Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)
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.Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1) Details

TitleSix of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 29th, 2015
PublisherHenry Holt and Company
ISBN-139781627792127
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1) Review

  • Em
    January 1, 1970
    I don't know if I finished this book or if it finished methis book is literally too high quality for this world. I want to assimilate it into my being and find a job where I can apply all the six of crows knowledge that I’ve acquired in my life. there’s literally no combination of 26 letters that could do justice to what this book means to me. there’s no 3D way of describing how it made me feel 9D in color. there’s so much of this story and these characters inside my heart, I’m surprised it has I don't know if I finished this book or if it finished methis book is literally too high quality for this world. I want to assimilate it into my being and find a job where I can apply all the six of crows knowledge that I’ve acquired in my life. there’s literally no combination of 26 letters that could do justice to what this book means to me. there’s no 3D way of describing how it made me feel 9D in color. there’s so much of this story and these characters inside my heart, I’m surprised it has yet to come apart at the seams. at this point, even love is just a secondary emotion to six of crows.here's the thing: I pretty much divide up my life by which obsession was taking over my life at the time and I often go through phases with fandoms. except with six of crows. I’m never not obsessed with six of crows. I'm sure for many of us, no matter how many books you read, there will always be that one book that can never be replaced. that one book that got you into all of this. yeah, other books may come and go, but you will always come back to that one book. the one that will always hold a special place in your heart. well, this series is it for me.so if you haven’t read these books. congratulations. the rest of us who did have entered a new era of our lives where LITERALLY NOTHING ELSE WILL EVER BE SATISFYING BECAUSE THIS BOOK HAS SPOILED US ALL INTO FUCKING OBLIVION. either way, strap in, folks, because I am going to learn you some things about this book that I only learned myself about two hours ago. so sit down and enjoy the experience of my 2-am-caffeine-induced-obsession-fuelled-writing-extravaganza. “No mourners. No funerals. Among them, it passed for 'good luck'.” first of all, becoming the struggling mother of six voraciously angry delinquents wasn’t really what I planned to do with my life but here I am. I genuinely don't know how I will get through the rest of my existence when I constantly need a pep talk to assure me that I’m not personally responsible for the wellbeing of fictional characters!!so the story starts off goofy and funny: just a 17 years old criminal mastermind and his band of merry teenagers breaking into an impregnable prison complex to attempt the greatest heist of all recorded human history. they have nothing to lose and 24 million kruge to gain. just good ol’ doing crime for money. and boy are they all willing to take the next chance, and the next, and on and on until they're rich..... or the chances are spent.but then the story gets progressively darker as more about the characters and the plot is revealed until everything is themed funeral and there's so much room for the impossible. your brain has too many tabs open. your internal monologue pretty much consists of at least seven screaming children. you're just trying to move from one crisis to another as elegantly as you can, but you're so on edge you even cover the end of the page with your hand so that you don’t accidentally spoil it for yourself. but the thing about six of crows, is that not only is it expertly written with incredible world building and flawless character developement, it's also so brilliantly ambitious in exploring so many important themes, like racism and racial prejudices, human trafficking, addiction, disabilities, positive self-image, lgbtq+ and so many more. And that's what makes it stand out so much!🌟 THE CHARACTERSmy favorite thing about six of crows is that my favorite character is literally whoever character happens to be speaking at any given moment because they’re all so good!! and if you ever briefly consider that I might not love ALL of them, that's where you're mistaken you fool I can multitask and I'll excel at itseriously, my absolute weakness is when a group of unrelated characters, of varying backgrounds, turn found family. especially when every single one of them is so incredibly fleshed out and given their own backstory and goals and motivations. ✨ KAZ BREKKER god, I just… I just love kaz brekker. I fucking love kaz brekker. kaz brekker? love him. I love him and every version of him (except a few). but I love him. I just, love him so so much. I want him to be happy and to find light at the end of whatever darkness he is facing and for it to be warm and embracing and as nurturing as the sun. because I love him. I love him so goddamn much. I love kaz brekker. for once in my life it would be nice to be a normal human being and not fall in love with a fictional character but my love for kaz brekker is so deep that it’s likely any common sense I've had left got lost in therekaz brekker is one of the most interesting literary figures that I've ever encountered. he has no fixed personality, no moral compass pointing due north. he has a chameleon character which makes him so hard to read, like a wall with another wall behind the wall. just imagine the walls going on forever. there's just such a detached sense about him, he's untouchable in a way, like you could do whatever you wanted and you wouldn’t be able to get under his skin. things are only more tempting to kaz brekker when they were out of his reach. he doesn't care about anything unless he has a direct benefit from it, as if his heart is a nonrenewable resource. he's also an expert on the art of bottling up his grudges and letting them age like fine wine. but truth is, all of his actions with all their mirages and smokes and mirrors are only meant to delude you into forgetting that kaz brekker is really just a seventeen years old kid with severe PTSD. there’s a deep mournful sound that comes from my chest whenever I think about the day kaz brekker was born, a little black haired miracle with such a loving demeanor and the brightest future ahead of him. he had his whole childhood on a farm with his family probably chasing butterflies, eating warm food, and being happy and gentle and innocent....until his father dies, then his big brother, and within a month, he is a heartless cold blooded criminal who's only connected to his family by the gravity of wanting to heap fresh tortures on the people who hurt them. and all of it still makes me want to cry so I guess it’s over (any happiness I will experience in this life ever).✨ INEJ GHAFA Inej is a middle-estern-coded, acrobat-turned-spy victim of human trafficking and forced prostitution but who’s escaped and has vowed revenge on all sex traffickers. She’s the queen of character development and inner strength and she deserves to be enveloped in comfort and the feeling of a wood fire so much!!I truly love Inej and her vibes. I love how she didn’t waste time dwelling on the experiences that shaped her, but let them lead her to shine so bright that sun spikes form around her mind like a crown. I love that she’s one of those people whose warmth you want to draw in like solar light and whose laughter is the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen and who have been through hell but are still kind and loving towards other humans and have the ability to make you feel that you belong and they’re so colorful and amazing and the world doesn’t deserve them!!✨ NINA ZENIK NINA ZENIK IS A CONSTANT REMINDER THAT GIRLS ARE BEAUTIFUL AND ETHEREAL AND I AM A PILE OF INCOHERENT SEAWEED WHEN IT COMES TO THEMI honestly wish I had more hearts to love Nina with because she's a fucking earthquake, she contains all of the beauty and fury of mother earth and when she digs her heels in stamped with rage, you'd wish you never crossed her. but she's also one of the soft ones with beautiful curves and a smile that makes everything feel safe. the ones who deserve a piece of music written for them by sufjan stevens that gets played whenever they walk into a room. the ones you could hug all day and be warm forever. the ones whose words you're hoarding to your chest like a touch starved dragon. the ones who have those eyes that feel like coming home and a voice like a warm cup of tea and a blanket and vibes like honey drops. and wow I just love Nina Zenik so much. she's the bisexual queen of my heart and I am sending her my love and gentle touches, they are floating to her across the land✨ MATTHIAS HELVAR I love matthias so much I remember when I first read this book and there were all those posts about how much people hated matthias helvar and I was so confused because I can’t imagine not loving him. he's really just a big squishy tender nerd at heart as much as he’s been fashioned into a brutal soldier and I love him.But I also feel like a lot of people underestimate the importance of his character so much.matthias helvar is a reminder that you could have the purest intentions and the kindest of hearts and the most upstanding morals but when you're born into a society that waters the seeds of manipulative propaganda to inveigle the masses into harboring prejudice against a certain race, when you're fashioned from a very early age to sympathy/support unfair and violent treatment towards racially persecuted people in your country, when it is ingrained in you as a result of your upbringing and the media that you’ve consumed.... you get so caught up in prejudice, bias, and aggression that you lose track of yourself.matthias helvar is a reminder that you should constantly be assessing your behaviour, your language, and mindset for signs of negative and harmful practices and thought patterns. he's a reminder that the sooner you come to terms with your own prejudice and stop pretending you aren’t part of the problem, the sooner you can better yourself. but mostly, matthias helvar is a reminder that rendering yourself of harmful beliefs and internalized prejudice takes conscious unlearning and humility. he's a reminder that the process of unlearning is going to be a constant battle with no tangible finish line, only endless, arduous work and there is literally no point during this process at which you magically become enlightened and unproblematic. it does not exist. you might never even unlearn it fully. and that's something you must accept.✨ JESPER FAHEY homeboy(jesper fahey) is gonna, like, get it(my eternal love and support)if you’re looking for any good substitutes for love and personal fulfillment, just read jesper’s chapters. at this point, I only get out of bed because I know it’s what a certain bisexual zemini sharpshooter would want me to do. he's my small gentle summer child, my moon and all my stars, the light of my life, the only spot of brightness in a dark and loveless world, my greatest pride and joy.....anyway I just really fucking love him and I wish he could spoon me with his lanky limbs!!✨ WYLAN VAN ECK there are so many people out there that I would die for if only it meant they would have a good day and wylan van eck ison top of that list. wylan van eck is pretty lights and rays of sunshine and pure goodness that somehow ends up with lighting bolts tearing through the sky and someone should put flowers in his hair and hold him and softly rub his back because I can't do it and I literally worry about him daily. is he in good health? is he happy? does he get enough sleep? if someone hurts him, I will come after them with a rusty meat cleaver and a fit of unbridled rage.though as much as we all want to act like Wylan is a meek and timid child who needs our protection, let’s not forget that he repeatedly stood up to Kaz Brekker, bastard of the barrel and most dangerous man in ketterdam; casually flirted with his crush right in the midst of an impossible heist and mere seconds from near death; faced his abuser with so much bravery and is a brilliant dyslexic scientist and musician.basically wylan is aggressively a hufflepuff: a really nice, benign fella who would kick your ass if you crossed him or any of his friends. and I'm so proud of him!!✨ KUWEI YUL BO *SCREAMS WITH A MEGAPHONE* Kuwei matters just as much as the rest of the dregs and I love him so much I wish I had angel wings to protect him and soak up some of the bravery and tenderness he so effortlessly radiates!! Kuwei was imprisoned and forced to share a single cot with his father to recreate a drug he didn't have a hand in creating in the first place. He was brave enough to try to stall the process as much as he could in order to save lives even when he so defeatedly accepted that eventually, someone is just going to kill him. He was fifteen years old. Kuwei faced an extremely traumatic event and his greatest revenge was consistently choosing to be kind, even though they tried to smother the warmth right out of him. He was a child caught up in a war he didn't choose for himself, while they tried to make space in him for more rooms to kill off innocence in. He took the ashes of that prison cell and planted a garden. He allowed himself to be vulnerable and put his trust in the dregs. he was brave like that.PLEASE APPRECIATE KUWEI AND GIVE HIM HIS MOMENT. THANK YOU.🌟 RELATIONSHIPS✨ KAZ & INEJ does anyone else have that one otp that you love so fucking much you just can’t, in all kind of forms, ship them with any other character and it hurts your heart just thinking of either one of them being apart from the other?? that’s kanej for me.nothing will ever surpass the overall quality of this otp. I want to have their feelings for each other tattooed on my face. I really love how they have that calm and cool kind of love. It's quiet and firm and steady. the kind of love that comes so gently and feels like coming home and doesn't ask you for anything, but to be okay. their lives have been one unspeakable horror after another but they've still remained strong enough to contain so much devotion for each other and brave enough to break through the thick armor of bullshit to see that the smile was a mask and the composure was an act and to sift through all the darkness and self-loathing and all the other negative aspects that they both carry on their shoulders. kaz & inej continue to inspire each other to try harder to make meaningful changes in their lives and work towards recovery and it’s so so beautiful!!honestly?? it’s officially impossible for me to fall in love because kaz & inej get so happy and content just by being able to make each other smile so much and I don’t think any other person is gonna be able to love me like that.✨ JESPER & WYLAN the quality of my day is inversely proportional to how many interactions Jes & Wylan have in this book. in fact, it's safe to assume that at literally any given point in time, I'm thinking about them and hoping they're being happy and content in a sunflower field somewhere having a picnic and eating fresh green apples or peaches. I love them.✨ MATTHIAS & NINA collect me if I'm being corny but the concept of sworn enemies turned lovers… it sounds cute. they were both fashioned to harbor so much prejudice against the other's country and culture but they were able to transcend all of that and open their hearts to each other and I'm sorry I don't have any more discourse about how much I love them I just do!!anyway, the only six of crows experience is to invest your whole livelihood into this book and spend every waking moment thinking about it so let me go back to doing just that in 3......2........BLOG | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | TUMBLR
