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The Queen's Assassin

(The Queen's Secret #1)

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  5,675 ratings  ·  1,064 reviews
Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Red Queen, this is the first novel in a sweeping YA fantasy-romance duet about a deadly assassin, his mysterious apprentice, and the country they are sworn to protect from #1 NYT bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz.

Caledon Holt is the Kingdom of Renovia's deadliest weapon. No one alive can best him in brawn or brains, which is why he
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Published February 4th 2020 by G. P. Putnam's Sons
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just like every other YA fantasy that has the phrase ‘the queens X’ in the title, this story feels recycled. its not terrible by any means, its just nothing new. this is perfect for those who really love this kind of story but, for me personally, its a bit old.

this also has a very juvenile feel to it. yes, this is YA, but YA can mature and complex. just because the target audience is teens does not mean a book needs simplistic storytelling, especially when the story is about an assassin! there
Oct 04, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I'd rather say "Voldemort" a thousand times before reading one more book with the word "queen" in its' title.
I received this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Spoilers and swearing follow.

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 friends, it is that
Feb 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
1.5 stars

Fantasy novels come in all different types. If you've read enough, then you know which ones stand out and which ones are basic as hell with no substance. The Queen's Assasin is one of the basic ones.

From the beginning to the end, The Queen's Assassin read like a basic fantasy novel with little to no intrigue on the world, characters, and plot progression. The potential was there from the beginning to be a somewhat decent fantast novel, but the more I progressed with the story, the more
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I'll never understand that. Why can't people be satisfied with peace?"

First of all: Look at that gorgeous cover! That's what first drew me to this book and let me tell you: It's not just pretty on the outside!
The story was amazing! I don't want to give away too much but I really liked it. While the revelation at the end was pretty obvious for me from page one and the path to it was pretty painful to watch, I still enjoyed this ride immensely. I'm really looking forward to the next insta
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
There are a few spoilers in this review, but it's probably better than taking the time to read this book...and I can't even be sorry.
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 and eventua
Lea | That_Bookdragon
3.5/5 ⭐️

"Of course", Cal's father would say, "this is just a story, and stories are always a little bit true and a little bit false; we just don't know which is which."

Thank you so much to PRH International for providing me with a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest opinion!

When I read this book contained assassins and royals, I knew it would be one made for me. And it really was. This was my first book by Melissa de la Cruz and I really enjoyed reading this story althoug
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020-reads
"Bound by fate, broken by love"

*2.5 stars*

ARC given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Shadow has been raised to follow in the footsteps of her mother and aunt and become a high ranking member of the Guild. Cal is bound by a blood vow to the Queen, and must serve as her assassin until his father's promise to return the Deain Scrolls is fulfilled. After a surprised attack, Shadow and Cal are brought together and must head out to hunt down a new threat to their king
Oct 18, 2020 marked it as to-read
right, so a friend just warned me that there's cheating in this book.



i might have to write a rant for this when if i get around to reading it.
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

The beginning of this book is amazing and has left me desperate to carry on reading the rest of the book. Such a fantastic introduction to the story that had me visualising the story like a movie!
A great introduction and teaser of the characters in the book and lots of mystery and intrigue to grab your attention.
I really want to carry on
Kelly  (UnshelvedEdition)
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Queen’s Assassin is a story portraying loyalty, commitment, love and what lengths one will go through to keep those values alive.This theme takes form across multiple different characters throughout the journey of the book. The plot had multiple layers, which kept me interested in the story and the main characters were likable. The book was written alternating between perspectives but kept it easy to follow. There were several twists in the plot, some were easy to predict but the big twist w ...more
♠ TABI⁷ ♠
I've been burned by this author a few times so here's just hoping she actually finishes this newest series :P ...more
Mar 13, 2020 rated it liked it

My expectations weren´t met, but that´s probably my fault.
I did enjoy most of the writing and story but I felt it was a bit shallow. Not enough of the dialogue, love, passion, character development or setting. It was basically just fine. I hope the second installment will bring more to the story. It sounds like I absolutely hated it which is wrong, there were some great parts, it´s well written, I couldn´t guess all the plot twists. It just wasn´t enough.
Nadhira Satria
Jul 26, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: most-anticipated
Sheila Goicea
I'm excited to be a part of THE QUEEN'S ASSASSIN blog tour with The Fantastic Flying Book Club, from February 4th - 10th, 2020!

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.


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Content Warning: Death of an animal and people, Bullying, War, Assassination, Pre
caroline 🐉
A literal dumpster fire and a half...
I honestly don't even know where to begin in writing this review; this book held so much potential, and as I noticed someone in another review saying this was the highest insult to Sarah J Maas.
When I first began reading this book, I was intrigued by the beginning's history and sort of how everything ended up where it did. But after that, it just went downhill.
Let's start with my main problem with this book: dual pov told from first and third person perspect
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
”You can come back, to be by my side...”

I was under the impression that this book was going to be from the POV of the Queen’s Assassin only, and god I wish I would’ve been right. Not only was Shadow super annoying, stubborn and hard headed, but she turned out to be the MC which was a bummer. I like when the MC or main POV in books are guys, since it doesn’t happen often.

