Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

I’ve been sitting on this book for awhile now, dreading writing a review. That being said, I feel the need to point out that this review may spoil details from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Here is my spoiler-free review for Six of Crows. If you continue on with this post you do so at your own spoiler-risk. You’ve been warned! This will not, however, contain spoilers for Crooked Kingdom itself. I pinky swear! WhatsApp Image 2017-10-09 at 16.41.09

A brief Crooked Kingdom description via goodreads:

“Welcome to the world of the Grisha.
After pulling off a seemingly impossible heist in the notorious Ice Court, criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker feels unstoppable. But life is about to take a dangerous turn—and with friends who are among the deadliest outcasts in Ketterdam city, Kaz is going to need more than luck to survive in this unforgiving underworld.”WhatsApp Image 2017-10-09 at 16.41.09

She rested her head on his shoulder.
“You’re better that waffles, Matthias Helvar.”
A small smile curled the Fjerdan’s lips.
“Let’s not say things we don’t mean, my love.”

This book is in fact, better than waffles. I would swear off waffles for the rest of my life if it meant that every book I read would be as good as this one. This book is a big cup of cocoa with marshmallows half-melted on the top. You sit down with your cocoa — your copy of Crooked Kingdom — and enjoy every last sip, trying desperately to drink it all up as fast as you can. The characters are rich with notes of anti-hero antics just as in Six of Crows, but they are still loveable in all the best ways making you all warm and fuzzy inside. WhatsApp Image 2017-10-09 at 16.41.09I have contemplated for about a month if it would be acceptable for me to just write the word “perfection” over and over as my review — is that still an option? — terrified of not doing this epic book justice. Seriously, bring on every single spin-off or sequel she can think up — can we make this a longer series? Who’s with me?! I can’t get enough of this story/world/characters.

These books are smart. I never knew what to expect, much like with Six of Crows. Many good series have the eventual downfall of being overdone and overworked, publishing book after book when there was nothing left to say. Crooked Kingdom is action packed with delicious details and spicy characters; there is never a dull moment. Crooked Kingdom is perhaps not the ending you wanted, but it fits the world perfectly, and I don’t think Leigh Bardugo could have written it any better.

Both books in this duology are packed with the perfect amount of cuteness, darkness, and action. Much like a rich cup of cocoa, it still has the light fluffy marshmallows on top, which may not be the main focus of the story, but you’re always happy when they come back around.  WhatsApp Image 2017-10-09 at 16.41.09

“She smiled then, her cheeks red, her cheeks scattered with some kind of dust. It was a smile he thought he might die to earn again.”

Time for the ships to set sail. Leigh Bardugo is the master of the lovable anti-hero. The relationships between the characters were everything I wanted and more. So many books/authors write their stories to make relationships just magically happen, even if they don’t make sense for the character, but Bardugo remained completely true to her characters. The inner conflicts when it comes to the romantic side of this book are as perfect as they could be. Each character remains themselves and it makes you root for them even harder!

“I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.”

This book is perfect, amazing, excellent, flawless, splendid, and any other synonym that you can possibly come up with. I have already gifted it to a friend for their birthday and pushed it on everyone I have come across. This duology is definitely, without a single doubt, my favorite reads of 2017. Read these books. Do it. WhatsApp Image 2017-10-09 at 16.41.09Let’s Chat! 

Have you read these? Who is your favorite character or ship? Do you also wish for more books? Do you remain in denial that it’s over? If someone liked these books, what should they read next?

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    1. I was heartbroken at the end, but it was so perfect that i can’t think of any other word to describe it! It really could not have been any better. Leigh Bardugo deserves a prize or something 🖤

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  1. I loved this duology so much. So many new characters I read about will now always be measured against the Dregs and it’s near impossible to top that. I definitely share the sentiment of wanting to just write “perfection” over and over. Somehow the tragic thing that happened at the end didn’t have such a huge effect on me and I was like “what’s wrong with me?” but do you know how you can feel just numb at the sight of terrible news about something that is near and dear to you? That might be an explanation of why I didn’t sob through the final chapters.

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    1. I totally get that. The ending actually got spoiled for me because someone didn’t mark their post, but I was still crushed. I definitely know what you mean, I am constantly reevaluating books with the bar set higher because of this duology. It’s one of those books that I’ll want every possible cover variation that exists. My new absolute favorite/go-to books hands down! 🖤 Here comes the tricky (or maybe not) question… Who is your favorite character?

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      1. Inej all day everyday!! I was switching between Nina and Inej at the beginning of CK, but then I realized that was only because Nina kept talking about food 😅 but Inej is my favorite she’s such a badass! 🖤

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  2. This. Book. I swear it’s so good I may just never want to do anything but lie down and die because it’s that awesome. And splendid review! I think writing perfect over and over again is reasonable considering what the ending did to us.

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