D at the near snap of a inger manages to transfer her own crown tattoo to Coin Such ease despite someone else being in the process of also obtaining that tattooThere s no struggle no work is done to attain the end of a complex situation and answers seem to come so simple to these characters Characters which sometimes are used as props thrown into a scene Stop Inflammation Now!: A Step-By-Step Plan to Prevent, Treat, and Reverse Inflammation--The Leading Cause of Heart Disease and Related Conditions for the purpose of spouting aew lines or doing a Eyes Behind the Lines: L Company Rangers in Vietnam, 1969 few actions that will help drive the plot along until they are shooed along and tucked away againI won t say however that all of it was bad There were things like Hator example that made this story worthwhile Despite my mistrust of realism in allowing a child to perform any sort of medical care on a critical patient because she just so happens to be in a medical ward alongside an experience doctor she s a darling of a character She s loving warm sweet unny and she endears the reader to many of the moments that she is around Coin She s one of the reasons that Coin is appealing she makes her seem human and caring even as she resists that bond with the little girlBelrosa s twist to use a Nameless army was a great addition although once again it was not used to its ull potential Aside rom them chasing Coin down after she escapes their training ground they don t do much I would have loved to see glimpses of them direct ones not just the behind the scene peeks of their burning down houses or dragging away Nameless and making them disappear around the cityAnd in a book where building relationships are less than realistic in their swiftness Esther and Coin s was a breath of resh air Yes it should happen just as it does that the young women do not like each other Yes Esther should be suspicious and snappy at Coin considering their backgrounds Yes they should resist whatever warmth they Chinese Fairy Tales Fantasies: Folio Society Edition feelor each other at the beginning even once it s revealed that they re sisters That was excellent that was real that was progressThe end was a two way street I thought it ingenious that Coin locks Belrosa into her own mind essentially as a way to beat her But the duels come and go in the blink of an eye Once we have an opportunity Old Haunts for something to go through a process so that it grows and builds but it gets cut short And while part of me went a little nuts having Coin s name dangled before me then snatched up again I can t help but enjoy that we still don t know who she was born to be She may be the type of character that knows all and can do all but having her be the person her experiences have shaped her out to be rather than whoever she was christened as portrays her as a likable beingNot only that but not showing a romance arcor the lead was ortifying In a genre where romance especially love triangles are so well used or the plot the Cooking for Company: All the Recipes You Need for Simple, Elegant Entertaining at Home fact that the author did not lean on this other than aew very coy and subtle hints that never panned out to be anything else was commendableRegardless of whatever aults were ound due to how the novel ends I can t help but want to know what is to come If nothing else the open ended story leaves you with enough uestions that you continue to seek answers My Wifes Affair for them Smart I was lucky enough to read a draft of this as an intern The characters and world building are all incredible Can t waitor the rest of the world to Dîwana Jan fallor Coin and her merry band of misfits Instagram Twitter Facebook PinterestDNF p55This book was a hot mess rom the beginning 1 Stupid names2 Fake swearing3 Disorganized world building4 Mary Sue protagonist5 Cliches everywhereI wanted to give this until page 100 at least but Coin s Mary Sue acuisition of her royal status and her powers is already starting to spetz me offIf you want books about royalty thieves and caste systems in antasy there are better books to pick up than this one Thanks to the publisher or sending me a copy in exchange or an honest review1 star This is a ast paced street urchin to ueen wish ulfillment Naples! fantasy that should really please the teen audience it s intendedor First person present tense has become the new The Curious Cases of Cyriack Skinner Grey fashion in YA but McLaughlin handles it naturally than many with verve grace and sheerunIt s the voice that carries this story Here s the opening line I wake up the same way I Itsuka fell asleep knife in hand bootsor a pillow and NamelessThe Nameless thing is somewhat confusing as actually everyone has a name it s just that the Nameless the poor downtrodden peasants or commons don t have Mom, They're Teasing Me: Helping Your Child Solve Social Problems family names Which is if you look at human history aairly modern concept in many