Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat.
To play along just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

Six of Crows –
Henry Holt & Co.

“You can’t spend his money if you’re dead.”
“I’ll acquire expensive habits in the afterlife.”
“There’s a difference between confidence and arrogance.”
— Chapter 10

“Fine. But if Pekka Rollins kills us all, I’m going to get Wylan’s ghost to teach my ghost how to play the flute just so that I can annoy the hell out of your ghost.”
Brekker’s lips quirked. “I’ll just hire Matthias’ ghost to kick your ghost’s ass.”
“My ghost won’t associate with your ghost,” Matthias said primly, and then wondered if the sea air was rotting his brain.
— Chapter 15

Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha universe is one of the most fascinating fantasy worlds that I’ve had the honour to be allowed to visit on my reading adventures and now being allowed back is one of the best gifts I never knew to ask for. (Obviously, as I waited until the second book is almost out ... or was that tactic because I just knew there would be that really mean cliffhanger at the end ... let’s go with that explanation.)
Multiple points of few can easily grow tedious or even confusing yet this story is so much richer for them. The characters are so very different from each other yet also closely connected in their aims. And even though one gets to spend quite some time in their heads they remain mysterious enough to surprise and confound you. Just when you think you have puzzled out a motivation for one action you can almost be sure to be taken for a spin. Yet it always makes sense what the characters are doing as they act true to themselves.
Don’t get me wrong they are all dark figures in the night I’d rather not meet, but at the same time I can’t help but care for all of them. Good thing they’re fictional, because feeling affection for six criminals of their calibre would certainly get me locked up otherwise.
Highly recommended if you enjoyed Leigh Bardugo’s first series and want to return to the Grisha world though you don’t have to have read them to understand this one. Also recommended if Ocean’s Eleven ranks among your favourite movies thrown in with a little Inception or Now You See Me.

There are movie rumours surrounding almost every YA book these days and I can see the appeal for this one as it is already quite cinematic yet at the same time I think that the nuances of the internal observations would get lost in the process and actually deduct from the overall story. Do you have books you feel ambiguous about getting a movie treatment? Share your opinions and teasers in the comments!

5 comments:

sjhigbee said...

Dear Father Earth, PLEASE don't let any studio get it into their heads to film/televise The Fifth Season... Amen!
I've seen Leigh Bardugo's books around and about for a while now - but the covers all look unremittingly bleak... Is the humour snarky and enjoyable enough to relieve the grimdarkness? My offering this week is far fluffier - yeehah! https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2016/08/23/teaser-tuesday-23rd-august-2016/

Laura Thomas said...

I keep meaning to read this. It's on my Kindle. The writing sounds really good and I've heard many great things about it.

My TT from Bayou Shadow Hunter

Kathy Martin said...

I enjoyed this one and am looking forward to the sequel. My YA teaser this week is from Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff. Happy reading!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I'm curious about the world this author has created. Sounds fascinating!
My Tuesday post features LATE FALL.

Robin Lythgoe said...

I'm another that keeps meaning to read this. I have long loved the cover—and suddenly I'm seeing quotes and thoughts about the book everywhere! Must be a sign?

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