BOOK BLOG: S M Wilson

Exile: new friends, old friends; new enemies, old enemies; same old dangerous dinosaurs. 

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“Betrayal. Sacrifice. Survival. Welcome to The Extinction Trials.

After surviving on Piloria once, Storm and Lincoln are the obvious candidates to return to the dinosaur continent to test the new virus that should clear the way for human settlement. But they have their own priorities – finding a cure for the plague that’s sweeping Earthasia, and keeping themselves alive.”

For those of you who have been living under a rock, The Extinction Trials is one of those brilliantly excellent series that comes along and kicks you in the face with its brilliance. Last year, the first book in the trilogy (I think?!) was released. The Extinction Trials was our first introduction to Stormchaser and her world – trying to rid their world of dinosaurs. If you’re interested in finding out more about The Extinction Trials, check out my review here BLOG TOUR: The Extinction Trials. It’s actually a little bit different that review – it’s an aesthetic/mood board that the book inspired. You should DEFINITELY read the book though

For those of you who have read book 1, welcome to my review of book 2. Yes, hello, I have read Exile and I LOVED IT OK. (I could stop this review there, but I’m sure you came for more than I LOVED IT OK. I love lots of books. That’s probably one of the things you’ve noticed about me. But anyway, less rambling, more reviewing).

So Exile leaves off not long after where The Extinction Trials finishes. Storm, Lincoln and the crew are back in their home land, away from the land of the dinosaurs. Safe. Ish. Life has carried on while they were away – Arta is still poorly, people are still starving, there are still more people than there is land. At the end of Extinction Trials, Storm makes a very brave decision which benefits those siblings who are left behind. She’s kind of bending the rules; she’s been brilliant. Things start to change for Storm. She ends up getting a new job, which obviously leads her to going back to Piloriaback to the dinosaurs. Back to the danger, the nightmare. But also back to the colour, the warmth, the dream. (I won’t spoil it for you as to HOW she comes about this situation… but I thought it was an INTERESTING turn of events that made sense! And YAY Lincoln gets to go back with her!)

So here we go again, ready to fight the battle again – dinosaurs, danger and DNA. It’s always dinosaurs and their DNA. It’s always dinosaurs and their death. 

I absolutely loved being back on Piloria with these characters again. I didn’t realise how much I missed these characters until I started reading again. It’s so wonderful when you read the second book in a trilogy and you remember what you loved about them so much. I very much have that about Storm and Lincoln. I remembered their stories. The things these kids have to go through for their government are astounding. I just think I don’t know what I would do. The assortment of dilemmas thrown at them through the book are eye-opening. Would you choose to kill dinosaurs? Would you do anything to save your sister? Would you rescue the families of the people you watched die? Would you go to a VERY dangerous island with your estranged father? (I know what I would do, and it would not be noble. I am much too duty bound)

I absolutely loved seeing Blaine again. He was one of the things I loved the most about book 1 so getting to see him again in this book made me so happy. (I clearly have something about that kind of character – the man left to survive on the island. The Explorer from The Explorer was one of my favourite things about that book too!) Adding new characters, new dynamics, new relationships to the mix meant there was another level of risk, danger and love in the mission this time. There’s daughters and fathers, old friends and new friends, enemies and friends. Add in new emotions and new people to a mission that some have already been on before and you’re bound to have some frought tempers.

Another thing I absolutely adored in this book (and in book 1) was that it was JUST THE RIGHT amount of peril. There were moments where I was like OMG NO. DONT DO THAT. SHUSH BE QUIET. THEY’LL HEAR YOU. (I know the characters can’t hear me, that doesn’t stop me though, shush now!) DINOSAURS ARE SCARY GUYS. I mean, I wouldn’t want to mess with a T-Rex. I don’t care who you are. The dinosaur scenes are intense. A lot intense. 

This book is BRILLIANT. I love a good bit of dystopian YA fiction (hello have you met me?) and Susan Wilson just keeps hitting the nail on the head with these books. If you’re looking for a brilliant, brave main character, some danger and beautiful writing, then you’ve come to the right series!

My Goodreads review is SO terrible, I really must work on these:
“SO GOOD. I missed these characters, this world. There’s some new friends and enemies in this book and the plot is woven deeper this time round. Just lush.”

Also, a massive massive cry happened when I saw this… THAT’S ME. I definitely did cry. Me and some of my favourites. Thank you so much to Susan. I will forever shout about these books because they’re WONDERFUL.

