Six of Crows

Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo "Let's say my currency carries more sway."
"Money is money."
"I trade and information… the things men do when they think no one is looking. Shame holds more value than coin ever can. "

[b:Six of Crows|23437156|Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)|Leigh Bardugo||42077459] is a story about six thieves from the bottom of the Barrel (*you see what I just did there?), hired to carry out an impossible heist for a ridiculous pay out. The leader of this unlikely crew is Kaz, a member of mysterious and relentless bad ass, who at the age of 17 already has developed quite the name and reputation for himself and is known by locals as "dirty hands". He carries a cane with a crows head for the handle and is never seen without his notorious black leather gloves, creating plenty of rumors and speculation about what he's hiding underneath. His crew is just as mysterious and extremely diverse, although, as the story progresses we are revealed bits and pieces of their pasts and explanations of how and why they turned out as they are and exactly what this conquest means to each of them individually. Their group is made up of both allies and enemies and when they are forced to trust each other with their lives and freedom during this impossible mission the only thing they can truly rely on is that nothing and no one is always as it seems.

I was very much looking forward to beginning reading this and do well, although, I've never read anything by[a:Leigh Bardugo|4575289|Leigh Bardugo|], these books are highly recommended with excellent reviews from readers whose opinions I value and trust. However, I made it about 150 pages in and was honestly about ready to quit. I just found it to be incredibly slow paced with all the foreign names and places. It was hard for me to keep everything straight and it was beginning to feel like a chore to pick it up and continue reading – not a quality I look for or enjoy in a book. I decided to stick with it and give the audio version a try, went on Audible to pick up where I left off and that made all the difference! I'm so glad that I stuck it out because the story was fantastic! All the plot twists, deceit and betrayal, make it impossible to predict the outcome – a quality I adore in the books I read – and the ending makes me want to run start reading [b:Crooked Kingdom|22299763|Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)|Leigh Bardugo||42090179] immediately! All the hype surrounding this book was definitely justified, in my opinion, and I'm so glad that I didn't give up on it.