Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
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Pages: 495
Source: Purchased
Series: Six of Crows #1
Published by: Indigo, Orion Children's Books
Pubilcation Date: September 29th 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Magic, Young Adult

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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I’ve finally finished ‘Six of Crows’ and I’m happy to announce that THE HYPE IS REAL. IT’S AS GOOD AS EVERYONE SAYS IT IS, if not better! A heist, ragtag misfits, motley crew, found family, and dark twisted scenarios – how can you not be excited? How??? I’m flailing all over the place and high on excitement as I’m writing this review and I need to calm down. CALM. DOWN.

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I’ve never read any of Leigh Bardugo’s other books before and I’m so glad I finally did – she is an amazing author and I’ve just purchased the entire Grisha trilogy. That being said, you do not need to read any other Grisha books before you read Six of Crows. They are both set in the same Grishaverse (world), but the stories do not have anything to do with each other, as far as I know. I can’t wait to read her other books and get back into the Grishaverse! Okay, enough pitter-patter: BOOK TALK TIME!

“Kaz leaned back. “What’s the easiest way to steal a man’s wallet?”
“Knife to the throat?” asked Inej.
“Gun to the back?” said Jesper.
“Poison in his cup?” suggested Nina.
“You’re all horrible,” said Matthias.”

The story follows 6 unlikely characters: Kaz, Inej, Matthias, Mina, Jesper, and Wylan. They are all masters of different skills, and together they form an incredible group and embark on an impossible heist. The story is told in 5 POVs, which you would think could be confusing, but Leigh Bardugo’s writing is simply exquisite and you don’t get confused at all.

“I’m a business man,” he’d told her. “No more, no less.”
“You’re a thief, Kaz.”
“Isn’t that what I just said?”

Each of the characters are very different and all very likeable. My favourites were definitely Kaz, Inej, Nina, and Matthias. I love the way that we found out each character’s past, and got to know how and why they are who they are. This story does not only have two love interests, but three (well, the third is hinted at for now). Apparently dreams do come true because I didn’t think this book could get any more perfect?!

“No mourners. No funerals. Among them, it passed for ‘good luck’.”

I was totally immersed in this book and couldn’t put it down until I finished it. Seriously, I was up until 3am; look at me . I was reading, thinking, and dreaming Six of Crows.

Their world is full of darkness, danger, and magic. There were so many different aspects and things to take in, my mind felt like a sponge and every time a new place was mentioned I had to flip to the front of the book to look at the map and see where it was. I loved that.

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There is so much action and things going on, and when plans fall into place I’m shocked at the master scheming of it all. I honestly could say so much about all of the characters individually because they are all perfection, but I’m going to refrain from it because it might become nonsensical babble.

This book is definitely a YA fantasy must read, and it exceeds expectations – the hype is real! Now… Excuse me as I continue to flail around and fangirl! 🙂

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Rating Report
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Overall: 4.9 / 5

About Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Grisha Trilogy (Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising).

She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and most recently, makeup and special effects. These days, she’s lives and writes in Hollywood where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band.

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35 Comments

  • Reply
    Luucy
    October 24, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    Loove your reviews! <3 You're so funny and you always make me want to read the book 🙂 I want to read this one because they're all criminals (That's amazing!) also the cover and the map are really cool! 😀

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      Anissa
      October 26, 2015 at 4:30 pm

      Thank you so much Luucy, that means so much to me! 😀 I always love your comments and stalking your blog, too! I hope you get the chance to read this soon, it really is great! 😀

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    Lucia @Reading Is My Breathing
    October 24, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    Yay, I am so happy that you ended up loving this! Now we can fangirl together 😉 And I absolutely agree, this is a YA fantasy must read!

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      Anissa
      October 26, 2015 at 4:32 pm

      Wooooo! It was awesome! I’ve been in a bit of a book hangover since I read it, struggling to read anything right now haha. I’ve been looking at Six of Crows fanart everywhere. Also I’m going to see Leigh Bardugo tonight at a book signing, I’m beyond excited! 😀

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    Lola
    October 25, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    I heard so many good things about this author her books, but I haven’t read any of her books myself. I really should give them a try soon, especially as I already own Shadow and Bone. I didn’t realize both series were set in the same world. I like the sound of the six totally characters with different skills. And it’s great that the author manages to give them all depth and background and whew 3 love interests, that sounds fun! Your review makes me want to go and buy this book now, but I guess I’ll read the Grisha trilogy first as I alreayd own the first book in that series. Great Review!

