Monday, June 27, 2011

Kings & Queens by Courtney Vail [Review]

3 out of 5 Robots!
Title: Kings and Queens
Author: Courtney Vail
Genre: Young Adult
Release: July 16, 2011
Paperback: 316 Pages
Publisher: Little Prince
ISBN-10: 0983522010
ISBN-13: 978098352210
My Copy: Teen Book Scene
Reviewer: Rex

Book Blurb:
Seventeen-year-old Majesty Alistair wants police to look further into her father’s fatal car wreck, hopes the baseball team she manages can reclaim the state crown, aches for Derek…or, no…maybe Alec... And she mostly wishes to retract the hateful words she said to her dad right before slamming the door in his face, only to never see him again.

All her desires get sidelined, though, when she overhears two fellow students planning a church massacre. She doubts cops will follow up on her tip since they’re sick of her coming around with notions of possible crimes-in-the-works. And it’s not like she cries wolf. Not really. They’d be freaked too, but they’re not the ones suffering from bloody dreams that hint at disaster like some crazy, street guy forecasting the Apocalypse.

So, she does what any habitual winner with zero cred would do…try to I.D. the nutjobs before they act. But, when their agenda turns out to be far bigger than she ever assumed, and even friends start looking suspect, the truth and her actions threaten to haunt her forever, especially since she’s left with blood on her hands, the blood of someone she loves. Courtesy of

My Quick Thoughts:
Kings & Queens by Courtney Vail is a cute young adult mystery novel- and check out that cover! I love the lips and colors. The beginning of the book is a little bit confusing, the voice of the author's writing confused me for awhile. Though after getting past the initial confusion, the plot is actually very interesting- it kept me reading. I love a good mystery and ended up smitten with Vail's writing style.

The story and the characters are supremely complex. Majesty herself is eccentric, independent and likable- as are her best friends, Derek and Alec- who both also have extremely detailed stories. This story is thickly detailed which can make it both frustrating and superbly vivid. I'm going to recommend this to just about any fan of the Young Adult, especially for the summer. Great, quick read and unlike any of the YA books I've read lately!

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