• A slightly different photo for my @fairyloot unboxing but I just loved this shot🙊
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As I mentioned there’s a full unboxing of the May Unlikely Romances box up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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All the creators and artists have also been tagged in this photo📸
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I finished My Dark Vanessa too last night oh my god what a book. I loved it. •
Today I’m starting Great Expectations and going to try to get through some of that before I spend the evening with my favourite watching Netflix 💕
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  • I left a piece of my heart in Brighton😍
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And Little Hampton, Arundel and we already knew we loved Bristol.
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There’s a rather long post up about the little road trip around the South @sam_g_oldham and I did at the end of May💕
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So many wonderful places, great memories and lovely photos.
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  • Today I spent far too much money on things for upcoming holidays😂
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I’ve lost count of the amount of linen midi dresses I now own🙈
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The rest of the night is being spent in joggers having laptop time. I desperately need to catch up on my reviews!
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Speaking of there’s a review of Song of Sorrow by @melindasalisbury on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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Also anyone else struggling with hay fever super bad atm?🤧
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  • Throwback to this brilliant event at Manchester Deansgate Waterstones.
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My interview with @stdennard has just gone up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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It was an honour and a joy to interview Sooz. I’ve loved her books for years 😍
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📸: @coffeeeyesandblankstares
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  • A night of relaxation is just what I need👏🏻
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Then tomorrow we’re watching The Act. I’ve been wanting to see it since I saw the first trailer. Based on the true case of Gypsy Rose Blanchard.
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I definitely think I’ll be using one of these masks tonight. There’s a little post about them up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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  • Small self appreciation post because yes, I made this cheesecake.
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And yes it was glorious😍
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And yes I managed to use every bowl in the house making it....a talent someone else I know has 🙊💕
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  • I would much rather be getting ready for another lovely meal out with my favourite💕
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Instead I have a night of life admin and tidying oh joy😂
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I have however started Once & Future by Cori McCarthy and Amy Rose Capetta and oh my god it’s amazing.
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There’s a little post up The Royal Oak restaurant and the last time Sam and my family went💕
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  • I have spent all day behind my laptop catching up and getting ahead on all the things I’ve needed to post!
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Then tonight I get to have a Netflix night with my favourite person💕
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Speaking of posting I’ve got a little one up about my new favourite Tapas place - @elgatonegrotapas
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I’m still dreaming about their Jamon Croqettas🤤
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  • We found the most amazing graffiti in Bristol, this was definitely my favourite😍
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Its a lovely little place with a load of great bars and restaurants. This time we also found a food festival and spent a while sat on the edge of the river bank with a cocktail💕
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Highly recommend!
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Wish I was there now though the lie in I had this morning was pretty amazing😂
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  • I’m just over 150 pages into The Star-Touched Queen and what an amazing book😍
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I read some wonderful things in May and a full wrap up of my reading is now up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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Now back to my book and snuggling under my blanket👏🏻
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  • Wish I was still in London getting ready to go watch Hamilton 😭
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At least I get to go back there with my favourite person soon💕
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Recommendations for places to eat and things to do more than welcome🙊
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Books Reviews Young Adult Fiction

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

September 11, 2017

For those of you who haven't read Six of Crows I'll keep this first part spoiler free and then go into some spoilers later on. I have a review for Six of Crows* here.

First of all I think that the individual character arcs across the series are absolutely phenomenal. They're all so unique. Every character has a clear aim, has moments of doubt about it but continues on regardless. And in every arc the characters grow and overcame something that had been holding them back. Whether it was a fear, a personality flaw or prejudice. I really appreciate characters that grow - they're people then. Not just perfect mannequins. 

I will forever profess my love for Leigh Bardugo's writing. Never have I read such a quotable book - like every other page I'm thinking that would look fantastic on a throw pillow or I need that on a mug. And finally we got to learn why the Dregs say 'No mourners, no funerals." 

“We like to keep our expectations low.”

That was one of my favourite moments simply for how deadpan it was. No pomp or ceremony - simply we set the bar low. I think everyone that has read this series was wondering what on earth it meant. 

Inej and Wylan had my favourite arcs in this instalment. Both of them had a massive obstacle to overcome, the majority of which was mental and or emotional. My heart broke for Inej reading as she lost faith in herself and her Saints - which her knives are named after, how cool! But, though she was feeling so helpless she never let it stop her. Throughout all of the emotional turmoil she kept going. Which I think is incredible and something that everyone can learn from. Wylan also had a lot to cope with - even an identity crisis. I have a lot of respect for him as a character and for Leigh in creating him. This inability to read makes his life difficult but like Inej, he refuses to allow it to control him, to limit him. In fact at times it serves as an incredible source of strength. 

That's it for the none spoiler part!

I hope you enjoyed my spoiler free review. 

Now we're going to be delving into spoiler territory and the first thing I have to talk about it Kaz's fear of skin on skin contact. I can't believe I didn't figure it out to being with. I really appreciate how it wasn't immediately revealed in the first book as it makes his development as a character feel more earned. We got the hard, cut-throat Dirtyhands in Six of Crows and Kaz Rietveld (his birth surname) in Crooked Kingdom. We saw his vulnerability and how much he truly cared for his friends. The ending with him and Inej stood hand in hand was my favourite moment of the book. To hold hands with her took so much of his strength and the whole 'Is my tie straight' was just precious. 

Jesper and Wylan are adorable and I ship them so hard. 

I sobbed for Nina as she watched Matthias die. I didn't want to believe that he was truly gone but I think the way in which he died I think was perfect for his character, I mean it was cruel and heartless but he died trying to save someone from the fate he had to endure. I think his death hurt more because he had just reconciled with Nina and then had to help her through her addiction to Jurda Parem. Then for him to die instead. I was not prepared in the slightest. 

Info

Name: Crooked Kingdom

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Indigo

Pages: 536

ISBN: 978-1-78062-230-9

Rating: 5/5

Have you read Crooked Kingdom? What did you think?

Thank-you for reading, 

Katie x 

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