Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Six of Crows
Author: 
Leigh Bardugo
Series Name: Six of Crows
Genre: 
YA Fantasy
Publication Date: Sept 29th, 2015
Pages: 462 (Hardback)
Publishers: Square Fish
Rating:
4 and a half star

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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.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo returns to the breathtaking world of the Grishaverse in this unforgettable tale about the opportunity—and the adventure—of a lifetime.

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I honestly don’t really love this cover. It’s just kinda meh. I like that the buildings are hidden in the feathers of the crow but it’s still just boring to me. It’s definitely not as nice at the new Grisha covers either. They are gorgeous!!

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I really enjoyed the writing in this book. The world building was really good and the character development/depth was amazing. I loved the snippets from the past too. They really helped to develop the world and the backstories for all the characters. They added meaning to the actions of the characters and they didn’t feel like they had just been thrown in their, they had a real purpose.
I also loved the Multi POV! This book would not have been anywhere near as good if it had just been from one POV. Each character had a unique voice and even though I was listening to the audiobook and each character literally had a different voice, you could still tell by the writing whose POV you were reading from. They all felt like their own characters which was amazing.

Also, you do not need to read The Grish Trilogy to understand the world in this one. I have read Shadow and Bone, but haven’t finished the other 2 books. Even though I feel like the Grisha powers are talked about and explained a bit more in Shadow and Bone, they aren’t necessary to know about to read this one as honestly it’s been so long since I read Shadow and Bone that I had forgotten anyway.

Something that I wish was a more detailed map! The big map is awesome but it’s like looking for my hometown on a world map, you know it must be there somewhere but you don’t know where. There is also the map of The Ice Court itself which was awesome and I’m so glad they added it, it made it a lot easier to visualise what was going on as that place is confusing no matter how well it is described.

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I was a little iffy going into this book for the plot. I knew it was about 6 people and a heist. It’s on the front cover but I was thinking surely 1 heist can’t last near 500 pages! There has to be more.
I was not disappointed though. The plot was so good! Yes, it is just about the heist and yes that heist and the little bit of lead up to it takes up the whole 462 pages, but it was worth it. The plot is so action-packed and gripping that you don’t want to put it down! You just wanna know what comes next!

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Okay, so there are alot of character to talk about but first I want to talk about the ‘romances’. I wouldn’t specifically say any of them are particularly romantic, but there aren’t any other words for it.
So there are 3 of these relationships, 2 I like and one not so much. There is only one I’m actually going to talk about and name the characters as everyone talks about it and I feel like most people would have already been spoiled for it already. And that is Kaz & Inej and this is the relationship that I don’t actually like. I love Inej and I don’t love Kaz as much as. I’ll talk about that down below, but because I didn’t like him and I liked Inej so much I just didn’t like it.
As for the other 2 relationships, one is all over the place and it you never know whether they are going to end up back together or not! But it was enjoyable. And the other relationship is an LGBT relationship and it was never outright stated but there were hints and you so want it to happen! I’m not even someone that enjoys romance in books but I am shipping those two!

Now onto the characters themselves!

Kaz, as I said above, I didn’t enjoy. I am not 100% sure why I didn’t like him but he just got on my nerve. He also really reminded me of Jaxon Hall from The Bone Season and he was a dick. If you have read both series, I hope you understand what I mean. They are both heads of ‘gangs’ in the underworld of a city that is made of violence, gangs and people trying to prove dominance. They are both also kinda cruel, they hire people into their ‘gang’ (not always giving them a real choice) & they kinda treat those in their gang like crap (always undermining them, throwing them into danger without giving them full details and treating them as tools and not humans). I think it was this similarity with Jaxon Hall that made me really not like Kaz.

Inej was an amazing character. She is badass in all ways! However, she has a darker past and she struggles with dealing with that in this book. She pushes through and comes out on top and it was great! She is incredibly strong as well. Even when she is struggling and it looks like everything is going to fall apart she thinks of the others in the group and pushes herself through.

