Ahhhh sorry I’m lateeee! Long story short, I was doing so well with keeping up with these reads but I started painting and gosh it got me off track real fast. But now I’m back with another installment of my Summer Retrospective series (full explanation can be found HERE) and I’m ready to scream about my love for Six of Crows because guys this is my second time reading it and it’s still amazing!
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. –goodreads.com summery
A Little Background
For anyone who doesn’t know, I read Leigh Bardugo’s original Grisha Trilogy (minus the last book) back around 2014. I enjoyed it but wasn’t too impressed or anything, thus why I never read the last book. This is why I was hesitant to pick up Six of Crows when it blew up on social media after its release. BUT! About a year ago I finally caved and picked up Six of Crows and LOVED it! So now here we are an entire year later, I’ve finally reread Six of Crows, and did it live up to my memory of it? Well I think I already kinda gave it away but YEP!
Ahhh I love everything okay!
Six of Crows is one of those books that I forget about for a while but, whenever I think back on the characters, I remember how much I love it! This crazy yet loveable crew is what makes the novel! Honestly I don’t care too much about the plot but gosh I could read about these losers doing anything! (Dear Kaz Brecker… yes I just called you a loser… please don’t kill me). I love how Leigh Bardugo takes at least one chapter on each character to really develop their backstory and their relations to the other members of the crew. This type of writing is what makes such memorable characters that both keep me interested throughout the story and leave me smiling when I randomly think back on them a week later.
(Now that I’m done with flailing about the characters…) let’s talk about some romance how I LOVE the slow burn in Six of Crows! Ah I really don’t think I’ve read much slower burn romance but gosh I love this so much! Kaz and Inej are just adorable in how they refuse to acknowledge their feelings for one another while everyone but those two can feel the sexual tension between them. Of course, this isn’t even to mention Matthias and Nina who are both amazing characters and I love As well as Jesper and Wylan who luckily get more attention in book two.
Next let’s get onto the world building Bardugo has done in this novel. Bardugo has somehow made me fall in love with this world without giving pages worth of exposition dumps. She kept information brief enough and, on a need to know basis that she always leaves me wanting more, instead of being bored with exposition. I had a friend who started Six of Crows and she was a bit confused about all the different nations and terms, but I never found myself having that problem. Both times I’ve read Six of Crows I’ve listened on audiobook and had no trouble following every detail about this world. Basically I’m just saying that I can’t wait to see what else Bardugo does in this world!
What’s the Verdict?
I think everyone can tell by now but gosh I loved it! Six of Crows completely lived up to all of my memories of it as well as all of the hype surrounding it. It completely deserves all the love it gets since it is such a fun novel full of amazing characters. Honestly, I kinda wish the next trend in YA was heist novels with great characters! I’d be 100% on board with that!