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The Queen's Assassin I d rather say Voldemort a thousand times before reading onebook with the word queen in its title. 3.5 5Of 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 whichThank 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 3.5 5Of 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 whichThank 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 to admit I guessed the major plot twist really early, but then again that is something I unfortunately tend to do It did not however take away my enjoyment for this story The Queen s Assassin follows Cal and Shadow using two different POV for the narration Whereas Shadow s voice could be followed with the first person POV, Cal used the third person POV and I really liked this aspect It brought a little bit of originality to the writing We are introduced to Shadow, an girl thirsting for adventure who accidentally gets lost in a forbidden place After nearly getting killed by a traitor of the crown, Shadow is saved by none other than the infamous Queen s Assassin, Caledon Cal Holt Shadow runs away before he could recognize her and when she hears Cal gets imprisoned for a terrible crime, she decides she will go to his rescue and become his apprentice I do have one little criticism to do and it s that we are told repetitively that Cal who quickly became one of my favorites is the deadliest assassin in the kingdom, I thought we didn t see it enough and the book lacked hardcore action or that some of it was brushed off a little bit too fast I would have liked to seebrawls andassassin activities but I still have high hopes for that with the next book That ending quite literally killed me I need book two now Shadow was a very interesting character She is reckless and her following her train of thoughts was a really fun adventure I liked her determination to have what she wants, and trust me, she knows exactly what she wants Cal, as I said, was my favorite in this book The both of them have a purpose they want to achieve until they realize there may bebetween them than they realized I really liked reading their banter and seeing their evolution around each other Plotwise, I really liked the idea behind the whole story I don t think I can saythan this as I could quickly enter spoiler zone so you will have to see it for yourself The pace was both slow and fast at times, which could be a bit disconcerting as I mentioned earlier but it did not alter my enjoyment of the book To conclude, if you like royals, secrets and assassins, then this is definitely one for you There were quite a bunch of twists in this book and the relationship between the characters was truly interesting and made me root for them really hard, eventhan I actually realized Can I have book 2 now please My Bookstagram 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 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 bad I ended up skipping about 60 pages in this book trying to spare my sanity , AND I MISSED NOTHING Literally I was able to figure out everything that I had skipped in about 10 pages Let s talk about why this book is horrible, shall we 1 It has ridiculously inconsistent characterization Shadow acts one way for half the book, then she magically changes into like an entirely different person No rhyme, no reason Her personality just changes on whims Cal, on the other hand, has zero personality Even in the chapters he narrates, there s nothing You could replace the character with a piece of wood and no one would notice the difference 2 So, this book is told in alternating perspectives Which I love I love knowing how both or multiple characters are feeling or what they are thinking What doesn t work is the fact that Shadow s chapters are told from first person POV and Cal s chapters are told from third person POV It is very jarring to immerse yourself in one character s thoughts or feelings and then to turn the digital page and suddenly be referring to the character de chapitre by their damn name Every time it happened, I was thrown out of my reading headspace and had to re acclimate myself And it happened a lot.3 The huge plot twist at the end of the novel Isn t a plot twist for anyone who s read a YA fantasy in the last 5 years Also, comparing this book to Maas work is an insult of the highest caliber 4 The love story between Shadow and Cal just doesn t work They have zero chemistry together Honestly, the story would have been a lot better it not be included and let these two be epic bffs or something 5 There s just something off about the entire novel The pacing is super weird ridiculously fast in some spots and then maddeningly slow in others There s random inserts of history and stories about Renovia in the middle of the novel that really throw off the pace really, de la Cruz, you couldn t have figured out a better way to work those in This book just doesn t work I know I m one of the first negative reviews on this book as it doesn t get published for another 6 months, but I know I won t be the last Look, I love cheesy YA fantasy love stories But there are better ones out there Save yourself the headache and stay far, far away from this one 1.5 starsFantasy 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 theI progressed with the story, the1.5 starsFantasy 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 theI progressed with the story, theit began