Book Review: Crooked Kingdom. Also Me Despairing

Crooked Kingdom
Leigh Bardugo
Juvenile Fiction
Macmillan
27th September 2016
560

The highly anticipated sequel to the thrilling #1 New York Times-bestselling Six of Crows. 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 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.

Right now I am sljdfoienslidifejslk. I cannot today. First off, I am pretty sure that chapters 39 and 40 were accidentally added because they are just NO. I am not in agreement. SO MANY FEELS.
Crooked Kingdom was even more glorious than Six of Crows. Such books are destroyment and unfair because I JUST CAN’T STOP. I keep coming back for more. In this aspect I am very much like Jesper and his gambling. Just like him, I keep losing because Leigh Bardugo RIPPED OUT MY HEART AND STOMPED ON IT. So unfair. I am complain but #noregrets.

To be COMPLETELY honest, I didn’t think the heist in this book could possibly be as impossible as in Six of Crows, but I was very wrong. It was very impossible, for reasons I don’t think I should say because they might be spoilers?? And once again EVERYTHING IS SO COMPLEX. It doesn’t seem complex until you start thinking about it and trying to explain it to someone who obviously is suffering because they do not live in the book world.

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In addition to all of this, there are of course the fabulous characters, and Nina’s VERY UNEXPECTED AND INTERESTING turn of events. If you ask me, it made me KIND OF SAD TO BE HONEST, but also made her more badass in the end somehow. And Nina and Matthias = ME SHIPPING HARDER THAN I EVER HAVE. They are just TOO CUTE TOGETHER and they melted my heart, obviously.

I love that the romances were not the main focus of the books, however. There was some flirting between Wylan and Jesper in the first one, and I love how disastrously it went down in KC. I never would have placed them together at first, but then again, there was slim to nothing of Wylan in SoC, to be fair and he is actually a squishy muffin of lovableness. So. I ship.

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Um. KAZ AND INEJ. In SoC I WAS SHIHPPING. I admit it. And there were a few moments where I was also shipping in KC BUUUUUUUT Kaz is just too damaged, and INEJ HONESTLY GOT ON MY NERVES at the end. I was like. OMG. Shut up about your stupid saints Inej. You’re not better than anyone else jeeze. I feel satisfied because I feel like (almost cryyyyyyy) everyone got a happy ending in their own respect and it did feel complete and squishy except for one VERY OBVIOUS TYPO AHEM. All in all I was bewitched, body and soul my beauties, and my heart has been torn to shreds so excuse me while I go sit in the corner and cry.

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Have you submerged yourself into the torture that is CROOKED KINGDOM? If yes, HAS IT DESTROYED YOU YET?? If not…WHAT ARE YOU EVEN WAITING FOR OMG?

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