Book Review: Queen B by Juno Dawson


My Book review of Queen B: The Story of Anne Boleyn, Witch Queen by Juno Dawson. A interesting take on the ambitious rise and fall of this historic figure.

Title: Queen B:The Story of Anne Boleyn, Witch Queen

By: Juno Dawson

Genre: Paranormal

Pages: 224

Release Date: July 23, 2024

Publisher: Penguin Books

Rating: ★★★☆☆


Summary from Goodreads:

This next spellbinding installment of Juno’s “irresistible” fantasy series Her Majesty's Royal Coven (Lana Harper) takes us back to the reign of Henry VIII and the origins of Her Majesty’s Royal Coven under the beautiful, the bewitching, Anne Boleyn.

It’s 1536 and the Queen has been beheaded.

Lady Grace Fairfax, witch, knows that something foul is at play—that someone had betrayed Anne Boleyn and her coven. Wild with the loss of their leader—and her lover, a secret that if spilled could spell Grace’s own end— she will do anything in her power to track down the traitor. But there’s more at stake than revenge: it was one of their own, a witch, that betrayed them, and Grace isn’t the only one looking for her. King Henry VIII has sent witchfinders after them, and they’re organized like they’ve never been before under his new advisor, the impassioned Sir Ambrose Fulke, a cold man blinded by his faith. His cruel reign could mean the end of witchkind itself. If Grace wants to find her revenge and live, she will have to do more than disappear.

She will have to be reborn.

In this gripping, propulsive, sultry short novel, Juno Dawson takes us back to the bloody beginnings of Her Majesty’s Royal Coven to show us the strength, steel and sacrifice it takes to make a sisterhood.


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As a reader, I approached "Queen B" with a mix of excitement and curiosity, given Juno Dawson's reputation for tackling relevant and complex themes. While the novel certainly delivers on its promises of drama, wit, and social commentary, there were aspects that left me feeling somewhat underwhelmed, resulting in a three-star rating.

There was nothing really memorable here. The story jumped all over the place and the plot left no room for character or world building. I was left not knowing much about what I read or really cared. It was just bland.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

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