One of my most highly anticipated sequels of the year IS FINALLY IN MY CLAMMY PAWS!
HOW DO I EVEN ACCURATELY REVIEW THIS MASTERPIECE??? I don’t know. What are words. What is air. WHAT IS TYPING AFJDSKALFDAJSKDLJD. Okay okay, I will calm myself and write a (semi)coherent review but all you need to know is: this book is a magnificent villainous piece of genius. Hence the “WHAT IS AIR” question because if I fangirl anymore I will lose my miiiiiiind.
(Just kidding hhaha. I lost my mind YEARS AGO.)
You can read my review of Book #1 Six of Crows right here if you wish it!
ALSO: This review will NOT contain spoilers! I will have a spoiler discussion section, but that will all be hidden. So if you’re reading this via email — STOP! COME TO THE ACTUAL BLOG!! I IMPLORE YOU! (For some reason reading it via email will negate the spoiler tags and you’ll see all.)
(Because my review of Six of Crows was 6 thoughts about it…so I’m keeping with the theme.)
1. IT’S VERY FOCUSED ON THE PLOT WHICH, BY THE WAY, IS FREAKING BRILLIANT.
The story picks basically where book one left off. It’s VERY focused on the complex plot. Which I truly did enjoy, although I confess to being befuddled several times. This didn’t bother me because (A) I plan to re-read it via audio eventually and plot twists alway sink in better for me that way; and (B) IT WAS SUCH A GOOD PLOT I’M NEVER COMPLAINING BECAUSE I’M IN LOVE.
Ahem…moving forward. The heist is very different this time. Which is good, because we don’t want a rerun. We want NEW. We stay in Ketterdam (yaaas) and it gets fairly political with Kaz intending to bring down Van Eck’s kingdom and reputation as well. So less lock-picking. More mind games.
2. THE CHARACTERS DEVIOUSLY LITTLE VILLAINS WHO WILL STEAL YOUR HEART.
My precious thieving darlings were perfect in every way. Except for the part where the book ENDED and I get NO MORE OF THEM EVER. Excuse me I might cry. But onwards! My favourite part of this crew is that they are all so good at being evil. And also they’re actually quite goodhearted. AND ALSO VILLAINS. I love them.
- KAZ: He’s still is downright vicious in this one and if you thought he was a cold dark melon in book one…hahhaahah. HE GETS MEANER. #BlessHim
- NINA & MATTHIAS: I’m lumping them together because their big character development was in the first book. They’re still adorable and fight but they’re really a power-couple here. Plus Nina is always eating. I love Nina. NINA IS HONESTLY MY SPIRIT ANIMAL.
- WYLAN: He gets his own POV which just confirms the fact that he is adorable and must be protected at all costs.
- JESPER: He has so much character development it’s just glorious. We get to meet his dad (!!) and Jesper has to face his addictions and just GAH. It was perfect.
- INEJ: She remains my least favourite. The “holier than thou” attitude just ticks me off. Don’t get me wrong! I still like her. But I really felt disinterested in her story line because she never grows because she’s always “perfect”. I prefer characters who have better development. Kaz, Wylan, and Jesper all WIN here.
Basically any book that balances intensely complex characters with an intensely complex plot is just marvellous and that is all.
3. YOU WILL SHIP UNTIL YOUR HEART EXPLODES.
Which could be mess, but isn’t the shipping worth it? I will say that the actual romance is on the quieter side, because it’s more like “GET TOGETHER ALREADY” than pages of make-out scenes. THERE IS MUCH SHIPPING TO BE DONE AND IT IS GLORIOUS.
4. IT IS THE SIZE OF A SMALL PLANET AND YET I DIDN’T MIND.
500-pages usually freaks me out. But this time, I thought it needed everything. Or I am just obsessed totally obsessed with both Kaz & Co and also the Grishaverse in its glorious entirety? Who can know? (Spoiler: I’m obsessed.)
5. FOOD APPRECIATION IS STRONG WITH THIS ONE.
The amount of waffles here is sheerly delicious and also inspiring. Bless Nina who is a complete foodie and manages to bring waffles into just about every third scene. Seriously this book, in a nutshell is: Kaz’s evil schemes + fabulous sass + explosions + waffles.
Nina’s eyes narrowed. “I don’t remember saying you could give away my biscuits.”
“It’s for a good cause,” Matthias said, retrieving the tin. “Besides, you’ve barely touched them.”
“I’m saving them for later,” said Nina with a sniff. “And you should not cross me when it comes to sweets.”
Jesper nodded. “She’s like a dessert-hoarding dragon.”
She rested her head on his shoulder. “You’re better than waffles, Matthias Helvar.”
A small smile curled the Fjerdan’s lips. “Let’s not say things we don’t mean, my love.”
But how the hell did you apologise for that? Sorry I almost got you stabbed to death. Who wants waffles?
6. THERE WILL BE FEELS. THE WHOLE RANGE OF FEELS SO YOU ARE A FEELS-EXPLODING FACTORY.
A book that gives you feels is automatically an exceptional book. #fact Plus Crooked Kingdom mixed “funny-hilarious-black-comedy” feels in with the “plot-twist-omg-omg-omg” feels. I forgot to breathe several times, but who even needs air? Eh. I laughed. I CRIED. It moved me, Bob. It’s dark and it’s funny all at once and IT’S DESTROYING AND BEAUTIFUL.
Seriously, someone stop me fangirling before I actually physically hurt myself.
Jesper tapped his fingers restlessly on his thighs. “Has anyone noticed this whole city is looking for us, mad at us, or wants to kill us?”
“So?” said Kaz.
“Well, usually it’s just half the city.”
About the ships:
About the finale:
Was Crooked Kingdom perfect…OR WAS IT PERFECT?!?
(It was perfect.) I’m so marvellously happy that it didn’t disappoint, but I’m simultnaeously so sad it’s over. Hopefully Leigh Bardugo announces a new series soon?! I hate being in limbo-land of not having a series to look forward to from a favourite author!! I HAVE NEEDS HERE.
Kaz Brekker remains one of my all-time-top-favourite characters. The Grishaverse is my everything. My feels were all over the place and I LAUGHED and I NEARLY CRIED and and and…
Yes, fine. I’ll stop gushing now because you clearly need to rush off and go read it.
THANK YOU TO HACHETTE AUSTRALIA FOR THE REVIEW-COPY. Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo was published September, 2016.
Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.
“Kaz?” Jesper said tentatively.
But Kaz was staring into the middle distance. Wylan thought he knew that look
“Is that –?” asked Wylan.
“Scheming face?” said Jesper.
Matthias nodded. “Definitely.”
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