Anyway, yes. There you go. Sorry to keep you here so long. Have you bought the book yet? Are you tempted to? Well you should because it’s brilliant. I don’t lie to you guys ever. I wouldn’t. 

Are you tempted to buy The Extinction Trials?
Would you like to follow Storm and go to Piloria?
Do you have a favourite dinosaur?

Let me know in the comments or on twitter! I’m always free for a chat – @eenalol!

S x

 

BOOK BLOG: Politics for Beginners

Don’t have a clue where to start when it comes to politics? Want a fun and accessible way to teach your kids? Politics for Beginners is a great starting point!

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Politics for Beginners is a brilliant book filled with facts to teach kids all about politics – not just our politics in the UK, but the history of politics, politics around the world and so much more! It’s filled with wonderful illustrations and facts galore. 

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The contents page lays it out so clearly that it makes this book super accessible. There’s chapters on all kinds of things that kids might want to know about. Think you have a revolutionary on your hands? They might want to check out ‘Political Change’. Have a budding historian in the making? They’ll love ‘All Kinds of Governments’. My favourite chapter however has to be ‘Big Questions’ which deals so brilliantly with all kinds of things from Am I a feminist? to What is terrorism? Big, big questions that kids will ask and want to be able to answer, dealt with in ways which are relatable for kids.

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I absolutely love this page – explaining all kinds of governments in one handy chart. (I could easily have chosen so many pages to take pictures of!)

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Now, I wouldn’t say I’m ignorant when it comes to politics (I keep up with what’s going on around the world and in the UK) but I learned an awful lot reading through this. It’s as useful for adults as it is kids! It’s gone down really well at school, with a few classes using it for one off lessons or for finding out about politics.

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There’s a brilliant glossary at the back of the book too to define some of the words set out in the book.

This is a great tool for educating kids about politics. It’s full of facts, quizzes, charts and some thought provoking questions. Ideal for KS2+ (as an adult, it’s BRILLIANT because it’s accessible without being condescending). It’s the kind of book I wish I had had when I was a kid. Politics needs to be accessible for everyone, it’s our future at stake at the end of the day! 

S x

 

 

S4S – What do people always ask me?

SUNDAY SUNDAY SO GOOD TO MEEEEEEEEEEEEEE…

Well well, fancy seeing you around here #SixforSunday, do you come here often? 

I’ve enjoyed posing questions to different people this month for #SixforSunday. Thanks to everyone who has answered my questions! It’s always really interesting to get answers! Today’s prompt however is:

Six questions people always ask ME

So… what do people always ask me? I’ve gone with BLOGGER me, not human me/teacher me ha!

  1. How do you have time to blog, teach and be a human?
    Well… I’m secretly a robot. HA. Nah seriously, it’s a lot of good organisation. It doesn’t always go right. Sometimes I spend more time blogging than I should, sometimes I neglect my blog. It’s a very fine balance that you’ve just gotta work on to get right. I love blogging and I love teaching, they’re both massive parts of my life.
  2. How do you get book post?
    Now, there’s no ‘you do this and you will get books’ answer to this. I don’t blog to get free books, it’s just a brilliant perk. 
  3. How do you read so quickly?
    I didn’t think I do read quickly, but I’ve had this a few times. I’m the kind of person who will IMMERSE myself in a book. I’m much better at reading for chunks of time than bits here there and everywhere. I read a lot of kids books, which on the whole take far less time. I also read a lot of books that I KNOW I’m going to like, so I’m going to read them quickly because I’m interested?
  4. Who don’t you post negative reviews?
    I have a blog post coming on this in a few weeks, so I don’t want to be too spoilery… but I generally read the books I know I’m going to like, so it’s unlikely I’m going to find one I do dislike. If I do come across a book I dislike (because there are books), I’ll talk about it but the world doesn’t need ANY MORE hate than there already is out there. I’m all about being positive. 
  5. You can’t like every book you read, surely?
    I get this one every now and again, each time I’m not entirely sure what the point of it is… however, no. I don’t like EVERY book I read, I just don’t TALK about the other books that widely. I will talk to you if you ask me… but see my answer to question 4.
  6. Do you prefer YA or MG books?
    Both. In equal and different measures. Don’t make me choose. 

So there you go. I am ALWAYS open to questions, and will answer them! My twitter DMs are always open or comment and I’ll answer!

