Hey there everyone!
I’m back with a new review, and you guys, this book is A-MAZING! Definitely a book you should try out if you haven’t already. I know I’m a little late to the party but daaang has this book swept me away.
So, let’s get to it!
Synopsis (from Goodreads): 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.
“No mourners. No funerals. Among them, it passed for ‘good luck.”
Thoughts: There are so many things that I loved about this book. The action, the world, the characters… all of these things were so well blended that I couldn’t put the book down. This is also the first book I’ve read that’s set in the Grishaverse, and it definitely didn’t disappoint!
The world was quite dark, which was something that I really appreciated; it seemed more real, and really showed how all these kids were just super unfortunate in the past and now only wanted to survive. And with the threat that jurda parem poses to everyone in the Grishaverse, the stakes are that much higher for the gang; at first, only participating in this tangled web for the rewards, but by the end of their heist, they’re caught right in the thick of it with very little options.
The characters were all well thought-out and three-dimensional. There was also a very good mix of personalities. I absolutely loved Inej and Kaz as characters, and I really enjoyed the hate-to-love relationship between Nina and Matthias. The story and the heist itself was very much driven by the characters and their actions; and this, plus the fact that you never knew what Kaz, the mastermind, was thinking or what he had under his sleeve always left me on the edge of my seat!
Despite all this, I must admit that it was a little bit difficult to dive into for the first few chapters. The world-building was a little bit slow for my tastes, but once the action started, I was hooked. This is definitely one of my fave reads of 2018!
“We are all someone’s monster.”
And that’s it from me! Hope you enjoyed my review My review is also on Goodreads if you want to give it a like!
Have you read this book? What do you think of it? Should I read the other books set in the Grishaverse? Let me know in the comments below!
Written by: Alexia DeBono
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