Review: The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen #1) by Jodi Meadows

Book Title: The Orphan Queen
Author: Jodi Meadows
Published Date: March 10th, 2015
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: YA Fantasy
Series: Book One in The Orphan Queen duology
Book Link: Goodreads
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.

Disclaimer: I borrowed this book from a fellow blogger.

Review:
My number one goal this year is to read more YA Fantasy novels. I’ve read a few already this year, and was excited to read this one as well. This was to be my first Jodi Meadows book, and I fell in love with the cover, long before I cracked open the book. I was nervous because so many people loved it. I really didn’t want to be the black sheep.

It started off on the slow side, and I was nervous once again. I was so afraid that it wouldn’t pick up. I knew I had to allow for the story to be set up before I totally ruled against this book. Normally, I’m not patient, but for this book, I was curious enough to keep reading despite the slow pace in the beginning.

I liked Wil immediately. She was a total badass and I loved seeing that. I loved seeing her commitment to her people, I was quite jealous of her fighting talents. It would be totally awesome to have that kind of talent.

I never trusted Melanie. She always seemed to be hiding something, and she didn’t seem all that loyal to Wil, which pissed me off. Weren’t they supposed to be best friends? I constantly questioned her actions, especially towards the end of the book. To me, it was clear where her loyalty lay and that drove me insane. I was irrationally furious with Melanie by the time the book finished.

Oh Black Knife. SWOON! I seem to have a thing for the “darker” characters in fantasy novels. It’s definitely strange, but Black Knife was mysterious, sexy and captivating. He was actually quite a surprise as I didn’t expect to fall for him quite as hard as I actually did. Well played Jodi, well played. I cannot wait to see more of him in the next book.

The world building just got better and better as the book went on. In fantasy novels, the world building can make or break a book, and in this case, it definitely positively enhanced the book. I kept wanting to know more and more about this world that Wil, Melanie, Black Knife and the others were in, and that right there, is awesome.

There’s a freaking cliffhanger that will probably kill you like it almost killed me.

I’m so glad I got to read this book. It was so good, and I’m thrilled that I pre-ordered it last month. So I’ll have a shiny finished copy on my shelves this week. I am giving it 4.5 stars. I wish I could give it the full five stars, but the slow start moved it down a half star. Aside from the slow start, I’m telling you all to go read it ASAP.

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen #1) by Jodi Meadows

Hello everyone, and welcome to Adventures in Reading. Normally I don’t do blog tours unless I’ve read the book and loved it or I haven’t read the book, but am extremely excited for it. This time, it’s the latter.
BOOK INFORMATION
 TITLE: The Orphan Queen
AUTHOR: Jodi Meadows
SERIES: The Orphan Queen #1
PUBLISHER: Katherine Tegen Books
PUBLICATION DATE: March 10, 2015
SYNOPSIS: 
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.
Necessity forced Wilhelmina to become good at many things — including forgery. She regularly uses this skill to steal food and clothing shipments, create “official” identification documents, and obtain supplies to help her reach her goal of retaking her kingdom.
My Thoughts
I haven’t read The Orphan Queen yet, but by the time this post goes up I will have an ARC loaned to me by a fellow blogger, and will have probably dove into it. I do think Wilhelmina will be a badass character. I am sure there will be times when I want to yell at her for making stupid decisions, but I think I’ll end up falling in love with her.

AUTHOR INFO
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).

*A Kippy is a cat.

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Top Ten Popular Authors I’ve Never Read

This feature is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
I don’t always participate in Top Ten Tuesday, but on occasions when I have no post planned for Tuesday, I do participate. This week, just happened to fall under that umbrella where I had nothing planned so I could do this.
So onto the list of Top Ten Most Popular Authors I’ve Never Read
1.Rainbow Rowell
She is the author of 4 novels, one of which I recently got for my birthday.
2. Susan Dennard
She has authored 2 books with the third coming out this summer.
3. Jodi Meadows
She has authored 3 books. She has also written novellas.
4. Sarah J. Maas
Yet another author who has written a trilogy.She has also written several novellas to go with the trilogy.
5. Stephanie Perkins
She has written three books that are apparently very cute and they are ones I haven’t read yet.
6. Veronica Rossi
She has written a trilogy that was just recently completed and it is on my Must Read list.

7. Marissa Meyer
She is the author of The Lunar Chronicles, none of which I have read yet. The 4th book in the series will be out later this year.

8. Jenny Han
She wrote The Summer series and will be coming out with the first book in a new series this April.

9.
Lauren DeStefano
She has written so many books that I cannot even count. I want to read so many of her books.

10.
Victoria Schwab
She wrote The Archived series that I cannot wait to start. I recently won The Archived, which I cannot WAIT to read.
Let me know if any of these were on your list. If you did a TTT this week, let me know so I can stop by your post.

Stacking the Shelves #25

This feature is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

Welcome to 2014 everyone. 2013 had a lot of crazy and wonderful moments for me as a blogger. The first day I began blogging, I never envisioned how crazy it would end up getting.Crazy in a great way though. One of the biggest highlights for me was getting whitelisted for HarperTeen & Harlequin Teen’s titles on Edelweiss. I also was whitelisted for several other publisher’s titles right around the same time.

This week was a weird week. I had submitted several e-ARC requests through Netgalley and was getting irked that they hadn’t been accepted or denied yet. In 3 days, I got 4 approvals and 1 denial. If I hadn’t gotten any responses, I probably would have passed on doing a post today.

I did buy one e-book this week thanks to my birthday money. I bought Incarnate by Jodi Meadows. It was on sale for $1.99 on the Kindle Store. I was initially torn because I also wanted This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith, but I decided to go with Incarnate because I’ve been DYING to start this series.

I’m sure you’re sick of reading this and you just want to know what books I picked up. Well here you go.

Bought

Incarnate (Newsoul #1) by Jodi Meadows

Received for Review

-NetGalley-
Knowing Jack by Rachel Curtis
A Million Little Snowflakes by Logan Byrne

Never Have I Ever by Katie Heaney
Gifted
Won


As always, please let me know if you read any of these or if you’re wanting to read any of these. If you have read any of these, be sure to let me know what you thought of them. Of course, leave the links to your Stacking the Shelves posts/vlogs etc.

Weekly Blog Wrap-up
Monday- Review of Splintered (Splintered #1) by A.G. Howard
Tuesday- Discussion Post Top Ten Books I Read in 2013
Wednesday- Review of Afterparty by Ann Redisch Stampler
Thursday- Review of Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn
Friday- Discussion Post Book Blogging/Reviewing Resolutions