I attempt to review Six of Crows and share a drawing

SixofCrowsCoverSix of Crows
By: Leigh Bardugo
Release Date: September 29th 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Format: Print ARC
Source: Publisher

A copy of this book was gifted to me by the publisher. They made it clear that it was a gift and did not have any requirements to review.

My Rating:

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.

My Thoughts:
If you follow me on social media you know I’m a big fan of all things Leigh Bardugo. I’ve met her at a signing and I think I was the most nervous I’ve ever been meeting an author. We talked about old fantasy novels we both loved. I was so star-struck I’m not sure I even formed coherent sentences. So, you can probably imagine, when I opened that package for SoC I cried. I flailed. I was awestruck. And, I didn’t wait at all before dropping all things to read the glorious book in my hands.

I’ve sat on this review since JULY and I’ve still not been able to adequately write anything. Here’s what I wrote directly after reading the book and these two lines have been sitting in my drafts since…

I really feel that the writing in SoC was even stronger than in the prior three books.

I love Kaz and I desperately need more backstory. I loved how brutal he could be but also the insights into his self doubt and past

I think it’s safe to say this book left me somewhat speechless. I really do think that it builds upon the past Grisha world and has just enough hints of the first three books to give fans a wink, but for me, I don’t think new fans would be lost or unable to grasp the world. I’d love to hear from someone who’s not read the prior books if SoC was easy to digest for them.

As with all of Bardugo’s books the characters are well rounded and developed. As I mentioned above-Kaz was so incredibly well done and will forever hold a place as a favorite character. He was so complex and the tidbits into his past were so heartbreaking. I also loved his dialog and he is truly my favorite type of character.

And for those that wonder about the romance– there was just the right amount that kept you eager for more but never overtook the story. Bardugo added in just the perfect amount of swoony scenes and kept me shipping one couple so very badly it was painful to finish the book.

And speaking of the end of the book…it was rather painful because where it leaves off you’ll be desperate for more and yet…we’ll all have to wait.

Just to recap you’ll probably enjoy this book if you are a fan of…

  1. sweeping world
  2. incredible characters
  3. shippy romance
  4. leaves you desperate for more

As I was trying to brainstorm words that might possibly describe my feelings towards the book I decided I’d draw a bit. I present to you…a crow. My son saw my drawing today and decided that he wanted to draw his own ‘finished’ crow. He was upset I didn’t draw the crow in its entirety.

CrowDrawing BrennanCrow

Have you read Six of Crows yet? Did it blow you away too?

Top Ten Tuesday- My Top Ten Reads So Far in 2015

I saw Becca on Twitter talking about doing her Top Ten Tuesday (meme created by The Broke and the Bookish) post and I really liked the prompt this week so thought I’d jump in and do one. So, here I go, attempting to pick ten of my favorite books that I’ve read so far this year. I’m most likely going to forget a couple. These are not in order of my love and adoration.

Top Ten Books I’ve Read in 2015

23437156Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo- I love Leigh Bardugo. I’ve read everything I can find of hers and she is on my “read no matter what” list. I had high expectations for SoC and let me tell you- it lived up to ALL of them. I can’t recommend this one enough. I fell in love with the characters, especially Kaz. Go into this one expecting the Grisha world but a different feel than the prior series.
Release Date: September 29th 2015

23395680Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff- I’ll admit it I was worried I’d not like this one. I thought that the way it was written with e-mails, chats, etc would not allow me to bond with the characters or really connect to the story. How wrong I was! I fell in love with the characters and the story was sublime. I will be reading this one again and pushing it on my husband (who’s not a reader). This sci fi hit all the right notes for me.
Release Date: October 20th 2015

23719469An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet- If you’re like me you see the crow on the cover and you think- that looks similar to SoC. I decided to request it based on the description and I’m so glad I did. This book was slow paced and so atmospheric. I really loved the slow build and quiet eeriness Bobet provoked with her writing. I totally shipped the wrong couple (oops) and I’m still in love with one of the characters. I really, really need another book concerning this character! His story had so much more in my opinion. If you like Not a Drop to Drink then you might enjoy this one too. It is a much different story but the feel was similar to me.
Release Date: October 6th 2015

25068467Uprooted by Naomi Novak- Have you been on Twitter? If so you’ve probably seen the hype surrounding this book. It has many, many folks saying how wonderful it is so I was intimidated to read it. I had the feeling I’d love it because it hit so many of the things I adore but I was still nervous since I had HIGH expectations. I am so thrilled that I loved it. The writing was strong and I loved the fairy tale feel. The Dragon was such a great character and over all this book was just fabulous. MY REVIEW
Out Now

untitledRebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson- I was really in the need for just this type of book when I read Rebel Mechanics. It was fun, fast paced and I loved Lord Henry. I couldn’t help but picture him as the 10th Doctor so I fell madly in love with him. That love drove me through the story and had me giddy for each of his scenes. The rest of the book was good too, haha! I really liked the mix of alternate history and steampunk and really just found it an all around good time. MY REVIEW
Release Date: July 14th 2015

