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Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo ARC Review

Synopsis: 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.

Author: Alexandra Christo

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Published: October 8, 2019

Genre: Fantasy, YA

The story focuses on 4 main characters and they are romantically into each other in pairs. The other pair is girlxgirl. I liked the boy and girl pair but I didn’t really enjoy the girl and girl romance. But that’s not the whole point of the story. The story focuses on the 4 of them teaming up together despite deeper plots holding them against each other. One of the characters had a grudge against the other but that didn’t stop them from banding together to stop a dark lord kingpin of magic from destroying their world and releasing dark magic.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I liked how this book was similar to Six of Crows and Ace of Shades which both had a really good theme and setting. Into the Crooked Place is filled with magic and plots which is very different from To Kill A Kingdom which was more on adventure and a single goal (also by Alexandra Christo). Into the Crooked Place also has more characters and a deep plot about the kingpin of the underworld dark scene and the creation of new magic.

It was interesting but I didn’t enjoy the writing style. I loved reading To Kill A Kingdom but it’s probably because that one had more romance compared to this one. I love reading books with a lot of romance mixed with fantasy and this book was more on the hero type of story where the 4 of them wanted to save the day. I did like the book at first but when I reached the end, it kind of became off putting because the scenes got really confusing like they were fighting in one place and then suddenly they’re in another place.

Writing Style: 4/5

Plot: 4/5



Overall Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I would still recommend this book if you loved reading the following: Three Dark Crowns, Six of Crows, Ace of Shades, Nocturna, and A Darker Shade of Magic.

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