I received this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.Spoilers and swearing follow.It has been a while since a book has earned a not so coveted position on my wtf is this shit shelf However, this book earned it by around page 30 In fact, the only reason I didn t DNF this book was train wreck syndrome A part of me kept hoping that it would get better de la Cruz is such a prolific writer that this book can t be this bad is what I kept telling myself Oh, my friends, it is that bad I ended up skipping about 60 pages in this book trying to spare my sanity , AND I MISSED NOTHING Literally I was able to figure out everything that I had skipped in about 10 pages Let s talk about why this book is horrible, shall we 1 It has ridiculously inconsistent characterization Shadow acts one way for half the book, then she magically changes into like an entirely different person No rhyme, no reason Her personality just changes on whims Cal, on the other hand, has zero personality Even in the chapters he narrates, there s nothing You could replace the character with a piece of wood and no one would notice the difference 2 So, this book is told in alternating perspectives Which I love I love knowing how both or multiple characters are feeling or what they are thinking What doesn t work is the fact that Shadow s chapters are told from first person POV and Cal s chapters are told from third person POV It is very jarring to immerse yourself in one character s thoughts or feelings and then to turn the digital page and suddenly be referring to the character de chapitre by their damn name Every time it happened, I was thrown out of my reading headspace and had to re acclimate myself And it happened a lot.3 The huge plot twist at the end of the novel Isn t a plot twist for anyone who s read a YA fantasy in the last 5 years Also, comparing this book to Maas work is an insult of the highest caliber 4 The love story between Shadow and Cal just doesn t work They have zero chemistry together Honestly, the story would have been a lot better it not be included and let these two be epic bffs or something 5 There s just something off about the entire novel The pacing is super weird ridiculously fast in some spots and then maddeningly slow in others There s random inserts of history and stories about Renovia in the middle of the novel that really throw off the pace really, de la Cruz, you couldn t have figured out a better way to work those in This book just doesn t work I know I m one of the first negative reviews on this book as it doesn t get published for another 6 months, but I know I won t be the last Look, I love cheesy YA fantasy love stories But there are better ones out there Save yourself the headache and stay far, far away from this one. I was given an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review I think this book started off a bit confusing, but around chapter ten everything started to come together For a little while I didn t think I was going to like this book that much because of how slow it seemed to be going, but all of a sudden I was sucked in I could not put this book down I adored the characters, the world, the romance, and the twists and turns that kept the story so interesting This book was an emotional roller coaster and the end left me on a bit of shaken ground, which is why I am very eager for the next book hoping and assuming there will be one Overall, this is quite possibly my favorite book that I have read this year. THAT COVER I ve been burned by this author a few times so here s just hoping she actually finishes this newest series P From the blurband the country they are sworn to protect from 1 NYT bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz You know an author is prolific when people are sworn to protect the public from her. As someone who went through middle and high school reading the Blue Bloods series, to see this new book by Cruz waiting for me, I was immediately struck by the need to sit down and read it all the way through Which I absolutely ended up doing, and I don t regret at all Cruz has the innate ability to build a world that you have no trouble believing in, with romances that rock your world You need to see them live happily ever after right from the get go and yet she s prepared to make them suffer along the way in some of the worst ways possible The Queen s Assassin is no different, and honestly you can see how much the rest of her work has built up to this epic fantasy This was only the introduction to this world and this story, and she has so much left to unlock I hope I m reading this series for many years to come, because of how utterly captivating it all is Melissa de la Cruz, you ve snatched me up again, and left me feeling as forlorn and excited as I was every time I finished a Blue Bloods book as a preteen. Perfect For Fans Of Sarah J Maas And Red Queen, This Is The First Novel In A Sweeping YA Fantasy Romance Duet About A Deadly Assassin, His Mysterious Apprentice, And The Country They Are Sworn To Protect From NYT Bestselling Author Melissa De La CruzCaledon Holt Is The Kingdom Of Renovia S Deadliest Weapon No One Alive Can Best Him In Brawn Or Brains, Which Is Why He S The Guild S Most Dangerous Member And The Queen S One And Only Assassin He S Also Bound To The Queen By An Impossible Vow To Find The Missing Deian Scrolls, The Fount Of All Magical History And Knowledge, Stolen Years Ago By A Nefarious Sect Called The AphrasiansShadow Has Been Training All Her Life To Follow In The Footsteps Of Her Mother And Aunts To Become Skilled Enough To Join The Ranks Of The Guild Though Magic Has Been Forbidden Since The Aphrasian Uprising, Shadow Has Been Learning To Control Her Powers In Secret, Hoping That One Day She Ll Become An Assassin As Feared And Revered As Caledon HoltWhen A Surprise Attack Brings Shadow And Cal Together, They Re Forced To Team Up As Assassin And Apprentice To Hunt Down A New Sinister Threat To Renovia But As Cal And Shadow Grow Closer, They Ll Uncover A Shocking Web Of Lies And Secrets That May Destroy Everything They Hold Dear With War On The Horizon And True Love At Risk, They Ll Stop At Nothing To Protect Each Other And Their Kingdom In This Stunning First Novel In The Queen S Secret Series YA fantasy romance a deadly assassin a mysterious apprentice okay, fine, I m ready to be swoon away by this book Finally, a full synopsis, cover and release date D This is a fantasy novel as written by Mojo Jojo It is repetitive, reinstating the same point over and over Moreover, it is inconsistent, jumping POVs within a specific frame and not sticking to a particular point I tried I wanted to like this book assassins are, like, one of my favorite fantasy tropes ever But I think I ll give this book a hard pass I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways, probably in exchange for an honest review That s how LibraryThing s giveaways work, so I m assuming this is the same.