I received an ARC of this book for free from the publisher (Inkyard Press) in exchange for an honest review.
Initially, I was super excited to read this book. The Tudors meets Mean Girls? Yes please! However, this book ended up being pretty messy.
My main issue is that the book is way too long. The book is about 450 pages and could have easily been just over 300. The whole first half is is slow and confusing. The book starts off at girlfriend number 5 and then kind of goes back and forth into the backstory. And there was so much backstory. It could have been summarized significantly and in a more chronological manner. Part of the issue was that the backstory jumped around a lot so it was sometimes hard to get a bearing as to what point in time it was.
Once the book got to girlfriend number 6 (about halfway through), it picked up. It was so much more exciting and The Dead Queens Club finally came into fruition. The book was enjoyable from the halfway point onwards.
There were some things I did like. The premise was genius. Taking Henry and his 6 wives and setting it in a high school was so appropriate. I liked how Henry and the wives were all translated. I also liked the themes the book handled like slut shaming for example.
Overall, this book could have been really amazing had it been edited more for clarity and length.
4 thoughts on “Review: The Dead Queens Club”
This is one of the books that I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read. I love the premise, but have heard issues with the execution, like you expressed. I think I’m going to pass on this one regardless of my obsession with Henry the VIIIth
Totally agree, the beginning was too slow :((
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Yes! It took forever for the story to actually start!