The Queen Underneath by Stacey Filak

The Queen Underneath

The Above and the Under have a tenuous truce that is shattered after the death of both their respective rulers. Gemma, the new queen of Under, must throw history aside and team up with Tollan, the heir to the Above throne, in order to take down a power that seeks to rule them all. Their group of rebels is comprised of an assassin, a sex worker, and a palace servant from Above, and we follow their unique perspectives as they are forced to question...


Details The Queen Underneath

TitleThe Queen Underneath
ISBN9781624145605
Author
Release DateMay 8th, 2018
PublisherPage Street
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Lgbt, Retellings, New Adult
Rating

Reviews The Queen Underneath

  • Mandy
    2018-04-04
    Be prepared for a long winded review where I completely lose my mind and go on bullet point rants*Thank you so much to Page Street for sending me over a copy for this!! I super appreciate it, it was a fantastic surprise, and it did not change my opinion of it at all!*To be honest, I had never heard of this book before the kind and gracious people over at Page Street sent me this book and it ended up in my mailbox. It sounded like such an interest...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    2018-02-24
    1 starUPDATE: found out this book is actually 17+ and is NA. so there's that. I'm sorry, but this book is a Hot Mess™. I really wanted to like it, but I came out of it very, very confused & deeply unsatisfied.Right from the start I was just very, very confused. Because really big things happen in the first chapter and the way they're written is that they're downplayed. Like, "Ooh, the Queen of Under & King of Above are both dead on the same day...
  • Heather (The Sassy Book Geek)
    2018-05-08
    Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek **** Thank you to Page Street Publishing for the copy in exchange for an honest review****Trigger Warnings: (Fairly Strong) Sexual Content, Sexual Assault, Miscarriage, Suicide, and Torture/ViolenceI always hate when I have to write a negative review for a book especially when a book was sent to me for said review. But I like to give you guys, my readers, my honest opinion and my honest opinion ab...
  • Azbaqiyah
    2018-05-19
    🙆
  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    2018-05-26
    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.THE QUEEN UNDERNEATH grabbed me from the minute I pulled it out of the envelope from the publisher. I'm not sure what exactly sucked me in (maybe the gorgeous cover?), but I started reading and didn't stop until I was finished a few hours later. Action packed and full of plot twists, THE QUEEN UNDERNEATH sucks the reader into the world of Yigris, making you want to discover all of its secrets.And secret...
  • Sarah
    2018-08-04
    (DNF @ 56%)Recommended By: Pre-publication hypeAcquired: Purchased in hard coverContent Warnings: Homophobia, Violence, Pregnancy/Miscarriage, Graphic SexThe Good: Um, the cover is pretty? I swear I can’t think of a single redeeming quality about this book that at all outweighs the bad. I guess I didn’t scream and cuss at it like I did Red Rising , but that’s a pretty low bar to meet. The Bad: I’ll sum it up by saying that this book is a...
  • K8
    2018-06-10
    Just 'cause you've cooked a plate of food, doesn't mean you can open a restaurant.And just 'cause you've written a book, doesn't mean it's worth publishing.The Queen Underneath reads like your first shot at writing as a young teen: a gazillion helpings of soap opera-grade drama piled into a stunted wordcount, executed without a trace of forethought, nuance or skill.– Stylish cover– Surprisingly well-developed background/setting given overall ...
  • Alexa
    2018-06-13
    This was really sweet. The only reason it didn't get five stars is that it had a lot of sexual themes and that's not really what I'm into. I liked how it was handled and I appreciate the way Filak treats teenage boy sexual desire in particular, I just am also asexual and so felt like it pulled me out of the story. The worldbuilding here is really cool!! I wish we'd had a map on the inside cover! The way the worlds work and how their values clash ...
  • MC
    2018-07-08
    This review was originally posted on Blame It On The Books I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I was really excited and honored to receive an ARC of The Queen Underneath from Page Street Publishing. The cover is absolutely stunning (I believe on the finished copy there is gold foil) and the story sounded really intriguing. After ...
  • Caitlyn Morris
    2018-05-19
    I enjoyed this strange little book but it should not be classified as YA. I went into it thinking it was YA and was a little shocked by how sexually graphic it was. I don’t have any issues with adult books with adult themes as I am an adult, but I would not want this is a younger person’s hands. Lots of nudity, graphic sex, rape, pregnancy, miscarriage, sex workers. And not just talk of but actually descriptions and events. Otherwise I liked ...
  • Cristine Mermaid
    2018-03-24
    Fantastic read. The action starts right away and doesn't let up through out the entire book. I admired the (new) Queen , Gemma, right from the start and was impressed with her multi layered, complicated, bad-ass personality. The two worlds (under/above) intrigued me immensely as I saw a lot of parallels with the above and our own world to a degree. I admired the world 'under' where they worshiped the goddess, women owned their lives and were sexu...
  • Sydney
    2018-07-22
    Absolutely disgustingly awful. Obscene. A backwards step for humanity. “Confused and dazed, Tollan stared as she spit on his cock-once, then twice, and then a third time... He turned and saw Wince rubbing spit onto his own cock.” (Pg 44) This book is a spewing of child-like language, porn-like vulgarity, and useless characters mashed together in a poorly constructed plot and dashed with abusive, love triangle relationships. Filak prides hers...
  • Samantha
    2018-08-30
