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A high-stakes fantasy rom-com about twin princesses separated at birth—one raised as the crown princess, and the other taken as an infant and raised to kidnap her sister, steal the crown, and avenge the parents' murders. 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’ mu A high-stakes fantasy rom-com about twin princesses separated at birth—one raised as the crown princess, and the other taken as an infant and raised to kidnap her sister, steal the crown, and avenge the parents' murders. 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?


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A high-stakes fantasy rom-com about twin princesses separated at birth—one raised as the crown princess, and the other taken as an infant and raised to kidnap her sister, steal the crown, and avenge the parents' murders. 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’ mu A high-stakes fantasy rom-com about twin princesses separated at birth—one raised as the crown princess, and the other taken as an infant and raised to kidnap her sister, steal the crown, and avenge the parents' murders. 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?

30 review for Twin Crowns

  1. 4 out of 5

    chloe ࿐˚⋆ ✦

    it's giving jude and taryn duarte it's giving jude and taryn duarte

  2. 5 out of 5

    Holly | The Caffeinated Reader

    THIS BOOK. Every trope I love, included. Witches? ✔️ Enemies to Lovers? ✔️ Forced Proximity? ✔️ Overthrowing the Crown? ✔️ Twins separated at birth and set against each other? ✔️ Falling for the wrong person???? ✔️ I loved this book so much I read 95% of it in one sitting, and then left it a week before reading that last 5% because I didn't want it to end. I love the characters, I love the world, I love the use of magic. This is such a fun read infused with real emotion and a romance that will leave you THIS BOOK. Every trope I love, included. Witches? ✔️ Enemies to Lovers? ✔️ Forced Proximity? ✔️ Overthrowing the Crown? ✔️ Twins separated at birth and set against each other? ✔️ Falling for the wrong person???? ✔️ I loved this book so much I read 95% of it in one sitting, and then left it a week before reading that last 5% because I didn't want it to end. I love the characters, I love the world, I love the use of magic. This is such a fun read infused with real emotion and a romance that will leave you screaming in the last few pages (believe me, I'm still not over it.) Book 2 cannot come soon enough!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Shannon

    A magical romcom in the vein of The Princess Bride, taking place in a well-realised world of witches and royals. Katherine Webber and Catherine Doyle make a great team, blending their styles and voices seamlessly. In a time where there's a lot of grimdark around, Twin Crowns – while it has occasional dark moments – is a welcome reminder that fantasy can be escapist, funny and joyful. I also really loved the Irish influences on the setting. Note: I received a free Advance Reading Copy from the pu A magical romcom in the vein of The Princess Bride, taking place in a well-realised world of witches and royals. Katherine Webber and Catherine Doyle make a great team, blending their styles and voices seamlessly. In a time where there's a lot of grimdark around, Twin Crowns – while it has occasional dark moments – is a welcome reminder that fantasy can be escapist, funny and joyful. I also really loved the Irish influences on the setting. Note: I received a free Advance Reading Copy from the publisher.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Booktastically Amazing

    The fact that the characters weren't replicas of a distinct stereotype filled me with more happiness than I thought it would. The fact that the characters weren't replicas of a distinct stereotype filled me with more happiness than I thought it would.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Claire ✨

    TWIN CROWNS stumbles more than it soars and yet is joyous entertainment from start to finish. Rose Valhart is princess and heir to the throne of Eana. Wren Greenrock is a witch, despised by her country. When Wren switches places with her sister, she is thrown into a court of deception, whereas Rose must navigate a people she has grown to hate... It's not secret I'm a big fan of both Katherine Webber (A.K.A. Katie Tsang) and Catherine Doyle's works. The DRAGON REALM series is such fun, THE STORM KE TWIN CROWNS stumbles more than it soars and yet is joyous entertainment from start to finish. Rose Valhart is princess and heir to the throne of Eana. Wren Greenrock is a witch, despised by her country. When Wren switches places with her sister, she is thrown into a court of deception, whereas Rose must navigate a people she has grown to hate... It's not secret I'm a big fan of both Katherine Webber (A.K.A. Katie Tsang) and Catherine Doyle's works. The DRAGON REALM series is such fun, THE STORM KEEPER'S trilogy beautiful and evocative. I thoroughly enjoyed each and every book by them, so when I heard they were co-writing a series my excitement was off the charts. Suffice to say, even though this book has its... moments... this is a delightfully escapist opener to the CROWN OF EANA series. The story is told is dual-POV between Princess Rose Valhart and witch Wren Greenrock (presumably with one POV written by Webber and the other written by Doyle). You can absolutely tell these two had fun writing this book as much fun as I had reading, as it is suffused with humour, magic, and two cosy romances for the leads. With the switch in place, Wren is left in knee-deep in the enemy territory of Anadawn Palace, amongst people who would kill her instantly, but finds kinship with bodyguard to Rose's foreign betrothed, a beast-tamer named Tor. Tor is your typical stoic bodyguard that eventually warms to Wren's outspoken nature. Meanwhile, Rose is kidnapped by snarky witch bandit Shen-Lo and taken to the witch village to meet her true peoples. The characters are well-written but don't exactly pop out of the page. They're not forgettable, per se, but they're generic, and nothing about them stands out. The plot isn't exactly clear on where it's going either and often takes a backseat for the romance; without a doubt this is a fantasy romance, and not straight-up fantasy. There are many instances of pure coincidence and clichés that will make your eyes roll, or situations that induce a strong feeling of second-hand embarrassment. The weakest part of TWIN CROWNS, however, is the writing. Whether or not it was because there were two authors, there's something about the prose, and especially dialogue, that doesn't work. It doesn't have a natural sound to it, movements are janky and out-of-place, and thoughts are inserted at places that break the flow. Which is odd to me, because STORM KEEPER's writing so wonderfully added to the atmosphere of the time and place, and nothing about DRAGON REALM struck me as juvenile either. If I didn't know these authors were both established I would've assumed this was a milquetoast debut. However, the saving grace of TWIN CROWNS is that it never takes itself too seriously, which is one of the best things about it. It blithely carries out its tropey, overdone plot and cliché romances with nary a hint of hesitation. And sure, at parts, there are things that conveniently happen to the characters, and plot armour protects them. Try to search for a deeper, more 'meaningful' story in TWIN CROWNS and you will suffer. But enjoy it for what it is, and you'll have a grand old time, which I absolutely did. Despite my lukewarm rating I had so much fun reading this book, and I'll be certain to get the book when it comes out next year. WILL I READ ON? Yes. ARC received from Egmont Publishing in an exchange for an honest review. This title releases on the 12th May 2022. LAST REVIEW

