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Four Dead Queens

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A divided nation. Four Queens. A ruthless pickpocket. A noble messenger. And the murders that unite them.

Get in quick, get out quicker.

These are the words Keralie Corrington lives by as the preeminent dipper in the Concord, the central area uniting the four quadrants of Quadara. She steals under the guidance of her mentor Mackiel, who runs a black market selling their boun
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Putnam
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    Jun 03, 2018 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
    I'm the fifth dead queen because this cover and synop has SLAIN ME! GOODBYE!

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    Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2019-release
    Wow. Read this in pretty much one sitting - I just had to know what would happen next. Quadara is such a rich world and the mystery kept me on the edge of my seat (along with the wonderful characters)!
    Sep 13, 2018 marked it as to-read
    Very curious about this one! Cannot wait for it. However, at first glance, I thought it was a book by Kendare Blake from the Three Dark Crowns series. Because of the cover and the title. Hopefully, that will be the only resemblance. But I will surely read this one.
    Astrid Scholte
    Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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    A divided nation. Four Queens. A ruthless pickpocket. A noble messenger. And the murders that unite them.

    Seventeen-year-old Keralie Corrington may seem harmless,
    Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    official comments to come!
    Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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    My Rating: 4.5 Stars

    Alright, let me tell you a little something about this book: I almost died to get a copy of it. I know what you’re thinking – I’m prone to dramatics and surely I didn’t almost die. I did though. I’ll paint a word picture for you: there I was, minding my own business at Book Con, when suddenly, a wild mob surrounded m
    Lindsay Bilgram
    Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: arcs
    “Get in quick, get out quicker.”

    4.5* Excuse me while I petition for every YA fantasy world to be a queendom instead of a kingdom because Four Dead Queens is the feminist fantasy murder mystery I never knew I needed. Vivid, fast-paced, and suspenseful with the perfect amount of humor and romance, make me the fifth dead queen because I am trash for this book.

    Keralie is a thief and quite good at it, possibly the best, but when one of her assignments from Makiel, her mentor and a Kaz Brekker type wh
    Mary S. R.
    Jan 10, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    Keralie Corrington is a talented pickpocket. She steals for the black market in her quadrant.

    Why do I have this Red Queen nostalgia going on? It has nothing else in common with that story, of course, but there's a THEIF (!) stealing for the BLACK MARKET 😁
    Say no more, you've caught me. You devil!

    Her nation is divided into four regions, each strictly separated from the other. Four queens, one from each quadrant, rule as one.

    NOW we're talking! That, right there, is promising amazing political intr
    Emily May
    Dec 29, 2018 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: fantasy, young-adult, arc

    ARC provided in exchange for honest review 👑
    Vicky Who Reads
    Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arcs

    review to come soon I!!! Didn't!!! Expect!!! That!!!
    Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    OMG, the full synopsis has me so pumped for this! Ugh, why is 2019 so far away!?
    Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    3.5 stars
    Rule thirteen: Only a queen may sit upon the throne. When she takes the throne, she accepts the responsibility to rule the quadrant until her dying day.
    The good news, I started reading again. The bad news, I didn't enjoy this as much as I wanted too. But I will forever be grateful to this book for pulling me out of such a horrible slump. Four Dead Queens follows renowned thief Keralie Corrington as she’s thrust into a dark conspiracy that leaves all four of Quadra’s queens dead. Ke
    Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Sep 02, 2018 marked it as arcs-physical

    Arc received from the publisher via Keplers for an honest review. [ releases: February 26 2019.]
    Sarah Glenn Marsh
    Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: books-i-blurbed
    Official comments: "A cinematic thrill ride brimming with murder, mayhem, and twists that will shock you, Four Dead Queens is sure to be your next book obsession. Absolutely riveting."

    Unofficial Comments: I JUST REALLY LOVED IT, OKAY? Please read it. For me. Do it!
    Nadhira Satria
    Jun 01, 2018 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: most-anticipated
    Liv Herondale
    Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I was given the opportunity by Penguin Teen to read an uncorrected galley of Astrid Scholte’s novel, 4 Dead Queens! This book was spectacular and written with so many twists and turns! Putting the book down was nearly impossible because of the constant surprises that kept me tied down to my chair. I seriously was sitting outside reading for a good two hours straight so I could finish and uncover who killed the queens!
    In the beginning, we were already thrown into action and not only was I
    Emma Christine
    Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I received an uncorrected galley of this book at BookCon 2018.
    This book is a masterpiece.
    I am usually not a fan of murder mystery novels, but this book is the perfect combination of fantasy, mystery, and action that makes you never want to stop reading. There were many times where I read a passage and had to keep rereading it because I couldn’t believe what I had just read. Your mind will never want to leave Quadara even when you put the book down.
    Ben Ace
    Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Review to come 😭😭😭😭😭

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    Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2018, bookcon-2018, lgbtq
    When I first picked up this book, the title and summary caught my eye. I don't usually read murder mysteries, but the plot sounded interesting. Unfortunately, the book didn't live up to my expectations.

