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Into the Crooked Place begins a gritty two book YA fantasy series from Alexandra Christo the author of To Kill a KingdomThe 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 surviveTavia 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 herWesley the closest t. gangster fant

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Hing 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 himKaram 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 herselfAnd Saxony a resistance fighter hiding from the very people who destroyed her family and willing to do whatev. Gangster fan

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Er it takes to get her revengeEverything 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 oth. guess who got

  • Hardcover
  • 384
  • Into the Crooked Place
  • Alexandra Christo
  • English
  • 01 April 2017
  • 9781250318374

About the Author: Alexandra Christo

Alexandra Christo decided to write books when she was four and her teacher told her she couldn’t be a fairy When she’s not busy making up stories she can be found organising food crawls over London and binge watching Korean dramas Alexandra has a BA in Creative Writing and currently lives in England with an abundance of cacti because they’re the only plants she can keep alive



10 thoughts on “Into the Crooked Place

  1. says:

    I don't really care what it's about I'll just read anything Alexandra writes after the magnificence that was To Kill A Kingdom ♡ Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review

  2. says:

    gangster fantasies are so my thing i love the gritty unapologetic adventure of it all so its been very exciting to see it become such a popular trope as with all tropes recycled elements are bound to pop up from book to book but its how the story enhances those elements that makes its worthwhile and unfortunately ‘into the crooked place’ doesnt really add anything special to the genre its a solid book on its own there is a variety of characters and representation interesting magic system and world building and decent writing and pacing all great things but thats where it stops its nothing i havent read and enjoyed before so while this is still entertaining especially for fans of gangster fantasy stories there really isnt anything about this that makes me obsess over the story ↠ 3 stars

  3. says:

    I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest reviewBOY was this disappointing It was boring predictable and I wanted to DNF it multiple times but didn't because it was an ARC Where did Alexandra Christo's compelling writing style from To Kill a Kingdom go??? It's like an entirely different author wrote thisAfter White Cat Six of Crows The Gilded Wolves Ace of Shades and now thisgangster fantasies are essentially becoming a trope Which isn't necessarily a bad thing The problem is that Christo didn't add anything new to it There's nothing to distinguish this book from any of the ones mentioned above It comes across as merely generic Is it a terrible book? No it's for the most part well written It's just uneventful and tedious The characters are mere caricatures of ones we've come across before I wish I could say that this is my new favourite book but I can't I don't even know if I shall continue with this duology

  4. says:

    This is my book It comes out tomorrow I think it's pretty damn great and I'm excited to throw these crooked little cupcakes out into the world

  5. says:

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || || PinterestIf I had to sum up my feelings about this book in a single sentence I would say this book is passable I read a lot of fantasy and there was nothing about INTO THE CROOKED PLACE that really made it stand out to me as it follows the typical formula of many best selling YA titles coming out these days to the point that over saturation has rendered them virtually indistinguishable from one another INTO THE CROOKED PLACE is not a bad book nor is it an exceptionally good one It's an okay YA fantasy with decent writing and some interesting but two dimensional charactersThe setting of this book is in a fantasy city called Creije where magic is forbidden whoomp there it is At night black market traders sell charms and potions to people looking for a little extra where they split the profits with their crime boss masters Tavia is one of these and her boss Wesley used to be her childhood friend until he was corrupted by power and became just as evil as everyone else When he sends her off with a new potion she doesn't think much of it until her friend Saxony stupidly drinks it and ends up becoming slightly well not herselfAs the truth of the new magic sinks in Tavia realizes that Creije and its crime system is even worse than she thought Especially since the Kingpin Ashwood is looking to expand his reach and you guessed it take over the world She Wesley Saxony and Karam Wesley's bodyguard must band together and join their pooled forces in order to save Creije from falling into darkness under a reign of dark magic and terror But in order to do that they'll have to confront the darker shadows haunting each of their pasts and some of the secrets that they're hiding might well be deadlyAs I said the characters were fine I felt like they checked a lot of boxes to be honest Wesley and Tavia are the childhood friends who still care about each other but pretend not to Wesley is the smooth talking dapper criminal who seems to have been created with the intention of fan service Karam and Saxony were an FF couple who broke up but still have feelings for each other which is refreshing to see but their sexual tension fueled constant bickering started to get a little old after a while You could pick up this cast and drop them into virtually any other fantasy novel that came out within the past five years and whether it's SIX OF CROWS or THE GILDED WOLVES they could still fill out virtually the same roles in a virtually similar storyline without much change to the plotI also feel like it's hard to suss out the target audience for this book The cover and writing style feel like this is geared towards younger teensolder middle grade but the writing itself is peppered with swear words and the characters appear to be older teens I don't know if it's gritty enough for older teens to really enjoy but the subject matter might be too dark for younger kids To this book's credit I liked it a lot than SIX OF CROWS which I have tried to read and ended up dropping in irritation 3 times and THE GILDED WOLVES which I managed to finish but gave a terrible review I even liked this than the author's previous effort TO KILL A KINGDOM and it seems like the author really looked at the feedback readers gave her for her previous book and tried to implement it in this book to mostly great effect The characters were likable even if they lacked the depth I'd like to see in books like this and the magic system was interesting There were also some truly chilling scenes in here and moments of some really descriptive writingI suppose if you enjoy YA fantasy and especially the titles I mentioned in the previous paragraph you'll probably really enjoy INTO THE CROOKED PLACE It wasn't uite my cup of tea but it passed the time and managed to keep me invested where similar books did not I might be reading the seuel as this book ends on a cliffhanger and I'm curious to see how everyone ends up Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review 3 stars

