The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude | REVIEW

The May Queen MurdersThe May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on May 3rd, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

Stay on the roads. Don’t enter the woods. Never go out at night.

Those are the rules in Rowan’s Glen, a remote farming community in the Missouri Ozarks where Ivy Templeton’s family has lived for centuries. It’s an old-fashioned way of life, full of superstition and traditions, and sixteen-year-old Ivy loves it. The other kids at school may think the Glen kids are weird, but Ivy doesn’t care—she has her cousin Heather as her best friend. The two girls share everything with each other—or so Ivy thinks. When Heather goes missing after a May Day celebration, Ivy discovers that both her best friend and her beloved hometown are as full of secrets as the woods that surround them.


3 Stars

First Line:

Kerosene slopped from the rusty pail and splashed against the abandoned stable.


COVER 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟              PLOT 🌟🌟🌟

CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟        ROMANCE 🌟🌟🌟🌟

WRITING 🌟🌟🌟🌟             WORLD 🌟🌟🌟

The Good

  • The cover is on point! It’s perfectly eerie with a dash of beauty. It has a couple elements pivotal to the story being displayed, such as: the May Queen and the river.
  • The romance was so steamy between Ivy and Rook that I had to take a break when it came to the intimate scenes. For a YA novel it was quite descriptive and I applaud Sarah Jude for not being afraid to depict sex in such a realistic way.
  • Jude’s writing style was great. She is a fantastic story teller and leaves the reader wanting to know more.

The Bad

  • The plot fell flat for me. For a mystery novel things didn’t really start happening until 50% into the story. And from that point things would get confusing and a bit jumbled in my opinion. And then the ending comes and the last section of the book is just filled with information and answers. Too much revealing all at once was overwhelming.
  • Besides the good chemistry between the characters, I really couldn’t care less about them. Heather came off conceited and self centered, Ivy was stuck in Heather’s shadow and would do anything for her even at the cost of her own happiness, and Rook felt like arm candy only. I couldn’t connect with a single one.
  • The world was creepy to me. And not the good kind of creepy mysteries and thrillers usually crave for. Everything about the old town life seemed off. A secluded community that only reacts with themselves and rarely lets outsiders in. The best way to compare it would be an Amish type village. No electricity, old fashioned clothing, and olden time ways of living.

Ok, that’s it. Let me know what you guys thought of The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

Sig 3


Sarah JudeSarah Jude lives by the woods and has an owl that lands on her chimney every night. She grew up believing you had to hold your breath whenever you passed a graveyard or a bridge spanning water. Now she writes about cemeteries, murder, and ghostly apparitions. She resides in Missouri with her husband, three children, and two dogs..



  1. I can’t decide if I’d want to read this one. Probably not. I’m thinking I wouldn’t be able to handle nothing really happening until 50% in. The creepy part both intrigues me and scares me. I like the anticipation and suspense of creepy thrillers, but this sounds like maybe too much. Great review!

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