Crooked Kingdom Playlist

crooked-kingdom-playlistToday I am happy to share with you my Crooked Kingdom playlist!

Crooked Kingdom is the finale to the Six Of Crows duology.

A Spoiler-Free review of Crooked Kingdom is already up on my blog which you can read Here!

Songs featured in today’s playlist were one’s that I not only listened to while reading CK, but songs I felt matched the atmosphere of this magical + fantastical world that Bardugo created!

Songs Feat. From: Kingdom Hearts (Spin-Off Titles) + Final Fantasy (XIII & XV)

Songs:

• Le Sanctuaire (Kingdom Hearts 3D) • La Cloche (Kingdom Hearts 3D) •
• Black Garden (Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep) • Miracles (Final Fantasy XIII) •
• Forever Fugitives (Final Fantasy XIII) • Apocalypsis Noctis (Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV) • At Struggle’s End (Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV) • Our Hope Goes With You (Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV) •

Let Me Know Your Thoughts On This Playlist In The Comments Below! 🙂

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo Review {Spoiler-Free}

Crooked Kingdom Sept. 27, 2016Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (Six Of Crows #2)

Publisher: Henry Holt &Co.

Release Date: September 27, 2016

Pages: 546

Summary: When you can’t beat the odds, change the game.

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.

My Rating:★★★★☆ ½

My Thoughts: An epic finale to a truly magical and fantastical duology! ✨🏰

While I really loved Six Of Crows Crooked Kingdom delivered so much more in terms of character development and world-building.

Each character goes on their own journey and while each of them are unique + different in their own way, the friendships they forge among each other shows how much they care for each other and would sacrifice for one another, despite their vast differences and the obstacles that stand in their way.

As with SOC, we get an even more in depth look into the mind of the SOC crew through the 3rd person narrative + a more in depth look at the schemes + tactics that rule Ketterdam.
In Six Of Crows, while I could understand the basics of the world I found I needed more in terms of descriptions + world building to really get a better grasp on Ketterdam.

Ketterdam, in my opinion, was more developed and the world building continued to the very end!

I could really picture the setting and atmosphere of this world so much more because additional locations were included and from each character’s POV, I was able to view Ketterdam from their eyes which really made the world feel more richer and developed.

As for plot, its as complex and immersive as Six Of Crows with twists/turns, action, and genius+devious planning at every turn.

The only minor issues I have is little moments of slow pacing.
+ Just wanting more POV from Kaz! He his such a complex+fascinating character & I just wanted a few more chapters from him!!

Overall I’m sad this series has come to an end! But I’m happy to have been on this incredible journey with this wonderful cast of characters! ❤

Crooked Kingdom delivers non-stop action, character+ world development doesn’t stop for a second and Bardugo concludes the tale of the SOC crew magnificently!

+ Keep an eye on the blog for a Crooked Kingdom Playlist! ✨😄🎧

Have you read Crooked Kingdom? 

Let’s Discuss In The Comments Below  🙂

 

 

YA Books I’d Love As Graphic Novels

YA Books I'd love As Graphic NovelsOn my blog you may have noticed I’ve been reading+reviewing more comics/graphic novels which got me wondering… which of my favorite YA novels would I love to see as graphic novels?

I’ve put together a list below of books that I feel would make great graphic novels!

Thoughts On My List? + Any books you would love to see as graphic novels?

Lets discuss in the comments below 🙂

Eleanor And Park And Fangirl Rainbow Rowell1. Eleanor & Park/Fangirl 

With the 80’s background of Eleanor&Park it would give great visuals as a graphic novel! + ever since the announcement of it being optioned for film (back in 2014) I would just love to see some sort of adaptation!

As for Fangirl, Rowell’s writing-style creates such a relatable coming-of-age story surrounding socially-anxious  Cath, who finds solace in writing/reading everything Simon Snow (especially fan fiction) and what she experiences during her first year of college!

The delightful story and realistic characters would make Fangirl a truly incredible graphic novel!

It’d be a dream of mine to see both of these fantastic YA novels adapted into a graphic novel!

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Ally Carter’s Heist Society Series centers around Katarina Bishop, a 15 yr. old who grew up in a family of thieves who wants out, but gets thrust back into the world she’s tried so hard to escape when her father needs her help!

Carter’s fun & fast-paced novel takes the reader to Italy, Las Vegas, even France as Kat gathers intel w/ her crew to steal back a mobster’s artwork!

The visuals would be absolutely stunning, the planning,theivery,cons & heists that ensue  would definitely keep the reader turning the page!

