The Dead Queens Club

The Dead Queens Club

Hannah Capin / Dec 09, 2019

The Dead Queens Club Mean Girls meets The Tudors in Hannah Capin s The Dead Queens Club a clever contemporary YA retelling of Henry VIII and his wives or in this case his high school girlfriends To

  • Title: The Dead Queens Club
  • Author: Hannah Capin
  • ISBN: 133554223X
  • Page: 127
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Mean Girls meets The Tudors in Hannah Capin s The Dead Queens Club, a clever contemporary YA retelling of Henry VIII and his wives or, in this case, his high school girlfriends Told from the perspective of Annie Marck Cleves , a 17 year old aspiring journalist from Cleveland who meets Henry at summer camp, The Dead Queens Club is a fun, snarky read that provides grea Mean Girls meets The Tudors in Hannah Capin s The Dead Queens Club, a clever contemporary YA retelling of Henry VIII and his wives or, in this case, his high school girlfriends Told from the perspective of Annie Marck Cleves , a 17 year old aspiring journalist from Cleveland who meets Henry at summer camp, The Dead Queens Club is a fun, snarky read that provides great historical detail in an accessible way for teens while giving the infamous tale of Henry VIII its own unique spin.What do a future ambassador, an overly ambitious Francophile, a hospital volunteering Girl Scout, the new girl from Cleveland, the junior cheer captain, and the vice president of the debate club have in common It sounds like the ridiculously long lead up to an astoundingly absurd punchline, right Except it s not Well, unless my life is the joke, which is kind of starting to look like a possibility given how beyond soap opera it s been since I moved to Lancaster But anyway, here s your answer we ve all had the questionable privilege of going out with Lancaster High School s de facto king Otherwise known as my best friend Otherwise known as the reason I ve already helped steal a car, a jet ski, and one hundred spray painted water bottles when it s not even Christmas break yet Otherwise known as Henry Jersey number 8.Meet Cleves Girlfriend number four and the narrator of The Dead Queens Club, a young adult retelling of Henry VIII and his six wives Cleves is the only girlfriend to come out of her relationship with Henry unscathed but most breakups are messy, right And sometimes tragic accidents happen twice Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 464 pages Published January 29th 2019 by Inkyard Press More Details ISBN 133554223X ISBN13 9781335542236 Edition Language English setting Indiana United States Other Editions 7 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Dead Queens Club, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book YA Novels of 2019 736 books 1,311 voters 2019 Releases I Can t Wait For 407 books 372 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Nov 26, 2018 Emily May rated it it was ok Recommended to Emily May by Kirkus Shelves young adult, contemporary, arc, 2019 I really did my best to like this but it was just not my thing.Starred reviews from Kirkus usually prompt me to take a second look at books I was about to pass by Then when I read that this one was a high school comedy retelling of history specifically that of Henry VIII and his six wives I thought it sounded like a lot of fun But I struggled just to make it through.The book is narrated by Annie of Cleveland, or Cleves She befriends Henry at Overachievers Camp, dates him for 15 days, an I really did my best to like this but it was just not my thing.Starred reviews from Kirkus usually prompt me to take a second look at books I was about to pass by Then when I read that this one was a high school comedy retelling of history specifically that of Henry VIII and his six wives I thought it sounded like a lot of fun But I struggled just to make it through.The book is narrated by Annie of Cleveland, or Cleves She befriends Henry at Overachievers Camp, dates him for 15 days, and lives to tell the tale Which is than can be said for some of this player s other girlfriends Now Cleves and Henry are best friends But after two of Henry s exes die, the evidence begins to pile up could Henry be a murderer To be honest, I thought the murder aspect of the plot leaned toward ludicrous than the hilarious meaningful it was shooting for Maybe because the plot and its timeline were so messy that the whole thing left me scratching my head.My problem with this book all comes down to two main things It s not my brand of humour Humour is so subjective, and this one just did nothing for me I generally prefer it when funny things and situations occur as the story unfolds I laugh when the author sets the scene and builds up to the punchline I m less of a fan when the characters just constantly talk in jokes, as they do here It felt forced And kind of annoying Don t get me wrong, occasional jokes in the dialogue can be very funny, but Annie s constant need to be quirky and snarky left me feeling exhausted I enjoyed last year s Nice Try, Jane Sinner much , for example On a side note, view spoiler the most I have ever laughed at a book was in Faefever when Barrons walks in on Mac with the MacHalo and the whole Bad Moon Rising thing It was so funny that I can remember literally rolling around with laughter almost 8 years ago I would read a few pages and have to pause to laugh again hide spoiler The convoluted, messy, confusing plot.The chronology of events in this book is very confusing Cleves zips around from past to present without any warning, making it difficult for me to follow There are some chapters that feel so messy and random that they read almost like stream of consciousness We are constantly bombarded with jokes and sarcasm, and it takes forever to get to the actual meat of the story.One thing I will say in the novel s favour is that the ending is quite satisfying if you manage to enjoy the book up until that point I ve seen some other DNF reviews complaining about an issue an issue I might have complained about had I not finished it but it is actually resolved well The issue being view spoiler the discrepancy between Cleves feminist comments and her actual behaviour hide spoiler Some readers are going to love this book It just didn t work for me.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube flag 273 likesLike see review View all 15 comments carinne I m happy you mentioned the murder because I m not feeling that I was thinking of a lighthearted fun retelling I ll pass Jan 16, 2019 05 09AM GLoria Bridges Not that good of a book Jan 30, 2019 06 56AM Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was ok Shelves 2019 releases, young adult, retellings, contemporary, arc, read in 2019 When I say I don t like drama , what I really mean is I don t want to be involved in any drama of my own Reading a contemporary reclaiming of the story of Henry VIII and his wives in this case, his high school girlfriends , on the other hand, seemed firmly inside my circles of interestsI just wish The Dead Queens Club lived up to the self indulgent version of it that I wrote in my head before it began to disappoint me.My first complaint about this book is how the plot takes so long befor When I say I don t like drama , what I really mean is I don t want to be involved in any drama of my own Reading a contemporary reclaiming of the story of Henry VIII and his wives in this case, his high school girlfriends , on the other hand, seemed firmly inside my circles of interestsI just wish The Dead Queens Club lived up to the self indulgent version of it that I wrote in my head before it began to disappoint me.My first complaint about this book is how the plot takes so long before it catches flight My eyes glazed over while waiting for the story s momentum to build, and I ll confess to wondering in the early going whether it might have been better to bail halfway through When the plot finally comes, all its climaxes peak at once, in an explosion of tension and revelation The ending is satisfying but quite frankly, soon the satisfaction fades away in a haze of indifference.I think whether or not you will enjoy The Dead Queens Club will depend in large part on whether or not you enjoy spending time in Cleve s head The Dead Queens Club propels us through the story by the sheer force of its narrator s personality It started off fiercely, spikily hilarious It was just fun ridiculous, marvelous fun but it wasn t long before I felt an annoyance within me where for a while my sustaining enjoyment had been There is only a terrible disillusionment now The humor quickly turned leaden, impossible to appreciate without expending enormous amounts of emotional labor The author crafted a story that was in love with its own zaniness She doesn t so much lean into the comedy of the novel as she does invite it out to dinner, offer it drinks, and studiously record every bit of banter that ensues It was all just too over the top.My reading experience was also colored by a wincing revulsion for the way the novel blithely kills off teenage girls to echo history brushing aside their deaths as if it had not been a matter of any urgency that required addressing.The reason I m giving this book an extra star is because I really liked how it gives voice to Henry s girlfriends as multifaceted and evolving characters, beholden to no one s perspective but their own At first, I was quite disgruntled by the stark dissonance between Cleves s words and actions Mainly, how she claims to be a good feminist and diminishes every other female character in the same breath always siding with Henry and emptying her mind of all thoughts but what he put into it Thankfully, Cleves gets it right at the end The truths that she has avoided looking directly in the eyes wrought an undue transformation, replacing her dreamy