It was a bit confusing that Shadow’s POV was in first person but Cal’s was in third person? I’m not sure why that is but i
Dec 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-releases
February 15, 2020:

The Queen's Assassin follows a duty-bound young assassin who must find the missing scrolls for the queen and a rebellious apprentice who doesn't wish to live the life decided by her birth on a path of escaping a tower prison, running to another kingdom, killing the wrong people, and facing revelations that are bound to leave anyone shocked. The swirling chemistry and romantic tropes make the journey even more interesting. A great set of action sequences and a dangerous mission
Beverly K
Sep 23, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantasy novel as written by Mojo Jojo. It is repetitive, reinstating the same point over and over. Moreover, it is inconsistent, jumping POVs within a specific frame and not sticking to a particular point.

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
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
3 stars

I loved the Blue Blood series by Melissa De La Cruz and was thrilled when I got the opportunity to read this story!

If The Queen’s Assassin has a plot alongside the ones you can indeed find in Sarah J Maas stories like the synopsis boasts it is also very different from said stories.

It’s a fast read set in a fantasy universe where magic has become rare, sometimes even forbidden.

You have the “goods” or at least the Renovians are the ones we are rooting for as they’ve had their magic stol
I am so happy that I finally got to dive into this!!

The Queen's Assassin has been on my radar ever since I saw this beautiful cover. Once I found the time to dive into it, I was beyond excited and ready. In it, you will meet Shadow and Cal. Their relationship was honestly something that got me hooked. You could clearly see the tension and sparks between them but you also felt something missing. Like, maybe someone was hiding something from the other.

Now this book is all told from both of their
Feb 02, 2020 rated it liked it
This took me two attempts to get into the story, but ultimately I was entranced by the adventure in the plot.

Cal was the Queen's Assassin and Shadow wanted to be his apprentice to learn from him. But she had a secret. Having uncovered a plot of treason but in the process, killing the crown prince, Cal was imprisoned. Shadow saved him, and together they went in search of the holy scrolls which would save their Kingdom.

This was the broad gist, but there were many subplots to it, with lies and dece
Athena (OneReadingNurse)
Thank you so much to BookishFirst and Penguin Teen for the ARC of The Queen's Assassin by Melissa de la Cruz!

I had mixed feelings about this book. It is a quick and uncomplicated read with a decent plot, and likeable enough characters. An adventurous girl wants to follow in her mother's footsteps and join a guild of assassins and magic keepers that helps to protect the Queen's line. Her family disagrees so she takes off to free the Queen's Assassin from prison - an interesting plot - and become
This book had been on my radar for awhile now so I was happy to finally get to dive in. But sadly, I was a little disappointed in it. I had guessed the "twist" in the first chapter, so I'm not sure how secretive she was trying to keep it. And aside from it being predictable, I felt the beginning just dragged. Pacing was a big issue here for me and I struggled to maintain interest.

Caledon Holt's life is not his own. Because of a blood promise his father made, Caledon is bound to the Queen until
Zoë ☆
*3.75 stars!

I had so so much fun reading this book! I picked it up yesterday on a whim and it's the next day and I just finished it...? I'm not even sorry that I didn't do that much uni work today because of it 😂
Soooo this book is about Shadow and Caledon, told from dual perspective. Who Shadow is is a bit of a mystery at first, but Caledon is the Queen's Assassin. Caledon is bound to the queen to find the missing Delan Scrolls, the fount of all magical history and knowledge, stolen years
Feb 01, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, storage, arc, alamw20
You know what, I tried to read The Queen's Assassin because it is written by De La Cruz and I was such a fan of the Blue Bloods series; but I cannot push forward in finishing it. I had several issues with The Queen's Assassin, including:

1. Massive info dump at the beginning of the book; which felt quite unnecessary. There are a lot of fantasy books out there who incorporate whatever you need to know about the kingdom/religion/etc. into the story itself. It is manageable. I was just put off and n
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I was given an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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
Alex Foux
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
I always love books by Melissa de la Cruz and "The Queen's Assassin" was no exception!

On top of the author's writing style, I thoroughly enjoyed the angst between the two main characters, the sassy comebacks and flirtatious banter really added to their depths. (Let's be real here, who DOESN'T love witty banter?!) I also appreciated that there was an array of characters that we love to love but also ones we love to hate.

The setting and clothing throughout the book was described in vibrant detail
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don’t regret reading this book, it was a good idea and I enjoyed it for the most part I guess. However the plot was predictable and forced (as was the love story), it just wasn’t well written in my opinion... I wouldn’t go as far to say it was bad but it just wasn’t good....
María Bravo Macías
I'm so mad that I can't give this book more stars... But that's all I got.

1. Because I guessed the plot twist way to soon (first chapter)

The romance wasn't even that good. I did like the few moments they had together when they were NOT arguing. Cal just needed a little push... In the head... With a chair. I don't know if I want to read the next book because I feel like the romance is ruined for me... But maybe when it comes out I'll change my mind.

The entire book was not e
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Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

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