Release Date: September 29, 2015
Kaz leaned back. ‘What’s the easiest way to steal a man’s wallet?’
‘Knife to the throat?’ asked Inej.
‘Gun to the back?’ said Jesper.
‘Poison in his cup?’ suggested Nina.
‘You’re all horrible,’ said Matthias.”Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows
Note: This book has made my favourites list!
This was my second time reading Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, and I learned so much more, and – admittedly – paid attention much better this time. I read it with my friends, and we were able to chat about it as well, so that helped a lot too! Here are some thoughts I had while reading it:
So I was completely intrigued by this book, which surrounds a heist. One of my favourite shows ever is Money Heist, so I knew I’d love this. I’ve read Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone, and honestly I did not like it very much at all, but this book was on a whole other level. For lovers of YA fantasy, this is a must-read.
Let me start off by saying that all six of the main characters were absolutely the best characters I have come across, and when you put them together, magic happens. When I’m reading, I always think about characters. A book could have the best plot in the world, but mess up the characters and the whole thing is ruined for me. Leigh Bardugo really pulled through with the Six of Crows characters. If you care more about characters than plot, this book is for you, but just know, the plot is absolutely amazing too!
With Kaz, it’s the whole “I hate everyone in the world but you” trope that gets me – I’m a sucker for those guys. And also the fact that he’s just hilarious, intelligent, and nonchalant about everything. Not really a spoiler, but for example, at one point Kaz is briefly kidnapped, and he does pretty much everything but panic, and he makes the situation seem comical. I feel like I definitely underestimated him the first time I read this.
Inej is such a cool person – absolutely fearless. She’s excited when people are waiting for her – which means a fight. Kaz can always depend on her because she’s always making the right move at the right time, whether planned or not, and nothing is beyond her limits. I also love that she is confident in herself and her beliefs and does not let herself be ridiculed for this.
Wylan is the last person you pick to bring on a heist, and yet there he is. He was so fun to read about because he was such a contrast from everyone else, as he was full of emotion, sensitivity, compassion, sympathy, and fear. I want to believe I’d be a badass like Inej, but I know I’d be a Wylan honestly.
Jesper is pretty interesting too, and after Wylan, he’s probably the most relatable. He messes up, falls in love with the wrong people, and he’s pretty funny too.
Nina, however, is probably the funniest person in the whole book – sorry Kaz. She’s unapologetic, and she loves making people uncomfortable, especially Matthias. She knows what she wants, and exactly how to get it.
Matthias is so…modest I guess is the word, and has grown up with the engrained notion that he has to kill people who are Grisha, which definitely makes him interesting in this story. He pretty much hates the heist and the people he’s with, and it makes me love him all the more.
The Breakfast Club?
When I read Six of Crows, I immediately gravitated towards the quote on page 332: “A gambler, a convict, a wayward son, a lost Grisha, a Suli girl who had become a killer, a boy from the Barrel who had become something more.” This is Leigh Bardugo outlining the unlikely crew who comes together for this heist, and it reminded me quite a bit of one of my favourite films, The Breakfast Club. Here’s the line from the film: “You see us as you want to see us – in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain…and an athlete…and a basket case…a princess…and a criminal. Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.”
The Humour (some of my favourite funny quotes)
- “I need a mug of the darkest, bitterest coffee I can find, he thought. Or maybe a real punch to the jaw.” – 54
- “Everyone remembers his first time.” – 44
- “Please, my darling Inej, treasure of my heart, won’t you do me the honor of acquiring me a new hat?” – 68
- “I had a question…About your mother and whether the rumors are true” – 94.
- “Hold [the book] up so we don’t have to look at your ugly face.” – 261
Kaz’s hands !
Kaz’s hands are a huge deal in this book, and I found that super interesting. Kaz’s hands are ALWAYS in gloves, and – correct me if I’m wrong – but I think Inej is the only one who gets to see his hands. What’s interesting is that Kaz’s gloved hands – not his actions or his associates or his words – are what people based their assumptions about him off of.
“Brekker’s hands were stained with blood. Brekker’s hands were covered in scars. Brekker had claws and not fingers because he was part demon. Brekker’s touch burned like brimstone—a single brush of his bare skin caused your flesh to wither and die.page 58
Kaz makes it seem like he is feelingless and nothing phases him, but he clearly has a soft spot for Inej, which I love so much, and as I mentioned, this is the “I hate everyone in the world but you” trope. There are lots of cute moments between them when Kaz sort of insinuates this, in the most secretive Kaz way possible, and I was so invested in following their relationship. When Inej gets an arrow to the heart, we finally get to see Kaz slip up a bit. We don’t really get to see their relationship bloom into something too intense, but we do also see Kaz basically tell Inej how he feels, but Leigh Bardugo likes to mess with us so nothing too big really happens.
This book also has the “enemies to lovers” trope – which by the way is my favourite trope ever. Matthias and Nina are complete opposites, and have been pitted against each other their whole lives, since they are meant to be enemies. Matthias has grown up with the engrained notion that he has to kill people who are Grisha, like Nina the heartrender. The two somehow get stranded together, and there is nothing but hate…and somehow sexual tension. This of course leads to them falling in love. Then we do that all again after Nina “betrays” Matthias, and his hate for her is even stronger. The two are brought together again through the heist, and we get this whole hate-to-love relationship all over again.
Leigh Bardugo you amaze me. This is one of my favourite reads ever, and I can’t wait for the series to continue on!