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Kings and Queens by Courtney Vail
Publisher: Little Prince Publishing
Publication Date: January 27, 2012
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Description: 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.
My Thoughts: 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.
About the Author:
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.