Into The Crooked Place Begins A Gritty Two Book YA Fantasy Series From Alexandra Christo, The Author Of To Kill A Kingdom.The Streets Of Creije Are For The Deadly And The Dreamers, And Four Crooks In Particular Know Just How Much Magic They Need Up Their Sleeve To Survive.Tavia, A Busker Ready To Pack Up Her Dark Magic Wares And Turn Her Back On Creije For Good She Ll Do Anything To Put Her Crimes Behind Her.Wesley, The Closest Thing Creije Has To A Gangster After Growing Up On Streets Hungry Enough To Swallow The Weak Whole, He Won T Stop Until He Has Brought The Entire Realm To Kneel Before Him.Karam, A Warrior Who Spends Her Days Watching Over The City S Worst Criminals And Her Nights In The Fighting Rings, Making A Deadly Name For Herself.And Saxony, A Resistance Fighter Hiding From The Very People Who Destroyed Her Family, And Willing To Do Whatever It Takes To Get Her Revenge.Everything In Their Lives Is Going To Plan, Until Tavia Makes A Crucial Mistake She Delivers A Vial Of Dark Magic A Weapon She Didn T Know She Had To Someone She Cares About, Sparking The Greatest Conflict In Decades Now These Four Magical Outsiders Must Come Together To Save Their Home And The World, Before It S Too Late But With Enemies At All Sides, They Can Trust Nobody Least Of All Each Other. I don t really care what it s about, I ll just read anything Alexandra writes after the magnificence that was I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.BOY, was this disappointing It was boring, predictable, and I wanted to DNF it multiple times but didn t because it was an ARC Where did Alexandra Christo s compelling writing style from To Kill a Kingdom go It s like an entirely different author wrote this After White Cat, Six of Crows, The Gilded Wolves, Ace of Shades, and now thisgangster fantasies are essentially becoming a trope Which isn t necessarily a bad thing The problem is that Christo didn t add anything new to it There s nothing to distinguish this book from any of the ones mentioned above It comes across as merely generic Is it a terrible book No, it s for the most part well written It s just uneventful and tedious The characters are mere caricatures of ones we ve come across before I wish I could say that this is my new favourite book, but I can t I don t even know if I shall continue with this duology.
that s literally the only thing I need to know.I feel a Peaky Blinders vibe . Gangster fantasy That s that s beautiful. guess who got a copy of this baby at BookCon I am so ready for this Instagram Twitter Facebook PinterestIf I had to sum up my feelings about this book in a single sentence, I would say this book is passable I read a lot of fantasy and there was nothing about INTO THE CROOKED PLACE that really made it stand out to me, as it follows the typical formula of many best selling YA titles coming out these days, to the point that over saturation has rendered them virtually indistinguishable from one another INTO THE CROOKED PLACE is not a bad book, nor is it an exceptionally good one It s an okay YA fantasy with decent writing and some interesting but two dimensional characters.The setting of this book is in a fantasy city called Creije where magic is forbidden whoomp, there it is At night, black market traders sell charms and potions to people looking for a little extra, where they split the profits with their crime boss masters Tavia is one of these, and her boss, Wesley, used to be her childhood friend until he was corrupted by power and became just as evil as everyone else When he sends her off with a new potion, she doesn t think much of it, until her friend, Saxony, stupidly drinks it, and ends up becoming slightly, well, not herself.As the truth of the new magic sinks in, Tavia realizes that Creije and its crime system is even worse than she thought Especially since the Kingpin, Ashwood, is looking to expand his reach and, you guessed it, take over the world She, Wesley, Saxony, and Karam, Wesley s bodyguard, must band together and join their pooled forces in order to save Creije from falling into darkness under a reign of dark magic and terror But in order to do that, they ll have to confront the darker shadows haunting each of their pasts and some of the secrets that they re hiding might well be deadly.As I said, the characters were fine I felt like they checked a lot of boxes, to be honest Wesley and Tavia are the childhood friends who still care about each other but pretend not to Wesley is the smooth talking dapper criminal who seems to have been created with the intention of fan service Karam and Saxony were an F F couple who broke up but still have feelings for each other, which is refreshing to see, but their sexual tension fueled constant bickering started to get a little old, after a while You could pick up this cast and drop them into virtually any other fantasy novel that came out within the past five years, and whether it s SIX OF CROWS or THE GILDED WOLVES, they could still fill out virtually the same roles, in a virtually similar storyline, without much change to the plot.I also feel like it s hard to suss out the target audience for this book The cover and writing style feel like this is geared towards younger teens older middle grade, but the writing itself is peppered with swear words and the characters appear to be older teens I don t know if it s gritty enough for older teens to really enjoy, but the subject matter might be too dark for younger kids To this book s credit, I liked it a lot than SIX OF CROWS which I have tried to read and ended up dropping in irritation 3 times and THE GILDED WOLVES which I managed to finish but gave a terrible review I even liked this than the author s previous effort, TO KILL A KINGDOM, and it seems like the author really looked at the feedback readers gave her for her previous book and tried to implement it in this book, to mostly great effect The characters were likable, even if they lacked the depth I d like to see in books like this, and the magic system was interesting There were also some truly chilling scenes in here, and moments of some really descriptive writing.I suppose if you enjoy YA fantasy, and especially the titles I mentioned in the previous paragraph, you ll probably really enjoy INTO THE CROOKED PLACE It wasn t quite my cup of tea but it passed the time and managed to keep me invested where similar books did not I might be reading the sequel, as this book ends on a cliffhanger, and I m curious to see how everyone ends up Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review 3 stars I m so excited for this Can people please stop saying every gangster YA book is just copying Six of Crows, especially before the book is even out Yes Soc is amazing but Leigh Bardugo doesn t have a monopoly on the gangster genre lmao. 3 5 stars e ARC provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Into The Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo is an upcoming fantasy novel that follows four crooks who must come together to save their home from the dark magic that threatens it and everyone they love This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year Having read To Kill A Kingdom in 2018 and thoroughly enjoying it I honestly expected from Into The Crooked Place, but it wasn t all bad If I m being completely honest though I think where this falls short for me is it s similarities to other YA fantasy books that I ve read in the past Alexandra is such a great writer, and I always feel some sort of connection to her characters, but if it weren t for said characters in this one I probably would have DNF d it at the halfway point Will I pick up the sequel Probably But I won t be in a rush to do so The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review 3.5 5 StarsFull review hereThis new gangster fantasy left me happy and disappointed at the same time.Into the Crooked Place has an interesting enough world filled with magic, which I think could have been explained a lot better than it was The characters are what drives the story forward I truly feel like there were characters that were well developed and others that were just there Wesley is a cut above all others, he just is The only other character who comes close to being well crafted is Tavia The other narrators and their points of view didn t really catch my attention This book has been compared to Six of Crows on multiple occasions and I can totally see why I think that the feel is pretty much the same, but I personally prefer Leigh Bardugo s books Wesley resembles Kaz quite a lot, which is probably why I liked him so much.I think this book has some great potential even though it has not the most original story The ending was quite interesting and left me curious to see how the author decides to continue on with the series. Oh boy, I absolutely loved To Kill a Kingdom but this book was just so slow for me that I found it hard to connect to the characters or the story However, the author s writing is just as lovely as her previous book.
- 384 pages
- Into the Crooked Place
- Alexandra Christo
- 10 May 2017 Alexandra Christo