Six of Crows by: Leigh Bardugo

Summary: 

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.

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

The Review:

I was very hesitant to read this book, mainly because I wasn’t a huge fan of Leigh Bardugo’s other series The Grisha Trilogy. I read Shadow and Bone and really didn’t get what the big deal about the book was. I thought it was just an okay read and it didn’t make me want to continue the series. But I was told that this book is better than the Grisha trilogy,and let me say that she was totally right.

First, lets discuss the characters. Kaz is my favorite, I know it may seem obvious because he is the main character but I like that he is snarky, a trickster, willing to do anything to get ahead. I see him as a young Malcolm Reynolds from Firefly. Than there is Inez, who is basically Kaz’s lieutenant, who does most of his spy work. She me a lot of Black Widow; in which she knows how to sneak around places. Jesper, who is the gunner of the group is sort of like Jayne from Firefly and I like his back-and-forth with Kaz during the mission.

Nina, is one of my favorites of the group. She is a Heartrender, within the Grisha hierarchy in which she can basically give people heart attacks. She uses most of skills to survive. Matthias, who is a witch-hunter who joins the group after they break him out of prison has some strange history with Nina and I also love their relationship in the group. Wylan is the son of a council member of Ketterdam who acts as a Sixth ranger of the group who specializes in explosives.

I love all of the characters in this book. I don’t know if this was intentional or not, but it reminded me of the crew from Firefly. All of them have very distinct personalities and they have to work together. They all also have a great set of skills that is helpful for the mission.

The plot focuses involves bringing in a scientist who is building a formula that will increase a Grisha’s power. Kaz is responsible of getting a crew together in order to do it. While the mission may seem generic at first but I like that the main focus of the book is the relationship between the characters and how they work together. That is what made the story very strong.

I also love a lot of the twist and turns that the happens throughout the story, and seeing how the group has to adapt to them and being forced to change their approach to the mission.

If I were to point out a negative I think it is the world-building. I could tell as I read the book that it was made for those who have knowledge about the Grisha trilogy. As I said earlier I only read Shadow and Bone, so some of the terminology confused me a little bit and I had to think about how that term fits within the story. Maybe if I continued to read the Grisha trilogy I would have gotten those terms.

In the end, I enjoyed reading this book and finally sees what the fuss was about. I am definitely excited to read Crooked Kingdom when it comes out next week and to see what’s in store for our characters.

Grade: 4.4/5

 

Top 5 Wednesday: Books I will Never Read

Happy Wednesday everyone,

For today’s top 5 Wednesday, it is Top 5 books I will never read.

This was a very tough list because I do have an open mind when it comes to books, series or authors. I may have some unpopular opinions on this list and if you are a fan of these books that is fine.

Top 5 Wednesday is a group in Goodreads and was formerly created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey and is now done by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. It is open to everyone.

The Selection Trilogy

I have heard very mixed things about the book. Some thinks its one of their favorites others thinks its just a series full of dumb YA cliches. Even judging by the premise it just never interested me.

The Winner’s Trilogy

When I first read The Winner’s Curse I DNF. I just felt the book a very boring and the characters I felt was flat and uninteresting. I read it again for Hype or Like Friday, finished it and my opinion on it never changed. I really have no interest in finishing the series.

The Grisha Trilogy

This is another series that I felt was way over hyped than it needed to be. I read the first book and literally saw the twist coming a mile away, mainly due to the character’s name. I heard Six of Crows maybe better, but I won’t read the Grisha trilogy.

Any Cassandra Clare series

While I may focus primarily on the Mortal Instruments, I just feel that as a whole I think she is very overrated. I read the first few books of The Mortal Instruments and I just didn’t get the hype surrounding the series. Even the TV show I just thought was okay and not as great as everyone makes it to be. So I don’t really have any much interest in reading her work.

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

I read her Darkest Minds Trilogy, and just thought it was kinda meh. I also heard a lot of mixed things about the book. I also feel as a whole that the author is kinda overrated. I felt Darkest Minds was over hyped, and I wasn’t in a rush to pick up her next book.

