1 & 2 stars · Dystopian · Fantasy · Young Adult

Review: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

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.

1 & 2 stars · Fantasy · Young Adult

Mini Review: Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

published Feb 37th, 2018; 544 pages

DNF @ 20%.

The takes place in an old time like setting, where Tess is the shame of her family for getting pregnant before marriage, and her sister must marry well to help out the family. At this point, Tess’s only option really is to join a nunnery. Continue reading “Mini Review: Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman”

1 & 2 stars · Dystopian · Young Adult

Review: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

published Sept. 5th, 2017; 368 pages

Description from Goodreads:

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today.
Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.”

Continue reading “Review: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera”

1 & 2 stars · Fantasy · Young Adult

Review: Breakwater by Catherine Jones Payne

Published May 30th, 2017 by Fathom Ink Press; 240 pages

Jade, a mermaid, is engaged to a mer of a high ranking family. But when she discovers that he killed one of his servants, everything changes. The servant was a naiad, another race of water people, and it turns out it’s pretty common for their deaths to get swept under the rug. There is no love between most of the mer and the naiads. When she reports the murder to the king and calls off her engagement, all hell breaks loose. Continue reading “Review: Breakwater by Catherine Jones Payne”

1 & 2 stars · Contemporary · Young Adult

Review: The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares

published: April 25th, 2017 by Delacorte Press

pages: 304

genre: YA contemporary

This book was really not my cup of tea. I’ve liked other books by Ann Brashares in the past, so I was a bit disappointed with this one.

The story has a unique family dynamic. Sasha and Ray are not related, but share 3 half-sisters. The story tells the perspectives of Sasha, Ray, and the 3 sisters, and their experiences in their family. Continue reading “Review: The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares”

1 & 2 stars · Science Fiction/ Steampunk · Young Adult

Mini Review!: Rebel Magisters by Shanna Swendson

published: July 12, 2016 by NLA Digital

pages: 238 pages

genre: YA Historical Steampunk

series: Rebel Mechanics #2

This book was kind of meh. The author does a great job of writing an exciting climax that is clean and family friendly, but the rest of the book moves kind of slow.

Verity and her employer spend most of the book traveling the countryside with the governor, hoping to recruit some fellow magisters toward the cause. Unfortunately, this didn’t make for a very action packed story. Verity and Henry are fun characters, but there’s not hardly any further character development present.

Rating

This book gets a 2.5 out of 5. It has a decent ending, but the book as a whole left me disappointed. I don’t think I’ll be reading the next one.

1 & 2 stars · Fantasy · Young Adult

Bonus Review: Wanted by Betsy Schow

published: February 7th, 2017 by Sourcefire Books

pages: 320

genre: YA fantasy, fairy tale retelling

series: Book 2 in the Storymakers series

This book was so disappointing. It was not anywhere near the sequel I had hoped for after reading Spelled. All of the things from the last book I enjoyed were gone. Further adventures with characters like Dorthea and Kato form the last book? Nope, not really. Funny fairy tale quips throughout? Nope. An upbeat, fun take on another wild ride? Not at all. Instead, we’re stuck with a moody, pessimistic teen, a deadbeat father who sells his kid into slavery, and a convoluted mess of a story that switches between dull and chaotic. Continue reading “Bonus Review: Wanted by Betsy Schow”