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Four Dead Queens

Written by: Astrid Scholte
Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
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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 untangle the secrets behind the nation’s four dead queens.

An enthralling fast-paced mystery where competing agendas collide with deadly consequences, Four Dead Queens heralds the arrival of an exciting new YA talent. 

Praise for Four Dead Queens:
An Indie Bestseller
An Amazon Best Book - March 2019 

“A good, devious mix of some of the best fantasy and murder mystery that YA has had to offer recently.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“Astrid Scholte’s propulsive debut YA novel checks all the boxes for an addictive read.” (Refinery29)

Four Dead Queens is a darkly delicious tale that keeps you in constant suspense. A thrilling, genre-blending book perfect for fans of both fantasy and murder mysteries. I just might be the fifth dead queen because this story - with its labyrinthine twists and turns - slayed me in every possible way.” (Kerri Maniscalco, number one New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series)

“A cinematic thrill ride brimming with murder, mayhem, and twists that will shock you, Four Dead Queens is sure to be your next obsession. Absolutely riveting.” (Sarah Glenn Marsh, author of the Reign of the Fallen series) 

“Astrid Scholte breaks into the fantasy genre with a triumphant, exciting debut that will keep readers guessing all the way to final chapter. Four Dead Queens is not to be missed!” (Beth Revis, New York Times best-selling author of Give the Dark My Love)  

©2019 Astrid Scholte (P)2019 Penguin Random House LLC

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-27

Read for the fun and clever plot, not the writing

Dead Queens delivers as a twisty-turny mystery with satisfying revelations along the way. It's plenty of fun, and I grant it a solid A grade for plotting. Listen on that basis, and you won't be disappointed.

If you want smooth literary writing, snappy dialog and compelling heroes, well, you may be in the wrong place. The secondary characters, including the titular queens, are a lot more interesting than the main couple.

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  • Nicole Porter
  • 2019-04-24

Excellent Mystery

From the moment that I hit "play", I was completely locked into this book. For the first half of the book, everything seemed so predictable, but it was still enjoyable. Then the plot twists and revelations began, and I couldn't stop listening which lead to me falling asleep way later than I should have. If you enjoyed Three Dark Crowns and Six of Crows, this listen is definitely worth your while. Just make sure to clear your schedule.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-01-11

"Sometimes failure is the beggining of success"

And even through this book was clearly not a failure, I have a feeling that Astrid will evolve with every book she writes and will become a success. Especially for the thriller-mystery genere.
I got this book in the March 2019 OwlCrate Box. So I had no choice but to either read it or give it away. And I don't like doing that. Not before I read the book because I can't escape the feeling that this book that I just give away might have been my new favourite book if I was just giving it one little chance.
So I've read it as an audiobook.
And from the perspective of someone who never reads, nor likes thriller-mystery books, it wasn't bad.

PROS:
-The Writing Style
-The World-Building
-The Twisty-Turns of the Plot

CONS:
-The Characters
-The Romance

Please, keep in mind that this is purely my opinion. I liked this book. I really liked it. But many of the characters felt really flat and the romance, in my opinion, was utterly useless.

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  • Miss Candy
  • 2019-10-26

almost gave up...

I almost gave up on this book. I struggled to finish it, but it picked up in the end and I'm glad I stuck through. Great book but took a bit for me to wrap my head around it all. Overall...would recommend.

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  • Else
  • 2019-09-06

Good page turner

I found the performance of this audiobook to be really good and I couldn’t stop listening! Completely sucked in. Also a really good debut novel for the author.

However, the plot felt like it wasn’t well enough thought through. I caught on quite early on where the ending was headed but I kept listening hoping that a twist would prove me wrong. There was also too many questions that wasn’t answered in terms of the world building and how the kingdom ended up with four queens. I wish this wasn’t a standalone book and that we got to see more of Keralie and Mackiel, which imo was the most interesting relationship

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  • mel
  • 2019-07-28

Great story

I had no idea where this was going and that was refreshing! So many stories are predictable but this wasn't.

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  • mariasnow
  • 2019-07-23

one of the best

the book: Honestly, I thought this book was going to be a bore at the beginning but it turns out that this was a amazingly intense murder mystery. Loved it.

the audio: beautifully narrated and the voice sounded so powerful and commanding. perfect.

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  • Tugstes
  • 2019-07-14

Pretty good

Very good performance! I recommend for many people who love this type of genre. Good

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  • Victoria Garcia
  • 2019-06-06

It’s 3:06 in the morning I loved this book

I’m very picky with what I read but when I saw this book on the @literaryllama instagram account I was intrigued. After reading this book I can honestly say it was a page turning adventure. The twists and turns were unexpected and the characters Vivid. Not only that but the storytelling of the audio made it all the more thrilling. I completely recommend this book. I could not put it down such a great find can’t wait to see more from this author.

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  • AJ
  • 2019-06-05

clever

great story! kept me guessing even when I thought I had it figured out. A few scenes dragged but overall really enjoyed it.