The Language of Thorns ★★★★☆

The Language of Thorns ★★★★☆
Leigh Bardugo


Genre(s) | Fantasy, Young Adult, Retelling
Goodreads Rating | 4.51
Humpo Show Rating | 4.00
Published: 2017
Publisher: Orion

Following on from the success of Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy and the Six of Crows duology, also inhabiting the same universe, she has composed a book that is full of folk stories, fairy tales and retellings that are full of surprises, twists and lessons. The Language of Thorns is full of darkness, magic and thought-provoking characters.   Continue reading

Crooked Kingdom ★★★★★

Crooked Kingdom ★★★★★
Leigh Bardugo


Genre(s) | Young Adult, Fantasy
Goodreads Rating | 4.62
Humpo Show Rating | 5.00
Published | 2016
Publisher | Orion

Unpredictable. Unique. Unforgettable. 

Kaz Brekker and his merry band of outcasts have pulled off the seemingly impossible heist of Ice Court. But rather than swimming in reward money, they are trying to stay afloat amidst the tides of dangerous people that want them dead. Their arrival back in Ketterdam has made an almighty splash due to them possessing a very valuable and sought after individual, an individual that could start or end a war. With enemies on all sides, and with survival, not to mention victory, at long and insurmountable odds, Kaz, Inej, Nina et al, need to come up with something that is truly extraordinary, if they fail the city of Ketterdam will have bettered them and they will be forgotten, as if they were drowned rats.  Continue reading

Book Review | Six of Crows

Six of Crows
Leigh Bardugo


Genre(s) | Young Adult, Fantasy
Goodreads Rating | 4.5

Humpo Show Rating | 5 / 5 

Heart-stopping…like a Grisha, and addictive…like Jurda Parem. Six of Crows is an utterly fascinating page turner, and a compulsory read for Young-Adult readers.

Six outcasts have accepted the charge of a seemingly impossible heist job that could earn them wealth beyond their wildest dreams. They have to break into a never before breached military stronghold, Ice Court, retrieve a hostage that holds a formula that could wreak mayhem on the world, and make it back to collect their reward. If that seemed improbable enough, they have to contend with enemies intent on derailing their efforts, conflict among themselves, and an ever-changing plan that leaves a lot to chance. Continue reading