Others have said this book really feels more like a prequel, and I have to agree. None of the plotting, killing, etc happens in this book. it’s more of an introduction to all 3 girls, and their introductions at the festival. Only at the very end did some stuff actually start to happen. It seems like all the good I expected in this book will actually happen in the next.
A brief summary from Goodreads:
“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.”
The characters aren’t bad but they also aren’t great. I loved the concept of the 3 queens with 3 specialties, though. I was extremely frustrated with Mirabella’s love at first sight romance. Without any magical reason saying they are fated, then I am seriously pissed at the two of them.
There was also something about the writing itself that seemed… off. Something in the third person format was jarring and felt impersonal.
Overall, I currently give this book 3 stars. It was good enough to make me want to read the book where the ACTUAL good stuff is supposed to be, it seems. If the second book does not live up, however, I will be back with an update and a demotion to 2 stars.
Update: Yeah… the second book wasn’t better. This is now a 2 star book. Review to come soon.