The Dead Queens Club
Starred reviews from Kirkus usually prompt me to take a second look at books I was about to pass by. Then when I read that this one was a high school comedy retelling of history - specifically that of Henry VIII and his six wives - I thought it sounded like a lot of fun. But I struggled just to make it through.
The book is narrated by Annie of Cleveland, or "Cleves". She befriends Henry at Overachievers Camp, dates him for 15 days, an ...more
I just wish The Dead Queens Club lived up to the self-indulgent version of it that I wrote in my head before it began to disappoint me.
My first complaint about this book is how the plot takes so long befor ...more
where are my faves?? marie antoinette?? (and the TRUE marie antoinette, not the ''let them eat cake'' caricature) henry vii??? ELAGABALUS?? damn, elagabalus would KILL IT in the modern world i s2g
tl;dr love this trend and i'm probs going to read this but can authors write about my faves now;)
"Normal high schools don't actually operate like the Reign of Terror."
I just changed this from four to five stars and then back again like idk seven times. Because the ending, the last hundred pages or so, is a 25 star worthy read. But the first three hundred had some issues for me. I am landing on like 4.49 stars. Which is great. And this is incredible in so many ways.
The premise is amazing and drew me in immediately. Give me ANY historical retelling set in modern day with girls saying fuck a ...more
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Okay, I’m gonna be up front with y’all: my experience reading The Dead Queens Club was, hands-down, one of the STRANGEST reading experiences I’ve ever had. I literally can’t make up my mind as to whether I actively hated this book, or whether I’m just apathetic toward it.
Let me preface my review with the fact that I w ...more
The story is told from the point of view of Annie Marck or “Cleves” as Henry likes to call her who is the high school equivalent of Anne of Cleves, Henry’s 4th wife. Cleves in this story met Henry at camp and became really good friends with Henry often getting talked into h ...more
I unfortunately do not get to say 5 stars a lot, but I am SO EXCITED to say that I AM USING IT TODAY LOOK AT IT. What does this mean? The Dead Queens Club was freaking amazing, that's what it means!!!
Severly underhyped but severly deserving of hype, please add it to goodreads RIGHT NOW before you even continue reading. Even if it's on a shelf that's called "wtf-is-this-premise-rofl."
Did you do it? Great. High five for you.
But seriously, this book is amazing and it was LITERAL DEATH holdin...more
😳😳 WHAT THE—
No srsly: What. Is. Happening. WHAT. I don't think I can process this; has anything ever sounded more absurd and totally weird and yet intriguing at the same time?? What's happening to the world?! 😳
What do a future ambassador, an overly ambitious Francophile, a hospital-volunteering Girl Scout, the new girl from Cleveland, the junior cheer captain, and the vice president of ...more
Divorced, beheaded, died. Divorced, beheaded, survived.
Annie Marck aka Cleveland aka Cleves is certain of one thing—Henry is her best friend and she's his right hand man. No matter what girl he's dating. And he's dated quite a few.
But strange things keep happening to Henry's girlfriends, and Cleves might be at the center of it all...
Okay, so lemme tell you what I loved.
I absolutely adored the Henry VIII parallel into modern day high school.
It works so damn well.
Granted, there are a cou ...more
Thank you to NetGalley and Inkyard Press for sending me a free advanced reader copy of this book for an honest review.
As soon as I read Vicky’s review of this book, I knew it needed to be placed front row center on my TBR. I’m no Tudors historian, but I love me some Henry VIII, from Showtime’s The Tudors to Margaret George’s tome The Autobiography of Henry VIII: With Notes by His Fool, Will Somers.
The premise is simple: Henry VIII drama transp ...more
I’m not that big on Tudor history and probably missed a bunch of the Easter eggs but I really enjoyed the meta-ness. Prom king and aspiring politician Henry’s survivors aim to rewrite the narrative around their dead friends, now n ...more
Our narrator--Cleeves--is whip-smart funny, always speaks her mind, is an anti-slutshaming rant queen and I absolutely adore her. Teenage-me would have KILLED for this book.
