Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Book Review)

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Publisher: Henry Holt
Page Count
: 462

Six of Crows was my first buddy read with the ever amazing Fadwa! I don’t know why we waited for so long, because I this was so much fun in my opinion *fingers crossed she feels the same way* and if time and schedules permit it, I would be up for another one any day. Don’t forget to check out her review on her blog right HERE!

We actually finished this book last week and I usually tend to do my reviews right afterwards, but every now and then a book comes along and it needs more time. This book came with a lot of expectations! It has been recommended to me countless times and fanart as well as quotes from the characters have spammed my timeline more than once. I even had some book swag from subscription boxes at home, without ever having read a single word from the books. Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining at all! Love for a story like this is beautiful, but it also puts some pressure on the book itself as well as me while reading. You cannot imagine how relieved I was when Six of Crows fully delivered!

There’s already an existing world from the Grisha books that I was not unaware of, but I still haven’t read those previous books. So, right in the beginning it took a little time to understand what’s what and where’s where, but gorgeous maps and little lists in the front where a big help in that department. Aside from that little confusion there is nearly nothing bad to say, which makes this the tough part of the review. I LOVED all the characters. It barely took me 5 chapters and I was already head over heels for most of them. Of course I could give you a precise ranking of my lovelies (From most love to least love, but still love all around: Inej, Kaz, Jesper, Weylan, Nina, Matthias), but the point is that they were all amazing.

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I am lacking words today, but all six of them were multi-layered, beautifully unique, flawed, selfish, passionate, caring and generally hilarious characters. There were laugh-out-loud-moments, just as much as there were really scary action sequences. Even when I knew how a situation would end, my heart was still threatening to jump out of my rib cage. The dialogue was fast and witty, there were some predictable moments and others that completely surprised me. My shipping heart aches with all the possibilities. YOU SEE ME FLAILING HERE, RIGHT? I am not even into multiple-POV-books usually, but this one captured me in all its entirety. So, I am going to leave you with one last snippet, just in case you still need convincing (you really shouldn’t at this point) that the banter will be glorious!

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.

Fazit: 5/5 stars! Crooked Kingdom is already eagerly waiting on my shelf! (I recommend you have it ready too, because THAT ENDING!?)

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How do you feel about the gang? Who’s your favourite? Do you want to read SoC?

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (Book Review)

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Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Count
: 398

I received Three Dark Crowns as part of the September “Darkness” OwlCrate box (check out the full post here). There’s this rhyme/poem on the jacket of the book that just had me so intrigued from the first time I had lain eyes upon it.

“Three dark queens
Are born in a glen,
Sweet little triplets
Will never be friends

Three dark sisters
All fair to be seen,
Two to devour
And one to be Queen”

You have to admit, that sounds pretty sinister and … amazing! However, the final product didn’t really hold up to that promise. I was fortunately already warned about this by previous readers, but I still had my issues with it. This book is laced with all different kind of POVs, some of them seeming way more important than the ones from the actual queens. There was the political scheming I would expect in a novel like this, but again, the queens were more concerned with inter-personal relationships than that. It’s like they had already resigned themselves to their fate.

Something that nagged me a little bit while reading was the fact that I could guess a lot of what was about to happen (I am not kidding, I saw the final twist coming in the first chapter). It really took until the last quarter of the book to really surprise me with what was going on. I have to admit that that saved everything for me, because now I really want to know what will happen in the sequels. I don’t see the point of rehashing everything that happened in the book, because then it would be even less interesting for you to read, instead I am going to tell you what I liked/disliked about each of the queens:

  • The book starts out with Katherine or Kat. You are supposed to pity her because of her upbringing and at first I did feel sorry, but that girl is ruthless and cruel. Seen as she has a similar name to mine, I would have wanted to like her, but she was my least favourite queen – by far! To this point I am not entirely sure what happened to her in the end of that book.
  • Mirabella is the one the people have the most faith in because of her immense powers. I was happy to see that she at least has a conscience and wasn’t as comfortable with what she had to do as her sisters seemed to be, but somehow I didn’t click entirely with her. Especially her love life was a pain …
  • Then, at last, there is Arsinoe. I immediately took to her wild and defiant nature, but she made so many dumb choices. Yet still, in the end she was my favourite. I liked the people in her life, even if the drama that was unfolding around her wasn’t always the greatest. I guess I just really like to root for the underdog here.

Fazit: 3.5/5 stars! Interesting, yet not overwhelming start to a series with much potential.

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Would you like to read this book? If you already have, who was your favourite queen?

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Book Review)

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Publisher: Candlewick
Page Count
: 240

A Monster Calls is based on the final idea of Siobhan Dowd, who passed away from cancer and could not write the story herself. However, I think that Patrick Ness did an incredible job. It’s probably not the first time that you’ve heard about this book, especially because I felt like one of the last humans on this Earth to have read it. A while back this was all the book community talked about, but I actually didn’t know what it was about until I saw the trailer for the movie. (Which you can watch here) Although I was sure I wanted to read the book before seeing the film, I did not plan to read it this month. But then I found a cheap copy of the movie tie-in and contrary to common belief, I genuinely like movie covers (I know! Blasphemy!). It kept staring at me from across the room and at some point I just ignored all the other more urgent reads and picked it up instead – NO REGRETS.

Don’t let this book fool you, while it is a rather short read (only took me a couple of hours), it will gut your feelings! There is something essentially true and raw about the story. Tackling grief is never an easy task and it doesn’t get any simpler if the main protagonist is a barely 13-year-old boy. Nonetheless, it really hit home with me. We’ve all lost someone or will loose someone in our lives at some point and dealing with that is one of the most difficult things to do. Everyone handles situations like that differently – there is no right or wrong and nothing is every just black or white.

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This was a sad tale, but one that I could see being very helpful to many people out there. I think it’s classified as a children’s book, but this is so much more than a story about having to grow up and I am sure it will resonate with people through all age-groups. If I had to make one complaint, it would be that it was over too soon.

Fazit: 5/5 stars! *insert all of the crying emojis of the world right here*

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Have you read it? Are you going to see the movie or have you seen it already? Talk to me about it!