Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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Title: Crooked Kingdom

Author: Leigh Bardugo

My rating: 5/5

Goodreads rating: 4.62/5

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publisher:  Orion Children’s Books

Summary (Goodreads):

Kaz Brekker and his crew of deadly outcasts have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives.
Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties.
A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets – a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.
 

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Top 5 Wednesday|Top 5 DNF Books!

Yay, a Top 5 Wednesday Post I can finally write about!

This weeks  topic as you probably already know if top 5 books you did not finish and I don’t usually DNF books a lot now but there are still a couple of main books that have just slipped off my radar until now. Let’s go then!

By the way, Top 5 Wednesday was made by Lainey on Booktube (here channel is gingerreadslainey). You can look at the Top 5 Wednesday Goodreads page here.

1.  Angelfall by Susan Ee


I actually don’t know why I didn’t finish off this book, but I didn’t and I have lost interest in Angel orientated books at the moment so I won’t be picking up this book again.

2. Paper Towns by John Green


Now I was really looking forward to this book but it literally left my radar. I was in a kind of in a reading slump during the summer so I didn’t read much of anything so don’t take it personally any Paper Towns fans!

3. The Dragonfly Pool by Eva Ibbotson


This is a middle grade-ish story I believe and I was just not getting into it. And even though the book wasn’t for people of my age, the start of the book was still rather slow and not interesting.

4. The 9th Girl by Tami Hoag

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I have just lost interest of the book completely. Though the characters seem interesting in there own right, there’s is just too much specialist jargon for me to really enjoy this book.

5. Lord Of The Ring: The Fellowship Of The Ring by T.R.R Tolkien


A DNF list wouldn’t be complete without my special little buddy Lord Of The Rings. I think I need to get the special edition where the story is cut into 10 smaller parts because the Lord Of The Rings is just too massive to conquer in one.

There is my Top 5 Wednesday done! Do link your Top 5 Wednesdays or just comment below what books you didn’t finish.

I’ll write soon!

-Astra

WWW Wednesday!

Hello, hello, hello guys! SO how’s your Wednesday been? Mine has been very chill and relaxed which is great and I got some new books which is always so exciting!

On with the post and you know the drill, here are the three questions I’ll be answering:

What are you currently reading?

What have you read previously?

What books you are planning to read?

Let’s get to it!


What are you currently reading?

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins– The movie is coming out really soon so how could I not reread this. I am one of the few people I feel that really really liked this book and how it ended the trilogy. I think people feel that it isn’t the Hunger Games because there’s no hunger games, but I still feel that it is full of action and tension and drama!

What have you read previously?

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More Than This by Patrick Ness- I literally finished this a few hours back and I absolutely LOVED IT! The ending left me wanting more and to find out what happens to our pretty likable cast of characters. There are still so many questions I have, CAN SOMEONE PLEASE GIVE ME SOME ANSWERS?!

What books you are planning to read?

Legend by Marie Lu- I haven’t read a fantasy-esque dystopian in a while so I was thinking of picking this book up. It’s rather short so hopefully it will be a fast paced read.


What have you been reading for the past week? Comment below and link your WWW Wednesday posts if you want!

I’ll write soon!

-Astra

My Life In Books Tag!

Yes, yes another tag. I was suppose to post a review today, but I am so tired! NaNoWriMo is slowly sapping away my energy. I can feel it! Sorry for being dramatic 😛

Anyway, I am here doing the My Life In Books Tag and I was tagged by the lovely Becca @ Ghostystories. Remember to check out her blog which is really great!


Find a book for each of your initials

I am picking up for Astra Guild, All The Bright Places by Jenifer Niven and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.



Count your age along your bookshelf. What book is it?

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell!


Pick a book that represents a destination you would like to travel to.

I’m picking a graphic novel set in Japan. I would really like to visit Japan when I’m older as it’s an awesome country with some a lot culture. So it is Town Of Evening Calm, Country Of Cherry Blossoms.


