CROOKED KINGDOM (Six of crows #2)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Published Date: September 27th 2016
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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.
“Crows remember human faces. They remember the people who feed them, who are kind to them. And the people who wrong them too. They don’t forget. They tell each other who to look after and who to watch out for.”
I have never in my life anticipated a book as much as I did Crooked Kingdom. I’d been counting the days till the release date and thank God Amazon managed to get me the book the exact day of its release ’cause I would’ve had a mental breakdown had it not arrived. The book does live up to my expectations and I do give it 5 hearts, but somehow I can’t shake the feeling that something’s missing…
One thing I didn’t expect was just how plot-driven it was. In Six of crows you get to meet the characters and fall in love, but in the second book it’s more about the heists and the plans. Crooked Kingdom starts off where the first left off. Inej had been kidnapped and the crew is actively trying to get her back. Of course Kaz has a carefully thought out plan and everyone is eager to help anyway they can.
“Have any of you wondered what I did with all the cash Pekka Rollins gave us?”
“Guns?” asked Jesper.
“Ships?” queried Inej.
“Bombs?” suggested Wylan.
“Political bribes?” offered Nina. They all looked at Matthias. “This is where you tell us how awful we are,” she whispered.”
All the characters are the same exasperating bunch they were in the first book. I loved all their banters and I loved the dynamics they have with each other- especially the ships. I don’t want to spoil anything when it comes to the couples so I will only say that you should expect a lot of heart-fluttering moments (if you’ve read the book you know which scene especially applies to this), a lot of frustration, heartbreak, heart-mending and some warm fluffy times.
“Jesper ran a finger up Wylan’s forearm, and Wylan flushed a vibrant pink. Matthias couldn’t help but sympathize with the boy. He knew what it was to be out of your depth, and he sometimes suspected they could forgo all of Kaz’s planning and simply let Jesper and Nina flirt the entirety of Ketterdam into submission.”
The book isn’t really about the romance though. The main focus is on the plot, which I know many prefer. As for me, I would’ve liked more on the relationships. I just can’t get enough!! The heists are even more elaborate in this book and there are even more setbacks and more impossible tasks, which I enjoyed. You’ll literally be biting your nails the whole way; there is no way to guess what happens next.
The way this book was wrapped is the very definition of bittersweet. On one hand, I believe there couldn’t have been a more perfect ending. Everything was left where it belonged and things were wrapped up realistically. On the other hand, it left me wanting to hit something and cry simultaneously.
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She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and most recently, makeup and special effects. These days, she’s lives and writes in Hollywood where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band.
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