    DNF at 85 pages, skimmed the ending.So I usually don’t post many negative reviews (for a number of reasons), but I really need to talk about this one.The first 40-50 pages were rocky but really fun. The pacing is quick, the central problem (murder of two royals) is set up, and there’s strong imagery. There were definite moments where I was like uhhh....wait what? But it has a genuinely fun feel, so I kept going. But then the problems got bigg...
  • Roxanne
    2018-05-08
    Thank you to Page Street Books for a copy of the ARC in exchange for a fair review.Gemma is going to meet the King Above and she is baring bad news, but she is even more shocked when Prince Tollan meets her and informs her that he is the new King Above, and he is taken aback when she informs him that she is the new Queen Below.However, they both know something is wrong when they compare the way the King and Queen died and it was similar and when ...
  • Katelin
    2018-04-20
    ** actual 4.3 stars **- received ARC from publisher in exchange for review - This novel really surprised me. I was not sure what to expect from it, but I adored the journey throughout the majority of the story. Gemma is a strong character, and enjoyable to follow. She is passionate, and a true leader. As the perspectives switch among the various characters in their misfit group of friends, I enjoyed hearing from Tollan (the King of the Above worl...
  • Janani(ஜனனி)
    2018-06-10
    * fast paced* i could've counted the number of times "prick" and "balls" were used* it had the capability for a wonderful reading but it didn't* the only thing that made me pull up the book to read in a blink of matter was the fact that the heir falls for a sex worker who is a friend of Queen of Under.* Under is a place, we would love to explore. A place for thieves, and assassins.
  • Leanne
    2018-08-20
    Easily the worst book I've read so far this year.Mini review to come.
  • Katie (Melting Pages)
    2018-05-18
    Actual Rating: 2.5Man oh man. This book was definitely interesting, and surprisingly, I did find it really enjoyable despite the fact that I had a lot of issues with it. I have a LOT to say about this book, and so you are aware, this review WILL have SPOILERS, so read at your own risk!So first I want to say that the premise of this book sounded so interesting, and it was one of my most anticipated reads for May because of the synopsis. BUT, once ...
  • Earl C
    2018-06-15
    This review has been delayed a goodly while as I pondered how to approach it.I was privileged to receive a look at an early copy and have a credit for my bit of input on the early draft in the acknowledgements. That being said. I was asked for a true review without bias.This is my attempt.(view spoiler)[The Queen Underneath is an interesting read. To me it is a modern remix of older high fantasy swashbuckling in the vein of Fritz Lieber's Fafhrd ...
  • Macy Klingerman
    2018-05-08
    This definitely has its problems, but was still enjoyable overall. My initial knee jerk rating was 4 stars. After stewing on it for a little bit, I’m really flipping between a 4 star rating and a 3 star rating. I absolutely adored the characters. Like, this book has one of my favorite casts of all time. However, I feel like there was A LOT going on, and most of it ended up getting skimmed over due to the sheer volume of plot points going on in ...
  • Janet Slipak
    2018-05-07
    The Above and the Under have a tenuous truce that is shattered after the death of both their respective rulers. Gemma, the new queen of Under, must throw history aside and team up with Tollan, the heir to the Above throne, in order to take down a power that seeks to rule them all.Their group of rebels is comprised of an assassin, a sex worker, and a palace servant from Above, and we follow their unique perspectives as they are forced to question ...
  • Tsunami Z
    2018-08-01
    I am terrible at writing reviews but I just need to tell people how much I enjoyed this book, the concept and the characters and the story line in whole. The novel starts up pretty quickly, there is action from page one and it just keeps on going. I am not a faint of heart reader however I must point out that it does touch on sensitive subjects like miscarriages, torture, rape, and suicide. However the author doesn't dwell on it, except for one s...
  • Ashlee
    2018-02-05
    * This review is for an advance readers copy* This book was actually amazing. It was a fresh and new twist on one of my FAVORITE classics. My only issue is this book is being marketed as Young Adult, when it’s well into the New Adult category. There are many sensitive situations and conversations/topics that take place ranging from sexual to rape glimpses and torture. They were very tastefully written but they are VERY blatant in content. This ...
  • Temi
    2018-03-08
    Really struggled to get through this one. What started off with a riveting, action-packed story somehow spiraled into endless pages of fast-paced confusion. I felt like I never really got to know the characters, I couldn't tell you much about their personalities, thought processes, or driving factors. While in some cases, getting dropped right in the middle of an exciting plot can be fun and exhilarating, this book left me thoroughly confused and...
  • Emily Boivin
    2018-05-12
    Oh my.I am no proud and I never want to say that a young person should not read something, but I truly think as a piece of ya fiction this book is for the older teens and young adults. I think some of the sexual content would be to explicit for a twelve year old. As for the book it's self I think the story would have been better if it was written as a series. The author just tried to cram to much into such a short novel. I would loved for her to ...
  • Laura Hernandez (TheVoluptuousBkDiva/YABkDivas)
    2018-04-19
    Full of twists and turns that you simply don't see coming. I simply love how feisty and spunky Gemma is. The worldbuilding is awesome and the characters in this story are well developed. This book contains a little something for everyone from some pretty wicked betrayals to swoony romance. A must read.{I requested a copy for reviewing purpose only and made no guarantee of a favorable review. The opinions expressed herein are unbiased and my own.}