Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo -ARC Review


Into the Crooked Place begins a gritty two-book YA fantasy series from Alexandra Christo, the author of To Kill a Kingdom.

The streets of Creije are for the deadly and the dreamers, and four crooks in particular know just how much magic they need up their sleeve to survive.

Tavia, a busker ready to pack up her dark-magic wares and turn her back on Creije for good. She’ll do anything to put her crimes behind her.

Wesley, the closest thing Creije has to a gangster. After growing up on streets hungry enough to swallow the weak whole, he won’t stop until he has brought the entire realm to kneel before him.

Karam, a warrior who spends her days watching over the city’s worst criminals and her nights in the fighting rings, making a deadly name for herself.

And Saxony, a resistance fighter hiding from the very people who destroyed her family, and willing to do whatever it takes to get her revenge.

Everything in their lives is going to plan, until Tavia makes a crucial mistake: she delivers a vial of dark magic—a weapon she didn’t know she had—to someone she cares about, sparking the greatest conflict in decades. Now these four magical outsiders must come together to save their home and the world, before it’s too late. But with enemies at all sides, they can trust nobody. Least of all each other.

Review: 3 Stars

Into the Crooked Place was one of my most anticipated releases of the second half of the year. I was so excited for this book and I am pretty disappointed. It sounded like it was going to be so good and I am a sucker for criminals and fantasy, but this book didn’t live up to its potential. I had such a hard time getting into this book that I almost had it down, but it started to pick up a quarter of the way in. I did enjoy reading it, but it was nowhere near as good as I expected it to be.

I wasn’t a huge fan of the plot. I thought pretty much every twist coming and felt like Ashwood was a poorly written villain. Once we finally got to the climax I really no longer cared what happened. I don’t feel like the tension was built up enough and even though I like the characters, I just really wanted the book to be over already. I really expected more because the description sounded so cool and the ladies in this book had so much potential.

The magic system had cool ideas behind it, but was described poorly. I love the idea of the black market and buskers selling dark magic. I wanted the novel to take place in Creije because that city had so much potential with this underworld. But instead the story moved away from the city and I felt like the parts that did take place within the city it were poorly done. The world building was just shoddy all around and the setting was so hard to visualize at times and I kept getting confused.

This book saving grace was its characters. Well the beginning was rough, once the story really got moving I want to blabbing some of the characters. Tavia and Wesley were my favorites and the banter between them was so entertaining. I really appreciated having Wesley as a sort of mastermind character, but he wasn’t on the same level as characters like Kaz, Tyrion or Kelsier. If it weren’t for these interesting characters I probably would’ve given up on this book.

Overall I am pretty disappointed. Regardless of my high expectations I feel like this book was poorly done, but I didn’t expect a lot more from it. I found it entertaining at times, but I wouldn’t recommend it. I really expected more from the world building and the plot, especially since they portrayed Wesley as a mastermind character.

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  1. I was so excited for this book, but I keep seeing reviews from people being disappointed in this one 😦
    Definitely have to lower my expectations I guess.
    Great review!


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