Showing posts with label three dark crowns. Show all posts
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

[Review] Three Dark Crowns (#1) - Kendare Blake: Triplets, Witchery, and Wasted Potential

In THREE DARK CROWNS, triplet heirs to the throne must compete in a deadly battle for the crown.

What intrigued me: I love reading about magic!

Misses the Mark So Hard...

THREE DARK CROWNS was so much not my thing that I genuinely wanted to quit blogging over this. There are DNFs and books that don't match your taste, and then there are books that make you forget that you're supposed to enjoy reading. I really wanted to like THREE DARK CROWNS desperately. I didn't though. I really, really didn't.

It's just one of those books that hooks you with a cool premise, but that's that. I expected an action-filled THE HUNGER GAMES style battle to the death, but really just got a slumberous High Fantasy story with a side of blown up insta romance. Kudos to the marketing team here, they honestly exaggerated this so massively, it's hard to even find the connection between the super fun things that the blurb and cover hint at and the actual book.

So much Wasted Potential!

THREE DARK CROWNS is supposed to be a dark, dark story about sisters planning to kill each other for the throne. Actually, it's just a super boring YA romance times three with genuinely zero plot, zero potential to connect or care about the characters, and very peculiar POV choices. I can only describe the writing and execution as extremely irritating. The POVs are all over the place, not necessarily even from the actual sisters, but from random side characters sometimes, and it's a nightmare to even make it past the point where you know who the characters are. I had immense problems trying to get into this, which is why it took me weeks to finish this. 

The magic system and all is fine and interesting. Poisoners, elementals, and people who talk to animals! Sounds fun! I really enjoyed reading about the whole poisoner storyline and Katharine. Poison mixers! This alone could've sold me on this book. I feel like if it had been executed differently and had stuck to one POV, or even just three POVs (of the sisters), I would've felt completely differently about this! All that instant love and lack of action could even just be excused a little if the writing and execution weren't so terribly irritating and weird, and unnecessarily extra. 

The biggest problem I have with this - the story has so much potential that it's just SO frustrating and stressful to see how Blake absolutely doesn't even come close to using it. The blurb is so great, I could actually cry, this is supposed to be a story about anti-heroines and darkness, maybe a bit creepy and vengeful and stabby. But it's none of that. THREE DARK CROWNS is yet another of the gazillion stories about princesses with magical powers that fall in love. That's it. I'm so frustrated and sad.


Rating:

☆☆☆☆

 



Overall: Do I Recommend?

THREE DARK CROWNS is a disaster if you're picky about your High Fantasy and like to form connections to characters. I almost quit blogging altogether over this because it made me forget that reading is supposed to be fun. This wasn't fun in the slightest, the exact opposite of it. Clearly, this is highly, highly subjective.



Additional Info

Published: May 9th 2017
Pages: 448
Publisher: Penhaligon
Genre: YA / High Fantasy
ISBN: 9783764531447

Synopsis:
"When kingdom come, there will be one.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown."
(Source: Goodreads)

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

10 Most Anticipated Second Half of 2016 YA Releases | Top Ten Tuesday





There are still so many great books to come this year, and it was hard, but I managed to put together a list of the ten books I'd probably cut off my right arm to get an early copy of.





THIS SAVAGE SONG by Victoria Schwab | Release: July 5th
I've been really curious about her since reading  A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC. I really want to try out her other books.

THE SMALLER EVIL by Stephanie Kuehn | Release: August 2nd
m/m romance, mysteries, memory loss - hell yeah!

NEVERNIGHT by Jay Kristoff | Release: August 9th
Super high expectations! I can't believe I haven't read anything by him yet, but this sounds incredible and just perfect as my first read from him!




I'M NOT YOUR MANIC PIXIE DREAM GIRL by Gretchen McNeil | Release: September 13th
A girl uses math to become just like her crush's stereotypical dream girl. Yes. Please ridicule this trope, I am so ready for this.

THREE DARK CROWNS (#1) by Kendare Blake | Release: September 20th
Three sisters competing for the throne. Fingers crossed one of them is evil. I need.

STRANGE THE DREAMER (#1) by Laini Taylor | Release: September 27th
I'm trash for Laini Taylor's writing.




A MILLION WORLDS WITH YOU (Firebird #3) by Claudia Gray | Release: November 1st
The Firebird series is one of my favorite series of all time. I feel dead inside thinking about the release date.

HEARTLESS by Marissa Meyer | Release: November 8th
I am so weak when it comes to villain stories. I have to read this. I'm adamantly against fairytale retellings, but the queen of hearts from Alice in Wonderland? Come on.

JESS, CHUNK, AND THE ROADTRIP TO INFINITY by Kristin E. Clark | Release: November 8th
I usually don't care much for roadtrip stories, but the thing that makes this stand out is the trans protagonist. I really want to read this.



SCYTHE by Neal Shusterman | Release: November 22nd

A story about reapers! God bless! And Shusterman means it's gonna be weird. I'm looking forward to this.

Which books are you most looking forward to?

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