I bought this book 🙂
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy
Edition: First Edition Hardcover
Release Date: 09.20.2016
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.
If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.
Soooooooo, this book was a total impulse buy for me. I was just in B&N, and I saw this really pretty cover. I love crowns, and royalty in general. I’ve just always found the concept of a Monarchy fascinating, so I read a lot about them, historical and fictional alike.
I actually happen to be in the store the day it came out, and I had no idea that there was so
much hype around it. It wasn’t until after I had purchased it that I realized how people people were raving about it. Actually the reason why it took me so long to read it was because of all the negative reviews I found online.
Which is totally understandable, because I too hated it. Don’t get me wrong; I’m totally going to read the next one. It made my blood boil, and it was one of those books that you just couldn’t put down. However, I’m still hella salty about the events that transpired within the 416 pages.
We have three sister; a poisoner, a naturalist, and an elemental. On their sixteenth birthday, they will have to fight to the death for the crown. They are royalty, so they’re all brats. Well, my favorite sister, Arsinoe isn’t as bad. She kind of reminds me of Arya from Game of Thrones, but less murderous (for now). I might only be reading the next one for her, but there are a few other people I want to see burn first.
“She steps up to the makeshift pavilion atop the cliffs, and looks down toward the people. They will see what they will see. Dressed in black pants, and a black shirt and vest, Arsinoe does not hide.” – pg 333
Katherine is… well. Naive? No, actually, she has the personality of a wet mop. As for Mirabella… she’s sweet, but she has a wild-rebellious side to her. I couldn’t really tell you which of the two I liked least.
Okay, and there’s this one kid. Joseph. I can’t tell you why I dislike him without giving too much away, but for the love of god child, please just pick one of them. I know there are reasons why you can’t, but
People like him ruin books for me.
I thought the parts with Arsinoe went by really fast, but the parts with Mirabella dragged on and on and on and on. Katherine’s parts were okay, but that’s only because I liked the side-story going on around her story.
However, one redeeming quality I found about the book was the pretty writing.
“In Katherine’s ears polite chatter turned to wails, and the ballroom is filled with glittering monsters.” – pg 13
I also really liked the opening poem:
“Three dark queens
are born in a glen,
sweet little triplets
will never be friends.
Three dark sisters
all fair to be seen,
two to devour
and one to be queen.”
I mean, it’s only a little creepy. Just a wee bit.
Overall rating: 3.6 out of five hearts
Cover: 5 hearts
Characters: 2 hearts (for Arsinoe and her best friend Jules)
Pacing: 3 (again for Arsinoe)