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  • Emily May
    January 1, 1970
    Trickery is not my native tongue, but I may learn to speak it yet. I was scared to start Six of Crows. The hype surrounding it has been HUGE, the blurb sounded intriguing, I've been eagerly anticipating it, and I liked but didn't love Shadow and Bone. Honestly, though? I needn't have worried. This book is fantastic.Shadow and Bone has been called fantasy-lite, but there is absolutely nothing about Six of Crows that warrants such a label. It's a sweeping epic tale with six main characters, five Trickery is not my native tongue, but I may learn to speak it yet. I was scared to start Six of Crows. The hype surrounding it has been HUGE, the blurb sounded intriguing, I've been eagerly anticipating it, and I liked but didn't love Shadow and Bone. Honestly, though? I needn't have worried. This book is fantastic.Shadow and Bone has been called fantasy-lite, but there is absolutely nothing about Six of Crows that warrants such a label. It's a sweeping epic tale with six main characters, five perspectives, complex and detailed world-building that is seamlessly integrated into the story, flashbacks to the characters' histories, and a wonderful blend of darkness, magic, action, humour and romance.In the hands of a less skilled author, this could have been a mess. But Bardugo crafts each of her characters with love and sensitivity, allowing them to be extremely badass, wicked sometimes, and unlikable in that multi-layered way that actually makes them completely likable. “When she looked up at him, the expression on her face was a bleak map of loathing and fatigue. In it, he saw the shame that came with gratitude, and he knew that in this brief moment, she was his mirror. She didn’t want to owe him anything either.” It's set in the same Grisha universe as her other books (this time in an alternate Netherlands instead of Russia), but it's much darker and more adult. These characters are thieves, convicts and runaways. Street gangs compete for territory and power. The author takes all these dark "real world" factors and infuses them with the supernatural.The comparisons to Oceans 11 are spot on. The plot is essentially about an action-packed, fast-paced heist. They must first break into a heavily-guarded prison and smuggle a convict out and then, with his help, they will attempt to break into the Ice Court - a place that has never been breached - all to get their hands on a LOT of money. But all these characters have their own personal agendas too (and because of the third person narrative we don't always know what they are).As I mentioned, the characters are so so good. We have the leader - Kaz - who is an intimidating criminal prodigy with a secret past. We have the mixture of drama and humour offered by Jesper and Wylan. And there's the totally badass Inej: “You may still die in the dregs."Inez’s dark eyes had glinted. “I may. But I’ll die on my feet with a knife in my hand.” I think the use of third person was extremely effective in Six of Crows. It allows us to view all these characters equally and also allows us to be constantly surprised. I want to be clear that the romance never takes over the story; it feels natural and welcome when it surfaces, which isn't too often. In fact, I'd say Bardugo is a bit of a tease for most of the novel and I found myself shipping Matthias and Nina so hard. Gah: “And what did you do Matthias? What did you do to me in your dreams?”The ship listed gently. The lanterns swayed. His eyes were blue fire. “Everything,” he said, as he turned to go. “Everything.” Dark, action-packed, beautifully-written, and yes, even sexy. When can I get the next book? My Six of Crows playlist Broken Pieces by ApocalypticaShots by Imagine DragonsSick by Adelitas WayHeaven Knows by The Pretty RecklessPerfect Life by RedSprinter by TorresPure Morning by PlaceboSAIL by AwolnationPrecious by Depeche ModeBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube
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  • Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
    January 1, 1970
    The heat of the incinerator wrapped around Inej like a living thing, a desert dragon in his den, hiding from the ice, waiting for her. She knew her body’s limits, and she knew she had no more to give. She’d made a bad wager. It was as simple as that. The autumn leaf might cling to its branch, but it was already dead. The only question was when it would fall.Let go, Inej. Her father had taught her to climb, to trust the rope, the swing, and finally, to trust in her own skill, to believe that if The heat of the incinerator wrapped around Inej like a living thing, a desert dragon in his den, hiding from the ice, waiting for her. She knew her body’s limits, and she knew she had no more to give. She’d made a bad wager. It was as simple as that. The autumn leaf might cling to its branch, but it was already dead. The only question was when it would fall.Let go, Inej. Her father had taught her to climb, to trust the rope, the swing, and finally, to trust in her own skill, to believe that if she leaped, she would reach the other side. Would he be waiting for her there? Let go, Inej. Should she jump now or simply wait for her body to give out? My mind is spinning. I tend to prefer simplicity in books. I hate a ridiculously complicated plot. I hate unnecessary characters. For the Young Adult genre, this book can best be described as epic, because. It. Is. Huge. It is complicated. It's like Ocean's Eleven for the YA fantasy crowd in the very best of ways.There are 6 main characters. Typically, that's 4 more than I'd like. The book's downfall is also what makes it great, and it's why I docked a star. It's epic. Perhaps too epic. Too complicated books tend to confuse me and let's face it, a large cast with different POVs tend to make it extremely confusing for the reader - and it is, to an extent, true in this book. It is nonstop action with nary a moment to breathe. There is a cast of characters in the beginning, and by god, you'll need it. Sometimes I felt like I was memorizing things for a test.But the good is that the characters are all bad-ass. The packleader is an anti-hero, which, in my opinion, is the best kind of character. Kaz narrowed his eyes. “I’m not some character out of a children’s story who plays harmless pranks and steals from the rich to give to the poor." I like them dirty. And the book moves at a breakneck speed that'll guarantee the reader's interest.There's magic - naturally. But a different kind of magic than such was found in the Grisha. The characters are well-written, they're a ragtag band of misfits, and not exactly friends, but all are united for a common mission, and most importantly, they each have a purpose. There are no redundant, extraneous characters, but each character is doing this for their own reason. Four million kruge, freedom, a chance to return home. She’d said she wanted these things. But in her heart, she couldn’t bear the thought of returning to her parents. Could she tell her mother and father the truth? Would they understand all she’d done to survive, not just at the Menagerie, but every day since? Could she lay her head in her mother’s lap and be forgiven? What would they see when they looked at her? The female characters are kick-ass. They're feminine, but not useless. They don't try too hard to be rebels to be bad-ass, to deny their own nature to prove they can play with the boys, they're just themselves...that's confusing, I know, but I can't describe it any other way.There is romance, but so little of it, and what little there is felt natural and unobtrusive. A blossoming from grudging tolerance to like, to possibly something more. But I consider this a great book, because the romance is not intrusive in any way. Every time she moved, the reindeer cloak parted, revealing a flash of round calf, white skin, the shadow between her breasts. It was deliberate. He knew it. She was trying to rattle him. He needed to focus on the fire. He’d almost died, and if he didn’t get a fire started, he still might.Nina snorted and lay down in the nest of pelts, propping herself on one elbow. “For Saint’s sake, drüskelle, what’s wrong with you? I just wanted to be warm. I promise not to ravish you in your sleep.”“I’m not afraid of you,” he said irritably.Her grin was vicious. “Then you’re as stupid as you look.”He stayed crouching beside the fire. He knew he was meant to lie down next to her. The sun had set, and the temperature was dropping. He was struggling to keep his teeth from chattering, and they would need each other’s warmth to get through the night. It shouldn’t have concerned him, but he didn’t want to be near her. Because she’s a killer, he told himself. That’s why. She’s a killer and a witch. HALLE-FREAKING-LUJAH! Survival + rationality > romance!!!!!! *wipes away tear* I never thought I'd see the day.
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  • Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
    January 1, 1970
    WHY DID IT TAKE ME SO LONG TO PICK THIS UP?What a ride! This was exactly what I needed and so much more. I'm tempted to give this a 4.75 star rating, but I want to mull it over a little while longer. *EDIT* WHO AM I KIDDING? This deserved the full 5 stars. I was a little unsure about the pacing somewhere around the middle of the book, but to be fair it was due to some of the character development, and the characters were my fave part so who am I to resist a little extra time getting to know them WHY DID IT TAKE ME SO LONG TO PICK THIS UP?What a ride! This was exactly what I needed and so much more. I'm tempted to give this a 4.75 star rating, but I want to mull it over a little while longer. *EDIT* WHO AM I KIDDING? This deserved the full 5 stars. I was a little unsure about the pacing somewhere around the middle of the book, but to be fair it was due to some of the character development, and the characters were my fave part so who am I to resist a little extra time getting to know them?Nevertheless, this was so much fun. Loved the heist. Loved the world, especially after having read the Grisha trilogy, it was awesome to explore somewhere new. Most of all, I LOVED the characters. They were all so intriguing with fascinating life stories. They were so distinctive as well, each had such a strong personality and I'm finding it impossible to narrow down to a favourite. I cannot wait to jump into Crooked Kingdom and see where the story and these characters take me.
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  • Kat O'Keeffe
    January 1, 1970
    THIS WAS SO GREAT! I absolutely love the world building--there's a cool magic system and lots of different cities/cultures that have really fascinating dynamics. The ensemble cast of characters is also fantastic! They all have interesting backstories and distinct personalities. Writing is great, story is awesome, pacing on point. It wasn't quite PERFECT, but it was pretty freaking close, and I can't wait for the sequel!If you want a fantasy book with an awesome world, a well developed cast of ch THIS WAS SO GREAT! I absolutely love the world building--there's a cool magic system and lots of different cities/cultures that have really fascinating dynamics. The ensemble cast of characters is also fantastic! They all have interesting backstories and distinct personalities. Writing is great, story is awesome, pacing on point. It wasn't quite PERFECT, but it was pretty freaking close, and I can't wait for the sequel!If you want a fantasy book with an awesome world, a well developed cast of characters, and an exciting heist storyline--THIS IS DEFINITELY THE BOOK FOR YOU.
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  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    January 1, 1970
    originally read this last year, but decided to re-read it before six of crows! i'm so happy i made that decision. i had forgotten how rich this story is in detail. from the characters, to the world, to the plot, everything is built up so beautifully. the ending still gave me chills and i need crooked kingdom right. now.
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  • Christine Riccio
    January 1, 1970
    SO MUCH FUN WITH THIS BOOK. FANTASTIC CAST OF CHARACTERS! HERE'S MY FULL BOOKTALK/REVIEW https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufgXQ...
  • Sasha Alsberg
    January 1, 1970
    This is the type of book that will blow you away with its words. IT WAS PHENOMENAL!!!!
  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    January 1, 1970
    THIS BOOK. I'm trying not to add to the hype pool right now, but like THIS BOOK. IT BLEW ME AWAY. It was unexpectedly brilliant! I WANNA BE IN THE SIX OF CROWS SQUAD.
  • Jessica Edwards
    January 1, 1970
    Wow..there are no words!I WANT TO GIVE THIS BOOK 10 STARS!This took me awhile to write, but I've been meaning to write a long review for awhile.So here it is!Six of Crows follows six teenagers living in the city of Ketterdam, a city of slums and crime lords.Kaz Brekker, an infamous thief (also known as Dirtyhands) is promised a very large sum of money to kidnap Bo Yul-Bayur, a scientist from the Ice Court. The Ice Court is the most highly protected place in Fjerda, and Kaz won't be able to gatec Wow..there are no words!I WANT TO GIVE THIS BOOK 10 STARS!This took me awhile to write, but I've been meaning to write a long review for awhile.So here it is!Six of Crows follows six teenagers living in the city of Ketterdam, a city of slums and crime lords.Kaz Brekker, an infamous thief (also known as Dirtyhands) is promised a very large sum of money to kidnap Bo Yul-Bayur, a scientist from the Ice Court. The Ice Court is the most highly protected place in Fjerda, and Kaz won't be able to gatecrash it alone. He needs a crew.He recruits Inej Ghafa. Inej is known for her ability to climb buildings and move across impossible terrain with extreme agility. She's quiet but strong, and she's got quite an interesting background. Inej was kidnapped from her family's caravan and sold to a brothel in Ketterdam. When she eventually escaped, she entered into a contract with Per Haskell, a crime lord in Ketterdam. Inej's goal is to make enough money off of her work for Haskell to pay off her contract and return home to Ravka.Next, Kaz recruits Jesper Fahey. He is the crew's sharpshooter. Jesper is a lighthearted and sarcastic character, who enjoys gambling a bit more than he should. Nina is the only trained Grisha in the crew. She is stuck in Ketterdam and is unable to go home. Nina is really confident and unapologetic of who she is. She's also loyal to her friends. Matthias a former Druskelle, soldiers from Fjerda. He has history with Nina as the two of them helped each other after a storm destroyed their ship, with the two of them developing a trust. Nina betrays him which causes him to hate her, but he also loves her.Wylan is the son of a merchant. He serves as the brains of the operation. Wylan is an intelligent engineer and inventor. He's very shy and awkward because he's been isolated for most of his life, but slowly warms to the other members of the crew.Can I just say, that this book is beautifully written. Each and every character in this book were likable and bad-ass, and they literally felt like real characters. Loved everything about this book!