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nadhira Satria

    I’m sad because I feel like I’ve outgrown YA. I love YA I REALLY DO. But this?? I honestly feel like this is nothing special at all. I feel the plot barely exists and I feel like this was focused too much on romance that the world building and the plotting were really lacking. I feel like like there’s just nothing appealing with this book, I feel 0 connection with either the characters or the story. There’s nothing that stands out from this book it honestly felt like any other ya book in the mark I’m sad because I feel like I’ve outgrown YA. I love YA I REALLY DO. But this?? I honestly feel like this is nothing special at all. I feel the plot barely exists and I feel like this was focused too much on romance that the world building and the plotting were really lacking. I feel like like there’s just nothing appealing with this book, I feel 0 connection with either the characters or the story. There’s nothing that stands out from this book it honestly felt like any other ya book in the market today. It is true that this book is a rom com fantasy book but turns out I prefer more fantasy than romance when it comes to fantasy books.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lucie V.

    Omg. That was disappointing. RTC later this afternoon... ✅ Pace 🆗 Magic and world-building 🆗 Wren 🆗❌ Convenient plot and over-simple politics and villains ❌ Overall predictabitily and convenience ❌ Rose ❌ Romances Unpopular opinion coming in. It’s not a bad book, but it’s nothing out of the ordinary or memorable, and nothing we haven’t seen before in YA. It’s just overall okay. Follow me on Instagram 🙂 Omg. That was disappointing. RTC later this afternoon... ✅ Pace 🆗 Magic and world-building 🆗 Wren 🆗❌ Convenient plot and over-simple politics and villains ❌ Overall predictabitily and convenience ❌ Rose ❌ Romances Unpopular opinion coming in. It’s not a bad book, but it’s nothing out of the ordinary or memorable, and nothing we haven’t seen before in YA. It’s just overall okay. Follow me on Instagram 🙂

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ivana - Diary of Difference

    Wishlist | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Ko-fi #1 Twin Crowns - ★★★★★ Twin Crowns was such a magical read. From the moment I read the synopsis, I wanted to know more about these two sister twins. The action starts from the very first page, and it never stops. Even when it ended, I was immediately craving to read the second book in the Twin Crowns series. Needless to say, I will be pestering and stalking both authors for book spoilers and updates. Synopsis: Two sisters. One throne. Who Wishlist | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Ko-fi #1 Twin Crowns - ★★★★★ Twin Crowns was such a magical read. From the moment I read the synopsis, I wanted to know more about these two sister twins. The action starts from the very first page, and it never stops. Even when it ended, I was immediately craving to read the second book in the Twin Crowns series. Needless to say, I will be pestering and stalking both authors for book spoilers and updates. Synopsis: Two sisters. One throne. Who will ultimately rise to power and wear the crown? Wren Greenrock has always known that one day she would steal her sister’s place in the palace. Trained from birth to avenge her parents’ murder and usurp the princess, she will do anything to rise to power and protect the community of witches she loves. Princess Rose Valhart knows that with power comes responsibility including marriage into a brutal kingdom. Life outside the palace walls is a place to be feared and she is soon to discover that it’s wilder than she ever imagined. Twin sisters separated at birth and raised into entirely different worlds are about to get to know each other’s lives a whole lot better… My Thoughts: The royal theme entwined with magic really hooked me. The stories about the witches were some of my favourite scenes whilst reading this book. All the awful things that happened to them, things that were done to them. How they were forced to go into hiding and give up so many things, the throne being one of them. However, what really made me love them was the willpower for them to keep fighting. They never give up and finally come back to fight for what truly belongs to them. “When you break open the stone heart of Anadawn Palace and seize your rightful place on its throne, all the winds of Eana will sing your name. May the courage of the witches go with you, my little bird.” I also loved that this book features twin sisters. I was very glad that we didn’t have any of those stereotypical moments that authors like to do with twins. It was such a relief! Wren and Rose are two completely different people with different personalities, and this book really explores that. They are both so very lovable in their own unique way. I connected with Wren slightly more than I did with Rose. Perhaps due to the fact that Wren is more adventurous, outspoken and sarcastic. However, Rose is also amazing – and her story is very emotional. The development she is going through is inspiring. It’s not easy to suddenly realise that your whole life has been based on lies, and now you are away from home and have to relearn everything from the beginning. “I imagine the battles a princess must fight don’t often call for knives and swords.” Everything about this book captivated me. The world, the twin sisters, the witches… Then Tor and Shen, the Cliffs, the desert and the unknown places we are still yet to explore. I can vividly imagine every detail in this world, because it was so perfectly described. The story itself carried excitement and suspense at the end of each chapter. It made me desperate to keep reading. And the chapters swapping between Wren and Rose’s points of view only add up to the fast pace the book has. The romance in this book is adorable. We have a few slow burn romances entwined with humour. I am so invested in these people’s relationships and I can’t wait to read about their happy ever afters. The bonds that they make are very wholesome and adorable, and I am here for it. Rose glared at him. “Do you always talk to women the way you talk to your horse?” “You should be flattered. There’s no one in this world I respect more than Storm.” I also had the privilege to attend two online meetings and meet both authors. They shared so many incredible details about the book, the places and the motivation behind it. Reading this book with some amazing bookstagrammers as part of a readalong and also whilst chatting with the authors made this book very special to me. I will forever cherish that experience! To sum up, although I could go on forever, please pick this book up! It’s the magic YA fantasy you’ve been yearning for. As soon as you finish the first chapter and the magic starts working, you won’t be able to put Twin Crowns down. I am sure Wren’s enchantment spells have something to do with this!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Holly King

