Book Review: Six of Crows

This story takes readers on an emotional roller coaster of bated breath, joyous highs, and gut twisting plunges. Quick, heart-pounding, witty, and never dull.

Six of Crows
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Synopsis:

Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.

(via Goodreads)

My Impressions:

About the Author:

Leigh Bardugo
#1 New York Times-bestselling author, Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo  is a #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Young Adult fantasy. In addition to The Six of Crows Duology, she has written The Grisha Trilogy–set in the same world of the Grisha as Six of Crows–along with a couple of kids books. According to her website, she has three more books in the works.

About the Book:

Six of Crows is about quick wit and devotion from a handful of people who must put their faith in a young man haunted by a tortured past. It blazes forward with the unrelenting energy of heist stories such as Ocean’s Eleven and Now You See Me, but is set in the early 1900s-esque fantasy country of Kerch. Here, profit is king and Kaz Brekker is a devoted follower. He and five other characters drive the story, facing increasingly dangerous situations and overcoming deadly odds in the pursuit of their collective and individual goals.

All of the characters are anti-heroes in their own ways–criminals, rejects, wasters, killers, and traitors, morally ambiguous to the last. But they are human; relatable, tragic, and beautiful. I love all of them, but my favorite is Kaz Brekker. He’s a Slytherclaw in personality (like me)–brilliant, ruthless, cunning, and one of the few main characters I’ve witnessed who has both a psychological and a physical handicap. The tale contains several other instances like this of breaking from your typical, cookie-cutter hero types. So if you, like me, are interested in fresh and creative characters, you should check this book out.

The Six of Crows Duology is technically a sequel to The Grisha Trilogy. A few characters from the trilogy are mentioned and some even make an appearance (squee-worthy for those of us who’ve read both), but readers need not have read about the Grisha to enjoy this story. Bardugo masterfully weaves their backstories in so newcomers will not be left in the dark.

This story takes readers on an emotional roller coaster of bated breath, joyous highs, and gut twisting plunges. Quick, heart-pounding, witty, and never dull.

Goodreads reviewers gives Six of Crows 4.45 stars, but I give it 5 stars. Highly recommended.

Second 2017 Writing Goal Complete

In which I talk about meeting word goals and fangirl about new books.

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A novice novelist wrote words. So many words. Not pictured: madness.

Pant. Puff. Wheeze.

I hit 50,000 words on my novel last night. Two days past my personal deadline (as indicated by the slightly darker green on the right side of that graph up there). That was my fault, for taking too many days off, for writing a draft for one short-story, and then for writing/revising a second short-story. I also caught a gross cold. There are only 28 days in February, dude. In case you might have forgotten, like apparently I did. Not enough time to complete that many projects, jeez.

The miracle, really, is that I made it to 50,000 words at all. Only two days past deadline. Sure, accomplished writers could manage that by just flexing their fingers in the direction of a keyboard. But I’m not one of those (yet). I’ve only written this much on a single piece once before and that was six years ago. But I never could have done this last year. Back then, I might have quit around 10,000 words.

This, my friend, is progress. So I’m giving myself two rewards for such a feat.

1)  Taking today off to roll up a new Dungeons & Dragons character. I’m thinking a necromancer rogue? We’ll see how the mechanics shake out. Lichdom, here I come!

2) Pre-ordering this little gem:

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All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

All the Crooked Saints is a new fantasy Young Adult stand-alone novel written by my favorite author, Maggie Stiefvater. Most of the details haven’t been released yet, but Goodreads gives the description as “Saints. Miracles. Family. Romance. Death. Redemption.” Pre-ordering with Fountain Bookstore means I’ll get a limited edition, signed and doodled copy, but I’m just happy to read another one of Stiefvater’s fantastic stories.

I’ll stop fangirling now. Tomorrow, it’s back to noveling!

This progress tracker is from mywriteclub.com, which is a neat and simple tool for keeping up with your writing progress. It doesn’t just track your words, but also scenes, chapters, pages, lines, etc. If you, like me, get a high from watching that progress bar go up, check it out. And if you, like me, would care to have a writing buddy/cheerleader, look me up here.

First 2017 Writing Goal Complete

First 2017 Writing Goal

I made it to my first word goal last month! To celebrate, I got myself a new haircut and it’s wicked adorable. Now only 75,000-ish more words to go to complete this novel draft. I’m this. close. to hitting my next word count goal before the end of this month. Just have to power through this icky cold.

This progress tracker is from mywriteclub.com, which is a neat and simple tool for keeping track of your writing progress. It doesn’t just track your words, but also scenes, chapters, pages, lines, etc. If you, like me, get a high from watching that progress bar go up, check it out. And if you, like me, would like a writing buddy/cheerleader, look me up here.