To The Rescue: Not Your Sidekick

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Today for Fangirl Favorites Friday, I present to you my review for the LGBTQIAP+ MC square of #AsianLitBingo! I chose the book Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee after hearing many rave reviews about it, and I can confirm that it as amazing as you’ve heard. This is the superhero book you’ve all been waiting for! I’m already highly anticipating the sequel, Not your Villain, which comes out later this year. Because…

I’m giving this Not Your Sidekick a perfect 10 out of 10 rating: that’s how amazing it is!

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Happy Tears: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe



Wow, it has been such a long time since I’ve written a review. Luckily, today I’m going to be starting with one of my newest favorites: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. After years of hearing recommendations for this book, I finally read it. And OH MY GODS. Why did I wait so long? Now, let’s see if I can convince you guys to read this book and love it as much as I did. Continue reading

Marie Lu Shatters My Heart…Again: The Midnight Star

img_8299This book was one of my most anticipated of fall 2016, although I did start it with a sense of caution. I’m painfully/happily aware of how Marie Lu can break my heart (see devastation after the ending of Champion), so I was pretty sure my heart would not come out of this book alive. I was right. This book devastated me, but I loved every single second of it. I mean the panda is there, and it’s Friday, so it’s obviously a all-time favorie and a Fangirl Favorites Friday. Just saying. DISCLAIMER: I am very tired and very emotional about this book, so prepare for some rambling. ALSO, THERE WILL BE SPOILERS FOR THE YOUNG ELITES AND THE ROSE SOCIETY, BUT NOT THE MIDNIGHT STAR.

GOODREADS SUMMARY BECAUSE IT’S REALLY LATE: Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all she’s gained. When a new danger appears, Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds, putting not only herself at risk, but every Elite. In order to preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

Adelina is probably one of my favorite villains of all time. There is something about her that is just so compelling, something so terrifying yet so sympathy inducing. Continue reading

Kiss Me Hardy! Kiss Me Quick.: Code Name Verity


“I am a coward. I wanted to be heroic and I pretended I was.”

You will question the truthfulness that statement many times as you read this novel. Just putting that out there. Anyway, as you may have seen from the reviews on my blog, I don’t read a lot of historical fiction. This is unfortunate because what I have read, I love. So first order of business: I’d love recs of historical fiction novels! This book was actually also a recommendation from multiple people, so I trust HF recs. Note: I was remiss again and forgot the big panda. Yes, it’s a Fangirl Favorites Friday, and yes, this book is an all-time favorite.

*For once, summary from Goodreads* Oct. 11th, 1943-A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it’s barely begun. When “Verity” is arrested by the Gestapo, she’s sure she doesn’t stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she’s living a spy’s worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution. As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage, failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy?
A Michael L. Printz Award Honor book that was called “a fiendishly-plotted mind game of a novel” in The New York Times, Code Name Verity is a visceral read of danger, resolve, and survival that shows just how far true friends will go to save each other.

First of all, the author does an excellent job of setting up the scene. This book is obviously historically based, and she makes you feel like you’re living the experiences yourself. The book was so action-packed and intense, and I couldn’t stop turning the page! Just when you think you have everything figured out, a new revelation comes to light, changing your whole perspective. There’s always more of the story than what’s on the page, and every single detail is significant later on. There is a lot of play on truth and secrecy, which leads to a lot of suspicion from the reader, mirroring what the characters must have felt. The first part of the book was basically Verity’s confessions to the Nazis, written in journal format. In this part, we learn how she and Maddie became friends and basically what led up to their plane crash. We also get insight into Verity’s experience in the Nazi prison. Verity is a very interesting person to both read about and read from. She has so much spunk and her personality just flows off the pages. The second part of the book is from Maddie’s point of view, written in the form of reports. I had a little bit more trouble connecting with Maddie because her personality felt a little less dynamic, but I definitely “clicked” with her by the end. We learn what was happening to her while Verity was in prison, as well as her version of the events that Verity has narrated. The two storylines converge by the last fourth, and it all builds up to a heart-breaking conclusion. Seriously, I cried. To anyone who has already read this book: is this normal?  Continue reading

VIR (Very Important Read): Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

img_6590In light of all that’s going on right now in America, I think we really need some positives in our lives. (I’ll be posting something huge about the election tomorrow, so please look for that.) We need more support for LGBTQ+ representation in literature than ever. Today, I’m going to share with you a book that I sincerely loved and that I hope and want everyone will read as well. It has a fabulous gay couple, Oreos, and Harry Potter. What more could a reader want?

