Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows review

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ISBN: 162779509X

Title: Six of Crows

Series: Six of Crows, #1

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Henry Holt

Publishing Date: September 29th 2015

Format: Paperback

Number of Pages: 465

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

 

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Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows 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 a Wraith

 

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums

 

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

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Saints, I wish I have read this book way sooner.

Six of Crows is my first read from Leigh Bardugo. If you haven’t read any Leigh Bardugo book yet, and if you’re to ask me, I would suggest for you to read Shadow and Bone trilogy first before going into Six of Crows. Because that’s what I would have done if I had known. Although it’s also alright for you to read Six of Crows without reading Shadow and Bone because this is a completely different story. It’s just that it would be easier to get into their world and understand it and the Grishas once you’ve read Shadow and Bone already which as far as I know, focuses on the Grishas. That would be a good help to easily understand the Grisha and not get lost in their world here in Six of Crows.

It took me more than a hundred pages in to really enjoy this book. Honestly, I almost doubted the love this book is receiving from the community – which apparently is the main reason why I finally picked this one up. I spent more than a hundred pages learning and getting familiar with their world and some of the characters. If its world building was not that incredible and the story itself was not interesting from the very start I would have probably been bored. But being a book with more than 400 pages, I sooner realized that more than a hundred pages of getting familiar to its world is just alright. After the introduction to its world and its characters, I finally slowly saw the Six of Crows people are raving about.

Six of Crows is about the broken ones, the survivors, the fighters, the spies, the thieves. First and foremost, I really love the characters of this book. I connected to them and felt each of them. I loved how flawed, how imperfect they were which made them feel so human and so easy to love and understand. They’re also quite diverse. Each is different from the other. Each has a very interesting story of their own. Each is a survivor. Each has a skill I admired.  And each is a total bad ass.

Meeting the Dregs and Kaz’ own crew made me think how boring my life is. To think that I was even a year older than most of them, they’d done so much more. Though, there’s no way I’ll trade my life to theirs no matter how exciting their life is because it also comes with great amount of danger and I don’t think I would have survived what they had survived.

I liked how it was told on different point of views. I enjoyed how it made me see through different perspectives or angles and it gave me a wider picture of what was happening. This allowed me to understand or partly understand all sides.

The romance, even though it wasn’t the mere focus, still, I found myself swooning and shipping some of them since the earlier part of this book. There’s no doubt that the romance is one of the things I’ll surely look forward in the next book. I HAVE SO MANY SHIPS SAILING IN SIX OF CROWS. And I am willing to go down with them in Crooked Kingdom. (not that I’m hoping for them to sink!)

I lived as a thief and a spy while reading this book and that was just so cool! Okay, in real life it’s not cool, but in this world, it is! I have no plan of becoming one. But I love the excitement and nervousness I felt while they’re in a mission as spies and thieves. I loved thinking about the tactics, planning, escaping and such.

I also really loved Leigh Bardugo’s style of telling a story. I loved how she started and ended this book – mostly because of the point of views she chose to show and not to show. I also loved how she provided us the characters’ back stories and the plot twist which I really didn’t expect at all. Leigh’s writing style is not a typical one. I will surely read more from Leigh Bardugo.

This book can also become violent and bloody at some point. So if you don’t like reading some violence and bloody scenes, you might reconsider reading this book (BUT you can just also skip them tho!). But if not, and you love reading fantasy with bad ass characters an excellent world-building then no questions asked, YOU SHOULD PICK THIS UP.

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PicsArt_10-23-12.34.484575289Leigh Bardugo is the #1 New York Times bestselling and USA Today bestselling author of the Six of Crows Duology and the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, as well as the upcoming Wonder Woman: Warbringer (Aug 2017) and The Language of Thorns (Sept 2017).

She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University. These days, she lives and writes in Hollywood where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band.

She would be delighted if you followed her on Twitter, elated if you visited her web site, and fairly giddy if you liked her selfies on InstagramPicsArt_10-26-08.02.43

 

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Have you read this? What did you like and dislike about it? Did you like Kaz? How about Inej, Matthias and the others? Share your thoughts below!

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15 thoughts on “Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

  1. Great review, karina! ❤ And thanks for the tip to get into the Shadow and Bone first before reading Six of Crows! I'm quite intimidated by Leigh Bardugo's books hat's why I haven't read any of them, but I'm planning to get copies soon! 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Ate Kat! ❤ I know how you feel! I was also intimidated by her books. I was scared for my expectations and hopes to be shattered. I'm glad it didn't disappoint. Yay! I hope you'll be able to read it soon. Can't wait to hear your thoughts!

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  2. Great review! I LOVED Six of Crows but for some reason I LOOOVVED the Grisha trilogy more! Probably because while SoC feels like Urban Fantasy, Grisha feels like epic fantasy and I’m more an epic fantasy girl. Kaz is definitely one of my book boyfriends! You definitely out to read The Grisha trilogy..I bet you’ll love Nikolai 😀 Inej is my favorite character on SoC though! And oh Happy New Year 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Uma! Omg I know 😭 I just started Crooked Kingdom. I hope I can find time to start the Grisha trilogy next month! I have to know why did u love it more than SoC 😂 and SAME I love Inej so much. 💞

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    1. Yay! Did u enjoy the Grisha trilogy? I hope you’ll be able to read SoC soon! I’m also looking forward to reading the Grisha trilogy next month since I just started Crooked Kingdom and it’s not included on my Jan tbr. I’m feeling nervous and excited to read the Grisha trilogy 😂

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      1. Um, it was pretty good! I was very relieved to finish it but I wasn’t totally in love or anything. They’re very dense books and I had some difficulty getting though them. I still haven’t picked of SoC but I’m excited for it nonetheless! I needed a break from the Grisha universe for a while haha but I should pick it up soon.
        Did you get a chance to read the trilogy?

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    1. Thank you, Jenn! Yay! You should read it immediately once you have the time. I just finished the book 2 and I really love it. I’m gonna miss the characters so much. Hope you’ll enjoy it. ❤

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    1. OMG girl I just finished Crooked Kingdom earlier this week and I love it so much! I think I love it more than SOC. I’m gonna miss them so much. I’m also hoping to read the Shadow and Bone series soon. ❤

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