Synopsis according to Goodreads:
"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."
I read an eCopy of Kings and Queens (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.
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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.
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