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Into the Crooked Place

(Into the Crooked Place #1)

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  2,266 ratings  ·  667 reviews
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
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!
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
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. ...more
Cait Jacobs (Caitsbooks)
I'm only marking this as a temporary DNF because I started it years ago, was loving it, but then got hit by a bad slump and put it down. I really want to pick it back up again! But when I do, I want to give it my full attention so I can love it as much as I was when I first started it

So don't take me putting this down as "temporary dnf" as a sign that this book isn't good. It is (well, the 100-something pages I read are!)


Here are my thoughts so far:

Into the Crooked Pla
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ 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
h o l l i s
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,
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.

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
Mar 09, 2018 marked it as to-read
guess who got a copy of this baby at BookCon!?!?!? I am so ready for this!
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
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! ...more
Brithanie Faith
Aug 05, 2019 rated it liked it
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
Ashlee » libraryinthecountry
This is giving me all the Six of Crows vibes and I am HERE. FOR. IT.
⭐️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.
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
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
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
Aug 25, 2018 marked it as to-read
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!
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
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
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
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).

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.
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
laur gluchie
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
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
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.
Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, 2019
I received a copy of this for free from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

This book was enjoyable, but at the same time it offered nothing new. Reading this felt like a rip off of Six of Crows mixed with maybe a bit of A Darker Shade of Magic (Tavia reminded me of Lila) and because of that it felt incredibly predictable. There was no spark that made it feel its own, nothing that made me NEED to pick it up again.

The best word to describe this book is fine. The characters were fine
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
rachel ☾
1.5 stars

the fact that i didn’t dnf this is a fucking miracle, honestly

Trigger warnings for (view spoiler)
☆ Mira ✷
Aug 11, 2018 marked it as tbr-good-authors
Shelves: i-want-it-now
Gangster fantasy + the author of the amazing To Kill a Kingdom = yes PLEASE, only the weak need an actual blurb ;)
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Alexandra Christo is a British author whose characters are always funnier and far more deadly than she is. She studied Creative Writing at university and graduated with the desire to never stop letting her imagination run wild. She currently lives in Hertfordshire with a rapidly growing garden and a never-ending stack of books. Her debut novel To Kill a Kingdom is an international bestseller and h ...more

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