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Twin Daggers

(Twin Daggers #1)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  133 ratings  ·  101 reviews
Aissa's life is a web of carefully constructed lies. She and her twin sister, Zandria, are Magi spies, magic users most believe to be extinct. And they're on a mission for revenge.

This action & adventure spy thriller--a fantasy spin on Romeo and Juliet from New York Times bestselling author MarcyKate Connolly--is perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer and Elly Blake and is abo
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published August 25th 2020 by Blink
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hell yeah! We have a unique, detailedly crafted world building, fantasy genre dances with retelling of one of the epic Shakespeare play: Romeo and Juliet story which hooks you up from the beginning!

This is not future story of Capulets and Montagues. We are welcomed a new world word of Technocrats vs Magis. It seems like Technocrats are literally heartless bastards, barely surviving with mechanical replacements.

We’re also introduced twin sisters: Aissa and Zandria who are talented magis, and spi
Renaissance Kate
Marketed as a fantasy spy thriller spin on Romeo and Juliet, I was very hopeful Twin Daggers would break the cycle of lackluster YA Fantasy ARCs I’ve read over the last several months.

Yet like many other reviewers, I unfortunately had a hard time getting through this story.
Our MC, Aissa, has been placed as a Magi spy in the Technocrat capital with her parents and twin sister, Zandria. The book dragged on, despite most of the book centering around Aissa’s going back and forth between locations a
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

It took me forever and a day to get through this. No I'm not being completely dramatic but damn did this book drag on and on.

Twin Daggers started off on a pretty good start. Then about halfway through I was finally getting hints about this being a retelling of Romeo and Juliet. Not much but a hint is something, I guess. I continuously hoped and prayed that things would pick up for me but unfortunately I was completely bored
K.S. Marsden
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Aissa lives a secret life, a magi infiltrating the enemy society. When she meets soft-hearted Technocrat, she starts to question everything.

I received a free copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Aissa and her twin sister Zandria are magis. They have been trained since birth to be spies, hiding their nature has been drilled into them.
The twins have a second secret, that they have to keep from everyone: their magic affects metal, as well as natural substances.

Aissa gets a chance t
Kristin Sledge
Sep 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you so much to the publishers and NetGalley for an Audiobook copy in exchange for an honest review.

Twin Daggers follows Aisa and her twin sister, Zandria, while they try to find their rolls in their society. There's just one problem, they belong to a magical race that is hunted, tortured, and imprisoned just for breathing. When they are tapped by the Magi leaders to spy and possibly assassinate a hidden heir to the throne can they infiltrate undetected or will they be discovered and lose e
Lauren Stoolfire
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

DNF'd @ 21%

Twin Daggers by MarcyKate Connolly sounded like it had so much potential. I mean, it's marketed as an a YA action-adventure spy thriller retelling of Romeo and Juliet. I needed to see how the author was going to pull off something that could be so epic sounding. Unfortunately, it didn't work out for me at all. Probably around the 15% mark I began skimming as the further I got the less interested or invested in the world
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020-arcs
2.5 stars

After reading the first 20%, I almost stopped reading this book completely. I was not impressed and it was a bit of a chore to read. I was thrown into a world were two people were against each other, one in hiding, the other in power but we didn't really know what happened before and I had no idea of the world we were in other than some sort of rebellion was happening. It didn't really appeal to me. But then, I gave myself three hours to start reading again and finish the book or be do
Steff Fox
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Twin Daggers by MarcyKate Connolly is one of those books that could have been amazing, but fell flat somewhere between the writing and unnecessary plot devices. There was just so much potential and it was truly disheartening to see it all go to waste. So many good points could have been expanded upon from the world to the characters. But, at the same time, some of the writing and the villain plot kind of just wasted a lot of its potential.

