Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Book One of the Six of Crows duology
Published on September 29, 2015
Genres: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy
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I read this book in hardcover.  

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“She wouldn’t wish love on anyone. It was the guest you welcomed and then couldn’t be rid of.” pg. 163

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Six individuals with enough baggage to sink a ship work together to accomplish an impossible heist.

For a full synopsis, visit Goodreads.

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There has been no buzz about a movie adaptation for this book.

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If I can summarize my feelings towards this book in 3 words, it would be this:

I loved it.

I’ve read 56 books this year and Six of Crows is easily Top 5 material.  Because Leigh Bardugo is a YA mastermind.  I’ll admit, at first, I was a bit apprehensive about this series.  I’m the type of reader who can quickly get obsessed with a fictional world but then just as easily get tired of it.  I typically hate spin-offs because I can’t help but feel like it taints the original source.  So when I found out that Leigh Bardugo’s book will take place in the Grisha universe, I was apathetic to it, despite the fact that I loved the Grisha trilogy.  But then the synopsis said that this was Oceans 11-esque.  My interest was piqued.  And then trusted reviewers raved about it.  I was sold.

Six of Crows had all the makings of an entertaining read.  Mystery?  Check.  Romance?  Double check.  Edge-of-your-seat action?  Check.  I couldn’t tell you enough how much this book rocked my world.  But it wasn’t just because of those surface-level factors.

Character development was something I look for in books.  It was one of those things that either make or break a book for me, and Ms. Bardugo straight up made Character Development her bitch.  Because not only did she have to introduce and demystify the mystery that is Kaz Brekker, the main protagonist, but also for the other 5 characters that make up the Six of Crows.  (They make up the ultimate #SquadGoals, livin’ that #ThugLife)  And she did it with such ease, such eloquence, such depth.  And that alone was a hard thing to do but to also keep the readers invested in the big picture?  It was just plain genius.  She wove 7 different stories into one, without having to compromise.

The uncertainty of the heist, the roughness of the streets, the sexual tension between characters–those feelings weren’t merely felt, they were palpable.  It’s rare to find a book so entrancing, so real, that you constantly have to remind yourself that it was just a book, days after you’ve finished–but this, this was perfection.  (Well, except for the cliffhanger at the end–book 2 can’t come soon enough!)

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5stars
5 OUT OF 5 STARS
Six of Crows is easily one of the best YA books of the year–you NEED this in your life.

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Leigh Bardugo pictured Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Kaz Brekker. (Source)

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