Review | Six of Crows

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

five stars

Friends, say hello to the the best fantasy novel I’ve read all year. Yes, I loved Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows even more than I loved Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes. . . and If you’ve been keeping up, I LOVED An Ember in the Ashes. This novel has been floating around the intersphere all week (and longer), but there is certainly a reason it has received so much hype. Not only is it gripping, but it is diverse and the narrative is GAH, freaking fantastic. Let’s do a rewind shall we?

 

Synopsis. 

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 Good. 

The characters. Bardugo and her editor deserve a bonus check for balancing six characters and leaving none to be claimed as my “least favorite”. Honestly, I don’t even have a favorite because they are all equally amusing in their own right. You have Kaz the leader of the Dregs, who is someone I would never want to meet. Honestly, I’m shocked the kid hasn’t gone completely mad given his history. You have Inej, the stealthiest woman of all the land. Her regard for her religion in the midst of her situation makes her all the more likeable. Nina and Matthias are like a romantic comedy ready to explode in your face. Even Wylan and Jesper have a comical romanticism that leaves you wanting more. (Seriously Bardugo . . . I. Need. More.)

This book is HUGE. Not Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix huge, but pretty close. However, you still. want. more. (Fall 2016 can not come soon enough.)

The Not-So-Good. 

That it ended. (I’m serious.)

Overall.

Can I make it any clearer? If you like An Ember in the Ashes or like fantasy/sci-fi in general. . . start heading to your local Bookstore or grab your tablet and start reading Six of Crows.

 

Purchase: Amazon | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository 

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Henry Holt and Co.
480 pages
$18.99

 

 


All opinions are my own and are not endorsed or sponsored by any company or organization. 

 

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Review | The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

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Source: Goodreads

Synopsis via Goodreads

Following a scalding row with her mother, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: a sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as “the radio people,” Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.

For Holly has caught the attention of a cabal of dangerous mystics—and their enemies. But her lost weekend is merely the prelude to a shocking disappearance that leaves her family irrevocably scarred. This unsolved mystery will echo through every decade of Holly’s life, affecting all the people Holly loves—even the ones who are not yet born.

A Cambridge scholarship boy grooming himself for wealth and influence, a conflicted father who feels alive only while reporting from occupied Iraq, a middle-aged writer mourning his exile from the bestseller list—all have a part to play in this surreal, invisible war on the margins of our world. From the medieval Swiss Alps to the nineteenth-century Australian bush, from a hotel in Shanghai to a Manhattan townhouse in the near future, their stories come together in moments of everyday grace and extraordinary wonder.


Rating: 8/10
GREAT READ

The Bone Clocks is, for lack of a better word, boundless. It has no beginning and it has no end. This will only make sense, really, once you read it, but it’s the best way I can describe the story. All focus is aimed on the life of Holly Sykes and her “radio people”; voices and visions she encountered since she was a child. However, her view point is only portrayed in two segments of the book, the rest is viewed through the lives of men and women she falls into contact with throughout her life span starting in 1984 and ending in 2048.

The Bone Clocks holds a genre of it’s own, for with every section comes  a new story and with each new story comes a new genre. The change in character kept the story interesting and prompted your brain waves to alter its initial course, however in the end some of the characters became just a pawn when you first envisioned them being a queen, or at the very least a knight. Not all characters hold their value, but that may be what Mitchell intended.

All in all David Mitchell is a literary genius; a statement intended with no embellishments. His ability to capture a life and evolve it into a network of stories that reflect the world in such a large span of time baffles my mind. (Someone please send me his IQ because I am sure it is out of this world.)

If you are looking for a novel that tells one heck of story and will challenge you just the same, this is a top-notch pick.


Quotes:

“What if… what if heaven is real, but only in moments? Like a glass of water on a hot day when you’re dying of thirst, or when someone’s nice to you for no reason, or… Mam’s pancakes with Mars Bar sauce; Dad dashing up from the bar just to tell me, “Sleep tight don’t let the bedbugs bite”; or Jacko and Sharon singing “For She’s a Squishy Marshmellow” instead of “For She’s a Jolly Good Fellow” every single birthday and wetting themselves even though it’s not all that funny; and Brendan giving his old record player to me instead of one of his mates. “S’pose heaven’s not like a painting that’s just hanging there forever, but more like… like the best song anyone ever wrote, but a song you only catch in snatches, while you’re alive, from passing cars, or… upstairs windows when you’re lost…”

“Being born’s a hell of a lottery.”

