Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo
In this action-packed heist novel, we follow six characters' perspectives as they are hired for a seemingly impossible job. Set in Bardugo's Grisha world where certain people have abnormal abilities, there is a dangerous drug that enhances Grisha's powers. Our six characters--Matthias, Nina, Inej, Jesper, Wylan, and Kaz--are hired for a seemingly impossible job--break into the high-security prison that holds the creater of this dangerous drug, jurda parem. With our team of complicated and ruthless gang members, we try to conquer this seemingly impossible job.
This novel is absolutely amazing! I started it in 2016 and abandoned it after discovering a new book. I picked it back up in 2017 and absolutely loved it! The characters are so strong and have so many layers! I am a bit vague on the description simply because there is a lot that is best left to actually reading the story, instead of knowing it first-hand. I really recommend you pick up these wonderful books!
*SPOILERS FOR SIX OF CROWS IN CROOKED KINGDOM REVIEW. PLEASE DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN'T FINISHED SOC!*
After our betrayal in the first book, we follow our main characters--along with Kuwei--seeking revenge on Van Eck. Inej needs to be brought back and there is money to earn and people to destory, which seems like a common thing in Ketterdam.
But the plan is certainly not easy at all. Many things will prove difficult, so can our ruthless Dregs pull out another seemingly impossible job?
Crooked Kingdom is just as good as Six of Crows! The ending was crazy and I still cannot even comprehend what happened. If you have any thoughts about CK, please leave comments or contact ,me directly!
Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Taking place in space, this story is a sci-fi adventure. We follow two main characters--Ezra and Kady--who break up the morning of the day their planet is invaded by a spaceship. They are ushered onto two different ships while trying to escape the scene of the attack, and spend the book talking and trying to find each other...amid other things, like spaceship attacks and plague outbreaks.
This book is told in multiple formats: IMs, text messages, case files, video surveillance files, and even from the perspective of a computer!
-Fairly fast read. There's a lot of things going on in the story, and it's occasionally hard to keep up with.
-The different formats are amazing to read and look at. I've heard the audiobook is exceptional, but I really enjoyed looking at the different files and way of communication. If you have an opinion that is similar or differs from mine, please let me know! I'd love to listen to the audiobook, but I really enjoyed reading the different formats.
-The characters were very real. They struggled with lots of different things going on, and handled the situations very realisticly. Or, as realistic as futuristic sci-fi characters can be.
-The only few problems I had with this book were that 1) the ships were hard to keep up with, mainly because of the many different ones and the different people on different ships writing in the story and, 2) the characters narrating, like the video surveyers, the captains, the lieutenants, the other helpers that weren't really main characters, were hard to keep up with.
Overall Star Rating: 4/5
Three Dark Crowns, by Kendare Blake
Three sisters, triplets, were born in Fennbirn, all with three different gifts. Arsinoe being a naturalist who has a close bond with animals and nature: every naturalist, when their gift is mature, has a familiar, which is an animal that they have a close bond with and understand. The bigger the famialiar, the stronger the gift.
Katharine is a poisoner, who can consume any poison and not get sick, and is also extremely skilled at poison mixing and making.
And, lastly, we have Mirabella. She is an elemental, which means she can control the weather and fire.
But there's a problem...Arsinoe and Katharine's gift aren't fully developed, while Mirabella may be one of the strongest elementals that's been alive in a while.
After their 16th birthday, the sisters have to fight each other...to the death. The last one surviving will be the queen of Fennbirn until they give birth to triplets and the process begins again.
-I loved this book! It's absolutely amazing! The writing is so detailed and dark and perfectly written, that I can just never get enough of it.
-The story went by quickly and was a fairly fast read, especially for a fantasy!
-The world was very interesting and was fairly easy to understand and quick to enjoy. The book was a bit slow during the first 50 pages, but after that, it was amazing!
-The characters are all likable and I never disliked one person's perspective. The chapters are the title of the place where the events in that chapter will take place, and are focused around one of the queens. There wasn't one perspective or place that I disliked to read about! All perspectives and locations were amazing to read!
-The only problem I had with the book was the side characters. A lot of the time, side characters are extremely important to the story, and could even be apart of a major plot twist! I felt that the side characters in this book weren't very well developed. I hate to say this, though! The side characters were hard to keep track of. Their names, their roles, things they took part in, etc. That was the only problem with the book.
My Overall Star Rating: 4/5
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