  6. says:

    Gangster fantasyThat's that's beautiful 'I know absolutely nothing about this book but yesThe answer is yes

  7. says:

    guess who got a copy of this baby at BookCon??? I am so ready for this

  8. says:

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Unfortunately this tale of a bunch of misfits and forbidden magic just wasn’t for me It felt at it’s heart rather generic and unoriginal which meant that nothing ultimately stood out and made it memorable The pacing and writing are good and I got through this uickly although I found the writing tended to lean towards the younger end of the YA spectrum without that ‘grittier’ edge I like in my fantasy writing It’s just the plot itself and it’s characters that ultimately let the story down The characters are a little ‘trope’ and have all been seen before in some form or other in better YA fiction There was no real depth to them That said I enjoyed the femalefemale romance and tension created between them it felt mildly different although got repetitive after a while I liked that the story beyond this didn’t really fall on the ‘romance heavy’ elements we normally see in YA The world building like the characters could have been developed I wanted information about why magic was outlawed and how the ‘new’ magic was created A lot is left to the reader’s imagination when a solid explanation would have been helpful as at times I struggled to understand the surroundings An ok YA fantasy that’s decently written but it lacks any real originality in a heavily saturated market

  9. says:

    Here's a big reason why I think the current GR rating is what it is which as of the writing of this review is 373 it very much feels and reads like another book Which as my buddy said doesn't mean a certain author holds the copyright to heist ensemble gangster anti heroamoral stories It's just like wow a little effort to be different when so much of today's culture is comparisons would've been nice?But here's where I get a little less snarky After bemoaning the comparisons and the utter boredom for almost 50% this book did shift gears A little I won't say I liked it after the first half but while I predicted a lot of what was coming some things I didn't I felt good about the ending — particularly the last 20% — which I mean I guess didn't take much considering how not good I was feeling about the book in general so that's definitely a low ish bar Also the shift in plot doesn't uite take away from how much this book is like other things I'm talking vibe tone names yeah it's a lotBut Again I say butI might pick up book two thank goodness it's not a trilogy Hell I probably will I'm a bit of a masochist but I did feel this ended on a good — well no not good but you get what I mean — note Also there is a lot of diversity in this story which is one of the few uncomplicated things to celebrateSo yes this is kind of a hash for a book I wanted to DNF and yet now find myself intending to read even of now that I’ve finished it and yet here we are I received a ARC from Edelweiss and the publisher thank you in exchange for an honest review This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities

  10. says:

    Wishlist | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest #1 Into the Crooked Place ★★★★#2 City of Spells TBRInto the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo was a book I was very excited to read in the first placeThere is magic and potions there is romance and adventure The hype around it was huge and it is still talked about in the bookish communityWhat’s not to like?Tavia sells magic potions on the market One day she is ordered to sell a new magic potion When her friend Saxoni drinks the new potion something bad happens The potion makes people do terrible things and Tavia and Saxoni need to stop it before it destroys everyoneThe storytelling in this book was amazing I was immediately teleported to a world where going to a market to buy a love potion is normal I could connect with all characters immediately and wanted to know about them The story is told from multiple character’s points of view which I found appropriate for this story Apart from Tavia and Saxony we also meet Wesley who is Tavia’s underboss He is the one that she follows orders from and he is the one to grant her her freedom once she earns it by working for him  “There are no good people he said Just ones who haven’t made bad choices yet” We also meet Karam a feisty warrior woman who is fighting in pits for money Karam is a character that I instantly liked for her bravery and her free spirit She knows who she is she knows how she got there and she knows exactly what she wants  “She had fought her way to her position and hadn’t needed prayer or magic to do it Just her fists and her smarts and the knowledge that she could” I liked Karam and she was probably my favorite characterI think that her journey was the most adventurous compared to all the other characters and I feel like she’s grown the most  “She felt at home And she knew why She knew then that home could be anywhere because it wasn’t a place but a feeling It was made up of people not bricks and it was something you could create for yourself just like family” The legacy that Karam and Saxony carry is very conveniently revealed The author only revealed this when it was needed in the book to fit a certain situation and prompt plot twists This wasn’t something I enjoyed and together with how the book ended it did leave a bitter aftertaste I think I would have liked the book if certain reveals were handled better and the ending was interesting “Sometimes words spoken in anger are not words spoken in truth dila” To sum everything up I still think Into the Crooked Place was amazing and enjoyableI enjoyed being in this magical world and I enjoyed the adventures the characters went through If you’ve been reading my reviews you will know I love a good versus evil battle and this book did indeed have that Would I change the ending? Yes Would I change the way the reveals were handled? Yes But was this still an amazing book? Most definitely If you love young adult magic and adventure books you will enjoy this one Thank you to the teams at Hot Key Books and ReadersFirst for sending me a copy of this book Into the Crooked Place is the first book in the series The second book is called City of Spells and is expected to come out in 2021 

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