Jeffe Kennedy’s The Twelve Kingdoms series gives readers romance, tough leading ladies, and a touch of magic.  

Jeffe Kennedy’s The Twelve Kingdoms series gives readers romance, tough leading ladies, and a touch of magic.  

Sometimes I come across a book that isn’t YA but that my more mature YA readers might enjoy.  The Twelve Kingdoms series by Jeffe Kennedy is an adult fantasy series that follows three very different sisters.  The oldest, Ursula, is the heir, warrior,  and favorite of their father, the King.  Princess Andromeda is the invisible middle sister who has a future on a throne that no one could have predicted.  Princess Amelia is the youngest and the  beauty, the apple of every man’s eye, and she, too, has no idea what big plans fate has in store for her.  Each sister has her own book, and together they form a nicely finished trilogy (though I have heard the author has been signed to two more books).  These are essentially medieval-like romance novels with a nice touch of magic and a good dose of strong female protagonist. Because these are romances, there are scenes of sensuality, and there are a few that are more graphic than I would normally recommend to a student, but mature readers won’t be terribly shocked, and you can always skip those scenes. These books should be read in order for the best experience, but the first book is the weakest and the third one is my favorite.   If you like the Sarah J. Maas Throne of Glass series, or if you enjoyed  Robin LeFever’s His Fair Assassin books, you will probably like these.  Hopefully each cover is linked and will take you to the Goodreads page for the individual books (fingers crossed).  


Book 1: Princess Andromeda’s story


Book 2:  Princess Amelia's story

Book 2: Princess Amelia’s story

Book 3:  Princess Ursula's story

Book 3: Princess Ursula’s story

I received an ARC of the 2nd and 3rd book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


About queenbook

When the final bell rings, I stash those messy piles of essays and analysis assignments in a desk drawer and I head home to a pile of good books. My kids and dog eat too many chicken nuggets and the house could be neater, but as long as I get my daily read, I guess we are doing all right. When I was twelve and fifteen and eighteen and twenty, I believed I needed to get out there and do those things I had just been reading about, which ended in disaster, tears, a tattoo that scares me every time I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror, and the realization that some of us are meant for action, and some of us are meant to critique the pace of action in a book. I read primarily YA fiction as I have a rather hulking classroom library and a hundred high school readers to engage daily. Nothing makes me happier than coming to school and finding an impatient teenager waiting by my door to turn in a book and get another one just like it. I adore a good zombie, a medieval princess, or girl assassin (I would like them all in one book if you are a writer looking for some inspiration). I add historical mystery to my wish list a year in advance, and you should get out of my way when the next Outlander book comes out. I have an embarrassing fondness for rock star books, but only if they don’t get too trashy and embarrass me. My favorite book of all time is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. My book boyfriends include Gilbert Blythe, Alonzo Wilder, and Jamie Fraser. They are mine and you can’t have them.

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