The Queen of the Tearling (Erika Johansen)

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After a childhood in obscurity, Kelsea celebrates her 19th birthday by leaving her home and caretakers to become queen of the Tearling kingdom. Along the way, she must avoid assassination, undo the mistakes of her mother's reign, establish herself in court, and try to understand her relationship to members of her guard--and to the mysterious loner dedicated to protecting her.

Sounds like your average princess story, until you start to realize that it takes place in the future, there definitely might be magic happening, and the evil Red Queen is not messing around. You feel the depth of Tearling's collective suffering and the gravity of the threat posed by enemies. Tearling is majorly broken, and there's a lot that Kelsea--and you--don't know. I loved this twist on a well-explored genre, and not only because debut author Johansen makes smart and compelling choices when it comes to plot and character development. This book is full of dynamic female characters who move far beyond their expected tropes: they’re unapologetically ruthless, naive, cunning, powerful, and ambitious. An excellent choice if you're looking for a literary summer page-turner.

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ISBN: 9780062290366
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Published: Harper - July 8th, 2014

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