Author: Leigh BardugoEdition: HardcoverRelated: Shadow and BoneRating: 4 Stars
This is one of the most hyped books in the bookish community, and I can definitely see why. It's got an awesome plot, fantastic characters, and beautiful writing. But I did have a few problems with it that led to me not rating it five stars.
Six of Crows follows several perspectives, most notably Kaz, Inej, Jesper, Nina, and Mattias. After being hired by a merchant to steal a man with secrets out of an impenetrable foreign city for an ungodly sum of money, they begin a heist that would make any good spy movie proud.
While I loved the characters and the plot, I thought both relied too heavily on flashbacks, which, while very interesting, weren't as interesting as the plot itself. I wish less time had been spent on these flashbacks, honestly. It also took me a while to really get to know most of the characters. Which is fine, but it just felt a little impersonal for the first third of the book when I wanted to connect with someone. My favorite character was easily Nina. She's awesome, and I relate to her very well. She's a little bit of the person I'd like to be, if I'm being honest.
It may sound a little as if I'm bashing this book, but it really was good, and there's little I can say that hasn't been said by the million other people who've read it :) It deserves the hype it's getting right now. Plus, it's an absolutely gorgeous book and I can't wait to see how it looks on my shelves at home. If you're still not sure if this book is for you, if you liked The Bone Season/The Mime Order than you'll probably like this one. This reminded me of that one quite a bit.