Four Dead ueens was being iven away when I attended the Penguin talk at Comic Con back in July 2018 Before this I knew nothing about it but I was immediately drawn in by the promise of a murder mystery in a fantasy setting I m a sucker for murder mysteries in Building Ideas: An Architectural Guide to the University of Chicago general and adding this to a fantasy world seemed like a recipe for excellenceIt didn t really work for me though Part of the problem might be that this book a standalone it seems tries to do too many things and stretches itself way too thin in the process It contains six different perspectives in total all third person except for Keralee s perspective It also contains weak fantasy esue politics an investigation into a murder vague sci fi concepts likeenetic alterations and comm chips and a romance that is thrown in for no reason I can seeThe fantasy part and its worldbuilding felt lacking Many of the explanations iven for the land and political system of uadara didn t uite make sense to me When a history is painted in there s a vague mention of the one king and a war before the founding four ueens built walls to split the land into uarters each one ruling over their own section I had a hard time picturing how this took place and why this was an adeuate solution Likewise the rules of the ueenly Law seem ill conceived I don t understand why the ueens are not allowed to visit the land they rule overAt the time of the novel the four ruling ueens are Iris of Archia Corra of Eonia Stessa of Ludia and Marguerite of Toria As the title reveals the ueens start being murdered one by one so an investigator is called in to find the killer Alongside this runs the story of street thief Keralee who ingests some comm chips and sees visions of the ueens deaths Accompanied by the beautiful but stoic Varin ooh what could happen comm chips and sees visions of the ueens deaths Accompanied by the beautiful but stoic Varin ooh what could happen travels to the palace to reveal what she has seenNow I know some people can read mysteries and just let events unfold without attempting to work it out in their head I often wish I was this type of reader but I can T JUST SAY THE WORD MYSTERY Just say the word mystery I m instantly suspicious of everything And this is not a ood book to be suspicious of everything The author drops a very heavy handed piece of information about a third of the way through that made me instantly figure out who must be behind the murders And yet despite this there is still a touch of deus ex machina about it Building the Cold War: Hilton International Hotels and Modern Architecture given that view spoilerwe don t even meet the culprit until close to the end of the book hide spoiler i won t be reviewing this one in full but I feel uncomfortable if i don t speak frankly about two harmful things1 this book buries its ueers unapologetically2 it has a society built on eugenics and this isn t called out or indicated to be a despicable crime in fact it s warmly stated at the end that since one of the characters has aenetic disability that they re doing their best to fix One Touch of Scandal genetic flaws after birth as well Maybe it d bereat to have a world with no terminal enetic illnesses but you re also wiping out things Seventeen year old Keralie Corrington may seem harmless but in fact she's one of uadara's most skilled thieves and a liar Varin on the other hand is an honest upstanding citizen of uadara's most enlightened region Eonia Varin runs afoul of Keralie when she steals a package from him putting his life in danger When Varin attempts to retrieve the package he.
Astrid Scholte ↠ 5 charactersVe to say my theory ame was on point with this one When I first found out about this book it really When I first found out about this book really me about Three Dark Crowns With the TITLE WITH THE COVER I KNOW with cover I know s blue now but my screen colour is always so much down that it seemed black And I even thought that this was the last book in that series And now I just hope that people won t mistake it for TDC because this is worth reading You Carson Pirie Scott: Louis Sullivan and the Chicago Department Store get action from the first page Somethings happening all the time and you re trying to connect all those dots and then you find out that you completely overlooked something Or you did not think that it was important I like Kera She s snarky rude and resourceful She s fun and I really liked her it was a long time since I liked the main female character that much This book made me laugh at the most inappropriate moments To be safe she emptied half the bottle So no to breaking into the palace but yes to stealing clothes Varin is cute and everything but I m not here for the cute Go you stupid Eonist Talking about Eonists I could not imagine living in Eonia That uadrant freaked me out view spoiler The moment you re born they determine when you ll die But not determine they set the date Like finding that you have an illness but you will be fine for the next 20 years so theyive you the 20 years and then set your death date because you would be a burden on the society Or if you fail at your job they can move the death date closer hide spoiler some of the best characters are those who blend the line between right and wrong those whose ambiguous actions lead to even conflicting intentions and i am loving how these morally Charting an Empire: Geography at the English Universities 1580-1620 grey characters are finallyetting the attention they deserve keralie is a shining example of this i love her character development in this story its so strong makes sense and is done in a very satisfying way her storyline alternates with Chameleon Hours glimpses into the lives of each of the ueens and i thought this was very effective storytelling i dont want toive too much away but the way that all of the information is presented is very clever there are twists and turns and the way the reader is subtlety misdirected is amazing i could have sworn i knew what some of the big reveals would be but i Chicago Architecture (Architecture Urbanism) got everything wrong this kept meuessing and thats what made this book so fun for methis is such an impressive debut novel and i am most definitely a fan i cant wait to see what astrid scholte comes up with next 4 stars 425 STARS such an impressive and Chicago Neighborhoods and Suburbs: A Historical Guide gripping book for a debut A new author I m looking forward to read from Dream bigger he d said Want Don t ask Take it I won t deny that I was anticipating reading this but I was not expecting it to be so spectacular My head was spinning trying to find that assassin WOW A fun buddy read with I think I willo broke this year Wow Read this in pretty much one sitting I just had to know what would happen next uadara is such a rich world and the mystery kept me on the edge of my seat along with the wonderful characters. Overcome their own dark secrets in hopes of a future together that seemed impossible just days before But first they have to stay alive and untangle the secrets behind the nation's four dead ueensAn enthralling fast paced murder mystery where competing agendas collide with deadly conseuences Four Dead ueens heralds the arrival of an exciting new YA talent. Ike Autism ADHD Downs Syndrome and other
neurodiversities and frankly stating people don t deserve to live if they re atypical You can tand frankly stating people don t deserve to live if they re atypical You can t this in a book as a throwaway comment It could ve been called out but it wasn t Thank you Netgalley for the sneak peak the first five chapters of this bookI wasn t sure how I would feel about this book but I couldn t put it down The world building and characters were interesting and the intrigue is now killing me I need to know how the rest oesWill pick up the book when it comes out at the end of the month March Owlcrate Unboxing Click on link below the pic to see the GoodiesTHE GOODIES I received an advance review copy sneak peek in this case for free in exchange for an honest review and I am leaving this honest review voluntarilyI completely missed that this is only a sneak peek I reached a WTF moment and wanted to know what next and there is nothing I really really need the rest of this book I wanted to read this book since when I found about this book in September However I already voiced my concerns that this book with its title and maybe even cover may confuse some people into believing that it s an instalment in the Three Dark Crowns series by Kendare Blake It was my first reaction when I the Three Dark Crowns series by Kendare Blake It was my first reaction when I it before noticing a different author name And I think it would be a shame if people missed this because of the confusion So what can I say after reading this 66 pages long sneak peek I m excited about this book We et the action right away Something is happening from page one we are already in action and so far it does not feel like an information dump I ll admit that I have a hard time remembering which ueen is a ueen over which uadrant and what they do there But we are only five chapters in so nothing terrible I like how the ueens are different but thankfully it does not seem like they will try to kill each other And I m really excited about ueen Stessa she seems like a headstrong young lady I m looking forward to seeing where Keralie s story is oing However I can already say that I will be obsessed with Mackiel story is oing However I can already say that I will be obsessed with Mackiel already seems like my kind of character Though I have to wonder about the whole thief part of the story it seems to be etting a tad bit overused The only thing that s etting a bit on my nerves is the whole Four uadrants of the uadara A bit originality hear it would Classic Rough News go a long way at least for me Anyway all I want to say that I feel confident about this book than I did before reading this sneak peek And now can Iet the whole book pretty please I am very pleasantly surprised here For a debut It is pretty damn Class and Conformity: A Study in Values - With a Reassessment (Midway Reprint) goodAnd also the fabulous buddy read with Mary helped me to enjoy this book even This was me while reading all the time Since we were reading only 5 or 6 chapters per day okay except for the last but one when we read 12 but WE NEEDED ANSWERS Mary had to suffer through numerous of my conspiracy theories and since I had so much time to think about those theories Some of them were crazily correct I ha. And Keralie find themselves entangled in a conspiracy that leaves all four of uadara's ueens deadWith no other choices and on the run from Keralie's former employer the two decide to join forces endeavoring to discover who has killed the ueens and save their own lives in the process When their reluctant partnership blooms into a tenuous romance they must.