There’s my list of books I will never read. I may read them eventually but I am not in a hurry to read them

What are some books that you will never read? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Hype or Like Friday #1

Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by Jillian, Larkin, and Britt to discuss about hyped books and see if they’re hyped up or not. There would be book of the month that you can read, and the post your review for it on the end of the month, then rate it whether it’s a hype it or like it.

For this week it is Top 10 hyped up books. For this it doesn’t necessarily mean bad, I just felt they were over hyped. If you like any of these books or series that’s fine.

Top 10 Hyped Up books: not in any order

The Darkest Minds Trilogy

This is a book series that had a great premise but the story and execution was poorly done. I mean, kids with powers should be a great premise alone, but the problem was the powers were not clearly defined.

The Mortal Instruments Series

Talk about an over hyped series. Everyone kept saying its Harry Potter meets Buffy, and of course not a bad combination but I really hated the love story, and I actually like the supporting characters better than the two leads. I only read the first two, so tell me that it gets better.

The Winners Curse 

If you read my T5W DNF, this was on the list. I felt the characters were boring and flat and the plot was messy, and when the story finally picked up I didn’t feel anything for the characters.

John Green books

Ok, the only book I actually liked was the Fault in our Stars. But than when I read his other books I felt the tropes were very repetitive. It was Paper Towns that kinda had me lose interest in his books.

Nicholas Sparks books

A Walk to Remember was a book I really likes, I also enjoyed the Notebook. But like with John Green books the book tropes become so repetitive that every book is the same story.

Shadow and Bone trilogy

I read the first book, but it was such a chore to get through and I could see the plot twist coming a mile away. I though the book was okay but no where near the level of hype.

Alice in Zombieland

The title alone should have made this awesome. But what ruined it was the dumb insta-love and the poorly written plot.

Fifty Shades of Grey

In the end the book is just Twilight fan fiction, that is really poorly written and with poorly developed characters.

Thirteen Reasons Why

Okay you probably think I am a heartless bastard but hear me out. I thought the book was good, but I think because when I read Shooter by Walter Dean Myers, that book didn’t hold back. I also felt that Hannah was a thinly developed character.

Throne of Glass

I actually really like this series so far, only in the middle of Heir of Fire. I think the character of Celaena is not the bad ass female character that everyone says she is. I also sometimes feel the romance is taking too much time from the action that everyone wants to see.

Those are my choices for the Top 10 over hyped books. Hope you enjoyed it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 5 Wednesday: DNF-Did not finish

This is something that I wanted to do but never had the time, so this is my top 5 Wednesday which was started by Lainey and theirs a group on Goodreads.

This week is Top 5 DNF or Did not Finish, which is the top 5 books you didn’t finish. This was tricky because  I usually try to finish a book no matter how boring it is, so I am going to included series I didn’t finish as well.

Disclaimer: I know some of these books has fans, but this my opinion. If you like any of these books fine, they just weren’t for me.

  1. The Winner’s Curse:

I just couldn’t get into this book. I heard great things so I decided to read it, and it was such a chore to get through, and I also felt that the characters were very bland and uninteresting.

2. Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

This is a case of when I though I was getting one story, but I wound up getting a different story. I thought it would be a retelling of Alice in Wonderland with zombies, but what I got was a story that is basically Gossip Girl. The beginning I thought was really good, but the book as it went on failed to live up to expectations and I got bored.

3. The Quarantine series by Lex Thomas

 

When I read the first book, I thought it was all right. The premise excited me, but when I read the first book the story was cliched, and the characters were uninteresting and dull.

4. The Girl Who Would be King: by Kelly Thompson

This is another example of excited by the premise, but disappointed in the story. I like that it dealt with powers that the two leading girls had, the execution of the story was disappointing and boring that I couldn’t finish it.

5. The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

This was a series I felt was over hyped. I was a little underwhelmed by the first book and the world building which I felt was confusing and it had a twist that anyone could see coming. I may pick it up again because I heard the book series gets better, so I may finish it.