    I had a lot of issues with this book though I don't want to go into too much detail because it hasn't been published yet. My biggest gripe was the plot. I'm a plot over characters person, so even if I don't like the characters (I didn't), I can still enjoy a book if the plot is interesting. The pl
    Gaby (lookingatbooks)
    Jun 01, 2018 marked it as to-read
    The cover is just so pretty!!
    Dec 13, 2018 marked it as to-read
    Love that title! And while the blurb sounds very tropey for a YA Fantasy book I'm not denying that I'm excited to get my hands on this!!!!
    Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    I had the chance to read an early version of this book and see it develop through PitchWars, so I *would* say I'm biased had it not immediately jumped out of the almost 100 entries my co-mentor and I received . After reading pages and pages of openings, I just kept on coming back to this. It honestly was the most fresh and smart fantasy in the inbox, and I HAD to figure out the murder mystery.

    If you're looking for an inventive world with an INCREDIBLE twist that is set up through every chapter,
    Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    I got to read this in Pitch Wars and it's amazing. Love the fantasy/science fiction mash up. Looking forward to being able to purchase this!
    Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This was one of the ARCs I got while I was at BookCon 2018 back in June and BOY am I glad I got it; it was totally worth the near death experience (ha ha). Thank you to Penguin Teen for having it available for us!

    Alright everyone, let me tell you about an amazing up-coming 2019 fantasy you’re not going to want to miss. Four Dead Queens is going to blow all of your minds. It’s not necessarily your typical fantasy; this one takes place in a futuristic kind of society where their part of the worl
    Claire (bookscoffeeandrepeat)
    Imagine the world of "Red Queen" with districts from "The Hunger Games" or factions from "Divergent" but each divided by a queen. "Four Dead Queens" is a essentially a YA novel influenced by its predecessors.

    Under each faction (quadrant) is a queen and each quadrant have their own ideals and ways of living. For instance, Iris ruling Archia is a queen ruling the land of people who are hardworking. They don't care much for technology/advancement. They're basically the Amity in this book. On the o
    Olivia (The Candid Cover)
    I was surprised to discover that this book isn’t the start of a series. It seems like there is going to be a lot of story to read with four different view points, and the complex world in this one. I have heard that it is reminiscent of the Divergent series, so if you are a fan of this style of novel, this may be one for you.
    Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: 2019
    I thoroughly enjoyed this one! I loved how vivid the world of Quadara was and I loved the different POVs, it added a lot to the overall story!
    Lauren [DontGoBrekkerMyHeart]
    This novel had some of the greatest plot twists that I have ever read. Maybe it was because I didn't expect them, but one thing after another kept me sputtering in surprise. Out of the four main plot twists (or in my opinion "plot twists") I only guessed one. It was an experience I don't have often.
    I will say the main character Keralie was not one of my favorites. She has her great moments, but then often enough, she would say things/ act in a certain way that made me crinkle my nose. She wa
    Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it
    I want to begin by saying I was literally almost murdered trying to get this ARC. At the 2018 BookCON, Penguin Teen was dropping twitter hints as to a big ARC drop. I was cut off in the line to get the book by some very aggressive readers, and ended up not getting one. I was really disappointed, to say the least. I'd been waiting for quite a while, and I was so close to getting this one.

    At the end of the day though, I heard a little bird whisper penguin teen would be doing another quick drop of
    Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: books-i-own
    I received this book as an ARC from BookCon and while I almost died trying to get it, I'm so glad I did! Going into this book, I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but this story blew me away. I'm a lover of mysteries and fantasies and the two combined made me so happy. This story was so well written, I could vividly see what was happening throughout the story and the characters were unique and fleshed out; even the stereotypical villain was empathetic and complicated. I could hear each voice dis ...more
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    Raised on a diet of Spielberg, Lucas and Disney, Astrid knew she wanted to be surrounded by all things fantastical from a young age. She’s spent the last 10 years working in film, animation and television as both an artist and manager. Career highlights include working on James Cameron's AVATAR, Steven Spielberg's THE ADVENTURES OF TIN TIN and HAPPY FEET 2 by George Miller. She’s a visual writer a ...more
    “She knew Archia could easily be perceived as the least formidable of all the quadrants, as Archians mostly kept to themselves, rarely crossing the channel to the main land due to their general distrust for machinery. They focused on physical work and living good, if somewhat modest, lives.” 0 likes
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