16 year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier is trying to preserve his drama for the school musical. However, an email of his is seen by the wrong person, and his secret is at risk. Now Simon is being blackmailed: if he isn’t able to get class clown Martin the girl he wants, Simon’s sexual identity will become public. Even worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been corresponding with, will be compromised. With Simon’s once tight-knit friend group starting to unravel and his emails with Blue becoming more flirtatious day by day, Simon’s junior year is much more complicated. Now, Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone by himself before he’s pushed out. But how to do this without ruining his friendships, compromising his self identity, or blowing his shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met?

This book was practically perfect in every way. First of all, Simon. He’s such a wonderful guy and also so relatable! From his love of Harry Potter to his obsession with Oreo’s to his love of theatre, I think Simon might be me in an alternate universe. I empathise with his aversion to change as well as the shifting dynamics of his friend group. Until last year, I never really had a solid friend group in school because they just kept shifting. Also, in eighth and ninth grade, I was super antisocial and would stay in a lot just to read. (Not that that’s a bad thing, of course.) 🙂  So I mean it when I say that I understand how hard it was to maintain group dynamics, although I applaud him for keeping his group together. Speaking of his friends, I understand that Simon’s coming out may have been a shock to them, but I really don’t think they should have acted the way most of them did. I think they should have been more supportive of Simon from the start. Simon’s relationship with Blue was a bit of a slow burn, but I loved every moment of it. I understood where Blue was coming from with the secrecy and the reluctance, but I was just rooting so much for him and Blue to get together that I did get frustrated at times for a little bit. Then one of them would say something so sweet  and I would melt all over again. I will say that Blue was definitely not who I expected him to be. I liked that I had to keep guessing, although the final reveal did throw me off a bit because I didn’t feel as familiar with the character in real life. Looking back, I guess I could see some clues, but I still was very surprised. Last but not least, I want to talk about the phenomenal writing in this book. I’m not just talking about the funny moments, although there was definitely a lot of humor. I think one of the best things about this book is that there are so many important lines and messages here. For example, the quotes above as well as, “I mean, I feel secure in my masculinity, too. Being secure in your masculinity isn’t the same as being straight.” So much important stuff was being said, so please go read this book.

In conclusion, I highly recommend this book and want everyone to read it. It’s so important and makes you really think about society and people and the LGBTQ+ community and just so many important things.

P.S. I would like to apologize for the crappy picture. I can’t believe I didn’t include Oreos nor Harry Potter in the pic, and I also forgot the big panda signaling that this is one of my faves. Sigh. But still, seriously, go read this book ASAP!!!!! 

What’s the Name of the Game?: Crooked Kingdom

IMG_7538.JPGCrooked Kingdom was probably one of my most anticipated reads of 2016. I actually read it the day it came out, although I did not review it until now because I was waiting for my preorder swag. After Six of Crows, especially that ending, I was just so ready for this book. And let me tell you: it did not disappoint, for here it is on a Fangirl Favorites Friday!!!! I mean, you see the panda, so you know what that means: this book made it onto my all-time favorites list. This review is super long because there is no other way to express my feelings here. In order for me to fully fangirl, I’ve included a spoiler section below. My review will be understandable without the spoilers. If you’ve read this book already or just don’t care about spoilers (How? Teach me your ways!), then there will be blue numbers that correspond to spoilery comments below. Hope that’s not too confusing! Think of it as a mini scavenger hunt.

*SPOILERS for Six of Crows* Kaz and his crew have just pulled off perhaps one of the greatest heists, so risky that even they didn’t think they’d live. However, instead of living like kings and queens, they’re fighting for their lives again as they have been double-crossed. A valuable member of the team is stolen, and resources, allies, and hope are low. As powerful forces from all around the world converge on Ketterdam to find out the secrets of the new and dangerous drug, jurda parem, enemies on all sides challenge Kaz’s scheming mind and the frail loyalty of the crew. A war will be waged-one that will determine the fate of magic in Grisha world.

