Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

“No mourners,” he said with a grin.
 “No funerals,” they replied in unison.”17119557This review contains *spoilers*.

Saints, I’m definitely late to this book party— but I love, love, loved it.
I think a lot of people will understand me when I say that Six of Crows is the kind of book
that provokes all the strong emotions in you.
I knew right from page 1 that this book was going to be an all time favorite of mine. The world building, the characters and all the relationships between them, it’s just too good for me to put into words— I can’t stop thinking about everything that happened.

A convict with a thirst for revenge: Matthias.

Getting Matthias out of Hellgate was extremely nerve-wracking, especially when he reunited with Nina. One moment he was caressing her cheek and the next he was trying to kill her — I had tears in my eyes because it was so intense.
But I really really really like Matthias and Nina together.
They definitely had a rocky start, but that made them getting together that more important for me.

“What are we going to do with him?” Nina asked, nodding at Matthias. Her voice was disinterested, but the performance was wasted on everyone except Helvar. They’d all seen her tears at Hellgate.”
I was in tears right there with you, Nina.tumblr_n7cy2vn3ra1smcbm7o1_250

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager: Jesper.

“We enter from the north as planned,” Kaz said.
Jesper knocked his head against the hull and cast his eyes heavenward. “Fine. But if Pekka Rollins kills us all, I’m going to get Wylan’s ghost to teach my ghost how to play the flute just so that I can annoy the hell out of your ghost.”
Brekker’s lips quirked. “I’ll just hire Matthias’ ghost to kick your ghost’s ass.”
“My ghost won’t associate with your ghost,” Matthias said primly, and then wondered if the sea air was rotting his brain.”

Jesper’s commentary was the BEST, he could always add something that would make me smile despite the tears streaming down my face.

A runaway with a privileged past: Wylan.

I didn’t know what to think of Wylan initially, but just like all the other characters in this book I fell in love with his humor and courage and actions.
Oh and his dialogue with Jesper? So GOOD — Leigh Bardugo has an incredible talent for strong couples.
I’m rooting for Jesper and Wylan.

“What do you like?”
“Music. Numbers. Equations. They’re not like words. They … they don’t get mixed up.”
“If only you could talk to girls in equations.”
There was a long silence, and then, eyes trained on the notch they’d created in the link, Wylan said, “Just girls?”
Jesper restrained a grin. “No. Not just girls.”3119554

A spy known as the Wraith: Inej.

Inej’s chapters in this book were fantastic. I love her and her strength. I love how she didn’t let go of her beliefs even through the darkest times.
I also really enjoyed Inej’s conversations with Nina and, of course, Kaz.
Inej and Kaz are so good together.

“I don’t want your prayers,” he said.
“What do you want, then?”
The old answers came easily to mind. Money. Vengeance. Jordie’s voice in my head silenced forever. But a different reply roared to life inside him, loud, insistent, and unwelcome. You, Inej. You.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums: Nina.

I don’t even have the right words right now to describe how incredibly brave and strong and funny Nina is.
Reading about all that she’s been through made me love her strength even more — how she didn’t give up on Matthias made me tear up. I need more of them together.

“You always hated my laugh.”
“I loved your laugh, Nina. And your fierce warrior’s heart. I might have loved you, too.”
Might have. Once. Before she had betrayed him. Those words carved an ache into her chest.”


And one of the most intense scenes was definitely when Nina was around Brum.
I had this terrible feeling the whole time she was with him that something wrong was going to happen — and this was the one time that I did not want to be right.

I could not believe it when Matthias showed up behind that glass —how could he betray her after EVERYTHING they went through?
But thank the Saints for the moment he realized just how horribly wrong he had been and that the cause he believed in was all a lie.

“Nina had wronged him, but she’d done it to protect her people.
She’d hurt him, but she’d attempted everything in her power to make things right.
She’d shown him in a thousand ways that she was honourable and strong and generous and very human, maybe more vividly human than anyone he’d ever known.”

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes: Kaz.

Kaz Brekker is a badass with a terribly sad past. His relationship with Jordie was so heartbreaking to read, how they invested all their money in the hopes that something good would come out of it made me really emotional. Kaz has my heart.
He is also incredibly smart and sneaky, every single time something went amiss he had the perfect solution.

“Kaz is … I don’t know, he’s like nobody else I’ve ever known. He surprises me.”
“Yes. Like a hive of bees in your dresser drawer.”
Jesper barked a laugh. “Just like that.”
“So what are we doing here?”
Jesper turned back to the sea, feeling his cheeks heat. “Hoping for honey, I guess. And praying not to get stung.”


So, I enjoyed pretty much everything about this book.
Six of Crows is unlike anything I’ve ever read. It was dark, rich, and I could not put down this story from the very first word to the very last.
It’s the sort of book that will leave you thinking about it for days, weeks, maybe forever.

I had no idea going into this book what an impact it would have on me, I knew I would love it, but what I’m feeling is beyond that— I don’t even have the right words to describe it. I was just so captivated by this world that I found myself feeling surprised whenever I looked up from my book and didn’t catch myself in Ketterdam.9203067

I’m just going to go and watch The Office and try to get over my book hangover.
And definitely read this book if you haven’t already, you won’t regret it (trust me).201-were-the-millers-quotes

5/5 stars

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