First Impression Friday | Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

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• Based on this sampling of your current read, give a few impressions and predict what you’ll think by the end.
• Did you think you’d love and ended up hating it? Or did you think you’d hate it and wound up loving it? Or were you exactly right?
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Title: Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

Publisher: Putnam

Published: February 26, 2019

Reading as: Hardcover, OwlCrate edition

Expected rating: 2

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.

As of this writing I am on page 121 of this book or 28% of the way through. I had been very much looking forward to reading this one as the premise sounded interesting and many reviews I trust had positive opinions on it.

However, so far I am just bored.

I’ve seen many complaints about this book moving too fast and I honestly just don’t see that. So far I feel like nothing of consequence has happened and it has just been people talking. Constantly talking. The female protagonist is interesting, though. Keralie seems to have a complex personality if a bit naive but she is seventeen, naive is expected at that age and that is wonderful. It makes it feel more like it fits the YA genre. I think we have all read books where the teenage MC is made to feel more adult than they really should.

The plot also does not seem to be going much of anywhere yet. I understand that there are four queens and death is involved but are they dead? Dying? About to die? In the process of dying? Maybe I’m dense but it feels a little unclear.

I’m going to try to at least get halfway through this book but I have to admit, the temptation to DNF is with me right now. I just am not caring about the story or the characters.

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One thought on “First Impression Friday | Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

  1. I was a little bit worried about this one and had it loooooow on my TBR … and then of course it came in OwlCrate. 🙃 The premise was really interesting, but they can’t all be winners! Here’s hoping it looks up!


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