Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Monday, December 21, 2015
Why I chose this book:
As an avid lover of Leigh Bardugo’s work, there was no way I would allow this book to waltz by without a second glance. As soon as it came out on shelves, I bought it and devoured it. I ended up reading a mixture of the hardback version and listening to the audiobook. And to say that I loved it might be the grossest understatement I have ever made.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Release Date: September 29, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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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.
Kaz's crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first. (Goodreads)

My Bookish Thoughts:
This book is a dream! It’s beautiful, astounding, surprising, entrancing, and completely and 100% amazing. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. I loved the Grisha trilogy fiercely (I’m even currently, re-listening to the audiobooks), so knowing that this would be about completely different characters… well, I wasn’t sure exactly how to feel about that.

I’m really dying for a book about Nikolai. He was my favorite in the trilogy, so when he didn’t make an appearance, I intended to be said; however, there was too much going on for me to be sad… and there were way too many ships that I wanted to set sail in this book to worry about Nikolai.

This book is about 6 different characters, and each one of them has their own POV in this book. Some people might find that a bit much or confusing, but I LOVED it! Maybe it also helped that I was listening to it on audiobook—because each character had a different narrator—but reading it I don’t think would have bothered me either. She crafted each character so beautifully and intricately that I fell in love with every god damned one of them!

Also, for those of you who listened to the audiobook, did you absolutely love that Lauren Fortgang was back to read Inej’s part? And OMG Elizabeth Evans read Nina?! My heart could explode from sheer awesomeness! The only thing that would have made it better is if Johnathan McClain (who read Tarver’s POV in These Broken Stars) read one of the parts!

Final Thoughts:
I thoroughly loved and enjoyed this book. It was beautiful in just about every way imaginable. It was dark and dreary and painted a different side of the Grisha-verse than I was used to seeing and I freaking loved every minute of it!

So be prepared when you pick up this book, it won’t take long till you turn that last page and your on your knees begging for the next one in the series.

I gave this book 5 stars.


  1. This was probably my favorite book this year. I haven't read any of her previous stuff, but after reading Six of Crows I absolutely intend to! Only "downside" for me was I thought it was a standalone until I was about 50 pages from the end and it wasn't ending. But I'm super excited for more books with the same characters! Just had not mentally prepared for a cliffhanger lmao. <3

    1. You were not alone. I thought it was a standalone too! I had no idea that it was part of a series, but I loved it all the same, but just like you, I was not prepared for that cliffhanger... I was doing an overnight shift at B&N... you know, redesigning endcaps and A-frames and tables and stuff and I was listening to it on audiobook while I worked. And then I got to the end and I verbally yelled "no no no!" and my coworker Tess, who loves YA too, just laughed at me, because she had already read it and knew that I had just finished... needless to say, I was a bit sad because we have to wait an entire YEAR!


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