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3.56  ·  Rating details ·  1,871 ratings  ·  531 reviews
One girl must make a name for herself--or die trying --in this royal fantasy where an unknown peasant becomes the ultimate ruler. But how long can she keep the crown if everyone wants her dead? Perfect for fans of Furyborn, Red Queen, and Everless.

Everyone expected the king's daughter would inherit the throne. No one expected me.

It shouldn't even be possible. I'm Nameless
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Crown Books for Young Readers
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Rebecca McLaughlin Yes, this is a standalone book. Coin and her clever pals and fierce enemies are in town for one night only! There's always a chance for a sequel, but …moreYes, this is a standalone book. Coin and her clever pals and fierce enemies are in town for one night only! There's always a chance for a sequel, but we'll have to see how the book does before we know whether it's in the cards or not.(less)
Rebecca McLaughlin Glenquartz is middle-aged, probably in his late 40s, early 50s - not so much a love interest as he is a guiding parental-type figure. However, as far …moreGlenquartz is middle-aged, probably in his late 40s, early 50s - not so much a love interest as he is a guiding parental-type figure. However, as far as a ship goes, NAMELESS QUEEN is actually absent of a sub-plot romance. I know that's pretty uncommon for a YA Fantasy, but hopefully it's a refreshing change! (There is some flirting with Devil though ;) )

PS there's definitely a romance in my next book, along the lines of a enemies-to-lovers trope! <3(less)

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Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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DNF @ p.55

This book was a hot mess from the beginning.

1. Stupid names.

2. Fake swearing.

3. Disorganized world-building.

4. Mary Sue protagonist.

5. Cliches everywhere.

I wanted to give this until page 100 at least but Coin's Mary Sue acquisition of her royal status and her powers is already starting to "spetz" me off.

If you want books about royalty, thieves, and caste systems in fantasy, there are better books to pick up than this one.

Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
ARC received in exchange for an honest review – thank you!

Sigh. You have no idea how disappointed I am to have to say this, but here it is: another much-anticipated YA fantasy of 2020 bites the dust.

The land of Seriden is divided into three categories of people: Royals, who are basically the nobility; Legals, who are middle-class workers; and the Nameless, homeless peasants. The next ruler of Seriden is chosen by the previous ruler, who says the name of their choice as they’re dying. A b
Laura Steven
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Okay real talk. I first read this manuscript back in 2015, when I mentored Rebecca during PitchWars. AND I STILL THINK ABOUT THIS WORLD ALL THE TIME. Seriously, building a class system around names -- and lack thereof -- is such a fresh and original twist that I genuinely am in awe of the author. She's worked so fucking hard over the past few years to really make this book shine, and I truly cannot wait for it to be out in the world at last.

Plus, the heroine. Coin. Oh, Coin, how I love thee. Wha
Sherwood Smith
Dec 17, 2019 added it
Shelves: fantasy
This is a fast-paced street-urchin-to queen wish fulfillment fantasy that should really please the teen audience it's intended for. First person present tense has become the new fashion in YA, but McLaughlin handles it more naturally than many, with verve, grace and sheer fun.

It's the voice that carries this story. Here's the opening line: I wake up the same way I fell asleep, knife in hand, boots for a pillow, and Nameless.

The Nameless thing is somewhat confusing as actually everyone has a nam
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads
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Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In a cold, dystopian world where only the wealthy have an identity, the Nameless wander the streets scrounging to exist. Children become thieves just to survive and their street smarts are all that keep them alive in a dog-eat-dog world. Coin is one of the strongest, but she will soon learn there is more to her than not having a true name. Now she has to do is survive the royal court with its monsters, machinations and deceivers, all while giving the Nameless a voice.

Rosaline (Rosaline's Rolls & Scrolls)
May 22, 2020 marked it as reviews-changed-my-mind
The negative reviews are piling up, but I really wanna read this.
What to do... what to do....

Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Nameless Queen by Rebecca McLaughlin is yet another politically charged young adult fantasy novel. The world within Nameless Queen is made up of three groups of characters, there are the Royals, the Legals and the Nameless. Royals of course rule the land, the Legals are regular citizens and the Nameless are homeless peasants and treated as nothing usually stealing to survive.

“Coin” is a Nameless who like the others around her has given herself a name after being born without one. She does whatev
Kathryn Speckels (Metaphors and Miscellanea)
Actual rating: 2.5/5 stars

When broken down to its fundamental components, Nameless Queen has a lot of things that tend to make me automatically love a book: a protagonist who is a thief, hidden royalty, and commentary on classism and rigid social structures. But when taken as a whole, the novel failed to breathe much life or originality into those tropes. The result was a lukewarm story–not bad, but wholly unremarkable.

