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Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (@jessicadhaluska, @LBardugo)

Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (@jessicadhaluska, @LBardugo)
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Series: Six of Crows #1
Published by Henry Holt and Co.
Published on: September 29 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 480
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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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.

2015 CRIME BADBOY twisted fantasy

My FEELS are broken. Words, too.

Which is making the reviewing of SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo more than a little bit difficult . . . FYI.

SO. Hmm . . . *scratches head*

The book started well enough, but by 40% it was more determination that kept me reading than enthusiasm. The characters were great. I felt like they were decently developed, and it was a veritable thunderstorm of one-liners and clever dialogue:

Kaz Brekker didn’t need a reason.
“He’s going to get us all killed,” she said.
Jesper stretched his long arms overhead and grinned, his teeth white against his dark skin. He had yet to give up his rifle, and the silhouette of it across his back made him resemble a gawky, long-limbed bird. “Statistically, he’ll probably only get
some of us killed.”
“A good time needn’t involve wine and … and flesh,” Matthias sputtered.
Nina batted her glossy lashes at him. “You wouldn’t know a good time if it sidled up to you and stuck a lollipop in your mouth.”

But plot-wise . . . not much was happening.

I was bored.

I was bored while reading a book about a HEIST.

You: How is that even possible?
Me: I’m still not sure.
You: But you rated it 4.5 stars . . .
Me: I know. Now ask me about the second half.
You: How was the second half . . .?
Me: Riddikulous.

And I have a strong suspicion that this is one of the rare books that actually improves on the reread. Some—not all, mind you, but some—of the boredom can probably be chalked-up to my impatience to know ALL THE THINGS.

So now that I know them . . . significantly less reason to be impatient.

As for the potential romances, I don’t know if Bardugo was determined to avoid the inevitable fallout that is the natural result of love triangles, or love squares, as the case may be (*coughs* Darklings and Mals and Sturmhonds, oh my! *coughs*), but in SIX OF CROWS, there are six main characters and three obvious relationships.

The end.

She still managed to keep us on our toes though. As much as I immediately shipped two pairs, I did not ship another, and there are a myriad of obstacles to weather all around.

It was a perfect combination of security in the knowledge that if these people end up with anyone, it will obviously be that person, and tension b/c, OHMYGAWD, how are they ever going to overcome _______?

I still don’t know. It didn’t end in a nasty cliffhanger, but this is the first installment of a new series, so everything isn’t going to be resolved.

Deal with it. *flares nostrils*

SIX OF CROWS is also significantly darker than Bardugo’s GRISHA trilogy.

You: Darker than the Darkling?
Me: YES.
You: o.O

Personally, I loved it. I am unabashedly bloodthirsty, after all. And something about ruthless determination with just the smallest hint of humanity is so damn sexy.


*waves at Kaz* *swoons*

And regardless of how slow I felt the middle section of the book was, the writing was consistently fantastic:

“I owe you, Brekker,” Rollins had said as the boy exited his cell, hardly believing his luck.
Brekker had glanced back at him, his dark eyes like caverns. “Don’t worry, Rollins. You’ll pay.”
And apparently the boy had come to collect. He stood in the middle of Rollins’ opulent office looking like a dark blot of ink . . .

Pretty great, right?

SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo is the first installment of her new YA fantasy series, and I LOVED it. I wanted to be the one person in the world who made Kaz feel something. I wanted Inej to trust me so that I could tell her no part of her enslavement or what came after was her fault and have her believe me. I wanted to bang Matthias’ and Nina’s stupid heads together like . . . something you deliberately bang together, I felt helpless as I watched all the hot mess that is Jesper, and Wylan . . . I just wanted to hug Wylan . . .

As for the various villains, I want them to suffer. And I trust Kaz to make that happen, so I will be back, same bat time, same bat channel, next year, and hopefully you will too, b/c oh-so-highly recommended.

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My name is Jessica and I live in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I’m trying my hand at writing, but mostly I read. My favorite genres are Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, and the YA versions of those genres, but if there is a book of a different color getting lots of buzz, I’ll read it too, just to be informed. If I’m not reading or writing, I’m probably on Goodreads or Pinterest or baking blueberry pies because I love them.



  1. I picked this one up after reading your review on Goodreads. Now I am halfway through and I am absolutely in love with characters and story! 🙂
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  2. I am currently reading this, about 3/4 of the way through it. Yes, this review about sums up how I feel. Great review, if I wasn’t currently reading this I would definitely want to now!
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  3. Gah! I so need to buy this, like today! Great review!!

  4. I was a bit iffy on the first two chapters but then… oh boy, then I was hooked, ensnared and addicted and I just couldn’t get enough of the whole crew! And damn, I like Kaz too much for anyone’s good!!
    Is it time for the sequel yet? Is it? IS IT??
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  5. Yeah I wanted to bang Matthias and Nina’s stupid heads together too. I despised their romance, it was so awkward and scripted. Won’t you two idiots stop futzing around already, and just make with the kissy-face? And yeah, I was bored at some points too. I guess I had fun overall though. This book probably fell short of my expectations, but it was still great.
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  6. I should totally read these
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  7. I was drawn to this because because of it’s cover. Yep. But I will absolutely pick it up after reading your review, Jessica. And I’ll keep in mind that I have to make it to the halfway point to get to the really good stuff. 😉 I’m glad that Bardugo picked up the pace to have you gushing over this one. Fab review, per usual, my friend!
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  8. PFFT, I’m the only one here probably that HAS NOT READ THIS BOOK YET. It’s on my list but there’s just something about it that gives me pause..maybe it’s the fact that it IS a series and I want to wait for it to be completed so I won’t have to wait a ridiculous amount of time for the next book? Eh..idk teehee but I enjoyed reading your review for it. 😉 It was an epic one! <3

  9. OOoh very nice! I still need to read this one! I am forever behind on all the reads it seems! Hearing that this one is basically nothing short of amazing! Glad to see you enjoyed it as well despite a few hiccups.

    And dear God!! Who is that in that picture?! I almost fell out of my chair from swooning! LOL!

    Great review!
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  10. I cannot wait to start this one. i’ve wanted to read it before it came out. I have a feeling I would be like you and want to know everything but since you calmed me by telling me about the second half, I may not be so impatient. This sounds so good!
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  11. I have noticed the book because of its cover and wondered if it was any good. Seems like the verdict is YES. Thanks for the great review and it worked, I want to read it. LOL
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  12. Good to know that I need to stick to it through the first half to get to the really good stuff. Obviously, you felt like it was worth it!
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  13. I’m not a patient reader and I’m spoiled. Urban Fantasy spoiled me, gave me a taste of what it’s like when things are happening. Non stop. So this is going to be a test of patience for me. Plus I don’t reread.
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  14. Oh God, that’s an amazing review! I immediately want to grab it 🙂 Also I just read about another bloodthirsty heist recently (The Lies of Locke Lamore) and it will be fun to compare.
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