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Seventeen-year-old Majesty Alistair wants police to look further into her father’s fatal car wreck, hopes the baseball team she manages can reclaim the state crown, aches for Derek…or, no…maybe Alec…maybe. And she mostly wishes to retract the hateful words she said to her dad right before slamming the door in his face, only to never see him again. All her desires get sidelSeventeen-year-old Majesty Alistair wants police to look further into her father’s fatal car wreck, hopes the baseball team she manages can reclaim the state crown, aches for Derek…or, no…maybe Alec…maybe. And she mostly wishes to retract the hateful words she said to her dad right before slamming the door in his face, only to never see him again. All her desires get sidelined, though, when she overhears two fellow students planning a church massacre. She doubts cops will follow up on her tip since they’re sick of her coming around with notions of possible crimes-in-the-works. And it’s not like she cries wolf. Not really. They’d be freaked too, but they’re not the ones suffering from bloody dreams that hint at disaster like some crazy, street guy forecasting the Apocalypse. So, she does what any habitual winner with zero cred would do…try to I.D. the nutjobs before they act. But, when their agenda turns out to be far bigger than she ever assumed, and even friends start looking suspect, the truth and her actions threaten to haunt her forever, especially since she’s left with blood on her hands, the blood of someone she loves....

Title : Kings & Queens
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ISBN : 11991912
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 328 Pages
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Kings & Queens Reviews

  • Missy (Missy's Reads & Reviews)
    2018-11-07 20:01

    This book... was something else. I'll start with the outside and work my way in so I can form the right words for what I want to say about Kings & Queens. The cover is gorgeous. I love the colors, I love the slight grunge feel to it with the text and brushes. The lips and everything about the cover sums up what you'll get to look forward to in the book. Confused? You should be.I think the best way for me to describe the book is quirky. "Beautifully unique" would be another term I'd use. I just.. I love this book, and I don't know how to review this book without giving away too much. Reading the book through will keep you frustratingly frazzled most of the time, and you will think you're more confused than you really are. Once I was done with the story, I sat it down and just thought about it for a few moments. To my absolute amazement, I understood everything that went on in the book in almost perfect detail. Brilliant!Each character, especially Majesty, was like a 20-Layer Cake. There was so much dimension and character development that it was almost too much to take... almost. The book was both character-driven and plot-driven, which promises to be an exciting ride for every type of YA reader. Add to this Courtney's incredible writing style and you have a story that you want to devour in one sitting.

  • Laura
    2018-11-09 20:35

    I thought this book was AMAZING, the plot had me hooked and would not let me go until the very end and even when I had finished I just could not stop thinking about it. Majesty Alistair is just an average teenage girl with a normal life until she over hears some of her fellow students planning a church massacre. Unable to go to the police, majesty feels she only has one choice – to discover herself who she overheard and to stop the massacre before it happens. Little by little majesty discovers that everything is much more complex than just a church shooting, and she finds herself pulled into a deadly game where even her closest friends are suspect.I loved how every single character was complex and multi layered as this is something I find lacking in most books I read. Majesty is probably one of the best female characters I have had the pleasure of reading about. She is gutsy, smart and brave, and is far less idiotic than most female heroines – though she still has her moments. The plot was confusing but thrilling and kept me guessing throughout. As soon as you think you understand what is going on a new piece of information is revealed which rips apart all you thought you knew . Like the rest of the book the romance isn’t simple either, forget love triangles, this is more like a love pentagon.The ending was absolutely amazing though I will admit that I yelled out NOOO at one particular moment. I thought it was amazing how the author makes you feel for each and every character, even the ‘bad’ ones. This book has everything; suspense, action, romance, and some moments might even make you cry.I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a book that isn’t just a simple, easy (and boring) read. However don’t read this book after having a manicure as the suspense will have you biting your nails off. I am eagerly looking forwards to reading more books by Courtney Vail, especially Sapphire Reign, the sequel to Kings and Queens that is set 10 years later.*This book was provided to me by the publisher for review. In no way has this affected my review*

  • Diayll
    2018-10-27 14:35

    Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/WriterRating: 2 out of 5 ControllersReview Source: Blog TourReviewer: AimeeKayI’m not happy with this book. I expected more, especially seeing its banners everywhere lately and people gushing over the cover, I expected a lot more. I will say I was kind of hesitant about the whole love triangle part of the story, but as it turned out that was the least of my worries.First I really had issues with the main character. She just did such dumb, and I mean dumb, things that I found it annoying. I understand she isn’t going to go to the cops with every little detail. I mean if you let the cops handle things then where would the story be right? (Tons of horror flicks prove this theory) But she just purposely seemed to be putting herself into harm’s way! She’s always running off by herself, she refuses to carry a cell phone, she sees her best friend doing things that scream he is in league with the shooters, but she still trusts him.Second the story itself drove me crazy. I will say that the end of the story cleared up a lot of the characters split personality issues that had me scratching my head throughout most of the book. But it didn’t clear up why certain facts about certain characters were revealed seemingly out of sequence. For example, one of the main characters kept having a complaint about their eye bothering them, but it wasn’t revealed until later that his problem with his eye was a reoccurring issue which plagued him for quite a while and seemed to only happen when he was upset. Yes it made sense once it was explained why it happened, but it made no sense to just pop it in there that his eye was hurting, and then finally say a few chapters later that it happened with regular frequency. Also there were certain lines that just popped up out of nowhere that made no sense or felt that they were just thrown in to make more of a mystery, when in fact; there was already enough mystery to carry the story through until the end.Third the summary goes into great detail that Maj feels she can’t go to the police right away because she has already caused a hubbub with the belief that her father was murdered. But that is barely even mentioned until midway through, and then it seems like she made less of a big deal than the summary implied.Over all the concept of the story itself I think would have made a great read. But the way it was presented just failed to draw me in and hold my attention. I found myself forcing my eyes to finish reading the book just to see if it would make sense at the end and to see if it would get any better. I’m glad the end seemed to tie up all the loose strings, but I was so agitated by the end that I don’t think it really matters. I’m giving the book 2 controllers out of 5. I was really disappointed with it considering the hype I’ve seen about it lately and I wish I could have enjoyed it more, but I’m sorry I just didn’t.

