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L very uniue and I enjoyed reading from their perspective I adored each of their individual character arcs and how they develop through the story Despite my troubles staying engaged with the story there is so much to love about it I also want to add that although I felt the beginning was very slow paced and there weren t that many significant intense scenes occurring the story really picked up by the end The climax of the storyfinal cliffhanger really grasped me and I m so happy I continue with this novel to the end By the conclusion of the novel I ended up totally falling in love with this series and consider it a worthwhile read as a whole Overall Three Dark Crowns wasn t my favorite reading experience in the history of literature but I really enjoyed the story and am already continuing on with the series One Dark Throne has already stepped up the game and I am so much enthralled with the story I really can t wait to continue with this series 25 stars Three dark sistersAll fair to be seenTwo to devourAnd one to be ueen Three Dark Crowns offends me It promised me scheming sisters and political intrigue and power plays Instead I get thisAnd thisAnd a whole lot of this80% of the book is the sisters Katharine Mirabella and Arinsoe waffling around training and getting acuainted with their love interests What s each island s culture 45 starsI loved thisPlease let Joseph die in the next book 35This was incredibly hard for me to get into I found the first half to be uite boring but I ust found the whole concept to be so interesting that I had to stick with it I m glad that I did because it did get better but half of a book is a long time to not really be enjoying it UTTER DISAPPOINTMENT AT ITS FINEST Wow Wow Let me start off by saying that this is going to be messy and probably inarticulate But EMT-B Field Guide just go with it Had to let it out Alright How does one express rage inust a few words Because in the last uarter of this book fine all I had to constantly take breaks to calm and compose myself because I was too LIVID and could feel my blood boiling and chest pain arising Then why you may ask did I continue Because 1 I hate DNFing books 2 I honestly kept hoping that things would change by the end and that maybe 8 Sissy Nights just maybe my perspective would also change along with it Neither did The book had an interesting premise that was executed so so poorly Horribly First and foremost can we talk about how mind numbingly BORING it was How could a book fail to pick up three uarters in Ahhh and the gift that kept on giving The horrible atrocious and petulant cast of characters who ruined everything EVERYTHING 1 I fucking HATED HATED Joseph with a livid passion why is it that we NEVER see accountability in YA Fantasy He was an irredeemable shithead through and through 2 I grew to HATEEE Mirabella or whatever her name is Her actions were absolutely disgusting And the fact that she didn t care was like throwing gasoline on a fire 3 But what Really took the cake was the manner in which some most let s face it of the women were depicted THIS This is what got to me Why were they painted in such a horrible and weak light They were contemptible lacking in every sense of the word and downright loathsome They were weak willed and spineless who couldn t think for themselves One couldn t hold her ground when she should have apologising and putting the blame on herself when she was the one wronged what kind of example is that to young readers Yes a boy can treat you like shit but DO MAKE SURE that you re the one who apologises One wasust a doormat Who d say how high ifwhen told to ump Yes Since you re a girl and obviously brainless and he s hot who treats you like his doll really He does DO MAKE SURE that you submit to him and his every need No uestions asked One oh this one Fucking shameful It is one thing to do something unknowingly But repeating it with no thought to how it d impact others even after being aware Because you re that dumb Oh the list goes on with this bitch And of course The men Oh how I HATED THEM They were either misogynistic dominating and arrogant shitheads or mind numbingly boringAnd I know I ve said it above but this bears repeating I have never felt such hate of this magnitude for a male character like I have for Joseph I LOATHED HIM WITH EVERYTHING IN ME He was a worthless punchable trash Simple as that I fail to see what the point of this book was What is the lesson here Other than reading about horny brainless teenagers cheating left and right and dumb as hell girls being controlled by men because they weren t given by the author the mental capacity to stand up for themselves I mean what does the reader get out of this horrid experience A lot of the events that took place completely ruined the reading experience for me And no I don t understand how these events could ve been used as a way to drive this shit of a plot when all it did was make the cast seem like utter trash It s heartbreaking because I remember my excitement when I bought the book I mean I blew off a great book to read the atrocity that is this ehmm book These are horrible terrible characters Bad Just bad Yikes Do you like fantasyDo you like badass morally grey womenDo you want to burn the patriarchyIf so this is the book for you Three Dark Crowns has an interesting premise but it manages to be insufferably boring for the first 75% I foresee many DNFs on the horizon for this bookIt s about three sisters three ueens essentially competing for the throne They Katharine Arsinoe and Mirabella each live in different parts of the land each have a different power and each have a different group of supporters aiding them This is an in every generation there are three chosen ones kind of thing However throughout the generations only one sister can claim the throne and she must do so by murdering the other twoIn this case Katharine is a poisoner who wields deadly cocktails Arsinoe is a naturalist at one with nature and animals and not very good at wields deadly cocktails Arsinoe is a naturalist at one with nature and animals and not very good at nobody expects her to win the throne Mirabella is an elemental and clearly the strongest of the three her powers by far the most developedIt sounds uite exciting but it is far too slow and uiet a telling for such a nasty premise The first three uarters are ust boring They needed a shot of excitement Most of the book consists of the girls honing their skills in a shot of excitement Most of the book consists of the girls honing their skills in own private locations and
