Six of Crows | Hype Victim. RIP.

Title: Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1)

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy 

Pages: 465

Published: September 29, 2015 by Henry Holt and Company

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. 

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first. 

   
 

 (Yes, yes, yes. You can read this book without reading the Grisha trilogy.)

I blame the hype. It’s so much better than the Grisha trilogy, they said. You’ll love it, they said. 

Okay, okay. It’s no one’s fault, really. I’m just frustrated because I spent an enormous amount of energy trying to like the book and not be so judgemental. And you know how very difficult it is for me not to be judgemental.

 

There were five billion  many flashbacks. I like to live in the present. I like to carpe the diem. So when a book spends half of its pages on the backstories of five billion six of its characters, I get very upset, especially when these flashbacks occur during a very important heist.

Overall, it was satisfactory. The plot wasn’t bad. It had a heist—you can’t go wrong with a heist. I just wasn’t blown away like I expected. 

  
Leigh Bardugo’s words are 112% quotable. For example:

“Better terrible truths than kind lies.”

And:

“I will have you without your armor, Kaz Brekker, or I will not have you at all.”

Plus:

“We are all someone’s monster.”

Despite all the scrumptious quotes, I’ve always felt that there’s something missing from Leigh Bardugo’s writing. Some indescribable polish and passion that keeps it from ranking five stars.

  
There were five billion six (!!!) main characters. 

  • Kaz. Everyone loves Kaz. It is a felony not to love Kaz. Kaz is un-un-lovable. He is probably frolicking around and pickpocketing as we speak.
  • Inej. MY PRIDE AND JOY. Inej is a little tiny ninja who kicks booty. I am tiny, therefore one step closer to being Inej. This fills me with great joy.
  • Nina. Everyone said she’d be sassy. I take sassy very seriously. Sassy is a privilege, we can’t be handing the title out to just anyone. Nina has yet to truly deserve this description.
  • Matthias. Matthias hates everything. Matthias needs to chill.
  • Jesper. Jesper is there for comic relief and not much else. He also likes guns.
  • Wylan. Wylan is a puppy. We love Wylan.

SO MANY CHARACTERS. Too many characters. I mainly just cared about Kaz and Inej, so the mulitude of other persons was just annoying.

That being said, I REALLY loved Kaz and Inej. (I ship their little faces together SO MUCH.) I have adopted them into my family. They are officially part of the Indian-American madness.

The hype loved Six of Crows, unfortunately I did not. Excuse me while I bathe myself with my own tears of unpopular opinion-ness.

What books drowning with hype have dissapointed you?