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ARC Book Review: ‘Into The Crooked Place’ by Alexandra Christo

Title: Into The Crooked Place

Author: Alexandra Christo

Length: 471 pages

Publisher: Hot Key Books


I’m a huge fan of ‘To Kill A Kingdom’ and when I found out Alexandra was releasing a new book I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.

Magic rules the city of Creije, and Tavia Syn knows just how to 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 a 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 renowned criminal in the realm
  • Karam, an underground fighter with a penchant for killing first and forgetting to ask questions
  • 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 the can’t do is trust each other.
  • This was a fantastic YA book. I seriously loved it. When you start reading, the premise is so intriguing. It’s got great world building, that’s rich and deep and it really grounds this fantasy novel.

    It’s got great characters, they are seriously good. You see the story from the main four characters perspectives, and each one has their own personality and different voice that it makes the book a joy to read. Whilst I’m talking about characters can we just say how brilliant it is and refreshing to have a book with mostly female characters and that are strong, vulnerable, badass women who can handle themselves. I love it.

    For me, when the book really took off was when Wesley, Tavia, Saxony and Karam formed their alliance. The groups chemistry is fantastic and it’s the heart and soul of the book. It made me laugh out loud and I couldn’t wait to see if they completed their mission.

    *SLOW BURN ROMANCE CLAXON* It’s a good one! It’s a good one! Well actually I guess the romance part didn’t happen yet but it’s alluded too and it’s exciting. It’s starts off so subtly and not from the character you expected and I loved it. I can’t wait to see how it progresses. Also the relationship between Saxony and Karam is beautiful and heartwarming. I love the LGBT+ rep.

    This book has got an intriguing story throughout, with a few great twists. It’s got a new magic, that is refreshing and keeps that aspect of the book interesting. It’s also got some fantastic action scenes. I was on the edge of my seat. It’s also got a good villain though out and maybe an even better towards the end.

    Now, can we talk about that ending?? I’m not going to giveaway any spoilers by my god! It had a twist I didn’t see coming and it added a whole new layer to the story. I couldn’t put this book down towards the end. I was literally late to meet friends because of this book. It left it on such a cliffhanger and I can’t wait to read what happens next. No seriously, I can’t wait. I need book two. I NEED BOOK TWO NOW.

    I seriously can’t recommend this book enough. It’s a fantastic YA fantasy book that I didn’t want to put down.

    Thank you to Hot Key Books for gifting me with a copy of this book in return for an honest, unbiased review. It’s out October 8th. Check it out.

    Until the next review


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