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Review Round Up – Six of Crows


Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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.

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#1 New York Times Bestseller
USA Today Bestseller
New York Times Notable Book of 2015

Yeah, we’re a little late to the party on this one, but it’s in the library now, and one of our librarians will not stop pushing it everyone’s faces. Is it really as good as she claims, though?

NPR praises the skill with which Bardugo crafts her heist, expounding upon her cleverly handled characters and impressive world building, but comments that her characters seem a bit too mature for their 17 years, with one of them sounding more like a 50-year-old hardened criminal than a teenager.

Disability in Kidlit praises depictions of PTSD and physical disability in the book, while noting the lack of time spent with the queer characters and queer romances in comparison to their straight counterparts.

In her BookTube review, gingerreadslainey praises how well-rounded the book is, giving the character and world and plot equal weight and development, and drawing on real world research extensively to craft a world so real that it made her want to jump in and join it.

Entertainment Weekly generally enjoyed the page-turning qualities of the story, but struggled to get through the first chapter of exposition and into the story itself.

What do you think? Ready to grab our copy of this book (and its sequel) and give it a go? Think it sounds too low-brow for you? Tell us in the comments below.

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Review Roundup – The Bear and the Nightingale


The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

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First in an upcoming historical fantasy trilogy, and by a local author to boot, you’ve probably seen this book all over local bookstores. But how good is this book, really?

NPR reviews it fairly well, complimenting the poetic pose and skillfully interwoven historical details and associated folklore, but reports disappointment with the cliched later half of the story.

Booktuber Peace&Cookies〉(^_^)〈 thought the book beautiful and whimsical, and praised the unique setting, citing the book as highly enjoyable, but also commented on the unfortunately stereotypical protagonist and sometimes confusing Russian terminology.

SF Bluestocking praises the originality of the period Russian themes, lack of forced romantic subplot, and even seems to enjoy the ambiguous ending of the story. However, the reviewer also laments how this potentially feminist tale is undercut by its abysmal treatment of female characters and misogynistic undertones.

What do you think? Did you enjoy this book? Feel free to discuss in the comments section below. 

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