Six of Crows: blog tour + giveaway

September 28, 2015 2015, 5 star books, fantasy, giveaway, leigh bardugo 48

Six of Crows CoverWhen I heard that Leigh Bardugo was writing a spinoff duology set in the Grishaverse, I was hopping with excitement. Every reviewer at The Midnight Garden is a huge fan of the Grisha trilogy, but there’s always a fear that accompanies such news as well. The story of six outcasts trying to pull off a dangerous heist sounded fantastic–but could anything live up to the original stories?

I’m so relieved–and thrilled–and astonished to find that Six of Crows surpasses its venerable origins. This book is superbly crafted from start to finish; its plotting deliberate, its world-building immersive, and its characterizations complex. From snow-covered fields to salty docks to the grandeur of the ice court, this world feels richly detailed View Spoiler », and I love the thrilling use of magic as well as the crazily inventive action sequences. View Spoiler » Not to mention a fully diverse set of people and smart, witty dialogue! It’s also such a joy to find a book which delivers on surprise after surprise, both in its story and in its characters. If you’re a voracious reader, you’re probably pretty good at guessing what will happen in most books, but here, I was constantly delighted by new twists and turns.

But best of all are the incredible characters. With multiple POVs and so many back stories to cover, many books would falter in their delivery of pacing, individual agency, and personal connections. Yet in this book, as each layer of history is peeled, you discover what drives each of the characters–all nuanced, all fascinating, all in search of redemption. Nina and Inej are my favorites because these girls kick major ass, though there’s a softness and hurt behind their strong exteriors as well. Bardugo is so good at establishing the cleverness and authority in Kaz’s character from the very first moment you meet him, but there’s a real sense of horrifying empathy once you find out his past. That, as well as a moment of terrible pity after witnessing a casualty of war, reminded me of that wrenching scene in The Golden Compass that always shakes me to my core. If you felt an ache for Genya in the previous Grisha books, your heart will wrench here, too.

I love this book to pieces, and I’m so pleased that we’re part of the blog tour for Six of Crows. I was asked to choose six of my favorite quotes from the book, which I’ve formatted for sharing below! Leigh’s also here with us to share a quote from a film that influenced her book:

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From Leigh Bardugo:

I’m so glad you guys are part of a Grisha blog tour again! I loved the post we did on food last time and I hope you found some good quotes in Six of Crows to sink your teeth into. So over at Wondrous Reads, I talked about one of my favorite gangster films, The Untouchables. It’s one of the major influences on Six of Crows and incredibly quotable, and I defended it as a semi-forgotten classic. I can’t quite do that with the movie I’m going to talk about here: Tombstone.

Let’s be real, Tombstone is kind of a mess. It’s the story of Wyatt Earp laying down the law in a small town plagued by ruthless bandits; he didn’t ask for the fight but he’s sure gonna finish it, etc., etc. The romance is an awkward mess. The tone occasionally veers into camp. But omg this movie is so quotable. It’s Kurt Russell in a handlebar mustache (before Brooklyn ever dreamed of such a thing) drawling, “You gonna do somethin’? Or are you just gonna stand there and bleed.” It’s Doc Holliday lecturing Billy Clanton on a nocturne: “You know, Frederic f**king Chopin.”

But beyond all of the tough talk, it’s this:

Leigh Bardugo credit Taili Song RothJack Johnson: Doc, you oughta be in bed, what the hell you doin’ this for anyway?

Doc Holliday: Wyatt Earp is my friend.

Jack Johnson: Hell, I got lots of friends.

Doc Holliday: I don’t.

I love stories about people who think they don’t need anyone finding out that they actually do. (Besides, in this movie, Val Kilmer actually makes “I’m your huckleberry” sound threatening. It’s like me coming up to you and saying “I’m a delicious pie filling, let’s throw down,” but I swear he makes it work.)

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Without further ado: here are a few of my favorite lines from Six of Crows! It was hard to choose just six, honestly.