Ritter_BeastlyBones_jkt_COMP.inddBeastly Bones by Will Ritter- Last year I fell in love with Jackaby so I immediately dove into this sequel when a copy arrived. I adored the writing, story and it had DINOSAUR BONES. I loved the archeology bits and really the characters are amazing. How can you not love Jackaby? I think these books are amazingly fun and I hope we get to see many, many more adventures in the future.
Release Date: September 22nd 2015

23719270Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman- THAT COVER. THAT SUMMARY. This book was so well done. I was surprised by the twists, I was horrified, I was moved. I was so happy to see a YA go with the western feel and really I can’t say enough about this book. I was really surprised with just how powerful and amazing this one was because it’s a standalone and I’ll admit that at times I feel those are rushed (with character development). Not so in VR. I felt attached to all the characters, main and secondary. I was very concerned for everyone’s well being which is saying a lot.
Release Date: September 1st 2015

18488433The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace- I didn’t hear a whole lot about this one when I requested it but based on the summary I felt confident it would be a ‘Kristen book’ I was right. I loved the pacing, story arc and setting. I thought the characters were wonderfully crafted and I loved the magic system Becky created. It had a fantasy feel but also sort of a history feel since the world was so realistic and easy to believe. MY REVIEW
Release Date: Out Now

A Darker Shade final for IreneA Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab- I really loved Victoria’s YA books but let me just say her adult (crossover?) books are AMAZING. I absolutely love the direction her writing has taken and this world building was stellar. Alternate worlds, cross dressing pirates, bad ass characters. What’s not to love?  MY REVIEW
Release Date: Out Now

T21569527he Heart of Betrayal by Mary Pearson- THIS BOOK. I was on the edge of my seat, completely gripped and blown away. Most sequels aren’t better than the first book but this one was. This book was so incredibly well done I must reread it, and soon. I really can’t wait to see how Mary breaks my heart with the next book. Do be kind Mary, please?
Release Date: July 7th 2015 

There are more I could add! Even as I type this I’m thinking of other books I loved (END OF DAYS, ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN, etc) the list could go on and on. I obviously have read some amazing books this year so far.

Link to your Top Ten Tuesday if you did one if not- what are some of your favorite books you’ve read this year?

Stacking the Shelves

What a week in bookmail! I received three of my most wanted arcs this week so I’m super happy. I’m expecting one more but I’m a tad nervous it got lost in the mail. eeps! Always scary when USPS says they delivered something but you never received it.

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.


 Truthwitch by Susan Dennard- Thank you Susan and @Truthwitch for the giveaway! I still can’t believe I won
Weightless by Sarah Bannan and The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore- Thank you St. Martins!
Ink & Bone by Rachel Caine thank you Penguin
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo- Thank you Leigh and Macmillan! I already started it and LOVE every word.

Last Week’s Posts

  • Review of Tangled Webs by Lee Bross
  • Blog Tour– Interview + Giveaway of A Book of Spirits and Thieves

You might be thinking- wow Kristen, you barely posted this week. You’re right. I’ve been working on a Twitter Chat for this Sunday with 2016 debut authors. I’ve also started to create a Lego cover for Truthwitch. Boy this one is challenging.

Check out the blog tomorrow for more details about the Twitter chat!


If I Were Going to BEA- The Books I’d Want + Giveaway

Another year, another BEA I can’t make. This will be my third BEA since I started blogging and though it’s sad and a tad lonely it is still such an exciting event for the book blogging community (even when you’re at home).

I did this last year and it was so much fun so I figured I’d do it again. This year Crystal at Bookiemoji is joining me and we’re each doing giveaways.

Ironically enough this original post (last year) was inspired by Jenna from Jenna Does Books post BEA 2014 My Most Anticipated Titles Who now co-blogs with Crystal.

Not in order of desire…

These I KNOW Will Be at BEA

SixofCrows Truthwitch Soundless

Maybe at BEA

LegacyofKings FrozenTides WalktheEarthaStranger

TheImmortalHeights ThisMThing

As far as I know these are the titles that I’d be wanting to grab if I was going to BEA. What am I forgetting!? I’m sure there are many, many books I’m forgetting.


One of my readers will win a pre-order of one of these above titles! This giveaway is international (if Book Depository ships to you)
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Be sure to visit Bookiemoji to check out Crystal’s wish-list and enter to win another pre-order!