Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Kaz Bakker has been dealt a crappy life since he was 9, and at 16 he's learned to make the best of what he's been given and has become a professional in everything he's set out to achieve in his life. So when an opportunity to make some money - LOTS OF MONEY - is offered to him, Kaz knows he has to jump on it immediately. But he can't do this mission by himself and sets out to get a talented crew under his belt.
He has his Wraith - Inej - who can move without making a sound, moving the air, or have anyone notice her. She is his secret weapon and Inej is already making plans for her future when she gets her share of the reward money.
Jesper is a talented sharpshooter and his aim is almost always true. With the bad gambling games he's been having, his money will be getting him out of the debt that he has created for himself.
Wylan is useful at making bombs, but his use for Kaz is that he is related to a certain someone that Kaz can leverage if things hit the fan.
Nina is a heartrender, a talented Grisha, and she is the only one who can get another member to join the crew. She is willing to do anything to get Matthias out of the prison she put him in, even if he hates her because of what she is.
Matthias is Fjerdian and wants nothing to do with this mission. But when Kaz holds the only thing to pardon him from a crime he did not commit, he has no choice but to go with them so he can go home a free man and move on with his life.
But Matthias is torn because he is going to have to betray his people. Because the crew is going to break into the Ice Court and get to the prison. Which is Matthias' home and he has to tell everyone what the security is, how to avoid certain areas, and what's the best way to get to the place they need to go to break out a scientist and deliver him to the man who hired Kaz.
And Kaz's biggest incentive is that he knows a secret about everyone. If at first they don't want to help, Kaz will tell them what he knows and how he will use it against them.
But there are twists and turns around every corner of their mission. So many, that Kaz and his crew may not be able to succeed in the end...
I seriously loved this book! I really liked the Grisha trilogy and didn't know if I would be able to enjoy this book as much since it's not about the original characters, but somehow Leigh Bardugo made an even better storyline with amazing characters for me to fall in love with! I think I love this book even more than the Grisha series, and that's saying a lot!
I loved all of the characters and how the reader got to experience all of their different viewpoints throughout the story. And I loved the subtle romance that was popping up between all different kinds of characters. So far there isn't a love triangle (like the Grisha series. Or was it a love square?).
I also loved how talented all of the characters are and how different they all are from each other. Each person has a different gift or talent and they know how to use them to their advantage.
I'm so excited that I got my hands on this book and I cannot wait to read the second book to see what happens after the cliffhanger Bardugo left us in!
I am definitely recommending this series (and the Grisha series) to all of my friends who love YA :)
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