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  • Angela
    January 1, 1970
    Side effects of reading Six of Crows are, but not limited to: Shortness of breath. Heart palpitations. Nausea. Weak knees. Dehydration. Dizziness. Headache. Heartache. Constant sweating. High blood-pressure. Congestive heart failure. “The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true.”Six of Crows is 185th book I've read this year. Yes, that means this is the book that put me at my goodreads reading goal this year. I am so happy that this is the book that made me hit my mark. It was the perfect Side effects of reading Six of Crows are, but not limited to: Shortness of breath. Heart palpitations. Nausea. Weak knees. Dehydration. Dizziness. Headache. Heartache. Constant sweating. High blood-pressure. Congestive heart failure. “The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true.”Six of Crows is 185th book I've read this year. Yes, that means this is the book that put me at my goodreads reading goal this year. I am so happy that this is the book that made me hit my mark. It was the perfect book to reach my goal with. The world has been shouting, praying, and calling for diverse reads... Leigh Bardugo has answered. I liked but didn't love the Shadow and Bone trilogy, but it has nothing on this novel. With how much hype is surrounding this book I was oh so worried about reading it. However if Six of Crows isn't my top pick for the year, it will without a doubt at least be in the top five. It was amazing.SoC is a novel with six main characters, depending on how you look at it five plus perspectives, breath-taking flashbacks, seamless world building, and twists that will make your tits drop."A gambler, a convict, a wayward son, a lost Grisha, a Suli girl who has become a killer, a boy from the Barrel who had become something worse."A direct quote and the most perfect sum up of the characters. Each one is so different from the other. Each one is a different race, different background, and has so many layers. Each one has a handful of amazing different aspects, and things about them that will constantly surprise you. I can't believe I'm about to say this but... Squad goals! We have Nina this wild-loud-in your face-curvy firecracker who will have you in stitches. Matthias who is this perfectly wounded warrior who will surprise the crap out of you. Wylan who is this lovable nerdy cutie-pie that had me blushing for days. Jesper the comic relief. And then there are my two favorites... Kaz and Inej. Ahh just loved these two so much. These two gave me everything I wanted in characters and more. Inej background story is lovey, her physical appearance sounds both breathtaking and unique, and her set of skills are completely bad-ass. She is basically a freaking ninja. Oh God, and the stories and quotes from her father!!! Break my heart why dontcha.“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 you heart.”Kaz though. Oh Kaz! He was my favorite of favorites. His thought, his flashbacks, his story, his composure, his street smarts, his everything. I have none-zero-zip-nada complaints about him. How did Leigh managed to give us such a naughty character, make him have a limp, "force" him to wear gloves all the time, and still managed to have me swoon over him was beyond me. I want to have his babies. His bad-ass babies. I really have no complaints character wise. All these characters and their personal stories will shock and then steal your heart. Each will give you a taste of who they are and what they have become and it is truly stunning. I need to shut up about them before I spill all their secrets (which I really want to do right about now). I do really want to comment on my favorite part of this book. This is something that others might have over looked, but it is something that meant a lot to me. That's Inej and Nina's friendship. They aren't two girls that hate each other then become friends. They aren't two women who see each other as fierce competition or having to fight over a man. These two women see each other as equals AND THAT is how all women should see each other. Real women pick each other up not tear each other down. I don't think people realize how important that truly is. This needs to be highlighted in more books. Even if the characters would have faltered (they don't) it wouldn't have mattered because the plot and world building are so solid. I heard a few people/reviews say the "middle of the book is kind of slow"... WHAT THE F ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT!?!?? Every part of this book is flawless and demands your respect. There wasn't a moment I wasn't on the edge on my seat. Leigh gives you all these twist and turns without leaving you guessing on what your surrounding look like. She's built a world with so many stunning features. SoC is go go go, nonstop action novel that wont let you up for air. It is a roller-coaster ride of emotions and Wtf just happened moments. The first three parts of this book set the bait out, parts four and five has you snapping for the treat, and part six hooks and pulls you in. My jaw was on the floor for 99% of this book. You might think you know what coming, BUT YOU WILL BE WRONG! So many well planned out plot  twist. So many ground shaking moments. So many heart crushing scenes. And that ending!!!! YOU CAN'T DO THAT TO PEOPLE!!! You can't leave us hanging like this!!!! OMG and I didn't even get to mention the romance!!!! I want to talk about it. Oh goodness do I want to talk about it! But I wont, and if you've ever read any of my review you know this is unheard of. I love love and not wanting to talk about it must only mean one thing... That it's really really good! Even with the massive amount to sexual tense and stolen glances it still doesn't even overshadow the plot. I'm not just talking about the romance with a certain pair, I'm talking romance among several. Like I can't even believe how much gooey lovey dovey moments she gives us and yet didn't drown us in it. Perfect just perfect.This book was EVERYTHING it was hyped up to be. I laughed, I cried, I fell in love, and I have been left a mess. This review was a lot longer than I ever imagine it would be. It is filled with cut off and run on sentences... I don't care either. I just had to get my jumbled thoughts down. This book is epic and everything. I already want to re-read it and I could quote it all day long. If Arrow wasn't coming on in a few I would just keep going on about it. If you read Six of Crows and didn't like it then there's only one thing to say about you... You have bad taste.Edit: can people please start fancasting the shit out of this!!!! I want a movie or tv show like now. Thanks
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  • Katerina
    January 1, 1970
    “This isn't a job for trained soldiers and spies. It's a job for thugs and thieves.” Dark and gritty adventure. A bunch of anti-heroes. A dangerous scientist. A nation of witch hunters. Gang wars. Grisha. And Leigh Bardugo. That's the recipe for EPICNESS. “A gambler, a convict, a wayward son, a lost Grisha, a Suli girl who had become a killer, a boy from the Barrel who had become something worse.” The fate of the world is in the hands of six teenagers, six street rats with no family and no “This isn't a job for trained soldiers and spies. It's a job for thugs and thieves.” Dark and gritty adventure. A bunch of anti-heroes. A dangerous scientist. A nation of witch hunters. Gang wars. Grisha. And Leigh Bardugo. That's the recipe for EPICNESS. “A gambler, a convict, a wayward son, a lost Grisha, a Suli girl who had become a killer, a boy from the Barrel who had become something worse.” The fate of the world is in the hands of six teenagers, six street rats with no family and no one to look for them. They have to break in an impenetrable fortress, free an important prisoner and try not to kill each other. Each of them has his own goals and ambitions, his own agenda, his own life story full of misery and pain. And everything depends on them. “When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.” Thoughts I am at loss for words. Leigh Bardugo set the standards very high with the Grisha Trilogy, and in Six of Crows she did not disappoint. If you're looking for resemblances between the Grisha and this book you will not find any, besides the fact that both series take place in the same world. Six of Crows is way darker, more mature and a little disturbing. And that's what makes it great.But darkness is not all you get. There is an extremely high dose of sassiness and the dialogues are witty and crack you up. There is also romance, which doesn't overshadow the story but satisfies the hopeless romantics of the world (including me, obviously). There are twists and turns, the world-building is excellent and solid and everything is woven perfectly. The characters All of them are fascinating. They are not righteous or noble, their motives not always pure but you can't help but sympathize with them. I love them all, especially Inej and Nina and Matthias, but I need a moment to talk about Kaz. He's the leader of this group, also known as Dirtyhands, feared by Ketterdam's underworld and not without a reason. You may cringe at his actions, even feel disgusted by them, his greed and his cruelty, but he is my favorite. Because he is brilliant, impossibly smart and daring and deep down he suffers, and he's only trying to make the pain stop.(what can I say, arrogant and tormented is my weakness) “Well, I'm the kind of bastard they only manufacture in the Barrel.” Reactions about the ending I am going to try harder to build a time-machine, because there is no way I am going to survive until next book is published. Anyone willing to help? The hype about Six of Crows? It's totally worth it. P.S. Nikolai? Darkling?Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | BookNest
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  • Ben Alderson
    January 1, 1970
    OMG MY THISISEVERYTHINGREREADREREADREREAD
  • Steph Sinclair
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent novel is excellent. Review to come. ----WHAT IS THIS?
  • Victoria Aveyard
    January 1, 1970
    Mercy, Leigh, mercy. I hit myself in the head with this ARC too many times to count. Buckle up, folks, it's going be a razor-edged night.
  • Whitney Atkinson
    January 1, 1970
    finished this at 3:30 AM this morning crying at the line "i will have you without armor, Kaz Brekker, or I will not have you at all."i'm addicted ????? yikes ???????
  • karen
    January 1, 1970
    We are all someone's monsterthis is a very strong series-starter.bardugo's tor shorts are among my very favorites of all tor shorts ever, but when i read Shadow and Bone, i was a bit confused. no, i was actually shocked. it didn't have the sparkle that characterized her shorts and i was very disappointed. i'm glad i continued with the series, however, because i thought it got better and better as it went along. which is kind of the opposite experience from most reviewers, but i'm just me.and may We are all someone's monsterthis is a very strong series-starter.bardugo's tor shorts are among my very favorites of all tor shorts ever, but when i read Shadow and Bone, i was a bit confused. no, i was actually shocked. it didn't have the sparkle that characterized her shorts and i was very disappointed. i'm glad i continued with the series, however, because i thought it got better and better as it went along. which is kind of the opposite experience from most reviewers, but i'm just me.and maybe i will just be me in this one, but i thought this was fantastic and after a bit of a slow and slightly confusing open, it turned into one of the most fun reading experiences i have had in a while. i LOVE heist stories, and this one is a particularly satisfying contribution to the genre. it takes place in the same world as the grisha series, but instead of a magical version of russia, this one opens in a similarly transformed version of holland, in a city called ketterdam. we have a team of six, whose directive is to break into a heavily-fortified prison and smuggle a prisoner out. for a lot of money. what will happen to the prisoner afterwards, well, the team is a little split on that decision. but that can be sorted later, for now, it is mission impossible time: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 is the thief, and the leader of the group. some of the characters have worked with him and each other in previous enterprises, but some are new to the team, so there's already some trust issues threading suspicion through the ranks as they suss each other out. all of the characters have great backstory, including some secrets in their pasts that are affecting their behavior in the present, and some of them are operating on very personal agendas. so there are a million things that can go wrong.and some will!the book is full of surprises and discoveries. everyone knows that when masterminding a heist, you can't tell the whole team the whole plan; loose lips sink ships and all. as a result, many of the characters are on the same journey of discovery as the reader as we switch from one character POV to another, reacting to situations that seem to be spontaneous accidents or setbacks, only to realize all the very calculated gears turning beneath the larger plan. and it's just so tight. nothing comes across as convenient or deus ex machina, nothing screams unfair. things don't always go according to plan, but the lives they have lived individually have made them particularly well-suited to improvisation and adapting to changes in plans. it's fast, clever, and surprising. the heist is very well thought out, the fantasy world fully realized (although it may be confusing to people who haven't read the other grisha books), it's got a refreshingly diverse racial/gender/sexual spectrum that doesn't feel like a checklist, the romance elements are justified and never take over the main story, and the characters are immensely likable. in short, it's spectacular. which is a relief, because if i had stood in that BEA line for over two hours with poor cranky greg (the only dude in the line), being squooshed by loud, irritating bloggers with no sense of personal space and this book had sucked, i would have been very disappointed, indeed. but thank god - it was extraordinary."Duping innocent people isn't something to be proud of.""It is if you do it well."leigh bardugo, i thank you for creating a character like inej, but i do NOT thank you for that eyeball scene on page 158. shudder.second book NOW, please!**********************************************************look, i know it's completely unreasonable to demand the second part of a series when the first part isn't even out for another five months, but i'm not in the business of being reasonable. i want it. now. review TK. for now, just pleading.come to my blog!
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  • Wendy Darling
    January 1, 1970
    All I have to say is, this book is somehow even more awesome than the original series. Don't be nervous about the multiple POVs--every character has history and agency, and you'll care deeply about every single one of them. Plus diversity! Kickass heroines! Gifted thieves! Amaaaaazing action sequences! All perfectly paced and perfectly thrilling. My full review, plus Grisha prize pack giveaway are on the blog: http://www.themidnightgarden.net/2015...Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the All I have to say is, this book is somehow even more awesome than the original series. Don't be nervous about the multiple POVs--every character has history and agency, and you'll care deeply about every single one of them. Plus diversity! Kickass heroines! Gifted thieves! Amaaaaazing action sequences! All perfectly paced and perfectly thrilling. My full review, plus Grisha prize pack giveaway are on the blog: http://www.themidnightgarden.net/2015...Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book that I formatted, too! Get thee to a bookstore--the hardback is gorgeous, and so is the book. The author has outdone herself.
