Book Review: Crooked Kingdom

Title: Crooked Kingdom
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: Book 2 of the Six of Crows Duology
Genre/s: Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBT+
My rating: 5 stars

Goodreads synopsis:

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.


My thoughts:

WOW. WOW. WOW. If I thought Six of Crows was amazing, Crooked Kingdom is absolutely mind blowing! This book doesn’t just deserve 5 stars, it deserves a million!

Okay, so, it took me a month to finish this! April has been hectic, and it’s only just last night that I had time to read and finish this wonderful book!

The gorgeous books in the duology: Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom. From my post.

As usual, the writing is amazing! Leigh Bardugo never fails to impress me with her writing style. There was one point in the book that I just stopped reading and almost cried because of how good the writing is. I’m serious, this really happened to me!

“But what about the rest of us? What about the nobodies and the nothings, the invisible girls? We learn to hold our heads as if we wear crowns. We learn to wring magic from the ordinary.That was how you survived when you weren’t chosen, when there was no royal blood in your veins. When the world owed you nothing, you demanded something of it anyway.”

I’ve mentioned in my Six of Crows review that my favorite part in that book was the characterization. Well, the characters in this book just got more flawless. And I don’t mean that they’re perfect and they don’t have any flaws. They’re flawless because no matter how dangerous they all are, they showed humanity. They showed doubts and insecurities. They showed character development. And Leigh Bardugo showed all of these things perfectly well through her story-telling. I love seeing these characters go through their intricate plan, then go through the intricate battles inside their minds as well.

I’m even more in love with all these six outcasts now.

“They don’t know who we are. Not really. They don’t know what we’ve done, what we’ve managed together. So let’s go show them they picked the wrong damn fight.”

The plot, I believe, is my favorite part in this book. It got more complex, more badass, more dangerous, and even more genius. Truly one hell of a ride. Just when I thought I’m getting the hang of it, a plot twist stuns me out of nowhere. Just when I thought I know what’s going to happen, I’m greeted by something new.
There’s one plot twist that truly broke my heart though. I’m not going to say it here just in case you, dear reader, haven’t read this book yet. All I’m going to say is that I was sobbing last night because I was too emotional to process that certain plot twist! AAAHHH. (I’m still emotional right not, to be honest.)

As for the conclusion of the story, I’m satisfied and heartbroken at the same time (heartbroken because of the plot twist, really!) There’s a nostalgic and fearful emotion making its way through my heart as I read the last few pages. I loved every bit of the story; from the first book to this one. I’m sad because the story ended, but I’m also quite happy because of how it ended.
I’m certainly going to miss them: Kaz, Inej, Nina, Matthias, Jesper, Wylan. I read all bout their journey from Six of Crows and all the way to Crooked Kingdom. I’m pretty sure they’ll have a special place in my heart.

“Crows remember human faces. They remember the people who feed them, who are kind to them. And the people who wrong them too. They don’t forget. They tell each other who to look after and who to watch out for.”

A million stars for this book! Truly wonderful! Oh and, Leigh Bardugo is queen!


Hello! Glad to be back here! April has been hectic indeed!

Have you guys read the Six of Crows duology? If so, can you please hold me and let’s cry together???

Anyway, how did your April go bookworms? What books did you read? Let’s talk!


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