  • Ellen
    2018-11-13 20:38

    I have to say that I loved this book. The prologue is really kind of allegorical in nature, and as you progress through the book, you begin to understand what Courtney Vail was depicting. After reading the ending, you can appreciate the prologue and its meaning even more. I even went back and read the prologue again, and I have to say that I gained a whole new appreciation for Courtney Vail's writing style. The story centers around Majesty Alistair, and her two best friends Derek and Alec, both of whom she loves dearly. She thinks she is in love with one, but finds she is really in love with the other. Events transpire that will leave your imagination and emotions reeling. You experience an array of emotions including heartache, betrayal, passion, love, and fear. I found myself not only trying to figure out who did what, but also desperate to see what the next page held in store. The supporting characters in the book were both interesting and mysterious. There is romance, hot guys, some kick butt action, and Majesty is a pretty tough cookie herself. To me, this book was not a light read, but one that you want to focus upon to truly comprehend and appreciate the depth of all that takes place, which I found very enjoyable. I felt like I was reading a movie, one that was comprised of murder, mystery, espionage, romance, and drama all combined. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it.

  • Jillyn
    2018-11-02 15:00

    I'm quite disappointed in this book. A pity, but that's what happens when you judge a book by its cover, I suppose.In my humble opinion, it's written like a mediocre fan fiction. The dialog sounds forced between characters, characters who I immediately didn't relate to. One of the reviewers commented on the use of language, saying that it's "how teenagers talk." I'm only a year out of my teens, & no one's speech habits or word choices have irritated me as greatly as these characters did.Plot wise, I feel as though the book was muddled. Random comments popped out of nowhere to aid- I'm not sure if this was supposed to be plot twists or if it was just a quick fix to a plot line that she had just remembered, but regardless, the book was left with an overall vibe of confusion. Admittedly, that did get better as time moved on.But if you can't grab your reader's attention from the very start, how can you expect them to continue?---On the positive side, the cover is gorgeous. I would have definitely picked this up if I saw it on a bookshelf. The lipstick hints at the YA genre & the red makes it look a bit dark. I liked that a lot. I just wish the pages inside matched.-Thank you to Shut Up & Read for the free copy to review-

  • Sherry Fundin
    2018-10-20 19:55

    "That's the "They'll learn how dead and buried their Jesus is when...doesn't help...start shooting up the church. Haven't...how many I wanna off yet. Needs to be sick...national coverage."When Majesty leaned forward to try and see who was talking, a twig snapped under her feet. She knew they knew she was there so she took off running. They recognized the Colts shirt from the school baseball team. That meant they were part of the school. She knew no one would believe her if she told what she heard, so she recruited Alec to help her find them herself. The more she tried to eliminate people from the suspect pool, the more suspicious everyone seemed.She even began to suspect her friends. She was hot for Derek, but jealous of Alec with anyone else. Does she have a clue to what she really wants? The premise of the story was good, the writing, not so much. Sometimes less is more. It dragged for me until I was about a third of the way through, then it really took off. Either the writing improved or the book became so intense I overlooked it. Kept drawing me in deeper and deeper, twisting and turning. Even though it starts out hard to read, you must keep on reading. It is well worth it.Kings & QueensCourtney Vail

  • ~Thena~
    2018-10-24 17:43

    It took me a lot longer to read this book than it usually takes me. I had a really hard time getting into it--it just felt too jumpy to me and that made it really hard for me to focus. Overall, though, I found that I did enjoy it by the time I got to the end. While it takes some time to get used to the writing style and pacing, the story moves very quickly. There were periods when I felt too much detail was being given in a short amount of time, and that made it feel a bit cramped and sloppy, but the story quickly picked up again. The characters were all well fleshed out and, like Maj, you never do know who to trust while you're reading.The suspense was built well and the twists and turns kept the story from being predictable. There were a few errors scattered throughout and some of the choppiness could be smoothed out a bit with an editor, and I found parts of the end wrapped up too neatly. This is why I had to lower my rating to three stars from four. If you like furiously paced stories that keep you guessing and build tension very creatively, you will love this book. The entire thing felt like a crazy ride at an amusement park--spinning you around, flipping up upside down, over and over, until you can't tell which way is up, then finally coming to a screeching halt, leaving you a bit rattled and not realizing until the ride's over and you had a moment to catch your breath that you loved it.Thank you to Shut Up and Read for the opportunity to review this book.

  • Becky
    2018-11-17 20:42

    WOW, I started out not wanting to finish this and ended up not being able to put it down. Great story, very twisted, and I had no clue who the culprit(s) were, until it was revealed.

  • Tiffany Holme
    2018-10-21 15:54

    This book was not what I expected. To be honest it wasn't even close to what I expected it was going to be!! However I ended up really enjoying it and to honestly I didn't want to put it down because I wanted to know what was going to happen next. Every time I thought that the next page would allow me to put this book down and come back to it, things would pick right back up and I would be hooked again!! The first few chapters were a little hard for me because I wasn't quite sure where it was going or what was really going on but to be honest you stop caring and just want to know what will happen next. Only later on do you start wondering what is truly going on and exactly what is causing it and by then you are so hooked you have no intention of putting this book down! Majesty is your typical teenage girl really. She attends high school, crushes on the guy that she feels is out of her reach (even if he is a friend), has a sister that gets on her nerves and a mother that cares. Until she over hears a plot to shoot up a church and her world is changed in so many ways. It's hard to prove what you heard when you didn't see who said it and have no proof. When you confess what you heard to a friend and they don't seem all that interested in doing something to help you where do you go from there? Majesty is left to figure out so much on her own and in the process sometimes I get a little confused but I guess that is really how in her world you are at times. Other times I think it may just have been me getting lost. I love Majesty in the moments that she is strong and so positive of what must be done and her ability to not let go of that determination. There are so many times that lesser people would have just become sunken and given up but not her she continues to fight even when she believes all may be lost. Her less admirable qualities however really tore at me. I wanted so badly to look past them but some times it just became all around too much. I understand that teenage lust can be a much stronger feeling than most and Majesty's became down right too much for me. It's not that she obsessed but more to the fact that it was always one person or another at all times. Even when you thought that she would be more worried about the goings on around her there would be a boy that would pop into her mind or a reason for her to trust or not trust the one that she finally decided that she liked.For the lusty guys there was Alec, Derek and Preston. These are the ones to watch really. The puzzle pieces that you want to fit in somewhere but can never quite figure out where. However Preston is very loosely in this category. It's more Alec and Derek, who just happen to be Majesty's two best friends. Also as it turns out these are the guys that she will fight to figure out what her true feelings are and if she can really trust them. Derek coming from a hard background himself and the kind of guy that all parents warn their daughters about. You know good looking but not the kind of guy that sticks around for long. Then you go to Alec the steady one that is always there when you truly need him. This also means he is the one that you over look and don't really see until something happens and you are forced to look at them from a different light. Preston is kind of thrown in here as a wild card. The popular guy that never really looks at you until one day that changes and you cant help but wonder is it is a cruel joke or a prank that will come crashing down at the last moment. Despite how everything looks in this book I learned that you have to look past what you think you see and find what you don't. That is really part of the appeal of this book. It is one of the least predictable books that I have ever read and is written in such a way that even if at times you are confused you feel a need to know! As I stated to start rather than in the start when I was confused as to where everything was headed I was compelled to continue reading. This book just grabs a hold of you and keeps pulling you with such vigor you don't want to stop until you finish!! Every time you think you have it figured out and can put it down Courtney throws a new twist in or something to make you question everything. Trust when I say stick with this book through what I felt to be a rough start and you wont be able to stop, it is a highly addictive and original read!!!

