Crooked Kingdom Review/Discussion| My favorite duology

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Title: Crooked Kingdom

Series: Six of Crows series

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Published: September 20th 2016

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Rating: ♛♛♛♛♛

“Fear is a phoenix. You can watch it burn a thousand times and still it will return.”

Since this is the second book of the series, don not read this review if you haven’t read the first book. You can read my review on Six of Crows here: Six of Crows| Review

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Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope.

As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.

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“I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.”

I have been anticipating this book months before its release and as soon as it came out, I read it. To be honest, I had no doubt in my mind that this book was going to be amazing after what happened at the end of book one.

Before diving into this book, I didn’t know if it was possible that it would be better than the first book, but I fell in love all over again with the characters. I just admire their courage and what they would do for each other. It is just amazing knowing someone would literally die for you. It is just fantastic.

I don’t really want to say anything else because it will spoil people so if you haven’t read the book, do not read further.

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“Have any of you wondered what I did with all the cash Pekka Rollins gave us?”
“Guns?” asked Jesper.
“Ships?” queried Inej.
“Bombs?” suggested Wylan.
“Political bribes?” offered Nina. They all looked at Matthias. “This is where you tell us how awful we are,” she whispered.”   

It is no mystery by now that I absolutely live for those characters and this plot. I was scared that we wouldn’t see Inej until the end of the book, but that wasn’t the case. I was so pleasantly surprised when Inej was returned to her crew and they planned what they were going to do. It was painful getting through her chapters at the beginning though. Seeing all she had to go through and the fact that she thought Kaz and the others weren’t going to rescue her, just broke my heart, but I was so happy to see that at the end, Kaz opened up a little and he and Inej would maybe end up together.

On a positive note, Wylan and Jesper are now officially a thing. I remember shipping since the beginning. I mean, all the flirting and there was chemistry ever since the beginning. My heart was overwhelmed when I learned that they were going to stay together at the end. In this book, we learn the backstory of Wylan and it just makes me love him even more. I just love how Leigh Bardugo writes her characters, they all have a back story and those stories make you feel even more connected with the characters.

Also, let’s not talk about Matthias because I don’t think I’ll ever be over it. Nina is probably one of the best characters I ever read. She has been through so much but her personality is still joyful and cheery and I just love her for it. It shows that no matter what happened, you can still be happy and that it is just so inspiring.

There is so much more but I won’t write a too long post for this book (mostly because I don’t know how to do this book justice).

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Six of Crows| One of the best heist ever written

Six of Crows

Several posts ago, I promised you guys that I’d do a review on Six of Crows. First of all, I want to say that the cover is gorgeous. And we all judge a book by its cover (whenever we want it or not).

Rating: ♛♛♛♛.5

and i'm yoursKetterdam: 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.

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

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So first of all, I was kind of scared getting into this book because there was a lot of hype surrounding it and I really didn’t want it to be disappointment. AND IT DIDN’T!!! God, now I know what all this hype has been about.
I have to admit that it took me time before really getting into it which is the only reason why I gave it 4.5 stars and not 5 stars, but after a 100 pages or so, I was so hooked that I wanted more!

This is actually the first book of Leigh Bardugo that I ever read and I have to say that I’m really impressed.I never read a book about a heist before so that was very interesting to see and I want to see more of that in other books.

Every six characters going on this heist are so different from each other, but at the same time, it’s what brought them together. They all have a particular skill that it needed to succeed, but they work so well together. I’m going to be explaining more in details in the spoiler-y section, so that I won’t spoil any of you who haven’t read the book yet.

Another thing that I loved, it was super action-packed since the beginning to the end. So much happened and it was just incredible. Overall, I really recommend it to any of you because it’s so entertaining and it keeps you on the edge of your seat all the way. Such a worthy read!

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Kaz is an extraordinary character who keeps surprising me so much. He is dark, mysterious, evil, immoral and cunning, but I love him. And with his backstory, my heart is just craving and breaking for him. He has been through so much, with his brother and all, and I kind of understand him more now. I understand how he became like he is now and so excited to see what’s going to happen in the next book for this special character.

Inej is one of the best female character that I ever read about. Loved her since the beginning. At first, I thought she had a power or something but turns out that she’s just really quiet. She’s such an inspiration; I mean, she just doesn’t give up (yes, I’m talking about the scene when she was climbing the incinerator with her melting shoes!!!). Prayer to god: Please let her be okay in the next book.

Jesper is my bae. He just knows how to make me laugh even in the worst moments.

“Well, we managed to get ourselves locked into the most secure prison in the world. We’re either geniuses or the dumbest sons of bitches to ever breathe air”

Also, Jesper and Wylan are my OTP!!!! Love them!!!!!!!!!

“Wylan drew himself up. “I may not have had your … education, but I’m sure I know plenty of words that you don’t.”

“Also the proper way to fold a napkin and dance a minuet. Oh, and you can play the flute. Marketable skills, merchling. Marketable skills.”

“No one dances the minuet any more,” grumbled Wylan.”

Nina is also one of my favorite female characters of all time!!! She is so sassy and I loved her from the beginning! She fights for what’s right and for her people. She’s such an inspiration. I also love her relationship with Matthias. I loved how they knew each other since way before and they were still struggling with their feelings about each other.

“Matthias locked the cell door and hurried down the passage toward Nina, toward something more.”

Parts I have to talk about

  • The little visit in Hellgate
  • Matthias killing those wolves: My heart really broke for him!!!
  • Matthias trying to kill Nina: Honestly, I was really confused because I didn’t know that they had a love/hate relationship. So I just thought that he was crazy…
  • Kaz coming to save Inej when she was injured: God, I’m a romance addict!!!! But I love them so much together.
  • Kaz practically removing the eye of the other guy and throwing it off board
  • All of their backstory
  • Nina and Matthias teaming up to kill the scientific: To be honest, I didn’t really know what to think because I wanted what’s right to be done but I didn’t want them to turn against Kaz and the team.
  • How they managed to get into the most secure prison in the world
  • Finding out that Jesper is a fabrikator
  • Kaz going after Pekka Rollins
  • Inej not giving up in the incinerator even though her shoes were melting
  • Matthias rescuing Nina when Brum tricked her
  • Jesper killing his own kind: IT so broke my heart
  • Kaz thinking about Inej and trying not to drown: Why don’t they just kiss already?
  • Inej, Wylan and Jesper coming to save the others with a tank
  • Nina took the Parem to be able to save the others
  • Kaz not telling Inej what he felt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! At this point yelling “KISS ALREADY!!!!!”
  • Wylan has the appearance of Kuwei: I loved how Jesper was like “Wait was it you who was sitting next to me every time?” and Wylan goes “yep” ❤ ❤
  • INEJ IS CAPTURED BY PEKKA!!!!!!!

My babies better be okay in the next book!!

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Just finished Six of Crows| You have to read it immediately!

I just finished Six of Crows and um…where can I find the next book? Because I NEED MORE!!!!! I was kind of scared going into because of all the hype and I have to admit that it took me some time before really getting to it, but I absolutely loved it!!!

Such an amazing read that you should get to if you haven’t! I won’t spoil anything, just read it! Just wanted to write this post to just kind of tell everyone to read it!

P.s. A review will be updated soon!

Should I read the Grisha Triology or Six of Crows first?

So I have this problem where I want to read Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. This book has been sitting on my shelf for a long time now. Why? What has been keeping me from devouring this book even though I heard so many good things about it? Well, the reason is that I don’t know if I should read the Grisha Triology first and then Six of Crows.

Do you guys know if it’ll affect anything if I read Six of Crows first? Thanks for your help!