A Review of Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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…

23437156A 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.4 Star Rating

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.

Favorite Quotes

“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

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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

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