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Hello everyone! So, today brings around a review of a book that I survived the Hunger Games for. Or, well, I survived Penguin Teen’s Book Con 2018 lines (and the stampede that came before it) in order to retrieve this glorious book: Four Dead Queens* by Astrid Schulte! The experience was made so much better by the fact that I survived it with my Book Con Squad – if we weren’t close before, surviving a Penguin Teen line at Book Con made us way closer – and that 4DQ was sooooooo good!!! Before I get into my (non-spoilery) review of it, here’s the synopsis, via Goodreads:
A divided nation. Four Queens. A ruthless pickpocket. A noble messenger. And the murders that unite them.
Get in quick, get out quicker.
These are the words Keralie Corrington lives by as the preeminent dipper in the Concord, the central area uniting the four quadrants of Quadara. She steals under the guidance of her mentor Mackiel, who runs a black market selling their bounty to buyers desperate for what they can’t get in their own quarter. For in the nation of Quadara, each quarter is strictly divided from the other. Four queens rule together, one from each region:
Toria: the intellectual quarter that values education and ambition
Ludia: the pleasure quarter that values celebration, passion, and entertainment
Archia: the agricultural quarter that values simplicity and nature
Eonia: the futurist quarter that values technology, stoicism and harmonious community
When Keralie intercepts a comm disk coming from the House of Concord, what seems like a standard job goes horribly wrong. Upon watching the comm disks, Keralie sees all four queens murdered in four brutal ways. Hoping that discovering the intended recipient will reveal the culprit – information that is bound to be valuable bartering material with the palace – Keralie teams up with Varin Bollt, the Eonist messenger she stole from, to complete Varin’s original job and see where it takes them.
Sounds….well, there really are no words for how it sounds because it would simply underestimate the awesomeness of it! Let me get into how awesome it is….
Plot (A+): Oh gosh this plot! Ohhhhh gosh! The main word to use here is breathtaking because that’s exactly what this plot was; it was absolutely breathtaking! I found myself practically tearing through the pages (A/N: no books were harmed in the making of this review…don’t worry!) as I read because I couldn’t get enough! I mean, I can’t really say what the plot is because it’s spoilery but gosh was it good! There was fantasy, a bit of tech mixed in, a dash of romance (though I wish there was more to it…that’d probs be my only critique as I just needed more from the characters romance wise) and a lot of mystery and a good amount of necessary confusion. It was all around spectacular with an end you couldn’t see coming whatsoever and I loved it so much more for that!
Characters (A): ok so the plot is my favourite thing about this book by far but the characters were pretty cool too! Like I said with the plot, no one (including the reader) has any idea of anything so at times I felt the characters were a little restrained sometimes and I wish we got to know more of some of the outside characters a bit but overall they were pretty good! My favourite characters are definitely the queens – and, again, as much as I love them, I just wish we had more from them (in a good way. it wasn’t lacking but I just love em so much I wish there were more scenes with them) – however I do have a piece of my heart for Varin who is such a cinnamon roll and makes me want to hug him the entire time!
Overall, Four Dead Queens* was written so beautifully! The characters are great and the plot is absolutely spectacular! It will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat; I mean, I definitely remember getting very close to the book several times in disbelief from what was happening! Now, have you guys read Four Dead Queens yet? If so, what did you think of it? And, who is your favourite queen? I think mine is Marguerite! Let me know in the comments below! Thanks, have a great day/night and tata for now!
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