ARC Review |Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo

Into the Crooked Place (Into the Crooked Place, #1)Title: Into the Crooked Place (Into the Crooked Place #1)

Author: Alexandra Christo

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Release Date: October 8, 2019

“There will be no punishment or retribution. What did the law matter when there could be anarchy instead?”

I have somewhat mixed feelings about Into the Crooked Place. It had a very strong start with the character introductions, but I never quite cared about anything else as much. We follow a band of crooks who are determined to save their city from dark magic and further corruption by banding together – even if they don’t trust each other – to save the things they care about.

Things I Liked
I really loved the characters in this story, especially Tavia and Wesley, but all the characters are deliciously complex and have questionable morals. I was immediately hooked by Tavia’s unapologetic and ambitious attitude and wanted more from this world, and each character introduction hooked me more.

Found families. It exists and it is wonderful. That is all.

The writing was nice – I thought the atmosphere of Creije was perfect and created this great unsettling feeling over the story. I also appreciate getting 4 POVs for each of the main characters – though I do hope we get more from Karam and Saxony in the next book. And maybe something from Arjun too because he was a bit of a scene stealer for me and I selfishly want more.

I’m intrigued by the worldbuilding. I don’t think it was done incredibly well, but I got enough that I’m interested and want more.

Things I Didn’t Like
I didn’t care much about the plot. For me, it was a think that just happened to be going on in our characters’ lives, but not something I actively cared about or paid much attention too. The action was fun – if a bit confusing at times – but the direction of the story didn’t really matter to me.

There was virtually no romance in the story, and while that’s perfectly fine because not every story needs a romance, I wanted more here. Wesley and Tavia have a childhood friendship and still share a connection that gets there satifying hints, but I needed more. Saxony and Karam’s history is a bit more complicated. They were together, then they broke up, but still really care about each other and there’s flirting and cute moments and a few kisses between these badass women and I just wanted more.

As a self-professed character driven reader, Tavia, Wesley, Saxony, and Karam saved Into the Crooked Place for me. The world intrigued me enough, but I loved these selfish and unlikeable characters and wanted to spend time with them. I’m sure others will be more invested in the plot and the action, but I think the story was at it’s best when we were building relationships with the characters.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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