The Assassin and the Princess - Sarah J. Maas Everything is derivative, so let's not get started on all the other ya novels that this book resembles.
Instead, I'll just say that the love triangle we all saw coming from a mile off was pretty straightforward, with not too much unbearable angst, so I'm fine with what happened there.
But her being 'the greatest assassin the world has ever known' and 'queen of the underworld' and all types of other nonsense was pretty stupid sounding. If we weren't going to get any in-novel backstory (or any assassin action at all, for that matter) the innumerable mentions of teenaged assassin-hood should have been kept to a minimum.
The whole blonde teen assassin novel thing was pretty disappointing when it turned out to just be an ex-assassin exercising for several hundred pages thing.
That's not to say that I won't read the sequel though, because I totally will.