Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo Review!

SPOILER ALERT: This is the second and final book in the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo. There are spoilers in this review, so if you have not read the first book of the series, go and read it! This review will be here when you come back!

Started: January 18, 2017

Finished: February 24, 2017

Rating: 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): Kaz Brekker and his crew 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 left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, 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 magic in the Grisha world.


Well.

I made it through.

And I already miss it.

Six of Crows was amazingly good. And while this book didn’t beat it in terms of how much I enjoyed it, it came pretty damn close.

love this world. I desperately want more of this series, but sadly it’s only a duology. Leigh Bardugo’s world building is second to none. I don’t have much interest  in the Grisha trilogy, but I may just read it for Leigh’s writing and world. She takes her complex world and writes it beautifully to create vivid pictures in a reader’s mind. I had such a complete mental picture of Ketterdam that I was completely immersed in the world from the beginning.

The story of this novel was riveting. It took me a long time to read it, but that doesn’t mean it was any less exciting and enthralling than the first one. This novel was gorgeous storytelling and gorgeous writing and it had me hooked. The story of this gang of outcasts taking on the person who wronged them was so completely entrancing to me. I felt like I was there watching it all take place.

Another thing that had me hooked was the characters.

Oh my goodness, the characters.

Every character was extraordinarily written. I felt like I understood them, I felt like I knew them, at some points I felt like I was them. I felt every emotion they felt and I can’t believe how well written every single on of them is. But there’s one in particular that I still have to mention specifically.

Come on, you all know that I have to talk about Kaz Brekker.

Kaz Brekker may be the Bastard of the Barrel, but he’s also the love of my life. I can’t handle how much I love Kaz, and this book just amplified that love. His character arc, his actions, the way he speaks. Everything had me hanging on to every word that Leigh writes about him. I need more Kaz Brekker, please.

All in all, this book made me laugh and it made me cry. I loved it, and I love this series, and that’s really all I can say. I need more of the Dregs. I need more Kaz Brekker. Please. Anything, Leigh. I’ll take anything.


NEXT READ: The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo Review!

Started: December 25, 2016

Finished: January 18, 2017

Rating: 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): 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. Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.


My first book of 2017 did not disappoint!

I’ve been looking forward to reading Six of Crows since it came out, but I never got around to actually buying it and reading it. When Crooked Kingdom came out and they released a box set, I asked for it for Christmas and my mom got it for me. So here we are!

I’ve never read a Leigh Bardugo novel before, so it took me a while to get acclimated with her world and world of the Grisha. It took me a few chapters to actually figure out what a Grisha is, but if I had read the Grisha trilogy, I would have known right off the bat, so that wasn’t really a weakness on Leigh Bardugo’s part.

The world-building of this novel was incredible. Never before had I been so completely sucked in by a fictional world. Ketterdam felt like a real place to me, and everywhere they talked about in the book felt real. I loved that there was a map at the front of the book for reference (and because I just love maps).

I feel like if I had read the Grisha trilogy before this, things would have made more sense, but this book can absolutely be read and understood if you’re like me and have no real desire to read the Grisha trilogy.

Another great thing that I loved about this book was the characters. Every character in this novel  was great. I’ll get to my favorite in a minute because I’ll have to devote a paragraph to him. But other than my favorite, I found myself drawn to every character in this novel.  I wanted to know more about everyone, especially Inej and Wylan. They were all so complex and well-written and dynamic that I can’t find fault with any of them.

Now let’s get to what you guys know is coming if you’ve read any of the reviews where I fell in love with a character: the favorite character paragraph.

I fell in love with Kaz Brekker.

From the very first time he spoke, I was irrevocably in love with him. His character was so mysterious, and complex that I was just constantly craving more. I’m halfway through Crooked Kingdom and I know so much about him, but I feel like nothing will ever be enough to satisfy the need to know more about Kaz Brekker. And the way that Leigh writes him, it’s as if the more you know about him, the less you feel like you know because of his mysterious nature. I loved his backstory, I loved this air of mystery,  I loved the constant misdirection so that Leigh could slip little tidbits through with her storytelling. I just love Kaz Brekker a lot.

Overall, Six of Crows lived up to the hype. It proved itself to be everything I thought it was going to be, and I can’t wait to finish Crooked Kingdom.


NEXT READ: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo/Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie