Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: YA Fantasy, Adventure
Published: September 29th, 2015 by Henry Holt and Company
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
Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first. (Goodreads)
So, it's been awhile. *coughs* Okay, it's been a little over a year.
Well, I'm back now for more reviews. Hold on to your socks, y'all.
Where to begin. Let's see. Positivity first.
The characters were very well rounded. Bardugo moved between perspectives with ease, giving the reader insight on the respective character's background. Yet she left room for mystery, causing the reader to turn more pages in order to feed curiosity. She did exceptionally well with Nina and Matthias's entwined story (I didn't roll my eyes one time -- not one time!).
My favorite character is Inej, considering her past and the personal strength she gained over time. The author also left room there for hope (unlike Kaz, the poor bloke).
And Jesper! Such a great add to the story with his secrets and personality.
I will not go into detail on the story itself, but I will say it was rolled out flawlessly. There wasn't a moment I got bored with all the action and deep emotions the novel engendered. Bardugo did wonderfully in that aspect. She took us places of vivid color and horrible smells -- ha! And of course she leaves you hanging there at the end! I was ready for book two!
There really wasn't anything I found to my dislike. The only unrealistic occurrence (aside from the fact that this is fantasy) was the fact that all six characters on this team found romantic interest in one or the other. Perhaps if Kaz experienced a strong familial bond toward Inej, or if an amazing bromance sparked between Jesper and Wylan (anyone else obsessed with JD and Turk's bromance?), I would've been all over this novel 110%.
As it is, however, I still recommend this book to anyone looking for YA fantasy/adventure. It gets four and a half stars from me!