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    A fantastic story!

    This was a fantastic story! As soon as I saw this book online, I knew that I wanted to read it. Since this book is the beginning of a brand new series, I was really excited to give it a try. I did have a bit of a slow start with this book but that had everything to do with me and nothing to do with the book because the book was great. Once I had some time to dedicate to reading, I ended up devouring the bulk of this book in a single day. This was a story that grabbed me and didn't want to let go. Lady Everleigh's life is about to change. She lives in the royal court and is actually seventeenth in line for the throne but she is treated rather poorly. She is often the token royal sent to do the things that more important royals don't want to do like bake pies or learn complicated dances. Things go horribly wrong at an event at the palace and soon Everleigh is more focused on survival than anything else. I try to go into books as blindly as possible and I don't think I even read the entire summary for this book before I got started with it. I do recommend going into this one blindly because I think that the book's summary gives a whole lot away. I was completely shocked by some of the turns this book took which I think added to my enjoyment. I thought that Everleigh was a fantastic character. I loved how much growth we saw in her over the course of the story. She starts out knowing her place in the world and just trying to do what was expected of her to the best of her ability. She proves to be quite resourceful and has a lot of strength she didn't know she had. Even at her toughest, she never stopped thinking about others and was willing to make huge sacrifices in order to protect those she cared about. This book had a lot going for it. There are some pretty intense action scenes that really kept the excitement level high. I thought that the world building was very well done and loved all of the different ways that magic could manifest in an individual. I thought that the relationships between the characters were very well done and felt quite authentic. I liked that there is just a hint of romance worked into the story. I would highly recommend this book to fans of fantasy or urban fiction. I thought that this book was a fantastic story filled with a lot of action and characters that I grew to care about. I can't wait to read more from this wonderful series! I received a digital review copy of this book from Harper Voyager via Edelweiss.
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    The first step in the making of a fierce queen..

    Kill the Queen is the first book in the Crown of Shards series and it was quite a bloody beginning. This story is told from Lady Everleigh’s point of view and during this telling she she delves into the history of her life in the royal court and her noxious relationship with her cousin, Princess Vasilia. Vasilia is quite the egomaniacal character, she cares for no one but herself and her personal goals. No matter who she has to kill to achieve them, she was definitely a villain that you would love to hate. She was truly despicable and quite the opposite of Evie. *** Evie had been through years and heartache and betrayal in the royal court but she was a smart character who learned how to survive. Evie had purposefully held back truths about herself from everyone because she knew that if the truth was known about her that she would be used in the worst ways. Knowing that she had hidden talents made her rise from beaten down scaredy cat to crafty warrior believable. She had purposefully allowed everyone to underestimate her and that was nicely done. I especially liked that she continued to practice restraint with her secrets once joining with the gladiators and preferred to get an idea of who people really were before deciding to trust them. For me that definitely made Evie quite likable as a heroine. *** Reading this story was very entertaining but I just wish it had more depth and tugged on my emotions a little harder. I wanted more potency to really grab my emotions and cement me to these characters. I liked the characters and even the secondary characters had appeal but it would not have affected me deeply had negative things befallen them. I just was not as invested as I would have liked to have been. There was a romance element that was very subtle in its making. There was a spark between the two characters which had a bit of a smolder to it but at the same time when distance was created between them, it was no hardship romantically. I am curious to see if the connection will intensify or go in an entirely different direction.?! Overall, Kill the Queen was the first step in the making of a fierce queen and I am excited to see where this series goes!******This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Let's Talk! Promotions. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.******
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