Queens of Fennbirn by Kendare Blake – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Queens of Fennbirn
Author: 
Kendare Blake
Series Name: 
Three Dark Crowns
Genre: 
YA Fantasy
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2018
Pages: 232 (Paperback)
Publishers: Pan Macmillan
Overall Rating:
3 and a half star

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Uncover the sisters’ origins, dive deep into the catastrophic reign of the Oracle Queen, and reveal layers of Fennbirn’s past, hidden until now.

The Young Queens

Get a glimpse of triplet queens Mirabella, Arsinoe, and Katharine during a short period of time when they protected and loved one another. From birth until their claiming ceremonies, this is the story of the three sisters’ lives…before they were at stake.

The Oracle Queen

Everyone knows the legend of Elsabet, the Oracle Queen. The one who went mad. The one who orchestrated a senseless, horrific slaying of three entire houses. But what really happened? Discover the true story behind the queen who could foresee the future…just not her own downfall.

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So I liked one story more than the other, so I’m just going to break this review into 2 mini-reviews for each story.

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3 star

This was my least favourite of the two stories. While it was interesting, I honestly didn’t think most of it was that important. My favourite part of this one is right at the beginning when we get to meet the previous Queen as she is giving birth to the three queens we meet in Three Dark Crowns. That bit was quite interesting and did explain something that is discovered at the end of Three Dark Crowns. Besides that part, the rest of this story just kinda heightens how cruel this whole royal system is in this world. The rest of this story didn’t really shed any light on anything or really serve a purpose, so I didn’t find it overly necessary or entertaining.

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4 and a half star

This story follows a previous queen that we hear mentioned often throughout Three Dark Crowns and One Dark Throne books. There is a lot of disturbing rumours about what happened during that queen’s rule. This story basically explains what actually happened. And HOLY SHIT. First off I loved the characters, I connected with them all straight away and considering how short the story is, they were very well developed and thought out. By the end of this story, I actually felt like stabbing someone. Just the intense as hell stuff that happens in this story!! My god, I was so angry by the end of it.
This is definitely a story that drags you in from the first chapter and you end up so invested in the characters that when something happens to them you can’t help being sad/angry/etc.

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Scythe by Neal Shusterman – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Scythe
Author: 
Neal Shusterman
Series Name: 
Arc of a Scythe
Genre: 
YA Sci-Fi
Publication Date: Nov 22nd, 2016
Pages: 443 (Paperback)
Publishers: Walker Books
Rating:
4 and a half star

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Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

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I just love this book honestly. But the writing is definitely my favourite part. This book makes you question so many things. For one, you can vividly see how this could be us in the future, which is scary as hell honestly. There is a lot of discussions around morality and mortality/immortality in this book. It just basically makes you question everything and I loved it.

The world building is amazingly done. Like I said it is extremely vivid because of how close to reality it is but also all those differences just stand out. We basically learn through Citra & Rowan being bought into the world of the Scythes and also through the Scythe Journal Entires.

Speaking of the Scythe Journal Entries, I really enjoyed them. They always gave you that bit of background, something to think about and just let you dive a little deeper into the mind of that specific person.

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While the plot was a bit slower at times, there were enough twists and turns to keep me interested. Besides one major thing that I guessed before even picking up the book, the plot was not predictable. Whenever there was a twist, it was generally something extremely shocking and there was no way to prepare for that thing to happen!

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We follow two POV in this book, Citra & Rowan. While I did enjoy Citra as a character a bit more than Rowan, I did like reading from Rowan’s POV because of his situation.

Citra is a more of the strong and intelligent one and then Rowan is a little questionable at times. He goes through a tonne of character development and while I didn’t always agree with how that was turning out there were times when I 100% agreed with his choices.

As for the Scythes, we have our ‘good guys’ & our ‘bad guys’. Scythe Faraday was an interesting character and I enjoyed his methods. It just felt like there were more thought and reasoning behind Faraday’s choices than some of the others.
Scythe Curie is a wise woman and can usually judge what is best. She is loyal and caring and I really enjoyed her.

As for the ‘bad guys’, while I wouldn’t like them as people as they are horrible, I did enjoy them as characters. They were very well done and you couldn’t help but hate them. However, I did find myself agreeing with some of the main ‘bad guy’s opinions, I didn’t agree with his methods though. He also totally got what was coming for him.

The only weak point of this book is the romance. It quite simply didn’t feel natural. I found them connecting as characters but it kinda jumps straight into a potential romance and it just didn’t feel right.

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I loved everything about this book excluding the romance. It is such an interesting, unique and well developed world. The characters are amazingly done and the plot is a little slow but worth it for all the twists and turns throughout! Highly recommend.

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E – The ABC Book Challenge

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I missed last Saturday as I went to 2 car shows in one day, which also involved about 6 hours altogether driving an I was just exhausted when I got home. You can find all the photos on my photography blog Dusk Angel Photography if you were interested in vintage Aussie cars.

For this challenge, every week you make a post talking about the best books you’ve read and the ones you are keen for on your TBR that start with a specific letter.
So this week I will be doing the letter E. I will not be including the word ‘The’ as the first word.

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There is only 2 for this month. For the most part, the books starting with E were either meh or I didn’t like at all. But here are the 2 books that I have read and loved that start with E.

Escape from Mr Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

This is the first book in the Mr Lemoncello’s Library series. This is a fun, amusing and action-filled middle-grade book. This is full of books, libraries, knowledge & famous new & historical people. Overall it is just super fun and I loved listening to the series on audiobook! Highly recommend.

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

This is the first book in the Wayward Children’s series and while this book is not my favourite in the series I still really enjoyed it. It is a mystery book and I love a good mystery. I also love the range of diversity we saw in these characters.

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Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

Evermore by Sara Holland

Ever the Hunted by Erin Sumerill

Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie

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