Book Review : Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows Book Cover Six of Crows
Leigh Bardugo
Juvenile Fiction
Macmillan
September 29, 2015
480

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.

 

The Story: 

Six of Crows is based on the same world as that of the Grisha Trilogy series. I have not read that series yet, but basically what I understood about the Grisha is that they are supernatural human possessing special gifts like altering some one’s looks, taking control of some one’s body, and much more. Six of Crows doesn’t tell a story about the Grisha, but it does include them and is set in some places in the Grisha world. Kaz Brekker is a 17 yr old leader of the Dregs, a gang in the city of Ketterdam. He is offered a huge sum for breaking in to the most secure prison, the Ice Court in Fjerda, and getting a scientist out who is making a drug that can enhance the Grisha abilities dangerously. But Kaz needs a group of people he can trust and who are skilled enough to pull this heist off. So the group or the Six of Crows that he gathers are :

  • Inej : A young girl, trained acrobat, who walks without being noticed and can scale any walls with ease.
  • Nina : A Grisha (Heartrender) who joins the quest to save the Grisha from the drug
  • Matthias : A is a former Druskelle from Fjerda. he was caught in another prison in Hellgate, before he is rescued by Kaz and reluctantly joins the quest.
  • Jesper : A sharpshooter, who is part of the Dregs
  • Wylan : Son of the man who hires Kaz for the heist. He is used for his knowledge in demolitions and as a hostage against his father.

The Review :

Six of Crows is told from multiple perceptive, of all six members and some other characters. It is a long story, full of continuous twists and turns, each more shocking than the previous and everything happening at a very fast pace. At times, the reader is treated to a backstory as well, which helps to understand the characters but doesn’t necessarily help the story line at all times. What surprised and enthralled me most was how nothing was predictable in this book. When ever I felt that a particular thing will surely happen, something totally unexpected was thrown at me!

The character development of all main characters was the best. I especially adored Kaz and Inej. Kaz was a completely emotionless and highly witty with mastermind plans up his sleeve, and he has a limp. The only times he did show some emotions involved Inej. Inej is again a very strong character with a difficult past but with a dream to fulfill. I like how Ms. Bardugo hasn’t wasted too much time developing a love story aspect for Kaz and Inej, which would have been distracting to read in this fast paced story. I do ship them like several other readers of this book and I hope the second and final book does have some romance to swoon on.

I did take a hell of time to finish this book, which is not because of the book but because of me not able to dedicated enough time for it each day. Otherwise because of the pace of the story, you can easily finish it in a couple of days even though the book is a little big. It is an engrossing read! I recommend it to all fantasy, thriller genre lovers.

Have you read this? How did you find it? What are you reading currently?

And the blogger returns!

And The Blogger ReturnsFor those who might have been following my blog would be knowing that I had taken a break from blogging two months back. I had a lot of things going on and I just couldn’t find the time to sit and write anything! But now I think, I finally have the time to get back to blogging, or at least I hope so.

What was happening? Like I said, a lot!

  • I was in Pune doing my internship with Dell EMC till June end.
  • I shifted back home to Mumbai at the start of July and then was just trying to reorganize everything (my studies, final submissions, my room, and maybe, my life too)
  • I turned 24 this July. (I’m getting old!)
  • Weight-loss regime (that’s a WIP task)
  • Books and Movies

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Quick Review : The Sun Is Also A Star

By Nicola Yoon.
Grade A+

The Blurb:

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

My Opinion:

This book amazed me.
I loved Nicola Yoon’s Everything Evrything but I loved The Sun is Also A Star more.
A simple story about two different types of immigrants in US.
The book brings out the harsh reality of not just how the undocumented immigrants face problems there but also about how decisions of one person can have unimaginable effects on people around them.
I loved the cynical, science loving, non-believer in love character of Natasha and how Daniel strives in the entire book to make her a believer.

I just had one problem. I couldn’t believe the whole book happens in a single day! They do too many things to logically think it would fit in the said timeline!

Detailed Review soon…. for now -> DO GIVE IT A TRY!

Review : Heartless

By Marissa Meyer.

Grade : Aheartless

Blurb:

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Buy Heartless here @ Book Depository

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The Thanks U Give

It’s Thanksgiving. Not something we celebrate in India, but I thought i’ll give it a go this year!
Thank You Mishma of Chasing Faerytales for this linkup idea of Thanks-U-Give!

My college officially came to an end when I submitted my last paper year. So the aspect of life at school or college coming to an end gave me a lot of things to be thankful for!

Friends: These are people over the many many years who still come to my aid when I need. Even now when I am changing cities and need assistance to find accommodation, people who haven’t been in touch much, stepped up to help me. I think the friends I made so far might be the last stage where I can make true blue friends with selfless friendship goals. Some people stick to you no matter what, some people you can count on forever and I am thankful to have all these type of people to be called as friends!

Sister: Though she will cringe for me saying this but I am very very much thank for her mere existence. I think I’m privileged to have a sibling and I completely love her, how much ever we fight on an hourly basis 😛

Parents: They have been always there for me, never interfering with my decisions or forcing theirs on me. Always there to support and be happy for me no matter what! Also, for reading out story books to me when I couldn’t read which really helped me become the reader I am today!

Coming to the Book world, I’m thankful for books making my life easier, by controlling my mood swings and temper, some of the noteworthy one’s I’ve mentioned below:

Fairytales : I’ll categorize all Grimm stories and 1001 Arabian Nights and sorts under one heading of fairy tales which my mom used to read out to me till the age of 6 from a set of beautiful graphics books. that may have been the only time I read graphics books! They were the best to get me to like books.

Secret Seven Series : These books I started reading when I was about 9 years old from my school library. I used to finished them up ASAP to get the next one. I think I even had a few fights with people over these books to read them first!

Tinkle Comics : This is the only comics I read sincerely till almost recently. I had all these wonderful characters like Suppandi, Tantri the Mantri, Shikari Shambu and many non character short stories for kids which were just fun to read. I think my Indian readers will be acquainted with it. I used to buy them on railway stations and they made my Pune to Mumbai journeys fun, back in the day.

Harry Potter Series : As I have mentioned countless number of times, Harry Potter was the first novel I was gifted as my own. It got me introduced to the world of fantasy books and i’m a proud Potterhead till date!

Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons: Though the Da Vinci Code is my favourite Dan Brown book, Angels and Demons helped me get through the entire year of my 10th standard. My parents had taken away all my collection to help me concentrate on my studies but I need something to read! so this was the only book I had left at home and I read it over and over again for an year!

Sophie Kinsella’s books and those by Meg Cabot: I’m thankful for these books to get me interested in the contemporary type of books. And YA too!

All the fantasy authors for creating wonderful magical, imaginary types of world for me to escape the reality at least for some time!