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Into the Crooked Place

(Into the Crooked Place #1)

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Into the Crooked Place begins a gritty two-book YA fantasy series from Alexandra Christo, the author of To Kill a Kingdom.

The streets of Creije are for the deadly and the dreamers, and four crooks in particular know just how much magic they need up their sleeve to survive.

Tavia, a busker ready to pack up her dark-magic wares and turn her back on Creije for good. She’ll do
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by Feiwel and Friends (first published October 1st 2019)
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
I don't really care what it's about, I'll just read anything Alexandra writes after the magnificence that was To Kill A Kingdom

Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
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jessica
gangster fantasies are so my thing - i love the gritty, unapologetic adventure of it all - so its been very exciting to see it become such a popular trope.

as with all tropes, recycled elements are bound to pop up from book to book, but its how the story enhances those elements that makes its worthwhile. and unfortunately, ‘into the crooked place’ doesnt really add anything special to the genre.

its a solid book on its own - there is a variety of characters and representation, interesting magic
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Helena of Eretz ✰
I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

BOY, was this disappointing! It was boring, predictable, and I wanted to DNF it multiple times (but didn't because it was an ARC). Where did Alexandra Christo's compelling writing style from To Kill a Kingdom go??? It's like an entirely different author wrote this!

After White Cat, Six of Crows, The Gilded Wolves, Ace of Shades, and now this...gangster fantasies are essentially becoming a trope. Which isn't nec
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Alexandra Christo
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: mine
This is my book. It comes out tomorrow. I think it's pretty damn great and I'm excited to throw these crooked little cupcakes out into the world.
Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell

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If I had to sum up my feelings about this book in a single sentence, I would say this book is passable. I read a lot of fantasy and there was nothing about INTO THE CROOKED PLACE that really made it stand out to me, as it follows the typical formula of many best-selling YA titles coming out these days, to the point that over-saturation has rendered them virtually indistinguishable from one another. INTO THE CROOKED PLACE is not a bad boo
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N.
Apr 30, 2018 marked it as to-read
"Gangster fantasy"

That's... that's beautiful. :')



I know absolutely nothing about this book, but yes.
The answer is yes.

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Angelica
Mar 09, 2018 marked it as to-read
guess who got a copy of this baby at BookCon!?!?!? I am so ready for this!
Sara
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Unfortunately, this tale of a bunch of misfits and forbidden magic just wasn’t for me. It felt, at it’s heart, rather generic and unoriginal which meant that nothing ultimately stood out and made it memorable.

The pacing and writing are good, and I got through this quickly - although I found the writing tended to lean more towards the younger end of the YA spectrum, without that ‘grittier’ edge I like in my fantasy writing. It’s ju
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Hollis
Here's a big reason why I think the current GR rating is what it is (which, as of the writing of this review, is 3.73) : it very much feels, and reads, like another book. Which, as my buddy said, doesn't mean a certain author holds the copyright to heist ensemble gangster anti-hero/amoral stories. It's just.. like, wow, a little effort to be different, when so much of today's culture is comparisons, would've been nice?

But here's where I get a little less snarky. After bemoaning the comparisons,
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Ivana - Diary of Difference
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#1 Into the Crooked Place - ★★★★
#2 City of Spells - TBR



Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo was a book I was very excited to read in the first place.

There is magic and potions, there is romance and adventure. The hype around it was huge, and it is still talked about in the bookish community.

What’s not to like?

Tavia sells magic potions on the market. One day, she is ordered to sell a new magic potion. When her friend Saxoni drink
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Emma
Sep 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

3.5/5 Stars

Full review here

This new gangster fantasy left me happy and disappointed at the same time.
Into the Crooked Place has an interesting enough world filled with magic, which I think could have been explained a lot better than it was. The characters are what drives the story forward. I truly feel like there were characters that were well developed and others that were just there. Wesley is a
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✨Brithanie Faith✨
Aug 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐


e-ARC provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Into The Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo is an upcoming fantasy novel that follows four crooks who must come together to save their home from the dark magic that threatens it and everyone they love.

This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year! Having read To Kill A Kingdom in 2018 (and thoroughly enjoying it) I honestly expected more from Into The Crooked Place, but it wasn't all bad! If I'm
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April (Aprilius Maximus)
DNF 3 chapters in. It's just not gripping me and I have so many things I want to read instead right now, so might come back to this later!
Candace Robinson
Oh boy, I absolutely loved To Kill a Kingdom but this book was just so slow for me that I found it hard to connect to the characters or the story. However, the author’s writing is just as lovely as her previous book.
Nat ⭐️
Jul 03, 2019 marked it as dnf
DNF’d on 7/3/19

Yeah, no. I felt bored out of my mind every time I picked this up, and I just couldn’t connect with any of the characters.

Remember how a bunch of people kept trying to say that The Gilded Wolves is a “ripoff” of Six of Crows, when the two actually aren’t very similar at all except having ensemble casts and a heist? And the themes of the novel, characters, and general plots are just... different?

