ARC REVIEW | INTO THE CROOKED PLACE BY ALEXANDRA CHRISTO REVIEW | WEAVING FICTION

INTO THE CROOKED PLACE 
ALEXANDRA CHRISTO 

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Writing Style/Quality: 2
Plot: 3
Characters & their development: 2
Originality: 0
Pacing: 3
Personal enjoyment: 1
Final rating: 2.5
WHERE DID I GET THIS FROM? Allen & Unwin AUS
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I liked
-some of the witty commentary

I disliked
-that it was eerily similar to another novel
-the ending felt cheap

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GOODREADS BLURB

Magic rules the city of Creije Capital and Tavia Syn knows just how many tricks she needs up her sleeve to survive. Selling dark magic on the streets for her kingpin, she keeps clear of other crooks, counting the days until her debt is paid and she can flee her criminal life.

But then, one day, with her freedom in sight, Tavia uncovers a sinister plot that threatens to destroy the realm she calls home. Desperate to put an end to her kingpin’s plan, Tavia forms an unlikely alliance with three crooks even more deadly than her:

Wesley, the kingpin’s prodigy and most renewed criminal in the realm

Karam, an underground fighter with a penchant for killing first and forgetting to ask questions

And Saxony, a Crafter in hiding who will stop at nothing to avenge her family

With the reluctant saviours assembled, they embark on a quest to put an end to the dark magic before it’s too late. But even if they can take down the kingpin and save the realm, the one thing they can’t do is trust each other.

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MY THOUGHTS

I have to say, I had expected a fun romp through a crime filled country and I sort of got that. If you’re here to find out how simillar this book is to Six Of Crows, I have to say it is sadly very simillar.

Let’s talk about this story first though. In this story, we follow four characters who are apart of the criminal underground world, and their adventure of trying to overthrow the kingpin. We see them trying to gather allies and find ways to deal with the upcoming war that taking on the kingpin will result in.

My biggest issue lies in Wesley. He is a suit-wearing, tattooed, scared crime boss who has nervous ticks and is in love with a girl. He tries to act bad and horrible, while having a troubled back story and if you think this sounds like Kaz Brekker, it really does. From what he says to how he acts all I could see was Kaz.

If you’re curious, Tavia is very much like Inej, wanting to be free and explore. And while I can’t remember the other characters they are a weird take on Nina and Matthias.

I don’t often like to compare books to other books but this one literally felt like a carbon copy of SOC to the point that I considered DNF’ing it.

Let’s focus on the differences. This underground was throughout a whole country not a small area, and there was more of a structured system to it. But honestly, while it was an enjoyable read, I couldnt give this even a decent rating because nothing about it really felt unique.

If you really liked SOC and dont mind a carbon copy, then I would recommend this, otherwise I really wouldn’t.

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