    This had everything that I love in a book! Romance, comedy, magic, fantasy, great world building and characters. I was laughing for most of this book because it was so hilarious! I really liked both Wren and Rose. I connected with both of them on different levels. At first I thought that Shen and Rose had more chemistry than Tor and Wren did....but that was quickly remedied in the next chapter! I also loved Elske, Tor's "pet" wolf. She was a great addition! I wonder whether Tor will come back fo This had everything that I love in a book! Romance, comedy, magic, fantasy, great world building and characters. I was laughing for most of this book because it was so hilarious! I really liked both Wren and Rose. I connected with both of them on different levels. At first I thought that Shen and Rose had more chemistry than Tor and Wren did....but that was quickly remedied in the next chapter! I also loved Elske, Tor's "pet" wolf. She was a great addition! I wonder whether Tor will come back for her *cough*come back for Wren *cough* or if Wren and Rose will go to Gevra to get Banba back? I'm really excited to read book two and I hope that I don't have to wait for long! When Wren and Rose first meet face to face I loved how quickly they became close and acted like real sisters. I also love how fiercely protective they were of each other. There may be romance in this book for both sisters, but the true love in the story, I think, is the love between Wren and Rose, and sisters in general. And even though they were seperated for their whole lives, they still love each other and protect each other. When they got together, it was as if they hadn't been seperated at all. I like Celeste and how funny she is. She is such a great best friend to Rose! And I'm glad she was able to notice that Wren was an impostor. Like a true best friend would be able to! One thing that kept confusing me and annoying me is that anytime Wren and/or Rose tried to call off the wedding Rathborne, King Alarik or some other man was essentially telling them no and not letting them call it off. Like, isn't Rose the princess soon to be Queen? Isn't she ABOVE the Kingsbreath? Why did she have to do what he said no matter what? She should have just decreed as princess that the wedding was off! But it did make for a lot of crazy and funny mishaps! She also might have been better off speaking to Prince Ansel and telling him she wanted to postpone/call off the wedding. Speaking of Prince Ansel!!! :( I am absolutely heartbroken by what happened to him at the end of the book! He was so sweet and had an innocent like personality... I understand why King Alarik and Princess Anyka are wanting war with Eana now. Poor Ansel!! I loved this book and every moment of it! I paced it and took my time reading it because I didn't want it to be over. I am really excited to get my hands on the second book!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    I'm All Booked Up YA

    Rating: 3.5/5 Summary Twins Princess Rose Valhart and Wren Greenrock have lived completely different lives. Rose never wanted for anything at the beautiful palace. While Wren trained, always preparing to steal the crown from her sister. When Rose wakes up one morning in the desert, she’s determined to get back home immediately. She has no idea who Shen Lee is and she doesn’t even realize she has a twin, let alone that Wren is pretending to be her back at the palace. Both Rose and Wren have a lot to Rating: 3.5/5 Summary Twins Princess Rose Valhart and Wren Greenrock have lived completely different lives. Rose never wanted for anything at the beautiful palace. While Wren trained, always preparing to steal the crown from her sister. When Rose wakes up one morning in the desert, she’s determined to get back home immediately. She has no idea who Shen Lee is and she doesn’t even realize she has a twin, let alone that Wren is pretending to be her back at the palace. Both Rose and Wren have a lot to learn about this kingdom and what really happened to their parents. Especially if they want to save it from from those determined to get rid of magic. Who knows, maybe two princesses are better than one. 1. What was your initial reaction to the book? Did it hook you immediately, or take some time to get into? What hooked us immediately was that the kidnapping of Rose took place right away. We expected there to be more background information, but Doyle and Webber threw us right into the action. The first few chapters had us asking about Rose’s and Wren’s backgrounds and what happened the day they were born. We were also introduced to Shen Lee, Wren’s best friend and some of the palace staff members. We’re curious to see what role these characters will play. Book club members said the beginning of Twin Crowns gave them Serpent & Dove, Twitches and Princess Bride vibes. We agreed: there were similarities to all of these. 2. How did Twin Crowns compare to other YA fantasy books? The main thought we had was that Twin Crowns is already so different from Doyle’s other YA series, Blood For Blood. Even though it’s not YA fantasy, we were surprised to see how different the books and writing style were. When comparing it to other YA fantasy, a member of book club said that what he liked most was how funny the characters were. The one aspect of fantasy usually missing for him is the absence of humor, which made him really enjoy the banter between the characters. Another aspect that surprised us was that this book didn’t really end on a cliffhanger, but there will be a second installment. Most YA fantasy has a big reveal at the very end. 3. How did the characters change throughout the story? Rose’s character development disappointed everyone. We understand her starting out as a prim and proper princess, we just wish she changed more throughout the story. We hoped to see more growth, especially with as much as she learned. Wren was a more relatable character, as she knew a lot more about the kingdom than her twin. We still saw her experience some development, especially when she starts falling for a guard named Tor. We found Wren to be courageous and entertaining. Shen and Tor were both good love interests so far, even though neither are Luca Falcone level swoonworthy. We’re interested to learn more about both of the leading men in book 2. 4. How did you feel about the ending? For a book that felt over-written, the ending was rushed. Most aspects of the book ended a bit too neatly, which surprised us. While we didn’t hate the ending, we wish it had a more interesting conflict and set up for book 2 better. As of now, we have no idea what it will even be about. We did enjoy the sisterhood bond that started to form near the end. We hope that complex relationship is developed further. While we’re not desperate for the next book, we’re curious what Doyle and Webber have planned next. Blog | Twitter | Instagram We loved the Blood For Blood series. We can't wait for Doyle's next YA book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Andi