Unlike Six of Crows, this book did not have a particularly linear plot. Six of Crows was mainly built around the one Ice Court heist. It kind of looked like this: (picture of line). On the other hand, Crooked Kingdom kind of looked like a cosine graph: (picture of cosine graph). There were definitely many highs and lows, a lot of twists, and it felt a bit murky. I don’t mind a murky plot, and indeed, I love surprises in books. However, I wasn’t really expecting this given the ways of Six of Crows (see above imaginary graphs). There was a lot of mini plots and schemes by everyone everywhere, but they all string together to create one heart-stopping ride.

In my opinion, Crooked Kingdom was more character driven. There was a lot more about relationships: not just romantic, although that certainly plays a huge part, but friendships, family relationships, national relationships, and even business relationships. In light of this, let’s begin with the characters. First of all, let’s talk Kaz. In the first book, Kaz has a definite armor and is stone cold. After all, “when everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing monstrous things.” However, in this book, we see the different sides of Kaz. Yes, he still does monstrous things, 1 but he also begins to show that he actually cares about his crows, one crow in particular. 2  Inej was already such a beautiful character, but we start to see even more of her backstory, especially the consequences of being stuck in a pleasure house. In Six of Crows, she was also portrayed as an almost invulnerable character, full of so much strength that she is able to overcome everything, but in Crooked Kingdom we see her falter for perhaps the first time ever. It was beautiful to see the process of her and Kaz truly starting to fall in love and realize the depth of their feelings.3 Inej’s friendship with Nina is also a beautiful thing. The two are just friendship goals, although I do wish they had more scenes together. In Crooked Kingdom, we see Nina grappling with the unintended consequences of consuming the jurda parem. It’s not easy for her to accept what’s happened to her, and this book really explored Nina’s weaknesses more, especially how far she was willing to go for Ravka. 4 She and Matthias were just so sweet together. I loved seeing them work out their love, especially what it meant to be in love with someone you were taught to hate from a very young age. I’ll be honest with you: I didn’t loooove Matthias in the first book, but I think he truly went through a lot of growth here, especially in trying to understand where Nina was coming from. 5 Last but certainly not least, my favorite couple: WESPER!  Okay, first of all, I’m so glad Wylan got his own POV. He was almost refreshing, and I loved seeing his gradual acceptance of who he was. If possible, I now adore him even more. He and Jesper are just goals! For all my talk about growth though, I truly think Jesper had the most change. We finally got to see more of his backstory, and that made him even more sympathetic. 6

Of course, Crooked Kingdom would not be complete without the witty banter. There are so many parts that made me happy! 7 (and sad and heartbroken and angry, but let’s not go there.) I highly recommend reading the Grisha trilogy before Crooked Kingdom though because there are some Grisha trilogy spoilers though. All in all, Crooked Kingdom is simply amazing and you must go read it now!!!!


  1. That scene with Hannah in the first part left me with chills!
  2. Remember, and I quote, “I will have you without armor, Kaz Brekker. Or I will not have you at all.” There is such a progression from Inej having to bargain with Kaz like that to “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.”
  3. The scene where the two of them are confessing how much touch from other people, especially in more intimate places, bothers them, is so touching and heartbreaking and almost inspiring all at the same time.
  4. The appearances of Tamar, Zoya, Genya, and Nikolai made me so happy!!!! I missed the Grisha trilogy crew. 
  5. Then of course, as soon as I was truly in love with him and fully on board the Nina/Matthias ship, he had to go and die. Seriously! Although I didn’t actually cry, I was very close to tears. I mean, I know it’s Leigh Bardugo and she had to destroy our hearts, but why couldn’t someone like Van Eck or Rollins die? I think what hurt me the most was thinking about how devastated Nina must be. Although I think she and Nikolai might make a good couple…
  6. Jesper’s father making an appearance made me very happy. I felt really bad for him and Jesper though because I wasn’t sure if their relationship would survive. Also, the nickname Jes makes me very happy. Although, seriously Jesper? You can’t tell that you’re not kissing the guy you love but instead his double? Also, by this point I was getting very mad at Kuwei Yul-bo. He was being very annoying and attempting to break up my OTP and just grrrrr.
  7. Alys Van Eck and her singing driving the crew mad was just priceless. I couldn’t stop laughing!!! I also really really really need Leigh to write about Jesper’s presentation on oil when they are setting up Kuwei’s auction. I feel like it would be hilarious! The Wyvil part was so cute too!

