DNF Review: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Posted June 2nd, 2016 in book review / 19 comments

DNF Review: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare BlakeThree Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Publisher: HarperTeen on September 20, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: dnf

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.

At A Glance

I gave up 25% in.

The Good

I liked the dark aspect of the story

The Bad

The portion I read of Three Dark Queens was so boring I couldn’t stand it. Nothing grabbed me or made me want to keep reading. The pacing was God-awfully slow. The POV switched from the three sisters and each one was annoying in their own ways. I couldn’t connect with even one character. Then there was no world building so I was pretty lost for that 25%.

The Snuggly

I didn’t read enough to determine the snuggly.

Final Thoughts

I was sooooo excited about this book. I loved how dark this story is, but the rest was rubbish. Slow, boring, uninteresting, bleh! Not recommended.


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19 Responses to “DNF Review: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake”

  1. Ashley


    I was so excited for this book—just like you. I might not have even made it 25% through. There was just nothing keeping me there. What a bummer. 🙁

    Have you read any of Kendare Blake’s other books? Unfortunately I had the exact same feelings about Antigoddess (also DNF).

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      No, this is my first book by her. She did not leave a good impression. I really pushed myself just to get 25% in because I wanted it to get better so bad.

  2. kindlemom1

    So many people are saying they had to DNF this and I just started it and I must be a weirdo because I’m totally digging it. Makes me question my taste right now LOL! 😛

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      Well, that’s great. I really hope you love it. We can’t all love the same books.

  3. Olivia Roach

    Oh no, this is a book I have as well! I hope I will be able to enjoy it despite you finding it to be incredibly boring in the beginning. Such a shame 🙁

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      I am sure there a good parts throughout I just couldn’t stand getting past the beginning.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      I hope you can get into it. Maybe you will see something some of us aren’t.

  4. Lekeisha

    Kinda glad I didn’t request this now. I’ll just grab it from the library when it releases. Sorry you had to DNF it.

  5. Jaclyn Canada

    Well, the title is intriguing. I hate that the characters weren’t developed well enough to connect with them. Ah well, better luck next time!

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      I know, the title and description really grabbed me. The inside did not.

  6. Bookworm Brandee

    Aw man! I’m sorry this one didn’t deliver on its promise, Jennifer. It sounded so good! But your description…yeah, I’ll be skipping this one. :/ Hopefully your current read is awesome!

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