    I'd like to thank the Publisher and NetGalley for giving me a chance to read this book. This a difficult book to really give a review on, so I apologize if my ramblings don't really come off clear - I can elaborate if need be. I think this book will divide people. Some will find it okay and some will find it amazing. It's not a bad book, since I think there will be an audience for it. but it depends on the audience of those who read the book and what they are looking for in terms of a book with: - I'd like to thank the Publisher and NetGalley for giving me a chance to read this book. This a difficult book to really give a review on, so I apologize if my ramblings don't really come off clear - I can elaborate if need be. I think this book will divide people. Some will find it okay and some will find it amazing. It's not a bad book, since I think there will be an audience for it. but it depends on the audience of those who read the book and what they are looking for in terms of a book with: - switched roles - hidden destinies - evil kings - romance mixed with comedy For me, why I didn't rate it so highly is that I felt nothing really happened and there was nothing from stopping the princess who was stolen from the kingdom from escaping and returning to her kingdom. It was so easy and clearly the authors made it so easy to give 'romance' between the kidnapper and that princess. The other issue is that the girls work better together than apart. You had to wait until the 70% mark for them to finally meet up and that's when the plot got better and the stakes got higher. While there is an evil king and there is a threat to the witches, I still have NO IDEA what the evil king wants. As I said, some people will find this a fun book but I just think that a lot doesn't happen and when something does happen it's more than half way until the book ends. I don't think I'll read book two.

  12. 4 out of 5

    nick (the infinite limits of love)

    Obsessed! Twin Crowns was exactly the frothy and fun fantasy romance that I was in the mood for. It has not one but TWO (yeah, you read that right) swoon-worthy romance arcs and I was living for every second of both. It’s the first book in a duology and I haven’t been this excited reading a series starter in forever. The book is told in the points-of-views of Wren and Rose, twins who were separated at birth. Rose was raised as a princess and the rightful heir to the throne of the kingdom of Eana, Obsessed! Twin Crowns was exactly the frothy and fun fantasy romance that I was in the mood for. It has not one but TWO (yeah, you read that right) swoon-worthy romance arcs and I was living for every second of both. It’s the first book in a duology and I haven’t been this excited reading a series starter in forever. The book is told in the points-of-views of Wren and Rose, twins who were separated at birth. Rose was raised as a princess and the rightful heir to the throne of the kingdom of Eana, while Wren was taken away for her safety to grow up in a community of persecuted witches after their parents are brutally murdered shortly after their birth. Wren is now back to kidnap the princess and take her place to exact the revenge she’s trained her entire life for. Meanwhile, Rose is kidnapped away to the witches, where she learns many truths about the evil man who raised her. I had a feeling that I would like one twin more than the other, but because the story is balanced when it comes to their chapters, I didn’t have a preference for one over the other. Both Wren and Rose were interesting enough protagonists who held my attention. Wren is the wilier one between the two and that’s because of her upbringing. She has a goal in Twin Crowns and nothing will stop her from achieving it. I enjoyed her cunningness and the way she infiltrated this kingdom and fooled everyone.  Rose’s arc is a little bit more of a slow-burn. She’s obviously (through no fault of her own) naive and sheltered at the beginning and has been raised to accept whatever the Kingsbreath told her. So her journey of learning more about the world and herself is very fulfilling. I liked that she wasn’t annoying when faced with new information but that she actually used her brain cells to put two and two together.  At the core, what I enjoyed the most in  Twin Crowns   were the two romances.  Surprise, surprise!   Both of the romances hit all the buttons for me. I know some readers read fantasy for the world-building and politics, but I’m a romance hoe so I read it for the good ships. I don’t know, there’s just something about romance in a fantasy setting that takes things to the next level! Anyways, Twins Crowns SERVED some good ship material. They were both so good that I could barely stop flipping the pages because I wanted them to hurry up and mush faces.  Rose’s romance is with Shen, Wren’s friend who kidnaps her. It’s an “enemies”-to-lovers dynamic between a princess and a bandit, and I was TRASH FOR IT. The bickering between these two in the early chapters was god-tier and had me grinning ear to ear. Pleaseee, their chemistry was EXQUISITE and I loved their banter so much. Shen is also the gateway who helps open Rose’s eyes to the reality of the world she’s living in and I’m all for couples who help each other grow. Wren’s romance is a teensy bit more complicated because technically she’s masquerading as Rose in Eana and Rose is betrothed. Her love interest happens to be Rose’s fiancé’s broody bodyguard, Tor. So their relationship gave forbidden romance vibes. I’m equally trash for a romance where one character pushes the other very grumpy one’s buttons TO THE BRINK through lots of heavy flirting. And then the grumpy one is the one who makes the first physical move. HOT! Let me tell you, their first kiss (AGAINST A BOOKCASE FFS) will replay in my empty noggin on repeat and I have zero complaints!!!!  Besides the romance, I was also really keen on the sibling dynamic. I really couldn’t wait to see Rose and Wren come face-to-face mostly because I didn’t 100% know how it would go. I was very happy that the authors thankfully didn’t make us wait until the next book to be able to see that reunion play out on page. Even though they’ve been separated for the entire lives, there’s an invisible bond that ties them together. Watching them team-up and bring their powers together had my cold heart melting. I’m keen to see how the authors explore more of their relationship in the next book now that we know more about a certain twin curse. I haven’t said much about the plot and the world-building/magic system. Is it the most intricate and fresh concept? No. Should you expect your life to change after reading this? Also, no. But will it entertain you? 100%. I appreciated that the story was well-paced and that the world was easy to digest. If you’re a reader who expects twists and turns, this isn’t the book for you. There’s no reason why fun, lighter fantasy books shouldn’t also exist!  I’m sad that I have to wait for the next book in this series, but you bet I will be first-in-line to grab a copy when it comes out. Romance fans, you definitely want to check out Twin Crowns if you’re looking for a good time!  

