Waiting on Wednesday: Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

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Waiting on Wednesday was originally created by Jill at Breaking the Spine and is now being adapted as Can't Wait Wednesday by Tressa at Wishful Endings.

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Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte
On Sale Date: February 26, 2019
Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

A divided nation. Four Queens. A ruthless pickpocket. A noble messenger. And the murders that unite them.

Get in quick, get out quicker.

These are the words Keralie Corrington lives by as the preeminent dipper in the Concord, the central area uniting the four quadrants of Quadara. She steals under the guidance of her mentor Mackiel, who runs a black market selling their bounty to buyers desperate for what they can’t get in their own quarter. For in the nation of Quadara, each quarter is strictly divided from the other. Four queens rule together, one from each region:

Toria: the intellectual quarter that values education and ambition
Ludia: the pleasure quarter that values celebration, passion, and entertainment
Archia: the agricultural quarter that values simplicity and nature
Eonia: the futurist quarter that values technology, stoicism and harmonious community

When Keralie intercepts a comm disk coming from the House of Concord, what seems like a standard job goes horribly wrong. Upon watching the comm disks, Keralie sees all four queens murdered in four brutal ways. Hoping that discovering the intended recipient will reveal the culprit – information that is bound to be valuable bartering material with the palace – Keralie teams up with Varin Bollt, the Eonist messenger she stole from, to complete Varin’s original job and see where it takes them. 

Why I’m Excited about Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

Four Dead Queens sounds like an exciting blend of fantasy, mystery, and action! —"A divided nation. Four Queens. A ruthless pickpocket. A noble messenger. And the murders that unite them" this blurb definitely caught my attention! A few early reviews on Goodreads are in and very positive. They mention the fact that the book's chapters alternate between Keralie’s perspective as she races to figure out who murdered the queens with the perspectives of each of the four queens who seem to have been hiding dangerous secrets of their own—which sounds like something I would love getting to see the queen's views as well!

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