Why Did I Pick It Up: Um, I didn't, it was delivered to my Kindle at midnight because I couldn't wait for it to come out ... or because I love Leigh Bardugo ... or because the book sounded AWESOME
Genre: Fantasy ... can awesome be a genre?
Reminds Me Of ... I don't know how to answer this
Favorite Character: Inej because she is absolutely kickass and totally cool ... I think I might want to be her when I grow up
Suggested Age Range: For everyone (middle school and up will probably enjoy it more)
Romance: Not overt, but lots of delicately described longing
The Good: The book starts out with a bang, that is to say it is exciting from the start. Kaz is the coolest, like an awesome hipster that you know you can't just walk up and talk to. I mean that in the best of ways, of course. He is fantastically loyal and smart, but pig-headed and an idiot at the same time. He trusts his friends with his life and expects them to trust him, but doesn't share his secrets.
This book is delightfully character focused, which is something I enjoy.
The physical book itself is a delight, those black pages are to dreamy. When Ms. Bardugo posted about them I thought it was just on her copy, but when my actual copy came in the mail I was so excited. I won a big poster of the characters and a signed book plate ... so my copy is "signed" it is pretty awesome.
Back to the book itself. There are so many exciting plot twists and surprises that you won't be bored even though it is character heavy. I love the team and how everyone is vital to the success of their mission.
The Bad: If you didn't read The Grisha Trilogy, you might be a little lost in this world. There isn't a lot of time spent on the whole world building and you might miss it if such things are important to you.
There is alternating POV. Usually I hate that, but here is works. At least, the story was delicious enough that I wasn't bothered by the whole thing.
The Bitter Truth: The problem with reading a book the week it comes out, is that there is a long time before the next book is released.
Who will love this book? Anyone who liked The Grisha trilogy, or fantasy, or a really great male lead (he is kinda like Jace from City of Bones)
How much did I like it? 8.75/10
Will I read more? Yes, I can't wait
Bingo 2015: none