Read it, or perish.
(my liveread, if that's your jam: https://twitter.com/JessicaBCooper/st...)
As someone who was far too obsessed with all things Tudor back in high school, all you have to say to me is "King Henry and all his wives, but set it in high school" and I'm sold. The story follows Anne, aka Cleves, the new girl at Lancaster High, and her best friend, Henry, football star and notorious serial dater. Even with minimal knowledge of King Henry V ...more
Okay, so I know there's a lot of mixed reviews about this book, and a lot of people disappointed by how it didn't fit their expectations, but you know what? I actually really loved this one.
I loved the characters (Parker Rochford is the absolute best, and everybody else can just go home), I loved the feminism, and I loved the humour (I know others didn't, but Cleves' humour is my kind of ...more
The Dead Queens Club is a modern high school retelling of Henry VIII and his wives. It’s got drama, romance, and strong female friendships, narrated by Annie “Cleves” Marck, Henry’s fourth girlfriend. She’s the only one that’s managed to survive dating Henry so far, and she’s starting to wonder why… ...more
The plot is strong, but what completely sucked me into the book was the CHARACTERS. They were s ...more
I'm interested in works by this author in the future; however, this one missed the mark for me.
I’ve been a Tudor addict for over 20 years now, but you don’t have to be to read this. Capin’s re-imagining of Henry VIII and his six wives as a fictional high school drama honestly does not feel like too much of a stretch. Many of her characterizations and asides felt completely accurate--of course Katherine of Aragon would be an all-s ...more
What an interesting book. And I mean that in the highest possible regards. The Dead Queens Club is an interesting book because it manages to be so many things at once. It's a psychological thriller. It's a murder mystery. It's a comedy. It's a black comedy. It's a melodrama. It's so many things wrapped up in one "keep you on the edge of your seats, smiling all the way" flavored package.
And I adored it.
The Dead Q ...more
The Dead Queens Club was on my list for most anticipated book for 2019. However, this was really kind of a mess. The plot was SO hard to follow. I had to keep re-reading to figure out what was going on. I really struggled to finish this book, which rarely happens to me. It was just almost impossible to figure out what was happening and to whom. If you can make it to the ending, then you'll appreciate it. The humor was ...more
This made me feel scatterbrained while reading. The main character Anna aka Cleves is all over the place. In her inner monologue down to how she interacts with Henry.
Even with me only reading 65 pages, this was problematic and a hot mess. Henry would rather listen to a rumor about his girlfriend and let the guys decide that she’s only “hookup material” instead of “girlfriend material”. I really don’t have time to read about a douche like this. Also (view spoiler)[ An ex of his c ...more
Note: Thank you to NetGalley and Inkyard Press for sending me a free advanced reading copy of this in exchange for an honest review.
I actually really liked this. I got a little nervous when I checked out the reviews before I started reading and realized that this is a modern retelling of Henry VIII and his six wives. I had no idea what to expect but I honestly liked it almost immediately.
I have a few quips that I'm just going to go ahead and get out of the way so that I can gush ab ...more
I was so fraking excited about this book when I first learned about it. I am a HUGE Tudor enthusiast, like crazy. I’ve read biographies about them (a lot of Elizabeth I ones because I find her really badass) and watched the movies/TV shows, I love this drama infused bunch. So I was ecstatic when we received the ARC for The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin. And Holy Hole in a Doughnut! It was fantastic.
Imagine the Tudors meets Mean Girls with a touch of Gossip Girl and that is exactly ...more
Would someone not familiar with the Tudors enjoy this book as much? Maybe not, although I think it's funny and action-packed enough to stand on its own. Is the good guy/bad g ...more
The story is told in first person from Cleves's perspective. She's the new girl in town and best friends with the quarterback/sportsball star/king of Lancaster High, Henry (his football number is 8. VIII. Geddit?). Cleves is not a great character. Her flaws feel less like character ...more