Kings & Queens

Kings & Queens

by Courtney Vail

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Overview

Even your closest friends can demolish your heart!

Five months after her father’s fatal car wreck, 17-year-old Majesty Alistair is still running from the grief nipping at her heels. Luckily, distractions abound. She has a championship baseball team to see into the playoffs as manager, her mom’s new “companion” to not gag over, and a stupid crush on her uninterested BFF Derek to squash.

All her priorities get sidelined, though, when she overhears two fellow students planning a church shooting. Having only caught bits and pieces, she doesn’t have the vital details on who, what, when, or where.

Hounding the police with her suspicion over her father’s crash and other possible crimes-in-the-works has totally ruined her cred with cops, so, she leaves an anonymous tip and strives to uncover something more substantial in order to I.D. the faceless nutjobs before they act. But, their real agenda turns out to be far bigger than she dreamed, and she becomes the centerpiece in a ruthless game that casts even her closest friends under suspicion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615469775
Publisher: Little Prince Publishing
Publication date: 01/27/2012
Series: Royal Blood , #1
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.73(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

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Kings & Queens 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
MissysReadsAndReviews More than 1 year ago
This book... was something else. I'll start with the outside and work my way in so I can form the right words for what I want to say about Kings & Queens. The cover is gorgeous. I love the colors, I love the slight grunge feel to it with the text and brushes. The lips and everything about the cover sums up what you'll get to look forward to in the book. Confused? You should be. I think the best way for me to describe the book is quirky. "Beautifully unique" would be another term I'd use. I just.. I love this book, and I don't know how to review this book without giving away too much. Reading the book through will keep you frustratingly frazzled most of the time, and you will think you're more confused than you really are. Once I was done with the story, I sat it down and just thought about it for a few moments. To my absolute amazement, I understood everything that went on in the book in almost perfect detail. Brilliant! Each character, especially Majesty, was like a 20-Layer Cake. There was so much dimension and character development that it was almost too much to take... almost. The book was both character-driven and plot-driven, which promises to be an exciting ride for every type of YA reader. Add to this Courtney's incredible writing style and you have a story that you want to devour in one sitting.
Novelsontherun More than 1 year ago
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found, was blind . . . BOOK REVIEW: Curveballs are woven masterfully through this energetic read. I went through a lot of emotions reading this book. At first I felt confused with the Prologue. Then the story kicks in like I should really know the characters and where I am at. Now I am not criticising as this is a most exciting read, but it just takes the reader a bit to get their bearings. But that is Courtney's style of writing, getting us to learn along with the characters. It felt like I was slotted into the story next to Majesty. I was her shadow. This book has everything. It’s quite chaotic with the mind games it plays on the reader. It was amazing to watch myself change my rating of this book , the more I read. The title and cover image are very apt. This book is very original and very cleverly written. I applaud an author that can keep me guessing. * clap clap clap* Now I will admit feeling a tad frustrated at the start as I was having a bit of trouble getting my head around all this information I was flooded with. But!! This story just kept rising to the occasion. Like, holy bat man, it was an incredibly intriguing read with mystery that just keeps you guessing! There is no slowing down once this story gets into 5th gear. The pedal is to the metal ,and hang on cause........... it is going to be a bumpy ride. Bang! Bang! The character Derek, Majesty’s best friend, appears at first to be quite two dimensional. Just happy for a lay................*shakes head* ....holy cow!!! Keep reading! Alec, Derek’s mate and also Majesty’s other best friend..............keep reading!!! This book has baseball, an incredible mystery thingy that I can’t tell you as it is such a major part of the story even though you don’t know it. Lust, betrayal, guns, explosive church scene, guys wanting to get it on with Majesty, but she has eyes for Derek or Alec ( the girl is confused) There is stuff going on that is woven in spits and spurts through the storyline but it makes sense, a most interesting style of writing by Courtney. It’s hard to explain the buzz going in your head when reading as you play catch up, but at the same time it’s very well done. It’s almost a challenge for the reader to get the right answer/s . My brain was going all over the place and then CURVEBALL....it was zipping around another corner..then...CURVEBALL..... Courtney really plays her characters off the reader. What appears to the reader is not necessarily what it appears. It's quite amazing the complicated puzzle and web of deceit that your brain realises after finishing. Oh I need to shush up!! I loved watching Majesty turn all Nancy Drew. She started to turn the tables and it worked very well. Oh the trust issues and ........... and.............and..................then..... Bang! Bang! There are enough characters ( so choosing my words carefully) to keep the reader guessing and ????? and WT!!!! LIE LIE LIE This would make a brilliant movie. I can so see the brilliance of this on the big screen and the viewer’s face as they start to get that moment of recognition, then the curveball that slaps them in the face..hehe! SHOCK SHOCK SHOCK There is such a frightening thought, what if this story could one day be a reality, the power and glory of being able to say................well I can’t tell you that!
