Eye-opening and endearing. I really liked this book a lot. Anxiety issues are front and center, but there is also friendship, family, spirituality, roEye-opening and endearing. I really liked this book a lot. Anxiety issues are front and center, but there is also friendship, family, spirituality, romance and laughter. Marshall was so entertaining and added so much hope and humor. I wish all humans could be as lovely as he is! Highly recommend.
4.5 I really loved this story! Reminded me of You've Got Mail with angsty teens instead. Haha. The mom in me is screaming "That boy needs therapy, not4.5 I really loved this story! Reminded me of You've Got Mail with angsty teens instead. Haha. The mom in me is screaming "That boy needs therapy, not a girlfriend." But the romantic in me just wants Declan & Juliet to live HEA. Thank you for pulling me out of this book slump! Now where's Rev's book?...more
So much tension, and so many threads to follow. I love the way Chima writes! This book was much more political than her previous books, I thought, soSo much tension, and so many threads to follow. I love the way Chima writes! This book was much more political than her previous books, I thought, so it may not be as exciting for some. But I absolutely loved it. I loved seeing things from an entirely different side (Alyssa and others), and seeing so many familiar names.
I love the way that she has so many different things happening at the same time, and I really have no clue where this is going. I love that she has the long game in mind when she writes these books. It just makes it all so much more fascinating. This world is such an amazing place to live in while you're reading. I'm so glad that she continued writing in The Seven Realms.
I would definitely recommend keeping a notebook with everyone's names and how they are connected. I know I had to do it. I probably should've reread Flamecaster first, or kept notes to begin with. But I guess that means I just need to re-read the whole thing again! Oh darn!
From beginning to end, the Six of Crows/Crooked Kindom duology is an intriguing and wonderfully paced story. There was never a moment that I was bored From beginning to end, the Six of Crows/Crooked Kindom duology is an intriguing and wonderfully paced story. There was never a moment that I was bored as there was always something going on. I have to categorize it as plot-driven, being a heist story with clear goals, successes, failures and consequences. I love heist stories (Ocean's Eleven is one of my favorite movies), as they make you question the right and wrong of it all. You know these people are technically criminals, but you just can't help but to love them and root for them to succeed. With all the twists and hardships that surface, this story never lets go of your racing heart. Ever. And Leigh Bardugo has masterfully planned out this incredible book in a way that you never know what direction it's headed, or what's going to happen next. It was honestly brilliant.
But I changed my mind. Because this book was obviously world-driven. The world-building that Leigh magically constructs is a thing of beauty. You may think she would be lax on this since she already set up this world in the Grisha Trilogy, but that's not the case at all. Fjerda and Kerch are completely different than Ravka, and so different from each other. Ketterdam is like the Vegas of this created world (another thing that made it feel like Ocean's), and Fjerda is just something else entirely. With these new countries, we encounter new cultures, new creatures, and new magic. It's overwhelmingly amazing, and I just want so much to live in this world!
Of course both of those are wrong, though, because if there ever was a story that was character-driven, it was this story. (I'm going to bring up Ocean's Eleven again.) You know that the story is awesome, and the heist is so cool and mind-blowing and all that. But the thing that makes that movie . . . and this duology . . . so extraordinary, is the characters. The way they interact with each other. Their banter, their fights, their hatred, their love. How you can be on the edge of your seat, thinking someone is about to die, when Jesper suddenly says something that makes you spit food out of your mouth in the middle of a restaurant. The way Matthias and Nina's animosity for each other is palpable, but not quite a palpable as their desire. The devotion of Inej and Kaz, the banter between Kaz and Jesper, and Jesper and Wylan. The girl-power that is owned by Inej and Nina. The way each chapter is told from a different view-point, but I never got confused about who was telling the story. These characters, their lives, their stories, are beautifully and wonderfully written. I love them. I want to be friends with them. I want to slap them when they're being stupid and hold them when they're hurt. They're real to me, and what more could you possibly ask for out of a story?
Obviously, this book has literally everything I love about an amazing story. I knew Crooked Kingdom was going to be a good book. I had no idea that it would be one of the best books I've ever read. I adore it, and even though it broke my heart, I will read it over and over.
The audiobook: This production was done incredibly well, with all the characters having their own narrators. It was especially awesome because I listened to Six of Crows, so coming back to these readers for Crooked Kingdom was like a familiar friend. The only complaint I have is that this book added chapters from Wylan's point of view, which added a new narrator, and he was, honestly, terrible. I could not stand listening to him read, especially when he was doing Kaz's voice. I ended up having to read his chapters from the book because it bugged me so much. The only other thing I would recommend, is to make sure that all of the narrators are pronouncing the names the same way. It gets very confusing when there's suddenly a new pronunciation, which sounds like a new character. Otherwise, it was awesome, and I definitely recommend it....more
It's not that I didn't like this book. And overall I really enjoyed this series a lot. But of the four books, this was definitely my least favorite. IIt's not that I didn't like this book. And overall I really enjoyed this series a lot. But of the four books, this was definitely my least favorite. I felt like it really lagged for me, and I just felt myself wondering when something was going to happen. It was a lot of contemplation and wordsing (haha), and not a lot of action, or even dialogue.
A couple of things that I noticed, that contributed to my feelings about this book, were the anti-climactic romance between Blue & Gansey, and the introduction of Henry. I feel like "the kiss" was such a huge part of the story, and there was so much build up, and it was dragged out so long, that it really should have been...more. And as far as Henry goes, he was a perfectly fine character, but you can't just introduce such an important character, who supposedly plays such an important role, in the last of four books, and expect me to care about him. There was so much about him and Gansey in this book and I just didn't want to hear about them. I want to hear about the boys and Blue. And he's not one of the boys. It almost seemed like the plot needed to move in a certain direction, so she had to make up a character so that it could happen. There was no (notable) talk of him before this book, and it just didn't fit for me. I like for series to be more connected and planned out, and Henry made it feel disjointed.
Overall though, I did really like the series a lot. I'm really glad that I listened to it, finally. And even though my comments here are mostly negative, I would still recommend the series. This book definitely gets dark, and a little scary for some, but Maggie's writing really is beautiful. ...more
I listened to this on audiobook which was really good. I was expecting to love this one more than I did, but I did like it. It was very slow moving anI listened to this on audiobook which was really good. I was expecting to love this one more than I did, but I did like it. It was very slow moving and different from anything I've read. The slow-burn romance was fantastic but I wish it would've ended with just a little MORE after all that waiting. The mythology was fascinating, and even though I kept thinking, "Why would anyone want to live there??" I still find myself wanting to go and be a part of it all. ...more
This one was really good on audiobook. It was a lighter fantasy, like Snow Like Ashes/Red Queen etc. If you liked those, you'll probably enjoy this onThis one was really good on audiobook. It was a lighter fantasy, like Snow Like Ashes/Red Queen etc. If you liked those, you'll probably enjoy this one as well. 3.5 stars...more
I think this may be my favorite one so far. It was so much funnier and wittier than the other two, and so many threads starting to come together. VeryI think this may be my favorite one so far. It was so much funnier and wittier than the other two, and so many threads starting to come together. Very clever. I hate that I don't have TRK audiobook RIGHT NOW. Waiting sucks especially considering I waited until the series was out to start. Should've reserved it when I first started, I just really didn't expect to like the series so much. O_O ...more
Though there were definitely things that I didn't love, overall I really enjoyed this. I listened to the audiobook and it was very well done. I was toThough there were definitely things that I didn't love, overall I really enjoyed this. I listened to the audiobook and it was very well done. I was totally wrapped up in this world and this story....more