A Book Review

So I haven’t been posting here much at all, but hopefully I can get my priorities sorted out and fix that. I thought I’d start posting book review here, since this is a reading/writing blog. Here’s my most recent one!

 

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Saints, that was amazing. I’d been meaning to get this book for a long, long time. I’m glad I read it before 2017 rolled around, and now I can’t wait to get to Crooked Kingdom. This really was a satisfying read.

I don’t know if I’d call Six of Crows a fantasy novel or a heist novel but it has elements of both. It also felt like a bit of steampunk to me which is always good because I like steampunk. It was fun and frenetic and loud, and just plain lovely and a great time.

Six of Crows follows six characters and there’s multiple main POVs, all third person limited, but they’re never confusing because all the characters are just so damn amazing. Nobody was perfect and everyone was morally grey, so there was a lot to discover and think about. There were so many secrets and twists all throughout. Kaz Brekker and his crew are charming and the group has wonderful dynamics. Their banter is great and there’s a lot of room for them to develop. Bardugo does very well with that space and there’s just — there’s so much done with these characters, they’re very interesting, diverse, and complex. I’d be hard pressed to pick a favourite because I love them all so much!

The world is the same as the Shadow and Bone (the Grisha trilogy) series, but I haven’t read that series yet so I can’t say how similar it is, I just know it’s in the same universe. Regardless, not having read the Grisha Trilogy didn’t make me enjoy this book any less, so even if you haven’t read that series you should go on ahead and read this! Trust me it’s worth it.

Like I said, the book has elements of a heist story (heck the whole plot is pretty much one big heist), which I LOVE, and there’s Grisha world elements which is a bit of fantasy. The world seems to be set in the 1800s-ish, and I think Bardugo has mentioned the time setting in a blog post or something but I am not sure. The pacing was great, but the book was a little slow for me in the beginning, the first two chapters only. It was just hard for me to get through those two chapters, but it didn’t matter much because after that I was zipping through the book so fast!

Overall I’d say this book is definitely worth the hype. It’s one of the best books I’ve read in 2016, and I’ve read A LOT contenders for that title this year. If you haven’t already, put Six of Crows on your reading list. Right now.

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Writing Activity #1

Hey everyone!

*crickets chirp*

…Right! So, today I’m going to try something out. A little writing activity, sort of like a mini-workout for those scribbly-muscles in your head and fingers and wrists and all that. I have a few ideas in mind for how these little shindigs are gonna go down, but here’s our first, and I promise it won’t take long.

But first, the rules!

  1. Have fun.
  2. Don’t think very hard! Just write.
  3. That’s all for now.

Okay, so here’s how this week’s activity works:

Spend a maximum of 7 minutes writing at least 200 words about something that incorporates the following words:

  • exhaustion
  • morbid
  • chocolate

It doesn’t have to be complete, just a minimum of 200 words for 7 minutes. If you’d like to write for longer or just expand upon it, then that’s fine too; just write without worrying. And don’t forget to share! Link back to your work in the comments below!

Edge-Of-Your-Seat Monkeying

Writing tends to be an edge-of-your seat activity. At least, for me.

Like right now, I’ve got my legs folded under my bum. My nerves are tingling. My feet are asleep, and I know they’ll hurt and feel funky as a monkey in an ice cream sundae when I yank ’em out.

But I wouldn’t have them any other way. I need my knees to be like this. I like this position, and while it hurts, it works.

There are repercussions.

Sometimes, those come in the form of funny, waddling walks when I finally stand up. Expect a lot of grunting and mumbling. Leaving my writing behind makes me cranky, but the sleeping feet are just worse. They’re the monkeys in the sundae.

I don’t like monkey sundaes. Truth be told, I’ve never even had one.

But if they’re what I have to eat, to write, to do what I love, then so be it, eh?