January 24, 2016

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo | NO MOURNERS, NO FUNERALS


Title: Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Pages: 465 pages
Published: September 29th, 2015
Source: Hardcover from Barnes & Noble
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Rating: 5/5 stars
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.

Buy it now! 
Six of Crows has been the January book pick of the month for The Readers of the Round Table. I was, unfortunately, praying that this book wouldn't be chosen as the readalong choice because I had previously had some bad blood with Leigh Bardugo's books. Her Grisha trilogy did not live up to the hype for me and was kind of a disappointment. That may be the reason for my disbelief as I'm writing this review. My mouth is wide open and I'm shaking because despite how I thought this book was going to turn out, I am completely flabbergasted right now. 

You guys are lucky. You're getting a fresh review (which means I finished the book yesterday and have had one day to collect my thoughts and sit down and write). The book follows 6 main characters that are all apart of a heist to retrieve a man from an impenetrable ice fortress. This man is responsible for creating a formula that can alter a Grisha's powers and make them 10x more formidable and dangerous. Therefore, he needs to be retrieved and kept away from those who want to use the formula to create an army or experimentation. Wait, I know what you're thinking. 6 point of views? Holy s*** that must be hella confusing. Nope, it wasn't. Leigh Bardugo intertwines 6 unique and diverse point of views flawlessly and once you read a line of a new chapter, you immediately know which character is speaking. It's kind of brilliant! 

BEWARE AND WARNING (it's not a spoiler). You will be shipping super super hard in this book. Ughhhh. I can't even. The one thing that I actually liked in Shadow and Bone (Book 1 of the Grisha trilogy) was the romance. It was captivating and torturing, just as it is in Six of Crows. Leigh Bardugo has such a way with her character's dialogue. She can make you hate a character in one instance and then hate him/her a second later. It was such an incredible feeling, and if only you could have seen all the faces I made while reading this book.
"No mourners. No funerals. Among them, it passed for 'good luck'." 
- Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows
Six of Crows is fast-paced and action-packed. You won't find yourself in a dull moment with info dumping, which tends to appear in a lot of YA fantasies. The cast of characters alone bring the story to life without the author needing to add action or a story to tell. And oh boy, there is such a diverse lot of characters. The best stories are those written by the characters themselves. Haha, I just made up that quote right on the spot! You can quote me if you'd like. 

Final verdict: Go. Put the book you're reading down and read Six of Crows! You won't be sorry. And for those of you that are wondering-- I'd recommend reading this one first before starting the Grisha series.



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Alex

is a book-hoarding, binge-eating anime lover that loves to read and write on her free time. When she hasn't got her head stuck in an enthralling fantasy novel, she's outside collecting rocks or re-organizing her bookshelves for the 100th time. Alex also has nightmares of her TBR pile falling down and crushing her underneath.

5 comments :

  1. I enjoyed this book as well! Personally, I think the writing was more sophisticated in Six of Crows, and the characters well developed. Each had a distinct personality and a strong backstory which ties in to why they are the way they are now. I can't wait for the next book! Nice review! :)

    Cloe @ Mornings and Epilogues

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    1. The characters were really a gem! I think that's one of Leigh Bardugo's signatures :D So excited for Crooked Kingdom :D

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  2. Yaa i loved this novel too.U just fall in love with all of the characters unlike in grisha triolgy in which i really didnt liked mal and that ruined the novel for me.But SIX OF CROWS i just perfect

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    1. So excited for Crooked Kingdom. The characters were what made this book :D

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  3. Yaa i loved this novel too.U just fall in love with all of the characters unlike in grisha triolgy in which i really didnt liked mal and that ruined the novel for me.But SIX OF CROWS is just perfect

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