Book Review: Twisted Palace – Erin Watt

 

My memory of this book is starting to get a little stiff here… I’ve read like 3 e-novels and 2-novellas between Twisted Palace and writing this.

Why did I read those e-books? Because I can’t get enough of the Royals feels, I needed some *cough cough* genre to brighten my mood :) (lmao)

Btw the synopsis is 500% spoilers if you haven’t read the first 2 books… so yea. Read at your own risk :D


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Name: Twisted Palace
Author: Erin Watt
Publisher: Everafter Romance
Release Date: July 25, 2016

Synopsis

THESE ROYALS WILL RUIN YOU…

From mortal enemies to unexpected allies, two teenagers try to protect everything that matters most.

Ella Harper has met every challenge that life has thrown her way. She’s tough, resilient, and willing to do whatever it takes to defend the people she loves, but the challenge of a long-lost father and a boyfriend whose life is on the line might be too much for even Ella to overcome.

Reed Royal has a quick temper and even faster fists. But his tendency to meet every obstacle with violence has finally caught up with him. If he wants to save himself and the girl he loves, he’ll need to rise above his tortured past and tarnished reputation.

No one believes Ella can survive the Royals. Everyone is sure Reed will destroy them all.
They may be right.

With everything and everyone conspiring to keep them apart, Ella and Reed must find a way to beat the law, save their families, and unravel all the secrets in their Twisted Palace.


Book Cover Comments

This is a really different color scheme from the previous two books, with the grey dominance compared to the color dominance in the previous two books. But to a certain extent, I guess it signifies something :) events :) This shitty reviewer is spoiling you right now :)

Btw did I mention I love the constant line that appears on all three books:

THESE ROYALS WILL RUIN YOU.

Tbh they did.


The Review

 

Once again, each book is really different from the others. Paper Princess focuses on Ella Environment, Broken Prince on Reed Redemption, Twisted Palace on Event Ecstasy. Yes for the sake of alliteration. #ReviewsBLiek

Twisted Palace has A LOT of twists (rOLL CReDiTs) and turns with the events, revelations, and there’s just a whole lot on your plate. What’s different in this book compared to the others is that there’s a mystery constantly going on through the book, and things get real complicated because of what happened. But anyone loves a little bit of mystery and crime ;) You would keep guessing the suspect, in which I guessed correctly even though I doubted that person a billion times because there were so many more options… ooo la la.

Revelations here and there, from the beginning to end, it’s just filled with surprises that you would never expect. The last few revelations were especially shocking. And because this book focuses more on events, I wouldn’t say I was as hyped during reading this book compared to the initial ruin when I read Paper Princess, as the feel is indeed really different, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

What I enjoy the most?
Warning that there might be spoilers. Predictable spoilers. So uh if you don’t wanna know, skip the words in pink.
ELLA AND REED FINALLY GOT TO GOD DAMN FOURTH BASE. HOLY. FUDGING HELL, IT MELTED MY INSIDES AND I DIED. OK? IT’S THAT BEAUTIFUL AND AMAZING, WHEN THEY BECAME ONE AND ASDFGJKL I’M DYING RIGHT HERE, LIKE ERIN DECIDED TO TORMENT US WITH TWO BOOKS OF DILEMA AND WAITING AND FINALLY WE HAVE IT

We all know the rest of the Royals are legit trouble and insane to a certain extent (We’re all Mad here. -Louis Carroll lmao), and I’m glad to see their troubles resolving bit by bit in this book. And oh can I talk about how Ella is starting to stand up for people in school and knowing how to keep things in order? And despite how bad some friends can be, they can be of assistance sometimes, and I find that friend-hate relationship of a certain few people pretty fun.

This book also terribly reminds me of overprotective a.k.a. helicopter parents. Love it. Aaaand hate it. But the advice people give Ella regarding parents are pretty true. All parents are overprotective and annoying, so you’re not the only one. Though I’d like to get rid of annoying parents like this lmao. I mean, who doesn’t?

So I won’t say too much in this review, since it’ll probably be repetitive with the past two ones, but despite the less hype for romance here, i extremely love the mystery woven into this wonderful tale, and it is definitely unforgettable, extremely well written, a series that is based on reality to a point that it is so true.

