Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Book Review: Three Dark Crowns

Author: Kendare Blake
Book Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Release Date: September 20th 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Book Source: Edelweiss

Goodreads Synopsis:

Three dark queens
are born in a glen,
sweet little triplets
will never be friends

Three dark sisters
all fair to be seen,
two to devour
and one to be Queen

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 powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens' ever move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest...but she may be the darkest.


In the land of Fennbirn, queens are born as triplets, but only one survives, as they all work on killing the others to claim the throne. The triplets are born with special abilities and are given to the care of specific households to raise them, in the best way that can enhance those abilities. Katharine is a poisoner, Mirabella is an elemental, and Arsinoe is a naturalist. The setting and the plot of the story are very eerie and gruesome. Think, Hunger Games. You have triplets born and raised to kill one another with only one surviving. They have rituals to entertain the public, and rules to abide by, which makes the death more calculated and conniving, definitely creepy.

The writing is really good, it hooks you in a very confusing way. It's written in third person narrative, which is befitting because it's the only way in which you can be impartial to the three queens, and be equally as engrossed as well as uncertain of who will get the throne. 

The characters are well-rounded and diverse, with so many uncertain and volatile factors, making it difficult to choose a particular one to root for.  What's best about this, is that it called out to the feminist in me. The governing system is a matriarchy, with a heap load of kick-ass female lead and side characters, coming in all shapes and sizes. From good to evil, from giftless to powerful, and from a submissive to a sovereign. 

Kendare has created this intricated plot where nothing goes the way you think it will go. It's unpredictable, but as everything starts happening, you feel a sense of helplessness at the frustrating elements and events going on. This book gave me a Ruined by Amy Tintera's vibe, where by the end I'm too scared to read what's going to happen next. I honestly have no idea where I want the story to go. Every possible scenario I can think of leaves me sad, and I'm not sure if I'm willing to tolerate the emotional torture by reading the next book in this series.

Crowns are no longer won, they are made, through politics and alliances.
This book is ideal for fantasy lovers, particularly ones who love a woman in charge.  I would personally recommend it, even though the ending's cliffhanger worried me more than actually intrigued me. I'm not big on siblings pitted against one another, especially when none were born evil through no fault of their own.

Considering I was having a hard time coming to terms with whose side I want to be on, I decided to go take the epicReads test to help me decide. It turns out I should support Arsinoe. But I seriously don't mind, or wouldn't have minded with any of the three, to be honest. I feel so much for all three sisters. Some had it better than others in one way or another, but I genuinely felt the saddest for Katharine, of all three, she got the worst possible bargain and lived the worst life.

Rating: 3.5 (or maybe 4?) out of 5.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

2017: Wishlist Wednesday (1)

So there hasn't really been any weekly Wishlist Wednesday or Waiting on Wednesday posts or memes or whatever, but I felt like I would just continue it on my own. Or maybe start something up if I can ever convince myself to be more consistent here. In any case, here's the book I'm most excited for at the moment!

Author: Alexandra Bracken
Book Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Release Date: September 5th, 2017
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Goodreads Synopsis:

"I would say it's a pleasure to meet thee, Prosperity Oceanus Redding, but truly, I only anticipate the delights of destroying thy happiness."
Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history - that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper's great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made - and then broke - a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. And, weirdly enough, four-thousand-year-old Alastor isn't exactly the forgiving type.
The fiend has reawakened with one purpose - to destroy the family whose success he ensured and who then betrayed him. With only days to break the curse and banish Alastor back to the demon realm, Prosper is playing unwilling host to the fiend who delights in tormenting him with nasty insults and constant attempts trick him into a contract. Yeah, Prosper will take his future without a side of eternal servitude, thanks.
Little does Prosper know, the malefactor's control over his body grows stronger with each passing night, and there's a lot Alastor isn't telling his dim-witted (but admittedly strong-willed) human host.

Now, if you know anything about me, it's that I'm a HUGE fan of Alexandra Bracken and her writing. She's such an incredible author and has a tendency of leaving me in awe with all the worlds she creates, in such diverse ways. So I am most certainly looking forward to this book!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Book Haul - September 2016

I keep meaning to update this blog with something impressive because I'd had every intention of doing so more regularly but everything kept feeling short. I'd like to apologize and just update it. I am not sure whether to use Showcase Sunday anymore or what Book Haul memes are going on, so I'm just settling for a book haul. Here's what I've been up to this month!

I've seen all over the internet some incredible subscription boxes and yes I have the worst kind of envy since shipping and taxes will be a nightmare to get here, so I'm wallowing in misery with regards to that. However, I recently found two subscription boxes that will be starting up in Egypt and I'm kind of excited about about them. Though I don't know if they'll be of the same quality as things I've seen online of OwlCrate and Fairyloot etc... 

This is the first box (the other one hasn't arrived yet - a point deduction for lack of promptness for both really since this was meant to arrive in August.)

It's called BookBerries: Instagram
I'm not so fond of the design on the items in general, but I do like that they're trying. Hopefully they'll grow and their skills will improve.

I also obviously hit my favourite bookstore: Cherry Blossom Books 
(Also I've been working on improving my instagram account. Check it out and let me know what you think!)
I bought:

Also, I've discovered "The Reading Bee's Shop" also another book merchandise online store here in Egypt (and let's say I'm more happy with it than the rest). I got this awesome mug with one of my favourite quotes from The Infernal Devices series. I think I like it too much to actually use it.

I also bought these beautifully designed bookmarks!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Into The Blue : Review

Into the Blue by Chanel Cleeton
July 5, 2016
Wild Aces #2
Adult Contemporary Romance 


From the author of Fly with Me and the Capital Confessions Novels comes the newest in the sexy Wild Aces Romance series.

Eric Jansen—call sign Thor—loves nothing more than pushing his F-16 to the limit. Returning home to South Carolina after a tragic loss, he hopes to fix the mistake he made long ago, when he chose the Air Force over his fiancĂ©e.

Becca Madison isn’t quick to welcome Thor back. She can’t forget how he shattered her heart. But Thor won’t give up once he’s set his sights on what he wants—and he wants Becca.

Thor shows Becca that he’s no longer the impulsive boy he used to be, and Becca finds herself irresistibly drawn to him. But will Thor be able to walk away from his dream of flying the F-16 for their love or does his heart belong to the sky?



This book follows the aftermath of the first one with the death of one of the pilots, making for a very grief-stricken group. This story focuses on how Thor is dealing with this pain, and he starts thinking of his past and the one person he let go of to pursue his dreams.

I really loved this book more than the first one because honestly, I feel like Jordan had to make so many concessions while Noah made none and got everything he wanted. I can never be Jordan. I love Becca more because she knew what she wanted in life and wasn't willing to compromise that. But the story is about so much that I just loved it. It's about growth, and timing, and development, and forgiveness, and dealing with pain, and wow, so much more! I love how Chanel is creating all these new people forced to deal with the same circumstances but in different ways and that's such incredible for me, especially with her beautiful writing and well developed characters!

Rating: 5/5!


Originally a Florida girl, CHANEL CLEETON moved to London where she received a bachelor’s degree from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever, until fate intervened on a Caribbean cruise and a fighter pilot with smooth dance moves swept her off her feet. Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure. 

Law school made Chanel realize she’d rather spend her days writing sexy stories than in a courtroom, and she hasn’t looked back since. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she’s happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, her three pups, and her husband.

Chanel writes contemporary romances, women's fiction, and thrillers. She is published by Harlequin HQN, Penguin/InterMix, and Penguin/Berkley and is the author of the International School, Capital Confessions, Assassins, and Wild Aces series.