Let’s face it. I’m in love with anything and everything Leigh Bardugo writes, but especially the Six of Crows duology. I think I can officially call myself obsessed. Also, if you made it all the way down here, you’re a champion! This review is more than 1300 words, and I think I haven’t written something this long since my Song of Achilles review. Maybe not even then.

Mindblown!!! (Literally): Gemina


Continuing from last week’s Fangirl Favorites Friday, today I bring you the sequel to Illuminae. This series represents an accomplishment for me: I got my dad to read and love a YA book! And not just one, but two! I think that basically the only YA my dad has read is Harry Potter, and that’s not even always classified as YA. Anyway, Gemina was just as amazing, if not more than, Illuminae. I finished this book in less than 5 hours; it just kept me wanting more and more and more!!!

Hanna knew that moving to the edge of the galaxy would be the end of her social life, but she never thought it might actually be her death. Two new characters must confront another BeiTech assault on board the Jump Station Heimdall. Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter, and Nik is a member of the notorius House of Knives. But while the two are struggling with the realities of life on the most boring station, they are unaware that Kady Grant, aboard the Hypatia, is headed right towards them, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion. When an elite BeiTech strike team assaults Heimdall, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But non-human hostiles are picking people off, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means that the space-time contiuum might be ripped apart any second. Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival. Everyone on the Hypatia and possibly even the universe is relying on them. No pressure. They’ve got this. Hopefully.

Where to begin? First of all, shoutout to the lollipop song! I couldn’t help but laugh every time I read it, especially in parts that are supposed to be serious. Anyway, I guess I’ll start with our amazing couple. Actually, when the book first starts off, Nik Malikov and Hanna Donnelly are not a couple. Hanna has a boyfriend, but that does stop Nik from shamelessly flirting with her. As the station captain’s daughter, Hanna initially seems really spoiled. However, as the book progresses, it becomes clearer that she is selfless and willing to stand up for what she believes in. She is incredibly resilient, and her journal artwork is beautiful. (Thanks, Marie Lu!) Nik is a gang member in the House of Knives who seems very tough, even a little cruel, on the outside. Secrets revealed later in the book make him seem like almost a villain in some portions, but ultimately you can tell that he has a heart of gold. Also, something about the way he flirts kind of reminded me of Ezra. Just saying. Ella, Nik’s cousin and relative hacker, was honestly hilarious. She’s fiercely loyal, but her antics are probably one of the best parts of the story. The BeiTech strike team was kind of scary, but I do wish that we had gotten more background on Commander Cerberus. I think it was really helpful when they kept x-ing out the strike team that died because you could physically see how many people were remaining and what their occupations are. Some of our favorite characters from Illuminae make an appearance in this book, and gave me no small amount of pleasure to “reconnect” with them.

Just like the previous book, the plot here was crazy!!! There were just so many twists and turns. You truly never know what’s going to happen next, which means this book is an extreme page turner. Speaking of pages, I loved all the different formats of storytelling again. My favorite format probably had to be the journal drawings, courtesy of Marie Lu, but I honestly loved every single page. My one complaint is that the dark “blood stain” on most of the pages made it a little hard to read, which was probably intended, but I found myself straining to read the almost-hidden portions.

*SCREAMING SPOILER SECTION AHEAD* I honestly can’t say whether I find the lamina in this book or phobos in the previous book creepier. I’d probably have to say the lamina because they are legitimate alien predator things that can jump onto you and basically turn you into a zombie. At least with phobos, you knew it was a disease, not something that can sense when you’re weak. Just saying. Also, I found the concept of gemina particles extremely interesting. I’m taking physics this year, and my teacher I ended up discussing this whole realm of theory. I will say that I don’t completely understand it yet, but I do think that it’s really cool. I think the part where AIDAN is reporting simultaneously on the two different universes is amazing. Seeing both the parallels and the differences made me appreciate just how complicated the scenario was. Also, I loved seeing AIDAN again! (Even though it did kill a lot of people.) Finally, I did almost feel like I was in a Cassandra Clare novel at some points. You know, that thing where you never know whether a character is permanently dead or not because one moment they’re dead and then two hundred pages later you find out they’re actually alive. (*cough* Ella *cough*). i had multiple scares throughout the book, but then again it wouldn’t be an Illuminae Files book otherwise. *SPOILERS END*

Do I recommend it? A million times yes!  I mean, if I can get my dad to read and love this books, then I’m 99.9999999% sure you’ll love it too.

