Cursed Crowns

HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. (Twin Crowns: Bk. 2). May 2023. 512p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780063116160.
Gr 9 Up–The twin queens have been crowned, only to be pulled apart again. Rose planned a royal tour to establish them in the kingdom, but Wren sneaks away to the north in hopes of freeing their grandmother—and enters into a bargain with magical complications. Rose finds herself pulled south by a mysterious stranger—and the strands of destiny. Short chapters alternate points of view, but the pacing struggles to manage two discrete plots. Wren and Rose’s narrations are light but distinct, with a balance between humor and ambition. Main characters are white with diversity in the secondary characters.
VERDICT A fantasy romp that avoids delving into serious themes by focusing on romantic elements. A secondary purchase.

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