naivety with a hunting determination And whatever connection there was between her and Henry, Cleves was setting it aside in favor of her allegiance to these women who did not relish the idea of their lives following a similar pattern to Henry s ex girlfriends and whom Henry had seriously underestimated Imagine us in full armor A lot of people seem to have enjoyed this book, so don t let this review discourage you from giving it a chance It was sadly just not my cup of tea TWITTER INSTAGRAM TUMBLR flag 262 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Sep 04, 2017 percy marked it as tbr other i mean like, as a weird quirky historian i am totally on board with this weird new quirky trend of historical figures in present day, but why are they only about The Ultimate Fuckboi Henry VIII where are my faves marie antoinette and the TRUE marie antoinette, not the let them eat cake caricature henry vii ELAGABALUS damn, elagabalus would KILL IT in the modern world i s2g tl dr love this trend and i m probs going to read this but can authors write about my faves now flag 45 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Jan 23, 2019 Carrie rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin is a young adult contemporary story that is a retelling of Henry VIII and his wives In this case however the wives are all high school girlfriends of Henry, the charming homecoming king.The story is told from the point of view of Annie Marck or Cleves as Henry likes to call her who is the high school equivalent of Anne of Cleves, Henry s 4th wife Cleves in this story met Henry at camp and became really good friends with Henry often getting talked into h The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin is a young adult contemporary story that is a retelling of Henry VIII and his wives In this case however the wives are all high school girlfriends of Henry, the charming homecoming king.The story is told from the point of view of Annie Marck or Cleves as Henry likes to call her who is the high school equivalent of Anne of Cleves, Henry s 4th wife Cleves in this story met Henry at camp and became really good friends with Henry often getting talked into his mischievous adventures.Cleves gets transferred to Lancaster High with Henry and already being the best of friends she finds herself diving right into his world There s some mystery to the previous girlfriends and drama with the current but what else can one expect from high school relationships Being well beyond the intended audience for this one I will admit that it took a little getting used to the high school world and thought maybe it would be one that would feel too young However, once getting going and really noticing the real life Henry s story being played out in this young adult environment I really began to enjoy it I don t think it s necessary to know all the details of Henry VIII to enjoy and maybe this one might even make it easier to do so if you know nothing beforehand I do think it s worth giving it a try though if you enjoy real life retellings.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For reviews please visit flag 24 likesLike see review Dec 02, 2018 Madalyn Novel Ink rated it it was ok Shelves 2019, netgalley, read dec 18 This review originally appeared on Novel Ink.I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Okay, I m gonna be up front with y all my experience reading The Dead Queens Club was, hands down, one of the STRANGEST reading experiences I ve ever had I literally can t make up my mind as to whether I actively hated this book, or whether I m just apathetic toward it.Let me preface my review with the fact that I w This review originally appeared on Novel Ink.I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Okay, I m gonna be up front with y all my experience reading The Dead Queens Club was, hands down, one of the STRANGEST reading experiences I ve ever had I literally can t make up my mind as to whether I actively hated this book, or whether I m just apathetic toward it.Let me preface my review with the fact that I was so excited to read DQC I ve been obsessed with Tudor England since I was in elementary school, and this was pitched as Mean Girls x The Tudors, which, like, SIGN ME UP However, I was left feeling frustrated and confused than anything else after finishing this book.The Dead Queens Club retells the history of Henry VIII and his six wives, but in a modern American high school setting which is such a cool concept Our main character is Cleves short for Cleveland, the city she hails from , who gets caught up in the charismatic Henry s world after meeting at summer camp and instantly clicking Cleves also holds the title of Girlfriend Number Four, a fact both she and Henry try to ignore, as they long ago decided they work better as best friends than romantic partners When two of Henry s girlfriends turn up dead after mysterious accidents, Cleves and her fellow surviving girlfriends start to get a little suspicious, and hatch a plot to catch Henry in his lies.Friends, I don t say this often, so take note when I say it now this book was so damn confusing And I don t mean that in the sense that the themes went over my head no, I mean that in the most elementary sense disjointed plot threads are thrown in seemingly at random, only to be haphazardly hacked together much later in the story It didn t feel like a continuous story because we jumped around so much, with very little connection.Another thing I absolutely could not stand about this was the writing Again, this isn t something I say lightly, but Capin s writing style screamed trying too hard Cleves s quirkiness is pushed on the reader at every turn I don t even know how to describe this, but the author strings together words phrases that would normally be hyphenated into continuous strings of words that are really difficult to read each time, it took me out of the story This happened at least once per page of the e ARC, usually like two four times per page It was endlessly frustrating, and after about 20 pages, this grammatical choice alone had me ready to call it quits I think lots of readers will take issue with the writing here It s one of those things that s unquestionably polarizing On the surface, Cleves is exactly the kind of unlikeable female protagonist I usually love even when other readers don t , but in this particular case, she felt like a cardboard cutout with no backstory or development Like, I never got a sense of her as a person, outside of her acerbic wit, which is an issue in a book that s told in a first person POV.I will applaud Hannah Capin on the brilliant idea to retell this segment of history in a modern high school, because wow, the level of drama is 100% conducive to that kind of setting And, for the most part, I think the way Capin adapted these historical figures to the setting was pretty brilliant Like, I definitely laughed every time Cleves said, ugh, Jane Seymour, because, yeah, I think everyone familiar with the original history feels that way That being said, I just needed development for all of them Like Cleves, all the other characters in this book felt very superficial and surface level Also, the fact that every character in this book is, at least to the reader s knowledge, straight and cis, is kind of a disservice to the messages Capin was trying to articulate with this book Like, the fact that there were SO MANY CHARACTERS and none of them were canonically queer was very strange.Going off of this, I do appreciate the themes Capin addressed in DQC toxic masculinity, gaslighting, slut shaming, etc but I honestly don t feel like she went far enough with any of them The scene where Cleves realizes the ways in which Henry has been manipulating her was one of the few highlights of the book for me Like the rest of the story, though, these explorations felt very surface level.I contemplated DNFing this infinite times, and on one hand, I m glad I didn t, because it did get better as the story went on On the other hand, though, I don t feel like I got anything out of reading this I don t need to have a deep, meaningful experience with every book or anything, but I do expect to at least enjoy or be interested in the book if I don t get anything else out of it and with DQC, not so The last third of the book was the only time I was even marginally interested in any of the events of the story.Overall, The Dead Queens Club boasts an excellent premise, but subpar execution, and I will not be recommending it flag 18 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 02, 2019 Mary S R marked it as to read A clever contemporary YA retelling of Henry VIII and his wives or, in this case, his high school girlfriends. WHAT THE No srsly What Is Happening WHAT I don t think I can process this has anything ever sounded absurd and totally weird and yet intriguing at the same time What s happening to the world What do a future ambassador, an overly ambitious Francophile, a hospital volunteering Girl Scout, the new girl from Cleveland, the junior cheer captain, and the vice president of A clever contemporary YA retelling of Henry VIII and his wives or, in this case, his high school girlfriends. WHAT THE No srsly What Is Happening WHAT I don t think I can process this has anything ever sounded absurd and totally weird and yet intriguing at the same time What s happening to the world What do a future ambassador, an overly ambitious Francophile, a hospital volunteering Girl Scout, the new girl from Cleveland, the junior cheer captain, and the vice president of the debate club have in common we ve all had the questionable privilege of going out with Lancaster High School s de facto king Otherwise known as my best friend Otherwise known as the reason I ve already helped steal a car, a jet ski, and one hundred spray