All I can say is? love love love.

Sadly I couldn’t find much quotes on goodreads, so let’s end with the only and only:

She got under my skin the moment I met her, and she’s still there, in my blood, in my heart.

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Book Review: Broken Prince – Erin Watt

And I couldn’t read anything after Windwitch because I got Twisted Palace and Broken Prince. Spent one day finishing each cus its crazily addictive, romantic and amazing.

Also just note that with each of the Royals’ series, the synopsis pretty much spoils what happens next. So if you want to 100% avoid spoilers because I’ll probably include a little bit, don’t read it lol.


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Name: Broken Prince
Author: Erin Watt
Publisher(s): Everafter Romance
Release Date: July 25, 2016

Synopsis

THESE ROYALS WILL RUIN YOU…

Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.

SHE MIGHT BE RIGHT.

Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy.


Book Cover Comments

Honestly let’s just talk about how the synopsis formatting and paragraph wording mirrors each book. It’s kinda cute. And the blue on the cover? So beautiful. Watercolor effects are just asdfghjkl, and the crystals that compose of the crown :)


The Review

 

My friend told me how she preferred Paper Princess compared to Broken Prince, but I think each book and what it’s surrounding is so different in it’s own way, that its not something that I would really like to compare.

“I’m done playing games, Ella. No other girls exist in the world for me. If you see me talking to one, know that I’m talking about you. If you see me walking next to someone, I’m wishing it was you … You’re the only one for me.”

Paper Princess is where Ella discovers her new world, and the First Love. Broken Prince is where Reed redeems himself and opens up, the Blossoming Love. Twisted Palace, which is the next review I’ll be writing, the Eternal Love.

“She’s mine and always has been. From before we even met, she was mine and I was hers. I fought it too long, but I’m giving in now. I’m all in now.”

There’s a little bit of a dilly dally push and pull relationship between Ella and Reed when they have to deal with each other again. Some people might find it a bit cliche, but hey, what romance is NOT cliche?
And no one cares when each time Reed and Ella kisses or makes out or whatever, it burns you like hell because it is hot and steamy, and just the stupid wait till they get to fourth base is just frickin agonising. I wanted to see my Royal ship get to fourth base. And do you, current review reader, think it’ll happen? I probably gave it away but I won’t give it away. lol me.

“I’m willing to do almost anything for you. I’d go back in time to change things if I could.” He gazes down at me with determination. “But I’m not leaving you alone.”

We go through a lot of different stuff in Broken Prince as we go deeper down into the Royals, and not necessarily everyone, but the secrets and pasts go on and on and on, and the entwined web of lies and complications just gets more crazy and crazy. To a point where its so complicated that it’s probably getting away from reality, but that’s what makes the book so interesting. It literally gets you thinking: why? what? huh? jesus fml wtf?
But it just kind of makes you like each Royal boy more and more. You want to understand them and feel them until you reach their very soul.

*sobs*

“I missed you every second you were gone. I thought about you every goddamn second. You want to hate me for what I did? Don’t bother – I was hating myself for it long before you showed up.”

*sobs again*

One of the things I see from Broken Prince that I really like would be what happened to the school the Royals attend. Since Gideon the eldest brother was in school, he was the enforcer who regulated the student body and kept them in shape. Reed kind of slacked, but power was still pushed in. And ever since Ella left, we get to see more of how the school is pretty much messed up (lol) and what happens when it’s not regulated. (wait oh shit i think the plot between broken prince and twisted palace is fusing tgt i mean i read them one after the other in 2 days)

We all do, because that girl flew into our house like a whirlwind and made everything come alive again. She brought steel and fire. She made us laugh again. She gave us a purpose—at first, it was us uniting against her. Then it turned into us standing beside her. Protecting her. Loving her.

And Broken Prince really doesn’t only refer to the mistake that Reed made, but also deep down into his past, and this just booms and harmonises even more of why Ella and Reed are the perfect perfect couple to compliment each other, how they help each other up because they truly see each other.

