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Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo | ARC Review

36571337Title: Into the Crooked Place

Author: Alexandra Christo

Series: Into the Crooked Place #1

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, High Fantasy, Romance

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Publication date: October 8th, 2019

Pages: 384

My rating: img_1495


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.


“Sometimes it felt like she had nothing to hold on to. But if she lost everything, surely all she had left to do was gain. And there was so much Saxony wanted. Peace. Justice. Revenge.”

I was beyond excited to read Into the Crooked Place because I completely fell in love with her debut novel To Kill a Kingdom and her way to tell a story, and I was so interested in her future works and especially in the premise of this one, because it sounded so great and like something that it’s right up my alley. Overall, I have to say that even though I found some elements a bit confusing especially at first, I ended up really enjoying the rest of the book and change my opinion about it so I continued reading it.

To be completely honest, I honestly thought that I would keep this book 3 stars because even though I was enjoying the world and I thought the magic world super interesting, there was something about the pacing of the story that threw me a bit off sometimes. However, it’s true that after I reached the second half of Into the Crooked Place, I started to become more engaged in the book and couldn’t put it down.

I think that the first half of the novel was a bit slow and not much really happened. It’s true that we got to see the world and the different magic elements, their limitations and what that magic disease was about, along with a little information about their backstories and relationships with the other different characters, but I had so much trouble getting into it and concentrating in the story. But once I reached the half Mark, everything started to put together and I started to become more interested in the events that were happening and in the different characters relationships and interactions.

When it comes to the characters, I have to say that I totally changed my mind from the beginning to the very end of the story. I would say at the beginning I wasn’t the biggest fan of the cast of characters even though I didn’t hate them, but I as I kept reading I started to enjoy their dynamics and the different arcs much more, and totally fell in love with them by the end of Into the Crooked Place.

“Tavia realized that magic was not at all like fairy tales. It was like math. It was like the intricate clapping games she played with the other kids to fen off hunger. It seemed complex at first, but all it took was knowing the rhythm, understanding the formula.

Another thing that I really appreciated it about this book was that the romance didn’t feel rushed at all, and the author took her time to build it and develop. I really enjoyed the dynamics between these two different characters, and I was rooting for them by the end and also, I really think there was such a pure f/f romance (the only thing is that I wished it was a bit more focused on that because we didn’t get to see a lot of that relationship between them).

The ending was freaking fantastic. This was one of those books where are the last few chapters totally changed my opinion about a book. I thought it was so fast paced and engaging, and there were a lot of things happening that kept me at the edge of my seat wanting to know what was going to happen how everything was going to end, and I think because of that along with some other revelations that totally shocked me, my opinion about the whole novel changed completely.

Overall, I think Into the Crooked Place was a very solid first installment. Even though the first half of the book wasn’t what I had in mind when I first started reading it, I soon begin to really enjoy the story and the characters, and became more interested in the world and in the magic system.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This doesn’t change my opinion whatsoever. All thoughts are my own.

“That was how street kids became street kings. How buskers became underbosses. It was the only way to survive in a realm hungry enough to swallow the weak whole. Trust no one, betray everyone. Kill or be killed, always.”


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