Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake | Mini Review

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Trigger Warnings: abuse, cheating, self harm

Release Date: September 20th, 2016

Pages: 398

Publisher: HarperTeen

Goodreads Review: here

Goodreads blurb:

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.


M I N I    R E V I E W

Fun fact about me reading Three Dark Crowns; I was staying at my best friends house and there was a pretty intense storm which led to there being no power for 28 hours and no phone signal either. This basically meant we were pretty bored. My friend took a nap but napping is actually impossible for me so I simply laid in her bed and read her copy of Three Dark Crowns. I read it completely before she woke up probably two hours later.

This isn’t to say Three Dark Crowns is a good book. It’s actually incredibly mediocre. Nothing happens for the entire novel and it is so damn slow. There are some super problematic elements and some particular scenes rubbed me the wrong way. I’m not even sure if I have a favourite sister, as it is.

It’s hard to say what happened in this book besides messy drama. I wanted murder and aggression but it was pretty tame in terms of all that, which shocked me. If you market a book as some sort of battle between triplets shouldn’t there be something in book one at least? I’ve heard One Dark Throne has all the intensity that this book missed, so I am going to continue this series just out of pure curiosity, and my friend bought two copies of book two so she gave me one.

I think one of my biggest problems with this book was that I had to keep flipping to the back to remember which character had which particular talent. Watching each girl struggle through it wasn’t exactly an enjoyable almost 400 pages either.

There isn’t much more to write because Three Dark Crowns was simply just one of the most mediocre books I have ever read. I was thankful that the writing was good or I would have put down the book in pure boredom. Let’s hope that One Dark Throne is better or I will cry of annoyance.


Happy reading everyone!

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