Book Review: The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows // INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY

Posted by The YA Book Traveler , Saturday, March 28, 2015 8:34 PM


TITLE: The Orphan Queen
AUTHOR: Jodi Meadows
SERIES: The Orphan Queen #1
PUBLISHER: Katherine Tegen Books


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.

My Thoughts 5 STARS!!!!

(The Orphan Queen with my pre-order quote card made by Jodi Meadows!)

Well, first off I was invited to participate in The Orphan Queen Character Reveal Blog Tour, thanks Alexa Loves Books! Here is my post for that.  AND I WAS SUPER EXCITED TO BE INVITED!  

But my blog post does not have my thoughts on the book because it went live BEFORE I had a chance to read this book. I was not able to get an ARC of The Orphan Queen so I waited patiently (mostly) for my copy to come in the mail on pub day.

I WAS SO NERVOUS! I had been promoting this book HARD because Jodi Meadows is super hilarious but I hadn't actually read the book yet. So, I was hoping beyond all hope that I loved this book. I had a few other super anticipated books that didn't hit the mark for me and I was getting nervous. BUT there was no need to worry. 

THE ORPHAN QUEEN IS FANTASTIC! It really was just as good as everyone said. 

What I loved:

I've decided these three elements together make the perfect book. (Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch is like this too!)

The Story:
Wilhelmina has been trying to take back her kingdom that had been overthrown by the neighboring Indigo Kingdom.  She infiltrates the Indigo Palace as a spy in order to gain information to help get her kingdom back. Along the way she meets Black Knife who is a vigilante in the kingdom who captures those who use magic. Magic has been outlawed and those who use it and are caught are never seen again. 

The book is full of wonderful characters, exciting and thrilling moments, and wonderful humor.

The Characters:
Wilhelmina:  Wil never gives up. That's what I love about her character. She'll do whatever she needs to do to take care of those in her kingdom. She doesn't play the victim card from the pain of her past but uses her pain to spur her to continue her mission.

Black Knife. Oh Black Knife.....swoon my heart. He's so amazing. Just read the book so you know what I mean.... 

READ THIS BOOK, BUY THIS BOOK, READ THIS BOOK AGAIN! The Orphan Queen is by far my favorite 2015 book so far. 


The Hidden Prince - June 2, 2015
The Glowing Knight - September 1, 2015

I'm also part of the #SarahSquad fan club on Twitter for Jodi. It's a joke because there are so many Sara(h)'s who follow Jodi. Anyone welcome! 


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.



I decided to buy an autographed copy of The Orphan Queen from Books of Wonder in NYC, soooooo I'll give away my copy!


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55 Response to "Book Review: The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows // INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY"

Natalie (Never Trust a Duck) Says:

I've honestly only heard positive things about this book and from the blurbs I've read IT SOUNDS AMAZING!!! Thank you for the giveaway!!!

Kristy BookNerdReviews Says:

Great review :) You had me at fantasy, romance, humor. I have definitely added this to my TBR pile - thank you!!! And thank you for the giveaway!

Michelle Lee Says:

I love YA Fantasy reads and I've been dying to read The Orphan Queen! I've read Jodi's Incarnate and I know this is going to be another great book. Thank you for this amazing chance! :)

C.M. Lloyd Says:

TY for the giveaway - and I've been excited since I started following Jodi Meadows on Twitter. Her giddy passion for calligraphy drew me to following her, but she's so funny and creative. I can't imagine The Orphan Queen being anything less than five stars. :)

ayokosabieh Says:

Because this book seems very promising and I love YA books!

The YA Book Traveler Says:

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I love when books make me laugh & swoon!

The YA Book Traveler Says:

I would say it's even better than Incarnate Incarnate was great! Good luck!

The YA Book Traveler Says:

Yes! You can definitely tell The Orphan Queen is her book! Funny, exciting and charming. Jodi is so great!

Sophie Houghton Says:

I'm excited as every review I've seen for this book has been so positive and complementary, and I think this this book will be right up my street, genre speaking. Thanks for the giveaway.

