Tarocchi Di Dante

They say that you know the card is right for you when it chooses you and not the other way around.

This was how I felt when I held the Dante deck for the first time. Being an artist and a bookworm at heart, I was easily drawn to the artfully illustrated, Divine Comedy – inspired renditions of the tarot card. The free-form lines, the majestic colours, and the magnetic feel of each image, all contributing to a deck that reveals deep-seated tales for every reading.

My first ever deck, I’ve been using it for a long time and the magic never fades.

The Book that Started it All

I was so excited to read the book that started it all after finishing the second installation of Six of Crows duology, Crooked Kingdom. I have  to say, I was really glued to the book and actually did buy all three books at once. It had me turning page after page, and I love that it is not like your typical YA book (kudos to Leigh Bardugo’s writing style for keeping the cheesy moments in check :D).

But if I were to be completely honest, the one major reason why I was hooked is because of the villain we all love to love and hate altogether – THE DARKLING! He’s something else entirely! This is one villain to make you question which side you wanna be on.

I’d highly recommend this book for every YA lit fan out there. You’ll need to read this on your long free hours because it will be hard to put down, but I know you’ll want to sneak into the pages on those short breaks 😉

I was not ready for our story to end.

As epic as the first book is, but a lot more sinister and heartbreaking. I was trying not to finish it too soon, and yet I couldn’t keep myself from turning page after page after page of the second half of the Six of Crows duology.

When I finished the book and put it down, I knew I would not read anything of the same substance again, unless author Leigh Bardugo decides to add another continuation to the Dregs’ story. I really hope she would!

 

The Dregs have Come

IMG_8719It’s been ages since a book had me gripping its pages and wanting more of it. Quite frankly, I’ve always loved books but was never a fan of the YA genre – until Six of Crows.

Set in a beautifully imagined old-and-mysterious-meets-Victorian-industrial world, Six of Crows is a story of a group of daredevils on an impossible heist. Each character is so masterfully crafted it is easy fall in love with each one. Leigh Bardugo has done such a fantastic job at putting the readers inside their heads, detailing their stories, their deepest thoughts, their darkest secrets – all while keeping the reader thrilled with every twist and turn of the story in fast-paced narrative.

Here’s a sneak peak into who they are:

THE DREGS.

  1. KAZ BREKKER (a.k.a. “Dirtyhands”) – Basically, this guy is a dangerous gang lord with the mind of a genius. Master craftsman of the heist game plan.
  2. INEJ GHAFA (a.k.a. “The Wraith”) – A stealthy badass, dagger-wielding chic who is like the eyes and ears of the group.
  3. NINA ZENIK – The beautiful seductress who is also a gifted Grisha (it’s detailed in the intro).
  4. MATTHIAS HELVAR – The strong and silent ex-convict who is basically the muscle of the group.
  5. WYLAN VAN ECK – The privileged boy who has a crazy talent for making explosives.
  6. JESPER FAHEY – The reckless gunner who can practically shoot and never miss.

But what I love best about the story is that every element of it and the book in its entirety is quite something that I have never encountered before. It’s quite hard for me to say it belongs to any genre at all, because I think it belongs to one of its own.

This is a book that I would recommend to every book-lover out there.

Leigh Bardugo has set my standards so high, I doubt I will find another book quite like this one. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next installment!