Share your questions with me! #SixforSunday is all about your involvement!

S x

#SixforSunday prompts take 2

HELLO THERE.

It’s not a Sunday and I’m posting a #SixforSunday post. WHATSOEVER IS THAT ABOUT? 

Well… I’m just posting the rest of the prompts for the year… do not fear. The world is not broken. 

Before we go any further, I’d like to say a massive thank you to EACH AND EVERY one of you who have posted weekly, a few times, or even just once on #SixforSunday. It makes my little heart so happy. I started this little feature for me, and seeing people grabbing on to it and running with it makes me so happy. I am always on the look out for new ideas for #SixforSunday, so please share your ideas with me! Remember as well, if you don’t like the prompt for the week, you can do ANYTHING you like, or do a prompt you missed! I don’t mind, just remember to use the hashtag #SixforSunday. 

So… July to December? Let’s have you!

July – books + emotions!
1st – Books that made you cry
8th – Books that made you laugh
15th – Books that made you angry
22nd – Books that made you want to shout
29th – Books that made you fall in love

August – books old and new
5th – Authors you’ll always pick up
12th – Authors who surprised you
19th – Books people always tell you to read
26th – Books that have been sat on your TBR forever

September – spreading the blog love!
2nd – Favourite blog posts you’ve written
9th – Favourite bloggers
16th – Favourite blog posts you’ve read
23rd – Reasons you love blogging
30th – Advice to new bloggers

October – just really good books 
7th – Best debut books
14th – Favourite trilogies/series
21st – Books you want to reread
28th – Books you wish you’d had as a teen

November – bookish dreams
4th – Dream panels/events
11th – Authors you’d love to see collaborate
18th – Characters you’d love to see together
25th – Dream character and world mixtures

December – the very best of
2nd – Santa, will you please bring me…?
9th – 2018 blogging highlights
16th – 2018 bookish highlights
23rd – 2018 in books 
30th – 2019 books

And there you go!
That takes us ALL THE WAY til the very last day of 2018!
EEK.
How scary. 

Thanks again for your #SixforSunday enthusiasm. You guys make me such a happy blogger! 

S x

 

Rapid Fire Book Tag

Hi guys!

Today I’m doing a book tag I saw on my friend Kelly’s blog a while ago and I thought I’d get involved. I love a book tag. (If you’re interested in Kelly’s post, which is wonderful, check it out here. You should definitely check out Kelly’s blog, cause it’s lush!)

(Keep your eyes peeled for my very own tag coming in the next few weeks – I’m v excited for it to finally be started!)

Rapid Fire Book Tag

(LOL, like I do anything rapidly, especially when it comes to books… but yknow! One can try!)

Ebook or physical book?

Physical book EVERY DAY. If I’m going on holiday, I may use my kindle, but I’m generally a physical book kinda gal.

Paperback or hardback?

Paperback thanks. Hardbacks are sometimes too tall to fit into my shelves (sidenote: WHY ARE NOT ALL BOOKS THE SAME HEIGHT? *ahem*

Online or in-store shopping?

I love a good in-store shopping trip. Online is great if I’m just browsing for similar titles, but there’s nothing quite like actually visiting a shop (if you’re looking for a good book shop… go check out Waterstones Newcastle. Their basement is incredible for MG and YA books)

Trilogies or series?

Probably trilogies? I mean, how long of a series are we talking? If we’re talking like 11 or 12 books, I’m not here for that. Gimme 3. That’s the perfect number of books that I have to read and be invested in thanks. Also, I’m loving duologies at the minute.

Heroes or villains?

I am always the hero. I like to read a villain. But heroes thanks.

A book you want everyone to read?

Primarily because it is HILARIOUS – The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven. It’s just so brilliant, so relevant and so hilarious. I miss Izzy O’Neill and can’t wait for her to come back into my life.

Recommend an underrated book?

The Paper Magician trilogy by Charlie N. Holmberg. Man, if I could forget these books and read them again I totally would.

The last book you finished?

The Boy Who Grew Dragons by Andy Shepherd. A brilliantly fun MG book about a boy who gets a pet dragon.

The last book you bought?

OH GOSH. Erm… The Secret of the Night Train by Sylvia Bishop. I have read it and needed to buy a copy for the school library because the kids will LOVE it. I definitely did.

Weirdest thing you’ve used as a bookmark?