 

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Giveaway

Thanks to our friends at Macmillan Teen, you can win a Grisha prize pack!  Leave a comment on all 12 of the tour stops and you’ll be entered to win. Here’s the tour schedule:

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September 24              Topic: Six Book BFs of the Grishaverse
UK: Winged Reviews     US: Cuddlebuggery

September 25              Topic: Six Dos and Don’ts of the Grishaverse
UK: Ya Yeah Yeah           US: Bookiemoji

September 26              Topic: Six Companion Reads for Six of Crows
UK: Mugglenet                US: YA Interrobang

September 27              Topic: Six Signs You Do/Don’t Have What it Takes to Join Kaz’s Crew
UK: Jess Hearts Books   US: Reading Teen

September 28              Topic: Six Favorite Quotes from SoC
UK: Wondrous Reads     US: The Midnight Garden

September 29              Topic: Six Tips for Surviving the Grishaverse
UK: Dark Readers           US: Mundie Moms

This giveaway is international, and ends soon, so don’t hesitate if you want in on the mystery prize!

A review copy and giveaways were provided by the publisher. Author photo is courtesy of Tali Song Roth. Formatted quotes are by The Midnight Garden.

vine-divider-finalAre you excited for Six of Crows?

I’ll be honest–sometimes if I don’t love a book by an author I’ve become friendly with, I might quietly shelve it and move on, since I’m never going to lie to my readers about how I feel about a book. But I hope you can tell that my enthusiasm for this book is genuine, and I hope you love it as much as I did! Preeeeetty sure everyone who loved the Grisha trilogy will.

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Previously at The Midnight Garden:

The food from the Grisha Trilogy (a fairy tale lunch with Leigh from 2014)
A Conversation with Leigh Bardugo (our visit to a vodka bar from 2013)
Our reviews: Siege and Storm are here and here and Shadow and Bone is here.

 

48 Responses to “Six of Crows: blog tour + giveaway”

  1. sophia

    I wish i’m not too late to win this prize too. I would love to win this book! Thanks for making it international.

  2. Nevada

    Hope I’m not too late to win the Grisha prize pack. Leaving a comment just in case.

  3. Pili @ In Love With Handmade

    Really fantastic post Wendy! I’m now on my first re-reading of Six Of Crows (I can foresee at least another before reading the sequel) and I’m loving the damned book even more if possible!

    The eye scene, oh dear… *shudders* So after that, I don’t know how, we still feel for Kaz and root for him, HOW DOES LEIGH BARDUGO DOES IT?? HOW!?!

    Inej is my favourite character too and I love how she stands up to Kaz when she needs to and I love their unwitting dance around each other. Denial is a powerful thing!
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  4. Clarisa Ramirez

    So beautiful, I love them all! Thank you so much for making them. I’m so excited for Six of Crows, even though I got an Arc, I still want the gorgeous black pages.

  5. Veshani

    These quotes are so beautiful. My favourite has got to be “The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to be true.”

  6. Lizzie

    I love these quotes! They’re all so different, some are more creepy (in a way) and others are more humorous! And the graphics you made are gorgeous! Can’t wait to read it!
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  7. MJ

    I’m so excited to read Six of Crows! I keep hearing such good things about it!

  8. MJ

    I’m really excited for Six of Crows!!! I keep hearing such good things about it!

  9. KAYLA

    I cant wait to get my greedy hands on this!~

    “WE ARE ALL SOMEONE’S MONSTER” :)

  10. Maryssa L

    I need to finish the grisha trilogy ASAP!!!! The quotes tho…I’m dying to read six of crows! I wanna read it even more now

  11. J. Oh

    Even though my love for the Grisha trilogy was a bit more moderate than that of the reviewers at TMG, I’ve really, really been looking forward to this book, and I’m so happy to hear that it exceeded your expectations! Love the quotes, too. Yay :)

  12. Sophia Ritchie

    I feel like Six of Crows is exactly what Leigh needs to really flourish. No one can deny that the Grisha Trilogy was an amazing ride, but I’m definitely in the unpopular-opinion-camp of really disliking most of the main characters. But a brand new ensemble cast in the same beautifully built world…like, I’m honestly salivating. I can’t wait.
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  13. Aentee

    I liked but didn’t feel wow’ed by Shadow and Bone. I started reading Six of Crows today and quickly fell in love though. Leigh Bardugo has improved so much as a writer and she has all my respect for that. I love all the different personalities and the banter. You also made such fantastic quote graphics :)
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  14. Lia

    I’m soososososososososo excited for 6oC! I loved the beautiful Grisha trilogy, and I’ve read no negative reviews for this one (even if I did I would still be excited for it because . .. LEIGH BARDUGO!) so I know I will love it!