Christina Says:

I've seen so many good reviews! I'm curious!

sweet Says:

First, I wanna say that it is amazing that the giveaway is international... And thank you for it!!!
Second, I really wanna read a book about I heard a lot a good opinions about it... ;) :) And a friend of mine recommend it too ;)

Oceane Chaduc Nguyen Says:

The cover is just amazing ! And I want to know how Wilhelmina takes back her throne *-*

Holly J Says:

I've heard SO much about Black Knife and I want to meet him! also I've heard such wonderful things about this book, and I love that this is sort of post-apocalyptic fantasy. I can't wait to read it!

Monica Rebollar Says:

I absolutely loved Jodi's Incarnate series and I've heard nothing but good things about this book! I'm so excited to read it! Thank you for the giveaway!!

Pili Says:

Damn I need to join the Sarah Squad, even if I'm not one of the many Sarahs!!

Emily Says:

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Fantasy is my fav genre and the summary of this book sounds amazing! thanks for hosting!

Emily @ Follow the Yellow Book Road

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2) Magic
3) Pretty Cover
I mean really, need I say more?

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I'm pretty excited for this book because most of my blogger friends loved it and can't be taken away from this book. And oh yeah the cover and Black Knife(YEAAAAAH) *wink*

Rosy Says:

It just looks like an incredible book - THAT BLURB! Great post and thank you so much for running a giveaway!

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Change Lelouch Says:

To be honest, I don't know. Whenever I see The Orphan Queen it just makes me wanna grab it. Why not? It's so pretty. Aside from that, I love YA. And I've read its excerpt so far so good. I got to love it from there. Then, I've read reviews...they are all positive. So I'm giving the book my heart. :)

Thanks for the giveaway YA Book Traveler. :))

Angel Bookwhisperer Says:

What, but I like masked men too :P I am seeing this book everywhere, makes one curious you know ;)

Michaela Says:

Oh yes! This has been on my to-read list for so long! It sounds amazing!

Christy @ Novel Ink Says:

I've heard so many amazing things about this book and I can't wait to read it :)

The Undomestic Fangirl Says:

You recommended it and would to see why many readers are raving about this book. :)

_Sandra_ Says:

I'm a big fan of fantasy books and I've heard amazing things about this one. Also, really liked Jodi's Newsoul trilogy, so I'm excited to see where this one will take me.
Thanks for the chance to win it! :)

Anonymous Says:

I love masked men! lol no but I do love Jodi Meadows so that's why I'm excited!

Eileen Says:

I've heard this book gave people many feels! I can't wait to see what it's all about :D

Holly Bryan Says:

Heck YEAH, I like masked men!!! I am sooooooooooo desperate for this book! Honestly, I have come so close to buying it so many times...but I'm having to hold myself back! I seriously haven't read a single bad, or even so-so, review of this book, and I can't wait to read it.

K. N. Hennig Says:

I'm really excited about The Orphan Queen because I've read the synopsis and I loved it, and there are many good reviews, and I love the author! I also want to read Incarnate. I've been following Jodi Meadows in Instagram and I love her photos, especially the quotes in calligraphy!

Liz Keeting Says:

This book looks awesome, romance magic and princesses- what more could you want?

ReadiculousGirl Says:

I've been looking for a few fantasy reads, and The Orphan Queen sounds pretty epic. Excited to read it!

Pallabi Dutta Says:

Because I love reading Fantasy, Betrayal, Kings and Queens and this book has everything I love in a Fantasy book. I would so love to have this books in my hand.

Pallabi Dutta Says:

I love Reading Fantasy Genre. I love reading about Kings and Queens, betrayal, action, Royalty, new worlds. And this book has everything I like in a fantasy read. That is why I am so interested in this. Hopefully fingers crossed.

Roxana Zuziac Says:

I'm excited about The Orphan Queen because I loved Jodi Meadows' Newsoul series, and because I heard nothing but amazing thing about TOQ. Who am I to refuse a great book? :) Thank you for the amazing giveaway!

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