  • Novels On The Run
    2018-11-06 22:48

    MICHELLE'S REVIEW:RATING: 5 ADDICTIVE DEREK STARS!!Curveballs are woven masterfully through this energetic read. I went through a lot of emotions reading this book. At first I felt confused with the Prologue. Then the story kicks in like I should really know the characters and where I am at. Now I am not criticising as this is a most exciting read, but it just takes the reader a bit to get their bearings. But that is Courtney's style of writing, getting us to learn along with the characters. It felt like I was slotted into the story next to Majesty. I was her shadow.This book has everything. It’s quite chaotic with the mind games it plays on the reader. It was amazing to watch myself change my rating of this book , the more I read. The title and cover image are very apt. This book is very original and very cleverly written. I applaud an author that can keep me guessing. * clap clap clap*Now I will admit feeling a tad frustrated at the start as I was having a bit of trouble getting my head around all this information I was flooded with. But!!This story just kept rising to the occasion. Like, holy bat man, it was an incredibly intriguing read with mystery that just keeps you guessing! There is no slowing down once this story gets into 5th gear. The pedal is to the metal ,and hang on cause........... it is going to be a bumpy ride.Bang! Bang!The character Derek, Majesty’s best friend, appears at first to be quite two dimensional. Just happy for a lay................*shakes head* ....holy cow!!! Keep reading!Alec, Derek’s mate and also Majesty’s other best friend..............keep reading!!!This book has baseball, an incredible mystery thingy that I can’t tell you as it is such a major part of the story even though you don’t know it. Lust, betrayal, guns, explosive church scene, guys wanting to get it on with Majesty, but she has eyes for Derek or Alec ( the girl is confused) There is stuff going on that is woven in spits and spurts through the storyline but it makes sense, a most interesting style of writing by Courtney. It’s hard to explain the buzz going in your head when reading as you play catch up, but at the same time it’s very well done. It’s almost a challenge for the reader to get the right answer/s . My brain was going all over the place and then CURVEBALL....it was zipping around another corner..then...CURVEBALL.....Courtney really plays her characters off the reader. What appears to the reader is not necessarily what it appears. It's quite amazing the complicated puzzle and web of deceit that your brain realises after finishing. Oh I need to shush up!! I loved watching Majesty turn all Nancy Drew. She started to turn the tables and it worked very well. Oh the trust issues and ........... and.............and..................then.....Bang! Bang!There are enough characters ( so choosing my words carefully) to keep the reader guessing and ????? and WT!!!!LIE LIE LIEThis would make a brilliant movie. I can so see the brilliance of this on the big screen and the viewer’s face as they start to get that moment of recognition, then the curveball that slaps them in the face..hehe! SHOCK SHOCK SHOCKThere is such a frightening thought, what if this story could one day be a reality, the power and glory of being able to say................well I can’t tell you that!FAVE QUOTES:“Mom. I’m bruised, not broken. I hate to get knocked down. I hate to get screwed with. And I hate to lose. Let me try and be strong. You don’t understand how important this is for me.”“A strip club? Why am I even surprised?”“No, no, no. It’s close-to-nude art, a dancing theater … down to Band-Aids and floss. Close enough. Awesome, huh?”Majesty’s apology to Pete was about as well-received as a used tampon.“Good. I need you to be really naughty and spend the day with me.”He pinched his arm, making sure he wasn’t still asleep. Reality assured, he licked his lips. “Sure, I can be as naughty as you want. I’ll bring the whipped cream and the scarves.”

  • Neyra ♦
    2018-10-24 18:34

    Kings & Queens seemed more like a written version of the games "Who Dun'It" and "Clue. I liked it, there was mystery, betrayal, intrigue, romance, murder; and Majesty Alistair gets smacked right in the middle of it all. Who does she trust when all the fingers seem to point at everyone closest to her? And can she stop the killers in time before someone she loves is dead?When Majesty Alistair gets kidnapped and is forced to watch a church massacre, her world falls into a tailspin. She's being stalked by the killers, and every sign points to her friends. As she thinks she's already figured out the killer's identity, two students end up dead, and someone out there still wants her afraid. Has she made a mistake? Oh yeah! She did. I couldn't believe what happened during the first part of this book. I thought I'd already figured out the killers myself, but what I thought was sure suspect, turned out to be a misunderstanding, one that cost two students their lives. Ouch! I liked Maj's character, for a little while, but then she began to annoy me. And after a while, I just didn't care for her at all. She's so self-absorbed she doesn't see the people around her. And she jumps to conclusions without having solid evidence. What threw me off was that she was using her friends but would get upset if others used her. I know what she went through was traumatizing, but the choices she makes after her abduction, and the massacre witnessing were down right stupid. And what's with the feeling change all of a sudden, she likes Derek, she likes Alec.. I mean really? Typical teenager, yes I know, but that's not what upsets me. It was the fact she said she loved Derek, but yet she ran to Alec and teased him, told him she loves Derek, and then gets upset when Alec is with someone else. Any blind man can see that Alec loved her through and through. Smh.The rest of the characters in the story were likable, some I hated off the bat. There was Derek, who was so cold and fucked up, yet I still liked him. Jase the suicidal loner with only one friend. Warren, Jase's friend, and the school's weirdo. Preston, annoying as hell King of the school, but what's his game? Blake, too obvious. What kept me from giving this book a higher rating, was that it seemed there was way too much going on. And some was really unnecessary. There were the kidnappers, Maj's stalkers, Derek's mindfuck (which is actually pretty interesting once it all comes full circle), Warren's "plan"; and to top it off, Maj's deceased father's death could possibly be a murder. Then there's the fact that the story seemed to drag by the 40th percent mark, almost had me giving up. It took longer than necessary to conclude, but overall it was an interesting read. I might just continue the series. *This book was given to me for review by the author via Tt'sRead It & Reap Program