This book actually did feel like a Six of Crows ripoff from what I read. Maybe I’m just
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Roobie
⭐️3 stars⭐️

That's what parents do. They make up pretty words and stories so you don't have to. That way you get to believe them. You get to feel better.
Alexa
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2019
This review was originally posted on Alexa Loves Books.

I had high hopes for Into the Crooked Place, first in a brand-new duology by Alexandra Christo (who wrote one of my favorite books in 2018). The story follows an ensemble cast with a variety of motivations who team up in order to take down the Kingpin (who basically wants to take over everything), namely Wesley (an underboss who works for the Kingpin), Tavia (a busker for magic who works for Wesley), Saxony (a Crafter who is able to create a
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Sarah
Oct 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways, fantasy
I was very excited about Into the Crooked Place because the blurb was giving me strong Six of Crows vibes.  I guess they call this gangster fantasy these days?  While parts of it does feel like SoC, overall the book missed the mark a little for me.

The world building was pretty good.  Christo imbued the setting with seemingly sufficient grit.  There's history.  There's buskers peddling magic.  The magic itself I struggled with a lot.  It often felt like there weren't any strict rules, some of it
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Alexandra
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books*

I knew that there would be something in this book to pull me into Alexandra Christo's writing. I had loved and enjoyed very much her first book, To Kill a Kingdom, and this book, while it was a wide turn in themes for me, was quite interesting.

There are multiple POVs in this book all in the third person, that follows the adventure a team of older teens undertake in order to overthrow a
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Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
oh my god i can't believe i didn't know this already has a cover and it's fucking gorgeous

*If you haven't yet, let me let me convince you to read To Kill a Kingdom!
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Ashlee » Library In The Country
This is giving me all the Six of Crows vibes and I am HERE. FOR. IT.
Morgan
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo was one of my favorite books of 2018 so when I heard that she was writing a gangster fantasy, it instantly because of one of my most anticipated reads of 2019. But, as I’m sure you have all seen, Into the Crooked Place is not having the same positive outcome as Christo’s debut had.

Into the Crooked Place follows Wesley, the underboss of Creji, and his motley crew of criminals on their hunt for the Kingpin, also known as Wesley’s boss, who wants to infect all
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The Nerd Daily
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFelice

If you’re looking for a story of angsty teens with the world’s biggest chips on their shoulders, look no further! I personally enjoyed the dark, gritty, and bleak aspect of this book…but maybe that’s just my fall reading taste. It’s a gangster heist story dealing with a lot of heavy themes, but I think everyone will find something to love in this story. The plot advances well, and the characters are really well explored, so I’m exc
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Gabriela Pop
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*screams into the void*
It's been a while since I've loved a book with the intensity of my feelings for this one. Dare I even say, had I had this book when I was younger I would have very likely had my whole life revolve around this book, that's just how great it is.
Christo's writing style is enchanting and intoxicating; it has a wonderful flow to it that makes it easy to get sucked right into the story and live along with her characters, yet it also has a strange almost flowery quality to it an
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shady boots
Apr 14, 2018 marked it as to-read
After TKAK I am so ready for Alexandra to snatch my ever dwindling collection of wigs once more.
Lauren Elise
Aug 23, 2018 marked it as to-read
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23/8/2018: This gives me such Six of Crows/Ace of Shades/The Gilded Wolves vibes I NEED IT RIGHT NOW
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
3.5 Stars
“There will be no punishment or retribution. What did the law matter when there could be anarchy instead?”
I have somewhat mixed feelings about Into the Crooked Place. It had a very strong start with the character introductions, but I never quite cared about anything else as much. We follow a band of crooks who are determined to save their city from dark magic and further corruption by banding together - even if they don’t trust each other - to save the things they care about
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Bookphenomena (Micky)
DNF @ 30% unrated

I’m sorry to say that this was a full day’s struggle of picking it up and putting it down repeatedly because I did not like this world that felt pretty familiar and I did not buy into the characters or story. I found the names of people and phrasing too similar to the Grisha world to discount and it was told without the finesse of that one.

I strongly believe there is no copyright on this kind of story (heisty-gangster fantasy) because the whole book world is built on a jenga pyr
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Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
With heist books becoming increasingly popular, I was excited to see what Alexandra Christo would give to the genre in INTO THE CROOKED PLACE. But sadly I felt it offered very little, with nothing new to subvert or reinvent the genre (i.e. Roshani Chokshi's THE GILDED WOLVES set itself apart by being historical fantasy and engaging with colonialism and western imperialism, as well as the repatriation of culture due to plundering under the French Empire, but I digress, I just love TGW).

Honestly,
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Cassie
Dec 04, 2019 marked it as pick-back-up-eventually
I will pick this book back up whenever I feel like it :)
Idk if I’ll start over, but in case I don’t, I’m leaving myself a note here with what page I’m on.

Chapter 17, page 145.
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Alexandra Christo decided to write books when she was four and her teacher told her she couldn’t be a fairy. When she’s not busy making up stories, she can be found organising food crawls over London and binge-watching Korean dramas.

Alexandra has a BA in Creative Writing and currently lives in England with an abundance of cacti (because they’re the only plants she can keep alive).

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