ARC Review: Six of Crows

Posted November 13, 2015 / Book Reviews / 9 Comments

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.

ARC Review: Six of CrowsSix 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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four-stars

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.

my thoughts pinkI 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:

six of crowsLike honestly it took way too much effort and time to read this book. I barely feel like I even know what happened. I just could not focus for the life of me.

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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rating breakdown pink

Plot & Premise
four-stars
Characters
four-half-stars
Writing Style
five-stars
Pacing & Flow
four-stars
Feels or Swoons
three-half-stars
Addiction Level
three-stars
Overall: 4

9 responses to “ARC Review: Six of Crows

  1. I had a hard time getting into this one at first as well, because it’s much higher fantasy than I normally like to read. I ended up giving it five stars because I can appreciate that it’s an AMAZING book, but it wasn’t the quickest/easiest book for me to read, nor was it my favorite book of the year, if that makes sense. I was lucky enough to get a signed arc, but the finished copy is gorgeous as well too (I love the black-edged pages!)

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