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November 2021 book reviews

Updated: Aug 30, 2022

Written by Emily Ilene Martinez

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six people embark on a deadly heist for thirty million Kruger. Will they survive and make it to the end, or will they kill each other first? Kaz Brekker, leader of the group taking on the heist, can’t do it alone. He recruits six different people, all with their strengths. In Ghana, also known as the Wraith, is Kaz’s spy. Matthias Helvar is an imprisoned Drüskelle who is solid and fast. Jesper Fahey is a sharpshooter who loves to gamble. Nina Zednik is a Heartrender with healing powers. Then there’s Kaz Brekker, the gang leader, professional thief, and club owner. Does anyone get worse than him, the man dressed in black? Will past enemies get in the way? Will these six crows take on the heist and survive? “No mourners, no funerals.”

“Six of Crows” is a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It may have a slow beginning, but don’t let that stop you from reading this book. Personally, I enjoyed reading it as much as I did because the writer of this book did terrific work on describing the universe and characters. They all had their strengths and their weaknesses; even the people you want to dislike, you feel some understanding for them. I also enjoyed how each chapter changed with different perspectives of each of the characters. Reading this book makes you feel sad about what the characters have gone through. Although you also see how strong they are. I love the way the writer wrote the female character Inej. She was strong and powerful. I recommend reading this book if you like dark fantasy books that will make you feel a wide range of emotions.

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

"They Both Die at the End" is a heart-wrenching story about two queer teenagers living their last day to the fullest. 18-year-old Mateo Torrez and 17-year-old Rufus Emerterio receive a call from Death-Cast. A little after midnight on September 5, 2017, they were advised they had 24 hours to live. With a terrifying presence, both Mateo and Rufus had to figure out how they wanted to spend their last day alive. They decided to use an app called "Last Friend" to look for someone to spend their last day with. They were no longer strangers and lived their previous day to the fullest. They experienced things they'd never done and had to say goodbye to the ones they loved.

The book "They, Both Die at the End", is written very well. The characters show intense emotion when it comes to internal dialogue. This book made me feel very attached to the two main characters. The characters feel like people you could relate to. You have two queer boys; one is an introvert the other is an extrovert. I feel like Adam Silvera did a great job with writing the inner dialogue. You had all the emotions, and it was a straightforward book to envision. It made me feel like I was really part of the book. This is right up your alley if you are looking for a book to cry to or even just a cute queer romance. I always recommend this book to everyone that asks for good books to read. It is definitely one of my top favorite books. I wish I could reread it for the first time ever. I am delighted that I read this book because it honestly affected me. I hope that if anyone decides to read it as well, you enjoy it just as much as I did.

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