I was sent Six of Crows nearly two years ago...that'll give you a sense of my TBR situation.
From the get go I was unsure that I'd like this book. There was so much hype, people kept telling me that I needed to read it regardless of whether I had read the Grisha Trilogy. First of all, I do think that although it isn't imperative, you should read the trilogy first. To begin with I was struggling to understand how the Grisha powers worked but as I read on it clicked. And I'm convinced that this duo-logy slightly spoils the Grisha Trilogy. If you've read both please find me on Instagram or Twitter and let a girl know.
As I mentioned there was so much hype around this series. Authors, bloggers and my friends were all raving about this book. And bloody hell they were right to do so. I absolutely adored this book. Leigh Bardugo is one of the only writers that I feel like can write a multiple POV fantasy book and have each POV feel completely different. There have been times when I've read other books and had to check back to see which characters POV I was in. That was never a problem in this series. There were so many little phrases that each character had, the way they viewed the world. Everything was thought about.
And now I'm a little lot in love with Kaz Brekker. I feel for him so much. He was painted as a monster and used that to his advantage when really he's one of the most thoughtful characters I've ever met. He's frighteningly intelligent - which then makes me ask how frighteningly intelligent is Leigh Bardugo? He has the most incredible one liners and come backs. How he interacts with all the other characters is fantastic to read. Even though this is a multiple POV book he still manages to surprise the other characters and the reader with his plots and plans. I think my favourite thing about him is the fact that he needs a cane. It immediately suggests that he's frail, unassuming yet in reality he's one of the most feared and brutal gang members in the Barrel. For those that aren't aware Leigh also uses a cane and is just as badass as Kaz, if not more.
As for the rest of The Dregs I can't fathom how Leigh managed to flesh out these characters to much. Every single character has a complex back story that still in some ways influences them in present day. Inej's is by far the most heartbreaking in my opinion. She's another character who uses her wounds to her advantage. In fact, every single one of the Dreg's has a fatal flaw or something that hinders them but they deal with it. It's never and excuse and it never holds them back. And none of them are perfect - they're all willing to do horrendous things and sometimes they do do the horrendous things but as a reader you find yourself cheering them on.
"Yes! Kill her! Slit her throat!" Is never a phrase I thought I'd find myself wanting to shout...especially not in a public place. But that's how compelling these liars, thieves and murderers are.
The story alone is mind-blowing. I'm still trying to wrap my mind around how its possible for one person to create such a complex story within one book. There are so many twists and turns in Six of Crows, I feared for the characters more and more with every turn of the page! The ending of the novel in particular had my heart in my mouth and tears streaming. My crying was on par with the ACOWAR blubbering...