to feel dull and uninspiring, giving the reader a pretentious fantasy novel.The Queen s Assassin takes place in a world where magic was taken by a group who hoarded the magic of the land and caused several disputes in the kingdom Several years later, fragments of the group are still around and have ulterior motives for the next queen Our two protagonists, Shadow and Cal, are caught up in a whirlwind of magic and conspiracies.All of that sounds good on paper, it s the execution of if that was done poorly Half the time I didn t know if this wanted to be a romance story or a fantasy story Couple that with Melissa s constant need to add extravagant moments, the plot was lost.There is a plot that involves a lot of political conspiracy involving magic and matricide But that is put on the backburner in favor of Shadow s and Cal s relationship It honestly felt like I was reading two different stories at once One that has magic and intrigue while the other is a romance A romance, I might add, that has no chemistry.Shadow as a character was all over the place One minute she s acting like this the next her emotions and thoughts are completely different than that of who she is The constant changes in her mood and thoughts made her a rather dull and annoying character Then there s Cal and all I can say about this guy is that he s boring as hell.With these two boring characters comes a romance that is about as romantic as watching a fish rot in the sun There s no chemistry between them, they spend most of the 2nd half of the book bickering.One thing I notice in a lot of Melissa s books is that she has the need to write extravagant parties From her Blue Blood series to The Birthday Girl, extravagance is always a reoccurring thing in her books She can t go one book without there being an expensive party that could literally pay two years worth of rent when I was living out of town for college What I found irritating about this is that when Melissa writes these types of scenes, she goes so much into it that the plot is almost forgotten until something or someone brings it up Enough with the extravagance.There s something I should mention about the plot as well Aside from being boring, it s also forgettable that if you were to put it down for a day, you would most likely forget what happened in the last 50 pages I ll give you a perfect example I ve been playing Fire Emblem Three Houses for a good while and recently, a DLC was released for it and it was around that time I was reading The Queen s Assassin I played who knows how much of FE3H that when I went back to read, I forgot what the hell happened Thankfully I remembered, but if a book does not capture my interest long after I ve read it, then there s something wrong with how the plot was presented Will I be continuing the series Maybe If I can get my hands on the audiobook of the next book, then I can try to get through it It s only a duology so it should be easy to finish.The Queen s Assassin is basic as hell That s the only way to describe everything about this book Basic There are a few spoilers in this review, but it s probably better than taking the time to read this bookand 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 There are a few spoilers in this review, but it s probably better than taking the time to read this bookand 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 eventually marry someone, but it s never clearly explained , but all she wants is to be a member of the Hearth something Guild, which I believe is a network of spies assassins working for the Queen of Renovia again, I think There were a lot of big names being tossed around, it was so hard to keep track of them When Cal Holt between this and Shadow the naming system of this book confused me is arrested and poses as a prisoner after assassinating a traitor to the throne given that Cal is the Queen s ASSASSIN, it was very confusing as to why he would be punished for doing his job, especially given that this is the only time throughout the book that he actually does his job , Shadow breaks him out of prison and poses as an apprentice sent by the queen So, Caledon and Shadow set out to the land of Montrice the capital of which is called Mont for reasons I cannot comprehend toI honestly can t remember at this point I think they were trying to uncover a secret plot against the crown Maybe Here s the first problem with this book There are TOO many things going on There are evil monks who want magic and also want to depose of Queen Lilliana and her family, but Queen Lilliana is actually of Dellefiora or something, and I have no idea what that s supposed to mean to me Shadow and Cal are assassins but they spend the entire book being spies quotation marks included because all they do is attend parties and hunts and the spying activity consists of them breaking into one 1 office Shadow has every power under the sun, I guess Cal is also trying to retrieve from Scrolls that were taken from the queen he serves and she needs them back so desperately that she made his father swear a blood vow that he would retrieve them, but Cal s father died so the vow passed to him Again, this book is trying too hard to being so many things and in the end it accomplishes none of its goals Readers are expected to believe that Shadow is the Coolest because she is Different from other girls, and this means that she is apparently a very skilled fighter, spy, and