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"The Queen's Assassin" by Melissa de la Cruz

1.5 out of 5 stars

Published by Putnum on Fubuary 4th, 2020

384 pages

Genre: YA fantasy/ romance

Format: audiobook (Audible)

Read in 15 days

Read in 5 sittings

Sat on TBR for 6 months

"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 Aphrasians. Shadow 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 Holt. When 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 series." (Goodreads)


This story is not bad, but I didn’t really do anything for me. It was perfect to listen to while I was doing housework or driving, but if I wasn’t paying attention I didn’t really miss anything. (+0)

The world-building was okay, but I wasn't really invested in it. (+0) The writing is very juvenile, but it was just a little too young for me. Usually, I keep that in the back of my head when I'm reading YA, but this was a little too much for me. (+.5) The story was organized and I wasn't confused. (+1) The characters were okay, but I didn’t really agree with the main character’s decisions. (+0)

My favorite part is some of the settings. I really liked the castles and balls that the characters attended.

My least favorite part was definitely the romance. I thought it was very predictable, cheesy, and immature.

If you are looking for a younger book with assassins, romance, and action, then this one is for you.

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