Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake Blog Tour & Giveaway

I am super excited to be on this blog tour because Kendare Blake is such an imaginative author!


Series: Three Dark Crowns #1
Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Reading Level: Young Adult
Pages: 416 (eARC)
Source: From Publisher For Review
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.
~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

I was super excited for this book because Blake is always willing to experiment with the YA fantasy genre. She tends to think of ridiculously original ideas and runs with them until she takes us places we've never been before. This book is no exception to that habit. Three sisters, each with different powers, having to fight to the death to become queen?! It's crazy that if they could all rule this would be such a different story.

Without getting into too much detail as to not spoil anything, the three sisters are vastly different. This can be attributed to their magical abilities and unique upbringings, but either way I am thankful to be able to tell them apart. One is very likable, one not at all. Either way, they bring out strong emotions and opinions, and what more could you want from a book?

The simple idea of this book is breathtaking. It pulls you in immediately, made even better by hidden love affairs, crazy plot twists, and all the death, doom, and destruction. It does start off very slow, though. It's a build up promising epicness in the future, but worth pushing through.

One thing to keep note of is that this is a series. I initially thought it was a stand alone so when I got to the ending I was shocked. Surprise series is surprising. 

The book is super dark and good for fantasy readers looking for something unique. I can't believe I'm saying this, BUT I NEED MORE MURDER! A definite library read!


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  1. I'm really excited to read this one! I can't get over how beautiful the cover is with those three different crowns. They each have such vibrant personality.

    1. I LOVE simplistic covers, especially ones set against black backdrops. This cover speaks to my soul haha

  2. Awesome review! I am really excited to read this one! I have been on such a fantasy kick lately!

  3. Great review! I'm now super excited for this series. I love when books can surprise me. This author sounds very talented.

    1. I've seen Blake's work around for a while. Definitely check out some of her backlist!

  4. thanks for the great spotlight! Sounds very interesting :)

  5. A phenomenal start to a series, with dark, lush and gorgeous writing, with rich and three dimensional characters that wouldn't let me go even after the book came to a close. The sequel to this book will be at the top of my TBR list.

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