Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1) by Leigh Bardugo | Review

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

Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Believe me, nobody’s more surprised of this rating than me.

And it only took me 3 years to finally finish this.


also, stan queen nina🙌

I like all the characters (altho Kaz is just meh), but Nina steals the spotlight for me. I love her so much and I’m not ready to see what happens in CK — my poor girl🥺

But other than her, I don’t really have a super strong attachment to the characters??? Maybe only Jesper (I’d be sad if he died), but the other four ahhh I won’t complete my sentence.

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“When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.”

Ah, Kaz Brekkerdemjin, Dirtyhands, Bastard of the Barrel — the man whom almost everyone is madly in love with. I wanted to join in and love him too, but please, when you describe his voice as ‘raspy’, I can’t imagine him as anything else except an old man for the rest of the book.

It didn’t help that he didn’t act like his age, although I understand he’s been through a lot (his story is sad/horrifying, ill give him that), but still…he’s just too smart. Smarter than others who’ve had many more years of experience and dealings in the world? hmmm

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“She was not a lynx or a spider or even the Wraith. She was Inej Ghafa, and her future was waiting above.”

Then there’s Inej, the Wraith. She is amazing and I love her loyalty to her friends, but that’s all I can think of. why am i already forgetting what’s happened in this book-

Her strength is admirable and her will to continue during difficult tasks is really awe-inspiring. I do love some good female assassins, too. And while I don’t like Kaz all that much, those moments between him and Inej were really sweet.🥺

“I will have you without armor, Kaz Brekker. Or I will not have you at all.”

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“If any of you survive, make sure I have an open casket. The world deserves a few more moments with this face.”

Jesper is basically the guy we all need during very tense moments. The times I’d be laughing would almost always include him in those conversations. He’s the sharpshooter who loves to gamble and won’t feel most at ease unless he’s in the midst of battle. I adore this boy. And with the way this ended I-

also, i may or may not have swooned when I saw him winking in the trailer

And Wylan is such an adorable, innocent member of the Dreg. Too sweet for this dangerous life, although he didn’t seem to play a huge part in this book that revelation at the end was so heartbreaking 😦

Jesper and Wylan’s interactions were golden enough, so I’m definitely excited to see more Wylan and some ahemWesper😏

“Why does it matter?”
“I don’t know!” Jesper said angrily. “Maybe I liked your stupid face.”

awwwww

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“It’s not natural for women to fight.”
“It’s not natural for someone to be as stupid as he is tall, and yet there you stand.”

Finally my queen Nina Zenik—a Heartrender from Ravka. And then there’s Matthias Helvar—Drüskelle from Fjerda. Both are sworn enemies and with bad blood after a shocking betrayal. A Grisha, and Grisha Hunter…how could they possibly work together during this mission?

Nina is amazing, that’s all there is to it. From her first appearance I fell in love with her and as the story went on, that love just grew. She has a terrible singing voice, loves sweets — our ✨waffle queen✨ — and has such a beautiful heart.

Nina deserves all the love in the world, and all the waffles of course. But I know what’s coming, and I’m. Not. Ready. sobs my baby. I would do anything to prevent all the pain she’s going to go through.

I probably would’ve loved Matthias more if something wasn’t holding me back. He was alright, and I could relate with him during those moments where the rest of the Dregs looked insane. but we all love that insanity ofc

“Kaz leaned back. “What’s the easiest way to steal a man’s wallet?”
“Knife to the throat?” asked Inej.
“Gun to the back?” said Jesper.
“Poison in his cup?” suggested Nina.
“You’re all horrible,” said Matthias.”

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Even liking these guys though, the story in general was unbelievably slow imo. After I got past the first 20 pages, it actually got much better, but once I reached the halfway point is where it all went downhill…

Please tell me, why was I so bored during the actual heist??? You’d think after the halfway point where all the action would be happening, I’d be really engaged but it was such a struggle getting through. I truly believe there’s something wrong with me — I’m not normally bored with these kind of things, but here I was??😭🤚

I never thought a heist could move so slowly and make me do chem homework instead (yes, I cant believe it myself). When you see me willingly do homework over reading, you know there’s something terribly wrong.

But 3.5 stars isn’t bad. I’m actually surprised I enjoyed it at all (considering how ive been trying to read it for 3 years and all), although I wish I could’ve loved it more. This is definitely overhyped imo, though.

I am quite hesitant to read Crooked Kingdom, but krizzie says there’s more character focus and I like that soooo CK here I come👀

(Also, cindy’s video on CK was her as an emotional mess, so it must be good??? hopefully)

(3.5⭐)

Buddy read with amazing friends, Sarah and Foteini!!! Thanks so much for buddy reading with me and helping me push through this book😂 I am forever grateful <33

𝕎𝕙𝕒𝕥’𝕤 𝕒𝕟 𝕦𝕟𝕡𝕠𝕡𝕦𝕝𝕒𝕣 𝕠𝕡𝕚𝕟𝕚𝕠𝕟 𝕪𝕠𝕦’𝕧𝕖 𝕙𝕒𝕕? 𝔸𝕟𝕪 𝕙𝕪𝕡𝕖𝕕 𝕦𝕡 𝕓𝕠𝕠𝕜𝕤 𝕥𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕖𝕟𝕕𝕖𝕕 𝕦𝕡 𝕝𝕠𝕧𝕚𝕟𝕘? 𝕀𝕤 ℂ𝕣𝕠𝕠𝕜𝕖𝕕 𝕂𝕚𝕟𝕘𝕕𝕠𝕞 𝕓𝕖𝕥𝕥𝕖𝕣?

𝕃𝕖𝕥 𝕞𝕖 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!💕