Waiting on Wednesday #3 – “Six of Crows” by Leigh Bardugo

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“Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill (breakingthespine) that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.”

YES! I wanted to wait until there was a Cover available and now the time has come (*dramatic music*) … Leigh Bardugo’s new book! (Now is the moment, you start running around in excitement and scream things like “YES!!! FINALLY!” but of course, you can vary what you’re screaming. No problem!)

Here it is:

Title: Six of Crows (The Dregs #1)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Pages: –
Price: 10, 89 € (amazon)
Expected publication: October 6th 2015 !!
(I won’t last that long. Please. Make it come out earlier. My heart can’t take this anymore!)
 Summary

“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.”

“Game of Thrones meets Ocean’s Eleven in this brand-book in the world of the Grisha by New York Times-bestselling author Leigh Bardugo.”

Why did I pick this book?

It’s a freakin’ Leigh-Bardugo-book, there is no explanation needed!

What is your Opinion on this book? Overrated? Underrated?
 And … by the way, what’s your WoW-pick? 

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All good things must end: Ruin and Rising (The Grisha Book #3) – Leigh Bardugo

5/5 
It’s over. So sad. One of the books I want to continue reading until … until I’m nothing but dust. Okay, now I’m definitively exaggerating! But still, I’m so glad that I’ve read this trilogy. Let’s get to the review, shall we?

 There will be no summary this time because I think if you’ve read Shadow and Bone and the sequel Siege and Storm, there is no need for a summary. This book is the last one and a brilliant conclusion of the series.

I was really afraid how the author will entangle all these hints and I am relieved to admit, that Leigh Bardugo solved it perfectly.
Alina is more and more struggling with her power, with the burden on her shoulders and the dark thoughts that’ll come every night. They still need to find the third amplifier to defeat the Darkling, but while the story gets darker and darker and their path is covered with more and more loss, they don’t give up. Mal is the centre of this undaunted hope. There was a quote in the story, I can’t really piece it together but it was something like “hope is like water, it always sneaks through”. This describes perfectly their situation.
You get to like the characters even more, even Zoya, that spoiled powerful beast, who can be quite helpful when she wants to be.
The showdown is … I can’t say, that I’ve expected more because I didn’t really know, what I was expecting, but it was adequate. I won’t spoil the ending but I’m glad it ended this way.
His writing is as terrific as in all the books before. I know, I haven’t really mentioned his writing or the concept of his story because I was so distracted by the storyline. I’m sorry. But all I can say is that he knows how to touch the readers heart with his characters (I’ll admit that there was an incident when I wanted to flush the book down the toilet because I thought something really, really bad has happened. Anyway. He made up for it. Fortunately.) and make them as human as possible without losing their essential traits to make the story come alive. (And all the characters still manage to be funny. Kind of. Fascinating.)

Siege and Storm (The Grisha Book #2) – Leigh Bardugo

 5/5 ★


The story of Alina, the sun summoner, continues and has me captivated.
This sequel is darker, more frightening and definitively more complicated

                          What is happening now? (Warning: Spoiler)

After leaving the Darkling and the Royal Court behind, Mal and Alina are fleeing over the sea to earn enough money in some big seaport. Unfortunately, they are captured by this power-hungry Grisha who claimed to love Alina while just wanting to use her power to take control of the world. What is more frightening than ever: The Darkling somehow learned to create dark creatures who can rip everything living as quickly as the creatures of the Fold apart.
As they are forced to go hunting the sea whip, so the Darkling can increase his power, Mal becomes friends with the captain of the ship they sail with – Stormhond.
But suddenly something unexpected happens: Stormhond and his Crew free Alina and Mal and can manage to escape the Darkling barely harmed.
Stormhond is none other than … no I can’t spoil that. This new character is everything you need him to be, what is quite dangerous as Alina mentions in the book. He is funny, charming, serious, ambitious and maybe one person more who can spread hope among the people of Ravka.

                                                               Opinion
This sequel is absolutely as good as the prequel Shadow and Bone .Alina grows into her role as leader, as strong women but also struggles with the weight of her powers and the responsibility. Mal as well has to deal with the new situation – he loves Alina over everything but he feels as misplaced under all these politicians and court intrigues as she felt under the Grishas in the first book.
I really like Mal, but sometimes I want to smack him. Hard. Of course, he is human and some of his doing is stupid but I can deal with it hardly, when there are so much other possible suitors for Alina. Her romantic bonds have become more important and I want her to stay with Mal but all these problems, her dark secrets and her positions are driving them apart.
But there is so much more to this book than just these two. Every character is a little more shaped and getting more interesting. This sequel is compared to the prequel darker but as brilliant.
READ IT, damn it!

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Book #1) – Leigh Bardugo

5/5 ★

Actually, I wanted to review “Alera – Zeit der Rache” but after I (finally) finished it I was so bored out of my mind, I couldn’t waste anymore time on that really below-average sequel. I’ve never skipped so many pages before, all I wanted to do was strangle everyone. EVERYONE. Thank God it’s over. There is nothing worse than a stupid main character. Nothing!
Now let me get to the good part.

         369 pages, 7,95 € Kindle

 What’s happening?
The story takes place in Ravka, a very icy country with slight russian touch, which is divided by the Fold (insert dramatic music), ” a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh”. Sounds jolly, doesn’t it?
Alina and Mal are two orphans who grew up together (and she has a serious crush on him ever since). They serve in the First Army of the King. But one day Alina discovers that she has some really awesome powers (when her ship was attacked and her best friend Mal was in deadly danger) – she is a sun sommoner.
The Grishas, another word for snobby and spoiled magicians, who can heal or summon fire or do some other crazy stuff, take her under their wings. Especially the Darkling, the most powerful Grisha of all time. He can summon pure darkness (If that’s not cool, I don’t know what it is).
Apart from Mal she learns to fight and to control her powers and grows more and more fond of that good-looking Darkling, who wants to destroy the mold with her powers, so that there can be peace and blablabla.
But as always there are some very dark secrets…

Opinion:

I loved it. Every single word of it. As I am an admirer of the russian language (I have no clue why, actually. My mom is from a slavic country, maybe that’s it?) I love to read about anything that only seems to be slightly russian.
Alina is an outsider, always was and that’s why I like her so much in the first place. She isn’t shallow as others or pretentious or dumb (sorry), she follows her heart and tries hard. The reader is Alina at some point, you get sucked in so badly that after finishing the book you finally remember that you are actually sitting at home and not fighting in the colds of Ravka.
You are also enchanted by this world of magic and rough reality at the same time (yes, it sounds like a contradiction but it’s not). I am eager to catch up witch the sequel. Tomorrow, another train ride is due. I’m already too excited to sleep.

ps: I hope my grammar isn’t that bad.