Review: Twin Crowns (Twin Crowns #1)

Title: Twin Crowns (Twin Crowns #1)
Author: Catherine Doyle and Katherine Webber
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Blazer + Bray
Source: Litjoy
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: May 17, 2022
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Wren Greenrock has always known that one day she would steal her sister’s place in the palace. Trained from birth to return to the place of her parents’ murder and usurp the only survivor, she will do anything to rise to power and protect the community of witches she loves. Or she would, if only a certain palace guard wasn’t quite so distractingly attractive, and if her reckless magic didn’t have a habit of causing trouble…

Princess Rose Valhart knows that with power comes responsibility. Marriage into a brutal kingdom awaits, and she will not let a small matter like waking up in the middle of the desert in the company of an extremely impertinent (and handsome) kidnapper get in the way of her royal duty. But life outside the palace walls is wilder and more beautiful than she ever imagined, and the witches she has long feared might turn out to be the family she never knew she was missing.

Two sisters separated at birth and raised into entirely different worlds are about to get to know each other’s lives a whole lot better. But as coronation day looms closer and they each strive to claim their birthright, the sinister Kingsbreath, Willem Rathborne, becomes increasingly determined that neither will succeed. Who will ultimately rise to power and wear the crown?

Review:

Wren Greenrock has been trained her whole life to take over her twin sister’s place on the throne. However, her twin sister, Rose, doesn’t know Wren exists. Wren and her friend Shen break into the palace and kidnap Rose, leaving Wren in her place. Wren enters a world where she’s destined to marry a prince and be controlled by the Kingsbreath, who is ruling in place of a King. Meanwhile, Rose enters the world of witches, who she has been taught to fear and hate. Both sisters want to have control of the throne, as their eighteenth birthday and coronation day approaches, but they must defeat the Kingsbreath who stands in their way. 

I knew I was going to love this book as soon as I saw the cover. YA fantasy about royalty is my favourite kind of book. There were a few moments in this book that reminded me of The Parent Trap, which is one of my favourite movies, but as if one of the twins didn’t know the other existed. That situation made some great tension and twists throughout the story. 

Twin Crowns is a fantastic YA fantasy! I can’t wait for the sequel next year!

What to read next:

Sisters of the Snake by Sarena and Sasha Nanua

Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford

Have you read Twin Crowns? What did you think of it?

Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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