Happy September everyone!!
I hope your September is off to a great start ☺️ I know a lot of bloggers are putting out their monthly wrap ups right now, but I think I’m going to do an August & September Wrap Up with October Goals at the end of the month. This is just because I want to mellow out my post number, as my August posting schedule was all over the place at the beginning.
Because I did a book review last week, I thought I’d keep it up for today! Here is my full review on the incredibly hyped, incredibly loved YA novel…that is none other than Six of Crows.
Get ready for a lot of incoherent fangirling and some reasonably professional opinions…
As stated two paragraphs ago, Six of Crows has arrived at Wishing Upon a Star! I’m proud to be a part of the Six of Crows Club (ahem, SoC readers, did you catch the “pun”?) now and will be reviewing this book today because it is currently subject to my squealing.
Where to start? Well, I first found this book reviewed and hyped on several blogs I enjoy. Plus, so many of the reviews on Goodreads that first pop up are 5 stars. And, I saw these two quotes…
“She’d laughed, and if he could have bottled the sound and gotten drunk on it every night, he would have. It terrified him.”
“He needed to tell her…what? That she was lovely and brave and better than anything he deserved. That he was twisted, crooked, wrong, but not so broken that he couldn’t pull himself together into some semblance of a man for her. That without meaning to, he’d begun to lean on her, to look for her, to need her near. He needed to thank her for his new hat.”
..and was immediately like “SOLD!”
Sure, I don’t like it when romance takes up a huge part of the novel but with Six of Crows, it’s different. More on that later.
As stated in my review of the Three Body Problem Trilogy from last week, my book reviews will go like this:
1. Summary (from Amazon or Goodreads) of each book.
2. What Worked For Me and What Didn’t Work For Me. This will take up the majority of the post.
3. Content warnings.
4. Final star ratings, 5 being the highest, and final conclusion.
Let’s get started (don’t mind the lengthy intro)!!!!
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.
What Worked For Me
All Six Characters
- There is no way I could not have mentioned this.
- Sure, the world and plot were fascinating, but it was the characters that pulled me in.
- The banter was AMAZING and I literally laughed out loud about twenty times.
- Each of them was fleshed out really well (except maybe Wylan but he gets his own POV in Crooked Kingdom and his backstory is so well crafted) and I enjoyed the way Leigh Bardugo integrated memories of their history into the present day.
- These characters are all highly morally grey. Plenty of their actions are downright cruel, but we are shown that they are still human, and that they at least have a moral compass, no matter how twisted they are.
- I thought Nina and Matthias had amazing character dynamics, and admired how both of them really cared about the good of their own people. I rarely see characters that loyal so it was quite refreshing.
- Kaz, of course, is the master strategist. So many twists I didn’t see coming, and it was really funny how 1/3 of the book is Kaz vs his crew and they’re like “Remind me again why we are doing all this…especially for Kaz.”
- Inej is quietly deadly, and I liked the religious aspect to her. She’s also got a sense of humor, a very strong will, and an independent mind. Even though she mainly listens to Kaz, she has her own opinions and isn’t afraid to fight for justice.
- If Inej is quietly deadly, Nina is loudly deadly 😂 don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed Nina’s sass and energy. It was fascinating to watch her powers put into play, especially towards the end.
- About half the things Jesper said had me laughing. He’s the comic relief, but he knows when to take things seriously. His banter with Wylan was so cute, check it out.
“When I’m rich,” Jesper said behind him. “I’m going somewhere I never have to see snow again. What about you, Wylan?”
“I don’t know exactly.”
“I think you should buy a golden piano—”
- I can almost hear Wylan thinking: “How many times have I said flute and you still said piano?”
- Wylan started out as a sort of dewy-eyed, shy newbie, but he adapted well to the Barrel’s tough ways, so kudos to him. He’s also pretty smart, yay!
And yes, I’m well aware that I’m fangirling about these characters probably way too much. Moving on!
- With romances, I only like it when they are a small subplot of the book. Six of Crows did it very well, and it was relatively appropriate.
- The romances mainly consisted of palpable, tense chemistry and incredible dialogue that literally tugged at my heartstrings. Kudos to Leigh Bardugo!
- Yep, it deserves its own category.
- The opening chapters were a little confusing and I had to reread a certain scene a few times before I understood what was going on. This is probably because this series is a spin off to The Grisha Trilogy (but you can read SoC w/o reading Shadow & Bone) so the worldbuilding was already developed.
- It was easy though to catch up—I’m glad, because I’m too lazy to read Shadow & Bone and SoC was more interesting to me. But recently, I’ve seen some good reviews for Shadow & Bone so maybe I’ll read it in future?
- The Grishaverse’s details were revealed through all the characters’ backstories. The treatment of the Suli, the prejudice against Grisha, the various factions and their political power, even glimpses into the government system. I felt that these were done really well.
- This was rather well structured, with lots of surprises I didn’t see coming. A few of the technical details got lost on me, but hey, that also happened with the Three Body Problem Trilogy.
- The stakes were also high enough, not too dramatic, but interesting…although I really felt Kaz was just doing it for the money 😂
What Didn’t Work For Me
Not Enough Time with Less Obvious Character Pairings
- Let me explain this…
- I really enjoyed the chemistry and dynamics between the characters, but I wanted some more. I think scenes of Inej and Nina from before to further prove their bond would have helped, especially since 1) they don’t get a lot of girl time and 2) this bond is really tested during the final few chapters.
- Also, I wanted more of Matthias’s opening up to the rest of the crew, especially since he enters extremely untrustworthy and with a very conflicted state of mind.
- I suppose Inej’s bravery really did win the respect of the rest of the crew but it didn’t feel that way as much? Or did I just read too fast?
BONUS : FAVORITE QUOTES AND MY QUICK THOUGHTS
Well, two of my favorites are the ones in green at the beginning of the post. Literally me when I read them:
I also really liked this one — it made me feel so strongly, I couldn’t stop thinking about it till the next day.
“I will have you without armor, Kaz Brekker. Or I will not have you at all.”
Inej, you go girl. This is now officially one of the best lines EVER. Basically, this entire scene is flawless.
This one also was very impactful:
She was not a lynx or a spider or even the Wraith. She was Inej Ghafa, and her future was waiting above.
This is basically Inej owning herself, after being labeled by everybody. Owning her future. Got to love her strong will.
Suggestive material, language, violence.
Final Star Ratings and Conclusion:
It looks like 5 stars, but my actual rating is 4.6. I’ll probably be doing a lot of decimal ratings, and I’m not trying to be critical, but the thing is, I’m reading with my writer’s eyes, so naturally I’ll find spots to pick out. If I was reading with my reader’s eyes, I’m pretty sure I’d have rated this 5/5.
Six of Crows is an intriguing, fast paced book with beautiful banter that keeps it from being too dark. The backstories allow solid understanding of the characters and world, and the plot is splendidly unpredictable.
Thus concludes my review of Six of Crows.
In the comments below, let me know about your favorite SoC moments, scenes, and characters! If you haven’t read the book, let me know if you liked the quotes I picked out or the points I brought up. Hopefully you are enjoying my book reviews so far 😁 Have a wonderful September, lovelies!!