|Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2)|
by Leigh Bardugo
pub 9/27/16 by Henry Holt & Co
YA - Fantasy
As one can expect from a Leigh Bardugo book, the storytelling was impeccable. There are no throwaway details, which shows in many clever reveals throughout the plot. It's so smart and surprising. But what elevated this book for me were the characters. There were so many things I wanted to see coming into Crooked Kingdom. I wanted to see more cracks in Kaz's armor. I wanted more of Inej's backstory and for her to keep chasing her dreams. I wanted to see Nina and Matthia's love blossom despite being complete opposites. I wanted to know more about Jesper and Wylan's childhoods and how they ended up where they are. I wanted it all and I'm happy to say Bardugo delivers in ways that I both hoped for and didn't expect. It was an amazing end to the story she began.
"There's no expiration date on your talent."
"A badly written but finished draft is more important than a perfect first sentence."
"Revise, revise, revise." (She is all about revisions and constant editing.)
Then once the interview part was over, we had to wait for our books to get signed and Macmillan did a great job of organizing everything. They had cookies and tattoos for everyone. There were full-size cutouts of the characters to take pictures with. And finally, meeting Leigh herself. I was inwardly freaking out when I walked up and she was like, you look familiar. I said we had met before and as soon as I mentioned my blog, she was all oh yes! Which made me very happy.
What did you guys think of Crooked Kingdom?
And do you love Leigh Bardugo as much as I do?