Nina was a very passionate, determined & strong. She was very determined to do what she thought was right when it came to her people. She does not let people sway her. She is also extremely loyal to the people around her and she would risk herself to help them.

Jesper is funny, flirty and sarcastic and it was an awesome contrast to the seriousness of most of the other characters. Jesper was daring and cunning. He never really doubted himself and just jumped into things but he wasn’t cocky about his confidence which I enjoyed.

Matthias was an enjoyable character when he wasn’t sprouting the ‘Grisha are horrible and should be put to death’ shit. But that is how he was raised, so I don’t really hate him for it but it was a bit frustrating.

Wyland was an off character. I liked him but because the others kept calling him kid and stuff it made him feel like he was a lot younger than he was. So it was kinda hard for me to get my head around the fact that he is around the same age as the others. I did like the romance he was involved in but at first, it felt weird due to the ‘him feeling younger part’. But when I actually thought about how old he was compared to the interest then it was a pretty well done romance of sorts. For once I am shipping a romance and I hope they actually end up together in Crooked Kingdoms and not just flirting.

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I really enjoyed this book! The plot was great, the world is awesome, the writing was amazing and I loved the Multi POV!! The characters were mostly amazing too! Only disliking 1 out of 6 is pretty good I think. I hope we see more of the two girls & Jesper in Crooked Kingdoms as they are my favourites. Also that romance needs to happen as well!!

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The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
Author: 
Leigh Bardugo
Series Name: The Grishaverse
Genre: YA Fantasy Short Stories
Publication Date: Sept 26th, 2017
Pages: 281 (Hardback)
Publishers: Orion Children’s Books
Rating:
4 star

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Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

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Okay, so I am doing this differently! I’ll just do a little mini review on each of the stories individually. It won’t be split into ‘writing, plot and character simply as each story is so short that it’s hard to comment on a character you only knew for 30-90 pages. As for the writing, Leigh Bardugo’s writing is great and I had nothing to fault with any of the stories except the kind of similarity with them. As they all kind of had the same message of betrayal or someone not being as they seem. They did feel similar just different places and different people.

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This one gave me Beauty and the Beasts vibes kinda. However with a twist. I did enjoy that the MC/hero of this story was not the typical beautiful stereotyped hero that we see in most books. The ending was also unexpected but I liked what the ‘bad guy’ got for doing what he did. Karma!

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Again another story of people not being who they seem. I enjoyed this one and I didn’t really guess the ending to this at all. I think as this was only the second story, I hadn’t realised the pattern yet of all the stories being basically the same, so this one was still surprising to me. Still, an enjoyable story.

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This is another kind of retelling. This one based on Hansel and Gretel. However, again, it had a twist. And also again it had the theme of people not being who they seem! By this point, I was starting to see the pattern and through the whole book, I was thinking I bet it wasn’t actually the person/thing everyone suspects and it’s actually one of the MCs friend or family… And I was correct. Also that eating the gingerbread person scene was bloody weird.

**spoilers below!**

Okay, so I am talking about the scene where her father eats the gingerbread girl version of her. Did anyone else get kinda creeped out by that?!
“… He nuzzled the brown flesh of her shoulder, pressed his lips to her skin.”
“But her father’s hand slipped beneath the hem of her skirts …”
What the actual hell! I thought these stories were meant to be like fairytales for kids in the Grisha world. He thought the gingerbread girl was his daughter and he is putting his hand down her skirt? Excuse me? What type of kids fairytale is that?!!

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This one had a good lesson. Basically don’t just let others do the work for you and don’t just take the easy way. I did enjoy it and I liked that the ending was so unexpected and good Karma for all of them.

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This one was my least favourite and it was a tad odd too. It gave The Nutcracker vibes, but it also reminds me of The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid.

I would have put this at the end of this section, but I want the spoilers part to be obvious for those that want to avoid it. So read the section below first if you don’t care about the spoilers then come back here!
This was also the only book that I felt like didn’t deal with the same, ‘people aren’t as they seem’ thing. Which I did enjoy! Droessen was a very odd character and also a little creepy.