*Sobs*

And getting to the ending, Erin Watt decides to drop another cliffhanger bomb on us. Jks no. DOUBLE CLIFFHANGER BOMB ON US. TWO EVENTS THAT IS THE KEY PLOT POINT OF WHAT BOOK 3 WILL BE SURROUNDING! SHOCKING! OMG! NOW YOU, READER, MUST GO READ THE ENTIRE SERIES!

“I do. You said it yourself—I see you. I see your hurt and your loneliness. I see your pride, and the way it stops you from leaning on anyone. I see your big heart, and how you want to save the world, including an ass like me.”

As long as you don’t mind really really really messed up societies, families, relationships, human beings and excessive swearing (i excessively swear everyday lol), as well as some sweetheart aching smut and third bases, go read Broken Prince so you’d be broken as well, and then die all over again.

He told me to stay away. He told me I didn’t belong. If only I’d listened to him.

 

Book Review: Windwitch – Susan Dennard

I’m currently reading some small novels, but you won’t see those as blogposts, but you can always check out what they are on GoOdReADS! *cough cough*


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Name: Windwitch
Author: Susan Dennard
Publisher(s): Tor Teen
Release Date: January 10, 2017

Synopsis

Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies…

After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.

When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?

After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.


Book Cover Comments

Oh hoho the cover, this time Merik, is the same where the sword entwines with the words :>

I love the drastic change in color from the first book, and somehow it just really matches, the lighting fury and the whirling leaves, the rain. Much excite much excite.

One annoying thing


The Review

How do I say this?
Windwitch wasss… hmmm…. how would I put it, exciting at times, but other than that, it doesn’t get me like hyped up “omg” type of thing? So in this case I guess I would prefer Truthwitch more XD

So that’s the basic Joanne’s emotional summary of Windwitch. Now onto the gud stuff.

We get way more perspectives from how the book is written. SO originally, if I recall, cus it’s been awhile since I’ve read Truthwitch, we had Safiya, Iseult, Merik and Aeduan (not sure but anywayyyy). And this time, we have Safiya, Iseult, Merik, (COMEBACK OF OUR MAIN CREW DUH WOOHOO), Aeduan, and a new addition of Vivia, Merik’s sister. The fact that some of these characters will cross paths just makes things way more fun, and instead of the “oh what in the world is he she thinking”, you get the full coverage of what “he she is thinking”. That’s why I loved Vivia’s perspective so much.

I would say Windwitch is the book that expands our view on the Witchlands more, and I like how we are introduced to more of the witch powers, which are just really sick. But I do hope that these words can turn into visuals, because I sometimes have no idea which direction some of the characters are travelling in XD

The plot in my opinion was probably slow, as I took 4 or 5 days to finish Windwitch rather than the usual 3 day pace that I use. But no worries. The characters fill in all the excitement. I was a bit sad to see Safi and Merik have basically zero interaction, or I should just say, other than Iseult and Aeduan, Merik and Vivia, (oops slight spoilers!) no other characters met up and that’s just a bummer XD

The decisions a lot of the characters make in each sort of scene timeline, a.k.a. Safi and Vaness, Empress of Marstok – Aeduan and Iseult – Merik and Vivia – are just really interesting and fun to watch. Out of all the perspectives, I especially enjoyed reading Merik’s, as he’s going through quite a bit of emotional turmoil and up and downs, and his realisation of what he was doing at the time (psychological deep stuff that I ain’t spoilin’) just kinda resonates with me, therefore GO MERIK.

I started off not liking Vivia because of what I assumed her to be and what she did, but guess what, I like her. She’s a p cool sis and pretty lit as well. Though I wouldn’t say I’m a big fan of EVERYTHING she does. The beginning of the book does introduce her as sort of self centered. But hey, she is still a sis. (psst)

Aeduan and Iseult’s stories are very interesting, because they go through the roll credits of “sometimes your enemy might be your greatest ally” (something along the lines), and you will find out some revelations from Iseult, which is pretty bizzare and unexpected. Not that it threw me into big shock, but I think it was one of the biggest shocks of the book.

