Hello and yes I am here with another one of my highly anticipated reads of the year – Sisters of the Snake by Sarena and Sasha Nanua! Since hearing about this book at the HCCFrenzy book preview and hearing the authors speak, this definitely became one of my most anticipated releases for the year and I am so happy it did not disappoint! Sisters of the Snake follows two twin sisters and its written by twins which is just cool! Thank you to Literary Bound Tours, Sarena and Sasha Nanua, and Harper Collins Canada for including me on this tour and providing me with a copy of the book to read and review.
My review and more information about this book will all be in this post so keep reading to find out more!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Sisters of the Snake
Author: Sarena and Sasha Nanua
Release Date: June 15, 2021
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Page Count: 512
Synopsis: A lost princess. A mysterious puppet master. And a race against time—before all is lost.
Princess Rani longs for a chance to escape her gilded cage and prove herself. Ria is a street urchin, stealing just to keep herself alive. When these two lives collide, everything turns on its head: because Ria and Rani, orphan and royal, are unmistakably identical. A deal is struck to switch places—but danger lurks in both worlds, and to save their home, thief and princess must work together. Or watch it all fall into ruin.
Deadly magic, hidden temples, and dark prophecies: Sisters of the Snake is an action-packed, immersive fantasy that will thrill fans of The Wrath & the Dawn and The Tiger at Midnight. Sisters of the Snake is just the beginning of Ria and Rani’s journey—there’s more to come, and the sequel will release in Summer 2022!
This is such a solid start to a series! I love that it is written by twins about twins. This is a very character driven book, rather than plot or world building too much. Both Rani and Ria are both well fleshed out and I loved following their journeys. The book is told in alternating POVs between the two characters and I really enjoyed that, I feel like we would have been left out if the book only followed one sister or the other. At times the voices did seem a little bit too similar for people who grew up in two very different worlds but it did not take away too much from the story for me. There were times when both character’s personalities shined and we got to know them both individually which was really great to read.
The plot itself is an interesting take on the twins separated at birth and twin swap ideas. I really liked seeing how both characters adjusted to the new lives they stepped into. I found the book isn’t as plot driven, like I previously said, but it did still play a huge role in the book. Each chapter had huge plot points in it and I didn’t want to stop reading because I wanted to keep finding out what was going to happen in the next chapter. The alternating POV was really fun with this because it helped to give a little bit of anticipation to what was going to happen to either Ria or Rani in their next chapter. The plot is fairly fast paced and at times it did feel like some things were glossed over but I didn’t find this to be a huge deal, but some possibly plot holes (small ones) were made because of this.
The world building, since it is in a fantasy world/novel, was a little lacking for what I was expecting. There was some and when it was there, it was well done. I liked to learn about the history of the world, and loved to see it kind of given away through history lessons. I just wish we got time to learn a little bit more about the Kingdom and the different Masters of the magic.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book! Sisters of the Snake as well as both Sasha and Sarena have huge potential and I can’t wait for book two!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sarena and Sasha Nanua
Sarena Nanua and Sasha Nanua are twin sisters living in Ontario, Canada. Born on Diwali ten minutes apart from each other, they grew up loving stories about twins and magic, and began writing books together when they were nine years old. They are graduates of the English and professional writing programs at the University of Toronto and are also the authors of the Pendant trilogy.
Thank you again to Sarena and Sasha Nanua and Literary Bound Tours for including me on this tour. Make sure to check out the rest of the lovely people on this tour!