Thursday, July 7, 2016

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo Review

Publication Date: September 29, 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 465 pages
Series: Six of Crows #1

Synopsis:

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.


Kaz's crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.

Review: 

I had ups and downs while reading this book but overall I enjoyed it.

What I like the most about this book was how unique and different the characters are from each other. There wasn’t a character that overshadowed the other. It was more of a team effort. Just the bantering from the characters were my favorite parts of the entire book. Another thing was I kept forgetting these characters were like at least 16-18 years old. The way they act and do things makes it seem as if they were in their early 20s.

Even though this is told in multiple points of views, I have to highlight my favorite character, Inej, aka the spy known as the Wraith. She is such a fierce and kickass character that I am so rooting for in the end. Inej is so determined and doesn’t take anyone’s bullshit.

Plot wise, I did enjoy this book but maybe it was the hype? I couldn’t really connect with it and I wasn’t fully invested. I felt something in this was lacking but I don’t know what. Maybe the thing with this book for me was it was really character based and their backstories that I was missing the actual heist of it all. I guess I was looking for a really action packed book. I mean, there was scenes that had action but not to the extent that I was looking forward to.

Overall I say it’s still an enjoyable read. I’m looking forward to see what will happen next in this duology. 

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard Review

Publication Date: January 5, 2016
Publisher: Tor Teen
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 412 pages
Series: The Witchlands #1


Synopsis:

In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she's a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden - lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult's true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls' heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.


Review:

A book that is centered on friendship. It’s definitely something I don’t usually read but I enjoyed reading it.

Let’s start with the world building. For me, it was hazy and all over the place. It was confusing at times and everything is thrown at you all at once in the beginning but I guess it kind of settles down while you read on. I just wished there was something to help with all the different types of witches and empires because THERE’S SO MANY OF THEM. Maybe in the next book there will be more information about the cultures and history behind some empires.

Isuelt and Aeduan was the highlight of this book. I did prefer their chapters over Safi’s and Malik’s. Iseult is calm and always logical about things compared to Safi who is impulsive and fierce. Safi and Iseult completes each other and they are both nevertheless kickass characters. Merik is very pissy and has temper problems but under that, he’s a good price trying to save his country. Now Aeduan is probably the most complex character out there, because you don’t know his intentions and what side he’ll be on in the future. Like is he an anti-hero? Is he straight out an antagonist? He’s so mysterious and there’s not much of who he really is.

The pacing of this story was a bit slow for my liking. Some things dragged and then some was rushed to a point where I don’t remember parts in the book or I didn’t connect with the plot or characters.

I didn’t mind the romance in this. It didn’t overshadow the plot which was good. Safi and Malik has a snappy type romance. Aeduan and Iseult is a slow burn romance (hopefully). It’s a slow burn romance in that there’s nothing there but maybe something in the future. It’s not canon but I’m just saying I’m so on board with this ship.

Overall, the world building and characters was something of an issue with me, maybe it’s not an issue with others. I really want to continue on with this series to see what happens with Aeduan, even though he is the antagonist. Maybe I’ll enjoy the sequel a bit more than this.

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