WolfFaerie17 More than 1 year ago
Majesty Alistair goes to Cedar Creek High where she helps manage the Colts baseball team and is in drama club. She is secretly in love with her best friend Derek McCarthy. She is also best friends with Alec. Majesty has not been the same since her father's death a couple of months ago. Majesty has befriended Warren Niles who is an outcast and freak to the rest of the school. Warren is not who he appears to be even to his best friend Jase. Both Warren and Derek of things that are not possible or are they. Preston known for his popular parties at his family mansion sets his sight on Majesty. Majesty overhears a plot to shoot up a local church and tries to warn the police but the plotters know she told. Majesty is torn with wanting to find the plotters and being scared for her life. She's kidnapped during the same weekend of the shooting at the church. Majesty is rescued by Warren yet later finds out that he and Jase were killed by police in a early morning arrest. Everyone is stunned by these turn of events. Majesty doesn't trust her mom's companion Paul yet she's not sure why. Majesty meets Don at the baseball semifinals and asks him about spy equipment. What is going on? Who kidnapped Majesty and shot up the church? Who can Majesty really trust? Can Don help Majesty? Your answers await you in Kings & Queens.
Bookshelf_Confessions More than 1 year ago
Cover: I loved the cover with its eerie way. I love the fusion of colors, the gothic text and brushes. But actually the lips did it for me. Cool! Review: I admit, I was a bit confused reading the first pages. There was what we call information overload, like the author wanted to give us a heads-up on what was going on in the book. But after getting past it, I was confusedly hooked with the story. The book was written with rich detail. The story itself has this complexity that makes me scratch my head. The idea/theme behind the book was also amazing and intriguing. And the characters? Well, mostly each of them has this back story that talks about their tragic and sad fates. The author wonderfully give each of them life and personality. Ms. Vail was a new, fresh, quirky voice in this genre. Ms. Vail’s writing style was something I’ve never read before. I may not be a die-hard fan of the writing style but I truly appreciate when the characters speak the same language but they totally sounded different! This is a fast, quick read with so many things going on at the same time. But I felt like there was too much detail which was the drawback of this book. There would be times that if the readers hadn’t been paying too much attention, surely it would be hard to follow because somehow each detail is connected in solving the mystery. I appreciate the author trying to incorporate a huge number of characters and giving their own stories and some (perspectives) so the reader might really think and analyze who the suspects are. But with this number, it could already be a series. Maybe that’s why some of the reviewers said, the story was a bit rushed because of the details and information given out in every turn. What’s best about this book, is it’s truly a good mystery. The reader was confused in a good way that it seemed as if every character in the book could be the potential suspect except Maj of course. Even I, was fooled at the end! I gave this 5 stars because even though the story takes some getting used to, but after really letting go of my imagination and giving the benefit of the doubt, I was totally into Maj’s world, guessing and analyzing the mystery with her! King’s and Queens by Courtney Vail is a young adult mystery novel which was full of complexity, twists and turns, high school drama, conspiracies, mystery and depth. If you’re one of those who loves exciting rides with a story that would keep you guessing until the very end, then this one is for you!
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
