Three Dark Crowns

Three Dark Crowns

Book - 2016
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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 control storms or flames with the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, able to ingest the deadliest poisons without harm. And Arsinoe, a naturalist, can control nature. 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.
Publisher: New York : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062385437
0062385437
Branch Call Number: YA FIC FAN
Characteristics: 398 pages : map ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: 3 dark crowns

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3je82rs9
Oct 12, 2017

Written well, love the cover, interesting storyline. I just wish the twist was more difficult to spot.

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clara_pilli_
Oct 04, 2017

Such an amazing book!! Don't be unmotivated by the slow beginning, there are a lot of characters and you need time to understand and link them, but once you do everything comes to place and you feel as one of them... The ending is by far the best part and you definitely won't see it coming... cant wait for the next one

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booknrrd
Sep 21, 2017

A 2018-2019 Missouri Gateway Readers Award preliminary nominee (grades 9-12).

The premise of this novel is fairly simple. In the world of this series every generation triplets are born to the reigning queen who are raised separately and must battle for the right to rule shortly after their sixteenth birthdays. They are all gifted in different ways and must use their gifts to defeat their sisters.

It's an interesting premise, and I was drawn in, but also not. It's kind of a weird custom, and I would love to know how it came to be. Otherwise, it's just kind of barbaric. Also can Joseph die? Please?

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ErikaCh
Aug 23, 2017

Not quite understand the hype of the book. the story rolls out between the three queen to be sisters. Of course, there will be conflicts and conspiracy. However, the story lines didn't fell together until the last 30 pages of the story. There should also be more political intrigues but that part turns out very superficial to me.

Not sure if I would read the second book.

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Lostintobooks
Aug 15, 2017

Can't wait for the second book!

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jmli
Aug 02, 2017

Three Dark Crowns has an interesting premise and plot. I was excited when I first picked it up, but it turns out that this book fell short of my expectations.
The summary got me hyped, but the book itself? Mehhh... There's too much romance in there for my liking as well as makeout scenes and love interests. I didn't feel like there was enough action, and I was often bored by the fact that nothing was really happening. Yes, there are some minor details/events, and maybe this first book is just intended to provide background information, but honestly? It was unnecessary and redundant, especially since the actual ascension year starts WAY, WAY, WAY later in the book. I couldn't get enough out of Three Dark Crowns.
Matthew and Joseph Sandrin are players, Billy is the only loyal boy, Katharine is a little brat, Pietyr is jealous, Arsinoe is strong-willed, Jules is powerful, Mirabella is perfect, and everyone else is irrelevant. That's really all you need to know about the characters. Everything they do is basically boring too, so you don't need to know much.
There were some things that I did like though such as the writing and the setting. I just hope that the second book will focus more on emotions and action.

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MelissaYAReader
Jul 24, 2017

This book is told from the viewpoints of all three sisters. You can sympathize with their trials and their desire to help their people, but you can also see how they are all being manipulated by legend, their teachers, their people and the island. Full of twists and turns, but complicated at the same time this book was hard for me to get into. I have said before I tend to be a reader who likes to attach themselves to a character and root for them--that wasn't possible in this novel. I just wanted the mess to be sorted out, but it looks like I will have to wait for the sequel for that.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Apr 09, 2017

What a book. Please don't be fooled by the reviews and ratings given by publishers because I feel rather cheated. It wasn't until the end that stuff actually started happening and the characters got less two-dimensional to me. The whole entire time, there were too many unnecessary names and people that just confused me, and there was literally no action. I expected a more "hunger-games" plot with a lot more violence and intensity, but this book just dragggged through "preparation" and subplots. If there is a sequel, I might just not read it for the sake of my self-respect and avoid putting myself through misery. 2/5
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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nidofito
Apr 08, 2017

I've seen a few mixed review about this book, and mostly they're about the story/characters/plot not being exciting enough. I partially agree with that statement; the book isn't up-and-going, but I don't think it was ever presented that way. The writing seems a bit off initially as well. But the originality of the storyline is so attractive to me (as it should be to other readers) that I was able to ignore everything in its favor. And I have to say, I'm really looking forward to the sequel. Here the queens were unwilling participants, but it will be a different case in the next book. On a side note though, I hope to God, Jules finds another man as Joseph is a sleazeball.

AL_ALYSONC Apr 08, 2017

Great characters and a thrilling ending that will leave you begging for the next book. Can't wait for September to bring the 2nd book.

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3je82rs9
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booknrrd
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jmli
Aug 02, 2017

Three sisters, each with unique powers, must fight for the throne in a game of life and death.

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jmli
Aug 02, 2017

Sexual Content: Kissing and making out

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