Review: Crooked Kingdom

Hello people! How are you? I’ve caught a cold, again… it’s the fourth time in a month, and I am not happy about it! But reading wise is a really good period, and I’ve just finished reading a great book, so I’m here to share it with you!

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Title: Crooked Kingdom
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: Six of Crows #2
Page count: 536

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

 

I have waited a really long time before starting this one, and I really didn’t know why… or well… yes, you know? There are so many books and so little time! And there’s always something to demand your attention, and yes, I am really easily distracted and I start a ton of series, but then I am really more slow to finish them. That’s the sad truth! But I’ve finished this series and… wow!

I liked the first book, and I had some expectations for this one… but… but they were thrown out of the window the moment I started to read. This book wasn’t what I was expecting, at all, and I loved it for this!
The first one wasn’t bad, and I preferred it at the others book of the Grisha’s series, but I wasn’t in love. But with this second book, I fall in love from the first pages!

I wasn’t expecting to have so much fun reading, and I wasn’t expecting so much sweetness all around! Mind you, our characters are always the worst street thugs that Ketterdam can offer, and this city is quite a rough one!

“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.” 

But they were so sweet! And if, in the first book, I liked Kaz, in this one I loved him! Kaz is cold, pragmatic at a fault, is a schemy little rat and to say it’s stubborn would minimize it, but he has faults too!

“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.” 

Kaz is one hell of a character, but all the others one were quite good! With them you left a piece of your heart. Jesper was the character that surprised me the most, and if it wasn’t for Kaz, he would have been my fave character, but hey… sorry pal, Kaz is Kaz. I am quite predictable, I know! But he was soo sweet, and daring, and stubborn, too, and a lot of other things, because in this book Bardugo gift us with complex characters, that are real!

“Jesper couldn’t quite believe he was having a conversation with the Sturmhond. The privateer was a legend. He’d broken countless blockades on behalf of the Ravkans and there were rumors that… “Do you really have a flying ship? blurted Jesper.
“No.”
“Oh.”
“I have several.”
“Take me with you.” 

The world building is amazing, it’s not the best ever, but it’s good and yes, maybe it’s not the most original one, but she is coherent, and it’s not the world, it’s the city that gets to you. You can really see Ketterdam before your eyes, you can explore it and feel it. And that’s wonderful!

And the story is good! Fast-paced, full of intrigues, twist and things… it happens so much in these pages! It was so hard to put down this book that it hurts, because we’re always in the middle of something, or there is something that would just happen in a moment, and so you just can’t stop reading. It’s always “just one more page” and then “I’ll finish the chapter and put it down” and “oh no! I can’t stop reading now!!!!”. You know what I am saying, yes?

But the best thing, the thing that makes this book so wonderful and so precious, is… well, yes, the characters! They are so, so good that they’re real. And the dark sense of humor (and ok, not always so dark) that it’s in these pages is so compelling that just grip you and keep you there, with all of them. And it’s not just Kaz and Jesper, but Inej too, and Wylan, and Nina, and Matthias.

The little fangirl in me is screaming and shouting and awwwing at them still, and I think she would do so for some time more, because I was so captivated and so fascinated and so in love with all of them that I am having a difficult time to write this review, because it’s really hard to write something that makes sense and not just write “just read it!” over and over!

rating4
and half! 

I’ve said yet that I loved this book??? Have you read it? Or do you want to read it? Let me know!
Happy reading!
S.

21 thoughts on “Review: Crooked Kingdom

  1. Ash says:

    I should probably read this series eventually. It’s one of those I want to read because everyone has, but I’m not sure I actually have any interest in the book.

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    • Susy's Cozy World says:

      I wasn’t so convinced when I started it, either… the Grisha series isn’t one of my favourite, to be honest, but I am a sucker for thieves and cons’ stories, so I had to read this one… but if you haven’t an interest you can always wait! There are a lot of good books to read and maybe in the future this book would seem more interesting… or maybe not, and it would be good anyway 🙂

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  2. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    YAY! I’m so glad you enjoyed this book! I love this cast of characters so much. “Sweet” isn’t the word I’d use to describe them, but it’s good enough. 😀 I also put off reading this book. But that’s because I didn’t want the series to end. I love how short duologies are (it means I can read them quickly!), but it also means I lose my favorite characters far too quickly. 😦

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  3. aravenclawlibrary says:

    I am so glad you liked this book! I enjoyed this duology so much and I wish it didn’t have to end. I adored Inej. She was my favorite!

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    • Susy's Cozy World says:

      Yes, is a really beloved series, but I wasn’t expecting to like it so much. I liked the first book but I wasn’t in love with it, but the things changed with this second book and I am really happy that they did! 🙂

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