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). 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…

The Dead Queens Club Details

TitleThe Dead Queens Club
Author
ReleaseJan 29th, 2019
PublisherInkyard Press
ISBN-139781335542236
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Retellings

The Dead Queens Club Review

  • Emily May
    January 1, 1970
    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 more 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 more 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 more 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 more, 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 more 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
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  • شيماء ✨
    January 1, 1970
    ✨ Full review now posted on my blog here! ✨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 interests…I 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.
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  • ☙ percy ❧
    January 1, 1970
    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;)
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  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    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 more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    January 1, 1970
    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 more 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 more 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 more 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.
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  • Mary S. R.
    January 1, 1970
    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 more 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 more 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.Ummmm...Are 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 :))
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  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    January 1, 1970
    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 (more 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 problematic...2000ness. (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.
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  • Vicky Who Reads
    January 1, 1970
    5 starsOH MY GOSH WHAT WAS THATAHHHHHHHHread it read it read it
  • Sonia Hartl
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Jessica Bibi
    January 1, 1970
    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: https://twitter.com/JessicaBCooper/st...)
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  • Meaghan
    January 1, 1970
    A lot of potential, and I quite liked the first half, but it just kept getting messier and messier
  • Ivy
    January 1, 1970
    This is the Henry's wives retelling we deserved.
  • Sierra
    January 1, 1970
    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 more 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.TL;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 more of Hannah’s work — keep your eye out for her!
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  • Max Baker
    January 1, 1970
    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 more 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.
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  • DJ
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Kayla Brunson
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Olivia (heyoliviareads)
    January 1, 1970
    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 more 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!
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  • Brittany Lamb
    January 1, 1970
    ** 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 anymore. 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 more books by Capin from here on out.
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  • Mireille Chartier
    January 1, 1970
    “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 more 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 more 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 more 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 more 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.
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  • Teri
    January 1, 1970
    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 more 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.
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  • Leah
    January 1, 1970
    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
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  • Kalyn Josephson
    January 1, 1970
    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 more 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 more 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!
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  • Halley Sutton
    January 1, 1970
    Loved the concept and all the little Tudors in-jokes and a very satisfying ending.
  • Luna
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
    January 1, 1970
    So here for a retelling of England's greatest fuck boy!
  • michelle (magicalreads)
    January 1, 1970
    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 Wikipedia 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!!
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  • Claire (bookscoffeeandrepeat)
    January 1, 1970
    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 more 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 more 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 more 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
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  • Audrey
    January 1, 1970
    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 wikipedia page, it's far more 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 wikipedia page, it's far more 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.
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  • Sha
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Joanna Bennett
    January 1, 1970
    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 more 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!
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