Book Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Title: Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
E-book edition, 384 pages
Published: September 29th 2015
Publisher: Indigo
4.5/5 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.
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.

I've seen a lot of people raving about this book, and it took me a while, but I finally read it! I'm glad I did, because it doesn't dissapoint me!

I really love to explore other parts of the Grisha universe other than Ravka. We see a lot more of Ketterdam, and actually visits Fjerda. I love how Leigh Bardugo incorporated different cultures in her world. While Ravka has Russian-based cultures, I think Ketterdam has more like Dutch culture, with all the names (Van Eck, Heleen), the canals, and rivers. And even though Fjerda is depicted as extremely cold and snow all over and the Ice Palace, I feel like it has Germany-based cultures with the name like Jarl Brum, and colorful buildings. Now I really want to know more and visit Shu Han. I don't really know if it's more Chinese and Korean, but it would be awesome to read more about it!

I also realy love the plot. It was definitely action packed, with all the gunfights and sneaking and competitions and explosions all over the book, and fast paced. It goes right into the action. I do have some complaints about this book though. I don't see the point of different povs other than to tell their backstory, because they all sound the same to me, and those povs still use 3rd person pronouns instead of 1st person pronouns. Also, it gets kind of repetitive near the end because everyone tells what happened to them at "eleven and quarter chimes". And, how do you create a quarter or a half bells??? 

Kaz is the leader of the group and the mastermind. I love how sly he is, always prepared, always managed to make a plan, always managed to surprise everyone. He reminds me of Nikolai, but definitely darker. His past is absolutely terrible, I would never guessed that *spoiler he has to stay afloat using his dead brother's body *shudders* *spoiler ends. No wonder he's really determined for revenge and could be ruthless sometimes. But in my opinion, *spoiler it wasn't entirely Pekka Rollins' fault. If only Jordie could control his greed and think again, he would know when to stop. *spoiler ends

Inej is also known The Wraith. She's the best spy in town, she could scale every building, and walk without any sound. She's also deadly with her weapons. I love how she still believes in her Gods and Goddeses, after everything that happened to her, and still feel strong connection with her family. I also love how she finally finds her goal. But unfortunately her backstory is kind of meh for me... I mean it wasn't as awful as the others so...

Nina is a heartrender. After Ravka civil war, she accidentally caught by Druskelle, and because one and other things form an uneasy friendship with Matthias, but eventually betrays him. Matthias was put in a prison, and they have fragile and uneasy relationship ever since. I love how Nina seems harmless, she's bubbly and she could seduce you, but one flick of her hand and you're out. But sometimes she's too reckless and impulsive, which put other people at risk. Matthias is okay I guess. I'll see where his character development goes in the next book.

Jesper is the sharp shooter. He's like the class clown, he always managed to make me laugh with his attitude. His backstory also kind of meh, because it was pretty common.

Now here's a surprise, even for me. My favorite is Wylan! He's a cute marshmallow, but give him explosives and you got to be careful! Where's his pov though??? I keep waiting for that, to see inside his head. His backstory surprised me though. I didn't see that coming.

I love how frustrating Kaz and Inej relationship is. It burns soooooooo slow. Both of them aren't really good with their feelings. JUST KISS GUYS. I love Nina and Matthias, because even though they relationship is complicated at the beginning, they can't denied their feelings and they eventually came together! YAY. BUT GUYS. Jesper and Wyland is my favorite. I don't know if they're gay, or just bromance, I don't care. THEY'RE SO CUTE!

I love Inej and Nina friendship, they got each other's back and give each other love advice. But I hate how distinct Kaz and his crews. He shows nothing for them. As for Matthias, maybe because he is new and needs some time to adapt. The crew still have a lot of things to improve in their relationships, and I hope to see more interactions between them.

Overall, I LOVE this book! It's incredibly gripping and it never bores me. Highly recommended, definitely one of my best reads in 2015!

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  1. Kaz and Inej are both so stubborn that they won't really admit their feelings out loud! You're right, it's so frustrating! YES Jesper and Wylan! I ship it... hoping it's a romance :) Cool review!

    1. Jesper and Wylan! I feel the fandom should have a ship name for them!

  2. Aren't Kaz and Inej amazing together? I was like you, practically screaming for them to just kiss already, haha. I ship them so badly! I really liked Wylan too! He seems like a spoiled brat at first given his past life, but the minute you place explosives in his hands, he's a completely different person, capable of some deadly stunts. I ship him with Jesper really badly, and hope it happens!
    Fantastic review :)
    ~Erika @ Books, Stars, Writing. And Everything In Between.

    1. All the ships had their moments, but I think the most angsty moment is Kaz and Inej's. JUST KISS.

  3. This sounds absolutely amazing Tasya! I must admit, I wasn't a fan of her Grisha series, even though everyone else seemed to love it, but the characters in this one sound much more engaging and ships I can get on board with too. Fabulous review poppet, I'm sold <3

    1. I've read a few reviews of people who also didn't like the Grisha series, but they do enjoy this book so you definitely should give this book a try :)

  4. Appreciate the in-depth review :)

  5. YES. I AGREE WITH YOU 110%. I feel like the characters were this story’s biggest strength. They were all so well-developed and multi-dimensional. So glad you liked this so much and, as always, fabulous review! ♥

    ~ Zoe @ Stories on Stage

    1. I wish Leigh Bardugo would give more spotlight on Wylan and Matthias in the next book. I feel like we haven't know enough about them!

  6. Great review Tasya! I've always wanted to hear Six of Crows, but the fantasy aspects of this is so heavy and deep, and plus the book is HUGE -- I'm kind of intimidated ^_^" But I'd love to read this soon! I like how you said it somehow had different European cultures incorporated in it. This book sounds very different and unique! And also, the characters sound great as well :D Sorry that it seemed a little repetitive at some points, but anyway, glad you really enjoyed this :D

    Jillian @ Jillian's Books

    1. I know, I feel a bit intimidated too by this book! But once you started the book, it pulls you in, and it gets easier to understand everything! I hope you'll enjoy it!

  7. I have seen SO many people rave about this book and it is really about time I pick it up myself. Although that is an awful lot of POVs... Anyway, loves this review! XD

    1. You should! This book is included in many bloggers's best read of 2015, and it definitely one of my best read this year! I hope you enjoy it and fangirls as much as I do, because feels!


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