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

Genres I don’t read (often anyway)

Hey everyone! I hope your Saturday was great! I just thought I should share more of my reading habits with you because I don’t think I talk about them a lot. Remember all opinions are mine!

  
If you have check my Currently Reading post recently, you would of seen that I am reading crime fiction triller The 9th Girl by Tami Hoag. 

Now I am do not find crime novels that interesting which is why this book is a huge rarity for me. I think I don’t pick up crime/ thriller a lot because it is too real for me and I read books to escape my  reality, not read about something that could easily happen next month.

Another genre I do not pick up is paranormal. The exception has to be the Unearthly series by Cynthia hand (which is my Fortnightly Recommend) because I loved how Angels and the Angel world were explained and the plot was super intriguing. Other than that I just see the same old thing happening with many paranormal novels which just bore me.

Sci-fi is was an absolute no no, but I am slowly edging my way into the sci-fi circle. When I was younger it was drilled into me that sci-fi was a boys genre which definitely affected the way I viewed the stories in that genre. Now I realise that many stories I like have some scientific element to it!

Lastly, I swear I do not read enough horror! It’s really a shame because I love getting scared (even though after that means not sleeping at night). I am thinking of reading Dorothy Must Did, so if you have any thoughts on that book please share them!

And those are the major genres I don’t read a lot of. I know there must be great novels within those genres so if you have any recommendations for Crime/thriller, paranormal, Sci-Fi and horror please comment below because I don’t always want to read Fantasy and Contemporary!

I’ll write soon!

-Astra

Review: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

 

Title: The Young Elites
Author: Marie Lu
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
My Rating: 
 4 stars
Goodreads rating: 3.96

 Summary (Goodreads): 

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.


Cover: 2/5

The cover isn’t the best compared to many others I have seen. I could of easily passed this book on the shelf but I recognised the name of the author and picked it up.

 


Review:

I really enjoyed reading this book, though the start was a bit slow and flat for me it really picked up towards the end part of the book. The plot twists in this book are superb and really kept me reading on until the end. I was a little upset with myself with finishing because it was so fast and sudden and I just wanted The Rose Society in my hands straight away.

Plot: The plot was totally unique to me and I liked how there weren’t any YAY moments if you know what I mean. There was always a sense of darkness surrounding the plot which was deliciously intriguing. The multiple POVs were not annoying because the chapters were quick and rather interesting. A shoutout to Teren! I wanted more chapters for him please! The fast paced plot, after the slow and flat start, was a dream to read because Marie Lu’s writing is a dream to read simply! Nothing felt jarring and no event seemed unnecessary.

Characters:

Adelina was such a cool character to read! By the end of the book I felt so strange towards her and then I realised it was because I am not used to reading from an anti-hero’s perspective! I didn’t know if I should of been routing for her or wishing death upon her! It was a pretyty new, but good thing to feel. Not the standard I like her or I dislike her. Though from time to time I found her annoying, Adelina a character you really do route for. All of dark stuff she has experienced has consumed her and interesting to see a character embrace that and not want to completely suppress it at the end of the novel. Also her power is awesome- nuff said.

Um can I talk about Teren…because I LOVED HIS CHARACTER! What a beautifully written person. So twisted and dark and sympathy attracting. His story was a very compelling read and even writing about it makes me want to know what the hell happens to him in The Rose Society. All of the characters in this book are dark- but Teren is so wicked.

I guess I have to talk about Enzo. I felt a weak connection to this character. Though towards the end of the book I started warming up to him, the connection to the character was still feeble. It’s probably because he never really developed from a cold, stony faced prince for me. That doesn’t mean that I wasn’t sad when that thing happens to him.

What I liked:

  • Plot
  • Majority of the characters
  • The fast pace (excluding the beginning)
  • *Casually puts Teren on the list.

What I disliked:

  • The beginning
  • The little we know about some of the side characters

Verdict: I feel like you have to be in the mood to read a book like this, but when you are in the mood for a dark, angsty book pick up this one- it was amazing!

I’ll write soon!

-Astra

(P.S. I knew I should of pre-ordered The Rose Society! Now amazon doesn’t have it in stock!)

September Wrap Up!

September has been a very successful reading month, surprisingly! Even though school had started three weeks ago, I read through 6 and a half books (I was halfway through The Miniaturist when the clock stroke 12 on the 1st October). So on with the wrap up! Also, I’ll be leaving the Goodreads links for all of the books at the end of the post.

Firstly, I read Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. IT WAS AMAZING! I know a lot of people are conflicted about whether or not this book is an original piece of work or a mash up of successful YA novels. I am planning to do a review about this book soon so I won’t say much, but yeah, brilliant book!


The next two books I read in September was the Queen of the Tearling and the Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. Although I can see why people might of gotten confused with the world building in TQOTT I found it immensely enjoyable. I loved how everything was so complicated to understand and how so many different factors come in to just ruling the bloody Tearling. The same with TIOFT, the whole world looked very vivid in my mind. The only problem I had with the books was that it did change POVs A LOT. But then again I can’t complain because I loved some of the different POVs as well. 5 stars for both!


Throne of Glass was next by Sarah. J. Mass and again it was a very smooth read, I finished it in two days I think. Anyway, I sort of get the hype for the series because I did love Sarah’s writing; so quick and clean. And (I don’t really want to admit this) I loved the love triangle!  I’m not going to say anything else just in case spoilers, but I definitely recommend this book.


The Young Elites by Marie Lu was a solid read. The main character was an anti hero which was something that was really new to me, I was kind of confused with my feelings towards her. The second book, The Rose Society is going to be out later this month, so hopefully I get a copy and read it before October is over. 4 out of 5 stars.


The last and final read for September was the Night Circus…..WOW. That is the only word I can find to describe this novel (which was written by Erin Morgenstern). It was a phenomenal read. My fortnight recommend is The Night Circus because I just believe anyone can read it. If you like fantasy, read this. If you like mystery, read this. If you like circus’, read this. I am going to have to post a review about this book as well but 5 stars out of 5 definitely for now.


And that is my September wrap up! I hope you enjoyed reading this and take heed on some of my recommendations! What books have you read? Comment down below!

Red Queen

The Queen of the Tearling and The Invasion of the Tearling

Throne Of Glass

The Young Elites

The Night Circus

-Astra

@astrangersguide