Majesty, spunky and defiant, stumbles upon a disastrous church massacre plot and will do anything to intervene before innocent people are killed. The scenes are so believable that I can already picture some of them coming to life. The story has a complex plot, but once you start reading it’ll be hard to put down! Vail’s writing is as different as a prince to a lowly peasant. She has a way of making the characters seem so genuine by their actions, decisions and even the slang they speak. Everyone used the same kind of language, but when jumping from multiple perspectives throughout the story without a set pattern, I noticed how each character sounded distinctly different. Even with such strong individuals, it took Majesty’s super sleuth powers to dig deep as the ocean for the truth. The characters’ distinct voices didn’t eliminate guilt from suspects until everything was said and done. The unidentified suspect could have absolutely been anyone, and I’ll admit that I suspected characters that were completely innocent. There’s so much manipulation through the pages of Kings and Queens that even I was fooled! Not being able to unravel the web of truths and untruths until the very end made this a fun and addictive novel. I really appreciated Vail’s ability to incorporate every character introduced in the story, whether they played a very minor part or were major players. She didn’t introduce excess characters even though there were quite a few. Courtney Vail thrills and shocks in her debut YA suspense, Kings and Queens. I really enjoyed reading this mystery because it reminded me of one of my favorite detective TV shows, Veronica Mars. The authentic high school drama and conspiracies were warped and utterly original.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was weird. Not bad, just weird. I totally loved this book!!! After a few chapters, I got sucked in and literally could NOT put it down. It wasn't what I expected, I'll just say that. It's very different from other YA books I've read, though, I admit, I've been lingering in the UF bin for quite awhile. But, I honestly wouldn't even know how to categorize this because it has a little bit of everything. YA books are usually more linear, but this story took many turns I didn't expect and was very rich in detail. I found the author's quirky, fresh voice strange at first but more and more mesmerizing the further in I got. This fast-paced novel was complex and intricate, as well as the characters who fill it, and that took some getting used to, and the characters didn't always act the way I thought they should, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Wow!!! I'm still thinking about it. Poor Derek!!!! :( Seriously! How could do that???!!! How??!!! Anyway, if you like books with a lot of complexity, depth and twists and turns, and something with a new and different feel, you will love this. If you prefer simplistic, straight-forward language or hate puzzle-type reads, it might be too much book for you. My review applies to a PDF version I got for FREE from LibraryThings giveaway, but my opinion is my honest opinion and was in no way swayed by the freebie. I look forward to more novels by this author.
DolphinChick More than 1 year ago
Good book. 'Maj' is a great character, going through a lot to say the least! She's a fighter while still being vulnerable and I love that about her! Once it got going it was interesting and I wanted to find out who did what and why. but the why wasn't explained enough for me. I needed to know more of the back round or something more about 'them'. It could have done without all the fluff of soooooo many unnecessary "big" or descriptive words. there were several times when sentences or paragraphs felt like they were just about words not what was happening and it took me out of the moment. Just needs to be tightened up a bit in editing, but overall a good book.
alwaysyaatheart on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
pixiedark on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I received the book Kings & Queens by Courtney Vail from Member Giveaway's on Library thing. Kings & Queens is about a teenage girl named Majesty who overhears a plot for a church massacre. To add to this trouble Maj (as she is called in the book.) had lost her father in a tragic car accident five months earlier. Only Maj does not believe it was an accident. She keeps hounding the police and the police are sick of her. Now she has to find a way to tell the police about the overheard planned church massacre.Throughout the book Maj is trying to figure out who is responsible. The group responsible creates many diversions and tries to get two outcasts to take the fall. Majesty is trying to do everything in her power to stop the church massacre from happening. Meanwhile while all this is going on; Maj has to live the life of typical teenage girl. She has a baseball team to help run. She has family obligations. Majesty also has to deal with a love life. She has feelings for both of her best friends Derek and Alec. Having to deal with a love triangle while trying to stop the church massacre brings about many unexpected complications for Maj.I enjoyed reading Kings and Queens. The plot was slowly building into a frenzied pace and had many different twists and turns that left me reeling with surprise. This book always kept me guessing with each page. Kings & Queens had some sub-plots that threw me off. It was interesting how all the plots came together in the end. I would think I knew where the story was heading, then boom I was shocked and confused when I read the next page. I thought the author Courtney Vail had excellent scene descriptions. I felt like I was inside each setting of the book. I thought the character descriptions were great . I felt like I knew and could picture every character in the book. I enjoyed the dialogue. The dialogue was full of banter and fun.If you like dark twisted suspenseful tails, I recommend Kings & Queens for you.
