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BOOK REVIEW: THREE DARK CROWNS BY KENDARE BLAKE

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Back at it again with another book review this week guys!

My book haul post mentions my reasons for what drew me to this book but again, I’ll reiterate: three sisters. fighting. death. omg.

As if my little explanation didn’t help, you can read the blurb here!

The good:

I began turning the pages in this book with great excitement because the premise of this story is something I personally haven’t come across before. It’s like Hunger Games x Battle Royale x Princess Diaries gone wrong. Well, not so much Princess Diaries but you get the gist. I knew immediately that once I had read the blurb online, it was going in my cart. The story is told from three perspectives, the three queen’s (all triplets may I add), and I have to say, they’re quite well written. You are able to get a feel for the personalities of each triplet, each their own, each very distinct. I particularly admire Arsinoe and the belief she has in herself and her refusal to give up as you learn that she and Kathrine, unlike their sister Mirabella, are giftless.

Earlier on in the story after finding out about Katharine’s and Arsinoe’s lack of power, a lingering thought did occur to me but alas, it was just a thought. However, all was revealed and my thought turned out to not be just mere ponderings but were translated in the last few pages and I was very excited.

In addition to this, I was keen to explore and get to know this new world and more about the sisters themselves, and those supporting them (or not) in their quest in becoming the ruling queen.

“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”

The not so good:

Honestly, this book didn’t have many things I did not like but if I even had to nitpick, it would be this. Writing a lead character and getting to know a dystopian world needs a lot of detail because you want to create a real sense of where the person is from and have the reader be able to picture that. Now imagine writing three different perspectives (three different main characters) all with their own friends and family dynamics, that’s a big task! Some might say it will be a struggle to keep up with who is who- even i felt like this at some point but I wouldn’t necessarily say that this particular reason has stopped me from reading the book.

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Also, a lot of those who have reviewed the book online suggested that the blurb/synopsis is somewhat misleading, because there isn’t a lot of action in terms of plotting moves against the other sister. I sort of agree with this but again, the author is trying to create a new world, a different world, but first has to provide the background information so therefore, she could only cram so much!

Overall:

✮✮✮✮.5

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and opening myself up to a new world. The last few pages had my mouth hanging open and I immediately wanted to grab the next book to know what happens next. Especially as I feel like the real drama will start! But I do regret reading the book so early as the sequel isn’t out till next autumn/fall! Let the waiting game, commence.

Meanwhile, I’m half way through “An Ember in the Ashes” and will have a review for that soon. But I realised I’ve read all the books in my book haul and although I don’t plan on going on another spree (yet), I was wondering whether you guys could recommend me any books. If so, let me know in the comments below! Also on a completely different note, I passed my driving test yesterday!

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3 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW: THREE DARK CROWNS BY KENDARE BLAKE

  1. I had wanted to read this but you have me completely convinced! I look forward to reading it when I eventually come out of this reading slump! I NEED you to read A Court of Thorns Andy Roses! And yay you passed – congrats girl 🎉🎉

    Noor x

    1. Thanks! And yep, that’s on my list- is it very similar to the TOG world or complete different? And girl you need to read it but I’m probably more excited for the sequel cause I feel like it’s all gonna kick off!!

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