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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Genre: fiction, fantasy, young adult
Summary
"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."

I was pretty hyped for Six of Crows for many reasons. A diverse cast of characters, an exciting plot, and magic? sign me up!

Six of Crows is a thrilling adventure and you will find yourself rooting for this group of walking disasters. It takes place in the same universe as Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy; there are people who can manipulate matter (called Grisha) and they are further divided into classes depending on which matter they manipulate. I'm still unsure as to how Six of Crows ties into trilogy timeline-wise but regardless you needn't have read the trilogy to understand the majority of the story. The Grisha universe works as a wonderful backdrop and adds a new twist to the classic heist story. 

Given that this is a YA book, there is romance but thankfully without the token love triangle. The romances don't overshadow the main storyline and I'm glad to see a queer romance included as well.  But more than the romance I greatly enjoyed the interactions between the six main characters. The relationship that forms between Nina and Inej is my absolute favorite part in the novel. I loved that Bardugo added a supportive friendship between two capable and badass ladies and I only hope we get more of them together in the sequel. 

Now the plot itself started off strong and I greatly enjoyed the planning stages of the heist and getting to know the crew. Once the heist started, however, the pacing slowed down and I found it dragging at parts. Thankfully it picks up again by the end but that change of pace took me out of the story for a bit. 

Overall I liked this book and I'll be reading the sequel Crooked Kingdom. There are some pacing issues in the last third of the book but the characters are compelling and I am 100% fully invested in their story. I want to hug all of them and be their mom, okay? I just want them to be happy.

My rating: ★★★☆☆


Until next time!

4 comments

  1. I'm glad to see you enjoyed this! I LOVED it (and read the entire thing in one night) but still haven't found the time to read Crooked Kingdom :( (hopefully sooon). Also, GORGEOUS PHOTO!

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    1. I feel you about Crooked Kingdom. There simply isn't enough in the day to read all the books. And thank you <3

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  2. Ah, I have copies of this series sitting on my shelves at the moment...but have yet to get around to picking them up. Ugh, so bad, I know! Glad to hear that you enjoyed the book overall! I have yet to see a bad review for this book at all!

    Joy @ Thoughts By J

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    1. Dude, my tbr pile is ridiculous at this point. There are just so many books out there to read! I was disappointed by Shadow and Bone so I was wary about this book but I'm glad I was wrong.

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