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From Annie Sullivan, author of A Touch of Gold, comes Tiger Queen, a sweeping YA fantasy adventure that tells the story of a fierce desert princess battling to save her kingdom. Fans of Rebel of the Sands and Meagan Spooner will devour this retelling of Frank Stockton’s famous short story, “The Lady, or the Tiger?”

In the mythical desert kingdom of Achra, an ancient law for
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Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Expected publication: September 10th 2019 by Blink
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Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Book – Tiger Queen
Author – Annie Sullivan
Series – Stand-Alone
Cliffhanger? - NO
Publication Date – September 10, 2019
Genre – Fantasy/Retelling
Rating – 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Complimentary copy generously provided by the author through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts - Story

I had no idea this was based on the story “The Lady, or the Tiger” before I requested this book to review.

I instantly fell in love with the story and love when a heroine presents herself as a “bad guy” but th
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Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
...Princess Kateri as she fights suitors in an arena to win the right to rule her desert kingdom...

Well this is a fun twist
ʙᴇʟʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.
ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review (Thank you!)

Tiger Queen presents Kateri, a Princess of Kingdom Achra surrounded by a Desert. Kateri yearns to become the best Warrior in her Kingdom, not just because she desperately seeks her Father's approval, but also because she wants to become the ruler and by consequence, to be free to make her own choices. To do that she has no choice but to fight in the arena.
Kateri wins against almost all of her opponents in th
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Umairah | Sereadipity
Mar 05, 2019 marked it as to-read
I received an e-ARC of this via Edelweiss! I'm so excited to read it!
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
Loved A Touch of Gold, I'm completely here for anything that Annie puts out.
Brenda Drake
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I loved this twist on the short story "The Lady or the Tiger." Princess Kateri is such an all-around strong character. The fight scenes were amazing and had me on the edge. I especially liked the close bonds Kateri had to her family and people and her willingness to make great sacrifices for them. The desert setting comes to life with Sullivan's wonderful storytelling skills. And Cion, I have no words other than he grabbed my heart. This fast-paced adve ...more
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
Mar 16, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: arc, fantasy, young-adult
ARC received in exchange for an honest review - thank you!

The writing was pretty good, but the story just felt too simplistic for me to really get behind it. The villains were very villainous, the good guys were very good... the only exception is the heroine, who starts out delightfully conflicted, but quickly sees the error of her ways (and thus loses my interest). An uninspiring love interest seals the deal.

Honestly, this is probably more of an 'it's not you, it's me' thing.

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Carly
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
So while I defiantly figured out the way this was going to go (I never read the book or short story it was based off) I really enjoyed it!
Janetpbj
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgallery
The short story, "The Lady or the Tiger," has been one of my favorites since I read it in high school. It is one piece of literature that has stayed with me since. I've gone back and forth in my mind for many years wondering which door was chosen. Reading Tiger Queen was like visiting a friend from long ago! Annie Sullivan put a new, but believable, twist on this story. I cannot wait to recommend this book to my high school students who have read the short story. A combination of mystery, advent ...more
Amy Imogene Reads
Mar 28, 2019 marked it as to-read
While Annie Sullivan's previous book A Touch of Gold was a miss for me, I'm looking forward to exploring this new world. It's also based on "The Lady, or the Tiger?" a short story by Roger Stockton (a favorite), and involves an arena/fighting concept that I am HERE for.

Thanks to Blink via NetGalley for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.
Serethiel ☽ ✨
Apr 17, 2019 marked it as to-read
um, a retelling of the lady or the tiger??? I'VE BEEN WAITING MY ENTIRE LIFE FOR THIS 🙌
K8
Jan 01, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: september-2019
after A touch of gold wasn't like. Greek. at ALL. this seems like a poor idea.
♠️ Tabi ♠️
a ruler must fight gladiatorially to prove herself fit for her kingdom??

SIGN ME UP
Monica Khan
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title Tiger Queen

Author Annie Sullivan

Release Date September 10, 2019

Description from Amazon

In the mythical desert kingdom of Achra, an ancient law forces sixteen-year-old Princess Kateri to fight in the arena to prove her right to rule. For Kateri, winning also means fulfilling a promise to her late mother that she would protect her people, who are struggling through windstorms and drought. The si
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Tabor
In the desert kingdom of Achra, weakness is not tolerated and no one knows this better than Princess Kateri, who must prove her worth in the arena and win the right to rule. Her father distant and harsh like the desert has made Kateri train her whole life for this moment and she is determined to win and keep her promise to her deceased mother to look after their people. However, this desire is thwarted time and time again by the desert boys - outcasts, who killed Kateri's mother and steal water ...more
Katie
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it
The synopsis promises fast-paced action in a sand-swept fantasy setting, and it delivers on those counts. If you came for arena fights, plot twists, and romance, you’ll find what you’re looking for. Sullivan is at her best writing moments of high energy and intensity, like fight scenes or turning points of discovery, and there were some interesting elements to the mythical kingdom she created.

