Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh BardugoCrooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2) by Leigh Bardugo
Series: Six of Crows #2
Published by Henry Holt and Co. on September 27th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 536
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When you can’t beat the odds, change the game.
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 badly weakened, 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 the Grisha world.

Review:

I don’t even know where to start. How do I begin to express my love for this book? This book made me grin and giggle, gasp and cry. It really brought all the feels, so many feels.

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This book really is all about the characters. If I thought I had loved Kaz, Inej, Nina, Matthias, Jesper and Wylan in Six of Crows, well they became even more freak’n captivating in this one. What am I suppose to do? This group of misfits just makes you want to wrap them up in a warm blanket, give them a big hug, and never let them go.

Jesper tapped his fingers restlessly on his thighs. “Has anyone noticed this whole city is looking for us, mad at us, or wants to kill us?”
“So?” said Kaz.
“Well, usually it’s just half the city.”

Kaz is still that bit of anti-hero and is even more grumpy. It’s fabulous.

“I don’t hold a grudge. I cradle it. I coddle it. I feed it fine cuts of meat and send it to the best schools. I nurture my grudges, Rollins.”

Inej got even more badass. Nina and Matthias are soooooo adorable my heart can’t take it. Jesper got even more funny!? And I love loved that Wylan’s character really developed to something amazing.  Each and every one is wonderful, and they’re even more delightful together. BFFs forever.

But they were his first friends, his only friends, and Wylan knew that even if he’d had his pick of a thousand companions, these would have been the people he chose.

The story is very Ocean’s 11-esque as we jump right back into the story after the darn cliffhanger in Six of Crows. I loved the heist-esque manipulative elaborate scheming revenge story. The bad guy is bad and the good guys are questionable at best. The story just sucks you in as each side battles it out, never sure who’s going to take it all in the end.

“Isn’t that how things are done around here?” asked Wylan. “We all tell Kaz we’re fine and then do something stupid?”
“Are we that predictable?” said Inej.
Wylan and Matthias said in unison. “Yes.”

Bardugo not only wrote an engaging story with characters that steal you heart, but as I’ve mentioned in her other books, she is queen of the witty dialogue and hilarious banters. It’s sheer perfection. Don’t even get me started on the romance. Slow burning, adorable teasing, utter cuteness! Every couple brings something different to the table and I loved it all. Again, the romance is subtle in this one, just simmering underneath the bigger story, yet it really makes a big impact.

Overall, this book made me so very happy.

“I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.”

QUOTESSSS; so many. Sorry.

“I don’t like this,” said Matthias.

Jesper had smiled his reckless gunslinger’s grin. “To be fair, Matthias, you don’t like much.”

&

“Do you know what Van Eck’s problem is?

“No honor?” said Matthias.

“Rotten parenting skills?” said Nina.

“Receding hairline?” offered Jesper.

&

“I don’t like speculation,” said Matthias.
“Of course you don’t. You like things you can see. Like piles of snow and benevolent tree gods.”
“Oh, there it is!” said Inej, resting her head on Nina’s shoulder and beaming at Matthias. “I missed his glower.”

&

“Let’s go, you big goon — and I’m supposed to be your sister, stop looking at me like that.”
“Like what?”
“Like I’m made of ice cream.”
“I don’t care for ice cream.”
“Matthias,” Nina said, “I’m not sure we can continue to spend time together.”

&

They headed off at a run. “I love a little righteous comeuppance,” said Jesper. “Jogs the liver!”

&

How many times have you told me you’re a monster? So be a monster. Be the thing they all fear when they close their eyes at night.

&

“Kaz?” Jesper said tentatively.
But Kaz was staring into the middle distance. Wylan thought he knew that look
“Is that -?” asked Wylan.
“Scheming face?” said Jesper.
Matthias nodded. “Definitely.”

&

She rested her head on his shoulder. “You’re better than waffles, Matthias Helvar.”

A small smile curled the Fjerdan’s lips. “Let’s not say things we don’t mean, my love.”

About Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Grisha Trilogy (Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising).

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. Her new book, Six of Crows, arrives fall 2015.

She would be delighted if you followed her on Twitter, elated if you visited her web site, and downright giddy if you liked Shadow & Bone on Facebook.

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Author: Cyn

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8 Replies to “Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo”

  1. Hehe loved all of the quotes so much <3 This duology has been on my TBR since forever, I KNOW I WILL GET TO IT REALLY SOON. Leigh Bardugo has a great sense of humor (guess that from her books anyways ahem) and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE a funny book 🙂

  2. Gah I need to start this series. I own Six of Crows and just keep putting it off. I need to change that! Great review!

  3. *bangs head on desk* Gads, your review has me giddy to start. As I have stated I own book one on audio and must listen.

  4. My favorite couple is Matthias and Nina…so you know how I feel about this duology. Gaaaahhhh

    Of course, I like Kaz but Matthias is such a sweetheart! I am still heartbroken about this that I haven’t reviewed it yet!

    I also love the witty dialogue, the banter, and the romance…and because all of them are anti-heroes, it just makes it more amazing.

    Butttttt Matthias!!! 🙁

  5. YES YES YES. Those are some of my favourite quotes from the book! Oh man, I just love all the characters and their relationships with each other. This is definitely my favourite book of 2016 and I’m so happy that you read it and loved it too!

  6. The banter between these characters was amazing. The dynamic between them is so endearing and entertaining. I will never get enough of this crew. Those quotes make me want to pick up the book again.

  7. I finished this a few weeks ago and I really need to write my review. I just don’t know how to put my love into words! I felt the same way you did. It was perfection! Great review.

  8. I loved this book so much, omg I was crying so much at the end of it and feeling totally exhausted. I’m so glad you loved it!

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