My Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Pub Date: September 29, 2015
For People Who Like: Heists, Action Packed Adventure, Morally Complicated Characters, and/or Cassandra Clare books
I knew going into this that there was already a lot of hype for this book. I mean, it’s pretty hard not to have seen it everywhere if you are a booklover. Nevertheless, I still went into it expecting to love it and I’m glad to say that it lived up to its expectations!
This was one of those books where I had no doubt that the author knew everything about the world and still knows more about it than she has told. The Grisha world is so unique and the story has fantastic world building. The heist is so well thought out and is almost like a puzzle for the reader to try to solve. For me personally, I don’t enjoy having to think too hard or remember too many rules when trying to understand a fantasy world and this book didn’t make me do that. For someone who has never read Leigh’s other series, The Shadow and Bone Trilogy, you can definitely go into Six of Crows without any previous knowlege of the world. I also loved how the beginning of this book doesn’t bombard you with all of the rules and facts right away. Rather, it slowly reveals new tidbits of information throughout the story as necessary. This made it so much easier to immerse myself in the world and characters.
Speaking of the characters, they are the second piece to the puzzle that makes this book so lovable. They are all criminals and bad guys who have intricate and dark pasts (the best type of book characters). Honestly, I was so impressed by how much thought was put into their motives and decision making. There was never a decision made by one of these characters that was cliche or exactly what you would expect. Each time that one of the six crows were forced to make a life changing decision, Leigh brought us back to their past and showed us why they were influenced to make the decision that they did. Because of this, I always felt like they were justified and that I could empathize with them. Not to mention the fact, that all the different relationships that they had among one another were so complex and fun to read about.
If you are a fantasy lover or are just into YA in general, you should definitely pick this one up. When I was younger and read The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare for the first time, I thought I had found a rare gem in the YA genre. After reading Six of Crows, I feel that same excitement again and can’t wait to pick up the second book in this duology, Crooked Kingdom.
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.