Title: Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: YA Fantasy
Star Rating: 4.5/5
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.
I am not going to lie, this is a book that has been on my radar for a little while because I am a lover of heist stories. That being said I 100% picked this book up because of the hype surrounding the new Netflix adaptation and the casting announcements.
This is a story that I was not able to write my review on within a day of finishing it, simply because I am so torn on how I felt reading this book.
To start out, I applaud for the characters that Leigh Bardugo has created. They are so fleshed out and so real and from the very beginning I loved them so much and it was so clear that they were the true focus of this story. That being said, I TRULY struggled getting into this story. There was a point about 150 pages in where I even considered DNFing it. I think it was a combination of the first half of the book not having a particularly high plot, as well as I was letting the hype get to me. I expected to get this high-stakes, fast paced heist story and in the first half of the book you don’t get that at all. What you get is these heartbreaking backstories and character development.
There was a point where I did decide that I was going to DNF the book, but every time I opened my Kindle I found myself going back to Kaz and still needing to know what was going to happen, and when it happened- IT HAPPENED! It is safe to say that by page 300 this story that I was so close to giving up on grabbed my by the heart and took me for a ride. Once the action began happening I was so grateful for those first few hundred pages that seemed to drag at the time, because it made me enjoy the book that much more. I CRIED, and that is something that I never do in books. This book somehow managed to rip my heart from my chest and then gently stitch it back up.
I have gone back and forth on how to rate this book because in my mind it is a 5 start book without a question, however I struggle to give it 5 stars because of how I felt in the first half. I think I have settled on a 4.5 star rating. The only TRUE complaint that I have is that I feel that this book could have been marketed as an adult book and the characters should have been aged up. Remembering that they were only teenagers at times pulled me out of the story because they truly act so much older.
Overall if this is a book that you have been interested in and for some reason haven’t jumped on the hype-train I strongly recommend that you pick it up. In the end my issues that I had in the beginning paid off in a huge way and I actually want to do a re-read sometime relatively soon, because this is one of those books I believe I will enjoy even more the second time through.
If you have read Six of Crows please let me know your thoughts on it! This is a story I have LOVED talking about within the community. I can see why this is a story that is so cherished and beloved by so many bookworms. I cannot wait to get some free time to pick up Crooked Kingdom next. I will leave this review off by saying that Mathias now has my entire heart and I’m not sorry about it.