Three Dark Crowns || Amazing Concept, Beautiful Writing

Three Black Witches are born in a glen, Sweet little triplets Will never be friends. ‘Three Black Witches, all fair to be seen. Two to devour, And one to be queen.

 

Title: Three Dark Crowns
Author: Kendare Blake
Page Count: 398 pages
Genre: Fantasy // Young Adult
Rating: ★ ★ ★.5
Publisher: HarperTeen, an imprint of Harper Collins
Release Date: September 26, 2016
Buy It: Chapters Indigo

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS

This was definitely a book I was looking forward to the most in 2016! I’m a bit conflicted with it though. I just found that barely anything happened throughout the book. It seemed as though a giant chunk of Three Dark Crowns was a setup for the next book in the series. Two thirds of the book focuses on the 3 sisters in their remote locations trying to hone their “gifts” while flirting with boys or watching others flirt with boys.

You know how in books you feel what the characters feel? You love the romance because it’s gripping? These characters did not grip me. Nor was there anything to keep me going. I kept reading because I kept waiting for SOMETHING to happen.

The last 50 pages is when the pace picks up but by the end of the book I kept thinking “was it even worth it”? The ending was good, it makes me want to pick up the next book when it comes out but I’m hesitant.

I loved the writing, it was nice and calm and flowed so well. I loved the concept. But it fell short because it just didn’t have enough action for me. And yet I want to re-read it at a slower pace and see how I’d like it a second time around.

With all that being said I really do think you should give this one a shot. Plus the cover is to die for!

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