The Queen Is Dead - Kate Locke *Genre* Steampunk, Alternative History*Rating* 3.5-4*My Thoughts*Two months ago, Xandra Vardan learned a shocking secret about her heritage and has been trying to come to grips with it ever since. Being the designated Queen of the Goblins is not something she readily accepts nor is ready to grasp the reigns without a bit of kicking and screaming along the way. Xan is also the only known Goblin who is able to brave sunlight unlike other aristocrats (See vampire, & werewolves & goblins) but she is also changing in ways that she didn't expect; the craving for blood and meat and violence is nearly insatiable.If you haven't read this series yet, it is set in an alternative reality London where Queen Victoria is still the ruler of the empire due to her being a vampire. She doesn't spare any hatred towards Xan who she believes is a threat or usurper to her crown. Xan's boyfriend is Vex MacLaughlin the alpha of the werewolves and would lay down his very life in order to make sure that Xandra survives to see her coronation. Her half sister Ophelia is a werewolf and they haven't exactly had the most cordial relationship especially knowing what happened to her sister Dede.The Queen is Dead focuses on the fact that Xan's brother Val, who works for Scotland Yard, has gone missing after doing a little undercover work. Val has disappeared while investigating the kidnappings of various halvies from the famous club called Freak Show. Xandra is also the focus of a murder investigation since she was the last person that supposedly saw Lord Churchill alive. If that weren't enough, Xandra knows that most paranormal factions desire a relationship with her plague so that it will make them even stronger.The Queen is Dead leaves several unanswered questions which I hope will be answered in the next installment. Xandra continues to be a heroine that you can cheer for and is no way a wallflower when it comes to fighting for her plague and those she loves.Published February 5th 2013 by Orbit