  • Sana
    2018-11-06 16:58

    Kings & Queens takes place in a time period of 6 weeks, 5 months after Majesty's father dies. Majesty is still raw from the whole ordeal and is trying very hard to go on in life without being irritated by her mother's new friend, Paul and the fact that she's in love with one of her best friends, Derek. In fact, Alec, the other best friend, is the only person keeping her on her toes, patient and just being there for her.The way Kings & Queens begins will surely take the reader on a confusing ride for at least a few pages. Things start to get clearer though, when Majesty, manager of her high school baseball team, is in the woods playing assassination hide-and-seek with the baseball players and the coach. It's a tradition they perform after every win.So it's understandable that she has almost no idea that her life is going to get a hell lot more complicated than she can ever imagine. Why is Preston being all nice all of a sudden seeing that it is an alien thing for him to be. Warren looks like a sure bad boy with his spikes and all. She loathes Blake like anything. Even Paul's behavior is getting suspicious as hell. Derek is drooling over Cynthia the slut. Bobby is being Bobby as he dumps Aislyn and Alec is moving in on his ex. Is Majesty actually jealous of that? How?Kings & Queens have a lot of crazy characters. The mystery is so good it kept me guessing about the person behind the whole church massacre scene and then being adamant to take Majesty's life. As the story progresses, Majesty's list of possible killers is getting longer by the minute. There is so much going on in her life that I didn't want to stop reading at all! Kings & Queens is definitely a juicy read. I would highly recommend it to lover of mystery with a dash of romance thrown in for good measure. There's also violence, murder and mayhem. Who doesn't want all that in a good unputdownable mystery and a young adult one at that?

  • Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
    2018-11-17 21:00

    Majesty Alistair goes to Cedar Creek High where she helps manage the Colts baseball team and is in drama club. She is secretly in love with her best friend Derek McCarthy. She is also best friends with Alec. Majesty has not been the same since her father's death a couple of months ago. Majesty has befriended Warren Niles who is an outcast and freak to the rest of the school. Warren is not who he appears to be even to his best friend Jase. Both Warren and Derek of things that are not possible or are they. Preston known for his popular parties at his family mansion sets his sight on Majesty. Majesty overhears a plot to shoot up a local church and tries to warn the police but the plotters know she told. Majesty is torn with wanting to find the plotters and being scared for her life. She's kidnapped during the same weekend of the shooting at the church. Majesty is rescued by Warren yet later finds out that he and Jase were killed by police in a early morning arrest. Everyone is stunned by these turn of events. Majesty doesn't trust her mom's companion Paul yet she's not sure why. Majesty meets Don at the baseball semifinals and asks him about spy equipment. What is going on? Who kidnapped Majesty and shot up the church? Who can Majesty really trust? Can Don help Majesty? Your answers await you in Kings & Queens.

  • Tatum C. Rose
    2018-10-25 20:53

    This book is much unlike anything I've read, certainly a more fast paced and gritty YA novel than most. I am still gathering my thoughts on Kings & Queens, a lot happens in the month and a half timeframe that this book is set. If you are looking for a suck-you-in, gotta-pay-attention, don't-wanna-miss a moment story; look no further, Kings & Queens is for you. The first two chapters didn't have me convinced but as I read on I let go of my doubts and ended up enjoying it. This will definitely be a book I'll be re-reading, I feel like I lost some enjoyment simply because I hate reading on my iPad so I look forward to either transferring this to my kindle or getting my hands on a hard copy. I wasn't originally sold on the description of this book, though it showed a bit of potential I probably wouldn't have signed up to read a copy of this based solely on the blurb. The awesome cover art is what made me jump at a chance to read it (talk about judging a book by its cover! Im grateful for the oppertunity to read this one!) There is a lot more to this book and I definitely reccommend picking up a copy and diving in. This is the perfect rainy night, comfy chair, hot chocolate sipping, break from reality book that I'll be sure to revisit.

  • Sofia Lazaridou
    2018-11-14 17:48

    Honestly I have no idea if I liked or not this book.I though the first 3 or so chapters we boring and it crossed more than once form my mind to quit reading it.I would prefer if the author had explained some things cause it would make it easier to understand the book.After a while the book started to get slightly interesting but there were parts which I hated.Some parts of the book were predictable(like the fact that Majesty has a crush on Derek who is her best friend and he doesn't know it and dates with other girls which makes MJ jealous and when she is kidnaped he realises that he loves her).And of course while MJ is kidnaped she realises that actually she is in love with Alec her other best friend.We have seen this kind of stuff like 1000 times before.The book seems to deal with different things like how religion plays an important role in our lives,how companies or the goverment does things behing our backs(this part with the kings and the queens it remind me of The hunger games)and how society puts labels on people.But even if the book had negative parts i liked and I was anxious to see what was next and I'm going to read the sequel(though I think Alec is a dick for cheating MJ)and even if I was bored a little I read it until the end.

  • Morgan Schell
    2018-11-16 16:59

    If it wasn't for the heavy confusion throughout I'd gladly give this book 5 stars. I kept thinking I was missing something obvious and that so much of the first half made no sense- random thoughts like psychotic issues. What I did fully comprehend I really liked though! And then after something really awful happened I freakin bawled like nothing I ever have because of a book before. Not crying, but sobbing... The kind where snot mixes with your tears and runs down your face! Getting a visual? Yeah, it was intense and continued while reading the following 2 chapters. Now and then, when this incident was mentioned, tears welled up in my eyes and I fought them from falling while surrounded by coworkers. In the end, after the confusion cleared, I believe this is a very good book! If you get frustrated at times, keep with it, it'll make much more sense later. Reading this book reminded me of suspense movies- where things happen all over the place and then there's this pivotal moment when everything becomes clear and you can truly enjoy the roller coaster ride you're taken on!!!

