The lovely Abbey and Tabitha started the Blogger Book Nook this month. As I’ve become re-addicted to reading over the past few months I was obviously instantly intrigued. There a Facebook group which I’m absolutely loving, as well as a prompt and Q&A for a blog post each month!
September’s prompt was newness. I read a lot of new authors this month but I picked up a few, well, all of Leigh Bardugo’s books… as you do. So for this mini review I’m going to concentrate on her duology Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom. I’d seen so much about her writing, from Wonder Woman Warbringer to SO many pictures of Six of Crows in everyone I follow’s #bookstagram. So when I saw Six of Crows in the library I had to pick it up.
The story starts with a feel very reminiscent of The Lies of Locke Lamora – based in a city full of water, rife with crime. The book follows Kaz, a criminal mastermind and the crew he assembles as they carry out a heist. Think Ocean’s Eleven but with magic and a world on the brink of war. I love that her Grisha books are set in a period of time reminiscent of just before World War One as if makes a wonderful change from the standard medieval fantasy. It also allows for some awesome surprises!
I will say I think the story in Six of Crows is a more interesting, edge of your seat book BUT Crooked Kingdom is very clever. I also love the depth you get from each character in Crooked Kingdom. They’re all clearly flawed but that provides an insight into struggles I know I hadn’t even thought of before.
I’d would recommend reading her Grisha trilogy before this duology… but I’d happily recommend all of her writing, especially if you enjoy YA Fantasy. They’re enjoyable, have great depth and a really solid plot.
Now for the Q&A section!
1. Do you like trying new authors or do you stick to old favourites? Why?
Definitely both! There are authors where I will read everything and anything they’ve published (can you tell that’s the kind of person I am). I read too much to stick to just authors I already know though. I do tend to stick to authors within genres I enjoy (YA, fantasy) but I’m always willing to read someone new when I’ve had a recommendation.
2. How do you usually find out about new authors? Reading blog reviews? Advertisements? Recommendations from friends?
All of the above! At the moment a lot of my inspiration comes from the book bloggers I follow on Instagram/Twitter and falling in love with covers. I also go into the library a lot and see what looks interesting!
3. Which new authors are on your TBR list at the moment?
I mean, the list is probably too long? A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan, Warcross by Marie Lu, The Dollmaker of Krakow by R. M. Romero, Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas amongst many others.
4. Have you come across a new author recently that you really didn’t enjoy reading? Which book was it and why didn’t it appeal to you?
True Believer by Nicholas Sparks. OMG. If you followed my Instagram stories the evening I read that book you’ll know how annoyed I got. It’s 400 pages long as pretty much nothing happens. You know how people got annoyed at Twilight because of Bella just sitting there analysing her feelings for chapters? This was a whole book of that with little else. I haven’t seen or read The Notebook which he also wrote, so I’m assuming this was just a dud book of his but ugh. Don’t waste your time! (Ok, it has a few good reviews on Goodreads but eh)
5. Which of your all-time favourite author’s books would you give to a friend who had never read their work before?
I would only recommend this to someone who loves fantasy… so I haven’t recommended it to that many people irl. The Redemption of Althalus by David Eddings. It’s my all-time favourite book by my all-time favourite author. Reading it feels like coming home home to me. It’s about a thief who is tasked to steal a book, there’s a war and there’s a cat. It makes me laugh and cry. I LOVE it.
Have you read anything by Leigh Bardugo? What would be the one book you’d recommend to me?