The aim to read Six of Crows has been at the top of my list for a very long time. It even became a running joke, as it is one of the most popular YA books that I haven’t read – and I call myself a book blogger.
Whenever I read a book, it is the characters that I always focus on and characterisation is one of my favourite elements of reading. Which is why Leigh Bardugo’s writing is such a treat in this, because she perfectly defines each person with their own traits and thought patterns. When we see chapters from different POV’s, there is a subtle change in the way scenes are described or opinions are expressed.
It is the interactions that develop between each character, new relationships and friendships are born, and old ones are rekindled – that really make the book. It is really interesting to see who gets along with others, and how some go through their redemption arcs. I can see why the characters have long lived on in readers minds – because they are distinctly formed and loveable from the start, making them stand out and remain in people’s memories.
The plot itself was hooking, it kept tension and intrigue throughout – especially because there were little plotlines intertwined. We learnt about Kaz’s backstory through brief flashbacks that were dotted about in the story, as well as Inej’s. The interaction between Nina and Matthias created such romantic tension in the novel, and it kept you invested in their story; not only because of their present time flirting and arguments, but the teases we gain about how they met and why their relationship is the way it is now.
Leigh Bardugo is definitely one of my favourite writers, her writing style is my ideal type because of the way it flows. I don’t feel like I’ve missed out on any important information or need to re-read over parts – and there is a perfect balance between characterisation, scene setting and plot development. I am just gutted with myself that it has taken me this long to read this and gain another book on my favourites list! I cannot think of any bad things to comment on, I loved every page and moment of the book.
I gave it a fully deserved 5 stars on Goodreads.