I don’t tend to use anything weird… maybe a train ticket? (I’m boring, soz guys)

Used books: yes or no?

YES. Absolutely. Our school library in particular is fond of a used book!

Top three genres?

Fantasy, magical realism and contemporary? 

Borrow or buy?

I tend to buy. I like to be able to keep my books if I love them.

Characters or plot?

Characters ALL THE TIME. If I’m not invested in someone’s life, I don’t care what they’re doing with it tbh. Ideally both are WONDERFUL, but I’d rather read a dull plot with a brilliant character than a dull character with a wonderful plot.

Long or short books?

It depends? Is that a cop out? If I’m invested in the world/characters then I’m all about the longer stories. However, it also depends on my mood. If I’m not in the mood for something weighty, I’ll choose a shorter book.

Long or short chapters?

Now Kelly knows my strong passion for short chapters. I can’t with longer chapters.

Name the first 3 books you think of

A Quiet Kind of Thunder – Sara Barnard, Floored – a bevy of wonderful YA authors, Clean – Juno Dawson.

Books that made you laugh or cry?

Laugh: Coco Pinchard books by Robert Bryndza
Cry: Countless (and most other books I read tbf, I’m a crier)

Our world or fictional worlds?

Fictional. All the time. I have the reality of our world every day it’s nice to escape.

Audiobooks: yes or no?

Confession time: I’ve never listened to an audiobook for my own consumption. I’m not against them, I just like the physical act of reading a physical book a lot.

Do you ever judge a book by its cover?

All the time. I have no shame about it. I’m such a cover magpie. However, I’m not one of these “I WON’T pick it up because the cover is horrid”. I’m more of a “ah man this cover could be so much better to match how awesome the story is”

Book to movie, or movie to book adaptations?

Book to movie. Idk. I don’t think about this much.

A movie or TV series you prefered to the book?

I’m not sure I’ve ever come across that?

Series or standalones?

I like to have a bit of both in my life. I like to get so invested in characters’ lives that I have to read 2/3 books in one go. But also I like standalones because you get the entire story in one book.

And there you go! Some not so rapid fire answers!

Let me know if you do this tag and your thoughts on my answers!

S x

 

BOOK BLOG: Stewart Foster

The Bubble Boy – a touching story about friendship and helping others

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“Eleven-year-old Joe can’t remember a life outside of his hospital room, with its beeping machines and view of London’s rooftops. His condition means he’s not allowed outside, not even for a moment, and his few visitors risk bringing life-threatening germs inside his ‘bubble’. But then someone new enters his world and changes it for ever”

The Bubble Boy tells the story of Joe (the Bubble Boy in question) and his life. He’s cooped up in his hospital room because he has a condition which means he can’t leave; he can’t go out into the world; he can’t socialise like you and me; he can’t feel fresh cut grass or wander around the park like the rest of us. He’d bed bound, or rather he’s room bound. However, Joe is this extraordinary character who takes all of that in his stride, he accepts that that’s his life and he’s making a life for himself from his hospital bed – he’s amazing

Joe has this amazing spirit and joy about him that’s evident from the beginning. He knows no other, so being in his hospital room is what he makes of it. He has brilliant nurses (shout out here to Greg – the good egg nurse in the story) who look after him; an older sister who stands by him through everything and a brilliant friend, who lives on the other side of the world, who he talks to through Skype. I loved Joe’s soul and his character – he’s so likeable and wonderful. You definitely feel for him, but without pity. I wanted to help look after him.

However things start to change when a new nurse comes along and tells Joe that he can in fact go out into the world and that things around Joe are going to start changing. Initially, I was NOT OK with this, why would a nurse come and tell him that? Were the doctors lying to Joe? Who was this new nurse? What was going to happen? A lot changes in Joe’s life when this new nurse comes along and once they start changing they snowball out of control. 

This new nurse brings some fun into Joe’s life that he didn’t have before. He also brings a strangeness, an awkwardness, a silence. I’m still on the fence about this new nurse and I think I will be forever. I won’t give away the story (although, you can probably guess what this new nurse wants to do, sorry about that) because I think everyone should read this book and make a decision for themselves. I’d love to talk about your thoughts on the new nurse.

There’s friendship and love.
There’s compassion and heartache.
There’s laughter and sadness.
Comparisons of the world and Joe’s very sterile hospital room. 

