Alexa and I decided to revamp Friends with ARCs! Our reviews will now be broken down into specific parts: plot, characters, writing, overall feelings and then our usual fun question at the end. Hope you guys like the new format!
|Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake|
pub 9/20/16 by HarperTeen
Received e-ARC via Edelweiss
Characters • The main characters are the sisters: Mirabella (elemental), Katharine (poisoner) and Arsinoe (naturalist). I'm just gonna say it now but I didn't like either Katharine or Arsinoe. They both struggle with being able to manifest their powers and while I understand that makes them more hardened and desperate, at no point did I ever truly connect to their plights. On the other hand, I easily began rooting for Mirabella right away. But even in her case, I didn't feel as though I knew her enough. There are plenty of secondary characters too such as the people mentoring the 3 would-be Queens, love interests and friends. None made an impact on me aside from Arisonoe's friend Kate.
Writing • While I was intrigued by the plot, I wasn't impressed by the execution or the writing of it. The characters needed a lot more development and the pacing overall was a bit uneven.
Overall feelings • I really wanted to love this book because it's written by Kendare Blake, who I became a fan of after reading Anna Dressed in Blood but unfortunately, it just wasn't for me.
Which power would you want? • I think I would want Arsinoe's powers. Probably because it's the least violent, most practical and I might actually start having a better chance of keeping my houseplants alive.