Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo, is a super fun YA fantasy heist book. It’s about six teenagers and their attempt to infiltrate the most secure prison in the known world: the Ice Court. If they succeed, they’ll be rich for life. If they fail, they die.
Let’s be clear here: I loved this book. There’s lots of great things about it, including the surprisingly fresh characters and the multiple cultures and settings. However, it definitely falls short in some areas, including handling multiple points of view.
So: I saw Hamilton.
It was so amazing, and there’s no way I can do it justice, but here’s what I got: (my fellow soldiers will tell you I’m a terrible shot) *ahem* Art is awesome.
Salt to the Sea, by Ruta Sepetys, is a phenomenal YA historical fiction book. It follows four young adults from different countries during World War II as their paths converge to the fated MV Wilhelm Gustloff.
In 1945 the German military transport ship Wilhelm Gustloff sank in the Baltic Sea (the sea between Sweden and Latvia/Lithuania/Poland/etc.) while carrying around 10,600 passengers and crew. The majority of these were civilian refugees fleeing the approaching Red Army. Up to 9,400 people died, making it the largest loss of life of a single sunk ship, even greater than the Titanic, which is far better known (thanks, Wikipedia!).
Salt to the Sea‘s four main characters end up on this doomed boat as they flee from their past. (Spoilers ahead)
There are a million and one things I love about the musical Hamilton, but Aaron Burr is near the top of the list. I love his two main songs (“Wait for It” and “Room Where It Happens”), I love how unique of a character he is, and I love what a contrast he is to Hamilton.
(Warning: song lyrics are used. Anyone who doesn’t want to have Hamilton stuck in their heads should stop reading. But really, who doesn’t want Hamilton in their heads?)