Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo- Review/Discussion

I have finally read Six of Crows after nearly two months of waiting! Thank god it was worth the wait and as fabulous as i hoped it would be.

My mom finally caved in and allowed me to buy some books this month, so most of the books i review in the upcoming posts will be ones i’ve bought! For once.

My Winter, Sword of Summer, and November 9 reviews are coming, just as soon as i read Sword of Summer and November 9 😉


Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Published: September 29, 2015

Page Numbers: 465

Format I read: Hardcover (Bought)

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Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

Confession: I actually did not like Leigh Bardugo’s other series, the Grisha Trilogy that is set in the same world, and i went into this book hoping that it would be different, but not having high expectations. Thank goodness it blew my mind!

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My Thoughts:

This book was the bomb. The first chapter was like, ok, what’s going on? But then we meet Kaz and i was a goner.

I’m having trouble forming coherent thoughts right now…

I feel like this book could easily be a movie because it has such intense action and i felt like while reading that i was reading a movie screenplay.

I could so easily see the first chapter being a prologue set up to the movie, as the first scene, and then at the end when Kaz steals from Peka Rollins, i was like, yes! That would look so good in a movie!

But only if it’s executed well of course.

All of the characters and their developments throughout the story were amazing! I liked these characters a lot better than the ones in the Grisha trilogy, they’re much more relateable and hilarious.

Also, the reader gets told nothing. I guess because the other 5 characters are kept in the dark by Kaz, and so is the reader.

I think that’s a brilliant move on Leigh Bardugo’s part, keeping the reader in the dark. Like in the beginning when Kaz makes that big reveal when he’s meeting with Geels, and since Jesper didn’t know Kaz’s plan or secret, neither did the reader and we found out together.

How about Inej’s secret in the palace, we thought she’d been caught, but it was all part of her plan! I should have known to be honest though.

And this happens throughout the whole book and you’re always like gasp! Did that just happen! Wait, what did Kaz just say!

The reader, aka moi, basically mimics the reaction of the characters.

I ship Kaz and Inej so much. Also, Nina and Matthias’s love story is the best thing ever, and there needs to be a book written about that. I’m calling it right now if Leigh Bardugo decides to do that.

I enjoyed the Grisha powers and aspects a lot more in this book too. The division between the different peoples in the book is very apparent.

We have a Grisha on the team, a Fjerdian, a Ravkan, a Suli, and i can’t remember where Kaz is from originally.

The point is that our team is very diverse and from all different kinds of backgrounds, and it’s amazing to see them all come together and see their differences clash. (If that makes any sense) 

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Verdict:

Written beautifully and crafted wickedly cool.

I loved this book! I have no idea why i couldn’t love the Grisha Trilogy as much, but *shrugs*

Rating:

A 5 out of 5 stars! (Ya know me, high ratings usually, this one deserves it though)


Hmm, what should i read next, the Sword of Summer or November 9?

Thanks for reading, let me know your thoughts on this book and sound off on what i should read next!

Stockholm

Panic! At the Disco Book Tag!

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I haven’t done a book tag in a while, but Sam @ River Moose Reads tagged me to do the Panic! At the Disco tag a few days ago and since I love Panic and heard one of their songs this morning at the nursing home I volunteer at, I figured it was a sign to do this tag.

The Rules:

1 – Tag the creator (RiverMoose-Reads)
2-Answer the questions
3 – Name your favorite song from each album.
4 – Tag 5+ people!
5 – Have fun!

Album: A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out

Fav song: Ahhh so many good ones on this album, I can’t choose! Ugh okay Lying is the most fun a girl can have without taking her clothes off
A book you can’t help but love
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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. Just warm fuzzy feelings all around. Also Anna and the French Kiss and Six of Crows.

Album: Pretty. Odd.

Fav song: Nine in the Afternoon
A book that confused you (in a good or bad way)
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Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare, I think I finished this book rather quickly and just sat there stunned like what did I just read? So I guess confused in a good way? Also Mara Dyer, that ending was a big woah what is going on.

Album: Vices and Virtues

Fav song: The Ballad of Mona Lisa
A book you have conflicting feelings over
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More Happy Than Not, also History is All you Left me. Adam Silvera’s books in general I’m conflicted and can’t decide if I love them or not. Also with Carve the Mark, there have been many things said about this book which is leaving me conflicted. Same thing with Caraval, I don’t know if I like it or not.

Album: Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die

Fav song: Girls/Girls/Boys
A long title you love
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I’d tell you I love you, but then I’d have to kill you. This book was great when I was a pre-teen, I loved this series so much but their titles were so long!

Album: Death of a Bachelor

Fav song: Okay once again, I love nearly every song on this album, but if someone made me choose then…jeez this is hard. Fine, LA Devotee
A great book with a terrible movie
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Do I even need to explain?

