[BLOG TOUR] Review: Orphan Queen by Jodi MeadowsWednesday, March 04, 2015
Hello everyone! I am so excited to be a part of the Canadian Blog Tour for The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows. I want to preface this review by saying I have never read anything by Jodi (GASP! I know, but that is rectified now) and I am so sad that I never did because she is an author that I will now read for life. She is amazing and Orphan Queen is amazing, for so many reasons. Anyways enough of my rambling, here is my review!
Title: The Orphan Queen
Author: Jodi Meadows
Series: The Orphan Queen #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Release Date: March 10th 2015
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: ARC preovided by publisher for Blog Tour in exchange for an honest review
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Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.
She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.
She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.
She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others
Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.
Before I get into my review I have to say something about this cover, because seriously it is GORGEOUS and screams amazing fantasy. And boy it was not wrong. This book is one of the best Fantasy YA books I have read in YEARS.
I think the reason this book resonated with with me more than others was the main character. Wil has quickly become one of my favorites because of how true she is to herself and how much she loves her kingdom, even though she no longer rules it. Wil is fierce, independent and immensly loyal, t the point where sometimes you question her disciosns haha. But Wil would no be the character she is in the novel with her surrounding characters and boy were they great. Melanie was a great friend for Wil but we see her character grow into something very different from Wil near the end and that causes some friction, obvioulsy. Then there is Patrick, the leader of her little rebellion and a character that I thought I would love but eneded up hating. So there is that. Don't let me forget to mention Black Knife, one of the most interesting characters I have read in a long time. I loved how he interected with Wil and how their characters seems so very different in the beginning but in reality they were more alike than they thought.
Hidden Romance.I love this part of the story because you know its coming. These characters have one of the best relationships I ahve read on paper. They are snarky, funny and sarcastic to each other and I loved it. Unfortunately I figured out the twist at the end pretty quickly but jonestly I dont care. The book itself was so good that I was enthralled from beginning to end and I still wanted to see where Jodi took these characters and their story.
The world building in this book was epic. I loved how similar it felt, but still had that element of the unknown. Jodi has this talent of making her readers want to be a part of her worlds and this book is no different. I loved how she took a genre mostly everyone is familair with and turns it on its head and makes it into something spectacular. I loved every minute of this book I cannot wait to read the Novella's because they will be the only thing sustaining me until Book 2 comes out!
About the Author
Jodi Meadows lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, with her husband, a Kippy*, and an alarming number of ferrets. She is a confessed book addict, and has wanted to be a writer ever since she decided against becoming an astronaut. She is the author of the INCARNATE Trilogy and the forthcoming ORPHAN QUEEN Duology (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen). Visit her at www.jodimeadows.com