painted water bottles when it s not even Christmas break yet Otherwise known as Henry Jersey number 8.UmmmmAre you OK Because I m not I m so totally not this is so strange, and THIS IS SO BRILLIANT Do you have any idea on the condition that the history has been converted completely and accurately how totally genius this could be Well damn.I need to read this if only to attempt to understand what madness the author has brewed BRILLIANT, GINIUS, INFORMATIVE, REFRESHING that s what it promises and what I hope it delivers flag 14 likesLike see review Sara Exactly my reaction Jan 04, 2019 07 30PM Mary S R Sara wrote Exactly my reaction IKR crazy Jan 04, 2019 07 56PM belle jane ginius 12 hours, 49 min ago Dec 26, 2018 laurel suspected bibliophile rated it liked it Shelves 2018 read, arcs, contemporary, ya books 3.5 starsDivorced, beheaded, died Divorced, beheaded, survived.Annie Marck aka Cleveland aka Cleves is certain of one thing Henry is her best friend and she s his right hand man No matter what girl he s dating And he s dated quite a few.But strange things keep happening to Henry s girlfriends, and Cleves might be at the center of it all Okay, so lemme tell you what I loved.I absolutely adored the Henry VIII parallel into modern day high school.It works so damn well.Granted, there are a cou 3.5 starsDivorced, beheaded, died Divorced, beheaded, survived.Annie Marck aka Cleveland aka Cleves is certain of one thing Henry is her best friend and she s his right hand man No matter what girl he s dating And he s dated quite a few.But strange things keep happening to Henry s girlfriends, and Cleves might be at the center of it all Okay, so lemme tell you what I loved.I absolutely adored the Henry VIII parallel into modern day high school.It works so damn well.Granted, there are a couple of tweaks compressing the timeline, girlfriends instead of wives, how Anna Boleyn and Katie Howard die, what happened to Jane , but so much 16th century gossipy goodness is packed into this story and there s a healthy dose of Shakespeare that I was in historical hog heaven the entire time.There are just so many easter eggs planted throughout the story The Tower Anna Boleyn dies in Henry s fitness and then his horrible, never ending leg injury that he got doing a stupid stunt that Anna and co goaded him into trying Catalina Tortuga of Archibald Callaway That so many of the place names in Lancaster, Indiana, correspond to actual locations in Henry VIII s England Cleves being Henry s bestie sister and pretending like the marriage relationship never happened Many of the secondary and tertiary characters named like members of Henry s court And on and on and on None of these goodies are spoilers, btw.I loved Cleves snark and her voice She s smart, but unfocused to that later and has no freaking clue what the hell she s going to do after high school, and is low key freaking out about it since all her friends have high flying plans and she s got nothing sooooo relatable besides tagging along with whatever Henry does not so relatable but I can see it She s also definitely got a heavy streak of sarcasm and a very interesting sense of fashion, so even if you have literally no clue why the God King himself would want her as a bestie, you re entertained by her zippy remarks.And I really liked the climatic last portion of the story It was tense, thrilling and as much chaotic as you would expect given what happened.So what I wasn t so thrilled about Like Hamlet, Cleves might be smart, but she is indecisive as fuck She takes her sweet time making her decisions, and she jumps about here and there with her actions and thoughts and comments, making her one hell of an unreliable narrator because you re never exactly sure what side she s really on She whines about not being editor and hating Cat Parr who is editor, but makes a gajillion crappy editorial decisions, undermines Cat s authority at every turn and exhibits very few qualities that would make me feel like she could even have gotten into Overachiever s Camp in the first place.In short, you want to smack her across the face and yell at her to focus and actually be the objective investigative reporter she claims to be.Plus, aside from the thrilling last 10%, the entire last half of the story bogs down with the weight of Cleves indecision and waffling I really feel like a solid 100 pages could have been snipped away as cleanly as Ann Boleyn s head and nothing would have been lost from the book.So reasons to read this book 1 A creative historical Henry VIII gossip fest in a high school setting and it works2 Feminist history that puts things into perspective3 view spoiler Revenge against toxic masculinity, double standards, and men who believe that they should be able to have whatever they want without consequence Think John Tucker Must Die without all of that problematic2000ness hide spoiler 4 Snarky heroine and found friends girl gang.5 Fluff with a nice dose of teen craziness and gore.I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review flag 11 likesLike see review Jan 06, 2019 Vicky Who Reads rated it it was amazing 5 starsOH MY GOSH WHAT WAS THATAHHHHHHHHread it read it read it flag 9 likesLike see review Sep 13, 2018 Sonia Hartl rated it it was amazing Where do I begin with my love for this book Everything about it speaks to my heart, Cleves is probably one of my favorite characters of all time, smart, hilarious, saracastic with flaws and vulnerabilities that make her so incredibly relatable The queens absolutely draw from their historical counterparts and they all gave me a new appreciation for their lives and an extreme amount of anger for the way history has condemned them in ways they never deserved These girls are amazing I want to be Where do I begin with my love for this book Everything about it speaks to my heart, Cleves is probably one of my favorite characters of all time, smart, hilarious, saracastic with flaws and vulnerabilities that make her so incredibly relatable The queens absolutely draw from their historical counterparts and they all gave me a new appreciation for their lives and an extreme amount of anger for the way history has condemned them in ways they never deserved These girls are amazing I want to be BFFs with every single one of them And Henry was so well written, very much how I d imagine a modern teenage version of who d he d actually be I won t spoil anything, but wow, did I loooooove how it ended So perfect Hilarious and feminist and everything I love about girls getting stuff done, this is one story that s going to stick with me for years LONG LIVE THE QUEENS flag 7 likesLike see review Dec 01, 2018 Jessica Bibi rated it it was amazing I fucking LOVE this book I feel like I ve taken an andrenaline shot of supreme female empowerment, have taken down the pariachy laughed my ass off while doing it Our narrator Cleeves is whip smart funny, always speaks her mind, is an anti slutshaming rant queen and I absolutely adore her Teenage me would have KILLED for this book.Read it, or perish my liveread, if that s your jam flag 7 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 30, 2019 Meaghan rated it it was ok First off I would like to thank the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for giving me the chance to read and review this ARC While the copy was provided for free, all opinions are honest and my own The Dead Queens Club is a modern high school retelling of Henry VIII and his wives It s got drama, romance, and strong female friendships, narrated by Annie Cleves Marck, Henry s fourth girlfriend She s the only one that s managed to survive dating Henry so far, and she s starting to wonder why First off I would like to thank the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for giving me the chance to read and review this ARC While the copy was provided for free, all opinions are honest and my own The Dead Queens Club is a modern high school retelling of Henry VIII and his wives It s got drama, romance, and strong female friendships, narrated by Annie Cleves Marck, Henry s fourth girlfriend She s the only one that s managed to survive dating Henry so far, and she s starting to wonder why The first quarter of 2019 seemed to be ripe for a lot of Henry VIII retellings, and this novel was one of a few that caught my eye I ve been especially into murder mystery novels lately, trying to find YA ones as the genre keeps growing, so this book was an instant add to my tbr When I was accepted to review it before release, I was even excited, and couldn t wait to get started.While in the end, I didn t rate The Dead Queens Club all that highly, I did thoroughly enjoy the first half of the book Cleves was a narrator that truly stuck out, whether it be due to her characterization as well as how the story itself was written, and I found myself speeding through the first half of the book The insane amount of drama the book involves was also hilarious to read, and while some of it was a bit ridiculous, I can definitely see some people I was in high school with acting this exact way Additionally, even though the book dealt with a decent amount of death for your average high school story, it still managed to be pretty lighthearted and funny, for the most part Unfortunately, that latter trait had consequences later on.I wish I could say I liked where the story ended up going, and went into the ending with the same zeal I had started with, I can t Somewhere along the line the book just lost me, and I blame that on a few reasons.1 The book keeps switching who Cleves we are supposed to trust While this is common in mystery novels, the sheer amount and speed at which we are thrown back and forth between characters made me feel like a ping pong ball I ve never had a book give me quite this much whiplash, and honestly, I really hope I never