Review of The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin (ebook)



The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin


Mean Girls meets The Tudors in Hannah Capin’s The Dead Queens Club, a clever contemporary YA retelling of Henry VIII and his wives (or, in this case, his high school girlfriends). Told from the perspective of Annie Marck (“Cleves”), a 17-year-old aspiring journalist from Cleveland who meets Henry at summer camp, The Dead Queens Club is a fun, snarky read that provides great historical detail in an accessible way for teens while giving the infamous tale of Henry VIII its own unique spin.

What do a future ambassador, an overly ambitious Francophile, a hospital-volunteering Girl Scout, the new girl from Cleveland, the junior cheer captain, and the vice president of the debate club have in common? It sounds like the ridiculously long lead-up to an astoundingly absurd punchline, right? Except it’s not. Well, unless my life is the joke, which is kind of starting to look like a possibility given how beyond soap opera it’s been since I moved to Lancaster. But anyway, here’s your answer: we’ve all had the questionable privilege of going out with Lancaster High School’s de facto king. Otherwise known as my best friend. Otherwise known as the reason I’ve already helped steal a car, a jet ski, and one hundred spray-painted water bottles when it’s not even Christmas break yet. Otherwise known as Henry. Jersey number 8.

Meet Cleves. Girlfriend number four and the narrator of The Dead Queens Club, a young adult retelling of Henry VIII and his six wives. Cleves is the only girlfriend to come out of her relationship with Henry unscathed—but most breakups are messy, right? And sometimes tragic accidents happen…twice…




This was way more fun than I expected.

I didn’t really read the synopsis before I started reading. I had a vague idea about it, but wasn’t really sure what it was about. I enjoyed that it was a modern Henry VIII. The book takes place in a small midwestern town. The weird things were pretty accurate (I went to school in a similar place). But the students were definitely different. Not much was realistic, but that’s what made it fun. I liked the author’s humor. The characters weren’t super likealbe, but I was ok with that. I don’t want to go into it much and ruin anything for anyone. The pacing was good and it kept me wanting to read. I also liked that it talked about slut shaming quite a bit and how much it’s done in high school. Only to the girls though. Not the guys.

I gave this book 4 1/2 stars.


Have you read this?  Is it on your TBR?





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