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 why ...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 friends, it is that ...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
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 and ...more
obviously spoilers will be below, so, goodbye now if you haven't read it.
So we have an assassin hired by the queen and a farm girl yearning for apprenticeship. They cross paths--super conveniently--and find that their paths are actually intertwined (Of course they are, convenient!).
I enjoyed their journey and their dynamic. I found ...more
This book was FANTASTIC!!! It does start off a bit slow and eventually did start to pick up when Cal and Shadow head to Montrice.
We follow Shadow of the Honey Glade; who lives with her aunts, Moriah and Mesha, that are part of the Guild. Shadow occasionally will encounter visions from the past upon contact with a setting. During an episode she becomes sick encountering the fall of King Esban and is knocked on her back as the Aphrasian monk hovers over her, ready to drive a ...more
After the introduction with a lot of information, the story starts off pretty interesting. The first chapter is told by an all-knowing narrator which keeps the tension high of what is going to happen and who we will read about in the next few chapters. But due to this, you can already predict who is going to play what part in this story. After that, the story picks up it’s pace pretty quickly. ...more
While this story may build towards a somewhat hasty ending with some less than stellar world building, it's still a fun and exciting fantasy romance.
There's some great emotional parallels between Cal and Shadow, who are both bound to fates beyond their control and trying to outrun those fates. Their budding romance is set against a backdrop of enticing court intrigue as they navigate everything from escaping prison to "oh no, there's only one bed" to disguising themselves as nobles. Not ...more
ACTUAL: 4.25 stars
Caledon - the Queen's assassin, bound by blood to return the missing Deian Scrolls, a record of magical history and knowledge, stolen many years ago by a bold and rebellious group.
Shadow - trains to join the Guild like her aunts, and become a feared assassin. Meeting Caledon, let alone grow close to him, was not part of the plan.
But as their feelings grow, so does the danger around them, and ...more
I truly enjoyed this book! This was so beautiful and surprisingly especially towards the end! I am curious for the sequel! “The Queen’s Secret” is very intriguing to be found out! I hope others enjoy this book as much as me!
After a lengthy history lesson in the form of a diary excerpt (not the most efficient world-building method) that I had to reread several times due to not being able to ...more
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 ...more
Packed with forbidden magic and love, The Queen’s Assassin follows both Shadow and Cal. Shadow decides she isn’t going to be a pawn of the Queen by being a lady’s maid. Instead, Shadow is going to rescue the infamous Queen’s Assassin, Caledon ‘Cal’ Holt from the prisons of Deersia and help him put a stop to those ...more
A slow burn budding romance is definitely in the forefront of this Ya fantasy book of magic, assassins, royalty and adventure
The Queen’s Assassin follows both two characters, Shadow and Cal.
Shadow takes her destiny into her own hands by planning on rescuing the infamous Queen’s Assassin. Headstrong and at times a little immature and ...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 that were ...more
Her books for adults include the novel Cat’s Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like ...more