Safi and Vaness are stuck in a totally different situation compared to the last two pairs. (i mean duh lol or otherwise this wouldn’t be on NYT bestsellers if the scenarios are replicas trololol). We get to Vaness’ power which is sick, and Safi’s mind gears spinning, thinking how to deal with her enemies using mental thoughts and weak spots whatsoever.


So I’m sorry but I’ll have to say that I prefer Truthwitch more, but I accept the fact that this book is more on individual character, world, plot and scenario building, which still makes this book enjoyable. So I can’t wait to see what Susan will offer in book 3, Bloodwitch!

Book Review: Paper Princess – Erin Watt

Finished this book under 24 hours spanning two days on the calendar, a.k.a. from 11pm to 6pm because it was so God damn amazing, it burned through me.


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Name: Paper Princess
Author: Erin Watt
Publisher(s): Everafter Romance (self published!! woah!)
Release Date: April 4, 2016

Synopsis

THESE ROYALS WILL RUIN YOU…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

HE MIGHT BE RIGHT.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees. 


Book Cover Comments

I love the golden lines of the crown, and even though the physical book doesn’t shine or anything, the texture and the gradient color gives the illusion that it does. The watercolors at the back are really pretty, but I think it contributed to the mysterious “cheddar cheese” blots on my copy of Eleanor & Park 😂


The Review

Oh.
My.
Effing.
God.

This book is so insane, I can’t even describe it. It’s just… asdfghjkl
Pure Romance ffs, kills me, swept me off the charts and INTO THE UNIVERSE!

I just wanna talk a little bit about the target audience of this book. It’s more of a new adult than a young adult book in my opinion, and I recommend this for anyone who is around 16 and above, since the book uses sophisticated, sexy and luring language and scenes to intoxicate readers’ minds, and I was oh dear. #@$&@*#^%#@&^$*!^@&$# (hidden msg)

Also, the review will be slightly spoilery in terms of the relationship status, but hey, that’s the entire point of romance ;)

OK before we dig in into the main stuff of this to be spectacular book review, it’s time for another round of Joanne compares a book to an anime.

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I mean, of course it’s Diabolik Lovers. Duh. A girl going into a house of 6 brothers, each attractive as hell, except that the girl here is the complete opposite of Ella.

Somewhere along the line, I started thinking that if I just got through this bad experience, this bad day, that tomorrow I’d have something better, brighter, newer.
I still believe that. I still believe that there’s something good out there for me. I just have to keep going until my time comes.

Ella comes from the gutter, and living among legit “royalty” (pun!) is not easy for her. She needs to grow accustomed to the luxuries in the Royal’s life. Yes you might think it’s easy to switch from poor to rich, but there are so many different behaviours between these two social levels (i’m sorry if i’m being discriminant), she has a lot to take in.
But what I love so much about Ella, is that all her qualities in life and her character that was born in her remained unchanged. She faced challenges and problems without ever thinking of running away, and she was never a coward. She even stood out in the sense that she does things that no other rich person or Royal would ever think about doing, such as working in the bakery.
She’s able to try to ignore most of the bad things that are happening around her, and her optimism is just really inspiring.
And the fact that she’s so brave because the next quote…

“You want me to say it?” he whispers. “Fine, I’ll say it. I want you. I fucking want you.”

I mean, there’s only one reason why our wonderful Reed would say that. Oops spoilers. Well it’s not really spoilers, since the entire point of a contemporary romance is so that the girl and the boy mentioned in the blurb has a 99% of falling in love.

Reed, I’d have to say, is a bit of an idiot. How do I describe him, kind of holding back. RIGHT THE BEST DESSERT TO DESCRIBE HIM: Lava Cake. Yes yes a whole ton of boys have Lava Cake personalities, but who frickin cares? It’s the clichés that make things more interesting. Reed is pretty tough to Ella sometimes, and somewhat overprotective of the ones that he cares about, but that’s what I like about him, for the fact that he really cares about his brothers (and maybe Ella HMMM HMMM) And when you cut open that cake and all that chocolate fondue flows out, oh my goodness this boy is fudging (pun!) insane. And some of us all know that there is a part of Reed that belongs to destruction and insanity, a.k.a. messed up. But that wouldn’t stop anyone of us from loving him, eih? :)

 

“I was having the best dream,” I mumble as he curls his body around my back.
“What was it?” he says roughly.
“That you showed up in my bedroom and held me all night long.”
“I like that dream,” he whispers in my ear and then he does just that—holds me until I fall asleep.