mage, and also she isn t aware that she s beautiful and all of the boys want to dance with her There was a time and a place for this kind of character, and I think it s safe to say we re all grateful that we left this Mary Sue trope behind for the most part Unfortunately, this book seeks to bring that trope back It goes a step further by declaring that Shadow is actually Crown Princess Lilac in addition to being a martial artist mage spy It all comes across as extremely manipulative of the reader, given that Shadow spends the entire novel knowing that she s the princess, and while there are supposedly clues, they re so quick to be brushed over that they get lost amongst the millions of plotlines that appear once before being dropped shapeshifters, evil monks, scrolls, spying, there are witches suddenly, magic is gone but some people still have it, etc The twist seemed to think it was much smarter than it actually is, and I didn t see it coming from a mile away because Shadow s only redeeming feature was that she wasn t royalty Additionally, there was absolutely no personality for me to get attached to, nor did there appear to be any character development beyond her new love attraction for Cal The title implies that there would be some assassinations occurring throughout the novel, therefore opening the door to Shadow s struggle with morality, but the title is incredibly misleading because neither the Queen s Assassin NOR his apprentice actually do any assassinating The same can be said for Cal I had absolutely no reason to care about him In fact, I began to hate him, not only because of the use of third person present for his POV I ve never seen it in a book before, and I hope to never see it again, it was completely jarring , but also because of his consistent disgusting internal commentary about women s bodies, and how much he dislikes women but not their bodies unless they re Shadow, whom he frequently alludes to wanting to impregnate He waxes poetic about Shadow mostly her physical features, mind you , but is disgusted by the advances of the duchess, even though he reciprocates her flirtation Both he and Shadow frequently refer to the duchess as dumb or stupid, yet they spend perhaps half the book in her home I have NO idea why they were there in the first place, or what they were attempting to uncover, only that they eventually deduced that the duke was evil We received a quickie explanation as to how this fits into the novel s beginning, with Cal murdering the traitorous crown prince, but not only is it an info dump that fails to clear up the 42852389 questions I still had, it doesn t explain why we spent so much of the novel being dragged through chapters and chapters of absolutely no plot That s maybe my main gripe with the novel The pacing is so incredibly off mass reveals take up approximately 2 lines, but you could skip about 70 pages at a time and all you would ve missed is Shadow and Cal pining for each other and lacking any semblance of communication skills, therefore sending them into the predictable and horrible pit of YA angst that most authors are trying to distance themselves from, on account that it s a complete snore fest and actually insulting to teenagers who, arguably, never know what they re doing at any given time The book also suffered from the perplexing addition of the laziest form of plot and world building journal entries from however long ago The only time I ve ever seen journal entries actually work in a manner that isn t contrived and lazy is in Claire Legrand s FURYBORN, as they re short snippets that allow for a greater understanding of the culture and tone of the world TQA, however, plopped journal entries into the book as an introduction and, later, explanation of events that never fully connected with the plot at hand although I never really knew what that was in the first place Another gripe I have this book is fantasy romance There is little substance beyond the romance, and even that is dry as plaster But I am shocked by the aspect of familial romance Cal and Shadow show up in Mont and pretend to be siblings which is a very, very strange cover to assume when it s been clear since I read the synopsis that they re attracted to each other This leads to a lot of awkward moments in which the court beholds a romantic moment between what they presume to be siblings, which Cal and Shadow laugh off at all times Does it not make them uncomfortable that everyone thinks they re siblings, and they re acting like horny kids whose parents aren t home The only saving grace is that Cal and Shadow aren t actually related or so I thought At the end of the book, Shadow Lilac drops this piece of information My aunt Mesha is your mother s younger sister Do Ido I need to even comment on this This is a completely unnecessary addition to this book, and it only makes the romance between Cal and Shadowcringey But it gets better At the end of the book, Lilac aka Shadow finds herself engaged to a king, but she tells Cal that he could be her consort This is a man who, supposedly, wants nothingthan to be free of nobility and to have a family of his own Shadow is supposed to know this because she knows him because, mind you, they re in love Cal leaves, because he s too good to be a queen s consort, he speaks with a person who is supposed to be dead no, we don t get an explanation about how they ve come back , who informs Cal that the Big Baddy