HAVING FLIRTATIONS WITH THEIR LOVE INTERESTS IT IS PAINFULLYflirtations with their love interests It is painfully to not yawn put the book down and go find something riveting to do Like watching paint dry for exampleI am not exaggerating So little happens there is no action no drama no excitement until near the end And by that point how much do we really care I don t know about you but if I ve spent most of a book being bored out of my mind I m not going to suddenly become invested when the pacing picks upThe book flits between third person perspectives and truly none of them are interesting Arsinoe mostly wanders around being useless and watching the romance between Jules and Joseph Mirabella repeatedly plays with the elements conjuring earthuakes and towers of fire Katharine is perhaps most interesting but mainly because she s dealing with scars and blisters from the latest poison she s ingested That should tell you something about the bar for excitement in this book the highlights are when one of the characters is sick from poisoning Problem is the three ueens don t really get their hands dirty for the most part Their stories are not bloody and political they are uiet and sometimes romanticYes the pacing picks up towards the end No it wasn t enough for me It might work better for extremely patient readers who can stomach a mostly non existent plot There are rare occasions where characters and writing can make up for very little happening but for me this is not one of themBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Store. Becoming the ueen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth Each sister has to fight for it And it’s not ust a game of win or loseit’s life or death The night the sisters turn sixteen the battle beginsThe last ueen standing gets the crown . .
Ead that first chapter with my mouth open the entire time Instantly drawn in immersed and in love Most of you probably know the synopsis of this book but it will still bring me immense oy to tell those few who might not know Basically this story is set in a world with an amazing matriarchy where a ueen will always give birth to multiple girls For the most part it will be triplets each with different powers who will be sent away to live among people who have also developed their powers Yet once these sisters turn sixteen a battle will begin which only ends when only one of the girls are alive and the other two sisters dead This lone triplet will be the new ueen of Fennbirn This world is gloriously feminist and I loved each point of view from the different islands And the writing Beautiful lyrical genius And I fell so very in love with each sister easily and happily These characters are honestly a tier above almost every YA character I ve ever read And again this was such an amazing Be a Nose! journey and I hope people give this book a shot despite the mixed reviews And the twists and turns I was at the edge of my seat reading this And I was going to say one of the only downsides while reading was because a friend sort of intentionally spoiled a twist for me but then I was completely blindsided by another immediately after The only reason I chose to give this four stars instead of five was because the actual plot itself was a little slow for my liking This is a very character driven story and I loved that so much but some major plot pointsust felt like they took too long to get going Even though once they did Lord help me Perfection In her mind every last ueen lies at the bottom of the sea drowned by the Goddess the moment she was done with them So something I also really want to talk about is how this in my mind and my opinion is an own voices book I watch a lot of Booktube I read a lot of blogs I spend too much time on book twitter but I have never heard that Kendare Blake is Korean ever I noticed how the triplets descriptions were somewhat vague besides the dark black hair so I went and did some searching and I was absolutely shocked to find out that this book is written by a woman of color I immediately went to snapchat and all of my friends too did not know this So I ust wanted to make this a point in my review because me and so many of my friends want to support marginalized voices and if I would have known this sooner I wouldn t have waited to pick this book up On top of the fact that I loved it and it was amazing it warms my damn heart to picture three kickass Asian girls trying to overcome to pressures that this world has put on them while trying to decide their own destinies Seriously this meant so much to me Breathing fanart by TheSenesXOkay I m going to do a uick breakdown of the three sisters I found these amazing pictures from Epic Reads on my wonderful friend May s review and I couldn t resist adding them to mine because they are so dang adorable and perfect Katharine Gravesdrake Manor Poisoner ueenThe poisoner ueen always wins so Katharine has a tremendous amount of pressure on her But her body is weak and frail from being forced to ingest so many poisons and from the abuse she receives for not achieving her full potential She is lonely and scared and somehow completely made her way into my heart Katharine is my favorite of the three sisters Mirabella Rolanth Elementalist ueenThe strongest of the sisters The world already tells tales of her power She is almost guaranteed to be the next ueen but she is constantly struggling with the idea of killing her sisters She was raised among the people of the temple on her small but very religious island She too has felt really lonely growing up Arsinoe Wolf Spring Naturalist ueenThis sister for sure had the happiest upbringing with friends and found family that actually loves her unconditionally Sadly she hasn t developed any of her naturalist powers but her best friend Jules is one of the strongest