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Book Review: Six of Crows (Six of Crows: Book 1)

Rating: 4/5 stars.

Well this was a most interesting read. The main characters are villains, and not villains looking to redeem themselves, but villains willing to do anything, absolutely anything, to get what they want.

Kaz Brekker, known as Dirtyhands, lives up to his name. Leader of the the gang called the Dregs, they’re one of the most feared gangs in the town of Ketterdam. And now he’s just been given the job of a lifetime. A job, that if he completes it, would keep him rich for his whole life. But it involves doing something that has never been done before: breaking in and out of the Ice Court. And he’ll need a team, one that’s crazy enough to risk it all. This job could make them rich, or it could kill them all, if they don’t kill each other first.

Wow. Let’s get to these strange characters. Kaz. I liked him from the start. He has this raspy voice. He has scars. He’s mysterious and brooding. Inej has gone through a lot to get here. She’s the Wraith. No one knows she’s there unless she makes her presence known. She moves, unseen by all. She has yet to find her purpose. Jesper is a sharpshooter. He fidgety, unless he’s shooting. He’s never serious. But he’s a gambler who has now gotten himself into too much debt with the wrong people. Nina is a Grisha, a heartrender. She was training to be a soldier. But she was too ambitious and reckless and so what happened to her was something she’d always feared. Then everything went wrong and she made a mistake, one she hopes to fix. Matthias was a Druskelle, a soldier who hunts Grisha. But he’s disgraced himself, he’s done something no Druskelle would ever do. Is he willing to disgrace himself further, to have a chance at getting his old life back? Finally, there’s Wylan. He’s not a “bad guy” like the rest of them. He seems pretty childish and ignorant compared to them, but he part of their team for a reason.

I loved the writing style. I liked the way the characters were developed. Each chapter had a separate point of view. The flashbacks blended well into the story.

The plot wasn’t very fast-paced, at least until towards the end, but it was still interesting. Mainly because of the characters. I wanted to know everything about them. There was so much hidden, so many secrets. Then there were the plot twists. I don’t that I guessed any of them. They were great plot twists. Towards the end it sped up more and was so intense. I realized at one point that I had unknowingly been biting the inside of my cheek because I was so worried. The ending was a crazy cliffhanger. Ugh! Why does it seem like every book has to do this?!

While this was a pretty great book, but it is about bad people. People with hardly any morals. But for some characters I could tell that they wanted to make something better of themselves, they wanted a purpose. But not all of them were like that.

One of the girls had a past of being bought as a slave to live in a house of girls where men would come to have fun with them. It never described a scene or anything, but it was there. Another flashback had a boy and girl sleeping together naked, but it’s for survival. There was some language. B******, a**, s***, d*** and b**** were the words used, but it wasn’t very frequent. The f word was used once.

So I’d recommend this to older teens. It was a pretty unique read and I can’t wait to get the next one.

-G. Paige


Book Review: The Winner’s Kiss (The Winner’s Trilogy: Book 3)

Rating: 5/5 stars.

Well, well, well… That was a swell ending. I’m not sure how I expected it to end, but certainly not like that. That was tricky and surprising.

Arin is convinced that he doesn’t love Kestrel. That she is now like every other Valorion. That she only wants to rule the empire. That she feels nothing for him. But if only that were true. Arin prepares for war against Valoria. He has made a treaty with the Dracan Queen to help Herran. But is there any real chance of winning? And if they do win, will the Queen take over their weakened country. Meanwhile Kestrel is in a work camp up in the northern tundra struggling to survive. She was caught and now she is paying the price of her traitorous actions. She wants Arin to know what she sacrificed for him. She wants him to rescue her, but that’s impossible. She lied too well. And Arin believed her.

Kestrel changed so much. She goes through the the lowest point in her life in this book. How she comes back, how she builds herself back up, how she puts herself back together, changes her forever. She’ll never be exactly the same. But she doesn’t have a lot of time before her skills are put to the test. And she begins to question herself, how well does she know her enemy? No matter what Kestrel did, there is still a place in Arin’s heart for Kestrel. He tries to make it not so, but that’s impossible. More and more Arin begins to listen to the god of death who whispers in his ear advice and orders. The god protects him and his hands are stained with much blood. He becomes more protective and more caring in his silent way.

The plot wasn’t as fast paced as the others, but that doesn’t mean that it was no less fantastic. There was much strategy that was so fun. There were sweet romantic moments that made me so happy that I just wanted to squeal. The battles were thrilling and intense. I was so worried for my favorite characters. They were very bloody and descriptive, so I wouldn’t suggest this for the squeamish. I wasn’t able to guess how this was going to end. It just kept surprising me all the time. By the time I got to the end, I was mind blown. What a tricky and plot twisting ending! It was perfect.

There was a bit of language. But not enough to really bother me. It was just maybe a handful of words. One man mentioned to enjoy the company of men more than women. It didn’t go into any more detail. Another problem I had were the love scenes between Arin and Kestrel. It happened about three or four times. Thankfully, it wasn’t very descriptive and it was short, so it wasn’t as bad as some other books I’ve read. But it still mentioned that at least one of them, if not both of them, taking off their clothes (or just their shirts). That annoyed me. But it hardly described the physical aspect of it, so it didn’t make me feel as uncomfortable as I could’ve felt.

Overall, this was a pretty great book. Though it may not be my absolute favorite book of the trilogy, I really enjoyed this conclusion. It was quite thrilling. I’d recommend this to older teens for the stuff mentioned above.

-G. Paige