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?


    • says

      Do you think you’ll read her other books now Emma? I think this might be my favorite of hers. I can’t wait for the next one. Good grief I need it sooner than later. And thank you!!

  1. says

    I haven’t heard of this series, but what a ringing endorsement! I think it is definitely one of the challenges we as reviewers face. How can we adequately sum up our experience of a deeply conceived novel in a few short paragraphs? Sometimes it is best to just admit that we can’t, but advise readers to experience it for themselves. Nicely done!

    • says

      Thank you Ethan!! I hope you add this one to your TBR because it was well worth the read (as you can see I really loved it!). Yes, reviewing the books we love is so difficult.

  2. says

    There is so much folklore about crows, probably because of heir intelligence, and so I love the symbolism of calling the gang ‘crows’. (Great drawing – both of you!) I loved this book and I loved all of the characters. I can’t wait to see where this story goes….

    • says

      Yes! I have a soft spot for anything to do with crows–my favorite bird actually. I think they are so incredibly interesting. I can’t wait to see what happens next either. That ending was fairly evil!

  3. says

    Oh wow! I am hearing basically noting but good things about this book! I sooooo cannot wait to read it more than ever now! LOL! Though I really need to read a few other books before I can try to be bad and break away for a book! LOL!

    Glad to hear it basically leaves you speechless for words! I know I’ve read quite a few books like that! And amazing drawing too! Your son’s is really good too! When drawing as a kid, I always struggled with animals! People were easier…you just draw a few sticks and a head! LOL.

    Great review!

  4. says

    Wow your drawing is utterly beautiful, love the imagery and how haunting it is! My drawing level is about the same as Brennan’s- which is to say, awesome 😉

    I can’t believe you managed to write such a coherent and persuasive review for this book. I loved it so much I’m 100% certain I was just rambling in my own review haha. I LOVE KAZ AND INEJ SO MUCH THEY ARE MY SUN AND STAR!!!! How are they so perfect? How is the writing and the dialogue so amazing?! I need moreeeee!

    • says

      Oh my goodness! thank you 🙂 It had been a long time since I’d drawn anything so it was a lot of fun to do. And thank you so much! I really thought my review wasn’t very good or coherent at all! I’m so glad you found it to be. I LOVE KAZ AND INEJ SO MUCH. So so perfect.

  5. says

    I haven’t read any books yet by this author, but I do own Shadow and Bone, Just need to find time to actually read it. Those books that leave you speehcless are the best kind of books. The romance sounds really well done and sometimes I like the romance more when it’s a subplot and doens’t overtake the plot. Great review!

  6. says

    Your drawing is amazing!! Mine would look pretty much like your son’s. I can’t even wait to read this. I’m so upset I haven’t started it yet but I want to give it the special time it deserves!!

    • says

      Thank you so much! It was so much fun to draw–odd to take time to do something other than reading or blogging! I hope you get to start it soon and love it.

  7. says

    Yes, I have read Six of Crows! I wasn’t blown away by it, though. The characters (Kaz, Inej and Nina) were great, and so was the writing. I also liked that this felt like a more mature YA. Your drawing… great job! And also, great review!

    • says

      You might be the first person to say you weren’t blown away! I’d love to know why not…just style? OVer-hype? I loved that it was more mature YA…since I’m older this works great for me.

  8. says

    I have yet to read Six of Crows – the horror, the horror! I told myself I HAVE to finish Ruin & Rising before I move onto Leigh’s next series.

    Also, those drawings? AWESOME. <3

  9. says

    Eeee, your drawing is GORGEOUS 😀 I’m so jealous, lol, I cannot draw at all. Love your son’s drawing too 🙂 So cute. And ugh, stunning review Kristen. <3 This book was just SO GOOD. I also love Leigh the most. Sniffs. Still heartbroken that I never got an ARC of this book :p So unfair. Sigh. But now I have read it, and loved it, and yeah. It was awesome 😀 Gorgeous review, as always, sweet girl. <3

    • says

      Isn’t my son talented!? I was SO proud of him. He was bothered that I’d not drawn the bird’s body so he did it right! haha. And yes, SoC was PERFECTION.

  10. says

    Woah, what an amazing drawing Kristen!! And your kiddo did a fair job too, much better than I would have done probably!!
    Six of Crows is one of those books that leave you wanting more, I’m currently re-reading it and I know I will re-read it at least once more, before the sequel is released!

    • says

      I am sure I’ll be rereading it sooner or later. I loved it so much and I think I might have read it faster than I would have liked. Next round I’ll try to read slower and really savor it all.

  11. says

    You are an amazing artist. Gotta say that. And second, OMIGOD I LOVED SIX OF CROWS SO MUCH. I couldn’t form coherent thought after finishing that book!!!

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