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.

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