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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 Wildcat of Braeton (The Rise of Aredor: Book 2)

wob-final-coverRating: 4/5 stars.

This was great!!! I loved seeing all these characters again and meeting new characters that were just as fantastic.

Aiden has finished his seven years of service to Lord Rishdah. He stays a little longer, but then knows he must head home…to Braeton. He is frightened. He does not know how his family will receive him after running away so long ago. Even more important, is the troubling news he hears of Clan Canich. Someone is slowly taking control of his clan, from the inside. He has to save them all before it’s too late. Meanwhile, Corin is struggling to rebuild his country from the Calorin War a year before and to take on the responsibilities as leader of the warbands. While all this is hard, he has a nagging fear that rumors begin to affirm: war is coming to Aredor.

So…we get to see a lot more of Aiden (known as Emeth in the first book) which was so sweet. I loved meeting his bothers! I love the Braetons’ accent. Ranulf was the oldest. He was wise, had a bit of a temper, and was such a leader. Will was adventurous and most like Aiden. Tam was the youngest and was a amazing bard. He was quiet, caring, and shy. Rona was a orphan. Kind and not made for war, though she knew how to fight. She was stubborn and brave. Now let’s talk about some Aredorians. Corin changed. He had to take responsibilities as a leader, and as much as he hated it, he still did it. It meant a lot of paperwork. He fell in love and it was perfect. Martin, didn’t play as big as a part as he had in the first book, but almost every part he was in was hilarious. His humor is the best. Mera, Martin’s sister, was the sweetest. She worried her poor little self to death. But so was brave and full of strength. There were so many great characters, but I won’t go through them all.

This was exciting and intense in many moments. There was action, but not as much as the first book. In this one, the focus felt more on developing and growing the characters. Many of them fell in love and I desperately wanted them to be together, while worrying which ones would die in some battle. The battles were always thrilling. Some people lived; some people died. Though it was very sad at times, in a way, it was realistic.

The writing was much better in this one. It was not choppy at all. Though I will say that there were still moments when it seemed like the stories switched point of views randomly. But it totally flowed smoother and was better written.

So, I’d recommend this to teens and up. Don’t hesitate. This was a really good book and I definitely should not have waited so long to read it.

I got this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

-G. Paige

Book Review: The Rise of Aredor (The Rise of Aredor: Book 1)

book-coverRating: 4/5 stars.

I didn’t know what to expect from this book. I was thinking that I would at least like it. But no. It was way better than that. I loved it! It was so exciting and enjoyable to read!

Prince Corin of Aredor lived a normal life until around twelve years of age. Then he was stolen and sold as a slave. His defiance brings him trouble and he struggles to survive. But he will not be broken. Though his country is conquered by another and his family is probably dead or captured, he will not give up hope. He will survive. He will return. And he will take back his kingdom.

I loved these characters. They were characters that almost as soon as they were introduced you fell in love with them. The characters were endearing to me. Corin was, of course, my favorite. It was neat to see how he changed as he grew up. At first, he was a rambucksious boy who was always getting himself into trouble. He was funny and talkative. As he grew older and went through so much hardship, he became solemn and reserved. But there was always a quiet defiance about him. He had a temper that he barely kept under control. Emeth was awesome. He was humorous. He was a great friend to Corin. He brought him out of the darkness that Corin had sunk him. Azrahil was a great captain. He was stern, but he cared about his Phoenix Guard. Nicar was the learned in healing. He was calm and wise. Ahmed was quiet, but very loyal. I would like to learn more about him, I feel like I hardly know anything about him. Martin was fun and a bit reckless. He was so willing to do anything to save his friends.

The plot was extremely exciting. It was so fast paced. I was sucked in from the beginning. There were many dangerous battles. It got a bit violent, but I loved how medieval it felt. It felt like I was back in time on real campaigns. That was cool. People were captured. Towards the halfway point it had a Robin Hood feel as Corin took risks to take back Aredor. It was really fun. It had me stressed too many time to count. Especially at the end, I was worried.

The only problem I had was that the book was very rushed. It moved fast, which moving fast isn’t bad, but it was a bit too fast. I felt that it could have been more drawn out. That there could have been some more dialogue. The beginning was also a bit choppy with the way it moved fast through the first few years, but then it smoothed out and kept a pretty even pace.

Overall, it was a great book. One that I would recommend to all teens. I am very excited to start the next book and read more about these wonderful characters!

I got this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. 

-G. Paige