cultures There s a lot about law concerning names in which magic is bound and sumptuary laws that adds to the confusion The worldbuilding is pretty much airy tale kingdom with a dose of Hollywood backdrop but that s going to be just ine or the audience the book is aimed at because it keeps the ocus on the action with lots of daring escapades and duels Coin is smart and it s Live Bait fun to watch her get All The Powers but at the heart this book is aboutamily which I No Strings Attached found a refreshing contrast to some of the angry girls gotta kill dystopias out thereMcLaughlin is definitely a talent to watchCopy provided by NetGalley Nameless ueen by Rebecca McLaughlin is yet another politically charged young adultantasy novel The world within Nameless ueen is made up of three groups of characters there are the Royals the Legals and the Nameless Royals of course rule the land the Legals are regular citizens and the Nameless are homeless peasants and treated as nothing usually stealing to survive Coin is a Nameless who like the others around her has given herself a name after being born without one She does whatever she can to survive taking care of herself and another young nameless girl When the king in the land dies whoever is supposed to take his The negative reviews are piling up but I really wanna read this What to do what to do. R months and no one seems to careBut there's no denying the tattoo emblazoned on my arm I am ueen In a palace where the corridors are dangerous the streets though how could I possibly rule And what will become of the Nameless if I don.
Characters while one dimensional were still lovable especially the Fancy Strut fiercely loyal Glenuartz and the clever Esther but without any major complexity they re not memorable And Hat It s like the author couldn t decide what age she was meant ARC received in exchangeor an honest review thank you Sigh You have no idea how disappointed I am to have to say this but here it is another much anticipated YA antasy of 2020 bites the dust The land of Seriden is divided into three categories of people Royals who are basically the nobility Legals who are middle class workers and the Nameless homeless peasants The next ruler of Seriden is chosen by the previous ruler who says the name of their choice as they re dying A black crown tattoo appears on the arm of the person selected This is supposed to stop the crown rom being purely an inheritance thing but it clearly isn t working very well because rulers usually just pick their children to go nextWhen the king dies a 17 year old Nameless girl called Coin wakes up to Unbreathed Memories find that she has the crown tattoo She reveals it to save her bestriend Hat rom execution From there she s orcibly taken into the palace and presumably has to deal with her new life as ueenI say presumably because I got up to 32% before calling it a day Problem 1 Coin is a Mary Sue almost as bad as the early 2010s years when Mary Sues were EVERYWHERE in YA She basically learns how to do everything INSTANTLY which is unrealistic and unsatisfying The tattoo gives her the power to see auras read memories and create illusions Considering she s NEVER made an illusion before I Graduates in Wonderland: The International Misadventures of Two (Almost) Adults found it incredible that she was able to pull off making complex phantasms approximately ten minutes after getting the actual tattoo It s referred to like it s an innate skill which it definitely isn t I m reminded here of the heroinerom Marie Lu s The Young Elites who can also create illusions but Lu showed us how she actually had to work A Sally Lockhart Mystery 2 for it and practise it before it became a skill Meanwhile Coin just instinctively manages to do these thingsDespite never being able to read auras before she also evinces no surprise or excitement at this ability or at anything else She s just like Oh I can read auras now So I can tell that that woman s lying How does she know that Is it because the aura has changed colour or changed size or what Again the author shows Coin being able instinctively to do something she shouldn t Can you say Mary Sue Don t even get me started on how she a peasant girl who s spent her life on the streets is able to pick up theiner niceties of upper class social behaviour in about a weekShe s also such a gifted thief that she s able to steal things I Love My Dad from passing tables while her hands are cuffed and she s surrounded by guards Is thiseat actually described No the author just tells us that Coin was able to do it Alright thenThis is just going overboard we re supposed to believe Coin can do everything without learning how she actually does anything It goes without saying I never connected to this heroine Problem 2 Very poor worldbuilding So there are these three categories of people the Royals Legals and Nameless It s said that people care so little about the activities of the Nameless that committing crimes isn t even