The premise of the story is pretty straightforward. In the city of Seriden, y
Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
3.5 stars

Nameless are those that haven't inherited the blood of the Royals nor carry the mark of the tattoo that signifies otherwise. Not accepted as citizens, those nameless have to fend for their lives on the streets making do with nothing, pickpocketing, stealing and anything to survive. But something strange is happening among the nameless; they are starting to disappear!

One nameless girl, the main character in this politically charged YA novel, has been arrested upon the appearance of the
Madison Mary
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Be a lady. Well. The general is still clutching a sprained wrist, there's a knife sticking out of the table, and everyone's gaping at me. If I can't show restraint, I'll show strength."

A stunning standalone fantasy that will be the perfect debut kick-off to 2020.

*ARC provided by Crown Publishing for an honest review*

In the kingdom of Seriden, when the sovereign dies they pass on the crown by speaking the name of who will inherit the magical crown tattoo. When the tattoo manifest
Rebecca McLaughlin
Aug 23, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Hello! I'm the author of this book, and I wanted to take a minute to say THANKS and to share why I'm so excited to be able to share this book!


1 - Thanks
This is my debut novel, which means it's my first book that's getting published. We're in the early days still (it's being published in under 5 months, on January 07, 2020), so thank you thank you thank you for checking out this book, adding it to your tbr pile, and/or suggesting it to friends. YOU are why this book is happening, and I
Tiffany Elaine Conn
There were so many things wrong with this book, I’m not even sure where to begin. But it’s a classic case of “Great idea, bad delivery.”

The concept was something I was very much interested in and had so much potential, but sadly, it made zero sense. The world building was weak and poorly defined. The characters were monotone, similar in many ways, and there was no chemistry. It felt like it was written by a twelve year old who has a dream of becoming a writer and maybe in a few years after she’s
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book to me felt like I was rereading The Red Queen at times. Especially with the 3 different types of people, Royals, legals and nameless.

I felt like the story was good but it lacked detail. Detail that readers like myself need in order to understand how things work. I’ve read stories where Aura’s were apart of the world but is it the same type of thing in this story? How do they work? What needs to happen in order to read/
Angela Staudt
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from the author and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

“You have to let things make you strong instead of damaged. You have to choose how the world shapes you.”

What a fantastic book full of great descriptions and wonderful characters. This takes place in a world where they’re three groups of people: Royals, Legals, and Nameless. The main character in this, Coin, is nameless, which is the lowest group. They are all homeless and steal to stay alive, they don’t even have n
Dec 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Red Queen
I received an ARC by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Overall, I thought this book was a good standalone ya fantasy novel. In the beginning it was giving me major Six of Crows vibes because the main character Coin is a part of the "Nameless" lower-class who live on the streets and have to steal to survive. However, this quickly became a royalty-political power struggle novel, with major "chosen one" vibes. The part that stuck out to me the most was that THERE WAS
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020-arcs
2.5 stars

Nameless Queen has an intriguing premise. However, I must say it is a simple / basic YA fantasy story. So if you're like me and have read your fair share of those, you might not find a new favorite even though the beginning was strong and captivated me immediately. If you haven't read many Ya Fantasy books, then you might enjoy it more than me.

I understand why this book is being compared to Red Queen and Everless even though these are better executed from what I can retell (which is no
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
1.5 stars.

The concept of this book is so intriguing! The poor people aren't even worthy enough to have a name and the next leader of the kingdom is given their status by being named on the last breath of the former leader. Sounds awesome!

But the book didn't catch me on fire. All the events are resolved so positively and easily for the main characters that there was a startling lack of tension in the plot. I never doubted the outcomes and thus I didn't care. Coin also becomes so very good at what
Dee/ bookworm
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-2019
#NamelessQueen #NetGalley

Nameless, like Coin, give themselves a name. It is usually personal and sometimes painful thing and you should never ask how they got their name. When the king dies, Coin ends up with the magical tattoo naming her the next heir. Coin gets new abilities and quickly learns, and practices how to benefit from these abilities. Being on the street her whole life has given her a lot of skills to keep herself alive, and she has an amazing read on people, situations, and a great
Emma *insert corn here*
Feb 21, 2019 marked it as lost-interest
Okay so I usually wait for more information before I add a book but... this sounds really cool
Denia  Books & Baubles
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“There’s a reason you haven’t killed me yet,” I say. “Two, actually. One: I’m Nameless, and you have no idea what that means for magic (…) And the second reason you haven’t killed me is that I am Nameless.” I pull the blade from my sleeve and stab it into the table. “Go ahead and try.”