That said, this book was not for me. Full review can be found here.

This is certainly due in part to how
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Sissy Lu {Book Savvy Reviews}
For fans of desert-based fantasy

I've been meaning to pick up A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan, but I'm on a book ban! So, I was excited to receive this book to review instead. Especially since the premise interested me. A Princess fighting in an arena, proving she's worthy to rule her kingdom? Absolutely! But more than that—add in the fact the people are being deprived of water and there are rations put in place.

Everything about this book promised a great read, but did it deliver? In some ways
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Hannah
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
Wowzers. My adrenaline was pumping during this entire book. Whoowee! It had gladiator schtuff in it, and I am a sucker for gladiator themes. Kateri was super cool. In fact, pretty much every character was cool. The action was super intense and that climax. Mm! Yesh! SO COOL. The writing was very sensible, and to the point and the world building was amazing. The writing really sucked me in. When the characters were sweaty and thirsty, I wanted to drink some water. I found how people survived the ...more
Steph
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Blink and NetGalley (and Edelweiss) for a digital ARC of this book.

First of all, the character building in this book is fantastic. I couldn't stand Kateri and her oblivious and spoiled nature. However, she evolved so much throughout the book and understood her people's struggles as she soon began to live them. The change was wonderful to see and I felt like it taught a great lesson. We don't know how much other people struggle until we are in their shoes. She also was fierce and br
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Nicole
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this novel from net galley and the publisher. Thank you!
This novel was a great read! I could not put it down! Ms. Sullivan weaves an excellent tale. The story is it’s own and brings in a choice, which door to choose where one is freedom and the other , the tiger. Not all is as it appears in the kingdom of Achra. People are suffering from water rations due to a drought. The Desert Boys are stealing the water. Princess Kateri believed many things about what she had been told until her l
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Meghan
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from Blink in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

Tiger Queen is an invigorating book to read that reminded me a lot of the Disney movie Brave fighting to keep the crown and sacrifice everything she knows for what is rightfully hers or she will lose it to a man of the other Kingdom. Also, I think a lot of people will relate to Kateri's passion and love for her family and her people especially after t
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Amy
This was a fun adventure in the desert! I loved watching the characters discover the truth and soften their hearts. The writing was so atmospheric that I could feel myself choking on sand and dying of thirst. I really enjoyed the characters and the fun little side adventures they had (sand surfing anyone?!) I was cheering for the people of the desert to find their champion, and I so enjoyed watching how things resolved. I do not often read single stories (not part of a series) and this one was w ...more
Nathalie
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
* I was provided an arc by NetGalley in exchange for a review*

4.5 stars for this wonderful story.

In a world where duologies and series dominate, it is so refreshing to find a good standalone book. This book is really well written and beautiful. I found it to be very poetic in its own way, and I loved the story. It’s almost like Jasmine from Aladdin meets Peter Pan in the desert. Just a really great action packed YA novel.
Elena
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was fast paced and thrilling from beginning to end. Tiger Queen is beautifully written and captivating. Annie Sullivan keeps you guessing throughout the book. I loved all of the characters in this book and found myself rooting for them until the very end. I highly recommend this book to any fantasy reader looking for a fresh new take on a fairy tale retelling.
Jessica
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Starting out, I struggled to get into the book. It took until about chapter 6 for me to really start getting enthralled. This was a book that towards the end, had my heart beating faster and faster. I loved the characters especially Kateri and Cion. Overall, a great read!
Torie
Apr 14, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was decent. the fight scenes were good. The plot twist really didn't surprise me that much. I enjoyed this book but wouldn't read it again.
Jennifer H.
Mar 28, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: arc-netgalley
Thank you to Netgalley and Blink!

Arc request approved. So freaking ready!
Cailin | Whiskers & Ink
I was really hyped for this one, as I’m a huge sucker for romances involving the desert and princesses. (I don’t quite know why, desert romances just seem sexier for some reason to me? Weird, I know, let’s carry on.)

I did like the book overall but not going to lie, it didn’t stun me. Firstly, the plot was pretty straightforward. While I liked the twist on the Lady or the Tiger tale, the plot didn’t have any big twists or anything to surprise the reader. So it reads like a pretty straightforward
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Apr 16, 2019
Nicole
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel was a great read! I could not put it down! Ms. Sullivan weaves an excellent tale. The story is it’s own and brings in a choice, which door to choose where one is freedom and the other , the tiger. Not all is as it appears in the kingdom of Achra. People are suffering from water rations due to a drought. The Desert Boys are stealing the water. Princess Kateri believed many things about what she had been told until her last opponent to defeat was the man she despised and who she could n ...more
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