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
Release DateMay 8th, 2018
PublisherPage Street
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, LGBT, Retellings, New Adult

Reviews The Queen Underneath

  • Carrie
    Review coming soon.
  • Mandy
    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
    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)
    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
  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    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...
  • Cristine Mermaid
    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...
  • K8
    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 ...
  • Sarah
    (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...
  • Alexa
    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 ...
  • Austine (NovelKnight)
    This book was provided by the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. This book. I don't even know how to describe the mess that was The Queen Underneath. I was so excited for this book and the synopsis was written like I was meant to read it, but wow did it not deliver.For starters, I think calling this book YA is a pretty big stretch. I'm all for including darker and more graphic topics in YA but al...
  • Chelsea
    It had a good premise. The characters were good. The setting, great. A world divided and considered as the Above and the Under really was interesting but wasn't truly given the greatest backstory. I liked the concept but felt like the ending was rushed just a bit and then when it did end not everything was gone over about what happened to certain characters. I really just feel unfulfilled after finishing this book because there could've been so m...
  • MC
    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 ...
  • Vanessa
    Well... this was certainly... a book. That started out not amazing, but decent and then turned into... a giant pile of WTF. Review to come. (So much material dear lord)
  • Caitlyn Morris
    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 ...
  • R.L.
    THE QUEEN UNDERNEATH is a racy upper YA fantasy about power, revenge, and love. With imaginative world building, language that is sensuous one moment and poetically lovely the next, and a fast-paced storyline that keeps pages turning, Stacey Filak’s debut is a testament to the strength of a young woman who knows what she wants. Delightfully scintillating.
  • Kat
    ** 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...
  • V
    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
    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
    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 ...
  • Janani(ஜனனி)
    * 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
    Easily the worst book I've read so far this year.Mini review to come.
  • Katie (Melting Pages)
    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
    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
    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 ...
  • J.L. Slipak
    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 ...