  • Kylie Simao
    2018-11-11 17:02

    This book was hard for me to get into at first but I forced myself into it for a couple chapters and then I was hooked. I read it in just a couple days. I really really liked that after the one main twist it wasn't over yet there were still quite a few twists to go so the book didn't get boring. I read the book in 3 sittings and was a little bit sad when it was over. I definitely recommend this book and hope that you will sincerely give it a shot. I don't want to give anything away but it was quite exciting once I got into it. Derek's dream were a little hard to follow and I found myself having to read over them twice (not sure what that was about....). There was a part of it, the sort of mind control stuff that reminded me of divergent as well but not in a copycat sort of way. As I said this was a really good book and it appears there will be a sequel which I would love to read as well.

  • Julia
    2018-11-06 15:58

    Kings & Queens by Courtney Vail is a cute young adult mystery novel- and check out that cover! I love the lips and colors. The beginning of the book is a little bit confusing, the voice of the author's writing confused me for awhile. Though after getting past the initial confusion, the plot is actually very interesting- it kept me reading. I love a good mystery and ended up smitten with Vail's writing style.The story and the characters are supremely complex. Majesty herself is eccentric, independent and likable- as are her best friends, Derek and Alec- who both also have extremely detailed stories. This story is thickly detailed which can make it both frustrating and superbly vivid. I'm going to recommend this to just about any fan of the Young Adult, especially for the summer. Great, quick read and unlike any of the YA books I've read lately!

  • Shelly
    2018-10-20 15:39

    I received a copy of Kings & Queens from Shut Up and Read's group on Goodreads. Thank you! The reviews have been excellent so far. This took a while to get into the story. That can be a problem because if I hadn't signed up to review it, I may have abandoned my efforts. About 75% through my Smashreads copy, there were some problems with my text. Jumbled and laying over itself... It may have just been my copy or Ipad, but it happened a few times in that section so I thought I would mention it. This was an edgy YA book with an interesting plot. It has a lot of action and keeps you wondering 'til the end.

  • Sharon
    2018-10-30 14:39

    I enjoyed reading this book. I wasn't thrilled with the love triangle. Maj couldn't seem to make up her mind which guy she wanted. There were weird elements in the book. Maj isn't even sure she can trust her best friends. Her problems started with the death of her father. Maj is sure he was murdered but can't get the police to investigate further. To make it worse, her last words to him were said in anger.There are several twists and turns in the book. It will keep you reading trying to figure out who kidnapped Maj . Overall, it was a good read and I want to read the sequel.

  • Michellenovelsontherun
    2018-11-07 21:40

    RATING: 5 ADDICTIVE DEREK STARS!!Curveballs are woven masterfully through this energetic read. I went through a lot of emotions reading this book. At first I felt confused with the Prologue. Then the story kicks in like I should really know the characters and where I am at. Now I am not criticising as this is a most exciting read, but it just takes the reader a bit to get their bearings. But that is Courtney's style of writing, getting us to learn along with the characters. It felt like I was slotted into the story next to Majesty. I was her shadow.This book has everything. It’s quite chaotic with the mind games it plays on the reader. It was amazing to watch myself change my rating of this book , the more I read. The title and cover image are very apt. This book is very original and very cleverly written. I applaud an author that can keep me guessing. * clap clap clap*Now I will admit feeling a tad frustrated at the start as I was having a bit of trouble getting my head around all this information I was flooded with. But!!This story just kept rising to the occasion. Like, holy bat man, it was an incredibly intriguing read with mystery that just keeps you guessing! There is no slowing down once this story gets into 5th gear. The pedal is to the metal ,and hang on cause........... it is going to be a bumpy ride.Bang! Bang!The character Derek, Majesty’s best friend, appears at first to be quite two dimensional. Just happy for a lay................*shakes head* ....holy cow!!! Keep reading!Alec, Derek’s mate and also Majesty’s other best friend..............keep reading!!!This book has baseball, an incredible mystery thingy that I can’t tell you as it is such a major part of the story even though you don’t know it. Lust, betrayal, guns, explosive church scene, guys wanting to get it on with Majesty, but she has eyes for Derek or Alec ( the girl is confused) There is stuff going on that is woven in spits and spurts through the storyline but it makes sense, a most interesting style of writing by Courtney. It’s hard to explain the buzz going in your head when reading as you play catch up, but at the same time it’s very well done. It’s almost a challenge for the reader to get the right answer/s . My brain was going all over the place and then CURVEBALL....it was zipping around another corner..then...CURVEBALL.....Courtney really plays her characters off the reader. What appears to the reader is not necessarily what it appears. It's quite amazing the complicated puzzle and web of deceit that your brain realises after finishing. Oh I need to shush up!! I loved watching Majesty turn all Nancy Drew. She started to turn the tables and it worked very well. Oh the trust issues and ........... and.............and..................then.....Bang! Bang!There are enough characters ( so choosing my words carefully) to keep the reader guessing and ????? and WT!!!!LIE LIE LIEThis would make a brilliant movie. I can so see the brilliance of this on the big screen and the viewer’s face as they start to get that moment of recognition, then the curveball that slaps them in the face..hehe! SHOCK SHOCK SHOCKThere is such a frightening thought, what if this story could one day be a reality, the power and glory of being able to say................well I can’t tell you that!FAVE QUOTES:“Mom. I’m bruised, not broken. I hate to get knocked down. I hate to get screwed with. And I hate to lose. Let me try and be strong. You don’t understand how important this is for me.”“A strip club? Why am I even surprised?”“No, no, no. It’s close-to-nude art, a dancing theater … down to Band-Aids and floss. Close enough. Awesome, huh?”Majesty’s apology to Pete was about as well-received as a used tampon.“Good. I need you to be really naughty and spend the day with me.”He pinched his arm, making sure he wasn’t still asleep. Reality assured, he licked his lips. “Sure, I can be as naughty as you want. I’ll bring the whipped cream and the scarves.”