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  • C.G. Drews
    January 1, 1970
    THIS BOOK IS TOO PRECIOUS FOR THIS WORLD. Omg. This is a re-read and just confirmed to me that I am basically absolutely obsessed with the Grishaverse. Someone please restrain me because I'm about to write an ENORMOUS LIST OF MY LOVES AND THOUGHTS AND FANGIRLISMS. (Kidding, don't restrain me.)I'll leave my original review here too, tho, because why not.LIST OF MY RE-READ THOUGHTS:• The best part about rereading this is that IT IS NOW 5-STARS. Omggg all the stars.• BTW I re-read via audio. Best l THIS BOOK IS TOO PRECIOUS FOR THIS WORLD. Omg. This is a re-read and just confirmed to me that I am basically absolutely obsessed with the Grishaverse. Someone please restrain me because I'm about to write an ENORMOUS LIST OF MY LOVES AND THOUGHTS AND FANGIRLISMS. (Kidding, don't restrain me.)I'll leave my original review here too, tho, because why not.LIST OF MY RE-READ THOUGHTS:• The best part about rereading this is that IT IS NOW 5-STARS. Omggg all the stars.• BTW I re-read via audio. Best life decision of ever. (Although it had like 7 narrators??? Which was kind of annoying because I lvoed Kaz's narrator and absolutely hated Jesper's [he spoke like a slow melon] and Matthias' narratr made him sound like he was fifty-two years old. #awkward) Kaz's narrator had SO MUCH EMOTION I might've choked up several times.• Precious precious Kaz. Like I already knew I loved the little blackhearted demon...but that just magnified by 900 PERCENT.• DON'T EVEN TRY TO TALK SENSE TO ME. I LOVE HIM.• Also the biggest thing that changed in this reread is: I no longer hate Matthias!! Instead I really don't like Inej!! Um, yeah. Considering she used to be my second favourite character...this kind of shocked me too. BUT HEAR ME OUT.• I'm mad at Inej because she was very selfish. Like Kaz is 99% selfish, but at least he admits it? Inej is horribly selfish but it gets wrapped up in "I'm actually the best of you lot" sort of attitude and it stinks. Her epiphany as she climbed that chimney and nearly died??? It was so tedious and self-obsessed. Argh. All her prayers and her better-than-thou attitude? It just really rubbed me. And I think she has very little respect for other people's needs. Okay, Kaz is a bastard. But he also has severe PTSD. The dude can't even TOUCH other people! C'mon. But to Inej it's this whole "if you're going to wear armour, then there ain't nothing between us". No. No no no. I think we need to talk about mental illness and how Kaz is a pretty prime candidate for trauma. He can't even let someone touch him even when he freaking wants to. I thought Inej was pretty unfair and not understanding.• So yeah.• WHOOOOOOPS.• I still do ship them tho. SOMEHOW. I DON'T KNOW. IT'S COMPLICATED OKAY?• Anyway!• Moving forward!• Jesper is also too precious for this world. He is so FUNNY. And I didn't, um, notice his big crush on Kaz the first time. HAHHAHAHAH. My bad. I thought he just liked Wylan.• SPEAKING OF WYLAN. Daaang that boy puts up a lot from these hooligans. I do so like him a lot better in this re-read too. <3• JESPER! WYLAND! TOOT TOOT THIS SHIP.• Except I do think Matthias and Nina win. Omg how did I hate Matthias before? HE'S AWESOME. He's a brute! And so rude! And has the collective thinking skills of a very small grapefruit! But yet his character development makes my heart beat omg.• And Nina is me basically. She loves food. I love food. The priorities here are life. Her sass! And cleverness! And relatableness! LIKE SERIOUSLY NINA IS THE BEST HERE.• I mean, hello, Nina packed toffees after Kaz said "only bring essentials".• #relatable• Apart from squawking over the characters and being imminently in love with them all...anything else to note?• NOT REALLY. I JUST REALLY REALLY REALLY LOVE THESE CHARACTERS.• The heist and plot twists were divine. Obviously.• Best yet, the plot twists all still surprised me because MY BRAIN IS COUSIN TO SWISS CHEESE AND IT HAS HOLES YOU COULD FALL THROUGH AND END UP IN WONDERLAND WITH. (Um, let's not talk about my metaphor skills. Shush.)• Least to say, I still sat there squasking and flapping and whispering "Oh no" when by all rights I should've known what was happening.• Rereading is good for you, kids. • Maybe.• I AM A FANGIRLING MESS SO WHO EVEN KNOWS IF IT'S GOOD FOR YOU• Except Reason #93893 I am a mess: Crooked Kingdom is still a MONTH away. I tried to time my re-read to finish when it released? #fail• [insert distant sobbing]• I LOVE THIS BOOK AND RECOMMEND IT TO ALL HUMANS WHO BREATH AIR RECREATIONALLY. So off you pop. Go read it.******** 2015 REVIEW ~~ ORIGINALLY 4-STARS ******Anything that promises thieves, assassins, heists, and evillery basically is doomed to be loved by I. I LOVE EVILLERY, OKAY??! I love anti-heroes. I love books that say they're going to be "dark and scary" and then they are so dark and scary. This book is DAAAARK, OKAY?!?! And glorious. And, wow. It's the kind of fantasy that will leave me doing the evil polka. Although, I have to admit...I didn't love it as much as I thought I would for which reasons I'll explain in a second! BUT FIRST. LET US SHRIEK OF LOVABLE THINGS.Oh oh, and yes you can read this book WITHOUT having read the Grisha trilogy! I think you'll appreciate the Grisha's themselves more, but this could totally be apart.Firstly, this puts the EPIC in epic fantasy. It's about a group of thieves off to get the "Big Impossible Haul of Their Life"...and basically they're misfits and tortured little darlings who spill blood and yet have squishy marshmallow sides. I LOVE THEM. Obviously there is 6 of them (thank you, front cover, for that info) so I'll just go through them REAL QUICK:• Kaz: he's the mastermind and the coldhearted bastard. AND HE IS ADORABLE AND I LOVE HIM.•Inje: She's the "spider", acrobat, and hears and sees everything. Shipping her with above very very aggressively.•Nina: She's a Grisha! She's also a bit saucy and definitely sassy and EPIC.• Matthias: He is like a bulldozer and hates everything.• Jesper: The dorky comic relief and likes to shoot stuff.•Waylan: The filler character no one cares about but WHATEVER. He and Jesper would make an adorable couple. I MEAN THEY AREN'T. But we're shipping 'em.I loved the characters...I so totally did!!! I think they were all deep and interesting and WOOOOOW intense. They all had huge backstories and venerabilities and yet they were all icy and coldblooded at times. They worked together and betrayed and they were dorky sometimes and AFJDKLSAD I HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS. I particularly loved Kaz because he was the mastermind. I have a thing for clever, tortured, bitter characters, okay?! Kaz also has a limp! Which, as I read in the author's note in the back, is a reflection of her...because Leigh Bardugo has osteonecrosis. So I felt that was really special that she was sharing her sufferings with a) we readers, and b) her main character. Buuuuut, the characters is also where the book lost a star for me: THERE'S TOO MANY. Everyone narrates. Everyone has this massively complex backstory that just....I GOT DROWNED OKAY?!?! There were long pages of "telling" not "showing" their backstories. Which were interesting, but I wanted the story AT HAND. And 6 characters with long, complex backstories?! Nunngh. Plus I really don't think we needed to see from ALL their perspectives. It got tedious to me. Plus we didn't even get that much of Kaz!! I felt the story focused on Nina/Matthias so so much...and I didn't even really care about them. (Nina was awesome, but nunnhg Mattias. STAHP GRUNTING FOR ONCE AND JUST...GO EAT A SUGAR CUBE AND LIGHTEN UP.) I wanted to read more about Kaz's story...but I felt like I was just getting tiny snippets and it annoyed me more than intrigued me.And the book is looooong. Too long? I think if we'd had less backstory that would've helped move things along. Like I loved reading it, but often times when I put it down I just felt exhausted from trying to keep up and I wished it'd been more concise. (I crave concise, okay?! Concise and I are my ultimate OTP.)Buuut, HEISTS. I have such a thing for heists, and I'm endlessly pleased it was such an epic plot! The characters are NOT SPARED. There is blood and villainy and things go wrong and characters nearly break in two. And of course it does NOT have a good conclusion. Hellooooooooo cliff hanger. *sobs dejectedly* I need Crooked Kingdom basically now. All in all, I loved it, but it lacked tightness for me. I wanted less of EVERYTHING and more intensely a few things. I loved the witty banter and the world building though (omg this is world building done exquisitely right) and I loved the nail biting ending. It is a story I'm going to hug, probably, and then beat with a small 30ft beam because IT HURT MY FEELS SO. IT DID. HOW DARE IT. Definitely one of my favourite fantasies! THE DEAL IS THE DEAL, DUDES.*** EPIC QUOTES I'M LOVING ***Kaz: "I worry about everything, merchling. That's why I'm still alive."TELL ME THAT WAS A PRINCESS BRIDE QUOTE, OMG.But someday you'll meet a boy who will learn your favourite flower, your favourite song, your favourite 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."Nina Zenik, as soon as I figure out where you've put my knives, we're going to have words.""The first ones had better be 'Thank you, oh great Nina, for dedicating every waking moment of this miserably journey to saving my sorry life.'""How about cake?""What about it?""I'm very keen on cake. I'm wondering if we can find some common ground."NINA IS ME. I AM NINA. CAAAAKE. <3"You're in shock, demjin," Matthias said. "You almost drowned. You should have drowned."Kaz coughed again, and his entire body shuddered. "Drowned," he repeated. Nina nodded slowly. "Ice Court, remember? Impossible heist? Near death? Three million krunge waiting for you in Ketterdam?"Kaz blinked and his eyes cleared. "Four million.""I thought that might bring you around."
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  • jessica
    January 1, 1970
    came for the kaz brekker hype; stayed for the jurda crazy grisha, the heist, the nina/matthias tension, the scheming face, the ‘my ghost would not associate with your ghost’ talk, and of course, the kaz brekker hype.in other words, i am absolute trash for this book and leigh bardugo has eternal claim to my soul. 5 stars
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  • Kainat 《HUFFLEPUFF & PROUD》
    January 1, 1970
    I'm just going to pretend the ending never happened. They completed their mission job, got their money, and lived happily ever after. CROOKED KINGDOM NEVER HAPPENED! ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪ "Six people, but a thousand ways this insane plan could go wrong." Favorite character: NINA!!!!! No! Stop it, Kainat, stop it! You must contain yourself.!Remember when i read this book for the first time, i couldn't even do a proper review because i couldn't find any words so describe my love for this book? well, my reread I'm just going to pretend the ending never happened. They completed their mission job, got their money, and lived happily ever after. CROOKED KINGDOM NEVER HAPPENED! ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪ "Six people, but a thousand ways this insane plan could go wrong." Favorite character: NINA!!!!! No! Stop it, Kainat, stop it! You must contain yourself.!Remember when i read this book for the first time, i couldn't even do a proper review because i couldn't find any words so describe my love for this book? well, my reread was even better! I am utterly obsessed right now. I don't even want the second book, i don't wanna know what's going to happen next. I know whatever it is, it's going to hurt my soul. Oh, Who am i kidding? Gimme it already! To all the ladies fighting over Kaz, i'm friendzoning him, he is all yours. Now, now, don't get me wrong i like him a lot, way more than a lot!! I love love love love love love him! It's just i get this "best-friends" vibe from him. Like, if I knew him in real life i'd follow him around like a puppy until we became BFFs! Nina on the other hand...! Mine! All mine!!! *fans herself*____________________________________Nope, this isn't a review, i'll probably never do one. These are just my favorite quotes and pictures i really liked. Might even have spoilers, if you haven't read it i highly recommend that you do. Kaz. Jasper. Inej. Wylan. Matthias. Nina.She is everything! I don't want to read any other book now. I just want more Nina and Mathias... “It's not natural for women to fight.""It's not natural for someone to be as stupid as he is tall, and yet there you stand.” Hehe this one always makes me smile.I love their love-hate relationship!She is so fucking brave!! I love her!! I am all about them heartbreaking sad endings but not here! Better not happen to these two! I kinda liked the ending because that means we are going to dark dark places in the next book. But i demand they all get their happy endings! Leigh, i'll even beg you, don't break my heart. Please? “Stay,” Tears leaked from her eyes. “Stay till the end.” ...“Nina, little red bird. Don’t go.” Though it might seem like i don't love others as much as Nina and Mathias, that is not true! How can i not love Kaz and Inej?! “She'd laughed, and if he could have bottled the sound and gotten drunk on it every night, he would have. It terrified him.” This quote gives me chills, especially coming from Kaz.Made it myself. So proud. “He needed to tell her...what? That she was lovely and brave and better than anything he deserved. That he was twisted, crooked, wrong, but not so broken that he couldn't pull himself together into some semblance of a man for her. . . . He needed to thank her for his new hat.” I'll work on Jasper and Wylan some other day.
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  • Adam Silvera
    January 1, 1970
    ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS EVER. So happy I waited until I was in the right headspace to read this mammoth of a masterpiece, and that I have the sequel at the ready! <3
  • Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
    January 1, 1970
    How to begin this review? How to put into words how much I loved these characters and this book?How am I supposed to write down all those many feels? And most importantly,How can I live with this ache in my chest? I have no answer to all of those questions, but I know that I have to write this review! So here I go! Let’s hope my voice doesn’t falter and pray that my words don’t fail. “The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true.” When I first read about “Six of Crows” I thought that it w How to begin this review? How to put into words how much I loved these characters and this book?How am I supposed to write down all those many feels? And most importantly,How can I live with this ache in my chest? I have no answer to all of those questions, but I know that I have to write this review! So here I go! Let’s hope my voice doesn’t falter and pray that my words don’t fail. “The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true.” When I first read about “Six of Crows” I thought that it would be a fun read. You know one of those books that are easy to read and make you laugh. I expected to read a story that was able to enthral me. A story I would enjoy and classify as intriguing. “Six of Crows” was all of that and yet it was so much more!!! I was not prepared to fall in love with all of those beautiful characters and I certainly didn’t expect to be so affected by their lives and background stories. Every single one of those six individuals touched my heart and I know that “Six of Crows” actually is supposed to be a story about a dangerous heist and an adventure. To me it was so much more than that though. It was a story about life and hate and the choices that we make. It was a tale about the people and experiences that shape us. But most of all it actually was a secret and subtle homage to love. I can’t even put into words how much Leigh Bardugo’s book moved me, but I can tell you that “Six of Crows” is brilliantly written and left me longing for more! Now that I got this off my chest I’m finally able to write the actual review and since you all know me you also know what to expect. ;-)The plot:Kaz Brekker is the right-hand man of the leader of the Dregs, one of the many gangs that live in the Barrel territory of Ketterdam and try their best to get by. One day a merchant named Van Eck offers him an obscene amount of money he can’t refuse and this is exactly the moment when everything gets into motion. To get this job done Kaz has to hire the best crew the Barrel has to offer and since they aren’t only supposed to break into the Ice Court but also aim to save a hostage, they actually got a lot of trouble ahead of them. This is the moment where I take the liberty to inform you that the characters section is going to be full of spoilers. So yeah, tread carefully and don’t say I didn’t warn you. ;-P The characters:And yet they hesitated. The knowledge that they might never see each other again, that some of them – maybe all of them – might not survive this night hung heavy in the air. A gambler, a convict, a wayward son, a lost Grisha, a Suli girl who had become a killer, a boy from the Barrel who had become something worse.Kaz: Kaz shook his head, dark hair glinting in the lamplight. He was a collection of hard lines and tailored edges – sharp jaw, lean build, wool coat snug across his shoulders.”He is the brilliant leader of the crew and also known as “Dirtyhands” or “The bastard of the Barrel”! After reading the second chapter I was already in love with his sharp and intriguing mind and damn me but that boy’s intelligence is hot as hell!!! XD Alone his scheming face! *lol* I love characters that are driven and have some inner strength and Kaz definitely didn’t disappoint me. He’s so strong but vulnerable at the same time and I swear when I read about his past and saw how much he struggled my heart actually ached for him. It was so hard to watch him while he tried to keep his composure and whenever I read his POV it felt like his anxiety choked me. There is so much more to Kaz than initially meets the eye and I can’t believe that no one of his crew ever bothered to see past his disguise. Not even Inej…. *sigh*”Sure of yourself, aren’t you, Brekker?”