Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

SYNOPSIS

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

Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

REVIEW

I didn’t like the Grisha Trilogy at all but everyone told me that the Six of Crows duology was completely different and a lot better. I trusted the recommendations and headed into this book with relatively high expectations. I was not disappointed! Six of Crows was interesting from page 1 till the very end!

The biggest flaw (in my opinion) when it came to the trilogy was the lack of character development. Everyone was annoying (except Nikolai) and it made me not care about the plot or what was going to happen to the characters. When It came to Six of Crows, I loved every single character and simply could not stop reading when one of them was in danger.

I adore Kaz! He is so mysterious and tough. I love how he is so powerful, yet he is also so young. He has lived a life of hardship and struggles to care for people yet he protects his crew. He is just and fair when it comes to them. Inej was awesome! She’s so badass and kind. She was hurt in her past which made her strong and I loved the fact that she knows what she wants. There is no insta-love in the book or love triangles! It was refreshing!

I loved the chemistry between Nina and Matthias! They both amazing characters and really clicked well. There back story was so interesting and it was great to see how their relationship evolved through the book.Wylan and Jesper were both great characters! They were really funny and added a bit of lightheartedness to the group. I can’t wait to see their relationship blossom in the next book!

Overall I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read Crooked Kingdom!

5/5 ⭐️

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Siege and Storm – Leigh Bardugo

SYNOPSIS

Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her—or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

REVIEW

Siege and Storm was a breathe of fresh air after Shadow and Bone! Still wasn’t a huge fan of it though!

Alina actually goes through character development and is a lot less annoying. She really matured and grows into a strong character through this book. Throughout the first part of Siege and Storm Alina seems to rely on everyone to save her but in the second half she controls her own power and takes control of her situation. She makes some good friends and we encounter so many new great characters! Nikolai is amazing and I love him.

The Grisha world makes more sense to me now and the first book had very limited world building as we just had loads of terms thrown at us with little explanation. I love the world and find it fascinating! I love how a lot of the words stem from Russian so some key terms are used as foreshadowing!

Mal is so annoying though! He seems to have a power complex. He’s jealous of everyone and constantly on edge but then also very cute and caring about Alina. .

Overall I’m not a fan of this series though! It’s 3/5 stars for me!

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Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo 

  
Synopsis – 

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

Shadow and Bone is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy. 

Goodreads rating – 4,08/5 stars 

My Review – 

I heard so many amazing things about the Grisha Trilogy on book tube, Instagram and many of my friends, so when Shadow and Bone arrived in the post I was so excited! 

The book was good overall, however in my opinion it lacked in character development and world building. The narrator frustrated me and I wasn’t sure whether it was because her character didn’t develop throughout the book, or because she reminded of every other protagonist in YA books. There is death and danger all around her in a world full of war and destruction, but she hardly seems to notice it.  A friend of hers dies tragically and she hardly mentions it or mourns him at all. This gave me the impression that he wasn’t really dead and that he would return at some point throughout the book… No such luck. You can imagine my disappointment…

 Typical of a YA novel, the protagonist is obsessed with her looks (as our society seems to think that all girls are, making it more relatable, however this is not necessarily true and just becomes repetitive and boring). For a main character Alina doesn’t really  have a back bone, as she always put herself down and doesn’t stand up for herself. Even towards the end of the novel, she’s still second guessing herself, regretting past decisions, and just seems weak and boring. 

The romance (sexual tension) between the Darkling and Alina was the most interesting part of the novel. He is a brilliant character and was the highlight of the novel for me, and I truly didn’t see him as the villain and was able to get caught up in his charm. When I found out about the treachery, I was shocked and didn’t want to believe it myself. I will admit that I did enjoy the relationship between Alina and Mal, but there will always be a special place in my heart for the Darkling.

The world that this story is set in is great, but I feel like it wasn’t developed enough. The book moved too fast to really develop the world and the characters, so all I can judge on is the plot and the relationships. Even after reading it, I can’t tell  the difference between the Grisha and all the types and Kefta colours. I was just getting comfortable with the plot and the characters when the plot twist was thrown in my face, so I was a little surprised and confused. That said I am excited to continue with the series and then move onto reading Six of Crows. 

My rating – 3,5/5 stars

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