illegal All about Us for them Yet at the same time they re executedor committing crimes Paradox I got no sense of what Seriden is like as a place What kind of clothes do people wear What do they look like By 32% these are things I would expect to know Seriden elt like the thinnest of antasy worlds a Noni Speaks Up fancy name to put on top of the real life USA Making up your own swear words doesn t give me a sense of what the land is like OVERALL I struggled through this bookor ages because I didn t want to have to give up on it but life is way too shortBlog Bookstagram The premise Handbags and Gladrags for Nameless ueen was wonderfully intriguing But unfortunately this novel suffersrom the impossible to ignore plight of the Mary Sue lead Coin is amusing resourceful intelligent and has an ability to master things that she has had no experience with before so An Egg-cellent Easter! (Barbie) fast and so well that is uite difficult to believe So difficult inact that once you notice it you can t help but notice all the things that happen around her that are conveniently toowell convenientThere is Coin minding her own business getting ready to perform a new con as the Nameless that she is and bam she receives the crown tattoo that signals her as Seriden s next ruler and all of a sudden magical abilities that she has never even come across before are as easy or her to access and manipulate as breathingShe can create illusions she can influence others senses she can see auras She has such a strong connection to auras as a matter of act that she can even eel them as if they were her own People that she has never met before take to her with such ease that it s as if they have known her her entire life Glenuartz takes two looks at her and he becomes her greatest confidant and bodyguard even though she is the thing that his class seems to look down uponShe can call out when she comes across poison just like that ingers snap though we are never told that she has training in such a craftCoin enters the palace as a Nameless of the streets but within one meeting she s a skilled tactician and diplomatBursts of anger that partake in a lot of stabbing sharp things into We Got the Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story of L.A. Punk flat surfaces is met withear because our lead is clearly one big bad Renovations: A Father and Son Rebuild a House and Rediscover Each Other female and we must not overlook her temperTwo weeks is all it takesor Coin to be able to drop Glenuartz on his back in sparring despite him being a skilled soldierIt goes on and on to the point where you basically believe anything else that Coin tells you she s capable of because why not up to his point there is no barrier that she can t overcome Not even when Esther is dying at the end of the novel an. RlessEveryone expected the king's daughter would inherit the throne No one expected me It shouldn't even be possible I'm Nameless a class of citizens so disrespected we don't even get names Heck dozens of us have been going missing o.
Okay real talk I irst read this manuscript back in 2015 when I mentored Rebecca during PitchWars AND I STILL THINK ABOUT THIS WORLD ALL THE TIME Seriously building a class system around names and lack thereof is such a I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo! fresh and original twist that I genuinely am in awe of the author She s worked soucking hard over the past ew years to really make this book shine and I truly cannot wait or it to be out in the world at lastPlus the heroine Coin Oh Coin how I love thee What shone through Puppet Master for me rightrom page one is the incredible narrative voice I love the snark I love the sarcasm I love the litotes my Swoon: The Heartthrob Activity Book for Good Color-Inners as Well as Beginners favourite comedy device when things go wrong I love her relationships her toughness but also her vulnerability I love how gifted she is skills she s worked hard to hone after so many years on the streets and how smart she is when things start going wrong She has so much agency I love Coin okayAnd the opening line My god guys I can still recite itour years later that s how Janae (Blacktop, fucking iconic it is I wake up the same way Iell asleep knife in hand boots or a pillow and Nameless If I ever write a irst line that good I will immediately retire and just toast myself with mimosas all day long Anyway I cannot wait to see this book ly It s a wonder 3 In a cold dystopian world where only the wealthy have an identity the Nameless wander the streets scrounging to exist Children become thieves just to survive and their street smarts are all that keep them alive in a dog eat dog world Coin is one of the strongest but she will soon learn there is to her than not having a true name Now she has to do is survive the royal court with its monsters machinations and deceivers all while giving the Nameless a voiceNAMELESS UEEN by Rebecca McLaughlin is a brilliant tale of inding