Book Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Series: Six of Crows Duo-logy
Published by: Henry Holt and Company
Genre: Fantasy, Action, Young Adult
Pages: 465
Source: Hardback, bought
Rating: ✬✬✬✬
 Synopsis: 

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.

 Goodreads / Amazon / Book Depository

Favorite Quote

“Many boys will bring you flowers. But someday you’ll meet a boy who will learn your favorite flower, your favorite song, your favorite sweet. And even if he is too poor to give you any of them, it won’t matter because he will have taken the time to know you as no one else does. Only that boy earns your heart.” -page 136

Thoughts

I’m not going to lie… I had high hopes for this novel. I heard nothing but fantastic things and I loved Leigh’s Grisha trilogy. However, I felt like this book had an incredibly slow beginning. It might have been a lot of world building but I found it to be incredibly dull. A part of me almost wanted to DNF the book, but I pushed through because of how many people love it. And push through I did.

I didn’t find myself enjoying the characters as much as everyone else. I didn’t think they were memorable (but boy did that change in Crooked Kingdom. The character development in the book SKY ROCKETED).  I did enjoy the characters in the Grisha trilogy way more, but I feel like the characters in this book have more depth to them. You get more of their past and why the characters are the way they are. I really appreciated that. Seeing the characters go through their development in Crooked Kingdom was mind-boggling. I’m still blown away… but I’m getting off topic.

Kaz and Matthais were both douchebags. I never did like Matthias. Ever. But I did fall in love with Kaz. He’s so broken and I like that. Not that he’s broken or anything but because him being broken makes him seem human. It’s realistic and raw and sad and brilliant. I also loved Jesper and Wylan’s constantly mocking and sarcasm. I think Jesper was one of my favorite characters. Out of all the shit that kept going on, Jesper always made the brutal stuff seem not so bad with his humor. Does that make sense? I feel like I’m just rambling.

Personally, I don’t feel like this book felt like it was part of the Grisha world. That part was a disappointment simply because I wanted more Grisha after finishing the trilogy. That being said, I truly don’t believe this book really spoils anything if you were to read the Grisha trilogy. The only thing that the book spoils is the ending of the books. But that just seemed obvious.

I also wish I knew how violent this book was before going in. Some parts were just graphic and grotesque. So fair warning if you want to read this book but have a light stomach. Some part of the story made me want to vomit because I was disgusted.

I feel like the heist seemed too…. easy? I’m not going to say too much because I don’t want to spoil anything but I just feel like everything about the heist came too easy and went too easy and was just easy, easy, easy. Lastly, the ending was pretty predictable. I don’t know why, but I totes saw it coming. Did you?

Have you read this? Did you like it? Hate it? Have you read Crooked Kingdom? Did you like that better? I sure did.

 

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What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?



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Synopsis:

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.

[Goodreads]

I’m reading this story as of Sunday, January 22nd, 2017. This may change by the time this blog post goes up but I’ll be lazy to change it XD I recently finished the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo so I figured I’d read this dulogy because I missed the world of the Grisha. This book had a slow beginning and I wasn’t too keen on the characters but they’re starting the grow on me. 🙂 Review will sure be here soon on the blog 😀


Finished Reading:
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 Synopsis:

The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

[Goodreads]

I was satisfied with the ending to this trilogy until I read someones spoiler review of it on goodreads. I still loved the books but my opinion on how the story ended has changed a little. Overall, I still higly recommend this trilogy! If you’ve read it, check out my spoiler discussion! 😀



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Reading Next:
(only read synopsis if you’ve read Six of Crows)

 

Synopsis:

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.

[Goodreads]

It was hard to copy this synopsis and write here and not spoil myself for this book (because I currently haven’t finished Six of Crows yet). However, I’m excited to see where the story goes. The first book is decent so far 🙂

 

 

Grisha Trilogy- Spoiler Discussion

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Hello everyone! I’m going to be doing a *SPOILER* discussion on the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. If you have not read this trilogy, I highly recommend not reading this post.


I don’t remember much of the first book, Shadow and Bone but I do remember enjoying it. I think I enjoyed the story as well as the characters. I somehow found myself liking the Darkling in the first book. However, I keep asking myself why I ever did… I hated the Darkling as the trilogy went on. I wasn’t found of Alina either. Honestly, the only reason I kept to the story was because I wanted to see how it ended and because I loved the side characters so much.

I ended up hating Alina in the second book. She became incredibly annoying with this whole “I need more power. I need the third amplifier. I won’t let anyone stand in my way of that kind of power” nonsense. To me it made her extremely weak as a character. I felt like that was all she cared about in the second book was getting to the firebird. She didn’t care about what happened to her friends.

I loved Mal though. I don’t get why people disliked him. However, I was upset with him in the second book. I was pissed that he became a drunk ass simply because Alina didn’t kiss him back… seriously? SeriouslyEven then, he still didn’t seem to want to let Alina down and when he did, he beat himself up over it.

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Nikolai. Oh how I love him. He added something fresh into the mix of the story. I loved him and his arrogance and sarcastic attitude. I loved him as a character. However, the whole weird 3 love triangle thing between Mal, Nikolai, and the Darkling was getting old quite quickly in book 2.

Moving on to book 3… it seriously took Mal and Alina that long to figure out Mal was the third amplifier? They had to be attacked by a bird to realize that? That was so stupid! AND ALINA CONSIDERED KILLING HIM!?

Moving on…. Nikolai gets turned into a beast… why? I haven’t figured out the point of that in the story besides to get rid of him. Nikolai turns into a beast, disappears for a while, then comes back and is human. Realllllly? That’s a stupid way to get rid of a character.

And don’t even get my started on the Darkling’s death. A KNIFE TO THE HEART!? COME ON. He’s suppose to be this immortal god like character and he dies from a knife wound AFTER Alina loses her powers *Queue eye roll*img_1572

 

And what is up with Alina losing her powers? I felt like reading the whole trilogy turned into a pointless effort. I felt like I read and finished the trilogy for no reason. Mal didn’t want her to have powers and he got what he wanted. He still “gets the girl” and I feel like that made Alina seem weaker.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved this trilogy. It was great and hilarious. However, I feel like something needs to be done about the ending. I loved the ending until I read someone’s review and now realize that the ending makes absolutely no sense. Have you read this? What did you think?