ARC Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

ARC Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Six of Crows
Six of Crows #1
by Leigh Bardugo

Genres: Crime, Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication date: September 29th, 2015
by Henry Holt and Co.

Format: ARC


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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.

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.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

There is hype surrounding this book. The hype is not a lie. Six of Crows is truly an amazing read that won’t fail to grasp your attention and leave you begging for more. I started by reading this book slowly (since it was a buddy read with the awesome Jasprit) but on the third day, I couldn’t do it anymore. I couldn’t concentrate on any book that wasn’t Six of Crows. I had no desire to concentrate on such a book. I just wanted to know what happened next. I wanted my ships to sail. I WANTED EVERYTHING. And surprisingly enough, I got it. This book delivered on all my expectations if not more.

But that isn’t surprising (even though I just said it was). This book features, thieves and is set in a fantastical world. Obviously this book and I were meant to be. In fact, screw social conventions, I SHIP MYSELF WITH THE BOOK.

I am going to start by stating the only thing I didn’t like about this book.  I didn’t like that we didn’t get Waylan’s point of view. That’s it. As a reader who doesn’t always enjoy multiple POVs, I actually wanted ANOTHER POV aside from the five we were already getting. Basically, Bardugo pulled all of those point of views off. It never felt unnatural or messy. The shifts flowed well and each character had a unique voice (even though the book was told in third person.) What I am saying here is that Bardugo is a genius.

I’ve only read Shadow and Bone from the Grisha series but that never affected my reading of Six of Crows. It may be set in the same universe but it’s set in a different location so there were several differences between the books and I enjoyed that. I love being in this universe because it’s so artistically developed but I also liked that this series has almost nothing to do with the Grisha series.

This book follows the story of six criminals. A convict, a sharpshooter,  A runaway, A spy, A heartrender and a thief AKA Matthias, Jesper, Waylan, Inej, Nina and Kaz. Kaz is their leader but he is also the leader of my heart (okay now I am just being cheesy. I CANNOT HELP IT.)

Kaz is the most precious thing ever. He is a great leader and what he seeks most is vengeance for his brother. He may seem cruel on the outside but he has a hidden depth that will enamour you and make you want to kiss it all better (although he wouldn’t let you get that close to him.) I love that he is so badass but he also cares about his crew. He is clever and even when it seems he isn’t making the right call, he probably is. 

Matthias is surprisingly easy to like. He may do some things that make you want to shake him but deep down he is a person who will keep his word and isn’t so far gone that he cannot tell right from wrong. I loved his POVs and I also loved his relationship with Nina.

Nina is a  character who is also very easy to like. We see that at first she has a very carefree attitude but underneath all of that she is a Grisha solider. She can hold her own and also happens to be badass. She met Matthias a year before the events of the book and their acquaintainship ended when Nina got him sent to jail. However the sparks are still very much there and it was so much fun to watch them dance around each other.

Jesper and Waylan also happen to be fantastic characters. As I mentioned earlier, I was a little sad that Waylan didn’t get his POV because I wanted to see how he was handling everything. He has a privileged past but he ran away from home after a falling out with his father. He had a lot of trouble taking in some of the actions of his colleagues (can a bunch of thieves be considered colleagues?) but he has hidden depths and we get to see him shine during some key parts and see him become more than just a privileged child.

I really liked Jesper because he is charming and very easy-going but we learn that there is much more to them. We get to see his self-doubt and the guilt he struggles with. I am really looking forward to being reunited with Jesper in the sequel so I can see his character develop even more!

Inej, the last member of this team, is full of win. She is a badass spy and like many of her fellow teammates, she has a complicated past. One that holds her down in some ways but also makes Inej, Inej. All villains/superheroes need backstories that have made me them the way they are today. Without her past, Inej wouldn’t be the badass spy she is today, one who is very complex and very fun to read about.

The characters in this book are SO SO well developed and I just want to give all of them a massive bear hug since I love them all so much. They are a diverse group (YAAS) and they will win your heart over.

As some of you might now, I may or may not really really like books that involve crime, which was why I was looking forward to how the heist in this book would unfold. It was seemingly impossible heist but we also have a cast of clever criminals who won’t stop until they have their moolah.

This is a cleverly written book that will make you flail, gasp, ship (oh the shipping in this book is so so great) but most of all, it will make your heart soar with joy because of all the awesomeness. This is easily one of my favorites of the year (like Shadow and Bone was many years ago) and I NEED it to be 2016 so I can have the sequel in my hands and devour that monster too.


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  1. Anna says

    As if the hype wasn’t high enough… I need this book!
    I was a little worried, because I’ve read mixed reviews about the Grisha trilogy, and about its pace (mostly, that it was slow to get into, and that scared me away), but I’m glad to see that this one gets even more positive reviews. And, tbh, it appeals to me more than Grisha.
    As you, I am not a big fan of crimes, so I’m glad to see that that wasn’t a problem for you.
    Great review!

  2. says

    YES!!! I SOOOO ADORED SIX OF CROWS! I’m thinking of using the excuse of writing the review to re-read my ARC because I simply adored this book!! Multiple POVs DONE RIGHT FOR SURE!! I adored Kaz and he kept surprising me as a mastermind and with his depths! Although I must confess my favourite character has to be Inej!!
    And oh boy… the shipping!! I SHIP ALL THE SHIPS WITH THE STRENGHT OF A THOUSAND SUNS and the romance was so light for the most part in this book, I don’t know how Leigh did it!!

    Great review Rashika!
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  3. says

    I loved the Grisha trilogy, so of course, I’m excited to read Six of Crows. I’m happy that it has almost nothing to do with it, though, because it isn’t set in the same country. There is so much hype around this one, I hope I won’t be disappointed because of that, but I’m confident. I’m glad you like it. It seems a little unfair that Waylan hasn’t a point of view because the six other main characters has one, but maybe in the next book! Can’t wait to read it! :)
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  4. says

    OOoh very nice! Very nice indeed! I am hearing all sorts of good things about this one and I cannot wait to read it! It sounds like it’s going to be beyond epic! And I am glad that while it’s in the Grishaverse, you don’t have to remember everything about that world, because I binged that series last year and have forgotten many things already! LOL! Sounds like this will be yet another fave read of mine! Great review!
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  5. says

    I’m definitely going to pick this one up when it gets released! I already loved the Grisha trilogy, so knowing it’s in the same world is so exciting. I’m also intrigued because you said that it has nothing to do with the Grisha trilogy really, which is interesting! I also really enjoy multiple POVs so that’s good too.

    Really amazing review, I can’t wait to read this one!
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  6. says

    AHHH. Rashika! Stop making me so excited for this! I don’t think I can handle it! *runs around flailing* This sounds absolutely amazing, and I can’t wait until the 29th comes so I can engross myself in this book. The romance, the characters, and the mystery all sound absolutely fantastic. Thanks for sharing this Rashika and, as always, fabulous review! ♥
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  7. says

    “The characters in this book are SO SO well developed and I just want to give all of them a massive bear hug since I love them all so much. They are a diverse group (YAAS) and they will win your heart over.”

    I am going to start crying, because I cannot wait for this book. This has been on my top most wish list forever now, and I’m barely holding it together long enough to get my hands on it. However, I am going to get it a day early because LEIGH IS GOING TO BE IN MY AREA THE MONDAY BEFORE THE RELEASE. *dies dies dies*
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  8. says

    I am so ready to read this book! It’s not everyday that the book actually satisfies the hype it creates. I skimmed through the review so I won’t read any of the spoilers but I’m excited to meet the characters and get my hands on a copy.