one s true identity and how ar one will go to protect those who matter while doing the right thing no matter the personal cost Politics amily strength of character and a heart wrenching discovery are all told in a ascinating and resh way that will keep readers imaginations running at Why Diets Make Us Fat full tiltRebecca McLaughlin is an author to watchor action packed emotionally charged uality young adult Dont Hex with Texas (Enchanted, Inc., fantasy readingI received a complimentary ARC editionrom Random House Children sCrown Books Spanish Dagger (China Bayles, for Young Readers This is my honest and voluntary reviewPublisher Crown Booksor Young Readers January 7 2020Publication Date January 7 2020Genre YA FantasyPrint Length 352 pagesAvailable Everyday life in medieval times from Barnes NobleFor Reviews Giveaways Fabulous Book Newsollow Actual rating 255 starsWhen broken down to its undamental components Nameless ueen has a lot of things that tend to make me automatically love a book a protagonist who is a thief hidden royalty and commentary on classism and rigid social structures But when taken as a whole the novel ailed to breathe much life or originality into those tropes The result was a lukewarm story not bad but wholly unremarkableThe premise of the story is pretty straightforward In the city of Seriden you have three classes of citizens Royals the highest class mostly rulers and legislators Legals the working class rom craftsmen to members of the royal guard and the Nameless who literally don t have names and also have no legal rights so they typically have to steal to survive The ruler has a tattoo of a crown on their arm When they die they speak a name and the tattoo transfers to whoever that name belongs to So imagine the surprise of a Nameless girl called Coin when the king dies and surprise surprise she inds a crown tattoo has appeared on her arm granting her magical abilities Taken to the palace Coin uickly realizes that holding the throne isn t a guarantee of power she is on a probationary period her best Dead Giveaway friend aellow Nameless has been imprisoned unjustly and while she has a Andrew Lost In the Kitchen few allies most of the Royals despise her on principle What ensues is a pretty typical learning to rule and also uncovering a conspiracy story with little to make it stand outrom all the other similar stories on the marketSo let s start with the good One of the strongest themes in this book was its emphasis on Strange Son: Two Mothers, Two Sons, and the Quest to Unlock the Hidden World of Autism family both blood and chosen The Nameless rarely haveamilies they certainly don t have Nope family names at any rate And yet there are deep rootedriendships and alliances between some of them that run just as deeply as conventional Rejected Rejected Rejected familial bonds particularly between Coin and Hat the aforementioned bestriend though Listening: The Last Poems of Margaret Avison fierce self reliance makes them reluctant toully care about anyone else At the palace Coin uickly befriends a guard named Glenuartz a man who lost his daughter years ago and comes to think of twelve year old Hat like another daughter And without spoiling too much Coin Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life in and Out of Jazz finds that she does inact also have blood relatives in the palace and she has to reconcile this with the Buck: A Memoir fact that she spent her entire life alone believing she had noamily Furthering this there is absolutely no romance in Coin s life which means the Oh, the Things They Invented!: All About Great Inventors focus is completely onamily with none of the teenage angst or random making out scenes that often Yikes, Vikings! (Canadian Flyer Adventures Series fill YAantasy booksThat said while she doesn t have any romantic interests Coin otherwise reminds me a lot of some Sarah J Maas heroines she s sassy unnaturally self confident and irreverent she doesn t like girly things like wearing dresses and when she Five Days Left finds out she has powers she masters them almost instantly and she becomes a total pro atighting with only a week of training Those last points are the worst heroes need to WORK to get their skills or it s just unsatisfying and Searching for Robert Johnson feels cheap If you can t tell I am not a hugean of SJM so this comparison is not a Blood on Silk favorable one Coin is too much not like other girls and doesn t have a lot of growth throughout the book asiderom a slight increase in her willingness to trust others Basically she s a Mary SueSome of the other. One girl must make a name Buzz: A Graphic Reality Check for Teens Dealing With Drugs and Alcohol for herself or die trying in this royalantasy where an unknown peasant becomes the ultimate ruler But how long can she keep the crown if everyone wants her dead Perfect or ans of Furyborn Red ueen and Eve.
Rebecca McLaughlin is the debut author of YA Fantasy NAMELESS UEEN 01 07 2020