  13. 5 out of 5

    bookznerd

    4⭐️ Witches?✅ Enemies to lovers?✅ Twins separated at birth and set against Each other?✅ Falling for The wrong person? ✅ Two sisters, 1 crown. Who will get the crown? Rose Valhart is A princess and Heir to The crown of Eana. Wren Greenrock is A witch, despised by her country. When wren switches places With het sister, she is thrown into A court of deception, whereas rose must navigate people she grown to hate… The story is told in dual pov between princess rose and The witch wren. I didn't find the firs 4⭐️ Witches?✅ Enemies to lovers?✅ Twins separated at birth and set against Each other?✅ Falling for The wrong person? ✅ Two sisters, 1 crown. Who will get the crown? Rose Valhart is A princess and Heir to The crown of Eana. Wren Greenrock is A witch, despised by her country. When wren switches places With het sister, she is thrown into A court of deception, whereas rose must navigate people she grown to hate… The story is told in dual pov between princess rose and The witch wren. I didn't find the first 1/5 of the book very interesting and therefore had a hard time getting into the story. Once you got to know rose with shen and wren with tor the story got more interesting. The world construction and the system of the witches was really wonderfully described and it was also fun to get to know everything and the history! the royal theme combined with witches and sorcery was really interesting. I loved the stories about the witches of the past and really enjoyed them. Everything that happened to them in the past and what led them to have to live like this afterwards. They have never given up and have come back to what they are entitled to. The romance in this book is slow burn but you really feel the passion! Once it's there you feel the tingling in your whole body I definitely recommend the series if you like a good world building with a good magic system and a smooth YA story. Thank you harper collins for The ARC

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sowmya (bookishelflife)

    4.5 Thank you so much to the publisher for sending me a finished copy and an influencer box. Twin crowns came as a pleasant surprise, I picked up the book on a whim and also because of the cover and I flew through it. It was such a fun story although often times a little over the top but I really enjoyed reading it. It is dual POV with very interesting witchy Magic system and of course TWINS, it is adventurous and definitely a page turner.Twin Crowns also has so many moments that made me laugh out 4.5 Thank you so much to the publisher for sending me a finished copy and an influencer box. Twin crowns came as a pleasant surprise, I picked up the book on a whim and also because of the cover and I flew through it. It was such a fun story although often times a little over the top but I really enjoyed reading it. It is dual POV with very interesting witchy Magic system and of course TWINS, it is adventurous and definitely a page turner.Twin Crowns also has so many moments that made me laugh out loud,the romance is quite adorable with four extremely lovable characters, it made me think of nostalgic old time Disney stories If you are looking for a quick YA fantasy read definitely check this one! What to Expect -Twin sisters who swap places, kind of like parent trap but make it Royal like Princess and Pauper - Romantasy with lots of banter and humor -Enemies to lovers/forced proximity -One cocky warrior witch and one headstrong solider to sweep you off your feet - Witches, royals and Magic - Strong secondary characters and cute animal companions

  15. 4 out of 5

    Pavlina Read more sleep less blog

    5 stars This was fantastic I read it so fast, from the first chapter I was intrigued and I wanted to read more!The story is told in dual POV , we have Wren and Rose , who were separated at birth, one raised to be a queen and one raised among witches. I really liked both sisters , they grown up as characters through the story but if I had to pick I would say I liked Wren a little bit more I felt so connected to her! The romance interests were so good I loved their banter , Tor and Shen can easil 5 stars This was fantastic I read it so fast, from the first chapter I was intrigued and I wanted to read more!The story is told in dual POV , we have Wren and Rose , who were separated at birth, one raised to be a queen and one raised among witches. I really liked both sisters , they grown up as characters through the story but if I had to pick I would say I liked Wren a little bit more I felt so connected to her! The romance interests were so good I loved their banter , Tor and Shen can easily become my fav new book boyfriends ❤️ The writing is so easy to follow and it was fast paced! I cannot wait for the next one, I highly recommend it!     

  16. 4 out of 5

    lesbianreads

    Oh my god. This book had everything I could ever wish for!! Forbidden love? Strong sibling bond? Fantastic character development? Betrayal? Witches? YES! I am so in love with all the characters and to be honest, I might’ve developed a little crush on both of the twins 🫠 They complete each other so well and their character development throughout the story was just PERFECT, really! Wren also just reminds me a little of Jude, though, of course I am aware that she’s her own (very well-written) chara Oh my god. This book had everything I could ever wish for!! Forbidden love? Strong sibling bond? Fantastic character development? Betrayal? Witches? YES! I am so in love with all the characters and to be honest, I might’ve developed a little crush on both of the twins 🫠 They complete each other so well and their character development throughout the story was just PERFECT, really! Wren also just reminds me a little of Jude, though, of course I am aware that she’s her own (very well-written) character. Overall this was such an easy read, like my eyes flew over the pages as I may got a little too invested into the story because now I really cannot wait for the second book to be released. I am so happy that I picked up this book because it got me out of my little reading slump, plus I was really craving some new fantasy-romance. If you’re still not convinced into reading “Twin Crowns” then I suggest you just take a look at the cover and book spine as the design is just beautiful. I’d even go as far as to say that it’s one of the prettiest books in my collection!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

