YA Book Review

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows #2)

The Book:

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Book Title: Crooked Kingdom

Book Author: Leigh Bardugo

Page Count: 536

Publishing Date: September 27th 2016

Publisher: Orion Children’s Books

Date Read: July 22, 2017

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The Review:

Crooked Kingdom is the epitome of a perfect book. This heart racing sequel to Six of Crows will have you you the edge of your seat. Praise is well deserved for this action packed adventure!

“Sometimes a proper thief doesn’t just take. He leaves something behind.”

The Plot: In the aftermath of “the impossible heist” things continue to turn dangerous for Kaz and his crew. The deadly group of misfits must overcome more obstacles to re-unite and escape the world of hell that is raining down on them from all corners of the kingdom…

“Has anyone noticed this whole city is looking for us, mad at us, or wants to kill us?”

Oh, the feels!! I never thought I would be calling a sequel my new favorite book, but…Crooked Kingdom is my new favorite book! Leigh Bardugo has delivered perfection. Yes, it is a sequel, but it honestly reads well enough that you don’t necessarily have to read Six of Crows (though I HIGHLY recommend reading it, as they are a pair and Six of Crows was fantastic). The author has done an incredible job with catching you up in the beginning of the story so, no matter how long its been since you finished book 1, you don’t feel like you need to re-read it to be kept up to date. This story holds laughter, sadness, pity, admiration, fear, action, adventure, justice, revenge, and death.

“People point guns at each other all the time in Ketterdam. It’s basically a handshake.”

The book quickly jumps in to action, as there is never a dull moment. We learn more about the characters through flashbacks that are both relevant to the current story and a perfect length as to not digress too much in to the past but still help us learn exactly who they are. The characters are further developed with astounding backstory and we grow even closer to each one of them. There is so much emotion in the heartbreaking stories of each character that drives them to be the exceptional criminals that they are.

“…there would be no expensive burials for people like them, no marble markers to remember their names, no wreaths of myrtle and rose.”

The plot twists of the story are amazing. Bardugo does an exceptional job with keeping us guessing at every turn. Just when you think Kaz has been out-schemed, he pulls another scheme out of his sleeve! Each situation has a surprising, unexpected outcome that still fits and makes sense in hind sight. And the world building is incredible! You can picture everything so clearly as if you were right there in the midst of the fight!

“Sorry I almost got you stabbed. Who wants waffles?”

This duology has ensured the fact that I will read every book by Leigh Bardugo that I can get my hands on, no questions asked. Crooked Kingdom gets all the stars and moves to my number 1 read for 2017! Don’t miss out on this amazing adventure! (All quotes used are from the book, written by the author, Leigh Bardugo.)


“No mourners, no funerals…”


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36 thoughts on “Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows #2)

      1. We usually take a week to allow everyone to finish the book of choice and then we chat about it in direct message and make a few posts on IG with the book and our thoughts and ask our followers to discuss with us. We call ourselves the Literary Piratesses lol. I asked them to send me their pictures and bio blurbs so I could post about it on my blog. We will be starting Shadow and Bone on Monday 🙂

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      2. We usually discuss a little while we are reading, but try to do it without spoilers. I usually read the fastest because I’m a housewife, so we set a longer time frame for the rest of them who work. It does get chaotic sometimes because we also talk about each other and whats going on with home life, but its a great group and I know they would love to have you in the discussion. But we usually try to make an IG post the day we start the read along and ask anyone if they have read it or want to read it with us and then we will post when we are finished and talk about it in the post, but we constantly talk in the chat.

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      3. Well, we already read Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom. Lol. That is why we decided to start Shadow and Bone so soon, because two of them have already read it and want to re-read and two of us realized that the world would have felt more familiar with that trilogy under our belts.


      4. We did. I mean, you don’t have to read the Grisha trilogy first, but it seems that the world makes more sense in Six of Crows if you do. So you should join us. I believe I just followed you on IG today. Is that the correct account? I’m darquedreamer on IG.

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  1. I haven’t read this duology, only the trilogy. But I’m pretty curious because I keep hearing great things
    I love your review ✌

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    1. Yes!! Shadow and Bone is book 1 in the trilogy. you don’t have to read that trilogy before Six of Crows, but I was told it helps the world feel more familiar because the very beginning of Six was slightly confusing for me. My book group and I are starting Shadow and Bone on Monday.

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  2. Ahhh. Wonderful review! You almost make me want to pick this series up again to reread! I loved this series and it prompted me to pick up the Grisha series, which at first was a bit of a letdown after 6oC but once I got into it it was also awesome. Bardugo is now cemented as one of my favourite authors!

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