What To Do When Your Planet Gets Invaded: Illuminae

img_7328“So here’s the book that almost killed me, Director.”

Wow. That’s all I could say for the next ten minutes after I read this book. There’s nothing in this book that I can complain about. Absolutely nothing. Okay, you see the panda, so you know what that means…it’s time for a Fangirl Favorites Friday!  First of all, let’s take a moment to appreciate the fact that this book has one of the best first lines ever. It just grabs your attention because now you want to know how this Illuminae person was almost killed and why. Also, how cool is this cover?

This morning, Kady thought that her break up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. A few hours later, her planet was invaded. The year is 2575, and two rival corporations are fighting over a ice-covered planet that’s at the edge of the universe. Unfortunately, nobody warned that speck’s occupants. With enemy fire raining down, Kady and Ezra, who aren’t even really talking to each other, just manage to fight their way onto an evacuation fleet, with an enemy warship in pursuit. But that’s just the beginning. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, the fleet’s AI might actually be thier enemy, and none of the authorities will say what’s actually going on. As Kady hacks her way through the tangled web of lies, she realizes that only Ezra can help bring it all to light. Illuminae is told through a mixture of hacked documents, including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more, and it is the first in a thrilling trilogy about daily lives interrupted, the cost of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.
Let’s start with our main couple. Ezra and Kady have just broken up the day before this book starts. Right off the bat, from their interviews, I could tell that I was going to love both them and this book itself. They were both just so sarcastic and snarky, but underneath all that, you could tell how much they cared about each other. Ezra was a little bit more cautious and rule-abiding, but when it was necessary, he did what needed to be done. He stuck up for what he believed in, especially in the beginning, but as the story progressed, it was interesting to see him struggle with what decision to make when the stakes were much more dangerous. Kady, on the other hand had no such qualms about following the rules. Like Ezra, she still has a lot of anger in her, but she displays it a lot more openly. She is wonderfully defiant, willing to question the authorities and get the real information, even if it means hacking her way through. Besides, how great is the hacker name “ByteMe?’ I feel like this completely encapsulates Kady’s personality. Because of these two, all the exchanges in this book are filled with just the right mixture of levity and gravity. The sarcasm levels in this book are just sky high, but there are also very real discussions about grief and coping. This is in large part due to the nature of the plot. There are so many twists and turns, right down to the very last page. You never know what is coming, and just when you think you have everything figured out, some other disaster happens. The AI was quite snarky in its own way, and a very interesting catalyst. The plague’s symptoms and just everything about in general gave me the chills. Also, not only is the plot unexpected and quite frankly heart-stopping in quite a few places, but you never know what kind of format the next few pages will be like. There are interviews, propaganda pieces, surveillance reports, and even a Wikipedia-ish type article.

If you haven’t read this book yet, then what are you waiting for? Get thee to a copy of Illuminae right now! The second book, Gemina, just came out on Tuesday, and I literally just finished reading it. All I can say is wow. Again.

Watching It Burn: A Torch Against the Night

“How did they find us so fast?” 

No, Laia, it was not fast. The wait was waaaay too long. I literally read this book the day it came out. I was sooooo excited, and I read the thing in about two hours straight. I then kind of just sat there in shock for a good 15 minutes. 

*SPOILERS FOR BOOK 1* After the fourth trial, Elias and Laia are running for their lives. Martial soldiers hunt them as they flee through the Empire, as Laia is determined to rescue her brother from Kauf Prison. Elias is determined to help her, even if it means giving up his freedom. But many enemies are ranged against them: the merciless Emperor Marcus, the cruel Commandant, the bloodthirsty Warden of Kauf, and the newest Blood Shrike-Helene. Sworn to serve Marcus, Helene is forced to find the traitorous pair…and kill them both.

