Possibly the best book ever, in world history: Six of Crows Review

Synopsis: Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.


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^ That’s me screaming.

This has been: my full review of Six of Crows. Bye.

I guess I can elaborate on that, but really it’s going to boil down to the same thing. Which is me screaming.

I’m only, like, 17% joking. I have no idea how to review this book. I barely even knew how to read this book, due to the fact that it was so devastatingly cool and exciting and unique and addictive that it almost made me illiterate.

When I first read this book, I loved it. Absolutely aDORED it. I five-starred it and participated in the hype and probably googled fan art exactly one time, which is as far as I ever get in terms of joining a fandom.

However. That guaranteed absolutely nothing.

As I have said 3467824628 times, any opinion of mine older than approximately 18 months cannot be trusted. I am on a continual process of growth and I am very stupid. Here is where I always list a hot take younger me had (such as thinking the television program “Degrassi” was the apex of cinematic art), or something dumb younger me did (such as literally never eat a salad even once), in order to illustrate just how stupid that was.

This is the person who read and loved Six of Crows.

That version of me was also #new to the book-internet scene and, ahem, DESPERATE TO FIT IN. I think I initially four-starred A Court of Thorns and Roses despite not liking it at all just to seem Hip and Down With The Teens.

Obviously I went back and surreptitiously changed that rating.

Anyway, what it’s coming down to is that it’s absolutely possible that then-me could have tricked myself into liking this book just out of a desperate desire for popularity, and that even if I did actually like it it wouldn’t matter because I was (and continue to be) a fool.


This book is fan-f*cking-tastic. It blows all other YA fantasy out of the water (okay except The Raven Cycle I see you Maggie Stiefvater I would never forget about you Gansey).

It’s everything the genre should be. It’s creative and immersive and unique. It’s stylistically great without being overly stylized. The plotline is nearly nonstop exciting. There is a MAP.

Nearly most importantly of all, there is a HEIST. Everyone who’s anyone knows that the best trope-y plotline is a heist. We get squads and excitement and scheming and risk and THEFT. And just yesterday someone asked me earnestly if I’m a kleptomaniac, to which, after a bit of reflection, I answered “Yes.”

But there is a lil thing I mentioned in there that I need to talk more about. And it’s not my potential kleptomania. (Although maybe I should talk more about that too. In a different format.)

That thing is: THE SQUAD!!!!

The characters in this book are so fantastic. Our gang is made up of six people, whom I will now list here as if it’s even slightly possible that anyone hasn’t read this book yet. They are: Kaz, Inej, Jesper, Wylan, Nina, Matthias.

Is that a ranking? I don’t know. You decide. (Yes it is a ranking.)

I LIKE THREE OF THOSE CHARACTERS. THREE!! OUT OF SIX!!! To anyone else that may sound like a fairly low number. You know. Fifty percent. A failing grade. But I’ve always been a glass-half-full kind of person, and by “always” I mean “exclusively in this exact scenario for the sake of my argument.”

What it comes down to is the fact that I rarely truly like even a single character in a book. So to like THREE!! IN ONE NOVEL! Unbelievable.

Kaz is a dark nightmare boy who threatens to be a Hot Boy With A Tragic Backstory And So He Is Allowed To Be Mean To Everyone Especially Girls He Likes And You Can’t Say Anything About It, but he subverts that trope gorgeously. (By which I mean: Leigh Bardugo is the queen of YA, and also literature and being a person in general.)

Inej is a spooky lil sneaky gal who climbs around stuff and is the single most powerful creature in all of fictional humankind. Also Inej is just a cool name. EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BOOK AND ITS WORLDBUILDING IS COOL.

Jesper is a hilarious f*cked up lil monster who is trying his damn best and being a sarcastic sweetheart while he’s at it. Plus shooting at stuff, which adds some excitement and flair to the whole thing.

The other three…they’re just pretty boring. Wylan is Nice but that’s not enough to make me like a character. Nina is just like “Food!!! Yum!!! Love to eat, and also be sexy!!!” And if anyone could show me actual proof Matthias has one (1) trait besides liking Nina and being strong, I’d fall out of my chair. Because I’d be surprised. And also statistically speaking I’d probably be sitting.

BUT ANYWAY this is a five star review and that means I don’t have to complain!!! Who knew!! All new to me.

This book united stupid me and current me, which means that people who are dumb and have bad taste and people who are very very cool and like good things only can be united in liking this book.

It is literally so good that it’s impossible to not like it, even if you’re an idiot or picky. PICKY IDIOTS: UNITE!!!

Bottom line: Can anyone give me Leigh Bardugo’s mailing address? Not for anything creepy, I just want to blow a kiss into an envelope and ship it to her.

Oh, that is creepy? Got it. I would still like that address though.


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Have you read Six of Crows? (You totally have, right?) What did you think? (You totally loved it, right?)