“Myself and nothing else.””You might say I’m a lockpick.”“You must be a very gifted one.”“I am indeed.” Kaz leaned back slightly. “You see, every man is a safe, a vault of secrets and longings. Now, there are those who take the brute’s way, but I prefer a gentler approach – the right pressure applied at the right moment, in the right place. It’s a delicate thing.””It was because she was listening so closely that she knew the exact moment when Kaz Brekker, Dirtyhands, the bastard of the Barrel and the deadliest boy in Ketterdam, fainted.”Inej: ”Her eyes were so brown they were almost black, and for once her hair was down. She always wore it tied back in a ruthlessly tight coil. Even the idea of being this near someone should have set his skin crawling. Instad he thought, What happens if I move closer?” Oh how much I liked this brave and calm girl. The “Wraith” was awesome and considering her past I really couldn’t help but had to admire her strength. Just like Kaz she also had secrets she didn’t want to share and whenever she came across Tante Heleen I was literally able to taste her fear. It was so painful to read what she’d gone through and what had happened to her but at the same time her courage kind of threw me. I mean there is this fragile little girl that was once one of Tante Heleen’s many subjects and even though she’s so young and small, she’s still a lethal weapon who’s able to kill even the strongest man. Inej is kick-ass and I loved her for it!!! XD”Inej – “ said Kaz.“Nina and I can get inside,” she continued. Her back was straight, her tone steady. She looked like someone facing the firing squad and saying damn the blindfolds. “We enter with the Menagerie.”Matthias:”It’s not natural for women to fight.”“It’s not natural for someone to be as stupid as he is tall, and yet there you stand.” Haha oh man, Matthias! What to say about him? He’s a huge and stupid brute but I still love him! *lol* I could understand why he was so angry at Nina and what bound him to his people but sometimes I just wanted to shake him for his stupidity! At the beginning of the book he was so ignorant and oblivious to his faults but the more I got to know him the more I could see why Nina fell for him. He’s one of those men that have a hard shell and a soft core and even though he has his flaws, he still always tried to do the right thing. I think his main problem was that he’d been indoctrinated to hate Grisha from a very young age and to me his struggle to overcome his prejudices was visible in every single sentence and line. ”It had started with a storm, and in a way, that storm had never ended. Nina had blown into his life with the wind and rain and set his world spinning. He’d been off balance ever since.”Matthias pressed his forehead once, briefly, against Brum’s. He knew his mentor could not hear him, but he spoke the words anyway. “The life you live, the hate you feel – it’s poison. I can drink it no longer.”Nina: You’re heavier than it says on this paper, I’ll wager.”She shrugged artfully, the scales of her neckline slipping lower. “I like to eat when I’m in the mood,” she said, puckering her lips shamelessly. “And I’m always in the mood.”God that woman is so fierce and has the heart of a lion!!! Nina is so compassionate and lovely and I immediately loved her for it! She’s never afraid to say what she’s thinking and she’s loyal to a fault. I just adored her for being so passionate and I was so sad when Matthias rejected her at the beginning. Not that this would have had any visible impact on her, after all she still had a sharp tongue and made sure to use it. *lol* ;-P Judging by what I read about this world to be one of the Grisha isn’t easy, but Nina nevertheless always somehow managed to stand her ground! “Do not bend," Nina snapped. "Do not leap. Do not move abruptly. If you don't promise to take it easy, I'll slow your heart and keep you in a coma until I can be sure you've recovered fully." "Nina Zenik, as soon as I figure out where you've put my knifes, we're going to have words." "The first ones had better be 'Thank you, oh great Nina, for dedicating every waking moment of this miserable journey to saving my sorry life'."Jesper: “Now it was risk filling up his nose and mouth, making him feel giddy and invincible. He loved it, and he hated himself for loving it.He’s the cocky smartass of the group and his comments always made me laugh. I loved the way he tried to ease the tension and how he worked as a buffer between all those different characters. I’m pretty sure if the crew wouldn’t have had the sharpshooter they might have been at each other’s throats in an instant and I’m really thankful Bardugo added him to the crew. I didn’t expect him to be a Grisha though and when I found out I was genuinely surprised. I think one day his countless vices will get him in deep trouble and I really hope that we’ll get to know him even better in the next book.”You guys are going to make this really fun, aren’t you?” asked Jesper. “Usually people don’t start hating each other until a week into the job, but you two have a head start.”They cast him twin glares, and Jesper beamed back at them, but Kaz’s attention was focused on the plans.Wylan: ”They hadn’t even left Ketterdam, and Wylan already seemed completely out of his depth. He wasn’t much younger than Kaz, but somehow looked like a child – smooth-skinned, wide-eyed, like a silk-eared puppy in a room full of fighting dogs.”This boy was the cutest thing ever! He’s such an adorable and innocent cinnamon roll!!! I instantly fell in love with Wylan and I’m already afraid to find out more about his past. The relationship with his father was more than just tense and I’m convinced there happened something bad that caused him to move out of his father’s house. It broke my heart when I found out that he seems to be illiterate and that his mean idiot of a father mocked him with it. =( And *lol* for someone who’s as innocent as Wylan to keep up with the crew actually was a hell of an accomplishment! Let’s take a second and appreciate this awesome, clever, courageous and smart boy!!! =)))”I’m good at demo.”“You’re passable at demo. You’re excellent at hostage.”We’re not going in through the embassy,” said Kaz. “Always hit where the mark isn’t looking.”“Who’s Mark?” asked Wylan.The ships:Nina & Matthias:”A good time needn’t involve wine and … and flesh,” Matthias sputtered.Nina batted her glossy lashes at him. “You wouldn’t know a good time if it sidled up to you and stuck a lollipop in your mouth.Those two gave me a serious headache!!! I knew they both loved each other but Matthias vehemently refused to acknowledge his feelings for Nina and it almost drove me insane! *lol* There were moments when I was tempted to throw the book against a wall and swore that I would hate Matthias forever, but then there were also those secret admissions to his true feelings and they kind of outweighed everything else. I have to admit that I also loved the way how Nina and Matthias pushed each other and them playing cat and mouse was just so much fun to hold it against them. XD But oh my god that scene at the end when Matthias took Nina’s hand? Gosh it made me cry and smile at the same time… ”And what did you do, Matthias? What did you do to me in your dreams?”The ship listed gently. The laterns swayed. His eyes were blue fire. “Everything,” he said, as he turned to go. “Everything.”He took her hand and kissed her knuckles genly. She winced, but when he tried to pull away, she clutched him tighter.“Stay,” she panted. Tears leaked from her eyes. “Stay till the end.”“And after,” he said. “And always.”“I want to feel safe again. I want to go home to Ravka.”“Then I’ll take you there. We’ll set fire to raisins or whatever you heathens do for fun.”“Zealot,” she said weakly.“Witch.”“Barbarian.”“Nina,” he whispered, “little red bird. Don’t go.”Kaz & Inej:”Keep talking, Wraith. Don’t slip away from me.”“But it’s what I do best.”They killed me! Their love was so bittersweet that it sometimes even caused me to stop breathing. Their emotions were so intense and gentle and yet their circumstances made it impossible to be together. I know everyone is blaming Kaz for holding back and turning Inej down but I can’t bring myself to be angry at him. Not after I saw his struggle and know what he’s been through. To touch other people is pure torture for him, yet he still let Inej reach out to him. It cost him so much just to stand there and let her caress his cheek, but he did it because he actually truly loves her!!! Gosh! Kaz and his fear to be touched killed me and the knowledge Inej didn’t understand his inner conflict actually shattered my heart! I can’t …. Argh I just can’t seem to be able to put into words how much this destroyed me!!! It put my heart through the meat grinder and shredded it into thousand tiny pieces…. It caused me to swallow, it made me gasp for air, it simply wrenched my breath away… It caused me to feel a pang in the center of my chest and my heart is still bleeding… Especially now that they took Inej!!! ”Kaz tumbled through the dark. He was colder than he’d ever been. He thought of Inej’s hand on his cheek. His mind had gone jagged at the sensation, a riot of confusion. It had been terror and disgust and – in all of that clamour - desire, a wish that lingered still, the hope that she would touch him again.””She’d laughed, and if he could have bottled the sound and got drunk on it every night, he would have. It terrified him.””I can hear the change in Kaz’s breathing when he looks at you.”“You … you can?”“It catches every time, like he’s never seen you before.”He took a deep breath. “I want you to stay. I want you to … I want you.”“You want me.” She turned the words over. Gently, she squeezed his hand. “And how will you have me, Kaz?”He looked at her then, eyes fierce, mouth set. It was the face he wore when he was fighting.“How will you have me?” she repeated. “Fully clothed, gloves on, your head turned away so our lips can never touch?”He released her hand, his shoulders bunching, his gaze angry and ashamed as he turned his face to the sea.Maybe it was because his back was to her that she could finally speak the words. “I will have you without armour, Kaz Brekker. Or I will not have you at all.”Jesper & Wylan: ”Close your eyes!”“You can’t kiss me from down there, Wylan.”I loved the slow development of their relationship. Jesper never missed a chance to tease Wylan and even though Wylan was so innocent and shy he still somehow managed to hit back at him! *lol* There were so many meaningful and short moments between those two boys and I really wanted to see that ship sail!!! Unfortunately their love story was just in the background and pretty one-sided because we never actually got a chance to read Wylan’s point of view! *lol* So yeah I hope there are some Wylan chapters in the next book and please, please, please let Wylan get back his beautiful and “stupid face”!! Haha I know it’s petty but Jesper wasn’t the only one that liked his face! *lol*“Pull your shirt up over your mouth,” he told Wylan.“What?”“Stop being dense. You’re cuter when you’re smart.”Wylan’s cheeks went pink. He scowled and pulled his collar up.”If only you could talk to girls in equations.”There was a long silence, and then, eyes trained on the notch they’d created in the link, Wylan said, “Just girls?” Jesper restrained a grin.”No. Not just girls.”All things considered this book was amazing and beautifully written! It’s a piece of art that kept me captivated from the beginning to the very end and I think throughout this journey I actually became a part of the crew! So to all of my fellow Dregs, this is the way my review finally ends: ”No mourners, no funerals.” ;-)
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  • Nat
    January 1, 1970
    “No mourners,” he said with a grin.“No funerals,” they replied in unison.”This review contains *spoilers*.Saints, I’m definitely late to this book party— but I love, love, loved it.I think a lot of people will understand me when I say that Six of Crows is the kind of book that provokes all the strong emotions in you. I knew right from page 1 that this book was going to be an all-time favorite of mine. The world building, the characters and all the relationships between them, it’s just too good f “No mourners,” he said with a grin.“No funerals,” they replied in unison.”This review contains *spoilers*.Saints, I’m definitely late to this book party— but I love, love, loved it.I think a lot of people will understand me when I say that Six of Crows is the kind of book that provokes all the strong emotions in you. I knew right from page 1 that this book was going to be an all-time favorite of mine. The world building, the characters and all the relationships between them, it’s just too good for me to put into words— I can’t stop thinking about everything that happened. A convict with a thirst for revenge: Matthias. Getting Matthias out of Hellgate was extremely nerve-wracking, especially when he reunited with Nina. One moment he was caressing her cheek and the next he was trying to kill her — I had tears in my eyes because it was so intense.But I really really really like Matthias and Nina together.They definitely had a rocky start, but that made them getting together that more important for me.“What are we going to do with him?” Nina asked, nodding at Matthias. Her voice was disinterested, but the performance was wasted on everyone except Helvar. They’d all seen her tears at Hellgate.” I was in tears right there with you, Nina. A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager: Jesper. “We enter from the north as planned,” Kaz said.Jesper knocked his head against the hull and cast his eyes heavenward. “Fine. But if Pekka Rollins kills us all, I’m going to get Wylan’s ghost to teach my ghost how to play the flute just so that I can annoy the hell out of your ghost.”Brekker’s lips quirked. “I’ll just hire Matthias’ ghost to kick your ghost’s ass.”“My ghost won’t associate with your ghost,” Matthias said primly, and then wondered if the sea air was rotting his brain.”Jesper’s commentary was the BEST, he could always add something that would make me smile despite the tears streaming down my face. A runaway with a privileged past: Wylan. I didn’t know what to think of Wylan initially, but just like all the other characters in this book I fell in love with his humor and courage and actions.Oh and his dialogue with Jesper? So GOOD — Leigh Bardugo has an incredible talent for strong couples. I’m rooting for Jesper and Wylan.“What do you like?”“Music. Numbers. Equations. They’re not like words. They … they don’t get mixed up.”“If only you could talk to girls in equations.”There was a long silence, and then, eyes trained on the notch they’d created in the link, Wylan said, “Just girls?”Jesper restrained a grin. “No. Not just girls.” A spy known as the Wraith: Inej. Inej’s chapters in this book were fantastic. I love her and her strength. I love how she didn’t let go of her beliefs even through the darkest times. I also really enjoyed Inej’s conversations with Nina and, of course, Kaz.Inej and Kaz are so good together. “I don’t want your prayers,” he said.