Welcome to the Pre-Squee, a feature here at The Book Swarm and the fabulous Bewitched Bookworms. Some books, though they might not be coming out for a few months (or a month, in this case), need an early squee — we just can’t hold in our excitement about them! This feature gives us a chance to share a little bit of our love with our favorite people just a little bit early, whether it be for the story, cover, characters, or whatever. We’re quite flexible in our book love.Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Published by Henry Holt and Company on September 29, 2015
Genres: YA Fantasy
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.
Oh, I know this one is going to get/has already gotten plenty of hype. However, Leigh Bardugo is one of those authors who’s created one of those worlds that just work. She’s an auto-buy author for me and I do love her Grisha universe with its Russian overtones and brilly paranormal bits. This story, while set in the same world as her Grisha series, is completely separate and an easy standalone, if you haven’t yet read the series. It’s kind of an Ocean’s Eleven meets The Great Escape set in a cold, challenging world where everyone wants to kill you. And, while these characters are not loved in their own world, I really enjoyed reading about them and getting to know them. There are a lot of POVs in this book but Bardugo handles it beautifully, transitioning seamlessly between characters and moving the story forward at a fast clip. It’s seriously edge-of-your-seat action and, damn, it’s a great story.
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