Reading this book really made me think, “I’m glad I get to go out and enjoy the world because being cooped up wouldn’t make me very happy”. A few of the children who have read this book have expressed very similar thought patterns commenting on the fact that living in one room for the rest of their life “wouldn’t be very fun, especially if you’re too poorly to even talk some days”. 

I loved this story. It made me laugh, it made me cry. This is a special story that kids, especially kids in Upper Key Stage 2/3 need to read. I’ve had nothing but positive reviews about it! Stewart Foster is quickly becoming a firm favourite at school… we need more books!

Have you read Bubble Boy?
Would you like to be kept in one room for the rest of your life?
Can you recommend me any books similar to this?

Let’s talk! I want to know what your thoughts are!

S x

BOOK BLOG: Andy Shepherd

The Boy Who Grew Dragons: fun, fast paced and (not so) firey!

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“When Tomas discovers a strange old tree at the bottom of his grandad’s garden, he doesn’t think much of it. But he takes the funny fruit from the tree back into the house – and gets the shock and delight of his life when a tiny dragon hatches! The tree is a dragonfruit tree, and Tomas has got his very own dragon, Flicker… Tomas soon finds out that life with Flicker is great fun, but also very… unpredictable. Yes, dragons are wonderful, but they also set fire to your toothbruth and leave your pants hanging from the TV aerial. Tomas has to learn how to look after Flicker – and quickly. And then something extraordinary happens – more dragonfruits appear on the tree. Tomas is officially growing dragons…”

Imagine that! Having your own pet dragon. What more could be better? I mean me as an adult thinks that’s amazing, so I can’t imagine how excited a child would be. But also, pretty scary? I don’t know that much about dragons apart from the fact they sometimes breathe fire and that they love collecting gold (you can thank Smaug for that reference!). 

The Boy Who Grew Dragons is a fun and friendly tale of a young boy who comes across a weird and wonderful plant growing in his grandad’s garden… and obviously, when the fruit comes off the tree, he just suspects that it is a fruit. But when it explodes and it has in it a dragon, his mind is BLOWN. He has this big secret to keep and he ends up having to stop helping his grandad do the garden and hides the secret from his friends in order to protect his dragon.

Obviously, there’s the school bully who just will NOT leave Tomas alone. Poor Tomas, having to deal with this dragon and this bully. The bully is mean and calls Tomas all sorts of names. But Tomas has his trusty friends who stand by him to feed him toffees (to help him stay quiet) or to support him in his times of need. 

I really enjoyed this book. It’s full of fun and lots of laughterwhat’s funnier than exploding dragon poo all over your room? Landing in your teacher’s coffee? There’s also the really touching relationship that Tomas has with his little sister which made me really happy too (as a little sister, I think their relationship is brilliant, my big brother is definitely as much a hero as Tomas is to Lottie). 

I can’t wait to put this in the hands of my kids, so watch out for their reviews to be added to this soon!

Thank you so much to Andy Shepherd and the publishers for sending me this copy, it will sit beautifully in the school library and I can’t wait to read the next one and see what the kids are up to!

Would you like a pet dragon?
Would you be too scared of exploding poo everywhere?
What’s your ideal mythical pet?

Let me know in the comments, or on twitter. I’d love to know the weird and wonderful pets you’d all like!

S x

 

S4S – Questions for my faves…

Hello! It is I, the SundaySixer again.

How are we all? What does this Sunday hold for you? Are you keeping well? Keep your eyes peeled over the next few weeks for part 2 of the #SixforSunday prompts to be released! I hope you guys love the prompts as much as me!

Today’s prompt is:

Questions you have for your favourite character

HAHAHAHAHA. Like I can choose just ONE favourite character. HAHAHAHA. Who do I think I am? (I chose 6 different faves… sorry not sorry!)

  1. Dear Kaz Brekker, why are you so smart?
  2. Good morrow Sorrow (LOL), what’s it like constantly living in the shadow of your brother’s death?
  3. Dearest Jin, why you so hot?
  4. Matilda, what is your favourite subject?
  5. Elliot, do you ever just want to be a kid though? 
  6. Izzy O’Neill, can we be friends forever?

HA. If you can name all 6 of these books (which you probs can if you know me at all) then you get a point. 

Remember to share your #SixforSunday posts on twitter and use the hashtag! I love all of your posts with all of my heart!

S x

Forget your troubles, come on get happy…

What’s made me smile recently?

