📚 BOOK REVIEW 📚 Three Dark Crowns Series {Kendare Blake}

Hi Everyone

I am so excited. Today is my first ever Book Review post. I am so happy that i found my love for reading again and its all thanks to The Book Case. I used to love reading and i would constantly have a book in my bag or next to my bed. And then it seemed life and work, especially work would get in the way.  Now i go out of my way to make time to read, whether its my hours break at work or instead of watching an episode of a TV show i would pick up a book.

I had ordered these 2 books of Raru and waited about a month for the books as they came from the USA. While waiting i think i read about 5 books. As soon as they arrived i dived straight in and didn’t put the books down. I had never read a Kendare Blake book before this.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kendare Blake is the bestselling author of several novels and short stories. Her work is sort of dark and violent. She was born in Seoul, South Korea but came to the United States at a very early age with her adoptive parents. Kendare is the author of the Anna Series, Goddess of War Series, and the New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns

MAIN CHARACTERS
Katharine – Poisoner 
Mirabella – Elemental
Arsinoe – Naturalist

OTHER CHARACTERS
1.The Arron Family raised Katharine. Natalia and Genevieve are her foster “mothers”
2.The Westwood Family raised Mirabella. Sara and Bree are her foster Mother & Sister
3.The Milone Family raised Arsinoe. Jules Milone and Joseph Sandrin are her best friends

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.

 

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SYNOPSIS
The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail? With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent. In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other

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MY REVIEW

Ok so i don’t want this to be a complete spoiler for someone who hasn’t read the book/s, i want this to encourage someone to pick up this series and read it.

The 1st book started off slow as there were a lot of characters and their adoptive families to get to know and sort but once i got into it there was no stopping me. I love this dark YA fantasy novel. Yes its about 3 Queens but more so about 3 strong and willful young woman.

The to-the-point version is that every generation the current Queen of Fennbirn gives birth triplets, all girls. She then disappears to live her life with her husband – her duty has been fullfilled and the 3 girls are raised by their adoptive families. Each Magic, either to ingest poison without getting sick or dying, make flowers bloom or tame wild animals or finally the magic of the elements, create lightning storms, making the earth quake or control the seas. Once the Queens turned 16 years of ago they have 1 year to try and kill each and the last remaining will become Queen of Fennbirn and start the cycle all over again, but of course this generation is different…..

The Queen i like the least has to be Katharine, the Queen who seems to have suffered the most most at the hands of her adoptive family and has the darkest soul and heart. I’m not the biggest fan of her so called magic as i felt it was the least inportant. So you can eat a poisoned apple and not die, ok is that it? While her sisters can do actual magic.

The Queen i love the most is Arsinoe, she has a heart of gold but has great strength within herself. She hasn’t “discovered” her magic as of yet but that doesn’t stop her from finding a way. I love her best friend as well Jules, they have such a special bond and they give each other such strength.

The Queen that’s just there that i didn’t think much of was Mirabella. She is the strongest of the 3 sisters. She can control fire, summon lightning storms and make the earth quake, her water magic is weaker. She’s the sister you can imagine sitting on the Throne at the end of this.

Some of the families are using the triplets as pawns to gain control and power. Some have good intentions while others want control power even if it means killing anyone who gets in their way.  I love that each journey the girls make, helps them find their inner strength, who they are deep down and what they actually want out of this life, a life that has been mapped out for them before they were born.

There are major events that take place in both books, from secrets that have been kept from the sisters all these years, backstabbing, death of enemies, friends and loved ones, betrayal from people you would least expect, heartache, new found friendship, love and a surprising twist.

Who doesn’t want to see the girls join forces, and change the course of history

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Good news…. there are 2 more books in this series. No titles yet but apparently being released September 2018 and Unknown Month in 2019. As well as a 2 book extension in this series there are 3 Prequels – The Young Queens , The Oracle Queen and Queens of Fennbirn

  • The Young Queens -Tells the story of the 3 young queens, from their birth to their separation at age 11 (published already)
  • The Oracle Queen – Tells the tale of Queen Elsabet, an Oracle Queen, born with the gift of sight (expected April 2018)
  • Queens of Fennbirn – Combination of The Young Queens and The Oracle Queen (expected April 2018)

Other covers for the 2 books

Available online at:  Takealot, Loot, Raru and Readers Warehouse
* Three Dark Crowns (as above – Red) > PB = R 139-140.00
* Three Dark Crowns (same cover as HB) > PB = R 131-144.00 and HB = R 209.00-281.00
* One Dark Throne (as above) > PB = R 140-149.00
* One Dark Throne (same cover as HB) > PB = R 144-168.00 and HB = R 227-259.00
* Queens of Fennbirn > PB = R 120.00 (unreleased April 2018 – Raru)
* Book 3 > HB = R228.0 (unreleased 4 September 2018 – Raru)

 

Let me know if you have read this book, or if you intent to read it. Hope you enjoyed my review.


xoxo

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Welcome to Popcorn and Pearls…. My name is Melissa. I’m a 30-something year old Beauty and Lifestyle Blogger. I originally come from Durban, living in Cape Town with my 3 furbabies (cats), Peanut (my little panda) and my Twins, Lycan and Luna, for 15 years now and loving this City with all it has to offer. I have a love for everything Beautiful – from Makeup, to Fragrances, Clothing, Shoes and even Food. Popcorn and Pearls is my home away from home, the place i dive into to get away from the busy yet mundane life of the ebb and flow of work and sleep. I love sharing my finds with you all, whether it be a beautiful yet inexpensive dupe makeup item, a piece of jewelry, books or a little undiscovered restaurant. I love sharing my views on makeup, fragrance, body products and more with every one of you. I know you get great products in the USA or UK but i love finding dupe affordable products for all my readers in our very own South Africa When i am not working on my blog then i am a Full Time Travel agent. I also am addicted to TV series as well as reading. Thanks for reading my blog and being such great supporters. Please feel free to contact me anything on: mel_east_7@live.com

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