What’s it about?
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.-Goodreads Synopsis
My Review of Six of Crows
In case you couldn’t tell, yes, this is Mission: Impossible set in a fantasy world, with characters that are young enough that you have trouble convincing yourself that they can really act they way they act. I was going to erase my notes below, but figured that I’d leave them. Its not like they actually spoil anything and it lets you see inside my head.
Part 1: Interesting first line. The introduction of the characters and basic set-up for the heist was good enough that I kept reading. While I won’t say the writing style is amazing or unique, its solid and the author doesn’t go into reams of detail over every little thing.
Part 2: Furthers the plot adequately. Clearer idea of relationships between the characters. Starting to have to push myself to read this.
Part 3: Hormones, Apologies, and Cross-Plotting. Eh.
Part 4: Hormones again. But, hey, casual display of same-sex interest without the associated guilt/shaming. Good for them. I like some of the characters and what they discover in this part. The action is getting overpowered by all the self-discoveries though.
Part 5: Why, oh why, do the characters end up doing exactly what you expect them to do? What’s wrong with bucking the mold once in a while? Actually do the thing, instead of just pretending to do the thing! Hrmph. A little unpredictability is good once in a while.
Part 6: Hey, there wasn’t a *completely* tidy wrap-up forced on me! Yay!
Overall, it was an interesting read, and ended up better than I thought it was going to. However, it doesn’t live up to the hype for me. There was nothing amazing about what I read. Nothing that really hooked me or made me want to tell others they must read this book. Would I read more from this author in the future? Sure. Would I buy a book from this author? No. There are better books to spend my money on. Six of Crows is a borrow – don’t buy – read.
“My ghost won’t associate with your ghost,” Matthias said primly, and then wondered if the sea air was rotting his brain. – Leigh Bardugo
“Its not natural for women to fight.” “Its not natural for someone to be as stupid as he is tall, and yet there you stand.” – Leigh Bardugo
Title: Six of Crows | Series: Six of Crows #1 | Author: Leigh Bardugo (site) | Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (site) | Pub. Date: 2015-9-29 | Pages: 465 | ISBN13: 9781627792127 | Genre(s): Young Adult & Fantasy | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 4 out of 5| Date Read: 2015-12-2 | Source: Library