I’m excited to be a part of THE QUEEN’S ASSASSIN blog tour with The Fantastic Flying Book Club, from February 4th – 10th, 2020

The Queen’s Assassin (Queen’s Secret #1)

by Melissa de la Cruz
Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
Release Date: February 4th 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Red Queen, this is the first novel in a sweeping YA fantasy-romance duet about a deadly assassin, his mysterious apprentice, and the country they are sworn to protect from #1 NYT bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz.
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.

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I received a gorgeous print arc of this book from the publisher, G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own

“It’s alarming, really, how quickly nice people become ravenous, bloodthirsty.”

Melissa de la Cruz

A stunning first novel in the Queen’s Secret series, NYT bestselling author,

Melissa de la Cruz slow burn romance is definitely in the forefront of this Ya fantasy book of magic, assassins, royalty and adventures

The Queen’s Assassin follows both two characters, Shadow and Cal.

Recently called back to court by her Queen, Mother, an independent plucky female protagonist, Shadow has been raised in obscurity living in the countryside with her Aunts. Shadow takes her destiny into her own hands by planning on rescuing the infamous Queen’s Assassin. Headstrong and at times a little immature and definitely inconsistent, she has decided that being a ladys maid is ultimately a pawn.

Caledon father, had sworn a blood-oath to the queen to find the missing Deian Scrolls. The Scrolls are a record of magical history and knowledge, stolen many years ago by a bold and rebellious group, called the Aphrasians. Dying without completely his task, the blood oath is than transferred to his son, Caledon {Cal}.

Shouldering this heavy burden, Cal is desperate to find the magical scrolls, and finally began his life.

By Freeing Caledon ‘Cal’ Holt from the prisons of Deersia, they might put a stop to those trying to destroy the kingdom of Renovia.

Cal’s path is to find conspirator against the crown and find the hidden magic scrolls that will return magic to all the common people. The journey is treacherous and dangerous, along the way it brings the two young people closer together.

As Cal and Shadow’s growing relationship starts to bud, they soon uncover an interwoven web of lies, along with dire secrets that may destroy everything they hold dear. Stopping at nothing to protect each other and their Kingdom

This was a adventurous Ya Romantic Fantasy that brought some noteworthy diversity within its pages. Including LGBTQ in several roles, such as Shadow’s adorable aunts, the male ambassador of Renovia who is married to a man, and a magical person who identifies as they/them, amongst some others..

 “My aunts taught me that sometimes when the world is too much, when life starts to feel overwhelming, we must strip away what’s unnecessary, seek out the quiet, and listen to the dirt and trees. ‘All the answers you seek are there, but only if you are willing to hear them,’ Aunt Moriah always say.”

“My aunts warned me of this many times–be wary of the sway of others, they told me. Find your own path and stay upon it. Don’t allow yourself to be pulled in another direction, even if you must walk alone.” 

Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.
Her books for adults include the novel Cat’s Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas.
She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.
Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).
She now divides her time between New York and Los Angeles, where she lives in the Hollywood Hills with her husband and daughter.

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February 6th

NovelKnight – Guest Post
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Foals, Fiction & Filigree – Review + Favourite Quotes

February 7th

Wishful Endings – Interview
L.M. Durand – Review
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Gwendalyn’s Books – Review + Favourite Quotes
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February 8th

Bookish Looks – Guest Post
Star-Crossed Book Blog – Review + Favourite Quotes
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Inky Moments – Review
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February 9th

Belle’s Archive – Review + Favourite Quotes
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February 10th

Kait Plus Books – Interview
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Confessions of a YA Reader – Review + Favourite Quotes

2 Comments on “The Queen’s Assassin Blog Tour

  1. Yay! Fun! I am disappointed in myself for not mention the same-sex relationships in this book. I think part of the reason is that a big deal was not made of it in the book, so it was not front of mind for me. So glad you did. Great review.


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