The World

For me, the b
Aug 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, audiobooks
Twin Daggers⭐️
Aissa and Zandria are magi spies assigned to search the tunels and help their people. But when a strange boy follows them so effortlessly into the tunnels and he doesnt have magic their senses are on high alert.
So the girls recieve a new mission Aissa is to kidnap the heir to the technocrat throne but on her mission her sister is taken and she had to decide if she is going to be a good sister or a good solider.

I liked the sisters relationship and the magic system was new but I wa
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book blew me away.

I wasn't sure what to expect going in, this author is new to me, and I was a little put off by the low average rating on the reviews that I had seen floating around. But let me tell you, this book worked for me. I read it all in one day, which is rare for me these days.

Aissa and her twin sister Zandria are Magi, and they have been in training their whole lives to take down the Technocrat empire that has oppressed and persecuted their people. Aissa is the more serious and
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
I feel bad, because I wanted to like this. There was magic, a twin sister bond, and romance, but it just didn't play out like I hoped. The plot was really slow and I had a difficult time staying engaged. The twists were fairly predictable and I got frustrated with Aissa for not seeing who was betraying her.

I did like Aissa and Zandria's relationship, especially with them being twins and very close. Zandria could be irritating, they're spies but she finds a cute guy and tells him everything then
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
DNF @ 25%

The writing style of this book is not enjoyable to me. The pacing is very slow, and so far not a lot has happened in the book. I lost interest in this one.
Aug 16, 2020 rated it liked it
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.

Aissa and Zandria are twins and by day they are like the other normal Technocrats, eager to do their apprenticeships, but actually they are spies and assassins in training, Magi, willing to do anything in their power to get revenge on the Technocrats and retake their city. Even looking for a mysterious library in the tunnels under the city, against their orders and risking their lives.
When Aissa is given another mission, to find
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Aissa and Zandria are twin sisters with a secret--they are Magi, a people with magical abilities who almost got wiped out due to the technological advances of the Technocrats. However, they have another secret that is much more dangerous--their magic can be used on the very technology that killed their people. The girls are spies in the capitol Technocrat city along with their parents. For the sake of their people, the girls take o
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from Blink in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

At first when I read the first few pages, I was expecting to read between the lines and be dramatically confused. This book was not that at the slightest bit. The creativity of the plot and the spunkiness of the characters really brought the book to light and in a way came to life. I love books that are so descriptive that it transports you into the b
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
As someone who has consumed a lot of YA fantasies, I think this book follows a tried and true structure. It wasn't good or bad but it wasn't anything new. It was all just...okay. ...more
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to HarperCollins Christian Audio/ Blink for providing me with audiobook copy in exchange for an honest review.

To be honest i had a hard time deciding on how to rate this book and my mixed feelings took care of that.
The Romeo and Juliette comparison isn't very accurate in my opinion,but still the thing in common is the love between a technocrat and a magi - two warring fractions.
The whole idea of Technocrat society that rely and evolve around technology versus the hunted ,hiding and ext
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, ya, favourites
Oh wow, this book! Although it took me some time to get into the story, once I did I just couldn’t put this down. Aissa and her twin sister Zandria live in Palinor, a Technocrat city where people value machines, above nature and magic, and live alongside them. But while Aissa and her sister spend their days among the Technocrats pretending to be them, every night they spend time below the city, mapping out the tunnels that run underground as their Magi parents have instructed them to do. But Mag ...more
Shilo Quetchenbach
Jul 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
I realized pretty early on that this wasn't for me - around 10% or so. I stuck with it until 38% but I couldn't stand it any longer and started skimming... then quickly dnfed because if you're skimming what even is the point of reading?

By 10% I could predict where the story was going. By 40% it was going... exactly where I'd predicted. Now maybe I'm wrong and there's an amazing plot twist at the end but like, I'm not gonna slog through a book I don't like hoping for a plot twist.

The writing was
Jessica Harrison
Sep 16, 2020 rated it liked it
MarcyKate Connolly’s Twin Daggers is billed as a fantasy spin on Romeo and Juliet, but it doesn’t quite live up to the source material.