The interactions between Reed and Ella will keep you tumbling in a whirlpool of love and hotness, literally giving you sweet-heart-aches over and over again as you read it. The two’s relationship is really interesting throughout the book, with their ups and downs and ups and downs, and of course, it is for you, potential reader, to see what it is cus I AIN’T GONNA SPOIL ZE DETAILS.

(and while I’m typing this up, it’s Thursday morning near noon at school during break time in Hong Kong, and I’m wondering when Book Depository is going to ship Broken Prince and Twisted Palace, because I’m craving it.)

“You should know whatever game you’re playing, you can’t win. Not against all of us. If you leave now, you won’t be hurt. If you stay, we’ll break you so bad that you’ll be crawling away.”

The toughest situation in Ella’s life is her origin, as well as the fact that gossips exist in high schools where she and the Royals go to. All those Queen Bees b like ASDFGHJKL and you just wanna punch them in the face because they’re such jerks. But that didn’t keep Ella away. She didn’t shed a single tear for them, and went over the barriers that were put up in front of her over and over again.

This house is an illusion. It’s polished and pretty, but the dream Callum is trying to sell is as flimsy as paper. Nothing stays shiny forever in this world.

And to talk a little bit about the rest of the Royal family, yes, every single Royal is as messed up as each other. Each has their own addiction and blindness to something in their life, but excluding Father Royal, every other Royal boy is as captivating and as charming as the other. Much love much love. You’ll be introduced to some of the “Queen Jerks” at school, as well as a good friend that Ella will make. Aaaand a few other characters that will make an important appearance.
Speaking of the person who pretty much has the antagonist role, it reminds me of Scum’s Wish. I think Joanne needs to stop with all the anime related references.

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This book is absolutely captivating and absolutely amazing. To so many different levels. I’ve never read a pure YA/NA romance like this, and I am enthralled and entranced.

And to give you one last present, feel free to skip this line if you want to avoid slight spoilers: the very last line of this book that will make you want to know what happens afterwards in Broken Prince.


I’ve fallen from the sky and I’m not sure I can get up. Not this time.

Book Review: The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater

Alright. Let’s do this.
The Raven Boys is my current record of “book that took the longest time to read” this year, with a record holding of 5 days.

Note that all my Raven Cycle reviews will be in the US paperback versions, so the cover would be different from the hardbacks.


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Name: The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher(s): Scholastic Inc.
Release Date: September 1, 2012 (July 30, 2013 my edition)

Synopsis

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them — not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all — family money, good looks, devoted friends — but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.


Book Cover Comments

I mean, who doesn’t love that cool-ass font and the sick raven, with it’s heart glowing?


The Review

 

I’m currently in sleepy mode.
oh dear.

So as you guys read from my intro, I took like 5 days to read this. And one of those days was just a few chapters, cus I entered a mini book slump and read manga instead. I’ll do a manga review on that when all the books are out, which is soon trololol

But despite the extremely slow pacing, which is something that kept me procrastinating on finishing this book in 3 days, was all that paranormal and cool stuff. Blue’s family, so her mom and her aunts are all clairvoyants and seers, so it’s super cool to see their work and the tarots and stuff, because I am quite interested in these kind of things. Honestly though, Blue’s aunts are one of the highlights in the book.

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This whole seer thing just reminds me of Yuuko’s store from xxxHOLiC.