Thanks so much for reading! Hope you have a lovely day, pass all your AP and IB exams and survive the 4th marking quarter!

I tag whoever wants to do this tag!
Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser
P.S. Junior prom is next Saturday! Eep!

March 2017 Wrap Up!

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I’ve had such a slow reading month and have been so so very busy it’s ridiculous! School is sucking the life out of me like for reals. Exams are next month and everything is just like ahh!

Anyhoo, here are the measly amount of books I read this month! (6, I may or may not be behind my Goodreads challenge, I don’t even want to know at this point honestly).


I finished the Shades of Magic trilogy with A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab!

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I actually did a full review on this trilogy which you can click here to see! I LOVED this trilogy so much! Just everything was so great and my review was spoiler free and pretty much summed up all of my thoughts!


I also read these two thought provoking diverse YA books, More Happy Than Not and The Hate U Give 

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This was my first Adam Silvera book and I’m eager to see what else he has in store and I’m planning on reading his other books soon!

The Hate U Give was simply amazing! Angie Thomas’s debut novel was just so perfect especially with what’s happening in the world right now.

Like seriously yesterday at my white suburban high school there was this big crisis where everyone was like omg wear blue today to support the police and I’m walking through the halls and there are people wearing legit NYPD shirts, people that I never thought would do that. Our principal had to make an announcement and there were administrators walking around the school and everything. The theatre department’s shows got cancelled because they were human rights campaigns and there were problems because they dealt with the black vs blue lives matter movements apparently. And the thing is my town is a big pro police town, most people have parents who are cops or know cops personally so it’s easy to see why they think this way it just frustrated me that it turned into this big deal, whatever though.


I re-read Shadow and Bone for Battle of the Books and the Hating Game by Sally Thorne

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This was like my third or fourth time re-reading Shadow and Bone, and it’s 2nd place in my book compared to the brilliant Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo. Side note: I’m meeting Leigh Bardugo at BookCon this year! Excitement!

The Hating Game was this cute adult contemporary that was reccomended by Natash Polis in one of her YouTube videos. It’s so weird because the main female character of the book is literally me! I related to her so much and I want to be her basically when I graduate college.


And finally I read Beastly Lights by Theresa Jane!

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Funny story with this book actually, I used to read and write fanfiction when I was in my early teens and there was this one fanfiction that I really loved that was derived from the Mortal Instruments series and the author of the fic took the story down right before the conclusion a few months ago because it was being published as an actual book! I was so lucky to be able to receive an ARC of the book so I could finally experience the ending!

My review will be up within the next few days hopefully!


And that is all I read this month! What books have you read? Link me up with your March Wrap Ups! I’d love to check them out!

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

P.S. I just checked, I’m 3 books behind. You know what, that’s okay I’ll catch up during the summer. (I say now, watch in a few months I’ll be like oh it’s summer I haven’t read anything oh welp).

October 2016 Wrap Up

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Wow. So. Yeah. October has been a busy month. I barely posted and I barely read anything. I managed to sneak some books in at the end of the month bringing my grand total of books read this month to 5. And I’m 94 books into my Goodreads reading challenge of 100. Go me! I’m pretty confident that I’ll be able to finish 6 books between November and December.

So anyways, this month started off with Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton

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I gave this book 3.5 stars. I read this on the second day of October so I don’t exactly remember everything about this book but I think I enjoyed myself. Sorry about how lame that sounded. I definitely think that the first books, Nuts was a lot better in terms of pacing and romance. I thought that the main characters in this one were a little difficult to picture in my head and get into.

I also read this amazing beauty known as the Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. 

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5 wonderful stars! I meant to write a review actually and I might still get around to it but this book was so big and beautiful and I loved it! It was just as gripping and exciting as Six of Crows and the adventures and plot twists were great!

I was also sent Unfathomable Chance to review by K. T. Munson

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I really liked this book! The main character was strong and sassy, just the way I like ’em. 3.5 stars, and I should have a review up pretty soon I hope!

I also re-read Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo 

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I had to read this book again because it’s part of a library book trivia competition I’m doing. I must say I enjoyed reading this again much more than I enjoyed reading it the first time. 3.5 star rating on the re-read, and it was so strange to see Genya and Zoya in this book after reading the Crooked Kingdom.

And lastly, I just finished this one last night, The Score by Elle Kennedy

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I don’t think my library has any copies of the goal yet otherwise I would be all over that. I loved this book! 5 stars! On par with the deal I think! I’m so excited for the Goal! Do you see all of these exclamation points?! Allie and Dean were just such a great storyline and Dean working with the younger kids hockey team was just the cutest. I’d definitely recommend this one if you’re looking for a quick romantic NA novel!


Anyhoo, thanks for reading! Happy Halloween if you live in a place where it’s celebrated! What books have you read this month? Link me up to your wrap ups and I will be sure to check them out!

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser