OH.MY.GOD. I loved Leigh Bardugo’s Greisha series and so was SUPER excited when I saw she had something new out.
She doesn’t disappoint.
I loved everything about this book, from the world (the same one as in the Greisha series), to the characters (I think I have a soft spot for sassy gang leaders — think Han in the Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima), to the cover art!
There were some obvious romantic interests, but each character was so individual and their backstories so well told that it really didn’t matter.
With a lot of violence and the loose moral compass (these are gang members we are talking about here, don’t expect much good out of them), this is probably better suited to older readers.
I cannot wait to read Crooked Kingdom!
I honestly don’t know how I feel about this series.
The first chapter of book one was hard to get into, although once I got in, it flowed well enough. The plot is your typical YA structure; impossible situation, romantic interest out of reach, perseverance…blah blah blah… different names, slightly different context, but ultimately the same story. It was the world that actually caught me. It was just so INTERESTING! Enough to propel the story along and haul me with it.
Book two again held me with the world and some genuinely surprising plot twists, although I did find at times the writing was clunky and I had a hard time following along. I guess it seemed like there were paragraphs or pages missing so when I read a line I would stop and go “Wait, what!?” and have to re-read to figure out what I was missing. Sometimes I didn’t find it.
All that being said, I think it is worth the read to figure out for yourself if you love it or not. I am of two minds and so give the quality 3 stars while the world gets 4.5 stars.
PETITES MAINS CLUB with Geneviève Lussier
Come and discover the world of haute couture workshops, where petites mains are experts in weaving, crocheting, embroidery, sewing and knitting. You will have fun carrying out a project.
Free for Library members.
Sunday October 23, 2016 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. – bilingual.
Meet Michel Rabagliati, the well-known author of Paul, a series of delightful and touching autobiographical graphic novels showcasing the hero at various moments in his life. Learn about the early stages of the author’s career, his influences, his past work as an illustrator in the advertising industry, his studio, and his work methods.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016.
Central : 7 to 8:30 p.m. – in French.