Book Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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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.

Available: Goodreads // Amazon

Pages: 536

Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Young Adult

Publisher: September 27th 2016 by Orion Children’s Books

Format: Bought, Hardcover

Rating: 5/5 stars


*spoilers*

Yikes, guys!!!

The New Year is here (I’m ringing it in fashionably late apparently … Oops!) and I haven’t written a review in quite a while, so I decided to finally sit down and write a lil bit!

THIS ONE. THIS BEAUTIFUL BOOK. I AM IN LOVE.

Honestly, this series couldn’t have ended more perfectly. Like, I’m so proud of all these wonderful characters and of the way everything was wrapped up in a nice bow!

Before we get into my review, I must say that I enjoyed the first book a tad bit more (this one was still an extremely far-cry from being a let-down) , and Crooked Kingdom took me longer to finish, but I still will forever recommend this series to absolutely everyone. ❤

The Plot

*caution: this section is a Hot Mess*

One of the reasons this book took me longer was that the plot wasn’t as simple as the first book! It was far more intricate and probably took wayyy more planning to get all the details in place!

BUT LEMME TELL YOU WHAT:

The ending was SO GOOD (emphasis on the GOOD).

Everything came together and made sense and the revenge and the characters and the sHiP for Inej (in more ways than one, if ya get my drift lololol). Like, I’m pretty sure that sentence wasn’t even a sentence, that’s how good it was.

I’m super excited about Wylan finally running his father’s business with Jesper’s help (ALSO meeting Jesper’s dad!!! I love that guy!). I’m super excited about when Kaz (my sweet boy) gives Inej a ship AND her parents!! I cried actual happy tears, and I don’t usually cry while reading, so props to you, Miss Bardugo!

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a.k.a, me reading the ending

 

I was a little surprised at how early on in the book Inej was saved. I’m not complaining, but usually authors like to drag those things out, y’know? Also, another thing that was pretty surprising was that Wylan’s mom was actually alive!!!

Also, I love the tone of these books. If you’ve ever seen the Sherlock Holmes movies with Robert Downey Jr. or the show Peaky Blinders, then that is the feel I get from these books! Steampunk-y, vintage-y, gritty vibes are 100% my fave vibes.

Characters

I adore the relationship these characters have with one another! I love their bickering and love for each other so much ❤ Nina and Inej’s friendship is one of my favorites, because it’s rare you see such a real female friendship. Actually, it’s rare to see such real characters in YA books in general. They all have character development and they all do it in their own ways. SO so good!

Inej is still my favorite character in the Six of Crows series. Leigh Bardugo has achieved making Inej strong and soft at the same time, which is so hard to do! She’s such a wonderful and well-rounded character, and so very strong. Her kindness towards everyone is such an inspiration omg I just really love Inej!

Kaz is still another one of my favorite character in the Six of Crows series. His character development in this book is so ON POINT guys! I loved that his relationship with Inej didn’t progress falsely, which is done too often in YA books. Also the final plan against Van Eck was so well thought out and executed omg I was so happy!! (Also!! When he brings Inej’s parents to her and was like, “Is my tie straight?” aND, “there’s that laugh.” I aM dYiNg UgH!)

Wylan is yet another one of my favorite characters in the Six of Crows series. AND I didn’t really notice him in the first book, but this one made me fall in love with his character. He had a bigger role, and his relationship with Jesper was GoLdEn! I loved how in the end Jesper is helping him. I also love how we got to see more of his childhood and his relationship with his father.

Jesper is (guess what??) still one of my favorite characters in the Six of Crows series. His comedic relief really added a whole bunch of life to it! And I aDoReD his father! I also enjoyed learning more about his childhood. I also really liked how Leigh Bardugo didn’t add any, “*GASP* UR GaYYY???” moments, and just let it be socially acceptable!!

Nina is (haha betchya can’t guess what I’m bouta say!) another one of my faves because of her strong personality. She’s so positive about her body image which makes me SUPER happy and she’s just so good at being brave <3. I also share her love of waffles so I mean she’s super relatable.

Matthias is (*crying*) one of my faves from this series. I know he dies in the end (the way he died absolutely KILLED me) and I definitely didn’t see it coming, but I honestly don’t think it could’ve ended any other way. I was almost disappointed when I thought Nina was able to bring him back, solely for the fact that it would’ve made the book a lil cliche. Imma miss this big guy so very much ❤

Anyway! Thank you so much for reading my very hot-mess review! I’m getting back into my review writing groove, so it’s a little rough around the edges XD

Let me know what you thought in the comments below!

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