do again.2 We are given way too many different stories on what happened that night I felt like I should ve been taking notes on all these stories since the beginning since by the time everything started going down, so many different tales with so many different intricacies had been spelled out that I couldn t even keep them straight any I normally still think for myself as I m reading, not necessarily taking everything the main character thinks as the truth, but in this case, I just had to trust Cleves because I couldn t even remember everything any 3 The writing style ends up adding to the confusion I mentioned the writing style above, and while I did like it then, it s lack of directness and it s wishy washy way of spelling things out just added to the confusion the first two points gave me I had to reread a few parts to get what was really going on, and even then I m still not sure if I interpreted the scene properly While I almost always love unique writing styles, this one just ended up hurting the ending even.4 At some point, Cleves stops being suspicious of others There were tons of moments later on where Cleves just kept on believing what her friends said, even after being shown multiple times that they ve very frequently not been entirely honest with her Normally this isn t so annoying, but if I m relying on Cleves as much as I mentioned above, and suddenly I feel I can t trust her, I feel even lost in the book.5 In the end, I wasn t able to actually like anyone Now I get the point of the book wasn t to make people likable, but the way this book went made it hard to actually enjoy and go along with some scenes and events in the final 20% of the book I was at the point where I literally didn t like nor trust anyone, but I had to go along with how it ended up being tied up anyways I just wasn t into it any.I m sure there are little things that started bugging me the further along I got in the story, but these are the main issues that switched me from loving the book to just being annoyed by it I feel like it has a lot of potential, and some of these issues may have been fixed enough for the final copy, so I do recommend just trying it And I ll definitely see what other books this author will release However, The Dead Queens Club just wasn t for me flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 30, 2019 Ivy marked it as to read Shelves coming soon 19 This is the Henry s wives retelling we deserved flag 5 likesLike see review Dec 16, 2018 Sierra rated it it was amazing Shelves best of 2019, beyond favorites, relatable The Dead Queens Club is centered around the sorta fictional Lancaster High, where quarterback Henry is on his sixth girlfriend Two of whom are kinda dead In their honor, Cleves, the narrator, starts THE DEAD QUEENS CLUB, an underground Tumblr about Lancaster s favorite former queens Cleves and the former queens of Lancaster High have to team up to save Cat Parr, Queen 6 and Henry s latest target.The plot is strong, but what completely sucked me into the book was the CHARACTERS They were s The Dead Queens Club is centered around the sorta fictional Lancaster High, where quarterback Henry is on his sixth girlfriend Two of whom are kinda dead In their honor, Cleves, the narrator, starts THE DEAD QUEENS CLUB, an underground Tumblr about Lancaster s favorite former queens Cleves and the former queens of Lancaster High have to team up to save Cat Parr, Queen 6 and Henry s latest target.The plot is strong, but what completely sucked me into the book was the CHARACTERS They were super close to their historical counterparts while having fresh personalities that fit perfectly within a modern setting My favorite character Parker Rochford, the Virgo cheerleader who s as vengeful as she is practical and organized She s a contemporary of Jane Boleyn, the notorious woman who got her sister in law and husband sent to their deaths at the Tower of London only to eventually be executed herself Capin creates a sympathetic portrayal of the woman demonized by historians and novelists.And the queens My beloved queens girlfriends Each one is drawn as dynamic and far than simply Henry s girlfriend Cleves is a journalist and prankster who hangs out with the cheerleading squad Katie Howard is a sweet, fun loving cheerleader with some low key repressed trauma Cat Parr is an anal retentive newspaper editor in chief Jane Seymour is, well, Jane Seymour Anna Boleyn is a Francophile with a fuck it attitude and Lina is an overachiever who shows the utmost grace under pressure.This is a book about girl power, positive and toxic friendships, grief, newspapers, pranking, sleepovers, parties, rivers, and summer camp I adored every second of it DR This book is the Mean Girls meets The Tudors mashup from my dreams, and everything I wanted it to be then MORE I can t wait to read of Hannah s work keep your eye out for her flag 5 likesLike see review Oct 31, 2018 Max Baker rated it it was amazing Shelves must have, read as an arc, read in a day, retellings, mean girls, i reviewed, favorites Thank You Netgalley for providing a free review copy in exchange for an honest reviewWhat an interesting book And I mean that in the highest possible regards The Dead Queens Club is an interesting book because it manages to be so many things at once It s a psychological thriller It s a murder mystery It s a comedy It s a black comedy It s a melodrama It s so many things wrapped up in one keep you on the edge of your seats, smiling all the way flavored package.And I adored it The Dead Q Thank You Netgalley for providing a free review copy in exchange for an honest reviewWhat an interesting book And I mean that in the highest possible regards The Dead Queens Club is an interesting book because it manages to be so many things at once It s a psychological thriller It s a murder mystery It s a comedy It s a black comedy It s a melodrama It s so many things wrapped up in one keep you on the edge of your seats, smiling all the way flavored package.And I adored it The Dead Queens Club follows Annie, nicknamed Cleaves by golden boy and human magnet Henry, in a retelling of King Henry VIII and his six wives Historically, Anne of Cleaves got of relatively easy compared to some of the other wives, but here it s all back stabbing and smiles Re imagining the story of King Henry is tricky, because there s a lot of re contextualizing and re imagining to be done in order to make the narrative fit into the story you want to tell Thankfully, Capin manages to not only bring the head chopping fool s story to life, but breathes fresh life into it And she did it by making this book fun It is a fun read from start to finish not only because of Cleaves whip smart humor, but because the writing allows itself to be fun It s twisty, it s dark, and it s thrilling but by god if you don t enjoy every second of this book It tackles issues of slut shamming and narcissism and male vs female double standards in a way that s so much nuanced then I m use to This book knows its fun, but it trusts its audience to understand the messages and themes it s trying to tell them as well With at least seven characters to juggle, Capin did a fantastic job at giving the queens distinct personalities, but making their interactions with one another, and Henry, utterly in character with who they were God, it s all so good I cannot sing this books praises enough The mystery is well paced, the characters are deep and well rounded, and the humor bubbles to the surface on every page flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 11, 2019 DJ rated it liked it Copy provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.The Dead Queens Club was on my list for most anticipated book for 2019 However, this was really kind of a mess The plot was SO hard to follow I had to keep re reading to figure out what was going on I really struggled to finish this book, which rarely happens to me It was just almost impossible to figure out what was happening and to whom If you can make it to the ending, then you ll appreciate it The humor was Copy provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.The Dead Queens Club was on my list for most anticipated book for 2019 However, this was really kind of a mess The plot was SO hard to follow I had to keep re reading to figure out what was going on I really struggled to finish this book, which rarely happens to me It was just almost impossible to figure out what was happening and to whom If you can make it to the ending, then you ll appreciate it The humor was good at points but sometimes it just felt forced I normally love snark but this didn t feel natural Overall, this book is okay, if you can make it the end you ll probably enjoy it flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 17, 2018 Kayla Brunson marked it as dnf Shelves disappointment, arc DNF at 65 pages.This made me feel scatterbrained while reading The main character Anna aka Cleves is all over the place In her inner monologue down to how she interacts with Henry Even with me only reading 65 pages, this was problematic and a hot mess Henry would rather listen to a rumor about his girlfriend and let the guys decide that she s only hookup material instead of girlfriend material I really don t have time to read about a douche like this Also view spoiler An ex of his c DNF at 65 pages.This made me feel scatterbrained while reading The main character Anna aka Cleves is all over the place In her inner monologue down to how she interacts with Henry Even with me only reading 65 pages, this was problematic and a hot mess Henry would rather listen to a rumor about his girlfriend and let the guys decide that she s only hookup material instead of girlfriend material I really don t have time to read about a douche like this Also view spoiler An ex of his current