  • Rebecca
    2018-10-26 14:57

    Kings & Queens by Courtney VailSeventeen-year-old Majesty Alistair wants police to look further into her father’s fatal car wreck, hopes the baseball team she manages can reclaim the state crown, aches for Derek…or, no…maybe Alec…maybe. And she mostly wishes to retract the hateful words she said to her dad right before slamming the door in his face, only to never see him again. All her desires get sidelined, though, when she overhears two fellow students planning a church massacre. She doubts cops will follow up on her tip since they’re sick of her coming around with notions of possible crimes-in-the-works. And it’s not like she cries wolf. Not really. They’d be freaked too, but they’re not the ones suffering from bloody dreams that hint at disaster like some crazy, street guy forecasting the Apocalypse. This book is about Majesty or ‘Maj’ (btw what kind of name is that anyways?) Who over hears a plot to massacre a Church. Throughout the book we are introduced to a barrage of characters, all of whom seem to have some kind of tragic back story. I often felt lost and confused due to this.Before I get further into my review I want to start with the authors writing style. I’m not a fan and found it quite annoying. The author had a tendency to leave out words at the beginning of sentences, such as I, A, but, it and several others. For example: “Where is my scrunchy, brat? Was on my nightstand this morning.” “That junk’s not even craptastic. Nearly vomited.” These sentences should be “It was on my nightstand” and “I nearly vomited”. I found this highly annoying as it was like this throughout the entire book. I almost stopped reading because of it. As the story line goes, I’m afraid I found myself lost and confused. As I mentioned above, every character that was introduced had some sad and tragic back story. I lost track of who in this book had a dead parent. There was just so much going on; it was hard to follow at times. I felt like the story was rushed at times, it feels to be written a bit chaotically and a little thrown together. I liked the idea behind the book, the whole evil corporation that’s trying to control people or see who’s going to be evil. I found that to be intriguing, but with all the other stuff being thrown at you it often got confusing. As far as the main characters go, I did like Majesty and Alec to a certain extent. Derek was just okay, but towards the end I didn’t really like him anymore. The whole ‘I found Jesus’ thing was just random and added to the confusion. I also don’t understand the authors need to toss in a tragic back story for Majesty’s mom. Her being molested by her uncle as a child and deciding to now go to the police about it had nothing to do with the book. I was also annoyed by the author adding that Majesty’s mom finds out she is 5 months pregnant with her dead dad’s baby. There was no need for that. And the fact that her mom had a “companion” just 5 months after the death of her husband is insane. If my husband died just 5 months ago, the last thing on my mind would be having another man in my life. By the end of the book I was hoping for a super awesome conclusion, but was left wondering what the heck? Over all I feel that this could have been a whole lot better, if the writing style were to be changed, and if the author would leave out some of the details she put in and made it less confusing.

  • LisaKilgariff
    2018-11-13 22:39

    This book got off to a slow, and slightly confusing, start. It took me a while to orientate myself within the story… I never quite got there though and it is for this reason that I must start this discussion with a disclaimer: I was unable to finish this book. So this isn’t a review, but a reflection of my thoughts on the 47% (I checked) of the book that I did get through.I feel like I should start with the good. Kings & Queens has a very unique and intriguing plot. There is a lot of mystery and drama. The whole thing seemed to be building up to a wonderful conclusion. So why couldn’t I get any further? I tried, I really did. I want to see how it ends. I want to see how the relationships between our protagonist and her friends grows and expands and changes. I want to see what else works and doesn’t work.My problem can be broken down into two parts: 1) the language and 2) how the situations were handled. The reader is thrown into the deep-end right from the very first page. I think this greatly affected how I handled the rest of the story. I was already feeling rushed and confused and that feeling never left me. I wasn’t able to connect to the characters and so, while I have an overarching interest in the rest of the plot, I wasn’t able to push past my dislike of the writing style to get there.While I understand what the author was aiming for, there are just way too many adjectives in this book. Is that a weird thing to say? Everything seemed over described, leaving little for my brain to imagine and create. There was also a huge conflict between the vocabulary of the narrative (third person) and the voice of the characters. While the narrative was quite literary, the characters used lots of slang (most of which I’ve never actually heard anyone say outside of a book). The characters also used words that people just don’t use in real life:“Majesty removed her cap and shook her tresses and fingered through the snarls.” (Location 172)“Weekends whizzed by with the speed of light, leaving Warren with not even one day, one moment of reprieve. So Mondays always chomped balls like a behemoth with swords for teeth.” (Location 311)“Realizing calmness would better aid her, she breathed deeply as best she could, trying to surmise her surroundings.” (Location 636)“After that, Paul and I are going to Christine’s Day Spa. His idea since I’ve been so fatigued".” (Location 1441)“When she reached the Summer Street hill, she tore down the slope and removed the Oriental pins from her hair knot so her long locks could dance in the gust.” (Location 1498)This irked me something crazy. While a couple of descriptive sentences are always good, a whole book like this is rather distracting. Maybe it was my own expectations of language as well. This is not the sort of language I have come to expect in contemporary YA, but more what I expect out of the romantic period writers.This is entirely my perspective but I think that, with an interesting premise, it would appeal to anyone who likes a YA mystery with a splash of drama.Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author for the Teen Book Scene blog tour. Thank you!This review was originally posted at http://baffledbooks.com

