Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 536
Pacing: Average/Normal
Publisher: Orion Children’s Books
Published: September 27th, 2016

 

 

 

 

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 badly weakened, 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 the Grisha world. – Synopsis from Goodreads

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Review

“Crows remember human faces. They remember the people who feed them, who are kind to them. And the people who wrong them too. They don’t forget. They tell each other who to look after and who to watch out for.”

Oh! My! God! This book was an emotional roller coaster! I seriously don’t know how Leigh Bardugo did it but I think she’s outdone herself. This duology is definitely in my top reads this year and is now an all time favourite.

You have no idea how much joy this book gave me. I felt like Cheer Bear (you know the Care Bear with the rainbow on the belly), cheering on this bunch of misfits on from beginning to end. The book starts where Six of Crows left off and we are taken right back in the action. There are so many twist and turns in this story, it’s crazy.  Crooked Kingdom, I listened to as an audiobook on my way to work. I was seriously sometimes scared that I was going to crash the car because I was so engrossed in the story.

I really got pulled into this world from the start and I think it will stay with me for awhile. One thing I am going to miss are the characters, they were so much fun. I loved all the amazing rep in this book and I adored that the characters were complete misfits, the ones that don’t seem to fit anywhere.  They are always my favourite kind of characters, they feel more relatable for me.  The Crooked Kingdom crew made me wish I could get in trouble with them. Just a little trouble – not run for your life trouble – well maybe a whole bunch of trouble. Worth it.

My new favourite male character is Kaz Brekker. He’s ruthless and conniving, but I love him. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a bastard but I find there is a sweetness to him. Morally grey characters are always much more fun than wholesome ones. I do hope we might get to see him again in another book.  Leigh Bardugo has been hinting that there might be a third Six of Crows book coming in the future. So fingers crossed!

If you haven’t picked up this duology yet, what are you waiting for? You won’t regret reading this one. This is a 5 out of 5 for sure!  I would rate it a million stars if possible.

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