girlfriend has been showing a couple of guy s nude photos that she sent him when they were dating He tells Cleves about and while she does say that it s wrong and illegal, they just brush it off and talk about something else hide spoiler Ummm no thanks It also doesn t really tell you if there is a difference in time They just give you whiplash with past and present and want you to keep up I hope they change that in the final version I m so let down because I ve been wanting to get my hands on an arc of this book for a while now The synopsis sounds great but I just can t flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 23, 2018 Olivia heyoliviareads rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2019 most anticipated releases This book was a party that I was way too excited to go to, and then once I got there it wasn t as great as I d hoped, but, I still had fun As someone who was far too obsessed with all things Tudor back in high school, all you have to say to me is King Henry and all his wives, but set it in high school and I m sold The story follows Anne, aka Cleves, the new girl at Lancaster High, and her best friend, Henry, football star and notorious serial dater Even with minimal knowledge of King Henry V This book was a party that I was way too excited to go to, and then once I got there it wasn t as great as I d hoped, but, I still had fun As someone who was far too obsessed with all things Tudor back in high school, all you have to say to me is King Henry and all his wives, but set it in high school and I m sold The story follows Anne, aka Cleves, the new girl at Lancaster High, and her best friend, Henry, football star and notorious serial dater Even with minimal knowledge of King Henry VIII, you know how the rest of the story goes But, what would ve happened if all of his wives banded together to enact their revenge The book reads as The Tudors meets John Tucker Must Die, and was a wild ride from start to finish.The characters in this book are beautifully fleshed out and vivid, and are what truly carried the story for me Each one of them had unique personalities and I never had trouble telling them apart, which is important when you ve got such a big cast I especially loved Parker, she was complex and layered and had such a unique perspective, interesting backstory, and crucial part of the plot Truthfully, I would read just an entire book about her.I also loved how well the little historical details were weaved throughout From Henry s leg injury, to Anna s necklace, and how each girlfriend s backstory tied into one another Condensing a large chunk of a country s history into one small town and a high school is a difficult task, but, the author made it seem easy and fairly seamless The plot really didn t kick in until about the halfway point of the book, the first half reading as extensive backstory and exposition But, once the action and heads finally started rolling, I went from struggling to get through it to finishing the the book in a matter of hours.Unfortunately, I did have some issues with the writing and the narrator s voice It often felt like the writing was working too hard to be quirky and overtly snarky or sarcastic, full of hyphenated, conglomerate words and improbable dialogue It pulled me out of the book constantly and kept me from really getting invested until the action became intense.If the narration had been toned down I feel this book would have completely knocked me out of the park It was still a fun read, but it didn t quite live up to all my expectations, which could easily have been my own fault If you love well done characters, murder mysteries, and high school antics, definitely check this book out Thank you to NetGalley for sending me an e book arc in exchange for an honest review flag 5 likesLike see review Dec 11, 2018 Brittany Lamb rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves arcs 2018, cover porn, ebook, feminism, real life topics, reviewed, romance, sent from author publisher, would recommend, ya 4.5 stars Note Thank you to NetGalley and Inkyard Press for sending me a free advanced reading copy of this in exchange for an honest review.I actually really liked this I got a little nervous when I checked out the reviews before I started reading and realized that this is a modern retelling of Henry VIII and his six wives I had no idea what to expect but I honestly liked it almost immediately I have a few quips that I m just going to go ahead and get out of the way so that I can gush ab 4.5 stars Note Thank you to NetGalley and Inkyard Press for sending me a free advanced reading copy of this in exchange for an honest review.I actually really liked this I got a little nervous when I checked out the reviews before I started reading and realized that this is a modern retelling of Henry VIII and his six wives I had no idea what to expect but I honestly liked it almost immediately I have a few quips that I m just going to go ahead and get out of the way so that I can gush about the things I loved There are a lot of people to keep up with In the first 15% or so, I kept getting confused about which ex girlfriend was who and who was on what side and whatnot I ended up just making a note about each character to reference if I needed to, but my brain caught up with all of the characters and their story lines after a while and I didn t need the note any However, it really is confusing in the beginning That was honestly my biggest issue in this Everyone else seems to love Cleveland but oh my god the girl has no sense of loyalty I still liked her somehow but she drove me up the wall She was one of those girls who seemed really neutral all the time but is actually spilling your secrets and probably making out with your boyfriend Okay, yeah, that s it for the bad stuff Now to the good This is the most clever retelling of anything I ve ever read Granted, I don t do retellings often, so I don t have a lot to compare to, but this was honestly really cool About half way through the book I got curious about the real Henry VIII and his wives and I looked it all up Maybe everyone else in the universe knows about him already but I didn t Capin got really creative with some of the names considering like half of his wives had the same name and she really told their story perfectly but with a modern YA twist on it So, not only did I get to read a great book but I also learned some new history I loved all of the characters so much Well, except for Henry, but honestly even he is extremely charismatic I m not much of a gusher over YA teen boy characters but shove a manic pixie dream girl trope in my face and I ll probably fall in love , so I was never not onto him thanks to my unclouded judgement However, I still didn t hate him I mean he was a total jerk and used Cleve s and is not a good guy but you still want to wish him luck Does that even make sense The girls were all so great though I think my favorite character was actually Parker, though I did love that Cleveland was always calling out her classmates and friends for misogynistic and sexist remarks Like I said, she has no sense of loyalty, but she will definitely stand up for you if a mean pack of adolescent boys try to come for you with bash words The story was really good I know I pretty much already said that, but even if you seperate the novel from Henry VIII and it just stands on its own as a regular YA book, it s still really freaking good I read it all in one sitting even though it s long I didn t want to put it down for anything and I was rooting for the girls the entire time Capin managed to capture my heart in a way that not many YA books can do This isn t fluffy but at the same time still very highschool y and sappy just not overly I think that if I hadn t known about it being a retelling, I would ve still really liked it I might not have noticed how freaking creative Hannah Capin, but I would ve enjoyed it nonetheless The writing is done so well I don t know how to rant about it other than say that Capin is just as good of a writer as she is a story teller Overall, I m really glad I requested this from NetGalley It was an awesome read and I m going to be on the look out for books by Capin from here on out flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 15, 2018 Mireille Chartier rated it it was amazing Shelves need to buy, 2019, contemporary, mystery, ya Ainsi sera I was so fraking excited about this book when I first learned about it I am a HUGE Tudor enthusiast, like crazy I ve read biographies about them a lot of Elizabeth I ones because I find her really badass and watched the movies TV shows, I love this drama infused bunch So I was ecstatic when we received the ARC for The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin And Holy Hole in a Doughnut It was fantastic.Imagine the Tudors meets Mean Girls with a touch of Gossip Girl and that is exactly Ainsi sera I was so fraking excited about this book when I first learned about it I am a HUGE Tudor enthusiast, like crazy I ve read biographies about them a lot of Elizabeth I ones because I find her really badass and watched the movies TV shows, I love this drama infused bunch So I was ecstatic when we received the ARC for The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin And Holy Hole in a Doughnut It was fantastic.Imagine the Tudors meets Mean Girls with a touch of Gossip Girl and that is exactly what The Dead Queens Club is Hannah Capin decided to bring this story to the 21st century and OH MY GOD it works so well Henry VIII was essentially a girl crazy teenager, why did I never see it before Nothing is forgotten in this book, the author hits all the little details, it s so well done that I wanted to scream cause of how awesomely good it was The setting is perfect Who knew that bringing these iconic