Getting a job. Following my dreams. Working hard. Realising it’s OK to be scared and it’s OK to be afraid of failure, but not to let it take over. Reading. Bank holiday weekends. Productivity. Taking time to myself. Meals out with friends. Meals out with family. Deliveroo. Wagamamas. A bottle of Desperado’s after a long day of working. Friends who trust you. Knowing that if you’re having a bad day that people want to listen. Speaking at events. Positive feedback. More books.  Being comfortable in my surroundings. Allowing myself time to breathe. The pressure being almost over. Sunshine. Walking. Saying no. Sleeping. Reading on a morning. Laughter. Drag Race. Friends. Youtube. The Greatest Showman. Matilda. Books. Always books.

 

BOOKBLOG: Leigh Bardugo (stole my heart)

Hello, I’m Steph and I finished reading Crooked Kingdom about 2 weeks ago. I’m STILL NOT OVER THESE BOOKS. I know. I know. The fact I’ve only just read them and it’s taken me so long to get this review up. I am the most terrible bookish human ever… BUT I HAVE SUCH FEELINGS NOW. SOMEONE SEND SOMEONE TO SAVE MY SOUL (preferable Kaz, although, maybe not… I don’t think I could cope being around that man. He’s too clever for me, but we’ll get to him in a minute!)

So… for those who, like me, have not read Six of Crows or Crooked Kingdom…

“Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge. A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past. A spy known as the Wraith. A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. 

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.”

Basically… these two books are PERFECTION. I can’t put into words right now just HOW BRILLIANT THEY ARE. There’s so much I love about this duology: the characters, the plot, the writing, the world building, the sarcasm, the darkness, the cleverness of it all.

So Six of Crows is the plan for the heist and Crooked Kingdom is the aftermath of the heist.

Who better to go and steal something that could change the course of the world than members of one of the local gangs? Obviously.

Now I can’t talk about these books too much without giving away the plot for one (Or the other), but I will tell you this… once you start you won’t want to stop. I was lucky in that I owned both Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom, so when I finished Six of Crows I could INSTANTLY move on to Crooked Kingdom. Had I not have owned it, I would’ve gone straight out to a bookshop and book Crooked Kingdom. The bombshell at the end of Six of Crows is THAT GOOD that you will NEED Crooked Kingdom in your life instantaneously.

(For those of you wondering, you don’t need to have read the Grisha trilogy to understand and adore this duology. You will love it anyway. The first chapter will confuse you a little, but bear with it! I’m looking forward to reading the Grisha trilogy now though… A LOT. However, I feel nothing will quite live up to the love I have for Mr. Brekker and his crew of merry thieves).

These books are so clever and Leigh Bardugo is quite clearly a genius. There is no doubt in my mind about that. 

You will 100% fall for the characters in this story. 100%. No doubt whatsoever. If you don’t love them then I will eat my hat (I don’t wear hats, sorry chaps, I’ll eat a packet of crisps or something…)

I need to take a moment to appreciate and share my love for Kaz Brekker – the leader of the gang. He’s clever, wily, suspicious, witty, brilliant. I just adore him. The way he adores one of the other characters is just incredible. His progress from the start of Crows to the end of Kingdom just made me delighted. He’s a special kind of character who comes along every now and again. Just takes your heart away with him. I miss him entirely. 

The rest of his gang have a MASSIVE place in my heart. It’s hard not to love this bunch of “losers”. They all have incredible back stories that you learn as you go through the books (this I adored, I love a bit of backstory!). There were MANY MANY times I feared for my pals’ lives. Many times where I was worried that they would not come out alive, but obviously, I do not know that well. There is always a plan. Brekker is a man with a plan. 

Guys. I just loved this book, OK? I’m sorry this review is just a ramble. There is too much to say and I have far too few words to be able to say them in. The world, the characters, the plot, the duality of lives, the magic, brutality, friendships, romance, terror, worry, laughter.. it’s everything that I need in my books. 

I mean… go check out other reviews. They’re probably far less rambling and less fangirling than mine. 

Have you read Six of Crows?
Will you be signing your life over to the Dregs and Brekker?
WHY HAVE YOU NOT READ IT YET PLZ?

OK, I’m going to lie down because it’s taken me so long to write this “review” that my brain has stopped. Talk to me, PLEASE, about these books and these characters. Let’s all join together and make Leigh Bardugo write us more Kaz and Dregs books. 

S x