The Queen's Assassin
Caledon Holt is the Kingdom of Renovia's deadliest weapon. No one alive can best him in brawn or brains, which is wh ...more
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It has been a while since a book has earned a not-so-coveted position on my "wtf is this shit" shelf. However, this book earned it by around page 30. In fact, the only reason I didn't DNF this book was train wreck syndrome. A part of me kept hoping that it would get better. de la Cruz is such a prolific writer that this book can't be this bad is what I kept telling myself. Oh, my frien ...more
I think this book started off a bit confusing, but around chapter ten everything started to come together. For a little while I didn’t think I was going to like this book that much because of how slow it seemed to be going, but all of a sudden I was sucked in. I could not put this book down. I adored the characters, the world, the romance, and the twists and turns that kept the story so interesting. This book was ...more
The Queen’s Assassin by Melissa De La Cruz had an extremely intricate and finely woven story line. It was set up in a way that made you believe that this kingdom with its Kings, Queens, and mages actually existed. It had a solid history with so many details that sometimes it was a little hard to keep up. In a good way. In other words, the story had so many underlying tales and mysteries that kept being uncovered. I couldn’t help but gasp every chapter or two at the secrets t ...more
I tried. I wanted to like this book--assassins are, like, one of my favorite fantasy tropes ever. But I think I'll give this book a hard pass.
I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways, probably in exchange for an honest review? That's how LibraryThing's giveaways ...more
Giving this book a 2 instead of a 1 for casual inclusion of LGBTQ characters in positive relationships. Otherwise, this book was something else.
I'm shocked it's being published in 2020; this kind of book should have been left in 2012, when YA was still finding its feet.
Shadow is a young noblewoman (I think? It's implied that she has to go live at Court ...more
Did not finish at a third of the way in.
I really tried to get into this one but I think the author's writing just isn't my style. It's repetitive and way to describing. I found the characters to be bland, and I wasn't excited to pick it back up. I think the concept of the story is really good but I just don't think this book was for me specifically. Doesn't mean it isn't a good book, just not my type.
However, I'm an adult who has read lots of fantasy written for all age levels. I found the story and the setting to be good, though not very intricate. And the love/hate relationship between the two main characters to be frustrating and annoying.
This story is told through two alternating perspectives:
1. Caledon Holt - the Queen's Assassin who has dedicated his life to finding the missing Deian Scrolls.
2. Shadow - who lives with her two aunts and wishes to train to become a Guild Member.
I liked the premise of this story. However, many aspects of it fell short for me. There seemed to be a lot of easy fixes wr ...more
The simplest thing I can say is that it was dull. The concept was fine at a high level, but the execution was (as I said) dull. Instead of weaving it into the story, the world building was just kind of dropped into historical asides. The plot finally started picking up the pace in the last 50 pages or so. This might actually have been a really good novella.
I'm a completionist (even when I hate the book and myself for reading it). This is billed as Book 1 ...more
Young adults will enjoy this fantasy novel. Personally, I found the POV confusing and hard to follow. It was fast-paced and has a interesting plot. The characters felt a little a flat, but that could be from the POV issue. I love Melissa de la Cruz books and I think this could be something different she is trying. Just not my favorite, but a solid read.
Thank you to Penguin and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review The Queen's Assassin.
Her books for adults include the novel Cat’s Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like B ...more