characters in a modern era would match the story so well All that plotting and gossiping is perfect for high school The plot is a tad slow but starts moving at a faster pace towards the end I really didn t mind the pacing because it allowed me to discover the characters and watch every detail of this brilliant retelling unfold The author even managed to get in his injury that left him with a bad leg and the way it s done is clever.Our main girl is Annie aka Cleves, nickname given by Golden Boy himself , since Annie is from Cleveland get it Anne of Cleves like as in wife number 4 She is this fun, sarcastic quirky character with a Rolodex of pop culture references that I can only applaud Cleves is a feminist, calling out slut shaming and fighting to find the truth, even if she might not like what the truth is She s always been my favourite of all the wives and I m so happy on how the author decided to portray her in The Dead Queens Club It felt true to what I know and relate to Anne of Cleves All the Queens resemble some aspects of their historical counterparts and this books is very much for them Hannah Capin gives these women a voice.Oh and Henry what to say about Henry Golden boy, human magnet, egotistical chauvinist Hannah Capin really kept true to what I know and love about King Henry VIII OK, yes he s a prick but I can t help but love him though I wouldn t have wanted to be one of his girlfriends Not everyone gets out of a relationship with Henry and lives to tell the tale If you are like me and are a fan of The Tudors and every scheming person affiliated with them, chances are you will love this book It kept me wanting and I just didn t want to put it down Hats off to Hannah Capin who was able to make me love these characters even than I already did I can t wait to see what she does next, I will definitely be checking out her next book ,which is supposed to be a Lady Macbeth retelling Helleth Yeah Let me leave you with these words of wisdom Ugh Jane Seymour Thank you Inkyard Press and Netgalley ARC provided in exchange for an honest review flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 18, 2018 Teri rated it liked it I m not a big history buff, but I watched The Tudors series on Netflix several years ago and was hooked Given, it was highly dramatized, but you can t tell me there weren t clandestine meetings, backstabbings, political maneuverings, and power plays during that time And then, of course, there was Henry and his wives When I saw this book, I was instantly curious about a modern day retelling in high school, no less.The author is very clever in how she created her characters based on the hi I m not a big history buff, but I watched The Tudors series on Netflix several years ago and was hooked Given, it was highly dramatized, but you can t tell me there weren t clandestine meetings, backstabbings, political maneuverings, and power plays during that time And then, of course, there was Henry and his wives When I saw this book, I was instantly curious about a modern day retelling in high school, no less.The author is very clever in how she created her characters based on the historical figures, bringing the queens, Henry, and some of their acquaintances into modern day Cleves, based on Anne of Cleves, who was queen for a few short months, is Henry s best friend Like Henry VIII, this Henry has a wandering eye and a long string of girlfriends Loosely paralleling their historical relationship, Cleves and Henry date for an awkward couple of weeks, but decide they re better as friends Cleves is blindly loyal, awkward, and her snark had me chuckling several times.Make no mistake this high school is just as socially treacherous as Henry the VIII s court, with suspicious deaths and characters falling out of favor Scheming, plotting, and gossip abound, making up a large portion of the book, but occasionally don t do much to advance the story All the back and forth is difficult to follow at times, but once the book hits the 75% mark, things move along quickly.I didn t enjoy this read as much as I d hoped, but that s me than the book I m not a big fan of Mean Girls and erratic high school drama, but judging by other reviews, many readers thought The Dead Queens Club was fabulous Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 18, 2019 Leah rated it did not like it 20% That s where I should have DNF ed this I wouldn t have missed a thing Back to fantasy I go because this was not my cup of tea Was there a point to this I mean, there must have been because it s over 400 pages, but it was lost under page upon page of inane and tiresome high school drama I struggle to come to grips with I think this was supposed to be a feminist positive story, but you ve got to wade through a hell of a lot of slut shaming to get to that conclusion Honestly, I only carr 20% That s where I should have DNF ed this I wouldn t have missed a thing Back to fantasy I go because this was not my cup of tea Was there a point to this I mean, there must have been because it s over 400 pages, but it was lost under page upon page of inane and tiresome high school drama I struggle to come to grips with I think this was supposed to be a feminist positive story, but you ve got to wade through a hell of a lot of slut shaming to get to that conclusion Honestly, I only carried on to the end because someone whose reviews I trust said it rewards you Yeah, no This was unbelievably dull and annoying to read The drama that supposedly was the centre of the story is a mess, and the writing doesn t help that along much I think there was a mystery being solved, but who the hell knows It s one of those books that tries to have a relatable voice and be funny and personable I say tries because good lord did it ever Another thing that made me exhausted of the whole thing before I m even a quarter of the way in I don t know if it was the formatting of my e ARC, but I couldn t follow this 90% of this story was just dialogue Swaths and swaths of people talking in teenage slang that I had a very hard time believing do people seriously still do the talk to the hand thing Not to mention I had no idea who was talking half the time because everyone sounded exactly the same and the dialogue tags were non existent Overall, just another book that steers me away from the contemporary genre I really don t have much positive to say, and it pains me to say so 1.5 5 flag 2 likesLike see review Oct 07, 2018 Kalyn Josephson rated it it was amazing I absolutely adored this book to no end.It has so many fantastic qualities the whip smart voice of the main character, the wonderful reimagining of several well known historical figures, the plot and mystery that keep you ever on your toes, the beautiful, vengeful, powerful women I love it all This is such a fun, fresh book, and I couldn t put it down I can t wait to read of Capin s fantastic writing To anyone who thinks they ve read about these figures before, you ve never read about th I absolutely adored this book to no end.It has so many fantastic qualities the whip smart voice of the main character, the wonderful reimagining of several well known historical figures, the plot and mystery that keep you ever on your toes, the beautiful, vengeful, powerful women I love it all This is such a fun, fresh book, and I couldn t put it down I can t wait to read of Capin s fantastic writing To anyone who thinks they ve read about these figures before, you ve never read about them quite like this, and you re in for a treat I m so thankful to have gotten to read an early version, and I ll be picking up a copy the moment I m able I highly recommend this book flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 03, 2019 Halley Sutton rated it it was amazing Loved the concept and all the little Tudors in jokes and a very satisfying ending flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 11, 2018 Luna rated it liked it Shelves mystery thrillers I received this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I would give this book 2.75 starsI thought the premise of this book to be interested and I was hoping to be interested in the novel Unfortunately, this book was a great disappointment First of all can we talk about the protagonist, Cleves I don t know if it was just me but I found her personality to be extremely grating on the nerves.The plot in this novel seemed to move extremely slowly and I felt like the first 3 4ths of th I received this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I would give this book 2.75 starsI thought the premise of this book to be interested and I was hoping to be interested in the novel Unfortunately, this book was a great disappointment First of all can we talk about the protagonist, Cleves I don t know if it was just me but I found her personality to be extremely grating on the nerves.The plot in this novel seemed to move extremely slowly and I felt like the first 3 4ths of the book had nothing really to do with the overall plot of the story The novel picked up in about the last 50 pages The last 50 pages was a book in itself with a rising action, climax and falling action crammed into it.Something I enjoyed about the novel was character development The author took time to build up each character and make them multifaceted Although there were many things I didn t enjoy in this book I found myself sucked into reading it, and I had trouble putting the story down flag 2 likesLike see review Sep 13, 2018 Samm Sassenach the Book Wizard marked it as to read Shelves 2019, most anticipated 2019 So here for a retelling of England s greatest fuck boy flag 2 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 25, 2019 michelle magicalreads rated it really liked it Shelves arcs, 2019, reviews 4.25 starsread on my blog What even is his type Genius lacrosse queen Ambitious