** slight spoilers below for both The Soldier Prince & The Diabolic**
A person (or in this case toy), made to be used for a specific purpose and not meant to be able to think for themselves basically wakes up and realises hey, I want things too. In The Diabolic, Nemesis is a person that was created with the sole purpose of protecting a certain person. Then she starts to develop human emotions and wants. In this one, the doll was created to come alive and make Clara’s needs and dreams come true and then the toy begins to wonder what it’s like outside of its cabinet.

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This is the longest story in the book. It was also a spin on the Little Mermaid kind of. This story doesn’t exactly deal with the ‘people aren’t as they seem’ theme, but it does deal with betrayal and using people just until you don’t need them anymore.

I did find this story a bit long and slow. But not horrible. I also guessed a fair bit in this story, there was still a few things that surprised me, but mostly predictable.



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Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Wonder Woman: Warbringer
Author: 
Leigh Bardugo
Series Name: DC Icons
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: Aug 31st, 2017
Pages: 364 (Paperback)
Publishers: Penguin Books Ltd
Rating:
4 and a half star

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She will become a legend but first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning…

Diana is desperate to prove herself to her warrior sisters. But when the opportunity comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law to save a mere mortal, Alia Keralis. With this single heroic act, Diana may have just doomed the world.

Alia is a Warbringer – a descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery. Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies, mortal and divine, determined to destroy or possess the Warbringer.

To save the world, they must stand side by side against the tide of war.

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Even though I don’t like covers with people on them I do like this one. For most books, the reason I don’t like people on the cover is mostly because I like to be able to imagine what the characters look like and half the time the person on the cover doesn’t even fit the description, which I cannot stand! But as we already know what Wonder Woman looks like it didn’t bother me in this case.

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I really enjoy Leigh Bardugo’s writing. I have only read 2 of her books, this one & Shadow and Bone and I enjoyed the writing on both. The only thing I struggled with was the all of the gods and stuff like that. I don’t know a heap about mythology so that was a tad confusing but not bad.

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Going into the book I thought this was kinda going to be a typical superhero type story but it was so much more than that. There were plenty of twists and turns in this book and I wasn’t expecting any of them.

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I really enjoyed Diana! She was such an interesting character and I loved seeing her in the modern world. It was just so funny her experiencing new things and her reactions to things that are normal to us. And of course, she was brave, selfless and badass. We knew that was going to be the case obviously!

Alia was also an enjoyable character but I didn’t love her as much as Diana. She was a little dramatic sometimes and it was slightly annoying but in the end she was a good character. She was strong and would do whatever it took to stop the war even if it meant sacrificing herself.

Jason, Alia’s brother, I did not enjoy even before we actually met him. Just from Alia describing him I didn’t like him. He was controlling, selfish and treated his sister like crap. And also the romance is bullshit. Absolutely hated it. I’m not a romance fan, to begin with, but this was horrible.

Theo was a little annoying at the start. His humour at the start is just not what I enjoy. But overall I did enjoy him!

Nim I also enjoyed. She was smartass and funny as and I loved it. I also love that she is diverse! She is lesbian and her reaction to Diana was really funny too!

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Overall I really enjoyed this book! I loved the characters, well except Jason. The plot was really well done and so unpredictable. The writing was really good too even though I had a bit of trouble with the mythology aspects as they were a bit confusing. I really wish there was going to be an actual sequel to this book. It’s obviously part of a series but the next book will be a companion more than an actual sequel I’m guessing as it’s about Batman.



Also, don’t forget that Wonder Woman: Warbringer is the BOTM for the Bookish Facebook group I started! So if you want to discuss the book please come join us on the 29th of November!

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Top Ten Tuesday – Anticipated Books for the Second Half of 2017

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Top Ten Tuesday is a monthly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and you can find all the info and upcoming prompts Here.

This week’s prompts is: Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017

Well I don’t know if I have 10, so I’ll just put as many as I have


1. One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

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I have read Three Dark Crowns and really enjoyed it! So I’m keen to get to the second/last book in the series! This one comes out in September.

