Trope Tuesday: Star-Crossed Lovers – Twin Daggers Review

It’s the last Trope Tuesday Link-Up of October, and this week’s trope is Star- Crossed Lovers. I will be reviewing Twin Daggers.

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Star-Crossed Lovers

Star-Crossed Lovers has been around for a while; Romeo and Juliet anyone? But there is a reason this trope has been around for so long; it makes for a great story. Two people who fall in love despite all the odds, I mean, who doesn’t want to root for that? Twin Daggers is a perfect example of this trope!

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Twin Daggers by MarcyKate Connolly
Twin Daggers



Rating: 3 out of 5.


By day, Aissa and Zandria play the role of normal young Technocrats eager to fulfill the duties of their new apprenticeships. By night, they plot their revenge to retake their city from the Technocrats. But then Aissa is given a new mission: find the heir to the Technocrat throne, who is rumored to be one of the Heartless, and kidnap her. Born without a working heart, the Heartless survive with a mechanical replacement.

Aissa is more likely to be caught than to be successful, but she’s never been one to turn down an assignment, even if the hunt is complicated by a kind Technocrat researcher who is determined to find a cure for the Heartless. But when Zandria is captured by the Technocrats, Aissa will do anything to get her sister back. Even if it means abandoning all other loyalties–and missions–and deciding whether or not it’s worth risking everything on getting help from her sworn enemies.

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Twin Daggers is essentially a Romeo and Juliet retelling.  I enjoyed this fantasy take on the story.  You have two warring factions, the mages and the technocrats.

I enjoyed reading about Aissa and her family.  I have to admit that between Aissa and Zandria, I am glad that Aissa was the narrator.  She seemed more level headed and much less rash than Zandria.  The other characters, Remy and Aro, were also well written and enjoyable.  

Much like Romeo and Juliet, I felt like the love between Aissa and Aro blossomed a little too quickly.  I would have liked a little more between the two of them to cement their feelings.  I enjoyed the story, and I thought the world-building was good if maybe a bit much.  There was a lot of reiteration of the feud between the Mages and the Technocrats that I didn’t think needed to be repeated.  

Rebecca Gibel did a good job as a narrator, and I felt her voice fit the character.  I wish she had done more with the other characters’ voices.  For the most part, they all sounded the same to me.  

This book was interesting, and I liked the characters, but I think it could have moved a little faster.  

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