Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

So I didn’t love this book. The good and bad of it were inextricably intertwined – Kaz’s grand plan to set everything to rights was incredibly detailed and all-encompassing. Over and over the book took me to an emotional edge, and it wore on me. It may have been a case of bad timing – maybe I needed something a little lighter?

First of all – don’t read this book if you haven’t read the first one. Second of all – read this book if you have read the first one. Bardugo is genius. The total package. Her stories have depth, smarts, great characters, action and brilliance. You stay on the edge of your seat. You care.

This book was more finely crafted than the first. The plan was more detailed. The characters further developed. It overwhelmed me. The wrung emotions, the over-the-top plan, the lengthy book – it just became too much and lost its luster at some point.

I love the series, but I’m exhausted by this book.

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