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The Queen's Assassin

(Queen's Secret #1)

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  454 ratings  ·  220 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
384 pages
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
Benjamin (The Maniac)
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
Nadhira Satria
Jul 26, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: most-anticipated
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
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 ...more
♠ TABI ♠
I've been burned by this author a few times so here's just hoping she actually finishes this newest series :P
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
Lea ♞ That_Bookdragon

"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 although I have
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
2 stars

Basic and boring.

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
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 stolen
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
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As someone who went through middle and high school reading the Blue Bloods series, to see this new book by Cruz waiting for me, I was immediately struck by the need to sit down and read it all the way through. Which I absolutely ended up doing, and I don't regret at all. Cruz has the innate ability to build a world that you have no trouble believing in, with romances that rock your world. You need to see them live happily ever after right from the get go and yet she's prepared to make them ...more
Chris B. (1 More Chapter)
From the blurb: "... and the country they are sworn to protect from #1 NYT bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz."
You know an author is prolific when people are sworn to protect the public from her. :-)
Sheila Goicea
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of The Queen's Rising
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.


All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.

Content Warning: Death of an animal and people, Bullying, War, Assassination,
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
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
Olivia Wildenstein
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Bookishfirst for my advanced copy.

This was such a fun story filled with royal intrigue and sweet romance. I kept thinking of Mary Pearson’s KISS OF DECEPTION as I read Shadow and Cal’s adventures, and I really loved that book.

My favorite character was Cal because he was so kind and good, but Shadow was daring and brave which made her a very likable heroine.

The political intrigue was well set up and although I guessed certain twists, others did take me by surprise, which was
Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
Finally, a full synopsis, cover and release date :D
Dec 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
3.5 Stars

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
Victoria Booklover
Many people gave this book crappy reviews and now I can sort of understand why, but I still somehow enjoyed it even though I definitely had my issues with it.

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
Erin (erinevelynreads)
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Queen’s Assassin is a YA fantasy novel set in the fictional country of Renovia. Caledon Holt is the queen’s assassin, bound to her through a blood vow, and used to fulfill an impossible task. When he murders a traitorous prince to protect a farm girl, the queen sends him to a notorious prison to await instruction. Shadow, the girl Caledon saved, witnesses his transportation to the prison and sets out to free him. From there the two set out on a dangerous journey to protect the kingdom, and ...more
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
Dec 30, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hmmm
IDK. This looks so generic. Everything about it from the cover to the blurb SCREAMS 'Look how on trend we are! We can do the fantasy tropes too!' Like this truly sounds like "Every Fantasy Story You've Already Read" The Book. I'm cautious. Maybe the author just got shafted with bad marketing materials, idk, it just sounds like All The YA Fantasy from 2011 to now.
Amber (The Book Bratz)
Sigh, thoughts to come soon
Minca Huiberts
Thanks to publisher Tor/Forge Books and Edelweiss plus for the e-arc

In the first few chapters it occured to me that the writing style it self is pretty nice. No use of difficult language and the chapters take turns in quite an interesting way. But the information from the Deian rolls at the beginning (and sometimes during the story) seem to contain a few spoilers. Atleast that’s how I felt it. Because of this information you might be able to know what’s going on even before it’s confirmed in the
Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy
You can read all my review on Blog - Books Teacup and Reviews

The Queen’s Assassin was YA Fantasy that revolved around Queen’s secret and her assassin. It was about forbidden magic, romance, royal politics and saving kingdom from incursion and evil mages.

First of all that cover is awesome and so apt. Writing was gripping and addictive from the very beginning. I finished this book in 2 sitting and couldn’t put it down until the end. I loved author’s storytelling ability. World, characters and
Jan 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: other-reviews
See my full review here:

THE QUEEN'S ASSASSIN is a YA fantasy romance that would appeal to younger YA readers. The book follows Shadow and Caledon in alternating chapters with Shadow's in the first person point-of-view and Caledon's in the third person limited. Shadow lives with her aunts in a small cottage, but her time there is coming to an end, when she will have to join her mother at court and claim her birthright in Renovia.

Cal (short for Caledon) is
Feb 01, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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