Six of Crows – Review // I Can’t Even, In The Best Way.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Book 1 in the Six of Crows duology
Genre: YA high fantasy
Pages: 465
Format: hardcover
Source: bought
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Everyone liked the Grisha trilogy. I did too. Six of Crows came out. Everyone adored it. I did too! πŸ˜€

the plot

Long story short, six talented criminals try to pull off an impossible heist. Short story long (that’s a thing), there’s a drug deadly to humans and addictive to Grisha, a *lovable* gang of anti-heroes that rarely sees eye to eye, deceit, action, suspense, a very slight romance, and a LOT of emotions. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever read before, and better than I ever imagined it could be. Sound fun? It should. Haven’t read it? You should. πŸ˜‰

the characters

You may know this book has six main characters, and five of them narrate. You may think they’ll be hard to distinguish. The first is true, the second is not.

(Italics are descriptions from the dust jacket.)

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes – Kaz. I loved him from the very first page. He has a crippled leg and uses a cane topped with a carving of a crow head. I’ve never read about a character with such a debilitating disability that didn’t let it define them or their life. Well, Kaz did use it to define himself – it became part of his legacy. So that doesn’t count, because that’s really cool. Either way, though, Kaz leads the group and has plenty of tricks up his sleeve. He also has a very interesting backstory that explains his present-time character, and it’s revealed and explained in bits and pieces. Kaz as an emoji: 😎 .

A spy known as the Wraith – Inej. I loved her from the moment she was introduced too. She’s quite literally quiet as the night, invisible until she wants to be visible, and deadly with a knife. Basically, she’s the Aelin of Ketterdam, but without a passion for fashion, without the royal lineage, and without magic…unless her otherworldly talents count. Regardless, if I compare her to Aelin, I absolutely love her. Inej as an emoji: 😢 Β .

A runaway with a privileged past – Wylan. Guess what? I loved him too! It took a bit longer for him to be introduced, but I still took an immediate liking to him. He’s basically the definition of a smart, sweet, and clueless boy…except he makes bombs too. No big deal. Other members of the Dregs (the gang name) took time warming up to him, but I didn’t. Leigh is great at writing tension between characters and also creating characters that take 0.2 seconds to fall in love with. Wylan as an emoji: πŸ˜‡ .

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a Β wager – Jesper. He’s Kaz’s second, basically, but with less respect surrounding him and a legacy only for gambling. He has two guns that he cherishes, and no, of course I don’t think that’s weird. He enjoys chaotic situations that allow him to use his guns, even if he might not walk away from them alive. But, surprise, surprise this one especially I loved him too! Jesper as an emoji: 😏 . (If you get the crossed-out reference, let me know!)

A convict with a thirst for revenge – Matthias. Readers also have to wait a little while before meeting him, but again, it didn’t matter to me. I admit, he was probably my least favorite of the bunch for most of the book because he was so against the cause (okay, it was for good reasons) and grumpy. I also learned early on he has violent tendencies, but hey, nothing out of the ordinary. He did prove himself and make up for his attitude in the end, though, and I hope he stays that way. Matthias as an emoji: 😠 .

A Heartrender using her magic to escape the slums – Nina. I think she was tied with Inej (and Kaz and the others, let’s be real) for my favorite character. Surprise, surprise this one especially! (Yes, I did it again.) She’s also the Grisha of the group. As a Heartrender, she can speed up, slow down, or stop people’s hearts, lungs, or cause internal bleeding without laying a finger on anyone. Remind me not to get on her bad side. One of my favorite things about her was her compassion. Like Wylan’s innocence, it managed to stay with her throughout the story. I really liked that. Also, she’s very charming and persuasive. I liked that too. Nina as an emoji: 😘 .

the setting

The Grisha trilogy is set in Ravka. In this book, the country is mentioned, but the story takes place partially in Ketterdam and partially in Fjerda. If I enjoyed Ravka, I adored these other two places. (I won’t make the reference a third time.) I was already familiar with Leigh’s writing and description styles, but they wowed me all over again.

Ketterdam is the picture of a small, suspicious, grimy on one side and polished on the other city. I would want to live there, but I’d probably be robbed blind, so I’ll pass until Inej can teach me a few things. πŸ˜‰

Fjerda is better, but not by much. It’s more civilized and well-known, and very pretty, but it’s also cold and snowy all the time. I’m a summer girl, so I wouldn’t live there, but it would be a nice vacation spot. πŸ™‚

the relationships

I’m not entirely sure what to call the bond between the Crows. It wasn’t romantic for sure, and it wasn’t friendship either. It was more like a partnership where everyone tolerated each other to get the job done. But whatever you want to call it, I loved it. I loved the way it was written, so realistic and different. Sometimes the tension and distrust was tangible, others the dry humor was. It seemed very contradictory, but I don’t care. It was amazing and I want more of it. πŸ˜€

There were also three romances budding throughout the story. One was very clear, and their pretense and denial was amusing. One took some time before clearing up, and once it did it was cute and lighthearted. It’s also a guy-guy couple. The last one was obvious from nearly the beginning, but their silence was frustrating. I mean that in the best way possible, though. And you shouldn’t be surprised to know that I ship all three of them, and hope to see a lot of positive development for all three in the sequel. ❀️ (I’m not naming names because I want anyone who hasn’t read it to figure it out on their own.)

the twists

Where in the world do I start? There’s so much to talk about, but so little I can actually say. It’s really hard not to say anything, because this is where all of the emotions come from. I’ll just leave it at this: the second half of the book. If you’ve read it, you’ll know. If you haven’t, go in prepared. *District 12 salute* XD

overall

Six of Crows is hands down one of my favorite reads this month (tied with Kids of Appetite) and possibly one of my favorites so far this year. If you haven’t read it yet, go do it. Reading the Grisha trilogy isn’t a prerequisite. It will definitely be worth it!

my rating:Β 5 out of 5 stars


Have you read this book? Is it on your TBR? If you have read it, what did you think? I’d love to know! πŸ™‚

I’m off to start my review copy of The Lost Knight by Candy Atkins. πŸ˜€ I hope you’re all having a fabulous day/night! ❀

Until next time…

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13 thoughts on “Six of Crows – Review // I Can’t Even, In The Best Way.

  1. I’m so glad you enjoyed this one! It was so good! I wasn’t as taken by it as the rest of the internet was, but I constantly take it down and read favorite scenes. And my favorite character is totally Nina, she’s just amazing!

    Great review!

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