business bitch Boring hospital chick Indie best friend Sweetheart party girl And now the party crashing newspaper boss Can t even profile him The Dead Queens Club really snuck up and me I truly did not expect to like it as much as I did This book has just the right amount of drama and outrageousness Hannah Capin wrote the drama of Henry VIII and his six wives so seamlessly into a modern high school settin 4.25 starsread on my blog What even is his type Genius lacrosse queen Ambitious business bitch Boring hospital chick Indie best friend Sweetheart party girl And now the party crashing newspaper boss Can t even profile him The Dead Queens Club really snuck up and me I truly did not expect to like it as much as I did This book has just the right amount of drama and outrageousness Hannah Capin wrote the drama of Henry VIII and his six wives so seamlessly into a modern high school setting, you won t even be able to recognize all the references.What I loved the most about this book was the writing Cleves s snarkiness is the best and entirely my sense of humor Also, Capin writes the characters so incredibly well You ll find yourself falling in love just a little with Henry, and being manipulated by him, just like Cleves I was genuinely so caught up in the drama that I was almost convinced by his lies it was great feeling this way I mean, not being manipulated by an angry liar, but really feeling what the main character is going through is such a good marker of excellent writing.And you d think that in a book with so much drama between girls, there would be a lot of slut shaming and double standards There s not Cleves calls out pretty much double standard, things said by Henry and the other girls She talks often about not liking Anna, but when people act like she was just an overreacting bitch, she rebuts with remarks of not reducing girls to a two dimensional standard When people only bring up Katie to talk about her sex life, she shuts them down This book is definitely a great example of girls supporting girls Everybody thinks I m this backstabbing bitch, says Parker But it s bullshit, just like everything everybody said about Anna She was so smart and ambitious, and all anybody remembers is that she stole somebody s boyfriend What people said about Katie wasn t fair, either, I tell them She s dead and all they want to talk about is who she slept with instead of how she was the sweetest person ever, and the least selfish, and the most fun I d like to think that I know a decent amount about this whole debacle because we covered it pretty heavily in school what with the whole, let s break off from Catholicism thing However, there are still so many gaps in my knowledge Only after I went on after finishing the book did I realize some of the references because some of them are so subtle.I do think what this book lacked was representation Cleves and her sister are both adopted from China and Malawi, respectively , so there s that, but it s brought up twice so it s easy to forget This book is based on England and set in the Midwest, but we re already reimagining so much of it, so I do think it could have done better in the representation factor.Because we re the best secret club ever We re the queens club And we ve got this.Overall, this book was such a fun read it was dramatic without being overbearing and scornful without crossing into slut shaming I definitely recommend it if you re a fan of Trouble is a Friend of Mine or Sarah Rees Brennan s books The drama was such a trip, the plot so enticing, and the characters great to follow If you re looking for a hilarious, fun ride of a novel, I totally suggest you pick The Dead Queens Club up, but be warned, you won t be able to put it down.original review oooooh I really liked this flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 18, 2018 Claire bookscoffeeandrepeat rated it it was ok Shelves young adult, re tellings, arc reviews, dnf, historical fiction, thriller mystery As much as I loved the author s witty writing and this book s beautiful cover, I thought the main character s POV didn t completely capture my attention I just felt so disconnected from the story Needless to say, I couldn t care less I m guessing that I m not much of a history buff in regards to this retelling so I failed to appreciate the story as a whole I thought maybe I should look up the The Tudors And I found the history interesting compared to this novel.The characters in Th As much as I loved the author s witty writing and this book s beautiful cover, I thought the main character s POV didn t completely capture my attention I just felt so disconnected from the story Needless to say, I couldn t care less I m guessing that I m not much of a history buff in regards to this retelling so I failed to appreciate the story as a whole I thought maybe I should look up the The Tudors And I found the history interesting compared to this novel.The characters in The Dead Queens Club were archetypal, sort of what you would find in almost every high school related book or movie The humor in this book reminded me of one of my favorite YA books Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly But for some reason, I still find myself putting this book down.I think I would have enjoyed this book if it were written in 3rd person and if it were to be of a plot driven novel The writing overall felt like a stream of consciousness style, which I didn t really care for The problem with this is that some readers may OR may not like the voice of the main character Additionally, I thought that Cleves tried to portray herself as a feminist that doesn t really take things seriously even when the situation calls for it I also think she was supposed to be quirky but I think it really didn t do anything for her character I m not sure if I like her I actually don t have any strong opinion about her character nor any of the characters in this book.I guess it really depends on the reader s preference or what they want to get out of this book I mean, I did like the concept of this book but my interest can only go so far For some reason, I have to like the characters in some way before I could actually be invested in the story And while there is nothing wrong with Cleves, I just don t think I will be able to finish reading this book because of how the novel was set up However, there were interesting and humorous titles in every chapter which I liked.All in all, I thought this was an okayish decent read but at the same time I felt that it really wasn t for me I think I wouldn t recommend this book to those who are looking for fast paced stories But if you re curious about the retelling of The Tudors portion, I recommend giving this book a shot Huge thanks to the publisher for providing access to this title in exchange for an honest review All thoughts and opinions are my own.BOOK BLOG IG TUMBLR TWITTER flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 04, 2018 Audrey rated it it was ok Shelves netgalleys, dnf DNF 21%This review is based on an ARC of The Dead Queens Club which I received courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher HarlequinTEEN Inkyard Press I always hate to DNF an ARC, but here s the truth, plain and simple I could not care less about this plot. Honestly, excuse me while I instead read Henry VIII s page, it s far entertaining than this book The main character Cleveland AKA Cleves Excuse me while I gag Could you be less original with the nicknaming is so in DNF 21%This review is based on an ARC of The Dead Queens Club which I received courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher HarlequinTEEN Inkyard Press I always hate to DNF an ARC, but here s the truth, plain and simple I could not care less about this plot. Honestly, excuse me while I instead read Henry VIII s page, it s far entertaining than this book The main character Cleveland AKA Cleves Excuse me while I gag Could you be less original with the nicknaming is so infuriatingly obnoxious that she is my main reason for DNFing First of all, Cleves wore cow print pajamas, not only out of the house, but into a grocery store which is a deal breaker for me Second, omg she is such a cringe worthy die hard bleeding heart mega PC SJW touting feminism preaching wannabe It is just so hard to read I know that makes me sound awful, but omg cool it We get it, you are into chick fights Lastly, I literally could not care less about her position on the school paper team And I can just sense it by the end of this novel she will have earned her editor in chief dom Don t care, don t wanna see how she gets there Okay, so basically I was getting very annoyed with this novel and didn t care to read it to the end That being said the chapter titles were kinda cool, but that remains the only saving grace Again, sorry I had to DNF this one, but it really, really just wasn t for me flag 1 likeLike see review View 2 comments Dec 19, 2018 Sha rated it liked it Shelves realistic fiction, mysteries, young adult, no romance, retelling, 2019 Disclaimer I received this ARC courtesy of Inkyard Press through NetGalley I am grateful for the opportunity to review an ARC for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book I m afraid this will not be the glowing review I so wanted it to be I m going to get into each major factor that lowered my rating so you can judge if this book is something you want to check out, because OH MY GOD the ending or Disclaimer I received this ARC courtesy of Inkyard Press through NetGalley I am grateful for the opportunity to review an ARC for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book I m afraid this will not be the glowing review I so wanted it to be I m going to get into each major factor that lowered my rating so you can judge if this book is something you want to check