I received this book for free (hey, thanks!) in exchange for an honest review. I promise that this does NOT affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. For real.Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Series: Six of Crows #1
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Published by Macmillan on September 29th 2015
Also by this author: Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, Ruin and Rising, Summer Days & Summer Nights, The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic, Wonder Woman: Warbringer, Crooked Kingdom , King of Scars
Format: Audio/ARC (465 pages) • Source: Audible, Publisher (Book Expo America)
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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.
I personally didn’t enjoy this book as much as I had hoped. I can absolutely, unequivocally say that (objectively) this is an amazing story written by a talented author that I generally love… but the heist aspect was just not for me. It is genuinely the most stereotypical case of “it’s not you, it’s me.”
I started reading my ARC from BEA in September and seriously struggled for the first 30 pages. It was interesting but confusing. I liked the writing (DUH) but wasn’t sure the heist aspect would keep me engaged. I decided to put the book aside after continuing to struggle through 100 pages, because at this point the book was being released. I decided to use an Audible credit to see if that helped. It kind of did, but not really. Here’s my progress through this book:
However, all of that negative aside – I can truly appreciate this story and am really interested to see where Bardugo takes us next!
Great things I can appreciate:
- Super character-driven, even when they’re essentially a ragtag crew of criminals
- MULTIPLE SHIPS SETTING SAIL, oh god
- Leigh Bardugo’s amazing, gorgeous writing style
- The end (last 20-40% or so) of the book moved faster and was more enjoyable in general
Things that didn’t work for me:
- The pacing didn’t work for me. I kind of wanted to be on the edge of my seat, waiting for them to make it through crazy situations one after another. This generally did happen, but I still kind of feel like not much happened?
- Similarly, it didn’t hold my attention that well. I really will need to reread or re-listen to this before the second book comes out
- ~confusing at times~
Overall, this one still has to get four stars from me. I can appreciate a great story while recognizing that it isn’t a story that will work for me personally. Even so, I have positive feelings about the book in general and really am eager for the second one!
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