Alright friends, I’m back and ready to dish out my EXTRAORDINARY LOVE for Six of
Crows. Which I read two months ago. Or something like that. I don’t quite remember, but either way I can’t recommend this little wonder enough.
The hype for this was unreal throughout the summer months and I admit, I’ve never read The Grisha Trilogy – but this is irrelevant and you don’t have to start there. If you have no desire to read the aforementioned trilogy, I highly suggest you pick up this novel. I suppose now would be a good time to delve into my six reasons you should totally and immediately read this book.
These characters are EVERYTHING I have been searching for. Badass. Cunning. Intelligent. Hilarious. What more could you want from fictional people?! *ahem, rhetorical question*
Kaz is the ring leader and mastermind of the group. He is incredibly ruthless yet somehow that made him more dimensional and likeable. I adore him, but his perspective was probably my least favorite to read.
Inej is the Wraith (which I had to google because um, I’m not up to date with my vocabulary) and I thoroughly appreciated her. She grounded Kaz, putting him in his place when need be. Also, she had her own agenda that she never forgot about so I applaud her!! Plus she and Nina are one of the best female duos of ever.
Nina is a Grisha aka she has a special power. This woman might as well be my spirit animal. She was sassy, risqué, and relatable. Girl, you go ahead and eat as many toffees as you want!
Matthias is the muscle of the group and out of everyone, I’d say he had the biggest internal struggle. His first scene brought me to tears.
Jesper is the comic relief and sharpshooter. I love him more than some people love chocolate. The shit he said had me rolling. One of my favorite perspectives to read from.
Wylan is…well, I can’t quite say what he is without giving away the reason he’s there. But unlike a lot of other peeps I know, I enjoyed his character! I thought he served the plot in a positive manner considering he doesn’t even have his own perspective.
the massive heist
Confession: I’ve never read any books revolving around heists, but I’ve seen plenty of movies. I think the way Leigh Bardugo described the actual heist scenes was unbelievably effective. I would imagine that it’s BEYOND difficult to make a heist seem interesting and cohesive through writing as opposed to actual visuals used in movies. Also, before I read this, all I could think of was the heist from Fast Five (which was amazing). Thankfully, this was super different and original in its own way.
the slight romance
Okay, so there wasn’t one romance, there were multiple romances with incredible complexity. They were beautiful and fulfilling and not distracting whatsoever. I’m starting to realize that I don’t need romances in books to be front and center. They’re just a bonus.
the multiple POVs
Everyone and their best friends are usually in agreement when it comes to the multiple perspectives: they think it’s TOO MUCH. I, on the other hand, happen to disagree. I thought they were amazing. I haven’t read many books with multiple POVs but this was done so beautifully and the transitions were fluid yet every character had their own voice. Ugh, I don’t think it would have been as good without all of the perspectives we were given.
the fantastical world
I think this constitutes as epic fantasy which makes sense because, yeah, it was pretty damn EPIC if you ask me. Aside from that, I was pleasantly surprised with how easy it was to keep up with the different places such as Kerch and Ravka, not having read Bardugo's other books that take place in the Grishaverse.
the quote worthy writing
I am ecstatic and desperate to read the next installment because the writing left me in awe. Bardugo has a true gift when it comes to her craft. I’ve heard from many reliable sources that her writing improved drastically from The Grisha Trilogy and that makes my heart happy. It’s always awesome to hear people say that an author’s writing is improving – that’s the hope! She created vastly real characters in a detailed world that will leave you stunned. I especially loved the one-liners, witty banter, and bitter vibes. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed this much or stopped to smirk while reading a book.
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