Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Read in: July 2020
Reading Challenges: 2020 GoodReads, COYER
Source: Public Library
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Seventeen-year-old Keralie Corrington may seem harmless, but she’s, in fact, one of Quadara’s most skilled thieves and a liar. Varin, on the other hand, is an honest, upstanding citizen of Quadara’s most enlightened region, Eonia. He runs afoul of Keralie when she steals a package from him, putting his life in danger. When Varin attempts to retrieve the package, he and Keralie both find themselves entangled in a conspiracy that leaves all four of Quadara’s queens dead.
With 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 queens and save their own lives in the process. When their reluctant partnership blooms into a tenuous romance, they must 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 queens.
An enthralling fast-paced murder mystery where competing agendas collide with deadly consequences, Four Dead Queens heralds the arrival of an exciting new YA talent. - via GoodReads
I read Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte because I thought it sounded like a really good read. It was picked for the July 2020 young adult read for COYER book club.
I struggled way more with this book than I had anticipated. I think part of the issue was the start and stop pacing. There would be a huge rush of events and then big dry spells. I can handle big world building but it seemed like there was 25% plot and the other 75% is spent on every character being fully developed. While I appreciated the ending, it really just took too much effort to get there.
Honestly the characters were great. Again this goes back to pacing. There are quite a few characters. I can distinctly remember eight characters. That doesn’t sound like a lot but Four Dead Queens is only 413 pages. I would guess that a quarter of that is spent on the entire back story for the eight characters. The main character, Keralie, was not easy to connect with. I didn’t really care for her.
Between a slow moving plot and too many characters Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte dragged for me. A strong ending wasn’t enough to save it.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2020 GoodReads