Six of Crows: Review

29975820Outcasts? An impossible heist? …Say no more!
This book was pretty much an auto-buy for me. I’ve read the Grisha Trilogy, and having another book set in the same world was a delight.

[To answer a common question, No – you needn’t read the Grisha Trilogy first in order to read this, but some of the characters will be mentioned, and if you’ve read it, it’ll only make you smile, and also you’ve have a deeper understanding of the Grisha World]

Okay diving into the review..

I really enjoying the writing style and how Bardugo intertwined the past and the present in such a beautiful way. Usually, when a flashback is involved, authors tend to alternate the chapters of present and past. Six of Crows alternates the chapters from the POV of all six characters, Kaz, Inej, Nina, Matthias, Jesper, & Wylan; and are in third-person tone. Each chapter seamlessly joins their current circumstances with their past lives, giving more meaning to their thoughts and decisions.

Furthermore, the way the flashback was incorporated to the present storyline was the best part for me – it didn’t give away too much, but it made you gradually like the characters and actually worry about them towards the end. This character development was flawless and the story never felt like it dragged or slowed. The impossible heist truly felt impossible, and I found myself cheering the characters on and holding my breath when they would fall into mishap.

The ending caught me off guard, as I was too involved with the character to see the incoming plot twist. Nevertheless, I absolutely loved this book and I do recommend it!

Looking forward to the second book: The Crooked Kingdom!

Overall: 4.5 (0.5 extra for Kaz) out of 5.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns: Review

10429092I hadn’t particularly cared for the book when it had come out, however after reading the majority of the reviews, the book seemed like a must-read. Unfortunately, this book disappointed me.

The story is about a turmoil lurking around a kingdom’s corners, and Elise is secretly wed because it would benefit the two kingdoms, since she is the ‘chosen one’.

The plot is slightly cliche, and the story doesn’t explain a lot of the ‘power’ Elise possess. Elise is displayed to be beyond ordinary, to the point of self-loathing – just because she was overweight and has an older sister who is more dominant.

Elise develops into becoming the people’s hope of winning the war-to-come, and yet her King doesn’t notice or appreciate her, and Elise remains in self-doubt. The book is packed with Elise’s journey and her development to a stronger character that will be able to lead the people when the time comes.

The book solely focuses on character development and progression for Elise. The writing complements the story progression with a lot of descriptions, but I personally found it quite slow and boring, especially because I didn’t care about any of the characters, especially Elise.

Overall I gave this a 3 out of 5 stars. I probably won’t be reading the sequels.