  • Amy Fournier
    2018-11-14 17:55

    *3.5 out of 5 starsI think my first thought would be interesting, and maybe slightly confusing. I will admit that the first few chapters I was like, "What is going on?" but after getting into the book it was great!! I liked the mystery element to it, the twists to the story, and the characters. I am usually pretty good at solving mysteries, but I will say that this book really did keep me guessing until almost the end. Evey one seems suspect, but then you think that certain people couldn't possibly be. What's worse is the thought that it could be the people you really don't want it to be.Majesty is quite the character. I didn't know whether I liked her or not to start. Yes, I felt bad for her a little, but I didn't know if I was going to like her or not. Of course I did end up liking her. I liked getting to know the other sides to her. She is a pretty resourceful chick. She also is not afraid to get help, even not knowing who she can really trust. I was quite surprised by how manipulative she could be though, but I suppose the situation calls for it.I really liked both Derek and Alec. They are both great in their own ways. Derek is a broken person. Very broken...and it's sad. I couldn't help but really feel bad for him, even with some of the horrible things that happen. Then there is Alec who at first seems a little too nice, but very sweet and caring. I really adored him, but found myself second guessing myself with him at times. This is just how great the characterization is in this book.There are a lot of other characters that really come into play in the book too. There is a lot of stuff going on in this book, but not so much that your head is spinning. Now that I have finished it, I wish I had paid more attention to a lot of the smaller details, though I don't think it would have helped. The story is spun so well that as soon as you are almost sure you know who the crazies are, you are thrown for a loop again. I was constantly back and forth with it, but really at the end, I wasn't shocked at all. It seemed pretty obvious even though there was a lot of evidence that leads us off.So I know that this review has pretty much told you nothing, but I am afraid to say anything in fear of giving anything away. The weird dream stuff really confused and threw me off at first, but then as the details unraveled it was crazy why it was happening. I really enjoyed the fast pacing of the book. It kept me engaged and interested throughout. If it weren't for needing sleep eventually, I would have probably read it strait through. I just felt like I needed to get that next piece of information to either prove myself wrong or right about my suspicions. It's not often that a book can keep me confused for so long. Maybe I just wasn't in my normal mind set, or it was just that good of a mystery, but either way it was great!!

  • Erika
    2018-11-03 22:47

    Title: Kings and QueensAuthor: Courtney VailPublisher: Little Prince PublishingNumber of Pages: 328Date of Release: January 27th, 2012Summary From Goodreads:Seventeen-year-old Majesty Alistair wants police to look further into her father’s fatal car wreck, hopes the baseball team she manages can reclaim the state crown, aches for Derek…or, no…maybe Alec…maybe. And she mostly wishes to retract the hateful words she said to her dad right before slamming the door in his face, only to never see him again.All her desires get sidelined, though, when she overhears two fellow students planning a church massacre. She doubts cops will follow up on her tip since they’re sick of her coming around with notions of possible crimes-in-the-works. And it’s not like she cries wolf. Not really. They’d be freaked too, but they’re not the ones suffering from bloody dreams that hint at disaster like some crazy, street guy forecasting the Apocalypse.So, she does what any habitual winner with zero cred would do…try to I.D. the nutjobs before they act. But, when their agenda turns out to be far bigger than she ever assumed, and even friends start looking suspect, the truth and her actions threaten to haunt her forever, especially since she’s left with blood on her hands, the blood of someone she loves.Review: I don’t even know where to begin with this one guys! And I mean that in a totally this book was crazy in a good way! I liked the way that the characters all, even the minor ones, had huge personalities. The sheer quality of the writing is also a fact that needs to be mentioned. Courtney Vail, has a fresh new voice that YA readers will fall in love with.I don’t want to get super detailed and ruin the book so I am just going to do a overview of all the characters lumped together. Like I stated above the characters are incredibly well done. I really liked getting to know each one of them, and that ultimately added to the stories huge plot line. While I loved the intricacy, at times, I just wanted something to happen, but it didn’t take long for things to move along again.I’m so freaking excited that on goodreads it says this is book one! I really need more of this quirky story. I love unique books, because I can relate to them better and I think that is the same for a lot of other teens out there like me. I was kept guessing through the whole story and just as I thought I had things figured out BAM the novel would shift focus and move on with another piece of information that would shatter that previous thought! To sum up my thoughts Kings and Queens is definitely a novel you have to check out! p.s. after you read the book the cover makes complete sense! Love it when that happens!!

  • Avry15
    2018-10-24 20:37

    originally appeared on:Bookshelf ConfessionsCover: I loved the cover with its eerie way. I love the fusion of colors, the gothic text and brushes. But actually the lips did it for me. Cool!Review: I admit, I was a bit confused reading the first pages. There was what we call information overload, like the author wanted to give us a heads-up on what was going on in the book. But after getting past it, I was confusedly hooked with the story.The book was written with rich detail. The story itself has this complexity that makes me scratch my head. The idea/theme behind the book was also amazing and intriguing. And the characters? Well, mostly each of them has this back story that talks about their tragic and sad fates. The author wonderfully give each of them life and personality. Ms. Vail was a new, fresh, quirky voice in this genre.Ms. Vail’s writing style was something I’ve never read before. I may not be a die-hard fan of the writing style but I truly appreciate when the characters speak the same language but they totally sounded different!This is a fast, quick read with so many things going on at the same time.But I felt like there was too much detail which was the drawback of this book. There would be times that if the readers hadn’t been paying too much attention, surely it would be hard to follow because somehow each detail is connected in solving the mystery. I appreciate the author trying to incorporate a huge number of characters and giving their own stories and some (perspectives) so the reader might really think and analyze who the suspects are. But with this number, it could already be a series. Maybe that’s why some of the reviewers said, the story was a bit rushed because of the details and information given out in every turn.What’s best about this book, is it’s truly a good mystery. The reader was confused in a good way that it seemed as if every character in the book could be the potential suspect except Maj of course. Even I, was fooled at the end!I gave this 5 stars because even though the story takes some getting used to, but after really letting go of my imagination and giving the benefit of the doubt, I was totally into Maj’s world, guessing and analyzing the mystery with her!King’s and Queens by Courtney Vail is a young adult mystery novel which was full of complexity, twists and turns, high school drama, conspiracies, mystery and depth. If you’re one of those who loves exciting rides with a story that would keep you guessing until the very end, then this one is for you!

