It’s been a bit since I’ve done a book review but I literally just finished Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and I’ve been excited to do a review for it since the moment ai picked it up!
This book was so hyped and I heard a lot of great things about it so I had pretty high expectations when I finally got around to reading it – so without further ado, let’s get into the things I loved and hated about the world of the Grisha!! 🙂
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Six of Crows Book Review
A Love / Hate Relationship
The universe in Six of Crows is such a well-thought out, creative and unique world and one I immediately wanted to learn more about. Everything from Leigh’s descriptions of the run-down feel of the Barrel to the different languages/religions of all these conflicting nations made the world feel very much alive.
However, it’s complexity became just as much of a con as it was a pro to me as a reader. As someone who hasn’t read her first series, there was more than one instance where I felt kinda lost in the universe – and not lost in the way a readers wants to be. I heard somewhere (only after I’d begun reading) that reading her first series cleared things up a lot but that it wasn’t necessary.
Plot wise, I found that to be totally true – I could enjoy watching the heist unfold and the characters change without the past series. But sometimes, those missing pieces could get a little frustrating because I really wanted to understand and love the universe Bardugo created.
Are the Dregs Looking for New Members?
I LOVED the characters in Six of Crows. Though they’re all in on the heist together, each one had their own motivations for going in. I love that Leigh decided to give each character their own chapters so that we got to know them each personally. I found myself most like Inej, reserved but observant (except hella more clumsy than she is 😅), but by far my favorite chapters were of Nina, with her quick quips and flirtatiousness. Plus her heartrender abilities are super cool and unlike anything I’ve ever read!
And obviously…I couldn’t help but fall in love with the mystery that surrounded Kaz Brekker – tragic and complex, finding out his story was one of my favourite parts of the book while also being one of the saddest. I have to admit…one of the biggest motivators to flip the page was figuring out who the heck this guy was.
I already liked Jesper from the start but by the end, wanted to know even more about him! I feel like Matthias, on the other hand took me a LONG time to warm up to. All I could think was ugh BOY get your brain straight! As he and Nina’s history and relationship unfolded, I maybe finally started to see his side. In that sense, I think Leigh did her job right xP
A Breathtakingly Face-Paced Heist
And finally, I just wanted to mention plot/length! I thought it was a really interesting idea to make the MC’s thieves and cons instead of the typical ‘good guys’ – Kaz’s expertise on thieving was hilariously brilliant and everyone had a particular skill/story that made them interesting! I liked that the story wasn’t rushed but also didn’t waste any time getting to the point. Coming in just a tad over 450 pages, it was the perfect length and never had a dull second 🙂 The action pulled me in just as much as the flashbacks and characters histories.
Over all score?I give Six of Crows 4/5 stars!! It’s only missing that last star because sometimes, I wished certain things had a little more explanation to them..but otherwise I thought it was a great read!
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And that’s all I’ve got for Six of Crows! Feels like I’m a tad late to this party buut I’m happy I finally read it! Have you? What did you think? Let me know in the comments down below!
With that, I’m going to get to sleep! Hope you enjoyed this book review <3 Have an awesome rest of your week –