What isn’t there to like about this book? For starters, there are so many amazing characters here! My favorite remains Helene, so I really loved getting to read from her perspective. She was already my unequivocal favorite in the first book, but if you didn’t love her before, you’ll definitely love her here. She just had so much compassion and loyalty and strength, and it made my heart hurt to see how much she was actually suffering. She also gave a lot of insight into how the role of Blood Shrike worked, how the Marcus functioned as an emperor, and just the general politics of the Empire. As for Laia, I wasn’t a huge fan of her in the first book, but I really grew to respect her here. Her determination and resilience were so inspiring. Elias was also very determined, but to be honest, I didn’t really feel a lot of growth in him. Maybe it’s because he was already a well-developed character in the last book. Probably the most significant difference was his ability to forgive himself, which was really key given who he was and the circumstances he has been thrust into. Speaking of events and twists, this book was just unbelievable. It just kept coming, and I was always on the edge of my seat. There was never a dull moment, and the pacing was just perfect. I’m still a little shell shocked by some of the events in this book, and I read this exactly a month ago. The world building was just as beautiful, even more so, as we were exposed to new scenes and introduced to new mythical characters.

I had the pleasure of meeting Sabaa Tahir at one of her ATATN events, and she is so funny and sweet. We learned so much interesting facts about her and the books. For example, I learned that when Helene was younger, she used to play hide and seek with her sisters. She would always know where they were, but pretend that she didn’t. If that doesn’t make you love Helene, then what will?!?!?!?

Anyway, I hope you can tell by this point how much I loved this book and how much I want you to read it. If you don’t, then we know somebody didn’t bother to actually read my review…

A Crew of Six: Six of Crows

img_6279Okay, I’m back again! This time, if I disappear for more than two days without notice, please yell at me. Like seriously, email me, comment me, tweet at me, something. Otherwise, I’m just going to disappear down the rabbit hole again.  Where was I you might ask? Well… first I went on a long vacation (mostly to London), and then I came home and was super busy with rehearsals, and then I went away for a performance, and then school started, and then I got sick. And now we’re here! I thought would catch up with my  reviews of books I read in the summer first, so for this Favorites Friday, we’re going to start with Six of Crows!

Fun fact: Leigh Bardugo is apparently an alum of my high school! I congratulate her because my school is definitely not a walk in the park. Anyway, this book is my favorite of hers, and it has made it to my top 10 of all the books I’ve read this year. Considering that all the books I’ve read come highly recommended by the book community, this is no small feat. This book is just absolutely perfect. 

In Ketterdam, you can buy anything you want-for the right price, of course. Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker knows this better than ever, and one day he is offered a heist that could make him rich beyond imagination. The catch? It’s one of the most deadly break-ins ever. Kaz can’t pull this off alone. A prisoner eager for revenge. A sharpshooter addicted to bets. A runaway with former privilege. A spy slippery enough to be called the Wraith. A Heartrender using her gifts for survival. A thief who can escape almost anything. This crew of six is the last defense before the world they know is destroyed…but they have to survive each other first.

The best part of this book is undoubtedly the characters. The six main characters are all loveable in their own ways. They really are all different, and each of them has their own backstories, as well as an individual outlook on life. The book was written from the perspective of five of them, and they each brought something special to the story. I loved watching the dynamics between the six unfold as time progressed and they became closer to each other. I especially loved the romance, although most of it was quite subtle, which leaves room for a lot of development in Crooked Kingdom. It’s actually quite refreshing to not have insta-love but instead actually see the chemistry develop, even in the couples that have no each other for a long time. I ship them all so much though, especially Jesper and Wylan because they are just too adorable. Speaking of the characters, there were also some mentions of characters from the Grisha trilogy that had me squealing when I read about them! That’s another thing I loved: this duology is set in the same world, so it was easy to settle into, but certain developments bent the rules and played with the foundations that already seemed established which was refreshing. My other favorite part of the book was the plot though. It was action-packed, and it involved plenty of heists, which I love! The first rule of heists; anything that can go wrong will go wrong. The thing is, Kaz Brekker seems to have everything figured out and planned out, so that just when your think everything is going to pieces, the story takes a sharp turn, which makes the ending just 😱. I was just speechless.

Crooked Kingdom comes out on September 22!!!! (Yes I have that date memorized because the ending here is just brutal and I need the next book now!!!!!!) If you haven’t read Six of Crows, put everything down and go, go, go!!!