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

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Received: Bought
Publication Date: March 10th 2015
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Kingship


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.


… Is that it? Is that all this book had to deliver? I am feeling more than underwhelmed by The Orphan Queen right now.

It was a complete disappointment. From start to finish. As a matter of fact, the only thing I found myself appreciating was the writing. Pretty and well fit to a fantasy story, it might have been the only thing that kept me on reading.

There was nothing I actually ‘‘hated’’ but it is rare for me to ‘‘hate’’ something inside a book, unless a character, scene, relationship, world-building or any other relatively important element inside a story is frustrating or peeving enough for myself to not being able to handle it.

This was just completely boring and unsurprising. I had been curious about the infiltrating a palace happening and the magic, verily, but even the balls and the activity at court sparkled no interest in my eyes, as it usually does. And princes… I usually cannot resist them, but Tobiah – dull, monotonous and phony Tobiah – didn’t even TRY to make us like him.

Surely, when you do not feel any affinity for the main character of a story, it is pretty difficult to take full enjoyment in this latter. Wil was your typical fantasy heroine – ready to fight, rash by moments and always fixed on a certain goal to achieve. Not that this is a bad thing – of course not. But there was nothing noteworthy about her… nothing that would make her standing out in a crowd of determined girls. She sure had qualities that I can admire in my general fierce heroine but too much of the same becomes… unstimulating.

Perhaps the whole masked-vigilante-with-a-fancy-name-watching-over-villagers thing might have interested me, if only I had not already read about a quite similar character before, showing an even higher intentness to help others, in Je savais que je te rencontrerais (more than recommended). It might have. But then again, I absolutely and even bizarrely, found no character to be exciting.

The pacing was okay – not too fast, not too slow. Sometimes, though, events occurred way too rapidly (not letting time to build some substantial emotion inside us) and not enough world-building backed them. I can’t see how this series could get any better if the world-building isn’t upraised to a less simplistic and shallow level.

In short: not recommended.

40 thoughts on “Review: The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen, #1) by Jodi Meadows

  1. I haven’t seen a lot of reviews for this one, only 2 for you’re the third but the others were quite good so I’m sorry it didn’t work for you. Now I’m quite anxious and not sure I’ll try.


  2. Awww sorry to hear you didn’t like this one 😦 I haven’t read anything by this author yet so I really want to try this one. I’ll be looking out for the prince that doesn’t sound very attractive lol.

    How are you?? It’s definitely been ages!


  3. Wow! I’m glad to see a negative review of this book. I mean, I’m not glad but it’s good to read another point of view. This book is getting a lot of hype and I’m one of those waiting for it but after your review…. well, I think I’m gonna pass. I have too many books to read and I don’t know if I wanna invest my time with this one. This makes me sad because I wanted to read it also; I was waiting for it. Maybe I do in the future once the second book comes out and maybe things get better??


    • hahahaha, I get what you’re saying!! Yeah, that may be good… waiting for the sequel. Sometimes those can be surprising, even though they can fall short too. lol. I’d say borrow it, you know, and if you feel like it than try it! I don’t recommend it at all, but if wanted to read it so bad and even waiting for it, maybe trying it might not be such a bad idea 😛 I was going to say ”You can always DNF.” but I know you don’t like to DNF hmmm :$


  4. Oh no, no connection to the characters – that’s not good. I’m sorry this was so lacklustre for you. I’ve seen both positive and negative reviews, and I just bought a copy for myself – so I’ll cross my fingers that I find more to it. Thanks for the thoughtful review, Lola 🙂


  5. Girl you do NOT play when it comes to these books, yasss girl! lol. I’ve actually seen similar reviews about being overwhelmed, and I’ve seen others that were quite in love with the story. For some reason the synopsis didn’t grab my attention enough for me to want to make the purchase, so I think I’ll be passing this one up.


  6. I read a review that stated the main character was “too stupid to live” but I’m not sure, hahaha. It’s a shame about this book, because it has such a nice cover!


  7. I WANT TO LIKE THIS ONE. Now I’m not sure lol I love the title and premise of this one though, let’s see how it goes 🙂 Hopefully your next read will win you over! Fantastic review Lola.


  8. Oh NO! I actually looked over this book over 10x (no lie) and debated to get but the reviews had me swaying back and forth and now your review I think may have sealed the fate. Hopefully next read will be a fave! Great review!


  9. OH NOOO! Lol, I loveed the the cover of this book so much, I was just waiting for its publication to buy it. The blurb was also convincing. It did seem like many other YA books I had read, but that cover…well…It’s such a shame because it seems that the books with the most beautiful cover often end up being disappointing.


  10. Nooooooooooooo, such a shame, I actually loved this. I wasn’t that impressed with Incarnate, so wasn’t sure whether I would. Though I get it when you don’t like or don’t even care about the characters, the effect it has on the rest of the story for you. 😦


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