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Crooks and Criminals Steal my Heart | Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo - Spoiler Free Review

September 07, 2017

Title: Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: Six of Crows #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: September 29th 2015
Format Read: Paperback
Rating: ★★★★★
Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he'll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:
Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)
Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)
Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)
Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done - and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable - if they don't kill each other first.

Ever since this book was published, people have been pestering me to read this book. It has been raved about and hyped up so much, I was dreading this. However, now that I've read this, I can say the hype was definitely worth it! Also, note to my former self:


(Now, let's get on to the actual review.... *composes self*)

This book is set in Ketterdam and follows Kaz Brekker, who is a nifty-handed (understatement of existence) thief/criminal who loves money, so when a job comes along offering wealth beyond belief, he has to accept, however impossible it may seem. So he recruits a bunch of dangerous teenagers with useful criminal skills in order to complete this job.

I absolutely loved the plot of the book. Reading about them trying to steal things, break people out of prison, break into off-limits high-security forts and try to do the impossible while working wth a bunch  of people who don't necessarily work well together was so much fun! It was incredible, unpredictable and kept you on your toes. I had no idea what would happen and what secret would be revealed next.

Kaz Brekker is my new favourite character of all time. I am so resisting turning this into a fangirling gush! He is definitely morally grey, being a backhanded thief (his nickname is "dirtyhands") and all. However, I loved how smart, talented and cunning he was. He was always at least 5 steps ahead of even the most educated and guarded competition, and you never knew what he would pull out of his hat next. He had a very well developed character, even in this first book. He is probably the most intricate character ever.

Inej is Kaz's "spy" of sorts, as she is extremely silent and handy with her daggers. She gathers information from anywhere and everywhere and she is a bit very spiritual. She is also extremely well developed and has a heart-wrenching back story. She wasn't my favorite of the lot, since I didn't connect with her constant religious outlook, but I definitely respected her and admired her spunk a lot.

Nina is a Grisha who is stuck in Ketterdam, where Kaz's "gang" is established, and has nowhere to go. She is very confident and doesn't ever apologize for who she is. She has some sass at times and doesn't let anybody walk over her. Her back story was also very moving and again, very developed (seeing a trend here?) and I definitely understood why she was icy and cold at times. I really liked her.

Jesper was sort of the comic relief who also managed to be handy with those rifles and racked up a lot of cash with his card games. He was probably the least developed in this book, but I love this POV since it was so light-hearted compared to the other dark and brooding ones. He had some clever, funny lines that cracked me up.

Wylan was sort of the "bait" and I don't want to go into much detail with him. All I'm gonna say is he was the cutest little ball of wonderfulness who I just wanted to hug forever.

Matthias was my least favorite character. He's a freaking mess. I understand that he had a horrible life and had everything taken from him but I cannot sympathise with anybody who gets brainwashed into some cult which believes everybody of one group is evil and deserves to die and justifies it by making up some stupid religious belief system. I know he has an excuse for all this, but I do not like him and I am not able to trust him.

The writing style was probably the only thing I can criticise in this book. It was very, very, very, very slow in the beginning and some chapters in the middle made me want to doze off for sure, but boy, am I glad I stuck through because I was freaking mind-blown in the end and it is now one of my favorite books of all time!

Overall, Six of Crows is an enticing tale about a group of rogues who come together for money. It has  incredible character development, constant twists and turns and is definitely a story you will remember. It has a slow start, but get through it and you will be unbelievable grateful.

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  1. It is a really good book, and the characters are so well developed. I need to take notes!

    1. Haha, yes, I completely agree. I really need to read Crooked Kingdom.


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