The Dead Queens Club

The Dead Queens Club

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…

Title:The Dead Queens Club
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781335542236

    The Dead Queens Club Reviews

  • ????? ?

    When I say “I don’t like drama”, what I really mean is “I don’t want to be involved in any drama of my own.” Reading a contemporary reclaiming of the story of Henry VIII and his wives (in...

  • Emily May

    I really did my best to like this but it was just not my thing.Starred reviews from Kirkus usually prompt me to take a second look at books I was about to pass by. Then when I read that this one was a...

  • ? percy ?

    i mean like, as a weird quirky historian i am totally on board with this weird new quirky trend of historical figures in present day, but why are they only about The Ultimate Fuckboi Henry VIII???wher...

  • Vani

    "Normal high schools don't actually operate like the Reign of Terror." I just changed this from four to five stars and then back again like idk seven times. Because the ending, the last hundred pages...

  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)

    This review originally appeared on Novel Ink.I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Okay, I’m gonna b...

  • Carrie

    The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin is a young adult contemporary story that is a retelling of Henry VIII and his wives. In this case however the “wives” are all high school girlfriends of Henry,...

  • Vicky Who Reads

    5 starsI unfortunately do not get to say 5 stars a lot, but I am SO EXCITED to say that I AM USING IT TODAY LOOK AT IT. What does this mean? The Dead Queens Club was freaking amazing, that's what i...

  • Mary S. R.

    A clever contemporary YA retelling of Henry VIII and his wives (or, in this case, his high school girlfriends).😳😳 WHAT THE—No srsly: What. Is. Happening. WHAT. I don't think I can process this...

  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]

    3.5 starsDivorced, beheaded, died. Divorced, beheaded, survived.Annie Marck aka Cleveland aka Cleves is certain of one thing—Henry is her best friend and she's his right hand man. No matter what gir...

  • Katie Gallagher

    Click here to read this review and others on my blog!Thank you to NetGalley and Inkyard Press for sending me a free advanced reader copy of this book for an honest review.As soon as I read Vicky’s r...