Pick a book that has your favourite colour/colours on the front cover.

I am going for the beautiful yellow cover of Fangirl which I never see ANYONE own.


What book do you have the fondest memories of?

There are too many! I know I use Harry Potter in my tags, but I just cannot not use Harry Potter for this one. I read and reread the series for the first time when I felt really isolated from everyone and it just really brought my confidence back up. I have a lot to thank Harry Potter for.


Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

I will use the Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring. I don’t know if I will ever finish this book, I just keep rereading it and only making it to like page 10 because I just get annoyed with the writing. Also, I don’t have any motivation to seriously read the whole trilogy.


What book on your TBR pile will give you the greatest sense of achievement?

Probably How To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Or Pride and Prejudice. Any classic actually!


Tagging time…

Michelle @ Book Adventures

Emma @ Emma the Book Lover

Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks

I’ll write soon!

-Astra

Hardback or Paperback?

The great book dilemma. To buy a book in paperback or in hardback.


For some people this is a really easy decision but for others it’s not. For me, I can categorically say that most of the books I own are paperbacks. I’m going to do another post about this to show the good and bad in both but today I want to know what books all of you go for.

As I said, I own more paperbacks because a)they are cheaper and b) they are easier to read with. Of course I would love to have the hardback covers for all of my Harry Potter books and the Throne Of Glass series, but for now I am content with my paperback collection.

My beautiful paperback of Queen Of The Tearling and my beautiful hardback of The Invasion Of The Tearling!

What’s your view? Or you are paperback junkie or hardback collector? Comment below!

I’ll write soon.

-Astra

October Wrap Up + November TBR!

Happy 1st November! I think we can officially start counting down until Christmas! I hope your reading month was brilliant and enriching, please link below your Wrap Ups and TBRs so that I have something to read while doing NaNoWriMo!


Here is my October Wrap Up first!

It felt like a lifetime ago since I read the Miniaturist by Jessie Burton, but I did and my review is here!


After that I completed Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell which I loved reading! The review is also here.


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak was next and this book smashed my feels pieces them back together and then smashed them again. Meaning, this book was brilliant! Review here.

Town of evening calm, Country of cherry blossoms was a lovely read and first graphical novel I read in a long time! If you want to check out the review click here!

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I read Carry On by Rainbow Rowell guys. And I liked, not loved it, but still thoroughly enjoyed it I believe. You know the drill, the review is here.

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And then guess what? I read Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and it was kiss ass awesome! I LOVED IT SO MUCH THE SEQUEL NEEDS TO BE IN MY HANDS NOW! If you want more coherent thoughts the review is right here.

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Though Shadow and Bone wasn’t as polished and clean as Six Of Crows it was still awesome and I can’t wait to read the next book in the trilogy. Review.

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I made quick with Spinner by Tabi Card which was a e-copy of a book sent to me for review! A lovely fast paced read! Review.

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The final book I read for October was the Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. A review to come soon but it was a really solid book in my opinion.


November TBR time!

And my pile is going to be extremely short, but don’t worry it’s just because of NaNoWriMo. I’m going to try to write loads at the start so that I’m not panicking at the end, but hopefully I get to read throughout the month anyway.

So, I need to finish off Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.


Also today I started reading Maus by Art Spigelman and I am loving it! It should be finished soon, so there’s another review for all of you!


And hopefully I will get to More Than This by Patrick Ness which people have been telling me is great.


And that’s all because I don’t want to promise anything that I can’t deliver.

So to summarise I have had a great month with reading for October, but it will be on the back burner while in November.

Remeber to link all your TBRs and Wrap Ups below and I’ll write soon!

-Astra

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The Versatile Blogger Award

  
Hey everyone! How is your Friday going? I am completely stressed out already and NaNoWriMo hasn’t even started out yet! From quickly writing up blog posts to making sure I don’t switch my plot last minute and making sure I do all the tags/awards that I had been tagged to do!

Anywho, enough about me and more about this super awesome award I have been nominated for. I was nominated by Jordan Bates from I Will Never Own Enough Books. Thank you for nominating me and you guys should check out her blog because it’s awesome!

Now the rules are:

  • Show the award on your blog
  • Thank the person that has nominated you.
  • Share 7 different facts about yourself.
  • Nominate a number of blogs of your choice
  • Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination 

Here are my totally not cool facts about me.

  1. I do not trick or treat.
  2. I hate coffee ( so I don’t know how I’m going to survive during November)
  3. I love toffee
  4. Frequently during the day you would see me sipping on some warm water with lemon slices.
  5. Today was the first time I went to a funeral.
  6. After book shopping, clothes shopping is the best kind of shopping.
  7. Cookies are life! (Seriously they are)

And my nominations are…

Sarah’s Book Addiction

Flowlessbooks

The Girl Who Read Too Much

Book Adventures

Tea and Paperbacks

My Story Of My Teenage Life

The Readers Compass

Behind On Books

Paige By Paige

There, one post out of the way!

Comment a random fact about yourself down below!

I’ll write soon.

-Astra

WWW Wednesday!

Hey!

It’s Wednesday. And this is a book blog. So you know it’s WWW Wednesday! Now because I am the biggest scardy cat in the who world, I couldn’t do Top 5 Spooky Recommends for Top 5 Wednesday. How’s you Wednesday been anyway? I got some serious backstory done for one of my antagonists for NaNoWriMo which is really great! I also made an instagram for books and everything bookish because I think it would be fun to share everything bookish about me in a different format. Here it is if you want to check it out!

Anyway onto WWW Wednesday!


What are you currently reading?

I am currently- well about to be starting- Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs and I cannot wait! It’s a book everyone recommends to me to read and I finally am! I really hope this book is amazing because I have high expectations.


What have you read previously?

I finished The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness yesterday night and it is a really solid book in my opinion. A review to come soon! Also I read Shadow and Bone and Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo which are brilliant brilliant books! Six Of Crows is one of the best books I’ve read all year and Shadow and Bone was very gripping as well!



What books you are planning to read?

Well I don’t plan on reading many books because NaNoWriMo, but if I do have a scrap of time it will be dedicated to reading More Than This by Patrick Ness and finishing The 9th Girl my Tami Hoag.

 


WWW Wednesday done! Feel free to link your WWW Wednesday posts and Top 5 Wednesday posts- who says you can only read scary books in Halloween!-  down in the comments because I’ll be very interested in reading them!

I’ll write soon.

-Astra

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Fast or slow reader?

Many people consider me a fast reader if a book in three days but I consider people fast readers if they read a book in a day!

  
So this question just stumbled into my mind and it is how do you define a fast reader? And do you think you’re a fast reader?

Do you think reading a book in a week is fast? A couple of hours? And what about a slow reader?

Please leave your answers below because I am really interested to see how I fit in the spectrum.

I’ll write soon.

-Astra

Review: Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Title: Six Of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
My Rating: 5/5 stars
Goodreads rating: 4.45/5

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.


Cover: 4/5

This cover is so beautiful, I was showing it off to my friends so much that they threatened to scribble on it when I left the table. I have the paperback edition, so I have the gorgeous scarlet writing on the front which is…well GORGEOUS!



Review: 

Do you know how hyped up this book was? SERIOUSLY hyped up. All that everyone was talking about was Queen Of Shadows and Six Of Crows and it feels so good to say I read the latter and loved it!

Even though it took me a good week to finish this book, I am really happy that I didn’t rush this read because I could reflect back all that was happening in the book.

But basically THIS BOOK IS SO AMAZING AND I’M GOING TO TRY AND MAKE THIS REVIEW COHERENT BUT IT’S GOING TO BE HARD!