actually isn t dead Cal and this character leave to seemingly hunt the Big Baddy We flash forward a few months, and Lilac is moping around her castle, having married the king but never actually consummated the marriage, which again confuses me the king was described as being very attracted to Lilac Would he not want to consummate the marriage To be consensual, would he not want to at least attempt to woo his wife Do they not understand that as monarchs they ARE expected to have heirs for the sake of their country , when she hears a knock on the door that was supposed to belong to her consort It is undeniably Cal, given Lilac s reaction and her declaration that this room is to be known as The Queen s Secret Which begs a millionquestions, all of which go unanswered If this is supposed to be a duology, I m confused, because even though we re left with 6436783867845 questions, the end seems very much like a cold, hard conclusion Ultimately, no, I will not be recommending this book to anyone I ll never understand that Why can t people be satisfied with peace First of all Look at thatgorgeouscover That s what first drew me to this book and let me tell you It s not 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 installmen I ll never understand that Why can t people be satisfied with peace First of all Look at thatgorgeouscover That s what first drew me to this book and let me tell you It s not 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 installment I need to know Bound by fate, broken by love2.5 stars ARC given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review Summary 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 kingBound by fate, broken by love2.5 stars ARC given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review Summary 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 kingdom of Renovia Review I wanted so, so badly to love this one It has so many elements that I typically go for assassins, royals, the sharing one bed trope, forbidden love But it just fell flat for me in so many ways and was really disappointing The writing style was jarring When reading from Shadow s perspective, it was first person present Then when we read from Cal s perspective, it was third person past This really threw me off, and didn t seem to serve a purpose to the story Do you ever read a book and just feel like..it s only surface level I was reading about what was happening, but it wasn t backed up by the characters behaving in that way, or previous world building, or anything I felt like I was just being told what happened, and there was not previous groundwork being laid to logically lead to that conclusion view spoiler For example, we were told at the end of the novel that Duchess Girt was a witch, even though she had just been flirting with Cal the whole novel and we never even got a HINT or any sort of behavior that would lead to that conclusion hide spoiler The romance too just..was insta love exemplified There was no interactions that really led me to believe that these two characters were actually in love and willing to risk it all for each other In conclusion, I felt like the bones of a good novel were there, but the story was truly not fleshed out enough to make it enjoyable Caledon Holt is the Kingdom of Renovia s deadliest weapon No one alive can best him in brawn or brains, which is why he s the Guild s most dangerous member and the Queen s one and only assassin He s also bound to the Queen by an impossible vow to find the missing Deian Scrolls, the fount of all magical history and knowledge, stolen years ago by a nefarious sect called the AphrasiansShadow has been training all her life to follow in the footsteps of her mother and aunts to become skilled enough to join the ranks of the Guild Though magic has been forbidden since the Aphrasian uprising, Shadow has been learning to control her powers in secret, hoping that one day she ll become an assassin as feared and revered as Caledon HoltWhen a surprise attack brings Shadow and Cal together, they re forced to team up as assassin and apprentice to hunt down a new sinister threat to Renovia But as Cal and Shadow grow closer, they ll uncover a shocking web of lies and secrets that may destroy everything they hold dear With war on the horizon and true love at risk, they ll stop at nothing to protect each other and their kingdom in this stunning first novel in the Queen s Secret seriesPerfect 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 fromNYT bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz 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 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 was quite the surprise.One thing that i really appreciated about this book was that Cruz gave the main girl a purpose beyond fulfilling what her role or duty to her kingdom was The girl thrives forthan just being a beautiful princess and I think that is an important message to convey to the young adult community In the same breath, i could have used a little less of the romance component because i wanted this to beabout defying her role than anything.This book is kicking off a new series so the ending does leave you wanting a little , but that is to be expected.Seereviews on instagram UnshelvedEdition I ve been burned by this author a few times so here s just hoping she actually finishes this newest series P

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