The Orphan Queen – By Jodi Meadows Review

18081228Title: The Orphan Queen

Author: Jodi Meadows

Release Date: 10th March 2015

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Age Range/Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Number of Pages: 391

ISBN: 9780062317384

Rating:✭✭✭✭

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.


RATING: 4 Stars

MY THOUGHTS

The Orphan Queen was a fantastic, intriguing and chilling read filled with action and mystery! However, I also feel that there could be some improvements. I have to say though, overall I really enjoyed the book!

To begin with I loved all the characters within the book! Wil (Wilhelmina) was brilliant; she is a strong willed, loyal, and an independent protagonist who can also be quite humorous. The character development was one of the best aspects of the book for me, and while the characters were detailed, and had individual personalities, there was an air of mystery around Wil, and of course Black Knife ;). I don’t want to spoil the book, but the plot twists concerning the characters was executed really well. While the character plot twist was not a complete surprise to me, it was still great to read. I am very interested to see where the characters develop in future book(s). Another one of my favourite characters from the book is Melanie. Being the best friend of Will, she also takes part in some action and is masterful in deception within the novel. Her friendship with Wil is vital, and while they may argue with each other the relationship is strong. Melanie is a strong female character, and is headstrong in many of the things she does.
Black Knife is another brilliant character. While most of the other characters have detailed backgrounds, Black Knife remains somewhat of a mystery throughout the novel. I was hesitant on whether this would work as I thought we would be unable as readers to connect with him, however I was very wrong! His character while mysterious, is brave and intelligent, and the relationship between himself and Wil in the novel grows, refining and developing Black Knife’s personality. The relationship between both Black Knife and Wil develops into a romance towards the end of the novel, although this does not takes over the plot.
Moreover, Patrick, another character in the novel – a mentor for Wil, has an interesting and twisted character. The power play between Wil and Patrick adds the plot line, and the end of The Orphan Queen has left me in great suspense!

The world building is sufficiently developed within the book. In areas I felt that the world building was a little rushed, and could have been depicted in more detail, however this did not ruin the book for me as in other sections of the book the world is fantastically vivid. When Wil travels to the ‘Wraith Land’ the descriptions of the mirror lake, and the village around it are brilliant! I actually got shivers when Wil is traveling through it. The fantastical and backwards world within the ‘wraith’ was intriguing, and was one of my favourite parts of the book. The Indigo City is similarly described in great detail, and so these ares of the plot were great to read.
Additionally, the magic and fantasy within the novel were a unique idea. Magic is banned as it creates ‘wraith’, deadly energy that is spreading from the West to the East. While the different types and uses of magic is not delved into deeply, it is skimmed across, hinting at further development in later book(s).

In addition, the plot of the story grabbed my attention from the start. It is action packed, and full of twists that kept my interest peaked throughout the novel. The interweaving problems which Wil and the Ospreys face are well written. I particularly found the ending of The Orphan Queen fantastic – this is the best part of the book in my opinion. Particularly towards the end of the novel I found my heart pounding, and the cliff hanger with which the story ends is brilliant!

While I enjoyed The Orphan Queen there are some aspects of the novel which I thought could be improved. As I have mentioned, the world building in some areas could have been developed on, particularly the journeys to and from the Wraith Land, and some of the action which Black Knife and Wil get into during the night, in the city. Some of the smaller details I felt were missed out; which would have made a good contribution to the story, such as the traveling around the city, as Wil often does. However, this was not a major problem for me, and would not bother most readers in my opinion.

Overall I enjoyed The Orphan Queen and would recommend the book to any lovers of fantasy, action, and romance! While I had some problems with the world building, this did not ruin reading the book (which is why I have rated it 4 lovely stars!), and the character development within the book is brilliant. I look forward to reading the second book in the series The Mirror King!

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Favourite Quote:
“I know very well how pain could last, and fester, and shape a person in unnameable ways”

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Books in the series:

  1. The Orphan Queen (Released 10th March 2015)
  2. The Mirror King (To be released 5th April 2016)

Happy Reading xxx

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One Lovely Blog Award! :D

I have been nominated by the lovely M&M Mariam Books for the One Lovely Book award!

one-lovely-blog-award-badgeThe rules for this nomination are as follows:

  • You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  • You must list the rules and display the award.
  • You must add 7 facts about yourself.
  • You must nominate 10 – 15 or so other bloggers

For my nominations I have decided to focus on book blogs, to spread the love for book readers!


