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The Queen's Secret

(The Queen's Secret #2)

3.31  ·  Rating details ·  1,004 ratings  ·  134 reviews
Lilac's birthright makes her the Queen of Renovia, and a forced marriage made her the Queen of Stavin. But being a ruler does not mean making the rules. For Lilac, taking the throne means giving up the opportunity to be with love of her life, the kingdom's assassin, Caledon Holt.

Worse, Cal is forced to leave the castle when a horrific set of magical attacks threatens Lilac
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 2nd 2021 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Mar 31, 2021 rated it did not like it
I learned a long time ago that tears don't save lives. All they do is blur your vision.

Boy, I am disappointed 😭 What the heck did I read?! I had my worries when I started this. Worries I might get confused because I remembered excactly nothing from the first book. Apart from liking it. That problem was solved by the author by giving us a little summary before starting with the new story and I got into the story easily enough. There were still things I was a little confused about but I can't
Lea | That_Bookdragon
3/5 ⭐️

(Warning for potential spoiler for book 1 if you read this)

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

Happy book birthday to The Queen's Secret!

I had already really enjoyed the first book in this duology, and this one was fun as well. Cal and Shadow/Lilac's relationship is explored deeper as everyone around them tries to keep them apart. I was a little bit sad about this part though and wished we could have been o
Jul 19, 2020 marked it as to-read-sequels-novellas-companions  ·  review of another edition

THIS COVER. THIS BLURB. It's killing me.
Ever since I devoured the first book in this series, well, it's very safe to assume that I was going to do the exact same thing to The Queen's Secret. There's just something about these characters that completely sucks me in. It also doesn't hurt that the adventure itself flies by and just leaves me wanting more too.

Now I wont say that each and every twist amazed me - because that would be a lie. For some, they felt a bit predictable or dare I even say it - forced. Especially when it came to ei
*Source* Library
*Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy
*Rating* 3-3.5


The Queen's Secret is the second and final installment in author Melissa de la Cruz's The Queen's Secret duology. Lilac is the princess of Renovia by birth, and the queen of Stavin from her marriage to King Hansen. But her heart belongs to Caledon Holt, an assassin sworn to protect the queen. For awhile Hansen and Lilac have an arrangement. They are married in name only, and each has lovers in secret thus the name of the book.
Apr 15, 2021 rated it liked it
*2.5 stars

Uhm... what? I really struggled to get through The Queen's Assassin. Like, it-almost-took-me-a-month-to-read-it kind of struggle. Luckily, this book was strangely short so it wasn't too hard to get through. (That was the first thing I noticed- this book was really small compared to the first book in the duology.)

That's about as much as I can dredge up in ways of something positive. If you did not enjoy the characters of the first book, I can assure you that they do not get any better.
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to love this book. The idea of the book is an intriguing one, and I feel like it could have been a really captivating story, but it fell flat for me. I think part of the issue is that this book seems a little too young for me, but the main issue was that nothing really interesting happened until I was 75% into the book. I realized that I could skip pages at a time, and not really miss any information. Also, the big conflict in the book was resolved over the course of like four pa ...more
Mar 21, 2021 rated it liked it
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I really enjoyed the first book of this duology, The Queen’s Assassin, but the sequel was a little disappointing... part of what made book one so good was the MCs’ banter and angst-filled relationship. Sadly, the scenes between them in book two are so sparse (and lacking banter!), you forget why you were rooting for them in the first place. The ship sunk. 🚢

There was a lot of potential with new characters, and possible obstacles to overcome, but they felt underd
Jun 03, 2021 rated it did not like it
I barely tolerated the last book but I despise this one.

I skimmed through the whole thing, incredibly bored and regretting my choices. I wish I never laid my eyes on this, I am now condemned to forever wonder.

Both covers were pretty, which is why I bought it in the first place. Good marketing but I just wish it actually had some plot that didn't bore me to death.

If one were to punish me, I think they would walk over to my bookshelf, pick up this book and force me to reread it.
Erin (erinevelynreads)
Lilac is the princess of Renovia by birth, and the queen of Stavin from her marriage to King Hansen. But her heart belongs to Cal, an assassin sworn to protect the queen. For awhile Hansen and Lilac have an arrangement, they are married in name only, and each has lovers in secret. But when a series of strange events begin occurring in the kingdom of Stavin, Hansen decides it is time for them to stand together as a unit, and produce an heir to unite their kingdoms. But strange things continue to ...more
Jun 16, 2021 rated it liked it
I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. The first was wonderful. I feel like this one was slow, slow, BOOM BOOM rushed! Ending.

Apr 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
***3.5 stars***

I was expecting The Queen's Secret to disappoint me, and since my expectations were so low, it didn't. It was actually better than I had been expecting. Though it definitely wasn't as good as the first book, The Queen's Assassin, I still thought it was okay. I think that The Queen's Assassin easily could have, and probably should have, been a standalone, this book wasn't awful. I liked seeing how everything played out.
Apr 30, 2021 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars.

