Book Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six-of-CrowsKetterdam: 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.

Kaz. What can I say about Kaz. He’s not someone to be pitied, but I just want to wrap him up in a blanket and tell him it will be okay. But he survives the only way he knows how, he just keeps going. No matter the situation, he knows that he has to, so he does. Matthias and Nina are honestly just the right amount of angst and heartbreak that even if I didn’t like the book, I would probably keep reading just for them, because I am a huge sucker for terribly sad things. Jesper flirting with Wylan to throw him off, and then just because gives me life. Please more Jesper and Wylan in the next book. More Wylan in general actually, he’s the only one of the six that didn’t have his own narrative.

My favorite character though, is definitely Inej. It very easily could have been a story like boy saves girl, girl falls in love with boy, stays with boy forever even though he can’t love her the way that she needs/wants. But she knows what she wants and what she wants is someone whole, who will love her wholly and she finds strength in that and in herself and she quite literally pulls herself up with that. And even though we see her strength, we see her weakness from her past, she’s not just a “strong female character” she’s actually well-rounded, all of the characters are.

I was struck early on by Bardugo’s writing. Multiple times in the first couple chapters, I just had really “wow” moments from some of her lines. So many surprising twists and turns that she keeps hidden from the reader and other characters through Kaz, and it really works with his character. At the end of it, I loved it because it was suspenseful and you never knew what was going to happen next, but also because it was really just a story about people. How people can always surprise you. How you can grow and surprise yourself. This ragtag group of kids went from needing each other because they had to, to actually starting rely on one another.

Brilliant. I can’t wait for the next one. 4.5 Bards.

Waiting on Wednesday

waiting on wednesday

Every week Breaking the Spine hosts the bookish meme for book bloggers to share what books they are waiting on to be released!  This week I’m waiting on:

Release Date: April 7, 2015

Life is almost back to normal for Harper Price. The Ephors have been silent after their deadly attack at Cotillion months ago, and best friend Bee has returned after a mysterious disappearance. Now Harper can return her focus to the important things in life: school, canoodling with David, her nemesis-turned-ward-slash-boyfie, and even competing in the Miss Pine Grove pageant.

Unfortunately, supernatural chores are never done. The Ephors have decided they’d rather train David than kill him. The catch: Harper has to come along for the ride, but she can’t stay David’s Paladin unless she undergoes an ancient trial that will either kill her . . . or connect her to David for life.

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