Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Blog Tour~Kings & Queens by Courtney Vail [Review]

Welcome to the IFB stop for Courtney Vail's KINGS & QUEENS BLOG TOUR hosted by SupaGurl. Check out my review below:

Kings & Queens (Book #1)

Paperback328 pages
Published January 27th 2012 by Little Prince Publishing

Seventeen-year-old Majesty Alistair wants the 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.

~My Review~

Hot guys, ongoing mystery, romance, and a annoying main character. What's not to love? 

At first, I was confused as all hell upon reading the prologue and opening chapter. But as the story progresses, so did my understanding. This isn't one of those books that you'll fly through in a couple of hours, it takes time to decipher. You'll certainly get irritated by the main character's actions at times, particularly for throwing herself in danger (though I don't think it was deliberate) but then you can't help but like her in the end.

Kings & Queens is basically about Majesty, how she's coping with the tragic death of her father, trying to have some sort of normalcy despite all the strange events surrounding her, and piecing together the puzzle behind a church massacre. It's also clear that this chick is in love with one of her friends, but choosing between Derek and Alec should be another book all on its own. It's a love triangle worth following, but often times prove to be futile. 

What I liked about the plot is how intriguing Courtney really made it out to be. She had me second guessing every single character, even the main. I also enjoyed the humor here and there, balancing out the story's intensity. If ever I felt like too much was happening, some craziness would get me loosened up. However, Majesty wasn't likeable enough for me, and her stupidity in various scenes sickened me. If you're the type of reader that bases whether or not you'll like a book based on the personality of the main character, then I doubt you'll like this one based on Majesty's unlimited idiocy. Sorry, but I value honesty.

All in all, Kings & Queens isn't a bad read. It's definitely a good start to what seems like an interesting series, but I do hope Majesty utilizes her senses more in the next. 


  1. An intriguing plot--just what every reader dreams of. And every writer, too.

    Courtney's book sounds like a good one.

    1. The story isn't bad, it's the lead character that needs a little more work.


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