463. An Ember In The Ashes 

Just imagine the colorful visuals of the Empire , dark shadow creatures/monsters + the intricate details of the Masks, even Blackcliff !!

Laia & Elias undergo their own perilous journeys where they not only learn more about who they are and how their fates become intertwined, but the deep darkness and brutality that lurks within the Martial Empire!

Sabaa Tahir’s debut YA-Fantasy is packed with such dynamic characters and rich world-building and an engaging plot that would make a truly unforgettable graphic novel!

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Elise Kova’s Air Awakens Series centers around Vhalla Yarl, a library apprentice turned sorcerer!

Through Kova’s writing-style she weaves together such a rich and vivid world/world-building with elemental magic, prince’s, libraries…everything that makes a YA Fantasy absolutely magnificent!! ❤ ❤

The cover alone, further proves this would make a magical, colorful and epic graphic novel series!

Don’t you agree?? 😀

725. 5 to 1

Holly Bodger’s feminist-dystopia takes place in 2054 where “India now has a ratio of five boys for every girl, making women an incredibly valuable commodity.”

Enter the main protagonists, Sudasa and Kiran who are desperate to escape!

Told in dual POV w/ prose and free-verse, Bodger’s novel could make a captivating and exquisitely  written/illustrated story!

six-crows-leigh-bardugo-cover6. Six Of Crows

Expanding on the world she created in her Grisha Trilogy, Bardugo’s Six Of Crows introduces a group of misfits a sharpshooter, thief, spy, Grisha, convict, and a runaway!

Together they takes their chances in a heist that could bring them riches beyond their wildest dreams! But the stakes are high! Can they pull it off?

Bardugo’s writing-style not only captures the complex characters and the bustling city of Ketterdam,the Ice Court+ other vividly described locations, but also is packed with humor, a little romance, and non-stop action!

From the numerous edits/fanart I’ve seen, I am absolutely certain this fast-paced, dark Ocean 11 fantasy would be phenomenal as a graphic novel!

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Ryan Graudin’s Wolf By Wolf, an alternate WW2 Sci-Fi centers around Yael, a former death camp prisoner who underwent experiments giving her the ability to shape-shift!

With the Axis Tour (motorcycle race) coming up, she is given a task to impersonate a motorcycle racer, with the winner getting a chance to meet Hitler!

But Yael and the resistance she joined have only 1 task: Kill Hitler!

Graudin’s writing-style not only immerses you in the era of WW2/the wonderful characters, but really shows whats at stake for Yael in this  cross-continent motorcycle-race!

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Libba Bray’s YA Historical Fiction takes the main character Evie O’Neill  1920’s New York! Evie is forced to stay with her uncle in his occult museum and when her uncle is called to the scene of a murder, she wants to use her supernatural gift to catch the killer!

Speakeasies, Flappers, Jazz, murder-mysteries??+ The large/diverse cast of characters!

All of these make great elements for a graphic novel!

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Alwyn Hamilton’s Arabian-Nights/Western Mash-Up would be a spectacular graphic novel!

Because the novel is written in Amani’s POV, elements of Miraji from fouza (the currency) to the outfits, and locations are wonderfully described and from page one you are fully immersed in her world!  Alwyn’s descriptions/dialogue really bring Rebel to life!

 

Here are other YA Novels that I feel would make great graphic novels as well:

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo Review

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows #1)

Publisher: Henry Holt & Co. – Released: September 29, 2015

Pages: 465

six-crows-leigh-bardugo-coverSummary: 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.

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

***Spoilers Ahead***

My Thoughts: This book was incredible. While I did enjoy the Grisha Trilogy, what I felt was lacking was world-building. However in this book, Leigh’s world building really improved. What made this book much more entertaining was the incorporation of multiple POV’s. She was able to make each character unique and make them very complex.

Another aspect of this book that made me love it so much was the heist they were planning. I really love heist books/tv shows, like Heist Society by Ally Carter and the TV show White Collar 🙂 So, of course that is what made me love this book so much more.

Out of all the characters in this book, my favorites were Inej and Kaz. After reading this book, I obviously ship them <3.  Their dynamic and relationship that they had was wonderfully developed. With flashbacks we are able to see how they came to know each other and throughout this book we see how much they care for each other.

I did take away 1/2 a star because, I felt at times the plot was somewhat slow at some points and I wish there was a little more setting descriptions. But other than that, this was a fast-paced well-developed story and I can’t wait to read what happens next.

What did you think of Six of Crows ? 😀