I wish that we could stop promoting books as “a cross between this or that” or a retelling or reimagining of something else. When this happens, the book starts at a deficit. I already have an idea of what might happen, and my expectations are based on the previous story/stories.

This is definitely the case with Twin Daggers. I wouldn’t have necessarily have tied i
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
I really, really wanted to love Twin Daggers. There was so much potential with this book: magic, conspiracy, enmity between the Magi and the Technocrats, a twin bond between Aissa and Zandria, romance, the Heartless (an especially intriguing aspect). Unfortunately, none of these aspects fully developed in a way I hoped. This book was very slow-moving for me, and when it finally seemed like the story would pick up, it fizzled out again.

Furthermore, the world-building as well as character building
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Billed as a modern-day Romeo and Juliet, Twin Daggers is a sneaky-spy mystery full of secrets and lies. Precocious twins, Aissa and Zandria pretend to be Technocrat apprentices by day, but are Magi spies at night, working to map the tunnels underground that may hold the lost Magi library and all its secret spells. Their parents keep up appearances as antiquities dealers in town to avoid anyone asking too many questions about their purpose. The 100-year wars between the Magi and the Technocrats e ...more
Jul 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
I had a hard time getting through this book. The world building was not at all interesting to me and I didn't really care for the characters. The plot was extremely predictable and the ending was just ok. I'm not compelled to read future installments.
I really wanted to like this book in terms of the sisterhood and the twist of magic and machinery. But it just didn't mend well.

I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
I received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The plot synopsis of Twin Daggers sounded intriguing, but the resultant work failed to deliver on the shiny, abbreviated promise. It moved at a glacial pace, lacked necessary backstory, and was peopled by prosaic, one-dimensional characters. I doggedly read the first 20% but commenced skimming until the precipitous cliffhanger was revealed on the last page. The plot twists were predictable, and the story was too deficient to be
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-reviews
**Thank you to Netgalley and Blink Publishing for the eARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my rating**

"Love, for us, is a mad, brutal thing. It will only lead to destruction."

I REALLY enjoyed Twin Daggers. The book follows Aissa, a Magi, who is tasked along with her twin sister, Zandria, to find the heir of a rival faction called the Technocrats. The Magi, who have magic over natural objects like plants and people, have long been at war with the Technocrats, a people w
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Debbie Gascoyne
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley, 2020
This was thoroughly. enjoyable, with original world-building, engaging characters, and a believable romance. It promises to be the first of a series. - at least I hope there's a continuation of the story - and I'll look forward to any sequels. ...more
May 06, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to fall in love with this book, but I barely even managed to finish it. The overall story is good, and I liked Aissa and Zandria. I even liked the other characters introduced, Remy and Aro. Yet the writing itself didn't pull me in. It was so redundant. Yes it's dangerous for Aissa and Zandria as Magi living amongst the Technocrats, but after reading "it's so dangerous for us" a dozen of times in the first few chapters of the book, I started rolling my eyes.
The other part that go
Carina Olsen
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
Although it breaks my heart a little, I have to give this book two stars. I truly tried my hardest to love this one. But I simply did not. And I have a whole lot to share about it. While trying my best not to be too negative. As there were parts of this book that I did like. It was a mix between two and three stars. But closer to two stars.

It is heartbreaking to me, as I am huge fan of MarcyKate. Have adored her for years and own all her books and have read them all too. Have enjoyed them all ve
Heather - hturningpages
Rating: 2/5 Not-so-shiny-daggers

Format: ebook. I’d like to thank Blink and NetGalley for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

To sum up:
In the world of Twin Daggers, an old hatred exists between the Technocrats (a technology-focused people) and the Magi (people with magic!). Two magi sisters attempt to spy on the world of the Technocrats in order to find secrets that will help their fellow Magi. When one of the sisters starts to fall for her mark however, things start to ge
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