to have ever lived She is desperate to develop any magical affinity and starts tampering with magic that she probably shouldn t because this magic always comes with a price And even though Katharine is my favorite I loved all three so much And all three sisters are so beautifully morally grey especially by the end of this story Morally grey characters will forever by "my favorites and Kendare Blake gave me three strong powerful and smart ones to cry over and to root for "favorites and Kendare Blake gave me three strong powerful and smart ones to cry over and to root for and also I told myself I wouldn t devote a paragraph to this but here we are with unpopular opinions I don t hate Joseph not in the slightest Like did he do something he maybe shouldn t have Yes Is this a realistic depiction of being a sixteen year old whose hormones are working double time Yes And I think he proved numerous times that he isn t a bad guy He does the right thing over and over even if he is suppressing his own happiness Also I m always here for all the sex positive depictions More unpopular opinion I totally ship him with the unpopular one to ship him with Muahahahaha I should think that is what anyone would wish to be loved for themselves and not their position Overall I truly loved this I can see it being one of my all time favorite series And I cannot wait to start One Dark Throne immediately Also say a prayer for me that my Target still has the signed edition that I saw a few weeks ago TriggerContent warnings abuse violence and animal death Blog Instagram Youtube Ko fi Spotify TwitchBuddy read with Kayla 35 stars I struggled with this start to a new series but I m currently reading the seuel and am SERIOUSLY enjoying it so it was worthwhile for me to push through the first novel I will always admit when I feel choosing the audio version of a book may have impacted my reading experience I restarted the first few hours of Three Dark Crowns about four times because I ust could not keep track of the story And that was my biggest issue with this story I ust could not get engaged There s a HUGE cast a wide variety of perspectives and many different locations and I struggled to keep everything at the forefront of the story while listening but that s not automatically a bad thing I feel it is a personal thingmy reading experience which caused me to have an extremely difficult time staying present in the story and remembering all the details and it s possible the audio version had an impact on that I am also afraid my expectations may have influenced my reading experience as well I believed Three Dark Crowns was going to be an epic battle between sisters for the crown but I ve found that s the focus of the seuel One Dark Throne Three Dark Crowns is VERY character based and the Majority Of The Novel Is of the novel is on getting to know the characters understanding the magic system and monarchy and setting up the events to take place in the ascension year I think had I known
this beforehand I would have enjoyed it so I could appreciate the detail put into character development and politicalbeforehand I would have enjoyed it so I could appreciate the detail put into character development and political without waiting for a greater amount of action scenes because those are all things I really enjoy in fantasy novels If you like a character driven fantasy story with political intrigue I feel Three Dark Crowns would be of interest to you If you re looking for the story of sisters competing to the death I believe you ll need to keep reading for book two I feel the world and characters were really well developed There s so much care put into developing the history of the Island the workings of the monarchy s ritualstraditions and tensions between different sects of the island and the ueens that represent them The magic system really impressed me It is much grander and expansive than I initially anticipated and I cannot wait to see it develop in future books The side characters did not grasp me all that much but Katherine Mirabella Arsinoe and Jules were al. Cious 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 lionsBut. ,
Three dark ueensare born in a glensweet little tripletswill never be friendsThree dark sistersall fair to be seentwo to devourand one to be ueen This was SO much darker than I originally expected and it is GOOD The world building the twists the characters the premise itself It s hard not to be pulled deep into the story Consider me invested For a first book where clearly the concept had to be set up as well as the worldI still found there was a lot going on This ust gives me hope for the second where I have a feeling there will be a lot action and excitement Three Dark Crowns follows a set of triplets all three ueens heirs to the crown though only one will reign All three born with a different gift At the age of six they are separated to be raised by different families each of their same respective gift giving each a completely different upbringing The sisters don t see each other again until they turn sixteen when they will have to kill each other leaving only one to be the ruling ueen of Fennbirn Every generation a new set of triplets is born This is how it has always beenKatharine is a poisoner She s supposed to be able to consume excruciating amounts of poison without any side effects The problem is Katharine s gift is uite weak The Arrons have been poisoning her as often as possible to try and build up her immunities The result is a frail feeble ueen covered in scabs and other markings the poisoning attempts leave The Arrons are desperate to keep a poisoner on the throne as it keeps their family on the Black Council It has been a poisoner ueen the last two yearsMirabella is an elemental giving her power over the elements such as fire water and wind This includes some capability of creating nasty storms and it s pretty badass She has the strongest gift out of her sisters making her the clear contender for the crown This is why the temple openly backs her something unheard of in years past They want power on the island and need a ueen on their side to seize that power from the Black Council giving importance back to the temple Is Mirabella