Wow. Guys, I was really impressed. Like, very much so. I don’t know how to explain it, (I say as I write an entire review explaining how much I liked the book), but it was such a good book.

In this world, there
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight


This was a good book. Easy to read, enjoyable characters, and a story that compelled me to keep going. What it wasn't, however, was particularly unique or memorable. And that is really my only negative of note: I found it a tad generic. BUT, like I said, I still enjoyed reading it and am glad I did, so let's talk about why!

• The characters were fabulous. Honestly, that's the bre
Dec 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Congratulations on a great debut novel Rebecca McLaughlin! A fun, fantasy read. In the land of Seriden there is a caste system with three levels: The Royals (rule the land - the wealthy); The Legals (the workers - middle class); and The Nameless (scrounge, beg and steal for a living). Coin (what the Nameless main character is called) is a strong and practiced thief who is minding her own business when out of nowhere a crown tattoo appears on her arm. It is the custom in Seriden that power is pas ...more
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Nopety-Nope-Nope-Nope ‘cuz Tropety-Trope-Trope-Trope!

If you’ve never, ever read a YA dystopia before, you may find yourself entertained by this. Confused, frustrated, and entertained.

If you’ve EVER read a YA dystopia before…run!

Your main characters are:

Coin (terrible, terrible name – there’s a reason for it, but it’s never made really clear what that reason is) – Coin is the most Mary Sue of Mary Sues. She can do EVERYTHING. She is THE ONE.

Hat (terrible, terrible name) – Hat is a maybe-12-year-o
Celia McMahon
Nov 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher to the chance to review this book ahead of its release date.

The Nameless Queen starts as your typical YA fantasy. A low caste girl suddenly finding herself in power...or lat least the semblance of power. Although this world stuck out as something close to unique, as the story progressed I could not see myself caring for what happens next. Coin was a Mary Sue, and nowadays I thought that was done away with, but alas. A lot of what happened to her elicited
Apr 14, 2020 rated it liked it
“I calmly and collectedly drive everyone to frustration. Or, if tempers rise, I calmly and collectedly punch someone in the face. It's about context, really.”

3 stars.

Okay this book flew by and I can't say I have a lot of feelings, bad or good, it was decent and I feel mostly neutral. I enjoyed my time with this book and the characters were good enough. The Nameless thing was a little weird since the "names" they get are pretty weird, but it was interesting. I did enjoy the plot twist
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways-arcs
First a few tidbits of information about this story:

- In Seriden there are 3 classes: Royals (upper class), Legals (middle class) and Nameless (poor/homeless).
- Magic is controlled by the King or Queen who bears the crown tattoo. This crown is passed on the deathbed of the ruler by speaking the name of the individual the dying ruler deems fit.
- Coin is one of the many Nameless children on the streets who steal to get by and wakes up after the death of the King with the crown tattoo on her arm
Katelynd Gillins
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Received an ARC for an honest review:

I loved this book. I seriously loved it. The world building was great and had such a fascinating, sassy heroine. One of my favorite things about it was that it managed to be an awesome story without adding an unnecessary romance. It focused on the mystery and all the craziness that went along with it. While it read pretty well as a stand-alone, some of the problems and unknowns that arose from the resolution will sure make for an exciting sequel. I can’t wait
Jan 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2020, fantasy, ya
I liked the idea of this book and the characters were fun, but it felt a little directionless and I had a difficult time understanding exactly we were working toward. Society is split into three castes, the Royals at the top, the Legals in the middle, and the Nameless at the bottom. The Nameless do not have names given at birth, they are poor, have no rights, and seem to survive by committing crimes. Coin is a Nameless who finds herself named the heir to the throne when the king dies. She faces ...more
Angela Cuéllar
Dec 14, 2019 rated it liked it
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3.5 Stars
I actually really liked this one. I've been slowly outgrowing the YA genre and maybe this book just hit me at the right time but yeah, it was a quick read for me. I will admit that I'm kinda confused on some plot points, the world-building had holes, there are quite a few contradictions, the main character was simultaneously awesome and super clichéd, buuuut putting those things aside I think t
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