  • CorLostForWords
    2018-10-26 17:36

    Source: Received from author courtesy of the Teen Book Scene. Many thanks goes to Courtney Vail and Teen Book Scene for sending me a copy of this book for review. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review. My rating: 3/5Majesty overhears part of a conversation that involves plans for a church massacre. She has a lot going on in her life at the moment, having just recently lost her father in an accident. She doesn't think it was an accident, but is having a hard time proving that to the authorities. Now with having overheard this conversation, she's unsure what the police will do as they don't seem to listen to her at all. She calls in an anonymous tip, but unfortunately the massacre is just the tipping point to an entirely large scale operation and she is ensnared deep within it. Even her friends will be scrutinized as the revelations keep hitting closer to home. Kings & Queens starts out with this erratic overload of information coming from every which way. Almost like someone is talking way too fast, or like rodents on steroids. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, though it does take some getting used to. The voice of the novel is quite reminiscent of Sin City actually, almost with that same voice-over quality. Immediately the reader is hooked wanting to know what Majesty is contending with. Her two best friends, Alec, and Derek also are quite enticing in their own ways, and their stories are just as compelling and confusing as Majesty's. Once certain elements were revealed to the reader, the book became even more intricate. Nothing is left to the wayside, and the killers seem to be one step ahead of Majesty at all times. The story is intricate in detail, and Majesty has to go through a whole school's worth of suspects. With her father's accident tangled up with Majesty's sleuthing, there are a lot of threads on the go. Alec and Derek both have their own problems that they are working through, and we get to view things from their perspective as well. Though the main point of view is from Majesty, it does jump to Alec and Derek at times. All in all, an interesting, and intriguing read. With thoughts being hurled at the reader from Majesty's ever-active and ever-investigative imagination, it does resemble a slalom course of information. Intricate in detail, this one is sure to hook and keep the reader guessing until the very last page.

  • Doskoi_panda
    2018-10-22 16:00

    Like a Teenage Melrose Place Sped Up...Majesty is a girl of action with a number of problems to solve. She manages her high school's baseball team (on a winning streak), is convinced that her father's death wasn't an accident, overhears a plot to gun down a church service and is unsure how to alert the police, and is bouncing back and forth as to which of her two best friends she is in love. And, of course, her mom has a new, peculiar boyfriend ( a situation about which she feels a bit Hamlet-y.)The pace of this novel is furious, and never really lets you catch your breath. You may get a moment to sigh your relief, but don't be fooled; more danger and complication is on the way, pretty much at every turn. The characters are, for the most part, interesting and engaging; Majesty is just about believable (most of the time), and the portrayal of cliques in high school also feels accurate. Majesty is a strong heroine, she is not infallible, but she is tough as nails (I renamed her Ripley in my head at times.) The young men in the book are also more than stepping stones; they have developed characters and aren't just moping eye candy or idiotic children, which is refreshing.Needs a bit of polishing, but nothing too critical. A good proofreader/editor could correct the typographical errors that are scattered throughout, and help with smoothing out some of the mental leaps in the text to make the story a little easier to follow - the pace is furious and I felt that some things were left out or glossed over, or left for the reader to fill in the gap, which made following the story difficult at times. Another few quibbles: a couple plotlines are also resolved then dropped like rocks, the coincidence of her meeting one extremely helpful character and the romantic conclusion all felt a bit too easy, and detracted from the story (from my point of view at least. Easy resolutions just feel a bit too much like Hollywood endings - empty and cheapening.)Bottom line: this is a good fun read, if you can handle a bit of metal hopscotch. It's meatier than some ebooks I've read (193 pages in the pdf version), and covers a pretty sprawling plot very well. 4 starsCopy of this ebook supplied by the author as part of LibraryThing's Member giveaway. Review refers to the pdf copy.

  • Teresa
    2018-10-29 14:57

    ***OBTAINED FROM A LIBRARYTHING.COM GIVEAWAY*** WOW. The description for this book on GoodReads.com does not do this book justice. This was an AWESOME, twisted, capturing tale. Like Gossip Girl with deadly consequences. Seventeen year old Majesty Alistair has had her share of hardship in her young life; five months back she lost her Dad and while the police suspected an accident, Majesty knows that's not the answer and she's determined to find out who killed her father. She's also the Team Manager of her High School's Baseball team, on which her two best friends, Derek and Alec are players. After overhearing a savage plot to take down a Church mass-casualty style, Majesty is suddenly the witness to a deadly series of events she wants nothing to do with, and all of a sudden everyone is suspect. Innocent people are dying, and it looks like Majesty is next. Upon first reading the book, I was confused and found myself saying "huh?", but after reading a few reviews from GoodReads, I took the advice of previous readers and didn't try and dissect the sentences so much. I just continued reading and magically everything came together. I found myself at work yesterday using the copier and it came to me the reason a character acted a certain way, and everything started coming together. I LOVE IT when books stay with you, and this one did.Author Courtney Vail has written an amazing novel full of unsuspecting twists and enough spice and sexual tension that scream best-seller, if more marketing was done. I would love to know what was going through Ms. Vail's mind penning this book, and how long it took her to write. The plot and solutions were well thought out and detailed. I had an electronic version of the story and unfortunately there was some editing problems (missing words like i, him, her, the, we) but other than that I am astounded by how satisfied I am with the ending. Being a person who is suspicious of EVERYONE, I was floored with how the story came together. So much that I read it within a 24-hour period. Read the finished product. You won't regret it!Courtney Vail

  • Jenn
    2018-10-18 20:33

    In the beginning of Kings and Queens we meet Majesty, a no-nonsense, baseball loving, girl, who has recently lost her father. Cutting through the woods after baseball one evening, she over-hears two boys in paint ball masks plotting a mass shooting. The boys notice Majesty even though she is able to escape. Majesty is afraid to tell the police because she is afraid they won’t believe her – due to the fact that she thinks her father’s death was suspicious and has been hounding them to look into the case further. She makes an anonymous call to tip off the police. Soon her life is being threatened on a regular basis – by the killers. Majesty and her crush, Derek, and best friend, Alec attempt to find the killers and gather real evidence before the massacre occurs. Unfortunately, there are so many people in Majesty’s school that fit the build of the would-be killers, making things difficult. The more investigating that Majesty does the further she gets into this dangerous web. I cannot say enough good things about Kings and Queens by Courtney Vail. I really love Courtney Vail’s writing style. It’s a refreshing read – different than so many other books I’ve read lately. Kings and Queens is incredibly suspenseful. The story unfolds like a well-played game of chest between two masters. Every time you think you have something figured out, there is a twist or surprise. The characters are complex multi-dimensional individuals. Majesty is a strong female character with moxie, strength and determination. But she is also human. She has her weak moments. She needs her friends. She cares about others. She has beliefs that she is willing to fight for. Derek and Alec are also both complex characters, and we learn about their stories as well. They aren’t simply two-dimensional characters to serve the purpose of a love triangle. Even the side characters have depth to them.Out of the 79 books that I’ve read so far this year, I would have to say that this one is in my top five. The strong characters, well developed plot, twists and turns, and different & refreshing writing style earned it five stars from me. I will be anticipating further books by Courtney Vail.