Friday, April 24, 2015

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows [Joint Review!]

5 out of 5 Robots!

The Orphan Queen By Jodi Meadows
Series: The Orphan Queen #1
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Release: March 10, 2015
Hardcover:  400 Pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen
My Copy: Library
Reviewer: Shannon & Julia

Book Summary:
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.
(Courtesy of Goodreads)

Julia & Shannon: Joint Review!
1. In a sentence or two, describe your thoughts.
Shannon: This was another book that I found more enjoyable than I expected.  This book isn't going to break any new ground, but it was fun and exciting.  It is a solid additional to the fantasy genre.

Julia: The Orphan Queen is much more satisfying than I had anticipated! The characters are entertaining and the plot is quickly paced. Definitely an A+ for world building - Without adding anything fresh to the Fantasy genre, it's still a good read!

2. What was your favorite part? Least favorite? 
Shannon: I loved Wilhelmina's interactions with the Black Knife.  I love all the cloak and dagger stuff.  I loved how tenuous Wilhemina's grasp on her situation was and the precariously situation she was in.  My least favorite part was Wil's interactions with the Ospreys.  It was the least interesting part to me.

Julia: My favorite part is exactly as Shannon - Black Knife interactions! Though I kept thinking, how do they not recognize each other or figure it out until the end? I mean, I pretty much knew who the Black Knife was five minutes into the book. My least favorite part is probably the "rebellion" group hashing outs too. They're not interesting and when things happen to them, I feel like I should care, but I don't... Most likely has something to do with Patrick and how yucky he is.

3. Did you find the characters compelling?

Shannon: I really liked Wilhemina. I liked that she was strong and able, but also insecure about her ability to lead.  I also liked Tobiah the Prince (who is very hard to read) and James (his cousin and guard).  James really lightens the mood whenever he is around.  I liked the Black Knife, although I knew straightaway who he was.  But I was ok with it. The other characters I found compelling, but frustrating: Patrick, the de facto leader of the Ospreys and Melanie, Wil's best friend and co-Osprey.  But they were still interesting even if I wanted to yell at them.

Julia: Oh yes! I actually LOVED James, Tobiah's cousin/guard... And Wilhelmina and Tobiah. Their characters are very well developed and likable. The Black Knife is wonderfully mysterious. Outside of those characters, I didn't care much for anyone else. Not because they were badly written, just didn't.  

4. How did you feel about the world building and fantasy elements? Work for you?
Shannon: I liked it.  As I mentioned, this isn't groundbreaking work. It's pretty standard fare.  But instead of being annoyed by it, it was comfortable like an old sweatshirt.  I knew what to expect.  So I was fine with it.  I was more interested in the character interactions anyways.

Julia: It worked for me. I'm hoping that we get to see more magic soon, which I think is a big possibility. But I'm happy with everything about the world building, she painted a vivid picture for me. 

5. How did The Orphan Queen compare to Jodi Meadow's previous Newsoul series?
Shannon:  I liked this one so much better.  I just didn't really get The New Soul series at all.  I was confused half the time and I didn't really enjoy the characters.  But since this book felt safe and comfy, I was much more entertained.

Julia: This is SO MUCH BETTER! The Newsoul series feels sloppy and not well thought out, it is confusing. The characters were lackluster too. I didn't enjoy myself at all reading that series, so for those of you that gave up on Jodi Meadows because of those books, don't! Give this fantasy read a try!

6. How many stars? Who would you recommend it to?
Shannon: I'm giving it 4.5 stars based on my entertainment level.  I don't think everyone will love it, but I was very entertained and delighted.  Fantasy lovers should give this a try for sure.

Julia: 4.5 Stars. I didn't have many complaints and got through it quick enough. It won't be for everyone, but it entertained me muchooo. It isn't high fantasy, but enough to keep me happy.

1 comment :

  1. Ahh! You two are killing me. I saw so many bad reviews for this that I deleted the Netgalley sampler I had, and took it off my tbr. Lol. Well, I guess I will look for it at the library this summer. Thanks for another informative review. I enjoyed it. :)



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