[A quick note: My friend Shaun on bookstagram recommended this book. He always has amazing recs. I’ve gotten less interested in in YA lately, but this one was really good. I’m sad that the cover is changing, appatently, which means when the 2nd comes out, it won’t match the first! Nothing makes me angrier!]
“𝐈𝐭’𝐬 𝐚𝐥𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐢𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐨 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐮𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐰𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝, 𝐈 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐤. 𝐁𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐩𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐮𝐥. 𝐍𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠, 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡, 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐯𝐮𝐥𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞.” —Laura Sebastian
Welcome to a world where wishes pull stars from the sky and a sprinkle of stardust grants your heart’s deepest desires. This was some of the best YA political intrigue I’ve ever read!!! Seriously. I was so impressed by the twists and turns. The author is a mastermind of plot. Certain things took me by complete surprise. At the heart of the story, three princesses are raised to infiltrate rival kingdoms and prime them for ruin. But what happens when they question their mother’s motives? Lots of internal conflict, that’s what!
This story was intense! It’s well written, intriguing, and has unique world building while following a traditional fantasy style. It follows three sisters, triplets who are blessed by the stars, jumping between them from chapter to chapter. I considered it similar to a fine wine; I had to take it in small sips. I was NOT able to binge this. It took several weeks to get through. Mostly because it gave me a bit of anxiety knowing each princess was involved in an elaborate ruse. But also because there was lots of good info packed into each chapter.
I loved the different dynamic between each sister. Sophorona was the hopeless romantic with the kind heart. Beatriz was the shameless flirt with the power of seduction. And Daphne was the cold hearted master of poisons and logic. Each triplet was trained from birth, set to marry a prince or king of the neighboring kingdoms, all so their mother could conquer them. Their individual stories were unique. It was so fun seeing how their plans came together strategically. Wow! Talk about a unique story. It’s clear from the beginning that the empress, their mother, has some deeper alternative motives. I was NOT prepared for how deep those motives were. The ending was such a shock!
As far as YA goes, this is top notch. The romance is pretty minimal, but there’s a bit there. It’s mostly political intrigue and suspense. The sequel is already on the way and I can’t wait to see what happens. 𝐌𝐘 𝐑𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐍𝐆: 𝟓/𝟓⭐️