Spotlight: The Queen’s Assassin by Melissa de la Cruz

by Justine Bergman
The Queen's Assassin by Melissa de la Cruz

Today I wanted to take a moment to share with you all a newly released YA Fantasy that immediately caught my attention – The Queen’s Assassin by Melissa de la Cruz. I haven’t yet had the pleasure of reading anything by de la Cruz, so I was thrilled to have the chance to give this one a try.

The Fantastic Flying Book Club is hosting a giveaway for a finished copy of this book, so give the blurb a read, visit the author on her website and/or social media, and enter the giveaway below!

I want to give a huge thanks to Melissa de la Cruz, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, and The Fantastic Flying Book Club for giving me the opportunity to get my hands on this book early.

Be sure to check out all the other stops along the tour by visiting the official schedule here.

SERIES: Queen’s Secret
PUBLISHED: February 4, 2020 by G. P. Putnam’s Sons
PAGES: 374
GENRE: Young Adult, Fantasy


Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Red Queen, this is the first novel in a sweeping YA fantasy-romance duet about a deadly assassin, his mysterious apprentice, and the country they are sworn to protect from #1 NYT bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz.

Caledon Holt is the Kingdom of Renovia’s deadliest weapon. No one alive can best him in brawn or brains, which is why he’s the Guild’s most dangerous member and the Queen’s one and only assassin. He’s also bound to the Queen by an impossible vow–to find the missing Deian Scrolls, the fount of all magical history and knowledge, stolen years ago by a nefarious sect called the Aphrasians.

Shadow has been training all her life to follow in the footsteps of her mother and aunts–to become skilled enough to join the ranks of the Guild. Though magic has been forbidden since the Aphrasian uprising, Shadow has been learning to control her powers in secret, hoping that one day she’ll become an assassin as feared and revered as Caledon Holt.

When a surprise attack brings Shadow and Cal together, they’re forced to team up as assassin and apprentice to hunt down a new sinister threat to Renovia. But as Cal and Shadow grow closer, they’ll uncover a shocking web of lies and secrets that may destroy everything they hold dear. With war on the horizon and true love at risk, they’ll stop at nothing to protect each other and their kingdom in this stunning first novel in the Queen’s Secret series.


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The Author

De La Cruz

Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

Her books for adults include the novel Cat’s Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas.

She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.

Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).

She now divides her time between New York and Los Angeles, where she lives in the Hollywood Hills with her husband and daughter.


The Giveaway

A finished copy of The Queen’s Assassin
February 4, 2020
February 18, 2020

Open to US residents only

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Alright, now head on over to Goodreads, add The Queen’s Assassin to your overwhelming TBR piles, and order from your favorite retailer today!

Happy Reading!

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Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy February 6, 2020 - 8:17 am

I already have this on my TBR, and it does sound good!

Justine Bergman February 6, 2020 - 8:38 am

I hope you enjoy it when you get to it!

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