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Six of Crows - Review by Becca, Teen Blogger


Six of Crows Book CoverSix of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, I think, is my favourite book I've read so far this year. It was simply incredible. It was action packed, suspenseful, and I'm well aware of the cliché of the phrase “keeps you on the edge of your seat,” but I'll say it anyway. Throughout this book, I was literally gasping aloud-something that admittedly can be problematic when you're trying to read in a public area. The plot was fast paced, the characters unique and well-developed, and the world setting intriguingthe recipe for a perfect adventure novel.

In Six of Crows, we follow six main characters, Kaz Brekker, Inej Ghafa, Nina Zenick, Matthias Helvar, Jesper Fahey, and Wylan Van Eck. Though each known for different expertise, they' all bear the same name-criminal. And these six, they're the best of the best: the most brilliant lock picks, quietest spies, deadliest fighters. They're the cutthroats, blackhearts and convicts of the slums they live in, called the Barrel. So, when a job comes up offering them 30 million kruge, how could they resist? It's one impossible heist, into the most secure court ever built for the prize of a lifetime. All they need is a bit of luck and a ton of skilland definitely a strong stomach.

Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows has done phenomenally well. It was a USA Today Bestseller, as well as the New York Times Notable Book of 2015. It has also received starred reviews from Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, VOYA, School Library Journal, and the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books. Six of Crows was also a 2016 YALSA Teen Top Ten nominee!

Unfortunately, I come from a family pretty much devoid of readers. My younger sisters and cousins read the occasional graphic novel or comic book, but not often. Upon finishing Six of Crows, and having no one to talk about it to, I had to get one of them to read it. So, I forced gently encouraged my thirteen year old cousin to do so. He’s halfway through it, and he keeps telling me “it's like an action movie, in book form!”

Luckily, this novel is the start of a (hopefully quickly written and satisfyingly long) series. The much anticipated sequel, Crooked Kingdom, is set to be released this fall. I, for one, cannot wait for more of Leigh Bardugo’s work. I would rate Six of Crows 4.8 stars out of fiveand that's being picky!

 

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.

Becca,

Teen Blogger

[Editor's Note: This is a twin book review, meaning that two bloggers reviewed the same book. To see Emma's take on Six of Crows, click here.]                                                                   

 

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