In the beginning of Kingsand 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.
COURTNEY VAIL writes totally twisted YA and adult suspense. She enjoys braiding mystery, suspense & romance with some kind of weirdness. Her addictions to crazy coffee concoctions, Funny Bones, Ben & Jerry's, and bacon keep her running and writing. She currently lives in New England with a comedian stud and a wild gang of kidlets.
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