“What do you want, then?”The old answers came easily to mind. Money. Vengeance. Jordie’s voice in my head silenced forever. But a different reply roared to life inside him, loud, insistent, and unwelcome. You, Inej. You.” A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums: Nina. I don’t even have the right words right now to describe how incredibly brave and strong and funny Nina is.Reading about all that she's been through made me love her strength even more — how she didn’t give up on Matthias made me tear up. I need more of them together.“You always hated my laugh.”“I loved your laugh, Nina. And your fierce warrior’s heart. I might have loved you, too.”Might have. Once. Before she had betrayed him. Those words carved an ache into her chest.”And one of the most intense scenes was definitely when Nina was around Brum.I had this terrible feeling the whole time she was with him that something wrong was going to happen — and this was the one time that I did not want to be right. I could not believe it when Matthias showed up behind that glass —how could he betray her after EVERYTHING they went through?But thank the Saints for the moment he realized just how horribly wrong he had been and that the cause he believed in was all a lie.“Nina had wronged him, but she’d done it to protect her people. She’d hurt him, but she’d attempted everything in her power to make things right.She’d shown him in a thousand ways that she was honourable and strong and generous and very human, maybe more vividly human than anyone he’d ever known.” A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes: Kaz. Kaz Brekker is a badass with a terribly sad past. His relationship with Jordie was so heartbreaking to read, how they invested all their money in the hopes that something good would come out of it made me really emotional. Kaz has my heart.He is also incredibly smart and sneaky, every single time something went amiss he had the perfect solution.“Kaz is … I don’t know, he’s like nobody else I’ve ever known. He surprises me.”“Yes. Like a hive of bees in your dresser drawer.”Jesper barked a laugh. “Just like that.”“So what are we doing here?”Jesper turned back to the sea, feeling his cheeks heat. “Hoping for honey, I guess. And praying not to get stung.”So, I enjoyed pretty much everything about this book.Six of Crows is unlike anything I’ve ever read. It was dark, rich, and I could not put down this story from the very first word to the very last. It's the sort of book that will leave you thinking about it for days, weeks, maybe forever. I had no idea going into this book what an impact it would have on me, I knew I would love it, but what I’m feeling is beyond that— I don’t even have the right words to describe it. I was just so captivated by this world that I found myself feeling surprised whenever I looked up from my book and didn't catch myself in Ketterdam.I'm just going to go and watch The Office and try to get over my book hangover.And definitely read this book if you haven't already, you won't regret it (trust me).*Note: I'm an Amazon Affiliate. If you're interested in buying Six of Crows, just click on the image below to go through my link. I'll make a small commission!* Support creators you love. Buy a Coffee for nat (bookspoils) with Ko-fi.com/bookspoils
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  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed by: Rabid Reads4.5 starsMy FEELS are broken. Words, too. Which is making the reviewing of SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo more than a little bit difficult . . . FYI. SO. Hmm . . . *scratches head* The book started well enough, but by 40% it was more determination that kept me reading than enthusiasm. The characters were great. I felt like they were decently developed, and it was a veritable thunderstorm of one-liners and clever dialogue: Kaz Brekker didn’t need a reason. “He’s going to ge Reviewed by: Rabid Reads4.5 starsMy FEELS are broken. Words, too. Which is making the reviewing of SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo more than a little bit difficult . . . FYI. SO. Hmm . . . *scratches head* The book started well enough, but by 40% it was more determination that kept me reading than enthusiasm. The characters were great. I felt like they were decently developed, and it was a veritable thunderstorm of one-liners and clever dialogue: Kaz Brekker didn’t need a reason. “He’s going to get us all killed,” she said. Jesper stretched his long arms overhead and grinned, his teeth white against his dark skin. He had yet to give up his rifle, and the silhouette of it across his back made him resemble a gawky, long-limbed bird. “Statistically, he’ll probably only get some of us killed.” “A good time needn’t involve wine and … and flesh,” Matthias sputtered.Nina batted her glossy lashes at him. “You wouldn’t know a good time if it sidled up to you and stuck a lollipop in your mouth.” But plot-wise . . . not much was happening. I was bored. I was bored while reading a book about a HEIST. You: How is that even possible?Me: I'm still not sure.You: But you rated it 4.5 stars . . . Me: I know. Now ask me about the second half.You: How was the second half . . .?Me: Riddikulous.And I have a strong suspicion that this is one of the rare books that actually improves on the reread. Some--not all, mind you, but some--of the boredom can probably be chalked-up to my impatience to know ALL THE THINGS. So now that I know them . . . significantly less reason to be impatient. As for the potential romances, I don't know if Bardugo was determined to avoid the inevitable fallout that is the natural result of love triangles, or love squares, as the case may be (*coughs* Darklings and Mals and Sturmhonds, oh my! *coughs*), but in SIX OF CROWS, there are six main characters and three obvious relationships. The end.She still managed to keep us on our toes though. As much as I immediately shipped two pairs, I did not ship another, and there are a myriad of obstacles to weather all around.It was a perfect combination of security in the knowledge that if these people end up with anyone, it will obviously be that person, and tension b/c, OHMYGAWD, how are they ever going to overcome _______? I still don't know. It didn't end in a nasty cliffhanger, but this is the first installment of a new series, so everything isn't going to be resolved. Deal with it. *flares nostrils*SIX OF CROWS is also significantly darker than Bardugo's GRISHA trilogy. You: Darker than the Darkling?Me: YES.You: o.OPersonally, I loved it. I am unabashedly bloodthirsty, after all. And something about ruthless determination with just the smallest hint of humanity is so damn sexy. *waves at Kaz* *swoons* And regardless of how slow I felt the middle section of the book was, the writing was consistently fantastic: “I owe you, Brekker,” Rollins had said as the boy exited his cell, hardly believing his luck. Brekker had glanced back at him, his dark eyes like caverns. “Don’t worry, Rollins. You’ll pay.” And apparently the boy had come to collect. He stood in the middle of Rollins’ opulent office looking like a dark blot of ink . . . Pretty great, right?SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo is the first installment of her new YA fantasy series, and I LOVED it. I wanted to be the one person in the world who made Kaz feel something. I wanted Inej to trust me so that I could tell her no part of her enslavement or what came after was her fault and have her believe me. I wanted to bang Matthias' and Nina's stupid heads together like . . . something you deliberately bang together, I felt helpless as I watched all the hot mess that is Jesper, and Wylan . . . I just wanted to hug Wylan . . . As for the various villains, I want them to suffer. And I trust Kaz to make that happen, so I will be back, same bat time, same bat channel, next year, and hopefully you will too, b/c oh-so-highly recommended. Pre-review:So that . . . was kind of amazing. At the 50% mark, I was . . . bored. And this is supposed to be a HEIST, which made me doubly annoyed, b/c how is it even remotely possible to make a HEIST boring?BUT. The second half more than made up for it. In fact, the slow middle section is really my only complaint. Full RTC.9/29/15: BR with my peeps at BB&B Ocean's Eleven meets Game of Thrones . . . hmmm, let me think . . . My other reviews for this series: Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2)
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  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    January 1, 1970
    #1 Six of Crows ★★★★★#2 Crooked Kingdom ★★★★★My god, this book. I mean… I already know that I can’t even do it a little bit of justice with this review, but I have to try. I cannot believe that this beautiful, incredible, wondrous book sat on my shelf unread for fourteen months before I picked it up—all because I hadn’t finished the Grisha trilogy yet. Let me tell you, as long as you’ve read Shadow and Bone, if you’re putting this off until you finish that trilogy, either hurry up and polish tho #1 Six of Crows ★★★★★#2 Crooked Kingdom ★★★★★My god, this book. I mean… I already know that I can’t even do it a little bit of justice with this review, but I have to try. I cannot believe that this beautiful, incredible, wondrous book sat on my shelf unread for fourteen months before I picked it up—all because I hadn’t finished the Grisha trilogy yet. Let me tell you, as long as you’ve read Shadow and Bone, if you’re putting this off until you finish that trilogy, either hurry up and polish those off, or let ‘em go and move on, because this book is one hundred percent worth picking up right now. “No mourners, no funerals. Among them, it passed for ‘good luck’.” First of all, if you like books with #squadgoals, this is one of the best I’ve ever read (in fact, I’d say that the Dregs are perfectly tied with my other favorite bookish squad, which is the Night Court’s inner circle). These characters are so gorgeously three-dimensional, so complex and lovable and moody and clever and flawed and relatable, that I found myself immediately falling in love with each and every one of them within mere pages of meeting them. “When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.” → Kaz Brekker ←The star of the show (for me, at least) is “Dirtyhands” Kaz: the disabled orphan boy, grown up to be a vicious, thieving gang leader. He comes across as so unpredictable and unfeeling that his own closest confidantes can rarely read him or guess his next move, but when we see things through his perspective, he’s so immensely convoluted and carries so much weight from the world around him that I think it’s just about impossible not to empathize with him and want to protect him—even if all he needs protection from, most of the time, is himself. “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.” → Inej Ghafa ←Kaz’s right hand, Inej, is an incredibly close second for my favorite character—or tied with Kaz for the position, depending upon which chapter you catch me in. Nicknamed “The Wraith”, she’s a brilliant assassin; if you love the stereotypical stoic rogue characters, Inej is your gal. She’s a lovely enough character for her actions within the book’s events, but what really gave her the special place in my heart was her backstory. While Leigh Bardugo tiptoes and uses implications for the most part, Inej was forced to work in a brothel for some time, and when she reminisces on her fearful memories (and the loving family that came before them), it breaks my heart a little more every time. She’d laughed, and if he could have bottled the sound and gotten drunk on it every night, he would have. → Nina Zenik ←Before I describe my feelings for Nina, I have to tell you that so many of my SOC-loving friends had told me I reminded them of her character (or vice-versa), I was legitimately nervous to meet her, but once I did, I related so hard to her mannerisms and ways of viewing the world that it surprised me. She’s flirty and a little wild, unafraid to indulge when she can, but protective and worrisome over her friends nearly to a fault. She’s also some of the most unapologetically healthy and sexy plus size rep I’ve ever seen in a book, which is a fact that was enough to win me over all on its own, because, yes please, can I get more where this came from? “The water hears and understands. The ice does not forgive.” → Matthias Helvar ←Matthias is literally the only character that I ever felt ambivalent towards: he’s a Fjerdan hunter of Grisha people, and his prejudices and brainwashing run very deep, so there are moments here and there where I wanted to roll my eyes and shake him. That said, he’s a quintessential teddy bear character at his core, and by the end of the book, he was just as much a part of the gang to me as any of the other five. “Fine. But if Pekka Rollins kills us all, I’m going to get Wylan’s ghost to teach my ghost how to play the flute just so that I can annoy the hell out of your ghost.” → Jesper Fahey ←In the start of the book, I feel like Jesper is one of the characters we are given the least chances to love, but by the end, he was so precious and hilarious that I just wanted to squeeze him. He’s the comic relief of the group, but he’s also an incredible sharpshooter who can always be counted on to save someone else’s hide, so long as he isn’t too busy nursing his gambling addiction. He’s also the black bi icon of the group, which further shows off Leigh’s commitment to wonderfully diverse casts of characters. ♥ “Always hit where the mark isn’t looking.”“Who’s Mark?” → Wylan Van Eck ←Last but not least is the youngest and most innocent of the group: Wylan, a sweet kid who knows a little too much about bombs and found himself roped into the Dregs through some unusual (and rather unfortunate) circumstances. He’s like the little kid of the group, even though he’s nearly the same age as the other teens, and he’s so quiet and timid at times that it made me melt. Just because he’s not my #1 fave, doesn’t mean I won’t set fire to anyone who hurts him. It became a declaration. There was no part of him that was not broken, that had not healed wrong, and there was no part of him that was not stronger for having been broken. All of these characters are just so damn lovable, and I so incredibly cherished the fact that Leigh Bardugo was so committed to presenting a cast of characters that was what I like to call “real world” diverse. A lot of complaints I’ve heard about this series say that it’s too diverse, and I think that’s ridiculous—if you look at the world around you, unless you live in a heavily socially segregated area, chances are you’re surrounded by people from all cultures, sexualities, identities, and walks of life. Out of the six Dregs, there’s only one who isn’t marginalized in some way, and I positively love that fact. ♥ He needed to tell her… what? That she was lovely and brave and better than anything he deserved. That he was twisted, crooked, wrong, but not so broken that he couldn’t pull himself together into some semblance of a man for her. On top of the diversity aspect and how lovable everyone is, the romance in this book could make you swoon for weeks. (No, more like years… forever? Yeah, we’ll go with that.) The six Dregs branch into three couples, and normally, that would annoy me in the sense of not wanting to see everyone pair off with one another, but in this book, it just works. Everything is so gorgeously slow-burning and intense and magical, and I feel like every single couple deserves to be in my Top OTPs of All Time™ list. Kaz leaned back. “What's the easiest way to steal a man's wallet?”“Knife to the throat?” asked Inej.“Gun to the back?” said Jesper.“Poison in his cup?” suggested Nina.“You're all horrible,” said Matthias. I could honestly go on for days, but trust me when I say that Leigh Bardugo is, in my eyes, a goddess and a literary queen. She sculpts some of the most beautiful worlds I’ve ever seen, and I could happily spend series upon series in Kerch, or Ravka, or Fjerda, or anywhere in between. This was the fifth book of Leigh’s that I’ve read, and easily my favorite so far, but I have high hopes that the second book in the duology will take my love for her even further. If you enjoy fantasy novels with heists, scheming, and one of the best character casts you’ve ever seen, don’t hesitate to pick this one up. Buddy read with Julie! ❤You can find this review and more on my blog, or you can follow me on twitter, bookstagram, or facebook!