Lol is it just me or are we all confused when all the four raven boys are introduced at once, and when we get into their private lives, everything is just like ????!??????
But these boys are really cool. Each of them are unique in the sense that, for instance, Gansey has a really strong passion for what he looks for and what he believes for, and Adam is just a little stubborn with his pride. Ronan is a really interesting and mysterious character, and the very last line of the book is why Ronan gets book 2’s cover all to himself. trololol. And Noah, he’s a very special Raven Boy, so be sure to give him lots of love and *@#*$&!&(@#&(@*##%&)$@(#!*#&$^*@&#*!@&#*&$ (spoilers)

I like Blue. She shows what teenage freedom is all about, not following what your mother says (lol) and doing what she wants to do, and her relationships with her aunt are on point. All the aunts seems really cool and really nice in my opinion, and of course, mysterious. And as I’m typing this up, I really don’t seem to see a lot of places that really shows Blue’s character (it’s probably just me as well). But I do like her curiosity with things, and the fact that she wants to be even the slightest bit closer to having the abilities of her mom and aunts, in which she don’t, as she has another extremely rare ability that will be kept a secret. And with her so called true love, there’s just an extremely low amount of romance development in this book, so i’m like asdfghjkl wherawhatwhowhenwhyhow. But yea I super love the entire idea that Blue’s prophecy is that she will kill her true love if she kisses him.

Another thing I wanna talk about is the POVs. It can take place from Blue and any of the Raven Boys’ perspectives, so some parts kinda get confused, and I get kinda lost as well, haha. Other than that, the book was really really awesome and cool, and though slow paced, well paced. (contradictory. I’m such a jerk)

I hope that the rest of the series will pick up the pace a little bit, and I’m sure the next few books won’t disappoint me!

 

Book Review: Three Dark Crowns – Kendare Blake

I need to finish up to 300 pages of The Raven Boys before I sleeeeep…
And this book review…


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Name: Three Dark Crowns
Author: Kendare Blake
Publisher(s): HarperTeen
Release Date: September 20, 2016

Synopsis

Fans of acclaimed author Kendare Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood will devour her latest novel, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen.

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.


Book Cover Comments

I found the version of Three Dark Crowns I got pretty sick. Especially the naturalist crown. That’s something I’d wear. I mean, the black contrast just makes everything sicker.


The Review

Despite not taking long to finish this book because I was dedicated, Three Dark Crowns wasssn’t the most 100% pleasant read. And this can be proven by my urge to watch non-spoiler reviews throughout the book.

I find the entire concept itself, the war between the Three Sisters and their powers, Elemental, Naturalist and Poisoning very interesting. The concept of using something much calmer, as in poisoning, as in something that’s not super out of the mind fantastical like elemental is a fresh new blend into fantasy fictions like this.

I didn’t have a particular favourite sister in general, cus they all have positives and negatives at the same time. And therefore one thing I like about the perspectives in this book is that you wouldn’t necessarily aid which sister. It’s all pretty well balanced, and what you anticipate is what happens in the next book instead of how this particular sister will end up.

The book is mainly told in the Three Sister’s perspectives, and occasionally from the side characters, and that’s what spins my mind around, cus I get confused at times. But I do like the alternating sequence between the Three Sister’s town, since it makes things nice and well balanced.

So I’ve heard a lot of opinions on it’s overly slow pace and slow burn, and so let’s talk about that. Yes, Three Dark Crowns kicks off at an extremely sluggish pace where I just want to fall asleep. I’m sorry, honest opinion here. But when the drama kicks off, the chain reaction of bombs in my head ticks off, and everything just gets way more fun and interesting, and that’s what got me to the very end. Though I’d like Katharine’s ending story to be a bit more explained, Arsinoe’s ending was very well executed and well done. It was a very clean and clear cut, and her ending was what attracted me to get ready for the next book, One Dark Throne.

And I’ve also listened to talks about an unnecessary relationship occurring in the book, how it’s understandable of why it’s there, but why one partner of that relationship is pretty much a jerk. IIiiii couldn’t not agree. It is pretty true of why that relationship is unnecessary, since it’s none of Arsinoe, Katharine or Mirabella, but that relationship is part of the trigger that kick starts the wonderful Dark Drama. (ooo alliteration!) But yea, that jerk of a partner is quite a nuisance, I’d have to say.


If any of you can survive a slow paced book till at least half way, and will love and anticipate high amounts of deep dark drama, then definitely read Three Dark Crowns.