Teens & Tweens Review is an opportunity for York County Public Library teens and tweens to write book reviews for their peers.
Title: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Reviewed by: Jennifer Z., 12th grade
Rating: 5 our of 5 Stars
The book this review is written on is Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo; it is the first book in a duology. The book is about a group of teens that are planning on pulling off a difficult heist and each of these teens have their own “specialty” or skill. The plot is placed in Ketterdam, based off of Amsterdam. I rate this book a five out of five stars because I think the book is written incredibly well. This book caught my eye since the beginning, and I was hooked as I continued reading. There are amazingly-written and morally grey characters in tandem with a great group dynamic. There is also a healthy variety of silly banter and fun moments mixed in with serious and heart-racing situations. The main cast is also extremely diverse, with characters of all skin colors, disabilities, backgrounds, and orientations. These diverse characters are also portrayed accurately, as characters with disabilities are not mocked or written inappropriately. Because the book is mainly centered around life-or-death circumstances, a lot of mind games and wit are involved, so it is never boring.
I definitely recommend reading this book. It is appropriate for teens and adults of any ages. It does include mentions of death and physical abuse as well as prostitution, but there is nothing too explicit. An added bonus is that this book series is being adapted into a Netflix original series along with another series written by the author, so that is definitely something to look forward to!
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