Publication Date: March 7, 2017
Publisher: Chardonian Press
Goodreads Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Cover Thoughts: It’s alright, it’s perfect for the story but there is something about it that just would keep me from buying it. I can’t put my finger on it though….
Nameless. Unknown. Alone.
An assassin without a name, born to kill. Owned by a vicious man who refuses to call her anything but girl, she is forced to commit atrocious acts of violence. Vowing to take her future into her own hands, the seventeen-year-old decides to risk everything on one act of defiance—drinking from The Death Drink. The beverage kills most whose lips touch it—only allowing those who are destined to be royalty survive the first sip.
Powerful. Revered. Hunted.
To the astonishment of the nation of Valcora, she imbibes it and lives, which crowns her queen. Thrown into a life of royal intrigue, she now has a purpose—to rule with the fairness she was never shown. Despite her altruistic plans, it becomes apparent that someone wants her dead. The new queen must use her training from the former life she only wants to forget in order to stay alive long enough to turn her kingdom into something she can be proud of. She’ll hold onto the crown… or die trying.
I got this book via netgalley. I was introduced to the author through netgalley because I fell in love with the first book I ever read by this author. That book was called You Are Mine and it’s a series. I LOVED IT, I own it! so this author has been on my radar since and I’ve read 3 off the books in the series and wish to read the rest. So when I saw this book and the synopsis sounded amazing I had to request it. Lucky me I got to read it!
I LOOOOOVED our main character. She’s everything I love in a strong female character. She’s strong, smart, faulty, snarky, sassy. So when this character that doesn’t have a name- drinks from a sacred goblet to kill herself, instead is crowned Queen. wait whaaaaaat? that’s cool. What’s perfect about this whole setting is the fact that she is nothing remotely calm or collected about this character and her new role. She makes hasty decisions, she hates dresses, hides weapons on her person, she throws tradition back in their faces, it’s all just so fun to watch and behold. I loved that about this story.
I loved the world building, the history of how the Queens came and come to be, the constant attempts on the queens life, the corruption of court and politicians. I enjoyed watching our main character weave in and out of all it.
I really liked Nash, he’s smart and he really helps compensate for the our main characters rash and rough exterior. Where she lacked in certain social skills and public communication, he excelled (which at the same time I felt was too convenient) and so helped to improve her interactions with the members of the council and court who don’t like her and think she doesn’t belong.
One big meh for me was the possible romance, I just couldn’t connect and feel it. Although I am beyond grateful and happy the possible main love interest is a manly man but a GOOD guy I just couldn’t feel that spark, plus it seemed rather quick for my tastes.
This story although really fun lacked on some things like beef-it’s all fast paced and not enough story I guess. Which isn’t altogether a bad thing just hindered on the over story. I wanted MORE of something.
Overall I really REALLY enjoyed the story and all that but, I couldn’t feel the blossoming romance nor was the story beefy enough for me.
Sexual Content: mild
*A HUGE thank you to Netgalley for this book which I got in exchange for an honest review*