Monday, September 5, 2016

Book Review (ARC) | Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Title: Three Dark Crowns
Author: Kendare Blake
Publication: September 20th 2016 by HarperTeen
Series: Three Dark Crowns #1
Pages: 416
Genre: YA Fantasy
Copy: ARC received at YALLWEST
Summary: 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.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.

This is a really interesting book, but there are some things that made it really different from most YA books. I've been seeing this brought up in a few reviews already, and it's true that the beginning is a little confusing.  It's written in 3rd person omniscient POV, which is definitely a rarity when it comes to YA.  With all the complicated world-building and character arcs going on in this book, it was a little hard to catch on at first.  But once I got used to the POV, I really started to get into it, even though it was a little slow.

POV stuff aside, the story is really unique.  I loved the premise when I first heard of it, and it played out even better than I was expecting.  The three main characters, Arsinoe, Mirabella, and Katherine, all had such different personalities and stories going on, and it was cool to see them start to intertwine as the book went on.  As for the end, I was not expecting it at all.  There were a lot of surprised gasps and biting of nails during the last 20ish pages.  The end definitely set this series up for a crazy sequel, and I can't wait to read it!

Let me know in the comments if you've read this book, and your thoughts on it!  If you haven't read it yet, what are you most excited for?