Ahh Crooked Kingdom was everything I remembered and more! Like with Six of Crows this was only the second time I read this book and a lot of the little details I didn’t remember. I forgot how intricate Kaz’s many plans were and how they all came together in the end. There were stretches of the book that I found to be a bit slower paced and quite boring but they were overshadowed by how entertaining the rest of the plot was. I liked the fact that everything didn’t go exactly to plan yet Kaz and the rest of the crew were able to come together reevaluate and still get the job done. We definitely get more of an insight into the whole crew and delved into their backstories a lot more which gave this duology a lot more depth. And the way it ended was just so satisfying and made me feel very content. It was also nice to have the little cameo from Genya, Zoya and Nikolai which definitely leads into the next duology in the Grishaverse which I am very excited to get to!
I just now finished my reread of Six of Crows and oh my goodness the nostalgia! This was only the second time I have ever read this book which was over 5 years ago now and I really enjoyed it. There was a lot of the little details that I forgot over the years so it was honestly just a joy to relive everything again. Having multiple perspectives gave the story more depth and kept me very much engaged throughout. I liked the fact that we have multiple character arcs and budding relationships going on as well. I definitely wasn’t as in love with this book as I was the first time, I didn’t have that drive behind me to finish it in one day but I think that’s to be expected from a reread. Still lived up to the hype and this is probably my favourite book in the Grishaverse so far!
This book was the ending this series deserved. Granted there were a few things I was annoyed about but overall I was left feeling very content with the ending and how everything played out. Similar to the last book it was just a lot of preparing and plotting for this inevitable last fight with the Darkling and then once we got there it was rushed in like the last 50 pages. We are definitely given a lot of answers to questions that have been circulating for the duration of the series and the Darkling and Baghra were at the forefront of most of them. I liked the way we learnt about Baghra’s history and how Allina put two and two together but still ended up being wrong. There was some nice twists that I had forgotten about for the most part but overall the pacing was just a bit off.
I found myself getting annoyed throughout this reread of Siege and Storm. I think I remember this middle book being my least favourite out of the three but I had to kind of like pull my teeth to finish. Even though this was a relatively quick read it felt like the middle section where it was just a lot of the preparing for the inevitable war with the Darkling felt like it was going on forever. Nothing was really happening other than the ongoing miscommunication between Mal and Alina. If there’s one thing I hate the most when conflict comes up between love interests its miscommunication because its honestly the easiest to fix. I was very much on Mal’s side for the majority of the read and his justifications for why he was pushing Alina away made sense (though the drinking and hooking up with the girl Alina can’t stand wasn’t great). I am not that big a fan of Nikolai though, he felt pretentious to me. He used Alina for his own narrative in claiming the throne, even though he may be the right person for it. I don’t understand why he couldn’t just be friends with Alina, why did he have to take it to that level when he knew she was struggling with her feelings for Mal. Overall wasn’t my favourite, still felt nostalgic to me though and I appreciated my reread for sure!
I really enjoyed my reread of Shadow and Bone, I couldn’t really believe how short the book actually was and how quickly the plot unfolded. The only thing I am really missing is some more of the history of the Grisha’s and the different kinds. We get a little bit of an explanation but not enough for me to completely understand. It has been about 4/5 years now since I’ve read these books so I’ve forgotten a lot and I wasn’t given a lot to work with here. I think it’s easy to fall for the Darkling and I am still lowkey a stan but his shift when I first read these books really took me by surprise and I was here for it for sure! It’s a little unrealistic how quickly Alina believes Baghra but other than that I really enjoyed this book. Not quite a 5 star even though the nostalgia was high but this was thrilling, entertaining and everything I love about fantasy books!