Crooked Kingdom22299763
Leigh Bardugo
YA Fantasy

Kaz Brekker and his crew 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 left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, 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 magic in the Grisha world.

I’ve never read a duology before, and this was a great first. I loved all the characters and their adventures, and I would love to read more of them (hoping for a spin-off or novella).veryamooseing

Their morally gray actions were the best. I adore how the characters are all criminals and they know it, but they try to do the right thing (even if it is with selfish motivates).jared-padalecki-supernatural-gifs-sam-winchester-shrug

I’m reading the Grisha series at the same time I read this series (I’ll admit, not the wisest idea I’ve had, but the library is taking forever), and there were spoilers. It would have been a really cool easter egg of sorts, but I think she could have done something less spoilery (Alyssa has only read these two books and didn’t notice anything, so if you’re really worried, it’s fine).km51j

Kaz and Inej are my favorites (they’re awesome!), followed by Matthias and Nina, ending with Jesper and Wylan. The whole gang and even background characters are amazing. I’m not sure how to describe them accurately, so I’m not even going to try (it would be unfair), but they’re definitely going on my favorite characters list.giphy2

  • This is set in a gang war (a little more complicated) when people used swords and knives, along with guns, so violence is a main part of the story with some convincing gore. A character has the power to control dead tissue and reanimates (not raises) the dead, but is disgusted by it.
  • Some characters were sold into brothels and it’s very negatively talked about (the author wants to bring attention to human trafficking). There are two (three?) gay characters you’re supposed to ship.
  • If fits the story well, but words like d**n, b****, and b****** are used. Also very negative words are used for the trafficked characters.
  • A character has a gambling addiction (he’s trying to stop) and alcohol goes along with (not an addict of that).

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536 pgs.
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Sept. 2016
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The Grisha series

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4575289Leigh Bardugo is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Grisha Trilogy (Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising).

She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and most recently, makeup and special effects. These days, she’s lives and writes in Hollywood where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band.

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I finally got this up. Yay! I absolutely recommend this series (it won an EpicRead award). Have you read it? Let me know!

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