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  • may ➹
    January 1, 1970
    Six of Crows is one of my favorite books of all time, and no review I write will do this book justice or portray how much I love it or how perfect it is. So instead, I’m making a list of favorite moments and quotes and other things!!I spent AT LEAST 5 hours writing this and another hour editing, and it’s the longest thing I’ve ever written but also the best thing I’ve ever written and I swear to god I love myself about 5x more for doing thisthere are obviously spoilers so beware!🌹 FAVORITE MOMEN Six of Crows is one of my favorite books of all time, and no review I write will do this book justice or portray how much I love it or how perfect it is. So instead, I’m making a list of favorite moments and quotes and other things!!I spent AT LEAST 5 hours writing this and another hour editing, and it’s the longest thing I’ve ever written but also the best thing I’ve ever written and I swear to god I love myself about 5x more for doing thisthere are obviously spoilers so beware!🌹 FAVORITE MOMENTS- Jesper threatening to spell “forgive me” with bullets on Dirix’s chest if anything happened to his revolvers, and Dirix laughing it off but actually believing Jesper. I would be scared too- Inej wondering if Kaz had ever been a little boy. no, not a NORMAL ONE- Jesper wanting to bet money on who will die, jesus christ if you’re dead you have NOTHING TO BET JESPER- Inej thinking that she is going to kill Kaz when they get out alive… yeah we all know you’re capable of killing the one (1) man you care about- Inej realizing that she was expected on the rooftops with “grim pleasure”. Inej, no, you should not be happy about this- Kaz dressing like a merch just so he can mock them, he’s so EXTRA oh my god- Kaz being all like “go ahead, shoot me, see what happens” and Jesper choosing THIS moment to fear for his life great where were you when you were betting on who was gonna die you idiot- Geels telling Kaz that something is wrong with him and Kaz literally not caring at all (BIG MOOD)- Jesper patting Big Bol on the cheek and saying, “Idiot” sadly is one of the best moments in literary history and also, I’m Big Bol- Kaz thinking that maybe he had been a bit too cocky, sure Kaz, maybe a bit too cocky- Inej knowing exactly when Kaz enters the building and Kaz knowing exactly when Inej follows him I,,,,- Kaz talking about how it’s an impossible job, near certain death, terrible odds, but then getting a dreamy expression—after all of that—about the MONEY. I mean, mood, but why- Kaz undressing & taking his gloves off ONLY IN FRONT OF INEJ and Inej “darting a glance at him” fdjskfsdjsdkjfjd kill me now- Inej blushing because of Kaz, but then wanting to kill him. relatable- Nina flirting with everything, including shoes in a shop window. they’re not ALIVE, Nina!!!- Kaz musing that Nina doesn’t look happy to see him, which is no surprise, because literally no one is happy to see him- Kaz telling Nina he has crumbs on her cleavage but Nina not caring at all because she’s so hungry… pretty much me on a daily basis - Nina: this is not about the money Kaz, internally, camera zoomed in on scowling face: it’s always about the money- Nina knowing she has to trust Kaz to “run the game”. Nina aren’t you smart enough to know to never trust Kaz- Inej describing Kaz as “a liar, a thief, and utterly without conscience”… I mean, you’re the one in love with him - Kaz promising everyone waffles and whiskey if the job fails,, Kaz are you even going to be ALIVE if the job fails- Kaz relying on Jesper to be late, and when Jesper’s actually punctual, Kaz complains- Jesper flirting with Wylan even when they’re being shot at by literally everyone??? “you can’t kiss me from down there, Wylan” JESPER STOP- Kaz not allowing anyone to carry Inej even though the pain in his leg is its worst since he broke it, and then slashing an “X” in the person who hurt Inej, ripping out his eyeball, and throwing him into the ocean. yeah, sure, Kaz, you don’t care about ANYONE- tbh I still get nightmares from him ripping out Oomen’s eyeball. jesus christ, Kaz- just a quick question but how many times have “growl”, “glare”, and “glower” been used in reference to Matthias????- Kaz: don’t bite dow—Wylan: *bites down*- Matthias suspecting that “Brekker would drag the girl back from hell himself if he had to” you’re coMPLETELY RIGHT MATTHIAS- Inej getting stabbed and Nina 1) healing her, 2) teaching her Kerch drinking songs, and 3) making her giggle. they’re so gay but in a platonic way- Inej taking Nina’s face in her hands anD MAKING NINA BLUSH OH MY GOD- Inej and Jesper hanging out on the deck of a boat during sunset and talking about their crushes on Kaz without actually saying they have a crush on Kaz- Inej just wanting, needing, ACHING FOR Kaz to talk to her and ask her how she is and just show that he cares when Kaz hyperventilated for two days about a good reason to talk to her. name a more painful sight to watch, I’ll wait- Kaz and Jesper talking back and forth, “you can pay someone else to pay someone else to pay someone else, etc… to burn your kruge for you” like literal children- Kaz actually having no human decency and blaming Jesper for shooting a man to free him of his misery and “announcing their presence for miles” jesus christ Kaz- Nina and Matthias being so snarky to each other but at the same time keeping each other alive even as they groW WEAKER MY HEART CAN’T TAKE THIS!!!!- Inej and Kaz having a signal so that Kaz will cup his hands and Inej will launch off them, when did they come up with this and why have we not heard more of it???? none of y’all are talking about this and we need to. how many times did they practice this to perfect it. how did Kaz feel when Inej’s feet touched his gloved hands- Kaz touching his hair self-consciously when Nina insults it, then saying his kruge can fix it. yes we get it Kaz, you’re going to be rich- Jesper bragging about never being robbed bUT NINA TELLING HIM HE DOESN’T HAVE ANYTHING TO BE ROBBED OF IN THE FIRST PLACE I LOVE MY BISEXUAL QUEEN- Kaz flinching at Inej’s touch and fumbling with the lock pick and breathing hard and fainting oh my god my poor babyyyyyy- literally all of the character’s backstories here BREAK. MY. HEART. reading them is basically the equivalent of dipping your arm in really hot water and then taking it out but it’s freezing outside so your whole arm just tingles and it hurts. I want to scream any time I read something sad happening to these precious people (which is literally like every other page) but at the same time I just want to keep reading!!!! I hate Leigh Bardugo!!!- Inej’s voice being the ONLY thing to bring Kaz back from whatever hell he disappeared to I adore these two so much- Jesper regretting his choice to worry about DYING over studying Kaz’s naked body… that was the wise choice, Jesper???? (we love a bisexual god)- Wylan’s cheeks turning pink EVERY single time Jesper flirts with him,, Wylan my love when are you going to get used to this type of behavior from Jesper- hello I’m a sharpshooter and my name is Jesper “I’m skinny but stay drier in the rain because less falls on me” Fahey (this scene with Matthias is one of my favorite parts ever and it’s such a Jesper thing to say and I love it I love him wHY IS HE LIKE THIS)- Inej climbing up the incinerator even though her shoes are literally melting onto her feet and there are no handholds and she wants to give up and just fall but the thought of destroying pleasure houses and slave ships gets her through it god what a queen forever my favorite- Kaz, for once in his life, admitting that he screwed up. I,,,- INEJ CUPPING KAZ’S CHEEK WITH HER HAND AND A TREMOR RUNNING THROUGH HIM AND KAZ NOT PULLING AWAY BUT THAT’S NOT ENOUGH FDSFKJDASLJDS- Matthias having an intense Internal Debate on whether or not to shoot Kaz but ultimately deciding not to when really, Kaz was completely capable of killing him and it was just a TEST- when Wylan started screaming when the Shu was draining him of his blood, I swear I fELT SOMETHING IN ME RIP APART??? my poor sweet summer child you did nothing to deserve this- okay but real quick, imagine this: Kaz, in drüskelle uniform with a hood over his face, speaking in his infamous rasping voice. aka, a Dementor- Kaz thinking, as debris rains down around him, about how he didn’t tell Nina and Matthias to blow up the lab and yet they blew up the lab??? Kaz stop worrying about them not following your orders like a self-conceited prick and try to get out alive?????- KAZ WANTING TO BOTTLE UP INEJ’S LAUGHTER AND GET DRUNK ON IT EVERY NIGHT- KAZ TRYING TO THINK ABOUT JORDIE AND REVENGE AND PEKKA BUT FAILING AND THINKING ONLY OF INEJ- KAZ DROWNING BUT ONLY THINKING OF HOW INEJ HAS TO LIVE AND IF SHE DOESN’T THEN HE HAS TO LIVE SO HE CAN RESCUE HER- Kaz needing to thank Inej for his new hat I love how this randomly comes after all his sappy thoughts- Inej choking Tante Heleen and stealing her prized diamond necklace at the same time like my god woman I don’t even know how to do those things individually ????- Iconic Scene #2: Matthias muttering, “I. Should. Let. You. Die.” while pressing down on Kaz’s chest to revive him- Kaz: *is dying*Nina: STOP DYING YOU IDIOT YOU NEED TO GET YOUR THREE MILLION KRUGEKaz: *comes back to life* *frowns* four millionNina: I know :)- Kaz literally GRINNING when he sees Jesper, Inej, and Wylan riding their army tank to them that little sap, and then Nina being surprised that Kaz has any other emotion than “money”- and also remember when Nina made a whole army of Fjerdan soldiers fall to the ground asleep with one sweep of her hands - oh and remember when Kaz’s eyes flickered briefly to Inej which made her get kidnapped because for once in his life, for ONCE, he showed a sign of weakness and that weakness was Inej fjsdlfjsdlkfasdjf WHERE’S A RIVER TO DROWN IN MY FEELINGS- this foreshadowing: “not even Jesper could aim blind” hHHHhhhhmmMMMMMmmmMMMMMmm sssSSSSuuuUURRrrrrrrreeEEEEeee KKKKkkkAAAAaaaaZZzzzZZZZ- Kaz stealing Pekka Rollins’ watch, wallet, tie pin, coin pendant, and gold shoe buckles. for what reason?? just to prove that he could🌷 FAVORITE QUOTES- “No mourners.”—“No funerals.” Among them, it passed for good luck. no mourners no funerals to myself I can’t handle this book anymore- “I’m a businessman. No more, no less.”—“You’re a thief, Kaz.”—“Isn’t that what I just said?” no Kaz- “I like when men beg.” —Inej Ghafa, about men begging for their LIFE- “When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.” or you could… try not to be a monster, Kaz???- “Everyone remembers his first time.” —Kaz, about his first time,,, getting arrested. jesus christ Kaz- “Just to prove that he could.” —Van Eck about someone stealing one of his paintings. like, without even knowing it’s Kaz, you know it’s Kaz- “If you fail, all the world will suffer for it.” —“Oh, it’s worse than that, Van Eck. If I fail, I don’t get paid.” 1) this is the equivalent of Hermione’s “we could be killed, or worse, expelled”, and 2) Van Eck looks disgusted after Kaz says this but he literally wanted them to get Yul-Bayur for the money he’s a lying selfish hypocrite and I despise him with all 5’2½ of me- “Please, my darling Inej, treasure of my heart, won’t you do me the honor of acquiring me a new hat?” I love when Kaz pretends to be sarcastic about his love for Inej when in fact, his love has gotten to the point where it could be obsession (but isn’t)- “But I’ll die on my feet with a knife in my hand.” my, queen,- “Scheming face.”—“Definitely.” I wish I had an iconic line about my face??- THE ICONIC QUOTE:“What’s the easiest way to steal a man’s wallet?”“Knife to the throat?” asked Inej.“Gun to the back?” said Jesper.“Poison in his cup?” suggested Nina.“You’re all horrible,” said Matthias.- “Keep talking, Wraith. Don’t slip away from me.”—“But it’s what I do best. I don’t know how I only saw this in my reread buT IT KILLED ME - “My ghost won’t associate with your ghost,” Matthias said primly. Matthias saying something “primly” sounds so tulip-y and I love it- “Would it kill him to smile every once in a while?”—“Very possible.” again… without knowing it’s Kaz, you know it’s Kaz- You, Inej. You. FJDSLF;JADSLF I SWEAR TO GOD THIS GETS ME EVERY TIME- “Bing bong bing bing bong. No, wait, bing bing bong bing bing.” so I’ve learned that if Matthias isn’t brooding, he’s either binging or bonging- “Hold it up so we don’t have to look at your ugly face.”—“My face has character.” I love you Jesper- “The trick is in getting back up.” also known as the words that Inej spoke to Kaz that KEPT HIM SANE AS HE UNDRESSED IN FRONT OF OTHERS FJDKSLJSDKF- “If any of you survive, make sure I have an open casket,” Jesper said. “The world deserves a few more moments with this face.” can you,,, stop joking about death, Jes, this is concerning- “Matthias the tulip.”—“The big, brooding, yellow tulip.” new description of Matthias: big, brooding, bing, bong- “Is that how you shut up and stay out of the way?”—“Is that how you say thank you?” my little flower child is growing some SPINE!!!!- “If only you could talk to girls in equations.”—“Just girls?”—“No. Not just girls.” MY QUEER LITTLE BOOOOOYS- “I want you to stay. I want you to… I want you.” FJFJJDTJ JJWENFNLA OTRIUEWK NSDLAKTU GJLRTUQPOFLKGJAV- “I will have you without armor, Kaz Brekker. Or I will not have you at all.” I used to be a little uncomfy with this but then I realized that it didn’t mean what I thought it meant and now I just want to scream at Kaz and Inej for not already just gETTING TOGETHER ALREADY OH MY GOD- “Nina, little red bird. Don’t go.” I swear I just felt a heart vessel pop (and not because Nina’s a Heartrender,, fjsdlfksd I’M SORRY BAD TIMING)- “Maybe I liked your stupid face.” Jes, his face is not stupid and you know it. you LOVE his face. you would, understandably, DIE for his face- also there were other sentimental quotes like “The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true” and “There was no part of him that was not broken, that had not healed wrong, and there was no part of him that was not stronger for having been broken” but,, I’m not a sap,,, (*distant sobbing*)🌹 WHAT I REALIZED FROM MY REREAD- this book was actually slower than I thought??? but I don’t even care; the book was fast in all the right places and took its time because it was all focused on the characters’ development and fjsldkfjlsdkjfasd- I ship Nina & Matthias a whole lot more than I thought- I like Matthias a whole lot more than I thought- I love this book a whole lot more than I thought- there wasn’t nearly as much flirting between Jesper & Wylan as I thought or wanted- I FORGOT HOW MUCH I LOVE THESE CHARACTERS FJSDKLFJA;SLDKJ- Kaz Brekker, Inej Ghafa, Nina Zenik, Jesper Fahey, Wylan Van Eck, Matthias Helvar,,, god I love them so much- mY HEarT- jumping off of a cliff would hurt less than rereading this, but I’d do it all over again!!!- also I still have no idea how the hell to say “Fjerda”🌷 REASONS TO READ THIS- Leigh Bardugo is a genius. I have no idea how she comes up with such elaborate heists like this, I can barely manage to find the yogurt in the fridge- the characters are absolutely amazing. they are so fleshed out and so real and have so many flaws and intricate and backstories and fjdslfjsdlka. you FEEL for them so bad, and you develop so much love for them that you forget that they could all literally kill you in one second- there is also so much diversity! in just the main cast, there’s diversity in race, sexuality, disability, and mental illnesses. I truly think this is a great example of what I call “casual diversity” and I think it’s really amazing and inspiring to see all types of characters struggle but ultimately succeed in this fantasy world- the whole story has the best messages. in Leigh’s author’s note in Crooked Kingdom, she talks about human trafficking and how the reader can help lower it around the world. in these books, she shows so many instances of humans taking advantage of other humans, with a cast of characters that makes you question if what they’re doing is right or wrong- on top of that, Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom is about becoming weak, making mistakes, but then getting back up after all of that and fighting. it’s about standing up even when it’s hard, even when you don’t think you can. it’s about being pushed down mountains but finding the ability and courage to climb back up again. these characters are all fighters, and it is so so inspiring- also it’s just absolutely amazing, well-written novel and I love it SO. MUCH. Anyways, if you need me, you can find me lying on the floor and staring up at the ceiling unresponsively until I one day decide to get up and reread this series again and give my life a purpose!!!! (And screaming at myself in the mirror at 2 in the morning over the third book!!!):: rep :: disabled male MC with PTSD and touch aversion, brown female MC with touch aversion, fat bisexual female MC, black bisexual male MC, dyslexic gay male MC, East Asian-coded male major SC:: content warnings :: death, multiple scenes with blood, graphic violence, drug addiction, human trafficking, slavery (discussed), nonconsensual prostitution (in general, it’s quite dark)// buddy reread with butter mary