  15. Harrison

    Oh my goosshhh, the ‘we are all someone’s monster’ graphic is AMAZING. My favorite quote has to be the indecently round one, though. Gotta love Nina.

  16. Laura Lawbaugh

    Super awesome post! I was loving the quotes. Now if I could just sink my teeth into Six of Crows to thoroughly enjoy the writing.

  17. Karen Maldonad

    I am very excited for this book. Have been waiting for what feels like forever.

  18. Joanna W.

    I’ve actually watched Tombstone. I thought it was a good western and had some great actors in it.
    Just reading those six quotes makes me think I’ll devour this book. My heart melted at the quote about the one right boy will have earned your heart. <3

  19. SJ Bouquet

    TOMBSTONE? THE UNTOUCHABLES?? I LOVED WATCHING THOSE MOVIES! I have a feeling this book is going to turn me to absolute mush. Whelp, it’s what I want, so I can’t complain. That quote, though, that Leigh pulled from Tombstone is WONDERFUL! Val really does make it work. I remember hearing that quote tons of times and when I watched the movie I was like O_O I THOUGHT THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE FUNNY NOT GIVE ME CHILLS I WASN’T PREPARED. Is that how it’s going to be for this book? Am I expecting a wonderful thing and is Leigh going to produce something even beyond that? Yeah I’m certain I’ll be mush by the end of this *dead*

    Anyways, I’m rambling. The quotes you chose were so chilling and deep! and then “she was indecently round” made me grin xD Beautiful quote choices! Loved your post!
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  20. isha @ two sisters bloggin'

    stunning review, wendy! im also one of the lucky people who has read six of crows months before the release date and i love it. I. LOVED. EVERY. SINGLE. BIT. OF IT. like the characters. and how well written the story is ah *heart eyes emojis* LEIGH IS ALSO ONE OF MY FAVOURITE AUTHORS EVER. SHE IS QUEEN. so gutted she isn’t coming to ireland on her tour cos i would be over the moon if i met her sigh.

    xxx isha
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  21. Vane J.

    I MUST read The Grisha trilogy! Everyone has read it and I feel like I’m out! I hope this doesn’t need to know about those books because I actually intended to read this first. Fantastic review, Wendy, and I REALLY love the quotes you chose!
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  22. LizF

    Love the quotes you’ve picked, Wendy! They make me indecently excited to read SoC. Also, Tombstone is AWESOME..love that movie so much (my husband and I say “I’ll be your huckleberry” to each other all the time..I know, we’re weird ?)

  23. Carina Olsen

    EEEEK :D Stuuuunning post sweet Wendy. <3 I'm so jealous that you have read Six of Crows. Sniffs. I was not lucky enough to get it, ahh. Hate living in Norway. Hmph. It is the worst :D BUT ANYWAY. Your post is GORGEOUS. And your teasers are all kinds of stunning. I love them so much. Ahhh. Thank you so much for sharing sweetie. <3 I simply cannot wait to read this book. I think my hardcovers will arrive tomorrow :D UK paperbacks came today, but I want to read my hardcover, lol. SOON. I'm so excited :D Just, ugh. I love Leigh to pieces. Her books are perfection. Anyway. You are awesome. And I adore you. <3 (All of you.)
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  24. Jacklin Updegraft

    I have actually already read six of crows but I loved it! And I am currently reading the Shadow and Bone series and I love it as well!But I can not wait until I have the finished copy in my hand, cause it’s so pretty! I’m also going to her book singing in Utah and I can’t wait!

  25. Nikki

    I’m so interested in this book! Most of the blogs I’ve followed have given this 4-5 stars so I’m excited!

  26. Gaby

    Love those pics you made along with the quotes! They’re great!! The day is almost here!! Six of Crows!!!

  27. Jamie Welch

    Love those quotes! I’m soooo excited to read this book, been waiting for this baby for a while now!

  28. Cali W.

    Thanks for the giveaway! I like the quotes with the pictures; it makes them so pretty and it makes me want to read Six of Crows now!
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  29. Jessica

    Oh my goodness these are stunning! The graphics, the quotes (“she was indecently round”? Brilliant) Leah Bardugo is truly a master!