Hello, Kittycatians! I hope you are all having a wonderful April. Spring is finally here! (Yay, wind!) I apologize for not posting the past two weeks. I unfortunately have felt a bit too overwhelmed/tired to finish a review. I promise that I will try to be more active as the end of the school-year approaches! (If all goes well, only ten more years of schooling to go! Woohoo.)
Title: Crooked Kingdom
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Orion Children’s Books
Publication Date: 2016
Page Count: 536 (Kindle)
Age Recommendation: 14+
When you can’t beat the odds, change the game.
Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world. ~ Goodreads
I’m just going to put this out there, this book destroyed me. It was so vivid and played with your heartstrings in hundreds of ways. The author manages to shatter all of my emotions, without resorting to the extremes (lot’s of death, extreme gore, etc.). I believe she did this by creating such vivid characters, enchanting wording, and intense scenes that not only tell how much the characters have been through, but really show where they have come from and where they still have to go. The end scene wasn’t sad, it was actually a good thing. But the fact that this scene really happened. The fact that these characters that I had become so attached to, had come this far brought me to tears.
My favorite thing about this series is the characters. Their emotions and motivations, sorrows and joys all shine through. Everything makes sense, each is their own character. They are all so very passionate and you end up liking all of them. Especially for some of the more ‘cold’ characters, you can really understand why they appear so heartless and also why they have so much passion.
Although each scene was well written and engaging, there were definitely some moments that stood out more than others. Weeks later, when the high of finishing such a fantastic book is over, I can still perfectly picture one of the more passionately intimate, somewhat haunting, emotional scenes.
“I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.”
Like JEEZ there goes my heart again, pumping like a horse’s heart when it is running. (I went into that sentence with confidence and left it missing some of my pride).
But seriously. Wow. Count me a newly dedicated fan, because I would read anything that Leigh Bardugo writes.
Leigh Bardugo’s writing style isn’t something that is quite as memorable as, perhaps, Lemony Snicket’s. Crooked Kingdom is written in a distant third POV. While each chapter, we see the story from someone new, at times it is hard to tell who’s POV we are in. It is not as much the style of writing–but the quality that really pulls the story together. Without the well constructed sentences and eloquent speech, this book would be good, but not as phenomenal as it turned out to be. These are complex characters, a complex story, and a developed world that need high quality writing to reach its full potential.
Anyway that’s the more serious part of the review. Now we will move onto what I spent half of the time screaming about.
No matter what series I read, these water-reliant vessels of the sea seam to follow me. 😉
JYLIAN: YES OTP LIKE WOW. From the beginning, I knew, I was going down with this ship. They liked each other from book one, but I was afraid that Crooked Kingdoms wouldn’t deliver. IT DELIVERED! Cute, fluffy, supportive, adoring, B L E S S.
KINEJ: Do I have to say anything? They are perfect for each other. THEY JUST UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER SO WELL I AM ALWAYS GOING TO SHIP THEM. I WANT TO CALL THEM SMOL BEANS, BUT THEY ARE DEADLY SO I WILL CALL THEM POISON BEANS.
MINA: I didn’t actually like this ship so much in the first book. It slowly grew on me in this one though. I was ready to fight for this ship by the end.
I know that shipping seems very shallow, and sometimes it is. In this book however, the romance fits the tone and in no way takes away from the seriousness or quality of the plot. In fact, it adds and builds upon it.
All in all, this is a book I will remember.
You will see me once more, but only once.
What about the nobodies and the nothings, the invisible girls? We learn to hold our heads as if we wear crowns. We learn to wring magic from the ordinary.
She smiled then, her eyes red, her cheeks scattered with some kind of dust. It was a smile he thought he might die to earn again.