We’re stoked to be kicking off the Six of Crows blog tour along side Winged Reviews! Our joint topic is: Six Book Boyfriends of the Grishaverse. But first, a message for the mastermind behind the band of misfits, Leigh Bardugo!
Cuddlebuggery—we’ve been through so much together. Slash fic. Grisha minions, what will happen next? So let’s talk book boyfriends. The only crush I’ve ever had on a YA character? Sean Kendrick from The Scorpio Races (so taciturn, so steely). The book crush of my youth? The Vampire Lestat (so bloodthirsty, so prone to monologues). My current crush? I don’t usually get book crushes these days, but I’ll admit to a soft spot for Aidan in Illuminae (so logical, so totally disembodied). Could any of these relationships work? Absolutely not. Sean is too young. Lestat would steal my leather pants. AIDAN would always be sending me weird emails.
As for the characters in Six of Crows? I don’t know if they’re relationship material. I didn’t want to create a “merry band of thieves” who talked tough but handed out presents to orphans at Christmas time. The members of Kaz’s crew are deadly, desperate, and occasionally legitimately despicable. So, maybe not the book boyfriends and girlfriends you want to introduce to your parents. Still, it would definitely make for a lively brunch!
Leeeeeeeeigh. I hear what you’re saying, but the rebel in me will not be discouraged by your logical way of thinking. 😛 The fact is, you’ve written some delicious bad boys, and as a lover of shenanigans, I can not resist such a smorgasbord of misfits ready and willing to get into loads of trouble.
Many of you might take offense to this, but I don’t plan to share any of these strapping lads. Leigh has created guys for any kind of date– specifically for me, thanks, Leigh — and I have given much thought to how each date would go. Allow me to explain.
Date #1: Mal
I’ve always envisioned Mal as a Zac Efron-esque kind of guy with that boy next door, come-get-lost-in-my-eyes thing going for him. A lot of people might think Mal is just a big teddy bear, eager to hand out cuddles at a drop of a hat. Maybe he started off that way, but Mal is deep, guys, and he knows exactly what to say at the right time. If Mal and I were to go out, he would be the perfect guy that I could safely introduce to the parentals, make a great impression on them and then sneak into a movie with kvas stashed in his leather jacket. Because even though he’s good down to his core, he’s still willing to bend and break a few rules when it comes to me. The only thing is, he’d probably get us caught. And as we’re getting escorted out of the theatre by police, he’d lock his pinky around mine, letting me know that we’re in this together. Gosh, he can make any situation feel super romantic.
Date #2: The Darkling
I know what you’re thinking… why would I want to date the Darkling, he’s evil! Yeah, sure, but no one said I had to marry him. Look, I’m here for a good time, and I’ve got a dark side, too. The Darkling gets that about me, you know? He fills that void in me. So he’d probably take me on a picnic. That’s right, a picnic. Just because one of his hobbies happen to include enslaving all of Ravka, doesn’t mean he can’t ride his volcra to the countryside and spend quality time with Darkling’s Darling — ME. He’d spread a blanket out, put a flower in my hair and feed me grapes as we listened to the sounds of unfortunate souls being tortured. Swoon.
Date #3: Sturmhond
GET BACK. HE IS MINE. THIS IS MY POST, LET ME HAVE THIS MOMENT. GEEZ.
Sturmhond is hard to picture. But let’s be honest, I won’t be dialing his number for just his looks. Nope. What I need from Sturmhond is that care-free, devil may care, award-winning personality. He’s like a mix between a young Robert Downy Jr. and Peter Quill, ridiculously hilarious and highly inappropriate. More importantly, he’s just what I’d need after going on a date with the Darkling. Torturing people drains you and you need a little laughter to cheer you up after listening to screams of agony and misery. Sturmhond would obviously take me back to his palace, give me a grand tour, make tons of inappropriate, yet, well-timed jokes, flirt relentlessly with me and admire himself in a wall to wall mirror at the conclusion of the tour. He’s the perfect pick-me-up and the confidence that oozes from him is just super attractive. The worst-best part is that he knows it and will stop at nothing to use it to his advantage. I ain’t even bothered.
Date #4: Kaz
Being with Kaz on a date is not for the faint of heart. But that’s cool because I’m totally time enough to keep up with him. What Kaz needs is a ride or die kind of gal. He needs to know that he doesn’t always have to watch out for my back when we are in the midst of a gun fight. He knows that I can hold my own and then some. Basically, I’m the Zoë to his Mal.
Naturally, a date with Kaz would involve some type of illegal activity. Wether we’re breaking someone out of a high security facility, robbing a ship, snatching eyeballs out of our enemies or engaging in general tom-foolery, he knows I’m down for whatever.
Date #5: Jesper
Sometimes Kaz gets too intense but I’m still up for some adrenaline-pumping action. That’s where Jesper comes in. He has a sense of humor and a swagger that is hard to miss. Brandon T. Jackson, anyone? Please and thank you.
When we go out, he’d take me to a tall building with a bottle of Ravka’s finest wine. We’d watch the stars, chat about our hopes and dreams, and when the time is right, he’d pull out his sniper rifle and show me how to pick off my enemies one by one with ease. There’s nothing more adoring than one of your main squeezes exacting sweet revenge on the deserving.
Date #6: Matthias
Matthias needs a hug. Thankfully, he has me to be there for him and his hurt feelings. After a full day of running around wrecking havoc with Ravka’s finest, it’s nice to be able to sit down and just talk to someone. Matthias and I are there for each other. I’m the steady rock he can lean on even though it feels like his world is crumbling down around him. And because he’s getting in touch with his emotional side, the sweet innocent face of Chord Overstreet pops into my mind.
In this type of situation, I’d pick our location, and take him to a petting zoo because animal therapy and quality time with me can pretty much heal any and everything that he’s going through. I’ll be that shoulder he cries on and be ready with so many there_there.gifs. And maybe if he’s been extra good, I’ll untie him.
Hmmm… okay, so maybe Leigh’s slightly right. Not the best group of guys for romantic rendezvous. Buuuuuuut you have to admit, those dates would never be dull and if you actually did survive them, think of all the stories you could tell your friends. Think. of. the. stories.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
Follow the rest of the tour!
Topic: Six Book BFs of the Grishaverse
Topic: Six Dos and Don’ts of the Grishaverse
Topic: Six Companion Reads for Six of Crows
Topic: Six Signs You Do/Don’t Have What it Takes to Join Kaz’s Crew
Topic: Six Favorite Quotes from SoC
Topic: Six Tips for Surviving the Grishaverse