    I was honestly surprised by this book! I didn't expect that much anyway. I was a little afraid that it would be somewhat similar to Kendare Blake's Three Dark Crowns series, and although there are some similarities, I really enjoyed it. I was honestly surprised by this book! I didn't expect that much anyway. I was a little afraid that it would be somewhat similar to Kendare Blake's Three Dark Crowns series, and although there are some similarities, I really enjoyed it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    ⊱færies in space

    idk why but i thought of barbie the princess and the pauper

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tilly

    4 Stars I was so excited for this book as it sounded so much fun! I am happy to say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and definitely recommend it to other YA fantasy lovers. Twin Crowns is about princess twins that are separated at birth after their parents are murdered. Wren is taken from the palace and raised with her Grandmother and the witches whereas Rose is left at the palace and raised by the late King's advisor. This is a really fun story where a princess switch is carried out and adve 4 Stars I was so excited for this book as it sounded so much fun! I am happy to say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and definitely recommend it to other YA fantasy lovers. Twin Crowns is about princess twins that are separated at birth after their parents are murdered. Wren is taken from the palace and raised with her Grandmother and the witches whereas Rose is left at the palace and raised by the late King's advisor. This is a really fun story where a princess switch is carried out and adventure and chaos ensues. I had so much fun reading it and loved all the different types of magic. The characters were brilliant! I loved the differences between Rose and Wren and their individual journeys and how they changed as characters. In the end I loved them both although Rose did annoy me a little at the beginning! Wren was my favourite as I loved her bravery and funny personality. There so many great side characters including 2 love interests which I won't spoil but which I really enjoyed! The writing was an easy read and in general it was all very light and pretty simple. It was definitely quite a young YA book and some of the dialogue and scenes were a little silly which is why it isn't a 5 star read. Also I felt there could have been more detail and worldbuilding. Some scenes also were very rushed, especially the fight scenes towards the end which were not written well in my opinion. Despite these issues, I did really enjoy this light and fun YA fantasy and look forward to reading the next book! Please note that I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Twin Crowns is such a terrific read! I thoroughly enjoyed reading the journeys of Rose and Wren. Each protagonist was developed well, forming both virtues and flaws, becoming relatable in unique ways. I found myself easily caring for both, and hoping their journeys would eventually find common ground. The plot is easily immersive, as one instantly finds themselves intrigued by its start and exhilarated by its continuous unfolding of action, comedy, political and magical mystery, and romance. Cat Twin Crowns is such a terrific read! I thoroughly enjoyed reading the journeys of Rose and Wren. Each protagonist was developed well, forming both virtues and flaws, becoming relatable in unique ways. I found myself easily caring for both, and hoping their journeys would eventually find common ground. The plot is easily immersive, as one instantly finds themselves intrigued by its start and exhilarated by its continuous unfolding of action, comedy, political and magical mystery, and romance. Catherine Doyle and Katherine Webber make an excellent team, and I simply cannot wait for the sequel! Until then, I’m eagerly awaiting the official publication of this book so I can have the hardcopy in my hands and onto the shelf. While my enjoyment of this book did not cease, I also must admit to lamenting some unevenness within it. While the chapters evenly trade off between sisters, it seems Wren’s chapters hold more page time. Even by the end of the story, Wren held more knowledge about the main plot story, than Rose, creating somewhat of a power imbalance. I do think that could very well be done with intent to expand in the next sequel, but in this book, it further highlighted an imbalance between the twins. I have no doubt Wren will be the readership’s favorite. She is very much a traditional YA heroine; we meet her with all her virtues: she is courageous, strong, witty, and we instantly feel her plight for revenge. It’s easy to like her because we meet her at her most likable, which for the most part doesn’t cease, if anything it increases. She is driving force for the plot, and through her story we learn much about the political and witch related plots. She is easy to love and root for from start to finish. A character I happily embraced. Then there is Rose who awakens on the page as spoiled, vain, and prejudiced. She is anything but the typical YA heroine who sharpens steel, instead we see a character who sharpens her mind, and develops beautifully within the book. To me, Rose is the most intriguing protagonist— the one I felt my sympathy and loyalty tied the most to. I’ve seen plenty of Wrens in YAs (and I love them all), but Roses are a rarer breed, and perhaps that is why I felt so fiercely protective of her as the story went on. For all her conceit and judgement, Rose is also kind, gentle, loving, and so witty. She is not to be underestimated, yet constantly is. If you judge her for her prejudice towards witches, then you miss the fact she has spent her entire 18 years living in deceit and fear, assuming witches are the reason her parents were murdered and her entire life derailed. She grew up unloved by all except her closest companion. She grew under the abusive thumb of a man who would shove her face into dirt as a child to “thoroughly” ensure she possessed no witch magic. She grew up isolated from the world, thus making it impossible to arm herself with the tools necessary to dismantle the lies that crippled her with such fear and misinformation. I found her evolution in character the most interesting to watch. Wren is a strong character, she, more than Rose, pushes the plot positively forward. Rose, on the other hand, is far more character driven. She has to dismantle lies, embrace truth, and determine future. When taken from her home, in which she is already isolated, she finds more of the same in a new place. She finds family, but remains (mostly) alone. Surrounding her are mentions of “Our Wren,” constant comparison, and talk of how her twin sister is meant for the throne, the only place that holds any sort of power for Rose, something she desired greatly to possess- power and agency. Rose is basically shown she has no place in this story. No place in the palace that isolated her, and no place amongst the witches she grew to fear. She has major personal choices to make, and I found myself cheering her on, hoping she would eventually take the reins of her own life, rather than living like a puppet. While Wren carried the main plot, Rose carried the romance. Both girls receive a romantic love interest, but it was the romance between Rose and her love interest that captured my attention. Wren’s romance felt underdeveloped by the time it reached its peak on page, whereas the romantic plot for Rose evolved more naturally and evenly throughout. That said, I am intrigued more with how we leave the book on the subject of Wren’s romance. That will definitely have my attention in the next book. I'm so eager to see its potential explored! In all, both protagonists bring much to the table-- and it's effortless to love them, because they're easy to get to know and root for. I felt quite a lot throughout this book, many emotions were grasped from me. There were moments of frustrations but also moments of glee, and there was always excitement. I felt a lot, and to me that, that makes a book a winner. I didn’t just read through, I felt through out it all. I leave this book wanting to recommend it to all looking for adventure, belonging, and a bit of romance too. Thank you NetGalley, HarperCollins, and Balzer + Bray for providing me an e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    kate