Plot: This plot was sow amazingly fast paced even though the book is 500 hundred pages, but compared to Carry On (my review is here) it didn’t leave me hollow. The book basically follows these six street rats and their backstories and ambitions all while they are trying to steal a valuable prisoner out of a very high security prison. And when I say my heart was in my throat for at least the the last half of this book I’m not kidding.

There was literally like 50 pages in succession where on one side of the page everything was rosy and the next side of the page all hell broke loose and it was back and forth like that for 50 pages. It made everything so exciting and you could not put the book down. Normally when reading stories like this, there could inevitable be some dull moments, but Bardugo made it so there was no dull parts or chapters. Every POV, there were five main ones, was welcomed and lovely and UGH I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH!

“No mourners. No funerals. Among them, it passed for ‘good luck.”

Writing:

I can’t really fault the writing in this book. Leigh Bardugo has a natural flaire to writing tenseful scenes which there is plenty of here and her world building was mostly flawless. At the start I was slightly confused with some things because many names of characters and places but after I got into the book I felt myself going with the flow and just enjoying the great writing. I knew what Ketterdam looked like by the end of this novel, I slept, worked and breathed in the Ketterdam air. I just felt so engrossed in the world, it was hard to snap out of it. When writing out a heist things are obviously going to be fast paced, but nothing was a blur- if that makes sense. Everything was going quickly but attention to detail was still key throughout the whole novel.

“You love trickery.”
“I love puzzles. Trickery is just my native tongue.”

Characters: So the book is called Six Of Crows so there isn’t much surprised that we are getting six main protagonists.

I loved all of them.

There wasn’t one character that I though meh. Everyone was important, everyone had a story and thank God all of these stories were so deliciously awesome.

Kaz was just so badass it was unbelievable. It’s a guy would hate to have as an enemy, but love to have as a friend. I am still in two minds about whether he is a completely trustworthy character, but I think it’s fun not knowing whether or not he will be there to help the other Crows or leave them to die. His backstory is so tragically sad, but I loved learning about it piece and piece.  I can’t wait to read about his character next year in the Empire Of Crows, I’m already missing his dark personality.

Inej; sharp, witty and such a silent badass. I loved her whole demure and personality. She was like the calm, older sister of the group. I know you shouldn’t feel sorry for these people because they are a-class criminals but how can you not fell sorry for Inej? Even though for most of the book she is mature and level headed, sometimes you get sneak peaks of the scared teen she is and it’s really heart warming.

Nina and Matthias…I was shipping these too hard it was too much. I don’t think it is such a spoiller to be talking about these two because you can tell straight away from the first few scenes they have together that they have some long lost feelings. I wish there were most scenes of them two together to be honest even though we did get a lot already. They were just such a cute couple and ARRRG GIVE ME MORE! You can tell that their personalities are just so different but they match together perfectly and I think I need to name this ship right away.


And do you know what song really suits Matthias’ angsty feelings at the start? Mayday Parade- If You Wanted A Song Written About You All You Had To Do Was Ask (I love long titles) I am begging anybody who is reading this book or has read this book to listen to the song because it fits his character (at the start) so well!

The the last two crows Jesper and Wylan…the banter was too much. These two characters added some well needed lightheartedness to the story I feel and (maybe this is a spoiler?) did I sense some romantic feelings? I’m pretty sure I did, so these two are getting shipped too.

I have been made to protect you. Only in death will I be kept from this oath.

What I liked:

  • The Characters and how detailed all their stories were.
  • The World Building
  • The Plot was fast paced and engaging
  • The Plot twists! There were so many!

What I disliked:

  • That it wasn’t longer!

Verdict: What ever you do read this book. You become invested in the characters and the whole world to be honest. Bardugo takes you on a nail biting journey which leaves you wanting more and more…just like those Jurda Parem sufferers…. Just brilliant!

I’ll write soon!

-Astra