37 thoughts on “Possibly the best book ever, in world history: Six of Crows Review

  1. It’s Lu Again says:


    All i can say: u think this is love. read Crooked Kingdom and u will be enlightened on wat tru luv is.

    im SO GLAD I CAN SQUAL @ U ABOUT THIS BOOK NOW±!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:


      also…………………don’t hate me but i did read crooked kingdom and uh. four starred it. BUT STILL ENJOYED IT I’M SORRY WE CAN STILL FANGIRL

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    • Shannon says:

      How can such a perfect book even exist? I haven’t read the Crooked Kingdom yet but I’m super hyped up for it. This book was like a movie. I felt like I was reading a wonderful movie and that’s the best type of book. Also, less than halfway through I decided to search up how to pickpocket because I was so damn curious and I stumbled upon Apollo Robbins ted talk. I was so shocked to read the end of the books and realize that Leigh Bardugo referenced him and that she took some of his tricks and incorporated it into the book. It’s such a big coincidence (to me at least) that I am still reeling. This book deserves all the stars because it completely blew my mind constantly and the characters are just so unfairly cool. I totally agree about getting Leigh Bardugo’s address, like not even kidding. Email address and even home address ahaha. I have the burning need to just show her my infinite love for her because this is right now my favorite book of all time. Well, second. But it’s a close race. She’s the author I can only dream to be. The one that leaves readers in complete awe and love after reading their books all day and night. Also yes, Kaz is my favorite too 🙂

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  2. bookwormmuse says:

    LMAO, your review is everything. I felt some of the same things when I read Six of Crows and god. I was feeling pretty foolish for being so enamoured by it but I am glad to see you are just as much in love as I am. So, yay.

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  3. GingerSnapHattie says:

    I just finished this book! I listened to it on audiobook on drives to work and absolutely loved it. Each character had a different narrator which really made the reading experience so much more enjoyable. I had already read the Grisha Trilogy so knew I liked the world, but this book was so much better! I would definitely recommend the audiobook and have already started listening to the second one 🙂
    I’m so glad you enjoyed it too!

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  4. Bookchanted says:

    Not to exaggerate, but i love this review almost as much as i love the book,,,which is a LOT,,,BUT AHHH YES EVERYTHING YOU’VE SAID JUST YESYESYES

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:


      THIS IS THE HIGHEST PRAISE I HAVE EVER HEARD IN MY LIFE. nothing anyone ever says to me can ever compare to even pretending anything i write could be CLOSE to the wonder of six of crows. i love u.

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  5. Kelly Brigid says:

    WONDERFUL REVIEW! I love this book with my whole heart, soul, and every other body part. This duology is honestly the only set of books (along with ToG and the Shades of Magic trilogy, hehe) that I set on the same level as the Raven Cycle.

    Kaz, Inej, and Jesper are absolutely amazing! Wylan has much more of a character arc and such in the next book, and Nina develops a bit as well. Matthias … well, I mean, these characters can’t all be gold, huh? Haha.

    Anywho, I’m SO happy you love this book! ❤️

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      agsdhjsaghj YES. it is this book + The Raven Cycle on a level all on its own to me.

      lmao @ the Matthias comment, truuuue. i do think nina and wylan have SOMETHING to them. just…….not as much.

      TY ILY

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  6. Ilsa @ A Whisper Of Ink says:

    honestly!! I am so glad you re-read this book and confirmed your love for it! I feel like I used to pretend to like a lot of books to just to be popular but haha I was so stupid, unpopular opinions are what GETS YOU THE REAL FAME.

    and i totally get you about Wylan and Matthias especially in this book – they just don’t have that much personality (?). I think Wylan’s whole story becomes SO amazing in crooked kingdom though!!

    and honestly HOW DARE YOU SLANDER NINA. she’s like…my favourite. On my first read, Kaz was my favourite because everyone loves him but the second time I read this, I was like Nina is one sassy binch and I love her with my whole heart because she’s so brave and unapologetic and amazing and I just LOVE HER. you know who i find kinda…eh? inej. I KNOW DON’T KILL ME. but she’s just the most boring to me out of all the characters (expect Matthias maybe). ‘Ooh yeah I can climb and I have been through stuff” I don’t know what is about her? But KANEJ IS MY ULTIMATE OTP HJGSHFGF.


    also can u agree we need more whesper?

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      lmao SO TRUE. if only past me knew that the moneymaker would be the rants……..prob would have achieved worldwide fame by now. alas.

      wylan def does get better!!! i just have such a hateful cynical easily bored soul and can’t deal with Sweet Characters

      HAHAHAHAH ok i get what you’re saying about nina but she just doesn’t do it for me??? i think maybe she feels too much like a template of a sassy character. like i’m like this has been DONE. also i kinda get what you’re saying about inej…….she’s a very quiet character compared to the rest of em tbh. but KANEJ YES

      okay the lil bird thing is cute i can admit that. and YES WE NEED SO MUCH MORE WHESPER AHHHHH

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  7. Jheelam says:

    This review is everything. Though I’ve read and enjoyed “Six of Crows” but my reaction was so very timid compared to yours. Your joy is so infectious, it’s itching me to pick up the book again and re-read, in case I’ve missed out on any hidden gem. 😀

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