2. The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin

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This is the first book in a new companion series to the Mara Dyer series. I hope to get to the Mara Dyer series soon and then if I enjoy it as much as I hope then I will go straight onto this series when it comes out in November.

3. Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi

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This is another companion book, this one to the book Futhermore by Tahereh Mafi. I also plan to read Furthermore very soon as it has been on my radar for a while and I’m keen to get to it once I get my current physical TBR down a bit more! At the moment I can’t fit anymore books on my TBR shelves! This one is released in August.

4. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

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I have only read one book from Leigh Bardugo and that was Shadow and Bone, the first book in the Grisha trilogy! I loved Leigh Bardugo’s writing and I’m interested to see what’s next for her away from the Grisha world! This one is released in August.


Well that is all I have! I haven’t been paying attention to new releases as much this year as last year. There is sooo many books that aren’t new releases that I really want to get to! So I haven’t been checking out tonnes of new releases! There was some I couldn’t stay away from like The Hate U Give, A Court of Wings and Ruin, Caraval, etc. But overall concentrating on older books.

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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Shadow and Bone
Author: 
Leigh Bardugo
Series Name: The Grisha
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: June 5th, 2012
Pages: 308 (Paperback)
Publishers: Indigo
Rating:
4 star

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The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite – the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfil her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?

Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance. Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and Laini Taylor.

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So I have finally started this series! Hopefully I will be able to get a copy of the next two books in a couple weeks. I have The Hate U Give, Caraval, ACOMAF and ACOWAR coming from book depository and I don’t want to purchase any more books until I read a few more of my physical TBR. Trying to keep on top of my TBR pile.

Also, I went into this book knowing nothing about it except that there were people called Grisha. That is all.

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I like the purple cover of this book which is the one I own. The Original is the same but the background is a grey colour instead of purple. I like that the name and the lighter purple vines on the edges are raised on my paperback edition. I believe that the purple edition is the only one with the bonus content, but I may be wrong.

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I enjoyed Leigh Bardugo’s writing style. I like how it’s simple and easy to read and also engaging. I wish there was a bit more world building though, there is still things about the world and magic system and different things that I still don’t understand. Hopefully there will be more explained in the next 2 books. I do wish that there was a page that showed how to pronounce some of the words in the series as 90% of them I have no idea how to pronounce still. I like the bonus content too, I didn’t read the interview with Leigh Bardugo, but I did read the letter from Mal that never made it to Alina.

Oh and also there is a map!!! I don’t think I need to say again how much I like maps.

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I enjoyed the plot of this book. The whole idea of The Unsea and the Sun Summoner and the Darkling is really interesting. And I also like the name of The Unsea, Unsee, complete darkness??!! This makes me laugh! It’s so good haha. Anyway, I also thought some parts were a little bit predictable. Most things I didn’t know what to expect but knew that something either good or bad was coming to or from a certain person. So not all of it was predictable completely, but a little bit. Which wasn’t bad, but not my favourite as I love unpredictable books. The twist that involved Baghra & the Darkling I did not see coming! I knew there was something there, as is obvious in the book but I did not see that coming!

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I enjoyed most of the characters in this book. I liked Alina’s character, she was interesting and strong and I liked learning about her and seeing her develop. The Darkling, I was always a bit iffy and curious about and never fully liked him. At the start Mal was just kind of eh but towards the end I really liked his character and thought he was interesting and I liked seeing the development with him as well. Genya was a character I’m still not 100% sure about. At the start I enjoyed her and thought she was just being nice but towards the end I just don’t know what think and don’t know what side she is on. Baghra isn’t a character you either like or dislike and in the end I was happy with what she did but still don’t particularly like her. Botkin I enjoyed and always imagined him with a heavy Russian accent. Which also kinda put me off to imagine a Russian accent in a fantasy world… But that was just how it read to me.

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I enjoyed this book but did have a couple issues with it, mainly in the world building and understanding of the book. Hopefully everything is cleared up in the next book though! Definitely want to continue on with this series.


Let me know if you have read this book and what you thought in the comments! Please warn about spoilers and no spoilers for the rest of the series, please!

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