Why did I not read this sooner? Let’s get into it!
Spoiler Free Review
Title: Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
An impossible heist. Six people with questionable morals. A dangerous drug on the loose. Big money at stake. Magic, guns and murder galore. What more could you want?
I can’t believe it has taken me so long to get to this book. I’ll confess, I’d come across the Grisha trilogy before but just wasn’t that interested. I’d hit a bit of a YA trilogy slump and didn’t really feel like pulling myself out of it. This book, however, drew me in.
The plot of Six of Crows is really different to anything I’d seen in YA fiction before – it seemed like a game changer. I was totally right. It felt new and refreshing – it didn’t hang onto any big stereotypes like some other YA franchises have done in the past. It felt like a game changer as I read it too – I could feel that I was reading something special as I took in chapter after chapter. I really enjoyed the universe Bardugo created in this book (and as I haven’t read her other Grisha trilogy, I’m not sure if it’s the same setting?). It felt like a real place despite having some magical elements – the way Bardugo described the place made it feel dirty and grungy, just as I imagine the place to be in my mind. She built a world that I felt like I could walk through, and I really enjoyed that aspect of this novel.
It was the characters, their stories and their relationships which really won me over though. All six of the main characters had rich and revealing backstories which linked well into their actions – they had clearly been thought out well. I went into this book wondering if I would actually like any of these characters, but found myself enjoying each one of their stories by the end. They just felt so real to me. Even though they could all do with a lesson in morals, that didn’t stop me from feeling like I could be friends with them. They were all urged forward in their actions by emotions or events that, you know, really would push people into these situations.
Even though some of the content in this book is supernatural, that didn’t detract from the ideas that can be seen in everyday life for all of us. Are the characters wanting to win the money more than anything? Yes. Are they going to go to extreme lengths to get it? Yes. Are a few people going to die in the process? Yes. But as the story develops, you begin to understand why the characters are really going these things. Partly for revenge, but also to try and make their slice of the world a little better, so others like them might survive and live a fuller life.
My Rating: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS!
I really can’t fault any part of this book. I loved all of it. I wish I could tell you more about what I liked but I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone who has yet to read this series. I will just leave you with this: If you are tired of normal YA tropes, this is the book for you. It might just change your perspective on what YA brings to the bookish table.
** And yes, I have already finished Crooked Kingdom – this book’s sequel – and have not been disappointed! Review coming soon!