Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Title: Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Released September 27, 2016
Borrowed from Library
Rating: 5/5


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 (Summary from Goodreads).


OMG GUYS THIS BOOK IS GOING TO GIVE ME SUCH A BOOK HANGOVER!! I bet it was Six of Crows that REALLY put me in a reading slump all summer!!

Wow where to start, such characters, many feels.

So this book is a little different from the first (obviously).  In the first, we were being introduced to the characters and had a lot of flashbacks to build up their characterization.  This book is a lot more action, because we already know and love our babies.  And, if anything, this book just makes you love them MORE.

Crooked Kingdom takes you through several mini heists leading up the grand finale.  Kaz brings on his awesome, cunning planning skillz once again to save his bae Inej reclaim his power...but with so many groups against the crew, things don't always go as planned.  One of the things I love about Bardugo's writing is that she will take you through the crew's plans.  You think you know everything that will happen, but NO.  Just when the situation is looking grim, BAM! Some brilliant part of Kaz's plans unknown to the reader come to fruition, and it's glorious. Everything is tied together in the end, and I'm left smiling at how wonderful it is.

And let's talk about ships, shall we?? Gosh I ship Kaz x Inej so hard!! They are precious babies who have gone through sooo much.  Bardugo is amazing in that she brings together a wonderful group of independent characters with their own issues and subplots: Kaz is handicapped and basically has PTSD from his brother's death, Inej is still coping from being sold into the Menagerie, Jesper has a gambling problem, Wylan is illiterate, Nina became addicted to parem, and both Nina and Matthias were raised to hate each other and ended up loving each other.  It's just beautiful *sobs* I love them all.

Kaz is my favorite character.  I have a thing for characters that act ruthless, but actually have a heart that they conceal to protect themselves and the people they love.

I mean, this book will make your heart drop, soar, and everything in between.  The storytelling is fantastic, and I cannot wait to read everything else Bardugo publishes, even though it will probably not have the same magic that this duology possessed.  I will certainly have to reread these books in the future!!!

Thanks for reading through this mess of a review...basically all my reviews are incoherent messes...I'm releasing the feels, guys.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

3 Tips for Getting Out of a Reading Slump!

Hello readers!! I can't believe it's been THREE months since I last posted anything on this blog.  I have only one thing to blame...the dreadful, evil, reading slump!  How do these reading slumps occur? I can't speak for everyone, but I tend to get in a slump because of one or more of the following reasons:

  • I'm too tired after work - This was definitely the big reason during the summer. I was working two jobs, and all I wanted to do after work is sit down, do nothing, and straight chill.
  • Bad books - Although I felt my slump coming on before reading one particularly bad book, this definitely contributed to my slump lasting as long as it did.
  • Reading burnout - What is a 'reading burnout,' you ask? Well, it means I read so many good books in such a short period of time that I simply "burned out." May was an awesome month for me, having read 6 books in 2.5 weeks!  However, reading so many books can be tiring, especially when you are attached to the characters and don't want the book to end!
  • Other hobbies are calling - This is another big reason why I fall into reading slumps.  Sometimes I just get that itch to get addicted to a video game, learn a new song on the piano, or simply binge-watch a TV series.  I'm a person that does what I want, and when I get that itch to pursue another hobby I follow it.
While the terrible reading slump has haunted me for the last three months, I feel a change on the horizon! I went to the library to drop off a book (two weeks late, I might add) that I couldn't finish, and picked up a new one.  I have a feeling this book will pull me through the slump and back into the beautiful world of books.

Below are my tips for getting out of the dreaded reading slump!

1. Have a ton of work to do.

This definitely does not make sense at first, but hear me out.  For me, the more work I have to do, the more I want to procrastinate! It thus follows that I get that itch for reading and escaping all the stress.  That is exactly what is happening now as I enter into the mid-point of the school semester.

2. Read a book that you're excited about.

The book that is getting me out of said slump is Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo.  This book is a sequel to my beloved Six of Crows.  Since I absolutely loved that book and its characters, I have been looking forward to reading Crooked Kingdom.  Getting back into the interesting world and laughing at the banter between the characters is a recipe for the cure to the reading slump.

3. Read because you want to, not because you feel you have to.

One of the struggles of owning a book blog is that you tend to feel like you have to be posting reviews every week or so.  Even though I own this blog for fun, it still gives me a guilty tug when I haven't posted a review in a while. A lot of people, myself included, challenge themselves to read a certain number of books in a year. I knew that it would take time to get out of the slump, but forcing myself to read (especially a book that I am not enjoying) just makes the slump last longer.

Well, these tips are helping me get out of my reading slump.  I hope they help you, too! Feel free to comment what factors put you in a reading slump, and how you get out of it!
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