“The beginnings of an idea scratched at the back of his skull, an itch, the barest inkling. It wasn’t a plan, but it might be the start of one.”
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is, hands-down, the best book I have read so far in 2017. Bardugo writes you into the story. I am crow number 7 watching like a fly-on-the-wall, and if you read this book you can be too. Book Description (via goodreads): “Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist: Break into the notorious Ice Court (a military stronghold that has never been breached) Retrieve a hostage (who could unleash magical havoc on the world) Survive long enough to collect his reward (and spend it) Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.”This is one of those amazing books that you can’t put down. I lost sleep over this book, pushing my bed-time after “one more chapter, just one more” (it was never just “one more”). I do not think I could ever write a review good enough for this book, but damn it I’ll try.
Bardugo is the master of character building. Just when I thought I had one of the main six figured out, Bardugo put me right back in my place. Each character could have their own book explaining their pasts and why they are the way that they are (trying my best not to spoil anything). Not to say that it’s hard to follow, it’s easy, but I want a book for each character because that’s how invested I am. I could absolutely love or hate a character from chapter to chapter, not knowing who to trust. I, personally, love a good anti-hero, which is probably why I’m raving about this book. Not only are her characters beautifully written, they come to life and I love them all. They are a racially-diverse group of trouble-makers with an extensively vast set of specialties. They are hardened by life and will spill your blood in a second, but at the same time, they’re lovable. Here’s the line-up:
Kaz: the boss, all-around badass thief who is quick on his feet and always has a plan
Inej: my favorite character, the wraith, super-sneaky assassin/ acrobat who has an affinity for knives
Jesper: sarcastic sharpshooter with a gambling problem
Matthias: prisoner/ criminal/ soldier major internal conflicts, but he’s the muscle
Nina: badass, sassy witch/ soldier who loves cake (I can relate)
Wylan: super-smart runaway who blows stuff up
“When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing monstrous things.”
The story, however, wasn’t what I expected. It was better. It was 100 times better than I, honestly, thought it could be. Given the description on goodreads, I thought it sounded too similar to the disappointment that was Suicide Squad and I am beyond happy that I was wrong. Shortly after starting, I realized that this wasn’t going to be the “let’s gather our unlikely friends and get paid” that the description, somewhat, makes it out to be. Basically, our badass group of misfits has to band together and break into this super secret, secure fortress, but they all have their own intentions for once they get in. I’m happy to say, that I never knew what was going to happen. In fact, I’m still not sure what is waiting for me in the sequel, but it’s currently on its way to my door.
This book was a roller coaster of turns, drops, highs, and even tears (on my end). This book has assassins, sharpshooters, witches, magic, explosions, heartbreak, heists, and other evil antics. I love how dark it gets. Sometimes with YA I feel like they could have taken it a step further to really make it exceptional, but rarely do, due to their target audience. Six of Crows left me with absolutely zero complaints, hang-ups, or shortcomings. The history of the characters, hell, the history of the entire Grishaverse is dark and interesting in that sort of way, that makes you feel like you will never know enough. I’ve already recommended Six of Crows to my best friends and now I’m pushing it on you. Read It. I will definitely be re-reading, which I never absolutely promise to do so it’s kind of a big deal. Six of Crows is the first of Leigh Bardugo’s novels that I have read, but I’m excited to get my hands on the others, especially if they take place in the Grishaverse!
Sidenote: There is another trilogy that takes place in the same world (Grisha) and you DO NOT have to read them before Six of Crows. The duology of Six of Crows can stand alone.
If you’ve already read Six of Crows: Who is your favorite character? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading! -xo Amber
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