Buddy Read Review with Kate: Crooked Kingdom

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Before You Read…


This review had been completed more than a year ago. It’s been sitting in my drafts completed, so I decided to share it with you all. I was going to have more questions prepared for it, but it’s been so long since I got to touch base about them with my buddy. But we did read this together, and I had a lot of fun doing so! If you want to visit her blog, you can find her at Kate @ Melting Pots and Other Calamities. Now on to the post. (Which is unedited [much] and raw material from last year, hah.)

Crooked Kingdom

Welcome to the world of the Grisha.

Kaz Brekker and his crew of deadly outcasts have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives.

Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties.

A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets – a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world. (Credit: Goodreads)



It’s almost alarming that it took me so long to finish. I apologize, I got distracted from games, shows, streams, and lots of other things that took my mind away from reading. Yet despite my break away, I was still addicted to this book. Once I started a chapter, I’d end up reading five or six more. Usually I try to regulate how I read now, but I kinda broke away from my plans and kept reading. It was totally worth it in the end, I enjoyed the outcome of this book so much!

As always, the writing for the Six of Crows duology was fantastic. Almost cinematic, if you find yourself to be a big imaginer that is, like myself. There were times when I just felt the smugness of some characters and imagined eyebrow raises. XD I appreciated the way how everything was recapped. Personally, I haven’t read the first book in, what, forever. So after a part or two into the story, I came to remember all the words and contexts all over again (still took some time). Though it would’ve been handy if at the end, in the glossary, they had words like stadwatch and drüskelle. There were only names, and yes it was helpful, but the gap year I had between both books made my memory hazy and I forgot a couple of the words.

But all of my favorite characters came back, badder than ever.

I was extremely happy to see Wylan have a POV. You had no clue. I was over the moon! He’s my favorite over all of them (though I love them all) and I looked forward to his chapters the most.

Then Jesper had a lot of Wylan in his chapters too, so I looked forward to both of them. ;3

Still, I appreciate everyone’s POV and all of them either gave me a punch to the heart or some well deserved comedy. The dark humor was mostly said by Jesper, which is why he’s my other favorite next to Wylan. And I loved Nina’s witty remarks as well as the commentary overall from the whole gang.

I felt like Jesper had the biggest character change, it was elongated more than Matthias’s, and was brought up the most too. A lot of characters changed in their own rite, but Jesper’s stood out the most from all the others by comparison. As mentioned, Matthias’s change was a huge leap, and felt all too quick with the end that came upon him (I’ll get into that more soon, look out for the word spoiler in bold.)

But everything was well executed and evenly paced. The ending drew on for a well amount of time, and wasn’t abrupt at all. It’s amazing to think that the entire book was just a handful of days. It felt a lot longer with all the action involved, but this isn’t a complaint from me, more like an observation.

Spoiler: The only thing that felt too quick was Matthias’s end. I mean, it came in two chapters, the last sentence of one of his POV’s and throughout Nina’s following chapter. But his death came too fast. I don’t really know if this is the reason I didn’t react to it, or if it’s just me because I have an immunity towards character deaths now. XD (When Matthias died I thought, “Oh yeah, I can see how that’s sad… But like, seriously, how dare you leave Nina?” Also, “Oh, he’s dead? Okay.”) (Yeah, now when characters die, I’m more apathetic. It’s because I’ve read and watched so many, nothing breaks me anymore.) But it came too abruptly for me to feel anything.

I was surprised by the amount of guesses I made coming true. XD Kaz became an easier character to read, so I came to find out a lot of the events weren’t what they seemed on the outside. I even predicted a few important impact points of the story and just sat in my chair basking the glory for ten minutes then continued to read how Kaz set it all up. XD It kinda was a game of cat an mouse at this point, and Kaz was always the cat no matter what happened.

Haha, this review is probably taking forever, I just want to end with a positive note and say to go out and read the book because it’ll blow you away. Another reason why I love this book so much is all the multishipping. There’s so many great characters here with lots of background and complex personalities that all the ships are just fun to read.

I’m going to regret making a potential war in the comments, but who’s your favorite ship? >:3

Extra Stuff

Haha, I couldn’t quite bring myself to edit this review. It’s kinda nostalgic to see how I used to write. (Plus, you know that cringing feeling you get from reading your old unedited stories. I felt that, lol.)

Anyway, I still have lots of unfinished business in my drafts, so bear with me.

Go visit the author’s website here, there’s lots of information regarding new releases, so make sure you stay on top of them. Have a fantastic Monday!

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