by Leigh Bardugo
(Six of Crows, #1)
Pages:491// Published: September 29, 2015 // Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
My Rating: ★★★
Summary as Provided by Publisher
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.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
You guys, you have no idea how much I wanted to love this book. No ideeeeeeaaa. It has all the elements that I love and hold dear. But in the end I had to force myself down and read it, I was DETERMINED to see how it ended. My husband would hear me tisk and sigh, he would ask why are you still reading? I replied sadly that I was desperate to find out how it ends. It’s a heist book, and of course you want to see if they succeed.
So yeah, I finished it and I still blah about it all. Which stinks beyond belief, because I felt like everyone on Goodreads enjoyed it. I’m here alone in my corner going, “what did I miss??”
I did enjoy the characters. I am all for the misfit underdogs that people automatically dismiss and this is definitely jam packed full of that. The chemistry between the members of this motley crew warms the heart and makes you want them to succeed. Like it’s not tough to hate the bad guys in this one. And even though this crew might paint themselves as cruel and tough, they all have huge gigantic hearts. I particularly loved reading the perspectives of Inej and Jesper, they were characters that I felt brought life to the story and could connect with easily. Which is funny since their personalities and natures are quite opposite. Inej, is the Wraith, silent and deadly. Calm and composed. While Jesper is charming, unruly and loud. A gun versus a knife. I also would have loved to have read a perspective from Wylan! He was too cute.
Jesper knocked his head against the hull and cast his eyes heavenward. “Fine. But if Pekka Rollins kills us all, I’m going to get Wylan’s ghost to teach my ghost how to play the flute just so that I can annoy the hell out of your ghost.”
Brekker’s lips quirked. “I’ll just hire Matthias’ ghost to kick your ghost’s ass.”
“My ghost won’t associate with your ghost,” Matthias said primly, and then wondered if the sea air was rotting his brain.
The story was overall enjoyable. If you love action and edge of your seat twists, this book doesn’t lack that – it just takes forever for it to truly kick in. Probably the main reason why I gave it a 3 and not 2 stars. I was tired with all the flashbacks, I would rush through them sometimes.
However, in the end, the story didn’t flow as nicely as I hoped. I had a really hard time concentrating on the storyline. I didn’t feel that need or urge to devour this book. I’d pick it up, read, sigh, then put it down.
The ending also disappointed me. Maybe since I put it on a pedestal. I was so determined to see how this huge build up would conclude. Unfortunately, I found it lacking and slightly predictable. If anything, I found the mid-book scene with the boat dock bait and switch (I won’t spoil it) was more intense than the ending.
Overall, I’m sad and yeah a little blah. I don’t think I will continue the series which makes me sad too. What do you guys think? Should I stick it out? I’m going to go back to my corner and pout. I’m all for the hype, but I was so sad about this one.
I’m not going to recommend to pick this one up, but I do recommend taking a look at Goodreads. Quite a few reviewers loved this one.