Monday, March 25, 2013

Review of Queens are Wild by Jack Chaucer and INT Giveaway

Queens are Wild Goodreads Book Description: Margeaux Quigley has it all: the eyes of every guy in her senior class, a full scholarship to Stanford thanks to her soccer skills … and the seat as Commander in Chief of the United States in 2036?! Margeaux finds herself being dragged through a deadly chess game from 1984 to the future where her presidential self has been kidnapped by a tycoon who wants to rule the world. She must find a way to checkmate him.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My Review: I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Queens are Wild by Jack Chaucer stars young 17 year old Margeaux, who gets stuck in detention one lovely Saturday afternoon. Suddenly, in a crazy turn of events, she and her classmates are sucked into time travel and a wacky sort of chess game. Her goal: to save the world from world domination. Will Margeaux be able to overcome all odds and defeat a Pirate King at his own game?

I have to admit it is very difficult to try to summarize this book into any sort of description without giving away some big plot details. I really enjoyed this book and as you can see, I read it in one sitting. I like to think of this novel as an R-rated Nancy Drew science fiction novel. Margeaux is a spunky female protagonist, and the plot twists are fun to unveil. The pacing is good, and I stayed interested the whole time.

My issues: there is always a paradox with time travel. If you go into the future and meet your older self, how does this work out? The way it ends does not convince me that it would. This is a big puzzle that I wish were explained better. Also, be warned that this is not really a young adult novel. I would recommend this book to 18 years and up for mature language and adult situations.

Overall, an entertaining first novel with a great protagonist--I'm sure Chaucer will only get better with each book.

Warning: For mature audiences over 18 ONLY!

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  1. I love the review you wrote for this book! Time travel and getting stuck in a chess game sounds interesting!
    Looking forward to it ;D

  2. Never read the book, but it really sounds like a good one! Crossing my fingers and toes!

  3. Thanks to Christina for her great review and hosting this giveaway. Thanks to all 72 of you for your interest in "Queens are Wild" and for entering in this contest. Congrats to the 10 who win. For the 62 who don't, just use the 50-percent off coupon code HR28A at the Smashwords link below to download the book into any of nine formats.
    Jack Chaucer
    author of "Queens are Wild" and the upcoming "Streaks of Blue" (late 2013)