“Love’s pure free joy when it works, but when it goes bad you pay for the good hours at loan-shark prices.”

“People are icebergs, with just a bit you can see and loads you can’t.”

“We live on, as long as there are people to live on in.”

“… Modesty is Vanity’s craftier stepbrother.”

“Human cruelty can be infinite. Human generosity can be boundless.”

Review | Opposition (Lux Series #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Source: Goodreads

Synopsis:

“Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.  She can’t believe Daemon stood by his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth.  But the lines between good and bad have blurred.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.  But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend and foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.”

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Rating: 8/10
GREAT READ

Firstly, a round of applause for Armentrout and her stunning conclusion. All ends were neatly packaged, topped with a shiny yellow ribbon, and handed to us, adoring fans, with a deep bow and a kiss. Closing the last page I breathed a heavy sigh of relief knowing that I finished the series with no questions left unanswered.  So a big thank you and congrats to her!

Secondly, “YES!” When I say that every book is better than the one before I mean it in an all-encompassing way. From the characters, to the plot, to the writing—“whew”, SO good.  

Opposition, will make you breathless (for more reasons than one), ecstatic, heart-broken, and exhilarated. There is so much jammed between the pages you will have a hard time keeping up. Alliances are formed that you would never fathom, friendships will waver, and lives will end.

Previous supporting characters will shine. You will come to find that Archer has one SERIOUS sense of humor and he will consistently have you laughing to the end.  Luc’s mystery is unveiled and you will be left with this overwhelming desire to coddle him. And Katy and Daemon—well, between every few pages you will be enraptured by their love and strength for one another.

I can’t say it enough, Opposition is a great conclusion to the Lux Series. Fans you will not be disappointed.

 

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All opinions are my own and are not endorsed or affiliated with any company or organization. 

Review | Lux Series #3, Opal, by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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source: Amazon

SYNOPSIS via Amazon: 

The Lux series continues with the third installment of this riveting paranormal YA series.

No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well… There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love. 

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger… and they know it.

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RATING: 6/10
GOOD READ

I am late on the train with the Lux Series, but after finishing book three, Opal, there is no stopping until the end. Each book is better than the last and the plot is finally thickening! 

The first of the two in the series, Obsedian and Onyx, moved at a rather slow pace for my taste. The humor and the romance between Katy and Daemon are what really kept me invested in the series. Opal opened a larger door to a world of unknowns and flooded my mind with a league of questions. Setting it up to be a stepping stone to, I believe, a much larger story that will unfold in the fourth installment, Origin.

Romantically speaking, this book is a hit. Daemon’s and Katy’s relationship picks up heat and the two finally are able to accept their feelings for one another. This of course leads to a few steam-y scenes that sucks you in and leaves you wishing you had one (or two) Daemon Blacks in your life. 

All of you Twilight and The Hunger Games fans, this next series is for you! 

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All opinions are my own and are not endorsed or affiliated with any company or organization. 

Review | Lux Series #4, Origin, by Jennifer L Armentrout

source: Goodreads

Origin (Lux Series #4)
Jennifer L Armentrout
Entangled Teen

Synopsis via Goodreads

Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything. 

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on? 

And will they even be together?

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Rating: 7/10
GOOD READ

Jennifer L. Armentrout’s fourth installment in the Lux series, Origin, is so my favorite thus far.  The third book, Opal, left us hanging at the edge of a cliff with a white-knuckled grip, but Origin made us jump head-first in the pit.

The first half of Origin was rather slow-paced for me. Katy is trapped. Daemon is furious and out of his mind. Katy struggles with the truth. Daemon is still furious and out of his mind. Katy is tested. Daemon acts on impulse. Katy kills. Daemon is captured. They are both reunited in Daedalus headquarters. (Wayyyy sooner than I expected, by the way.)

Then, in Armentrout’s words, “poo hits the proverbial fan.”  Origins, hybrid-Luxen offspring, appear out of nowhere. Allies are made and an escape ensues. As soon as Katy & Daemon leave Area 51, I am pretty sure I yelled, “what?!…Oh my God…No WAY!”, every few pages. Holy plot twists, Batman!  

Hold on to your glasses, because this is one heck of a ride and at the end you will wonder if somewhere along the way you switched cars.

This is definitely a book you won’t predict and will have you scrambling for the 5th book in the series, Opposition.

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All opinions are my own and are not endorsed or affiliated by any company or organization.