What did I just read? I thought the first book was okay.But this book was really bad.The story dragged till the end and the ending was so underwhelming.First book had a plot and character development even though it was slow.But this book ruined it. Shadow/Lilac had a purpose in the first book. But here she has nothing, literally NOTHING to do other than worry about producing an heir while pining for Cal. I thought Cal and Lilac were good in the first book but here both were so annoying
Zoe and MB
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This was such a good book. But I have to admit, it seriously tortured me. The main love interests being constantly forced apart was absolutely killing me. My heart just aches for them. Altogether this book was pretty good and finished the duology really well. Most books that I have read have gone in a different direction to forcing lovers apart, which made this book so interesting and made me feel so much more strongly for the characters. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone wh
Jun 01, 2021 rated it liked it
Like the first book, what should be the main plot is in the background for most of the book and then resolved in like 5 pages. Most of the book is just awkward distance jealousy. And all the characters are flat and not very likeable.
Jun 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
SO SO GOOD. i think i like queen’s assassin better bc cal and lilac were together more, but this one was still amazing. i used to literally hate hansen, but in the last like 10 pages i’m like long love the king asf 🙌
May 20, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Diana-christie Biancardi
Gosh the first one was way better than this one! Vastly different. I could not keep my interest going with this one.
May 11, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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About the ending....
Elisa (The Overflowing Bookshelf)
If I’m being honest, I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I was hoping to. This book seemed too focused on Lilac and Cal’s forbidden romance that the rest of the plot felt cast aside and rushed at the end. And the whole point to Cal’s blood oath from the first book seems irrelevant until the very end of book two. Another thing I was disappointed with was the character development. In The Queen’s Assassin, most of the plot rests on Shadow/Lilac and Cal so the character development wasn’t really an ...more
Nia Dragin
Apr 11, 2021 rated it liked it
Originally reviewed on Cyn's Workshop

The Queen’s Secret picks up right after the events of The Queen’s Assassin. However, it suffers from much of the same problems, leaving readers underwhelmed.

Writing Style
The biggest problem here is that it does not feel like Melissa de la Cruz. De la Cruz has a talent for reinvention, but that is missing with this series.

The Queen’s Secret lacks passion. It has a story, but it feels generic, as if the author’s heart was not it. Following Caledon and Lilac, no
Feb 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Penguin Teen for providing me with a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Overall I am rating this book 3.5/4 stars. I was very excited to for this sequel because the ending of The Queen' Assassin left me a bit speechless. I was a bit disappointed with the overall plot of The Queen's Secret and the lack of any real development in the relationship between Shadow/Lilac and Cal. The two main characters were barely with each other for the duration of the book and w ...more
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Mar 15, 2021 rated it liked it
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May 13, 2021 rated it liked it
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Becca Mee
May 19, 2021 rated it it was ok
This book left me irritated. It started off well enough. I liked the premise of Lilac having to juggle her love for Cal and her duty to her country and her husband. I loved the forbidden romance between Lilac and Cal and all of the tension it caused both for them and for the plot as a whole. Also, De l;a Cruz's writing style and her worldbuilding are both pretty solid. But other than that? Well, I was left wanting more from this book. This book reads so dang rushed, like the author was just tryi ...more
Feb 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Queen’s Secret is the ending of a duology and I felt both sad to see it end but also fulfilled at its outcome. YA fantasy is one of those genres where sometimes one has to suspend belief and just go with it, this is, in fact, why I love the genre so much.

This being said, Lilac is still a tough heroine and one that I admired for her choices, she’s put aside many of Shadow’s warrior tendencies and taken on more of a Queenly role but there’s a reason for this and it doesn’t show until the very
May 04, 2021 rated it liked it
*Thanks to the publisher for providing me with an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review
THE QUEEN'S SECRET was an good conclusion to this duology. Cal and Lilac are back for an entertaining sequel about the continuation of their romance but also the escalation of some dark magic in the kingdom. I really liked being back in this world, it's really simple to understand and the world itself is really immersive. There were a few things I didn't love (but didn't really hate either) about
Mar 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
This Cover is absolutely gorgeous! It pairs perfectly with the first book in this series THE QUEEN’S ASSASSIN. I really enjoyed the first novel, I enjoyed it when I read it a year ago, and I enjoyed it even more recently after having listened to the audiobook version. I highly recommend reading/listening to it before tackling The Queen’s Secret.

In doing my best to not give any spoilers, The Queen’s Secret dives deeper into the relationship between Lilac and Cal that we were introduced to in the
May 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
I loved The Queens Assassin, especially the witty banter and the growing relationship between Shadow and Cal. Honestly discovering Shadow was really Lilac was a bit disappointing. That said, seeing how Lilac behaves as a queen was surprisingly interesting. This book really tied things up nicely though I wish I’d re read the Queens Assassin before reading this book as I’d forgotten a lot of different elements to the story that weren’t revisited.

While The Queens Secret was enjoyable to read I real
May 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book has and incredible plot for a sequel. It started off very boring and not very fun. I think if I had not forced myself to read this only because this was a sequel, I would probably have put the book down in the first chapter. It was not what I was expecting because the first book was quite good. I really enjoyed the first one mainly for its suspense and war. This book has absolutely no war and no suspense (until the end though). Melissa De La Cruz could have done a slightly better job i ...more
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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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