Monday, June 1, 2015

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

Genre:  YA Fantasy
The Orphan Queen Series, Book 1

Description (taken from Jodi Meadows' website):
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.

Wil is just an average street rat in the Indigo Kingdom.  She helps lead a band of kids who steal food and supplies in order to survive.  But they also have a plan that will free them from the streets and give them back their titles.  Only problem is it involves infiltrating the Indigo Palace in order to gather information about their homeland: Aecor.  Wil will have to pretend to be a duchess from Liadia seeking sanctuary in the Indigo Kingdom.

Wil and her best friend, Melanie are in the palace searching for information.  They plan to return home and reclaim the throne.  But as suspicious behaviors occurs, Wil finds herself on the streets meeting a vigilante who's trying to clean the kingdom of magic.  And as Wil looks into the origins of the Wraith, she determines her magic is more dangerous than she thought.  With everything going on, will Wil be able to stick to her plan and reclaim her throne?

This review has been sitting for a couple of days with me trying to absorb my thoughts.  But all I've really got to say is "I was bored."  Wil was a little too whiny in the beginning to keep my interest.  And once I was halfway through the book, I realized the story wasn't picking up for me.  So many things happen in this book to keep a reader satisfied, but I felt like the right questions weren't answered for me.  What is the mysterious wraith and how does magic create it?  I felt like I was running from a nameless enemy.  Maybe this story had too much cliché in it, and that's why it sort of fell flat for me.

There are others out there who enjoyed this book.  I suggest reading those reviews before making an educated decision on whether or not to pick up this book.  And I have to say the writing flows well; I was just too bored to care.

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