Title: Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Date Read: July 06 – 13, 2016
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
How am I supposed to describe my thoughts about Six of Crows?
It was SO good that I am actually speechless just thinking about this book.
Now I know I might sound like I’m overreacting or something, but I’m not. This book was literally everything I expected it would be, but also something it wasn’t. That might sound a little confusing, but trust me when I say that THAT is a good thing. That means Leigh Bardugo just literally surpassed my expectation from this book, and all those hype about this book weren’t overrated. It was THAT good.
I’ve been on a reading slump before I decided to pick up Six of Crows, and it was a terrible level of reading slump. (You can see on the right corner of my blog that I have four unfinished current reads, and I feel really terrible about that because those four books were really good titles!)
But eventually, after so many doubts if I could read this book without having to read the Grisha Trilogy, I finally got myself a hardcover copy of Six of Crows as a reward for my hard work at the firm. I got it along with several other books, but I decided to read this book first.
AND I MADE A GOOD CHOICE.
I MADE A VERY. VERY. GOOD CHOICE.
This book literally was bad and good at the same time. I don’t mean BAD like it’s terrible. I mean BAD because it’s much more violent than the Grisha trilogy. Though I can’t really say that, since I’ve never finished the trilogy. I WAS SPOILED TO DEATH WITH THE GRISHA TRILOGY I just decided I don’t give a single ding-dong anymore. I ain’t reading it when I know the fate of my favorite character. You can hate me, but you should really hate the people who ruined it for me because now I’m ruining it for you by saying I’ll never finish the trilogy anymore. It was soooo good until you know how it’ll end, y’know? I wanted to feel the impact of that ending, and now I can’t and I never will.
Anyways, back to Six of Crows… It is beyond good. Again, there’s much more violence in this book compared to Shadow and Bone (which is the farthest I can compare it with in the Grisha trilogy). But what makes this book most interesting is its characters. Imagine putting six different people in one island and then have the need to help each other to get to the treasure. Which is probably what this book was about. It’s a heist. And six different thieves come together to get their biggest prize yet.
Now that I think about it, this kind of reminds me of Now You See Me. You know..The movie? Six different magicians hired by some sort of big named guy out to use their skills to steal money from banks. Except they’re not really violent, nor are they out there to kill you for money. Nope. Not even close. Bad comparison right there.
But what I’m trying to say is, the six main characters of this book are very different from each other. Each one of them unique in their own way. Among the six characters, my favorite, of course, is none other than Jesper. It’s not exactly the first time I’ve liked a secondary character when compared to the first, because Kaz is like, my second favorite character because the guy’s a strategist and his manipulative and genius mind and skills are unbelievable.. But still. Jesper is the sunshine in this very evil book. He’s not exactly an angel. He’s a pistol-loving guy, so I wouldn’t say he’s exactly the kindest character, but he’s the closest one we could get. And must I talk about that constant flirting with good ‘ol Wylan? Nope. Let’s not. I don’t want to spoil this for anybody.
But you know what? I’m feeling like a REBEL right now, so I’m going to give you my favorite Jesper-Wylan part. Better scroll fast if you don’t want to see it because I’m putting it on Headlines font and big fat CAPSLOCK AND BOLD letters!
WYLAN: MUSIC. NUMBERS. EQUATIONS. THEY’RE NOT LIKE WORDS. THEY… THEY DON’T GET MIXED UP.
JESPER: 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.” IT REALLY WAS A SHAME THEY WERE ALL PROBABLY GOING TO DIE TONIGHT.
Now…Wasn’t that worth sharing and fangirling about?
More than anything, I’m excited to read the Crooked Kingdom and see what comes next. It’s coming out next month and I’m undeniably excited to wrap my hands around it and its red-rimmed pages. I extremely loved Six of Crows with it’s black edges. It’s just so pleasing to look at, especially i you’re a black-loving girl like me.
I’ve rated this book 5 stars on Goodreads because I loved every single thing about this book. 🙂
Now, how do I sign up for the squad?