I don’t have a book to review for you this week… WHO WHAT WHEN AND WHYYYY you might be thinking (also singing that song from Spy Kids in my imagination apparently). Well because I was too busy saving the world as any respectable teen in high school does to read a book that I wanted to review.
SO HERE’S A REVIEW WRITTEN BY FETUS ME THIS JANUARY!
Hope you enjoy and don’t cringe too much (I am cringing enough for all of us as it is)! I added pretty graphics for your pleasure obviously gotta keep up that aesthetic. And made it…readable… ENJOY!
Ok so I am rereading this because I just got Crooked Kingdom and I HAD TO OK I LOVE IT SO FUDGING MUCH. So here are my *very* *totally not biased* (shut up) thoughts on this incredible villainy goodness.
Rating : 4.7/5 stars
OH MY GOD
HOLLY FLIPPIN PANCAKES IS THIS BOOK AMAZING.
I like when books say they are dark and they actually deliver and wowie was this a DARK YA fantasy. This promised assassins and blood and dark cookies all around and I left with all that plus emotional heartbreak and slight concern for my babies, their enemies and my sanity.
Rereading this was such a pleasure: I remembered EXACTLY why I loved everyone- and I *LOVED* EVERYONE!
(yup it’s not like I was secretly scared of rereading this because what if I just IMAGINED I liked it the first time and it’s not as good as I remembered it to be – as always I am a skeptical peach and needn’t have I worried I was right the first time #obviously (which just proves I am always right and nobody should doubt me – not even myself))I must sheepishly admit to not having yet read the Grisha Trilogy – I only read the first one and got distracted (oh look other shiny books !!1!!) halfway through the second. So if you haven’t read Six of Crows because you worry you won’t get some things: no more shall you trouble yourself little creampuff – you can totally just start here, no need to add another trilogy to your already monstrous tbr pile (I feel your pain).
(Future!Ioana addition: Yeah and 9 months later and you still haven’t gotten your TBR under control…will you EVER now that’s the true mystery. Probably not.)My blurb: This is the story of thief incrediblé and sass master, Kaz Brekker ,and his crew of very real totally authentic crows #obviously , while they attempt an impossible heist – breaking into an unbreakable prison. Why you may ask ?? Well : FOR THE SHINY MONEY. Why else would they risk their lives huh??
The complexity and depth of the characters in this story boggles my mind every time man. There are 5 POVs in this book . All. Distinct. Voices. I NEVER ONCE CONFUSED THEM – they are that fleshed out and well structured. Round of applause for Queen Leigh Bardugo for managing that (somebody give that woman cake she absolutely deserves it ).
(Future!Ioana addition: Well at least I recognized the true importance of Leigh Bardugo in my life. Good.)
You know how no matter how much you enjoy the story and the characters you always have that one pov that you don’t like as much as the others ?? And every time it switches to that ONE person you just die a little inside and maybe just skim read a little guiltily because you just want to get to the good part of the story ??? (admit it we have all done it YOU ARE NOT AS INNOCENT AS YOU SAY YOU ARE )
YEAH SO NOT THE CASE WITH THIS BOOK. I loved all of them – maybe not equally but enough to enjoy every single Pov.
- Kaz Brekker : A tragic baby and grey grape. He tortured and killed someone because he was bored and 80% of his impulse control was missing. Life on the streets has not shaped him into someone kind : instead he is very smart – good skill for survival. Kaz is not your normal physical fighter since he can’t stand touching others and he has a limp – instead he relays on wits and schemes. AND THIS GUY IS NOT AFRAID TO PLAY DIRTY IF IT GETS HIM WHAT HE WANTS
“ Kaz you creepy little genius ”
- Inej Gafta : Silent spy and 80% of Kaz’s impulse control. She was a trained acrobat and is so good at her job – scaling buildings, finding out secrets -that she is known -and feared- as The Wraith.
I loved her a lot : she is so complex and incredible and everything I’ve ever wanted from a character ever. She is also brown skinned and because of that got taken away from her family by slavers and was sold into a brothel. That, and how it affected her life, is talked about a lot – but she becomes stronger because of it and proves it every time.
- Nina Zenik : Aka my ultimate soul mate. She is a badass Grisha Corporalki soldier that is also funny, charming and loves life. She likes to eat and is not afraid to say so or show off her curves. She literally just slays everybody – in both ways. Nina differs a lot from the other characters: her motivation for joining the crew is more on the morally good side of the spectrum (or on this spectrum at least). Her and Matthias have a backstory and their dynamic is wonderfully hilarious (if not frustrating BECAUSE LITERALLY STOP FIGHTING AND MAKE OUT ALREADY) (jk I love it when they fight).
“I am very keen on cake. I was wondering if we can find some common ground.”
–Nina Zenik keeping her #priorities damn straight
(Future!Ioana agrees with all the points stated above for Nina’s character. Nina is still my ultimate soulmate and we are so much alike it’s crazy.)
- Matthias Helvar : A witch hunter. And by witch I mean Grisha. He is also hopelessly in love with Nina the witch. I didn’t like him a lot the first time I read the book (the whole “patriotic” thing he had going on didn’t impress me and I found him slightly irritating woops not sorry) but on my second read he seemed more interesting and I actually? Enjoyed him??
- Jasper : He was one of my favourite characters on my first read : a quick, bisexual , sharpshooter that was funny and could not stand still ?? #YES. On the second read thought I did not enjoy his character as much though (still hardcore shipping him with Wylan)
- Wylan : The only birb (ok crow…but birb is way cuter) that doesn’t get a POV. Smol innocent gay roll. On my first read i really didn’t care about him but now I really see his pureness and i am totally in his protection squad. Just somebody make me a T-shirt goddamn it
One thing i really love about this book: it is a diverse story without it being MARKETED AS ONE.
I mean this is marketed as a fantasy because IT IS a fantasy (…duh). Inej has brown skin, Jasper is black and *always* *not so discreetly* flirting with Wylan, Nina is curvy, Kaz has a disability, BUT THIS IS STILL A HEIST BOOK!!! I loved that and we need more of that. Diverse characters in fantasy are very important!!!! A good fantasy world reflects OUR world and in our world people like these exist so they should be represented.
(I will always stand by this!! I WANT DIVERSITY IN OTHER GENRES! If you can make up a totally diverse world why not make it as you wish ours would be??? Make the characters have 99 problems but their race/sexuality/gender not be one!!)
I *personally* didn’t find this story slow – though i can see why people would say it was kind of dragging in places. It didn’t bother me at all to get to know all the characters because I loved them all so much (like i didn’t just completely fangirl over all of them in detail 2 paragraphs ago ya know).
It really picks up speed when the time to break into the prison actually comes. It gets INTENSE man. I got into the “oh no what are they going to do now” state of frantic pages flipping even on my second read.
I loved the way the story was told. Kaz is a masterful schemer: he keeps details hidden from some characters and because the povs switch around so much you, as a reader, don’t really get to see the whole plant until it fully surprises you (which is some really smart story telling on Bardugo’s part and I only observed it on my second read – this just proves how deserving this women is of cake (but she also tortured my babies so I might just eat a bit of the cake myself as retribution for my hurt feelings – seems only fair)).
Overall: The sass and stabbines combined themselves perfectly in this one I must say. It buttered all my evil little gears and tricked me into loving it. It is definitely an all time fave and I am glad I reread it. Onto Crooked Kingdom now! (faking confidence as I am so scared for my crow children #help)
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.
Do you love Six of Crows as much as I do ?? Who is YOUR favourite crow child?? And what are YOUR opinions on diversity in fantasy ??
TELL ME EVERYTHING!