Book Review: Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) by Kendare Blake

28374007Title: Three Dark Crowns

Author: Kendare Blake

Series: Three Dark Crowns#1

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction

Number of Pages (Hardcover): 398

Date Published: September 20th of 2016

Publisher: HarperTeen

Synopsis (via Goodreads):

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.

Rating: ★★★★★ (5 of 5)

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Three Black Witches are born in a glen,
Sweet little triplets
Will never be friends.
Three Black Witches, all fair to be seen.
Two to devour,
And one to be queen.

I have heard a lot about Three Dark Crowns from almost everyone I follow on Goodreads and on Booktube–most of which are good things. So, with all that hype I was a little daunted to read this. The typical questions such as: What if I don’t like it? What if I hate the characters? What if I end up not liking Kendare Blake’s future books anymore? started to go after me. But, alas, Kendare didn’t fail me again. Her writing is still beautiful, better actually in my opinion! Plus, that cover spoke to me on a level I cannot even begin to explain to you.

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Girl of Nightmares (Anna #2) by Kendare Blake

12507214Title: Girl of Nightmares

Series: Anna (#2)

Genre: Horror, Fantasy

Author: Kendare Blake

Number of Pages (Hardcover): 332 pages

Date Published: August 7th of 2012

Publisher: Tor Teen

Synopsis (via GoodReads):

 It’s been months since the ghost of Anna Korlov opened a door to Hell in her basement and disappeared into it, but ghost-hunter Cas Lowood can’t move on.

His friends remind him that Anna sacrificed herself so that Cas could live—not walk around half dead. He knows they’re right, but in Cas’s eyes, no living girl he meets can compare to the dead girl he fell in love with.

Now he’s seeing Anna everywhere: sometimes when he’s asleep and sometimes in waking nightmares. But something is very wrong…these aren’t just daydreams. Anna seems tortured, torn apart in new and ever more gruesome ways every time she appears.

Cas doesn’t know what happened to Anna when she disappeared into Hell, but he knows she doesn’t deserve whatever is happening to her now. Anna saved Cas more than once, and it’s time for him to return the favor.

Rate: 4 of 5

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And I’m back with the second and last book of the duology that is Anna! The first book of the series is Anna Dressed in Blood. Also, this post has been sitting in my drafts for quite some time now since I can’t find the time to write my thoughts on the book. So without further ado, here are some of my thoughts on the series.

I never really was a fan of the whole me reading a series one after another because most of the time I find myself bored whilst reading it. And that is precisely what happened to me with this one. Don’t get me wrong, this is still a good one, but I just found myself feeling like that. I am not so sure if this is due to the book itself or the sheer fact that I am reading the same story for more time than usual. But, on the other hand, the problem I have when I’m not reading a series one after another is that it can be a little exhausting immersing myself back to the story again. However, that’s also the exact same reason as to why I dove into this series head on. I mean, come on, it’s just two books. I’d be a horrible reader if I can’t get through THAT. I think I’ve found myself a dilemma, should I read a series one after the other? or not? Ahh. Bookworm problems, am I right. Anyway, so much about that…

I noticed so many people praised the cover. In my opinion, it was kinda meh. Not ugly (that would be really horrible of me) and not really something I loved. I don’t know, my stand on the book cover is kinda just “It’s alright.”

Regarding the story…after all this time, I still am cringey with the love story between Anna and Cas. This is partly due to the fact that this is waaaay beyond the realm of this world. But then again, the foundations of this book is beyond that, too. As much as I was not a fan of the fancy way they loved each other–too fast, too hard–I still am not. But, the second time around, I believe I got sold more into this concept in the book. I mean, the presence of romance has been a pivotal part of the novel. Nothing could have happened if it wasn’t for that.

The story has deviated well past the original premise of the first book and I appreciate that. Sometimes, some series can just be a re-hash of the previous book and that’s disappointing. But, with Kendare Blake taking this to new heights with new places and new characters is refreshing. I felt the characters’ emotions and general nature were more outlined on this one. And I truly am happy about that since that’s one of my qualms in the previous book. Despite what I said about me being bored while reading this (I think it really was just me not the book…), honestly, there were no lulling phases in the book and that’s beautiful.

The story is so bittersweet. I never expected that aspect since what I expected was closure on Anna and Cas’s story. I don’t know about other readers, but I didn’t feel the sense of closure. I need my closure, damn it. Because the ending, oh my, the ending. Oh my heart.

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Other people were asking if this series would have another book. But it’s been four years so I guess that’s a nada. So, oh well. Shame. BUT, I definitely will be reading more of Kendare Blake’s work in the future. She writes so well and so vividly that it’s deadly cinematic. Speaking of, (I know Anna Dressed in Blood is now being filmed but I’m not sure if that would also include this book), this NEEDS to be in a movie. Much more than the first book, I think.

Do I recommend it? YESSSSSSS.


 

 

 

 

 

*Cover image and synopsis via GoodReads; Gif via Giphy.