So, seven facts about myself 🙂

  1. I am British
  2. I have a pet labrador called Jack
  3. My favourite animals are owls and dogs
  4. My fictional boyfriends are Will Herondale, Rowan Whitethorn, Noah Shaw, Daemon Black, and Liam Stewart (lets be honest, I could probably keep on going for a while)
  5. Harry Potter and Throne of Glass are my all time FAVOURITE series!!!
  6. I am in the house Ravenclaw 😉
  7. My favourite foods are Cadbury’s chocolate and cherry tomatoes

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Thank you all for reading my blog, I was delighted to get the award!

Happy Reading xxx

The Heart of Betrayal – By Mary E. Pearson Review

After reading and enjoying The Kiss of Deception, the first book in The Remnant Chronicles, I quickly decided to read the second! I completely loved the first book, and the The Heart of Betrayal did not disappoint me. I was ripped apart and put back together again by The Heart of Betrayal.
The Heart of Betrayal was a vastly different read for me, than The Kiss of Deception as I feel we really get a feel for both Kaden and Rafe in this book. Continue reading

September New Releases/Anticipated Books

There are some exciting new book releases this September! While there are many books that are being released, these are the books which I think sound great and cannot wait to read!
These are the UK release dates, and might be different to the US or international release dates.
To view any of the books on goodreads click on the book cover.


Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass Book 4) – By Sarah J. Maas

Screen Shot 2015-09-03 at 7.34.36 pmTitle: Queen of Shadows

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: 1st September 2015

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Age Range/Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Number of Pages: 645

ISBN: 9781408858615

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

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This series is a personal favourite of mine! These are the first 3 books in this fantastic series:

  1. Throne of Glass
  2. Crown of Midnight
  3. Heir of Fire

Everything, Everything – By Nicola Yoon

18692431Title: Everything, Everything

Author: Nicola Yoon

Release Date: 3rd September 2015

Publisher: Corgi Childrens

Age Range/Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Number of Pages: 320

ISBN: 9780552574235

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.


Walk on Earth a Stranger (The Gold Seer Trilogy Book 1) – Rae Carson

17564519Title: Walk on Earth a Stranger

Author: Rae Carson

Release Date: 22nd September 2015

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Age Range/Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Number of Pages: 432

ISBN: 9780062242914

Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home—until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety?

Walk on Earth a Stranger, the first book in this new trilogy, introduces—as only Rae Carson can—a strong heroine, a perilous road, a fantastical twist, and a slow-burning romance. Includes a map and author’s note on historical research.


Tonight the Streets are Ours – By Leila Sales

23310761Title: Tonight the Streets are Ours

Author: Leila Sales

Release Date: 24th September 2015

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

Age Range/Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Number of Pages: 342

ISBN: 9781447284147

From the author of This Song Will Save Your Life comes a funny and relatable book about the hazards of falling for a person you haven’t met yet.

Seventeen-year-old Arden Huntley is recklessly loyal. Taking care of her loved ones is what gives Arden purpose in her life and makes her feel like she matters. But she’s tired of being loyal to people who don’t appreciate her—including her needy best friend and her absent mom.

Arden finds comfort in a blog she stumbles upon called “Tonight the Streets Are Ours,” the musings of a young New York City writer named Peter. When Peter is dumped by the girlfriend he blogs about, Arden decides to take a road trip to see him.

During one crazy night out in NYC filled with parties, dancing, and music—the type of night when anything can happen, and nearly everything does—Arden discovers that Peter isn’t exactly who she thought he was. And maybe she isn’t exactly who she thought she was, either.


Six of Crows – By Leigh Bardugo

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Author: Leigh Bardugo

Release Date: 29th September 2015

Publisher: Orion Children’s Books

Age Range/Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Number of Pages: 480

ISBN: 9781780622279

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.


Happy Reading xxx