Hello bookish friends.
Today I am here to tell you about two books I recently read: To all the boys I’ve loved before and Crooked Kingdom. I very much enjoyed both of these books and have many thoughts about both of them (I just want to dump all my feels about the Crooked Kingdom on someone), I very much hope not to spoil anyone for none of these books.
This being said, here are my thought on these two amazing books.
“I don’t have to be so afraid of good-bye, because good-bye doesn’t have to be forever”
I had been promising myself I would read To all the boys I’ve loved before since the trailer for the movie adaptation came out, and now, after watching the movie, I read it.
I listened to the whole audiobook in two days, it was the first audiobook I’ve ever listened to and the person who read it was amazing, she did the voices perfectly and I enjoyed the pace and overall it was a great audiobook.
If you don’t know what this book is about, it talks about Lara Jean, a 16-year-old girl who writes letters when she has an intense crush, she wrote 5 in total, one for Kenny, one for Lucas, one for John Ambrose, one for Peter Kavinsky and the last one she wrote was for Josh, her sister’s boyfriend. She never sends the letters, they’re like therapy, just for taking the boy out of her head, her letters are her most secret possession, no one know about them except for her, until someone sends all the letters and Lara Jean’s world turns upside down.
Lara Jean became one of my favorite characters in contemporary, she is funny and relatable and has an amazing aesthetic. One of the things I loved the most about her was that she spent some time making a scrapbook for Margo, and I could see myself doing it, I keep a journal where I write and draw and tape things too, things that inspire me, things I love, things worth remembering someday.
Lara Jean’s family was something that I really enjoyed reading about too, I love how they are such a close family, everyone one of them had its place and they all interact and fit so good together, and they love each other so much it makes me so emotional. And I also loved the way they treated Josh like he was family too.
Peter was the character I did not like as much as I thought I would, he was just a bit ughhhh!!! Sometimes I wanted to punch him in the face, like when they all dressed up as fictional characters and Peter was mad at Lara Jean because of her costume and Josh’s costume (I loved it when Lara Jean and Josh saw what they were wearing! It was too good, the story she told about their costumes and the scenes in the corridors.)
One character I loved much more in the book than in the movie was Chris, she was funnier in the book, in the book we could see how much of a free spirit she was and stories about her that we don’t get to see in the movie adaptation.
As soon as I opened up this book, actually, as soon as I finished Six Of Crows I knew I would love Crooked Kingdom. How could I not? Six of Crows is one of my favorite books EVER.
I can’t say too much about this book because I don’t want to spoil Six of Crows for anyone, but I’ll do my best. (You can read Six of Crows’ synopsis here)
If you read Six of Crows you know that it is a book full of plot twists and fast-paced scenes, but then Crooked Kingdom came and amazed me too, doing it once is awesome, doing it twice is magic, but I think we can all agree that Leigh Bardugo is pure magic herself.
This book is not the masterpiece that Six of Crows is but it was also an amazing read, I hadn’t realized how much I missed the plot, the characters, Kaz’s mastermind before I opened it and started reading.
I tried several times to choose a favorite character but I have a different one every chapter, Inej, Kaz, Wylan, Jesper, Nina and Mathias are somehow all my favorite, I love them all. And I think in this book we got to see a more personal side of them all, they were in Ketterdam and there were several moments when they were only planning things and talking to each other and I think that was when we really get to see how they interact with each other and who they really are.
Also, during the whole duology, we get to know the stories of the past of every single one of the six main characters and, as they are really intense and complex characters I think that was really cool to be able to understand what happened to them to make them like they are today. Wylan’s flashback was one of my favorites, it made me want to kill his father so freaking much and also knowing what Inej went through was such a powerful part of the book (BURN, MANAGERIE, BURN!)
The Six Of Crows‘ duology is my favorite duology, for sure. I am kind of sad that it is over but I think it was the perfect way to end this story, their amazing eventful story. (Unless Leigh wants to continue with it, which if she does, I’m down for, obviously)
“What about the nobodies and the nothings, the invisible girls? We learn to hold our heads as if we wear crowns. We learn to wring magic from the ordinary. That was how you survived when you weren’t chosen, when there was no royal blood in your veins. When the world owed you nothing, you demanded something of it anyway.”
(SIDE NOTE!!!: I FOUND OUT JUST NOW THAT LEIGH BARDUGO SAID SHE PLANS ON WRITING A THIRD BOOK “MANY YEARS DOWN THE LINE” AND IM DYING OVER HERE!!!)
This post took me forever to write, it turned out to be HUUUUGE! I should be reading! I am currently reading The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and I am planning on reviewing it sometime soon so stay tuned for that if you want.
The image on the cover is by Melina Souza (Instagram at @melinwonderland)
I hope you enjoyed the post and I’ll see you at the next one.