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      Anissa
      October 26, 2015 at 4:35 pm

      It really is an amazing book and she really is a fantastic author! I can’t wait to read Shadow and Bone now because I loved the Grishaverse! I hope you get to read Shadow and Bone soon and then I can check out your review 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Lola!

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    Alise
    October 26, 2015 at 1:10 am

    “THE HYPE IS REAL. IT’S AS GOOD AS EVERYONE SAYS IT IS, if not better!” *pterodactyl screech* I MUST find time to read this soon, I’m so excited.

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      Anissa
      October 26, 2015 at 4:36 pm

      LOL Alise you crack me up! I hope you get to read this soon and then we can squee and flail together (that’s me hoping you’ll love it as much as I did!) 😀

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    Maaike
    October 27, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    I’m so happy everyone seems to love this. I finished it almost as soon as I got it. It was so brilliant I just couldn’t stop reading. You said it kept you up at night, same here! Characters, world building, build up – everything was perfect. It’s a hype, sure, but I LOVE it. I’m pretty desperate to read the Grisha trilogy now.

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      Anissa
      October 31, 2015 at 10:27 am

      It really is brilliant! Haha, it really kept me up so late finishing it haha. Those are always the best kinds of books though! YEAH, I can’t wait to read the Grisha trilogy either! I know that once I start that I’ll binge all 3 books, so I have to choose a good time to start it 🙂 I saw you recently posted a review on The Rose Society, I’ve just received a copy of The Young Elites, and can’t wait to read it! I’m going to check out you review 🙂

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    Olivia
    October 27, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    I have been dying to read this book!

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      Anissa
      October 31, 2015 at 10:36 am

      I hope you get to read it soon! 🙂

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    Laura
    October 27, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    Dying to read this book right now! Lovely review

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      Anissa
      October 31, 2015 at 10:57 am

      Thank you! 🙂 I hope you get to read it soon!

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    Chelsea Luc
    October 27, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    I REALLY WANT TO READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Anissa
      October 31, 2015 at 10:54 am

      I hope you get to soon 🙂

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    Lily B
    October 28, 2015 at 1:20 am

    oh goodness, I was just staring at this book on amazon since I know a lot of people loved this one, my grabby hands now want it and those quotes! ugh it looks like a really fun and well written book

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      Anissa
      October 31, 2015 at 10:45 am

      It really is amazing and I hope you get your hands on a copy soon! 😀

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    Vanessa Pelger
    October 28, 2015 at 8:23 am

    I really wanna read this too!

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      Anissa
      October 31, 2015 at 10:47 am

      I hope you get to read it soon!

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    Desiree Jacob
    October 31, 2015 at 11:57 am

    I hope our local bookstore would release this soon. Can’t wait to read and get this beauty.

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      Anissa
      November 8, 2015 at 5:24 pm

      I hope they do too, it’s an amazing book! 🙂

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    komal
    October 31, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    I’ve heard nothing but praise for this book, now I really want it :3

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      Anissa
      November 8, 2015 at 5:26 pm

      It’s truly amazing! 😀 I hope you get it soon!

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    areads
    November 2, 2015 at 8:07 am

    i’ve heard so many good reviews about this book, like yours. and i want to read it soon

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      Anissa
      November 8, 2015 at 5:28 pm

      I hope you get to read it soon, it’s really amazing! 🙂 Looking forward to reading what you think of it after you’ve gotten a chance to finish it!

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    Alexandra A
    November 2, 2015 at 8:34 am

    This book is amazing!!!

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      Anissa
      November 8, 2015 at 5:30 pm

      It really is! 🙂

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    Debbie
    December 28, 2015 at 12:33 am

    Thanks for introducing me to this fabulous book!!

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      Anissa
      January 5, 2016 at 11:09 am

      You’re welcome!

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    Alecia
    January 10, 2016 at 3:52 am

    Ahhhh Six of Crows!!! Intriguing plot, 5 POVS, action, adventure, crime, humour AND the rave reviews have got my so psyched! I want this soo bad you have no idea haha!

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      Anissa
      January 15, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      It is SOOOO good, I hope you get your hands on a copy soon! 🙂

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    Lois @ My Midnight Musing
    January 12, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    So happy you enjoyed the book as much as I did. This book is without a doubt one of my favourites of 2015. I loved the characters and all complexities. I found that the multiple narration really helped in creating a sense of tension and uncertainty in the true motivation of some of the characters. My shippers heart was also very, very happy and I am so excited to further explore the dynamic between this crew; especially with the new stakes.

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      Anissa
      January 15, 2016 at 3:02 pm

      It was so amazing, and yes to all the ships! I can’t wait for the next book either, Leigh Bardugo will no doubt have some tricks up her sleeve!

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