momgamerwriter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/WriterRating: 2 out of 5 ControllersReview Source: Blog TourReviewer: AimeeKayI¿m not happy with this book. I expected more, especially seeing its banners everywhere lately and people gushing over the cover, I expected a lot more. I will say I was kind of hesitant about the whole love triangle part of the story, but as it turned out that was the least of my worries.First I really had issues with the main character. She just did such dumb, and I mean dumb, things that I found it annoying. I understand she isn¿t going to go to the cops with every little detail. I mean if you let the cops handle things then where would the story be right? (Tons of horror flicks prove this theory) But she just purposely seemed to be putting herself into harm¿s way! She¿s always running off by herself, she refuses to carry a cell phone, she sees her best friend doing things that scream he is in league with the shooters, but she still trusts him.Second the story itself drove me crazy. I will say that the end of the story cleared up a lot of the characters split personality issues that had me scratching my head throughout most of the book. But it didn¿t clear up why certain facts about certain characters were revealed seemingly out of sequence. For example, one of the main characters kept having a complaint about their eye bothering them, but it wasn¿t revealed until later that his problem with his eye was a reoccurring issue which plagued him for quite a while and seemed to only happen when he was upset. Yes it made sense once it was explained why it happened, but it made no sense to just pop it in there that his eye was hurting, and then finally say a few chapters later that it happened with regular frequency. Also there were certain lines that just popped up out of nowhere that made no sense or felt that they were just thrown in to make more of a mystery, when in fact; there was already enough mystery to carry the story through until the end.Third the summary goes into great detail that Maj feels she can¿t go to the police right away because she has already caused a hubbub with the belief that her father was murdered. But that is barely even mentioned until midway through, and then it seems like she made less of a big deal than the summary implied.Over all the concept of the story itself I think would have made a great read. But the way it was presented just failed to draw me in and hold my attention. I found myself forcing my eyes to finish reading the book just to see if it would make sense at the end and to see if it would get any better. I¿m glad the end seemed to tie up all the loose strings, but I was so agitated by the end that I don¿t think it really matters. I¿m giving the book 2 controllers out of 5. I was really disappointed with it considering the hype I¿ve seen about it lately and I wish I could have enjoyed it more, but I¿m sorry I just didn¿t.
LoveyDoveyBooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Majesty, spunky and defiant, stumbles upon a disastrous church massacre plot and will do anything to intervene before innocent people are killed. The scenes are so believable that I can already picture some of them coming to life. The story has a complex plot, but once you start reading it¿ll be hard to put down!Vail¿s writing is as different as a prince to a lowly peasant. She has a way of making the characters seem so genuine by their actions, decisions and even the slang they speak. Everyone used the same kind of language, but when jumping from multiple perspectives throughout the story without a set pattern, I noticed how each character sounded distinctly different.Even with such strong individuals, it took Majesty¿s super sleuth powers to dig deep as the ocean for the truth. The characters¿ distinct voices didn¿t eliminate guilt from suspects until everything was said and done. The unidentified suspect could have absolutely been anyone, and I¿ll admit that I suspected characters that were completely innocent. There¿s so much manipulation through the pages of Kings and Queens that even I was fooled! Not being able to unravel the web of truths and untruths until the very end made this a fun and addictive novel.I really appreciated Vail¿s ability to incorporate every character introduced in the story, whether they played a very minor part or were major players. She didn¿t introduce excess characters even though there were quite a few.Courtney Vail thrills and shocks in her debut YA suspense, Kings and Queens. I really enjoyed reading this mystery because it reminded me of one of my favorite detective TV shows, Veronica Mars. The authentic high school drama and conspiracies were warped and utterly original.
Goddess_Beth More than 1 year ago
I read an eCopy of this (without an eReader), which kept me from being able to snuggle up to it before bed...which is probably a good thing! Courtney took a believable plot, and strong characters, and gave them an interesting new voice. The way she uses vernacular is reminiscent of Veronica Mars and The Outsiders. She's created a language that is entirely used by the youth of a small town (which is believable, as a human desire to create an "us"). She's also given Majesty, the main character, a strength that I wish I had when I was a teen. This gal has leadership skills, as well as courage, and you don't often see that in female-led YA books (especially not at the beginning). I recommend this one for fans of YA, fans of strong female characters, anyone whose high school experience included threats of mass violence (as mine did), fans of young suspense/drama/mystery stories, and anyone who thinks the cover is awesome. 'Cuz it is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago