal YA fantasies that you find yourself just a little disappointed in every thing else you’ve ever read before it.

If this is a book you’ve has been sitting on your TBR list for a while or just haven’t picked it up because you weren’t a fan of Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone series, seriously give it a try. I’ve heard (pun intended) that the audiobook is amazing as well. Each character really has their own voice and unique perspective that will inspire you to write or draw or create something in their honor to commemorate the time you graciously spent in their world

five-stars
Lizzie
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