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Six of Crows
by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows, #1
published on September 29th 2015 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
young adult | fantasy | romance

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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.

[PLOT] typical | not quite there yet | cute | unique kicks serious ass | what’s going on?!
[PACING] snail’s pace | slow | just right | fast | holy crap just stop
[DIVERSITY] none :sadface: | some (minor characters) | LGBTQ | mental health | racial | religion
[ROMANCE] insta-love | realistically paced | slow-burn | love triangle | love square | I am confused | none | it’s complicated
[FEELS] swoons | tears | laughs | cries of frustration | eye rolls | pukes | snores | screams of horror | holy shits
[WRITING] flowery prose | conversational | choppy or cluttered | telling, no showing | info dump-y | simple
[ENDING] cliffhanger | open ending | satisfactory | was that an ending? | want moarrr
[RECOMMENDED?] heck no | to select people | mostly | YAS

Book Review

***I borrowed an advance reader’s copy from the lovely Shannelle @ The Art of Escapism.

 

Readers, I would like you to say hello to the next big thing in the world of YA high fantasySix of Crows! This fantabulous book is filled with butt-kicking action, just-kiss-already romances and characters–basically everything you’re looking for in a book, no?

But I think, personally, that the best thing about Six of Crows is the amazing world filled with magic and hidden darkness. It was absolutely mesmerizing to be back in the whimsical Grishaverse. Despite being just a sort of companion series, Leigh Bardugo manages to create vivid imagery and give us thorough world-building.

The characters were pretty amazeballs as well. I mean, we have SIX points of view, and let me tell you–each one is as engrossing as the others. I was never bored, or more excited to read from a specific person’s POV, because they were all equally gifted with strong personalities. But a few were hard to get into at first. Let’s talk about each of them a bit:

1. Kaz – Maybe I orginally pictured Kaz as a stiff old man who bats his walking stick as little kids, but as we grew to know him better, I fell in love with his determination and extreme need.

2. Inej – Oh, do I adore Inej! This woman was so cunning and totally fierce. She (like the other characters) had such an intriguing, tough past.

3. Nina – I love how Nina is both hard and soft at the same time–she can be a kickass soldier, but also a loving friend. She’s hilarious, too.

4. Matthias – For some strange reason, I associate Matthias with an angry teddy bear. Odd, but it sort of makes sense with his soft/hard attitude, similar to Nina’s.

5. Jesper – Jesper’s the “joker” of the group, who I came to love even by the first chapter. He was incredibly funny, but also knew when to shut up and be serious.

6. Wylan – He’s the kind of guy everyone will hate at first because honestly, you’re probably going to picture a whiny wimp, but once you get to see his intelligent and adorably awkward personality, you’ll grow to love him.

I’m not sure if talking about the romances would be spoiler-y, but let’s just say that we have THREE main relationships in the book. I adored two and shipped them like crazy, but I’m still a bit iffy about the third since it’s still a bit shaky for me.

Then we have the butt-kicking action, which is pretty much already a given based on the synopsis. But I’m still happy to report that these scenes had me widening my eyes and flipping pages like there was no tomorrow! Because, you know. Battle scenes with magic and six badass heroes and heroines–hell yeah.

The pacing and writing made this book even more exceptional as well. Six of Crows was fast-paced but still pretty easy to follow. Add in Leigh Bardugo’s trademark magical writing and you have an addictive read!

Basically, y’all should get this book to experience its magic. ASAP. You know you want to.

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65 thoughts on “Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

  1. Great review. I’m so excited to read Six of Crows. So far I’ve heard nothing but with wonderful things about it. I’m always a fan of book told from multiple perspectives. I’m just debating whether or not I should read The Grisha trilogy before Six of Crows.

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    1. It’s awesome that you like multiple POV books! :) They typically make me want to sit down to process everything. It’ll give you a better background to read the Grisha books first (I’ve only read the first), but you don’t really need to. :)

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      1. I’ve been juggling quite a few series as of late and I think I’m in need of a break so I might just read Six of Crows and then go back to read The Grisha Trilogy to fill in gap we have in the wait for book 2 of the series.

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  2. I need this book in my life. I’ve read so many reviews that have praised it and your review has made me want to read it even more! The characters sound amazing and so do the action scenes and the magic and GAH – I NEED TO READ THIS.

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  3. Aaaaaah I adore character development! I’m intrigued about Matthias the angry teddy bear and all the other characters already. And 3 ships in book 1 already wow that sounds fun. I’m so excited to be immersed in Leigh Bardugo’s writing again too :D Great review!

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    1. Thanks, Ju! :D Yes, Matthias, my love! <3 xD I typically hate it when all the characters seem to have the love interest but… okay, no buts. I still don't like it. xD Maybe that's why I only approve of 2 ships, haha!

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  4. Gret review, Aimee! I haven’t read anything by Leigh, but I want to make this my first. I’m not usually a fan of high fantasy, but thie one looks so complex and full of darkness. I can’t wait to read it. :)

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    1. NOT A FAN OF HIGH FANTASY?? But high fantasy’s the best genre evar. xD ANYWAY, this one’s so good! I recommend trying to read at least the first Grisha book before this, though.

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  5. oH MY GOODNESSS. I need this book like air!! I really love the Grishaverse, but didn’t love Ruin and Rising. I really hope Six of Crows redeems that for me because I tend to like heist stories better than chosen one stories like Alina’s plot!

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    1. Noooo, Ruin and Rising’s not awesome?! :( I haven’t read the second book yet, though. *hides* AND YES TO HEIST STORIES! Although I’m also fine with chosen one stories. :)

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  6. AHHH. Aimee! Stop making me so excited for this! I don’t think I can handle it! *runs around flailing* This sounds absolutely amazing, and I can’t wait until my copy comes so I can engross myself in this book (Hurry up library!). The romance, the characters, and the mystery all sound absolutely fantastic. Thanks for sharing this Aimee and, as always, fabulous review! ♥

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  7. Aimee, you’ve got me completely hooked! I basically NEED to read this book and NEED to read Bardugo’s Geisha trilogy now! Next pay day, this is going to be bought! (Possibly the Grisha trilogy first, though).
    FABULOUS REVIEW! 💞💋

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    1. I agree! I adored the writing in Shadow and Bone, but there were some characters (*cough* The Darkling *cough*) I just couldn’t GET. This book though = pure awesomeness!

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  8. GAH I’m so excited for this one, my copy is on its way and I can’t wait! Each character sounds great and I like how they seem unique enough to stand on their own. Six POVs is a little daunting but if it works, it works! Plus it’s Leigh Bardugo ;)

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  9. You had me at ‘just-kiss-already romances’! My favorite kind! :D And three of them?! Yes, please. I need to read this ASAP. Can’t wait to meet all these awesome characters.
    Great review, lady!

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  10. I am only on the third chapter and I am already in love with both Kaz and Inej. I want them to make out promptly. I think this book is a huge step up from Shadow and Bone which was my last Leigh Bardugo book!

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  11. I have been anticipating this book like crazy and this one definitely has a lot of hype gaining on it right now. I like the sound of the action being intense and there being a lot of it, as well as good strong romances you ship like crazy. Everything sounds so wonderful!

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