    This may not have been anything groundbreaking or new but I had so much fun with it. It was witty, entertaining and the ships were EVERYTHING (it featured not one but TWO of my favourite tropes (enemies-to-lovers and grumpy bodyguard.) The diverse cast of characters were all written well, the POV voices were strong and unique from one another and the plot wasn't too convoluted and yet it was just predictable enough to feel classic and oddly nostalgic, rather than dull or overdone. Overall, this This may not have been anything groundbreaking or new but I had so much fun with it. It was witty, entertaining and the ships were EVERYTHING (it featured not one but TWO of my favourite tropes (enemies-to-lovers and grumpy bodyguard.) The diverse cast of characters were all written well, the POV voices were strong and unique from one another and the plot wasn't too convoluted and yet it was just predictable enough to feel classic and oddly nostalgic, rather than dull or overdone. Overall, this was a highly entertaining read and a start of a series I'd happily continue reading whenever I feel like falling into a fun, comfortable fantasy read with kickass heroines, steamy romances and witty dialogue.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lauren (thebookscript)

    4.5 stars Are you looking for a wonderful YA adventure story with double pretty much of everything (because...twins) Twin Crowns was an absolute delight, full of romance, adventure, twin swaps and magic. I started the audio and absolutely loved the dual narration that I couldn't put it down and listened every chance I got. Twin Crowns is a story of two sisters living opposite lives, when one makes an attempt for the crown it results in a really fun read set across deserts, cliffs, castles and oc 4.5 stars Are you looking for a wonderful YA adventure story with double pretty much of everything (because...twins) Twin Crowns was an absolute delight, full of romance, adventure, twin swaps and magic. I started the audio and absolutely loved the dual narration that I couldn't put it down and listened every chance I got. Twin Crowns is a story of two sisters living opposite lives, when one makes an attempt for the crown it results in a really fun read set across deserts, cliffs, castles and ocean. And when I tell you this book brought me a lot of joy, it totally did. The banter was adorable and the romance was just enough to give you all the chemistry without crossing boundaries. It was swoony and I need more. It is YA fantasy in the best formulaic ways and easy to recommend! I will definitely be grabbing book 2! Really impressed by this author duo.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn Evertsen-Romp

    Oh dear I am obsessed with this book. Sometimes I even released a breath I didn't know I was holding - and none of the characters did that! Sometimes I had to put the book aside, because I didn't dare to read any further. The humour was top notch and the story itself so deliciously unpredictable, I want to start rereading immediately! Oh dear I am obsessed with this book. Sometimes I even released a breath I didn't know I was holding - and none of the characters did that! Sometimes I had to put the book aside, because I didn't dare to read any further. The humour was top notch and the story itself so deliciously unpredictable, I want to start rereading immediately!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Actual rating: 4.5 stars. I received an ARC through work. Release date: 17th May, 2022. Two sisters. One throne. Who will ultimately rise to power and wear the crown? Yes. Yes. YES! I had such high hopes for Twin Crowns and it paid off! Finally, one of my anticipated reads for 2022 actually lives up to the hype. This is being marketed as a rom-com fantasy and that is honestly the perfect description. We have twin sisters separated at birth, one of them raised as Princess and heir to the kingdom Actual rating: 4.5 stars. I received an ARC through work. Release date: 17th May, 2022. Two sisters. One throne. Who will ultimately rise to power and wear the crown? Yes. Yes. YES! I had such high hopes for Twin Crowns and it paid off! Finally, one of my anticipated reads for 2022 actually lives up to the hype. This is being marketed as a rom-com fantasy and that is honestly the perfect description. We have twin sisters separated at birth, one of them raised as Princess and heir to the kingdom, and the other hidden away and raised by witches plotting to steal back the crown. There's cool magic, fun plot twists, and the romances are -- can't believe I'm saying this -- great! Really, guys, I was invested in both! Twin Crowns does a great job of wielding dual POV's between the twins Rose and Wren, their separate voices were succinct and easily identifiable. Though I think Rose edges it out as my favourite sister, she was just so sweetly clueless that I couldn't help cheer her on as she learned to stand up for herself. You go, Rose! The book also does a fantastic job of switching between super heavy and dark, to hilariously funny and light scenes. I actually chuckled out loud multiple times throughout. Twin Crowns is a super fun and addictive read, with two great heroines, whose stories I can not wait to see continue come book two. P.S I really can't explain to you all how much I dug both these romances! (and I hate myself a little for enjoying them so much hahahahHAHAhahHAHAHAaa-- helppp).

