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“If you can’t beat the odds, you change the game.”
(4.5 / 5) This was almost a 5 star book for me. Honestly, the only reason it’s not is that I didn’t feel the need to devour it. It didn’t stick with me after I stopped. But truly, this story is amazing. The details that Bardugo put into the heist, the details she put into each person’s story and the ability she had to bring me along with my full attention was incredible. I’ve read a few of her books but it’s been years. I need to check out a few others to see if she writes at this caliber for everything.
The content was decent. More language, about the same for intimacy (a few more details but not a lot) and the violence was still high without a lot of gory details. I think mature teens would do well with this. I say mature for the amount of details and the ability to follow along well. If you or your child are OK with the details in my categories, then I feel most anyone would enjoy this. There’s not a ton of romance which is why I would recommend this to more men and boys but there was a small LGBTQ romance that was very well done.
One last note; the audio on this duology is amazing. It has a full cast of characters and each one is fabulous. Each character/actor has different voices for each person and it is easy to tell who is talking. Not one of them had an annoying voice for the opposite sex (one of my issues with audiobooks!) and I would give the audio version 5 stars for sure.
Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2)
Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.
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Detailed Content Review
Derogatory terms and curses unique to the book etc-
Alcohol, Drugs, Smoking
A man drinks whiskey. Later, a man tells him he’s too drunk so he needs to drink coffee or have some jurda (drug) so cure a hangover.
A young woman orders champagne.
A young woman went through serious withdrawal symptoms when coming off a drug. She still craves it. The book refers to this multiple times.
A young man has jurda, a stimulant drug.
A young woman pours a man wine.
A young man chills champagne for celebration.
A man drinks whiskey.
Intimacy, Sex, Immodesty
A young woman, scantily dressed, sits on a man’s lap and rubs his chest.
A young man requests naked orgey’s if there were no rules.
A man remembers a young woman’s naked body against his. She kisses him. He grabs her passionately and kisses her. She slides her tongue into his mouth. They kiss as he slides his hands around her back and hips. He bites her lip.
A young woman remembers her days at a brothel. How she learned to arch her back like the men liked. A man cried and struck her when he couldn’t “perform.” One man bit her breasts til they bled. She cried every night. One man kissed her neck as he peeled off her silks.
A man gropes a young woman’s behind.
A young man sweetly kisses another young man. He admits his feelings for him.
A young woman comments to her boyfriend that there is a large bathtub off the master.
A young man kisses another young man. It is obvious their feelings for each other.
It vaguely refers to a young man sleeping with a young woman.
A man kisses a young woman.
Violence, Weapons, Crime, Blood
A man has killed people and children.
A man shoots a woman. She stands up, blood on her shirt and hits him with his own gun, knocking him out. A man uses magic to blow objects at her.
A man has taken a young woman captive. He has threatened her life and torture.
A young man holds a man by his ankles over a large height and eventually drops him, killing him.
Two young men break into a man’s house.
Men secretly murder a man in prison.
A young woman endured a year working in a brothel with “nightly beatings and worse.”
A man demands a young woman’s legs be broken. He wants them to use a mallet so they’re not clean breaks.
Three men are shot at. One takes a bullet in the shoulder, blood covers his jacket. A bomb explodes.
Two men are knocked out by magic and the butt of a rifle. One dies.
A young woman head butts a man, breaking his nose.
A man is killed with a knife between the eyes. A building gets a hole blown in it. Many are injured in the explosion. People with wings are taking people. Others try to shoot them, it doesn’t work. One person is caught in a net but someone shoots the captor in the eye, blowing out her eye and the back of her skull. Blood and brain matter are everywhere.
A father hires men to kill his teen son. The man chokes him while he starts to pass out. Then the teen is able to get away so jumps over the side of the boat.
A woman had beat a young woman for crying. Then choked her til she passed out.
Men attack a building with guns. Men retaliate with guns and explosions.
Two young women fight. One throws multiple throwing stars at the other, each one sticking in her skin. Then one makes the other fall dozens of feet.
A man grabs a young woman’s hair, she kicks him, he punches her.
Two young men fight with fists making each other bloody.
A young man admits to torturing a young man.
A young man shatters the bones in another young man’s arms. He jabs a stick into another young man’s leg, forcing him to fall. A young man hits him on the shoulder with a bat. He hits him on the jaw and the young man’s teeth fly out. Many more come at the young man, he gets hit a few times, he hits a young man in the face and shatters the cheek bone. A lot of bones are breaking, blood, and more kept attacking. He’s on the ground with many kicking him. He dislocated one’s knee, another comes at him with a knife. He takes two rusty nails and jabs them in a young man’s throat, him giving a choking sound. He then cracks another’s head across the banister.
A woman has many scars across her face and arms from being tortured previously.
A young boy is aggressive. He lives in the slums and makes his way a lot through fights.
A man punches a young man, breaking his ribs. He punches him a second time, making him cough blood.
Two young women fight with blades. One slashes the other’s calves. A bicep is cut, a side, hands. One falls to their death.
A young man tells a man he took his small child and buried him alive. The boy cried for his papa. The father is hysterical.
A man has been shot in the stomach.
A young woman wakes a man by sitting on him and holding a knife to his throat. She carves a line in his chest with a knife, then threatens him.
Potentially Intense Themes
A young woman is held captive. A young pregnant wife is held captive.
***SPOILER***A young man finds out his mom is alive after his father has told him she’s dead. The dad had her committed.
A young mother dies after using magic to extract some poison.
A young woman uses magic to call forth corpses. They are covered in blood and vomit and their deadly injuries.
A young man remembers his brother’s body he needed to use as a float. The feeling of his skin repulses him many times.
Two teens investigate a body. His fingers had been chewed by animals, he has grey skin and black lips.
A young woman uses magic to spread a fake plague. Terror seizes the city.
A man shakes violently and spews bile, then falls to the ground and dies.
A man dies. He is brought back to life briefly, but returns to death.
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