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Four dead queens. Three days to catch a killer. Two forbidden romances. One shocking twist you won’t see coming. 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…

Four Dead Queens

by Astrid Scholte

Overall Book Review:

Four Dead Queens is filled with duplicity, scheming, and indignation. You would expect the title of the book to give the plot away and be a big spoiler; however, the story stays engaging as you see how things unfold. This story is mostly told as the chapters switch between five points of view, including the four queens as well as main character, Karalie. It is especially interesting to read the details of the same events through the eyes of different people. 

Each queen rules over a quadrant in a large kingdom. The individual quadrants are very distinct with their landscape and way of thinking to the way they choose (or not) to use technology. These things significantly affect the personalities of those who reside in each quadrant. Somehow, despite their diversities, the queens have managed to work together to ensure that the quadrants are prosperous and live in harmony. Until that is threatened. The author, Astrid Scholte, throws in several surprises at the end of the story that you will never anticipate. The people and quadrants in Four Dead Queens bring to mind the different districts of The Hunger Games and varied factions of Divergent so those who enjoyed either or both series should give this book a read.

Review of an Advance Reading Copy

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by G. P. Putnam’s Sons

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  5 Religious profanities; 4 derogatory names; 14 scatological words; 1 anatomical term; 1 offensive hand gesture.

Violence/Gore:  Many (35) brief incidents including character is worried about getting killed; death planned for several characters; characters threatened with guns; implied murder; character wanting another dead; references to war; second-hand reports of characters’ parents dying; reference to people dying from a plague; second-hand report of character hitting head and knocked unconscious; memories of and references to murders; references to humans being tested on, sometimes resulting terribly; character kicked and hand stepped on; character shot with weapon similar to taser; character’s hands burned; character’s leg cut; character kicked in the face; characters fighting and attacking others; a few incidents of murder.

Sex/Nudity:  Many (34) brief incidents mostly involving older teenagers including holding hands; arm around; flirting; arm in arm; hugging; kissing; character sleeping naked and advisor seeing her (non-sexual); innuendo; a few incidents of homosexual hand holding, cuddling, kissing and being married; characters admiring another’s clothed body; character wanting to have sex with another; character jokingly asking another if he’s going to strip for her; passionate kissing; reported and implied teen sexual activity; character pressing her body up against another; female character watching male character undress.

Mature Subject Matter:

Stealing; references to characters who suffer from aquaphobia and claustrophobia; human experimentation; homosexuality; teen sexual activity.

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I love being able to help busy parents who just don’t have the time to pre-screen all their children’s books and know how much I appreciate it as my sons have gotten older. I feel very blessed that my amazing husband makes it possible for me to be a stay-at-home mother to four amazing boys. When not reading or enjoying time with my family, I like baking, especially trying new recipes, and the occasional sewing project.