the ueen they all believe her to be or is her heart having different ideasArsinoe is a naturalist She should be able to make flowers bloom have control over animals and have an animal familiar She cannot do any of these things and is still waiting on her gift Her best friend Jules has an extremely strong naturalist gift giving her a mountain cat as a familiar Arsinoe tried to escape her fate years ago by running away but the island wouldn t let her go leading to the banishment of Jules boy One of the best things about Arsinoe is her loyalty to her friends I love that the power of friendship truly means something to her Of course I do not wish that No one really wishes to be a ueen To be a ueen is to be cursed Two have a fate of death while only one will rule Knowing this makes you want to resist connecting with the characters too much Unfortunately I found something I enjoyed about each of the sisters I may have changed who I m rooting for several times and even now am not sure who my actual favorite is But if the plot rings true only one can liveThe book is written in third person with each of the sister s perspectives in addition to several other characters POV some we see way less often than others There are a variety characters including the families that raised the girls friends priestesses and a couple love interests It s interesting how each sister is raised in a different city by a completely different family working on an entirely different gift Each of these girls lives in a fully fleshed out complex world with their own characters and storylines Though it s all intertwined together it still helps to make a plot that really moves along There are plenty of twists and surprises throughout a small bit of romance that doesn t overwhelm an epic world created and the perfect amount of darkness The ending had me screaming YES give me I highly highly recommend 45 stars Wow this was bloody fantastic BUTThe first 35% or so was ROUGH I honestly would have DNF ed this had it not been for friends telling me to keep going I M SO GLAD I DID So if you re reading this and you get boredoverwhelmed with all the namesgenerally disinterested it WILL pick up And don t worry about memorizing all the character nameswho is whoBasically we have three triplets They are separated at a young age and each raised in separate parts of the kingdomisland thing Each of them is tailored to have one type of magic When they reach 16 they are all supposed to face
EACH OTHER OFF WITH SAID MAGICother off with said magic whoever wins gets the throne Not only are they supposed to try and kill each other they try to gain supporters and win suitors to help them in this Then the surviving ueen will choose a suitor who will act as king consort She will have said triplets thanks to the curse on the island be sent away rinse and repeat Pretty depressing world if you ask me The general vibe is pretty dark and bleak so be preparedVery Minor spoilers belowAnyway I went into this fully expecting to favor one ueen and not like the others but I was surprised I actually adored each of them and felt really sorry for them What I didn t expect was to get really invested in each of their stories AND all the suitors as well Each ueen has a guy that they are close tofavor but things do not play out the way you ll expect them to Shit gets cray We have Katherine who is the poisoner ueen raised by the Poisoners Except she s so incredibly weak and isn t actually showing strength digesting said poisons She s forced to eat poisoned food all the time and is constantly sick Since she appears so weak her clan is greatly concerned and tries to fake her strength Poor Kat pretty much knows she s going to die so her only chance at survive is to learn how to woo all the suitors Enter Peityr the boy who offers to train her on how to woo menThen there s Arsinoe who I Helpful Paws just adored She s strong kind and generallyust badass She s raised by the Naturalists who have a gift for animals Each naturalist has the power to tame one animal and that animal becomes theirs they can control said animal for the rest of their life Except Arsinoe can t seem to do that But she has dear friends and has a great attitude anyway though they don t expect her to live past the ascension year either Then she meets Billy and I can t say anything elseMirabella is the strongest of all the ueens her gift as an elementalist she can control elementsweather is extremely powerful Everyone expects her to easily winoutlive her sisters BUT she is so incredibly kind and doesn t want to hurt them I CANT EVEN with the guy I can t I can t I m not saying that s a good or bad thing either Just waitAND THEN there s Jules Arsinoe s best friend and very powerful naturalist who almost feels like a fourth main character She has several POVs and she gets very tangled in things and her love
story I can t SOOOOOO all that to say the story picks up and lightly introduces you toI can t SOOOOOO all that to say the story picks up and lightly introduces you to ueen and blah blah But their stories get intermingled REALLY uickly And it happens in ways you won t ever suspect And it gets emotional And I was flailing and freaking out and Ugh Just read itAND THEN THE END OHMERGSKERJSLKFJSLKDFJSLDKFJ I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING Okay okay but everyone told me the end was crazy awesome but ust to give a heads up it s not this huge action packed scene It s one kicker at the very end LSKDFJLSKDFJ HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED TO WAIT A YEAR FOR THE NEXT BOOK WHAT THE CRAP Oh also the audiobook was fantastic LOVED the narrator The writing felt a bit dry at the beginning and when I switched to audio it felt a bit lively My Blog Instagram Twitter Etsy No one really wishes to be a ueen Oh my I loved this This book seems to be very polarizing on my feed and from people I love trust and have similar reading tastes as so I was a little apprehensive going in I When kingdom come there will be oneIn every generation on the island of Fennbirn a set of triplets is born three ueens all eual heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic Mirabella is a fierce elemental able to spark hungry flames or vi.