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nelly Buchet

    Honored to be the first to review this book! So. Much. Fun: sexy, funny, moving. I laughed out loud. Dumas' MAN IN THE IRON MASK meets FROZEN. Honored to be the first to review this book! So. Much. Fun: sexy, funny, moving. I laughed out loud. Dumas' MAN IN THE IRON MASK meets FROZEN.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lauren James

    [gifted] This book gave me butterflies. Delicious fun, in the loveliest of ways.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    Twin Crowns was such a delightful fantasy that I absolutely devoured. It's fun (and funny), but also a really great fantasy story. And look, perhaps it isn't particularly groundbreaking, but I enjoyed it, I was thoroughly entertained, and frankly, that is all that matters. Especially to me. I loved the characters, and found them to be really well-developed, even the more minor characters. Wren and Rose were separated at birth, Rose not even knowing that she had a sister until after she's been kid Twin Crowns was such a delightful fantasy that I absolutely devoured. It's fun (and funny), but also a really great fantasy story. And look, perhaps it isn't particularly groundbreaking, but I enjoyed it, I was thoroughly entertained, and frankly, that is all that matters. Especially to me. I loved the characters, and found them to be really well-developed, even the more minor characters. Wren and Rose were separated at birth, Rose not even knowing that she had a sister until after she's been kidnapped. Wren, however, has always known that her role is to take Rose's place as queen. Both girls are absolutely delightful, in their own, very different ways. And I also loved their romantic interests, too. I won't say too much about that, because it's more fun to figure out who is in love with who on your own, yeah? There's magic, a wonderful coven of witches waiting for their chance to return to the world, and a lot of antics that will really endear you to both Wren and Rose. And really, the story is just plain entertaining. I flew through it, definitely invested in Wren and Rose's stories, as well as their relationships. Sure, some things were predictable, but it didn't particularly bother me while reading. I absolutely look forward to reading the next installment of this series, which was both great fun and super easy to read! Bottom Line: It's fun, it's swoony, and it's just plain delightful! You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

  28. 5 out of 5

    Klee

    “When you break open the stone heart of Anadawn Palace and seize your rightful place on its throne, all the winds of Eana will sing your name. May the courage of the witches go with you, my little bird.” Ummmmm I think this is my fave YA fantasy read for 2022!!! There I have said it. It is written forever. No take backs now! Princess Rose Valheart is heir to the throne. Wren Greenrock, swept away at birth, is the secret sister no one knows about. But Wren is here to regain her place and become the “When you break open the stone heart of Anadawn Palace and seize your rightful place on its throne, all the winds of Eana will sing your name. May the courage of the witches go with you, my little bird.” Ummmmm I think this is my fave YA fantasy read for 2022!!! There I have said it. It is written forever. No take backs now! Princess Rose Valheart is heir to the throne. Wren Greenrock, swept away at birth, is the secret sister no one knows about. But Wren is here to regain her place and become the Queen of Eana, and to protect the witches that Rose has vowed to destroy. Two sisters. One crown. This novel was the complete package. Fantasy, adventure, a vivid back story, romance (oooo la la I am team Tor y'all), comedy, and the perfect ensemble of characters, including witches (the best). Rose and Wren are both fantastic in their own rights - Rose who is whisked away has her prim and proper upbringing challenged, while Wren has to wrestle her wild nature to fit the role of princess. The love interests are both fantastic and I wouldn't mind Mount Tor pinning me to some dusty old bookshelves. I loved all the bad guys, the best friends, the crabby old vengeance-riddled grandmother, the world and story building, the ensemble of animals and pet side kicks - particularly Elske and Storm. Can I have a pet wolf and desert horse, thanks? Highly recommend this one for young and old alike. I devoured this book and now I need the next one ASAP. I received this from the publisher to give an honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Antagonist

    Twin princesses are separated at birth, Rose is raised as a princess, and Wren was raised to kidnap Rose and claim her crown as her own to avenger her parents. Both raised in different worlds begin to learn about each other and what it will take to save their kingdom. This was really fun and exciting young adult romance fantasy. Despite the story being predictable, I loved the characters, magic, world, and tropes used. This can totally be made into a Disney film, it's just very well written and Twin princesses are separated at birth, Rose is raised as a princess, and Wren was raised to kidnap Rose and claim her crown as her own to avenger her parents. Both raised in different worlds begin to learn about each other and what it will take to save their kingdom. This was really fun and exciting young adult romance fantasy. Despite the story being predictable, I loved the characters, magic, world, and tropes used. This can totally be made into a Disney film, it's just very well written and entertaining. I was invested in the story and didn't want it to end. I enjoyed both sisters and looked forward to hearing their POV. The romances they have are great even though I wasn't as obsessed as I wanted to be. So many great topes used in this which was so enjoyable, you can't go wrong with close proximity. This was a funny read and I liked the banter and romantic tensions. The plot pretty simplistic which makes it easy to follow, but sadly that does mean the Antagonist is not very complex. I enjoyed this and totally recommend this if you enjoy young adult romance fantasy. It's classic, vivid easy to read book with great characters, adventure, witches, romance and sisterhood.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Aly

    The premise of this is so intriguing and drew me in right away. Twins separated at birth, one raised to be a queen and one raised among witches. I'm already in, sign me up! Then Wren, the sister raised to be a witch, switches places with her sister so she can be crowned and let witches rule again. There's romance, magic, secret plots and twists and overall this was a really fun read. The story is told in dual narration, alternating between Wren and Rose. Although I liked Wren more, I enjoyed bot The premise of this is so intriguing and drew me in right away. Twins separated at birth, one raised to be a queen and one raised among witches. I'm already in, sign me up! Then Wren, the sister raised to be a witch, switches places with her sister so she can be crowned and let witches rule again. There's romance, magic, secret plots and twists and overall this was a really fun read. The story is told in dual narration, alternating between Wren and Rose. Although I liked Wren more, I enjoyed both sisters' journeys and watching them learn the other's world. The romances were cute too, though I wanted a bit more magic and fighting than pining. Shen is funny and an awesome warrior witch, while Tor is stoic and kind. Both are great matches for the sisters. I thought the plot to take the crown from evil Rathborne was a bit of a mess and wish it were cleaner and easier to follow. You'd think after eighteen years of planning, things would be executed better. I also thought at times the girls were a bit too naïve about things. Like just expecting things to work out or everyone to believe them without proof. I'm definitely looking forward to this coming out, as well as the sequel after that ending! I voluntarily read and reviewed this book and all opinions are my own. Thank you to Balzer + Bray and NetGalley for the copy.

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