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  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    UPDATE: I actually got my mother obsessed with my favorite book? in related news I still have to lie down for 40 hours whenever Kaz and Inej interact// three chapters into reading this with my mother and she says "it's official: I'm in love with Kaz" and honestly if that isn't the mood for today__________________________Five solid stars. This book pulled me in from the beginning, to the point where I knew I'd found a favorite before I was halfway through. Here, Bardugo integrates a creative plot UPDATE: I actually got my mother obsessed with my favorite book? in related news I still have to lie down for 40 hours whenever Kaz and Inej interact// three chapters into reading this with my mother and she says "it's official: I'm in love with Kaz" and honestly if that isn't the mood for today__________________________Five solid stars. This book pulled me in from the beginning, to the point where I knew I'd found a favorite before I was halfway through. Here, Bardugo integrates a creative plot, interesting and morally grey characters, group dynamics and banter, a great writing style, and some really, really prime romance plots. Goddamn, can Leigh Bardugo write romance. There are very, very few books that I love so wholeheartedly. This series truly is my favorite fantasy series of all time. There's no competition whatsoever. PLOTTING AND WORLDBUILDINGBardugo tosses you right into the main plot from the beginning and keeps you engaged all the way through, even when her focus is on character work. Her plotting is incredibly engaging, with so many twists and turns that the book is hard to put down. This book focuses on mind games and clever plotting. The dregs need to have a thousand backup plans, and everything is brilliantly planned by Bardugo. The Grisha's worldbuilding is very engaging, even though we're thrown in without context; I remember thinking that I would have appreciated a proper map of Ketterdam, and then we GOT a good map in book two! Bardugo's prose is awesome, and there are some truly gorgeous quotes from here. Then again, it doesn't feel as if she's trying too hard or using purple prose. CHARACTER WORK OF PERFECTION A gambler, a convict, a wayward son, a lost Grisha, a Suli girl who had become a killer, a boy from the Barrel who had become something worse. Bardugo nails character work here. Every single character grows, every single character develops, every single character owns my heart. okay maybe not Matthias quite as much but w/eInej is a member of a gang and a murderer, but she desperately wants to do the right thing and liberate slaves like herself. She's gone through hell and she's come out strong and in control. She feels so real on page; she has a heart but she only lets it out around the people she cares about. I like that combination. Kaz is the most manipulative, terrible, morally black protagonist I've ever read about, and I love him to pieces. He's absolutely an antihero; yes, he's on a mission to save the world, but does he care about saving the world? Nope, he cares about getting his cash. He still manages to be a complex, dimensional character, who genuinely cares about his friends not dying (though he'd never admit it). Jesper is witty and an absolute delight to get a POV chapter from, but he's also incredibly sympathetic as a former farm boy who fell from grace. He likes living on the edge, and he's aware of the pain his own actions have caused him, and he's trying to work through it. Nina is hilarious and idealistic and clever and can go from flirting to making speeches within ten seconds. She's such a great character because she's so earnest and positive despite everything that's happened to her. She's also one of the most badass characters ever. Wylan doesn't actually have pov chapters here, but he's getting a shoutout from me anyway because of his pov chapters in CK. He's entertaining here, too, coming off as a blushing do-gooder but with rumor and intrigue swirling around his actual past. Matthias is honestly my least favorite. He's dynamic enough and he's got a great character arc, but I don't feel as if he's nearly as original a character as my five. Whatever, I still like him. BANTER AND DOING CHARACTER DYNAMICS RIGHTThe Dregs are such an amazing squad all together. Their banter owns my heart. Jesper and Inej especially have one of my favorite friendship dynamics of all time; their banter and their genuine trust in each other and their lowkey joking about their mutual crush on Kaz. Inej and Nina stand out as well; extra credit for passing the bechdel test with flying colors. Also, the dialogue here absolutely rules. You have no idea how many times I had to hold in laughter. “When we get our money, you can burn kruge to keep you warm,” said Kaz. “Let’s go.”Jesper consulted his compass, and they turned south. “I’m going to pay someone to burn my kruge for me.”Kaz fell into step beside him. “Why don’t you pay someone else to pay someone to burn your kruge for you? That’s what the big players do.”“You know what the really big bosses do? They pay someone to pay someone to …” HOW TO WRITE ROMANCE: A GUIDEBOOK BY LEIGH BARDUGOSeriously, I felt the need to give this an entire section of its own, because the romance here is SO good. But the romance plots never overtake the book; I have an annotations list for these books, and there are twice as many good character moments and gorgeous quotes as there are romantic moments. Kaz and Inej are one of my all-time favorite book couples. I used to consider them my third favorite, but they've quickly become my favorite of all time. They have so many small moments and such slow-build romantic development. And then, as if I weren't invested already, they have that one declaration scene which honestly made me swoon. I will have you without armor, Kaz Brekker. Or I will not have you at all. Jesper and Wylan are just cute for most of the book. They got some cute relationship build, but I wasn't that invested. And then that One Line at the end of the book shows up and they KILLED me. Really, Bardugo? You could've left me heart intact instead, but?? not so much. Also, side note, but I don't understand how anyone was surprised they're a thing in book two. I know heteronormativity is a thing that exists, but how can you read "not just girls" and mutual blushing in a heterosexual way? Matthias and Nina were honestly not that big a ship for me here. I absolutely understand what's appealing about their dynamic; they're sweet and have amazing relationship development. But they don't appeal to me personally; I don't have to lie down for twenty minutes when I read their scenes. DIVERSITY: YOUR FAVE COULD NEVERSomething that gets ignored a lot is how diverse this series is; not just in terms of nonwhite characters, lgbt characters, and badass girl characters, although it does have all of those. But Six of Crows also has some of the best rep of a disabled character EVER. It helps that this is ownvoices disability rep. Kaz' disability affects his life in a realistic way, and there's no magical cure for it, BUT he's still a huge badass and the disability never becomes a consuming part of his character!! There's also the fact that a chubby main character is portrayed as the most beautiful member of the group, while also not being reduced to her appearance. There's even a dyslexic character (in FANTASY!) and part of his character arc is learning that his learning difference doesn't make him stupid. There's a major character with ADD as well. This series handles emotional and physical trauma in the best way. Some of these characters have trauma and it's never portrayed as a detriment to who they are as people. It's an aspect of who they are as people, but their background never takes over their characters. It's a balance. Recovery is also portrayed in a great way; none of these characters can be "fixed" but that's okay. The entire topic is handled in a better way than most contemporaries that focus entirely on trauma. I appreciate it so much. TL;DR: I was never bored by this book, and I love the characters more than my own life. Highly recommended.Blog | Goodreads | Twitter | YoutubeA Bunch of Random Spoilery Notes / Crying• remember when we all thought Wylan had gotten kicked out for banging his tutor? is it even canonically confirmed that he didn't? i need answers• I BRed a second reread of this (yes, I've read it three times, shut up) with Amy, whose review you should definitely check out!!• every single moment of banter is my favorite but my underrated fave is probably "If I see a single scratch or nick on those, I'll spell 'forgive me' on your chest in bullet holes" and the ensuing debate over whether 'I'm sorry' would be better• "Close your eyes!" "You can't kiss me from down there, Wylan."• or maybe it's "my ghost won't associate with your ghost" • every time Kaz and Inej interact I have to lie down for 40 hours• Jesper and Wylan are probably angstier in this book than book 2?• I don't even understand how it's possible not to love this book. With most of my faves, I love them, but I get it if you don't love them. I flat-out don't understand how anyone could not love this book. It's a masterpiece.
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  • Raeleen Lemay
    January 1, 1970
    HEYOOO THIS BOOK WAS GREAT.I found the beginning (meaning the first 150-200 pages lol) to be very very slow and hard to get into, which is why the book took me so long to read. HOWEVER, once it got past that point I was absolutely hooked and breezed through the rest of the book in a couple of days.I loved the characters, and their group dynamic was flawless. There's plenty of drama and they all have interesting backstories, and they each had a specific skill set that made them unique and necessa HEYOOO THIS BOOK WAS GREAT.I found the beginning (meaning the first 150-200 pages lol) to be very very slow and hard to get into, which is why the book took me so long to read. HOWEVER, once it got past that point I was absolutely hooked and breezed through the rest of the book in a couple of days.I loved the characters, and their group dynamic was flawless. There's plenty of drama and they all have interesting backstories, and they each had a specific skill set that made them unique and necessary in the group. If I had to pick a favorite character I'd be hard-pressed to pick just one, because they are all #goals (Kaz, Inej and Nina tho)The plot moved along quickly after the halfway point, and there were plenty of twists and turns to keep things interesting. My only issue aside from the weird pacing in the beginning was how at the end it felt like Leigh Bardugo was forcing all of the characters to pair up. I was hoping to get through an entire YA fantasy book that didn't force romance on the characters, but THERE IT WAS. Luckily it wasn't too bad, but I thought it was dumb that all six of the main characters felt the need to shack up with each other. I guess we'll see how that goes in book 2 :OAll in all, a great book, and I look forward to picking up Crooked Kingdom VERY soon.
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  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    As you can see, I finally jumped on the band wagon and inhaled the first in this series. While it did take me about 50 pages to really get sucked in, mainly due to sorting out names and the layout of this fantasy world, things picked up quickly and I blew through a majority of the book about as fast as I can scarf down a large pizza. (But for real, Papa John’s makes a great side dish for this book. And all books.) The major pull for my placing this on the ever-growing TBR last year was solely th As you can see, I finally jumped on the band wagon and inhaled the first in this series. While it did take me about 50 pages to really get sucked in, mainly due to sorting out names and the layout of this fantasy world, things picked up quickly and I blew through a majority of the book about as fast as I can scarf down a large pizza. (But for real, Papa John’s makes a great side dish for this book. And all books.) The major pull for my placing this on the ever-growing TBR last year was solely that I was curious as to how an adventurous heist would look from the viewpoint of teenagers. I racked my brain trying to find other books like it and came up short; maybe someone can point a few out to me, but I felt that alone made this a unique read. There are so many fantasy worlds in the YA genre these days that an author truly has to work hard if they’d like to stand out amongst the others. I can say with great confidence that this one is memorable beyond doubt and lives up to all the hype surrounding it.If you read the summary above, you can see it leaves quite a bit to the imagination (as it should). I picked this up without reading her Grisha Trilogy first; I’m torn as to whether or not that was a bad thing. On one hand, I feel it would have helped to set up the Ketterdam world a bit more where I could have dove in and immediately ran with it; on the other, I sort of enjoyed not having the back story on the various lands and cultures discussed in the book, and it made me want to go back and read the Grisha books for a fuller understanding. I’m curious to discuss with someone who read those books first to compare thoughts. If you are like me and late to the party, just know that neither choice is wrong and you can enjoy either route.We find out early on that one of the main characters (and leader of The Dregs), Kaz Brekker, is crippled and requires a cane for support while walking. After reading in the acknowledgements that author Leigh Bardugo suffers from a degenerative condition called osteonecrosis, all of Kaz’s struggles and descriptive scenes truly came to life. You see, osteonecrosis is better known as “bone death”, meaning the author is in pain with pretty much every step she takes and sometimes requires the use of a cane. This book is riddled with all types of “special needs” and minority characters; I really enjoyed how well written they all are and how subtle, yet perfect each character came across. Even though this is a fantasy book, these aspects gave it a realistic quality amidst all the magical beings and fantastical fights.I’m sure no one else feels this way, but my favorite character ended up being Jesper! All 6 of the crows were awesome and fun to follow, but his backstory and personality added a line of humor, mystery, and care free immaturity that lightened the mood and added depth to the teenage group. I hate nothing more than a YA book that basically writes the characters all off as teenagers who are completely mature adults, and this one was sure to keep reminding us that, at the end of the day, they still are children with those types of needs and wants. While the heist was clearly unrealistic and totally unbelievable, this is fantasy, and we need a lot of unrealistic in the big picture. What sold me was all the little, more believable details and quirks given to each character.I’ll stop rambling, but as you can see I loved this book and am super pumped for Crooked Kingdom to be published next week. I’m in the first batch of requests at the library, so hopefully I won’t have to wait too long to pick up the next book. While it didn’t have a huge cliffhanger at the end, I was left craving the next installment immediately and am glad I waited to read this now, instead of last September as originally planned. This is well done YA fiction and I am excited to explore the author’s other work surrounding such a fun fantasy world! If you are a fan of fantasy YA fiction (and are also late to the party like myself), please give this one a go!
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