out, because OH MY GOD the ending or the last 150 pages that I call the ending was a psychological, mess with your mind masterpiece Have you ever watched Pretty Little Liars The wrap up for this book was the most epic PLL season finale, with extra sass mixed in The first thing that didn t mesh with me for this book was its beginning and then somewhat muddled middle The Dead Queens Club summary makes Cleves out to be a determined investigator in the deaths of Henry s exes In reality, Cleves is Henry s best friend forever they re really, really close, okay who will follow him anywhere, anytime She s confronted with his suspicious past by several characters and vehemently denies his culpability for a loooong time The actual sleuthing in this book is done by her friend Parker, and a few of Henry s other exes Cleves just kind of narrates Which honestly, she does really well Her spunky snark is a favourite protagonist voice style of mine.The second thing I struggle with was the entire feminist aspect of this book Cleves is a self proclaimed feminist As a writer on the school paper, all she wants is to include anti slut shaming articles She frequently calls out fellow students for masochistic remarks But she herself is very problematic Notably, she Refers to one of Henry s exes, Jane, as a girl so boring that looking at her picture for eight seconds cures clinical insomnia Throughout the book, Cleves bashes Jane for being extremely boring and forgettable Feminism is about supporting each other Puts down women who work hard uses a mocking nickname students create for her friend, Parker, and bullies her editor in chief for having strict deadlines and pranks Henry s exes her friends without needing cause Some of the pranks were mean At the end of the book, Cleves gets together with the girls she has mocked and sees them for their strengths But this is at the end of a 460 page book I felt she could have seen the error in her ways a little sooner Third thing This is a very specific dislike within the book A comment was made within Cleves narration that made me incredibly uncomfortable To give some context, one of Henry s exes was named Anna Boleyn She is one of the dead exes A year ago, there was a party at the Tower, a piece of real estate still under construction and some fireworks were somehow placed under it The fireworks went off, the building blew up, and Anna was the main suspect But I don t care, because the only thing I need right now is to forget about Ms Parr and Judas Rochford and Anna bin Laden and every Lancaster kid I don t want to assume to know what the author was thinking with this line I just don t think it s an appropriate joke.My dislikes did overpower a lot of the good in this book, because the last two made me uncomfortable and the first one disrupted my reading flow At first I didn t know what was going on, and then I didn t like the message the author was sending, and then I got near the end and FINALLY I was enjoying things and I was really getting into everything But I was spoiled at that point.Capin has a great idea here A retelling of Henry VIII I was in from the start Henry s character is truly well done, I give major points to his development throughout the story The way the girlfriends exes weave in and out of the story really felt like a historical drama gone teen TV show I ll for sure be looking up the life of Henry VIII now, I can say that.I struggled for a long time to choose a rating Ultimately, my discomfort with the amount of slut shaming done by a so called feminist, as well as the joke comment Cleves makes, led me to keep this at a 2.5 crown Three on official rating sites flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 08, 2019 Joanna Bennett rated it liked it eARC provided by publisher through NetGalleyThe Dead Queens Club is a retelling of Henry VIII with high school girlfriends instead of wives It is told in the PoV of his close friend Annie Marck aka Cleve who is a school journalist She tries to find out the truth of what happened to his exes before another one bites the dust.When I started this I didn t know what to expect Sometimes retellings are great while others fall short With this one, the high school setting really fits because sometim eARC provided by publisher through NetGalleyThe Dead Queens Club is a retelling of Henry VIII with high school girlfriends instead of wives It is told in the PoV of his close friend Annie Marck aka Cleve who is a school journalist She tries to find out the truth of what happened to his exes before another one bites the dust.When I started this I didn t know what to expect Sometimes retellings are great while others fall short With this one, the high school setting really fits because sometimes high school can feel like a royal court There is always drama no matter what I also liked it being about girlfriends because it makes it relatable Now a days, there has been a lot of talk about women empowerment and women coming together to support one another The author does a great job building up the relationships between the girls all the way up until the end The titles for the chapters were interesting because they were meant to be like news headlines.The reason I m not sure about it is because there was a lot going on It was like the movie Mean Girls but on steroids and it was just a little too much for me at times I also wasn t a fan of the writing style I did end up reading it in one sitting because I just wanted to know where it was going so obviously it wasn t all bad If you want to go on a crazy ride of high school drama, mean girls, and deadly relationships this book is for you flag 1 likeLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet 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        Hannah Capin lives in Tidewater Virginia She holds degrees from the Indiana University School of Music and Columbia University When she isn t writing, you ll find her sailing, singing, or pulling marathon gossip sessions with her girl squad Hannah Capin lives in Tidewater Virginia She holds degrees from the Indiana University School of Music and Columbia University When she isn t writing, you ll find her sailing, singing, or pulling marathon gossip sessions with her girl squad


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    1. I really did my best to like this but it was just not my thing.Starred reviews from Kirkus usually prompt me to take a second look at books I was about to pass by Then when I read that this one was a high school comedy retelling of history specifically that of Henry VIII and his six wives I thought it sounded like a lot of fun But I struggled just to make it through.The book is narrated by Annie of Cleveland, or Cleves She befriends Henry at Overachievers Camp, dates him for 15 days, an I really [...]


    2. When I say I don t like drama , what I really mean is I don t want to be involved in any drama of my own Reading a contemporary reclaiming of the story of Henry VIII and his wives in this case, his high school girlfriends , on the other hand, seemed firmly inside my circles of interestsI just wish The Dead Queens Club lived up to the self indulgent version of it that I wrote in my head before it began to disappoint me.My first complaint about this book is how the plot takes so long befor When I [...]


    3. i mean like, as a weird quirky historian i am totally on board with this weird new quirky trend of historical figures in present day, but why are they only about The Ultimate Fuckboi Henry VIII where are my faves marie antoinette and the TRUE marie antoinette, not the let them eat cake caricature henry vii ELAGABALUS damn, elagabalus would KILL IT in the modern world i s2g tl dr love this trend and i m probs going to read this but can authors write about my faves now


    4. The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin is a young adult contemporary story that is a retelling of Henry VIII and his wives In this case however the wives are all high school girlfriends of Henry, the charming homecoming king.The story is told from the point of view of Annie Marck or Cleves as Henry likes to call her who is the high school equivalent of Anne of Cleves, Henry s 4th wife Cleves in this story met Henry at camp and became really good friends with Henry often getting talked into h The D [...]


    5. This review originally appeared on Novel Ink.I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Okay, I m gonna be up front with y all my experience reading The Dead Queens Club was, hands down, one of the STRANGEST reading experiences I ve ever had I literally can t make up my mind as to whether I actively hated this book, or whether I m just apathetic toward it.Let me preface my review with the fact that I w Th [...]


    6. A clever contemporary YA retelling of Henry VIII and his wives or, in this case, his high school girlfriends. WHAT THE No srsly What Is Happening WHAT I don t think I can process this has anything ever sounded absurd and totally weird and yet intriguing at the same time What s happening to the world What do a future ambassador, an overly ambitious Francophile, a hospital volunteering Girl Scout, the new girl from Cleveland, the junior cheer captain, and the vice president of A [...]


    7. 3.5 starsDivorced, beheaded, died Divorced, beheaded, survived.Annie Marck aka Cleveland aka Cleves is certain of one thing Henry is her best friend and she s his right hand man No matter what girl he s dating And he s dated quite a few.But strange things keep happening to Henry s girlfriends, and Cleves might be at the center of it all Okay, so lemme tell you what I loved.I absolutely adored the Henry VIII parallel into modern day high school.It works so damn well.Granted, there are a co [...]


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