5 Things About Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

November 14, 2015 Review 40 ★★★★★

5 Things About Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
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Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Source: Purchased
Pages: 320
Release Date: September 29th 2015
Series: Six of Crows #1
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, General, Young Adult
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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.
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The characters are spectacular.

I could talk for hours about each of the characters in SIX OF CROWS and although I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t survive five minutes in their world, I wish I could be there to hang out with them every day-I adore this perfectly imperfect band of thieves. These characters make me want to reevaluate what unique and original characters are.

“When everyone knows you’re a monster,
you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.”

 I fell in love not even halfway through.

I believe I made it to page 120 before I started texting my bookish friends and gushing telling them how awesome it was, how the hype was well-deserved, and threatening gently encouraging them to read it as soon as possible. I was tempted to go on Goodreads and immediately give it five stars, even though I had a long ways to go.

The writing is gorgeous.

I did enjoy Bardugo’s original Grisha trilogy, but SIX OF CROWS is on a whole different level. Everything is so easy to visualize, and the writing was descriptive and illustrative without being tedious. THE QUOTES YOU GUYS. I want to include almost every line in this book here. In addition to this, there are also moments of humor that legitimately made me laugh out loud.

The world-building is incredibly inventive.

“Greed may do your bidding, but death serves no man.”

While the world of SHADOW AND BONE was not lacking by any means, SIX OF CROWS takes it even farther and develops it further. I do have to admit it was a little overwhelming in the very beginning and I had that what is this, what is that whiplash but as you continue to immerse yourself in the world it all starts to come together.

The developing romances are GOLD.

All of the characters have a fascinating dynamic with one another, but I am extremely eager and excited when it comes to some possible romances here. There’s this one quote that is absolutely awesome but a little spoilery so I didn’t include it but THESE SHIPS. *heavy breathing*

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I have enjoyed many books, but there are probably less than twenty that, if I were to come into a substantial amount of money, I would purchase copies of and give out to anyone everywhere I could. SIX OF CROWS is one of those books. Highly recommended.

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Rating Report
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Overall: 5

40 Responses to “5 Things About Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo”

  1. Lucia @Reading Is My Breathing

    You must be my reading twin because I feel absolutely totally completely the same about this book! It was so much better than Grisha trilogy, characters were the best, story itself amazing. And don’t even start me on romance, I ship so hard all the ships :) I had book hangover for weeks, it was that perfect and I have been recommending it to EVERYONE ever since.
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    • Alise

      Yay, great minds! :D Right? All the ships <3 I know, I couldn’t start another book for a week either, I NEED MORE.

    • Alise

      I didn’t even think of that, yeah, that would have been interested! We will have to see in the next book :) Oh, definitely!

  2. Anissa

    YAAAAAAAAS ALISE! *headbangs* THIS POST IS PERFECTION. I know exactly what you mean about the quotes! Haha my status update on Goodreads whilst I was reading was: “Making notes for my favourite quotes as I read and I realise I can’t just select everything. It’s just all so rutting good what even.” I LOVED THIS BOOK and everybody should read it. :D Also, how awesome is the hashtag #Brekkered?!
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    • Alise

      Thank youuuuu! I know, it’s ridiculous! I think this and Queen of Shadows are my only perfect five star books this year. SO GOOD.

  3. Mel@thedailyprophecy

    The characters are indeed FABULOUS. They all have something else to offer and I love each and everyone of them. I especially love Nina <3
    The writing is flawless.
    I love how the world-building was set up. Set in the Netherlands, hell yes! And also the story felt more gruesome and inventive in comparison with Shadow and bone (especially with the last book)
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    • Alise

      They really are, all of them are so great! I thought so too, this one seemed like it went a lot more in-depth and it feels a little more adult than Shadow and Bone.

  4. Cait @ Paper Fury

    AHHHH I’M SO GLAD YOU LOVE THIS!! I actually haven’t read even a single low-star review yet. XD I’m so so excited about it! *flails for nine million years* Although I confess, I’m totally actually putting it off because I know I’m going to be a jangle of flailing when I finish and I just read Illuminae (aka tons of flailing there) so I’m like giving myself a moment to calm down. ahah. bUT THEN I READ IT AND LOVE.
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    • Alise

      UM BECAUSE IT’S AWESOME, OKAY. :P I would love to see what you think of it, I really hope you like it as much as I did :) Haha, I’m reading Illuminae right now!

  5. Veronika

    I haven’t read the Grisha trilogy but heard that Six of Crows can stand on its own, so I ordered it a few days ago and now am eagerly waiting for it to arrive! Everyone’s loving it SO MUCH, but what really convinced me to give it a chance is the way bloggers wrote about the romance. I LOVED great romances and would go down with most of my ships, so this novel seems to be for me.
    Amazing review. :)
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    • Alise

      Yeah, it definitely can be read alone! I hope you like it, you should let me know what you think! The romance isn’t a huge part of this book but the way it complements it <3 Thank you!

  6. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    Reading this, I feel like a total idiot for not having read The Grisha Series yet >.< I've owned the first book since like forever: I have NO excuse! Moving past my glaring bookish-gap in knowledge, so far from the reviews I've read for Six of Crows, fans of Grisha seem to all be even more impressed with this one…which sounds pretty amazing! I LOVED reading your review here – 2016 MUST be the year I catch up here^^
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    • Alise

      Thanks :) It should, you have some really great reads to look forward to! :D I did love Shadow and Bone but Six of Crows… it really is on a whole new level. Love it.

  7. Romi

    Aah, perfect gif. You know, if I read “my stare is intending implied sexual tension” in a novel? It would be a sure winner. Endless love would come from that single sentence.
    I’ve never read any of Leigh Bardugo’s work! I do own the first two books from her debut series, and… this is on my tbr, I think? I’ve heard a LOT about it, however, and believe it’s going to be read by me either way, simply because of all the awesome surrounding it. Your review is absolutely stellar, Alise, and I’m already swooning over everything you’ve mentioned. QUOTES. RELATIONSHIPS THAT ARE PERFECT. THIEVES. I want it, enough said.
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    • Alise

      That would be… AWESOME. That book would win all the things for sure, I’d love to see some writing like that. I love all of her stuff so she’s an author I would definitely recommend :)

  8. Maya @ City Of Reviews

    ughhhhhh EVERYONE is loving this book and I am just here dying! I MUST get this book *punches wall*. The only problem is I still haven’t read the Grisha trilogy, I know *facepalm*. Should I read it first? Or would I be lost without reading it first?
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    • Alise

      Nope, the great thing is you don’t need to read the Grisha trilogy at all before this one :D Although it is a good series so I would still recommend it :)

  9. Ashtyn @ Wonderland's Reader

    I’m reading this right now and currently still in the beginning, struggling to get used to all the new terms and phrases. It’s making it kinda confusing but I’ve heard such great things (like with your review) so I don’t wanna stop! I read the first novel in her other series and intended on reading the others but never quite got around to it but I’m determined to read this one! Great review!
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    • Alise

      I feel you, it’s a little overwhelming at first, especially with all the characters, but things start to make sense once you start to just go with the flow. Thank you :3

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