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Ninth House is Worth a Pledge

Ninth House

Ninth House

By: Leigh Bardugo

Ninth House was probably my most anticipated book of the year. It’s one of my favorite authors making the jump from YA to Adult. Although I admit I find that line really blurred already especially in Bardugo’s case.

Strong but flawed heroine, ghosts, magic, creepy towns and an ages old murder mystery mixed in with a current murder was right up my alley and perfect for this time of year.

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Only Nikolai Could Live Up to His Hype: King of Scars

King of Scars

King of Scars

By: Leigh Bardugo

Grade: A

King of Scars was in my top three most anticipated books of 2019 and it didn’t let me down! Though that ending…

Just a warning there are spoilers in here for the Shadow and Bone trilogy and for Six of Crows (especially in terms of fatalities in those books.) So if you were planning on reading them and don’t want to be spoiled don’t read this.

I also think you probably should read, at least the Shadow and Bone books, if you want to to get the full feeling of King of Scars.

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The Language of Thorns

The Language of Thorns

The Language of Thorns

Grade: A+

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Illustrated By: Sara Kipin

I was originally torn on whether to even pick this book up or not. It’s a book of six fairy tales set in the Grishaverse, three of which have been published previously. But in the end I’m thrilled that I did and it’s so beautifully illustrated if you’re at all interested in it I’d definitely suggest picking up the hardback version.

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Wonder Woman Warbringer

Warbringer

Warbringer

By: Leigh Bardugo

Grade: B

This Wonder Woman tale by one of my favorite authors was definitely on my most anticipated lists. So I picked it up immediately upon its release last week and I have to say I’m a little torn. The story is about how a teenage Diana saves a girl from drowning but that girl is a blood descendant Warbringer. Not will she bring war she tends to cause conflict and strife wherever she goes and her presence on the island is destroying it.

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Crooked Kingdom

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Crooked Kingdom

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Grade: A

Just a warning since this is the second book in the series there’s going to be spoilers for Six of Crows (book one). I try to stay away from spoilers for this one but if you haven’t read Six of Crows- and you should- you’ve been warned…

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Six of Crows

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Six of Crows

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Genre: YA/Fantasy

Grade: A!

This book was on my list for the longest time and I was like, “I’ll get to it eventually. Probably.” And then for some reason I had to have the hard back edition with the black-lined edges on the paper. So pretty.

Kaz is the leader of a group of youths who undertake an impossible heist mission that will make their fortunes and get them out of some very dicey situations. This is a multiple point of view novel not just Kaz but also his right-hand girl Inej, Nina and Matthias who have an interesting and very frought story and Jesper, the troubled funny gambler of the group.

The stakes are high. The mission is intense enough to hold interest throughout. But it was the characters that I really loved. I liked every single one of them and wanted them all to succeed and live and get what they wanted and they all really want different things. This was also more my cup of tea in the romance department. Harsh reality and nothing shoved down your throat but people who actually seem to (at least try) to be accepting of the imperfections of the other and like each other for who they are. And they aren’t perfect.

This book is set in the same world as Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy which I’ve never so much as cracked the spine of and I don’t think you really have to. I understood everything. Excellent world-building- you can follow along more than easily enough. Though I did get the impression from the ending some elements could become more involved in future books.

I must admit my enjoyment of this book makes me want to check out the Grisha Trilogy. Also on the plus side not reading it right away means I only have to wait a couple of months for the next one!

Recommend: Yes. Great characters, world-builing and a fun heist that reminded me a little of the great Hollywood heist films. Butch and Sundance, Sneakers and Ocean’s Eleven being among my favorites.