Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo

“When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.”

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Everyone stop what you’re doing, pause what you’re currently reading, and if you haven’t read this already – get to it! The Six of Crows is unlike anything I have ever read. I love fantasy books, but this blew them all out of the water. It was near impossible to put down (but I had to because life)!

This book was astounding. The characters had me all over the board with feels – fear, laughter, sorrow. It’s all here. And I have to say that this is one of the best book for cast members I’ve ever read. All of the Crows will stay with me for a lifetime. So let’s meet them, shall we?

KAZ. Our sexy little gang leader of the Dregs with a conniving mind, quick hand, and even quicker wit. His back story had me in tears, his hind had me grinning like a fool, and his heart had tripping all over itself. If you can’t tell… I love Kaz.

INEJ is an outside member of the Dregs, gathering information and secrets by being nothing more than a ghost – Wraith – slinking around unnoticed through alleyways and rooftops.

NINA is our beautiful Grisha: a flirty smart ass who o can bring death with a squeeze of her fist. She has been fighting to save a man she wronged, and finally she has her chance. But some people don’t want to be saved, especially by those who placed them in hell to begin with.

Our big brood award goes to MATTHIAS! This ex-warrior will keep you on your toes and soften your heart. He lives and breathes loyalty… until the truth makes its entrance.

Meet JESPER, our trigger happy gunman with a pull towards the gambling halls. Our jittery farm boy is always ready for a fight for his life.

WYLAN is our young nerd with a habit for blowing things up. He’s so sweet and innocent at first, but the Dregs grow on him, and before he knows it, he’s actually enjoying himself.

I highlighted so much of this book. There are just too many quotes and sayings and sections that I absolutely adored to try to fit them all in this review. But let’s at least take a moment to focus on the loooove. The simple parts of romance weaved into this book were so perfect, and so beautiful, and so, oh-oh-oh. Like this one…

He needed to tell her…what? That she was lovely and brave and better than anything he deserved. That he was twisted, crooked, wrong, but not so broken that he couldn’t pull himself together into some semblance of a man for her. That without meaning to, he’d begun to lean on her, to look for her, to need her near. He needed to thank her for his new hat.

And another…

Many boys will bring you flowers. But someday you’ll meet a boy who will learn your favorite flower, your favorite song, your favorite sweet. And even if he is too poor to give you any of them, it won’t matter because he will have taken the time to know you as no one else does. Only that boy earns your heart.

And another…

“Stay,” she panted. Tears leaked from her eyes. “Stay till the end.”
“And after,” he said. “And always.”
“I want to feel safe again. I want to go home to Ravka.”
“Then I’ll take you there. We’ll set fire to raisins or whatever you heathens do for fun.”
“Zealot,” she said weakly.
“Witch.”
“Barbarian.”
“Nina,” he whispered, “little red bird. Don’t go.”

Six of Crows is set in the Grisha-verse. While you do not need to read the Grisha trilogy before this, I would personally recommend it. This book takes place after the Grisha trilogy and it shows.

I honestly cannot get over the intensity that is this book. SOC has a little of everything for everyone. As of this point this year, this is probably the best book I’ve read. I’m anxious to get into the next book, Crooked Kingdom, and that’s just what I’ll do.

But seriously, read this.

Rating: 5 fantabulous stars!!


Blurb:

Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.

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