It's Wednesday bookworms! Today I'm coming to you with a review of Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. I buddy read this with Rose of @booksofmagicandmystery be sure to check her out! She has awesome photos and is an even more amazing person to talk to! This review is spoiler free so don't worry if you haven't read it yet! I am beyond excited to talk about this book so let's get started!
Three Dark Crowns is a YA fantasy novel set on an island called Fennbirn, where a set of triplets are born each generation. Three queens with their own magical abilities and right to the throne. Mirabella is a strong elementalist who can control the wind, water, fire and more on a whim. Katharine is a poisoner who can ingest deadly poisons and create even more dangerous ones. And finally Arsinoe, a naturalist who can grow plants and call to the wild's most fiercest creatures. Each sister must fight for the throne and kill her sisters to gain the crown.
I honestly don't even know where to begin with how much I loved this book. The writing style was powerful and enticing with each page. Each chapter ended with you wanting more, which definitely made it hard for me to put down. The plot and storyline was captivating and creative. The multi-perspectives and characters were fully fleshed out and left you rooting for your favourites. I would have to say that my favourite characters were Jules and Katharine, but don't get me wrong, all of the characters had their own loveable or sometimes very horrible traits you grow to love. They all progressed and had a large amount of development, which is something I love to see.
This book made me feel so many emotions. While the overall plot is very dark, and at some points this book is very grim, I found myself laughing, smiling and shocked all at once. In my opinion, when a book can make you feel such a variety of emotions, it deserves all the praise in the world. The plot twists had my jaw dropping and at some points I was freaking out so much I got weird looks from those around me 😂. The ending left me craving more and I am incredibly excited to see what's in store for these characters in the coming books. I am also so thankful that there is many more books for Rose and I to enjoy together. The only regret I have is that I didn't read this sooner! Although now I can binge read the series, so I consider that a win. I wouldn't change a thing about this book and it has fastly become a new all time favourite of mine.
Looking for a fast paced, action filled book with amazing characters? This is definitely the book for you! Three Dark Crowns is a new favourite that I know I'll be recommending time and time again. With that said, I'm sure it's no surprise that I gave this book a 5/5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐.
That's a wrap on my review of Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. I hope you enjoyed it! Have you read this book? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
Happy Wednesday bookworms! I finished The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski a little while ago and I still have so much I want to say about it! The main topics I want to discuss do give away plot points so (Spoiler Alert!) I also want to put in a slight trigger warning for physical abuse with this book that may upset some readers. With that out of the way, let's get into it!
The Midnight Lie is a LGBTQ YA fantasy novel focused on Nirrim, a girl who lives in a world where everyone is divided into class. Each of these sections dictate as many things from how a person dresses to the food they are allowed to eat. Nirrim stays to herself and out of trouble, that is until she meets a traveler named Sid who tells her of possible magic among the higher classes.
I really enjoyed the writing style of this book, the descriptions were detailed and the wording was flowery. As I was reading, I listened to the audiobook which was beautifully narrated and captured the voices of the characters well. My favourite character would have to be Sid, the charming traveler. She introduces Nirrim to a new world, and teaches her to believe in herself and to see her worth. Sid is funny and sarcastic, which is two things I LOVE in characters! The romance was by far the most interesting aspect of the book. Nirrim and Sid's relationship was interesting to read about and was one of the main elements that moved me through the book. They were caring toward each other and had constant banter which I found to be really funny! The idea of magic and the gods/goddesses weren't a center focus but the mythology was entertaining. The history of the world was also really well developed and was realisticly detailed.
That being said, there was some things in this book that really decreased my enjoyment while reading. To start, Nirrim has many relationships with other characters that constantly use and in some cases physically abuse her. Nirrim herself does not see anything wrong with this and even feeds into their anger or hurt. She is very naive and forgiving. This would not have bothered me as much if in the book this was directly dealt with. At the beginning I assumed that this would be talked about and discussed, where Nirrim would grow out of this and learn to love herself and understand what it means for someone to truly care about you. Sid did show this to Nirrim and tried to help her in many ways. However, Raven, who is portrayed as a "caretaker/boss/mother figure?" to Nirrim has very strong anger issues and she takes it out on Nirrim by physically hurting her. The first time this happened, I knew that something was obviously very wrong, and I hoped it would be resolved. Unfortunately what played out was not what I was hoping for. Nirrim did in fact tell Raven that she was using and hurting her but I felt that there was no definitive act showing how it was wrong and no punishment toward Raven. Don't get me started on Annin, this character made me annoyed in so many ways. He claims to love Nirrim but is constantly pushing himself on her and is also prone to anger. I feel that maybe I did not enjoy this book as much because I did not feel that there was true justice or punishment given in accordance to their actions.
If you are looking for a LGBTQ romance that's not contemporary I would reccomend this one! The ending definitely left me intrigued and seeing Nirrim finally show a strong sense of power was very exciting. That said, I will be picking the sequel up when it comes out. I gave this book a 3.5/5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐✨.
That's all for my review of The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski. I hope you enjoyed it! Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below or on my instagram post!