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The Queen's Assassin

Melissa del la Cruz is an author who has an outstanding capability to write compelling stories that transport you to the American Revolution alongside Alex and Eliza in the Alex & Eliza trilogy or to the Lily Throne in The Ring and the Crown. After I finished reading the Alex & Eliza trilogy in 2019 I was especially looking forward to The Queen's Assassin and sure enough, I was so transported by Melissa del la Cruz's narrative and world-building.

Caledon “Cal” Holt is an impressive man of honor as he serves the Queen's Assassin while upholding his blood oath to his father. His mission is to find the Deian Scrolls and end the blood oath cycle with him once and for all.

Shadow was an individual who truly lives up to her name. From learning magical skills to upholding a great aura of confidence, Shadow's first person narrative placed us into the heart of all the gripping moments of adventure within The Queen's Assassin.

The various twists to the story were absolutely jaw-dropping and it absolutely fulfilled my great expectations for del la Cruz's latest work The Queen's Assassin. While the story centered mostly on Shadow and Caledon, the political discourse that surrounded the kingdom of Avantine and, how it has a rippling effect on Shadow and Cal, made readers absorb the pages to an unexpected ending!

Be prepared for the story of the Queen’s Assassin and a girl who wishes to become one with the shadows. They’re coming straight for your heart.

Fav Quotes

"A loyal facade hides the worst kind of traitor."

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

"You saved my life once. And now it's my turn to save yours."

"I am alone in a foreign court, and the whereabouts of my only friends are a mystery to me."


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


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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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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