El Estoque

“The Orphan Queen” falls short on execution despite creativity and potential

The cover of “The Orphan Queen” by Jodi Meadows features the protagonist Princess Wilhelmina cloaked in flowing silver and standing before the mirrored city: Skyvale of the Indigo Kingdom, the setting of nighttime exploits and court intrigue in “The Orphan Queen.” The exquisitely designed cover and lush illustrations fail to reflect Meadows’ thin worldbuilding. Image taken from HarperCollins Publishers.

Caitlyn Tjong

April 10, 2015

She was there when the war began. It was on a night 10 years before that they stole everything she held dear and beloved as she watched atop a ledge in the cold, cold night, a small, scared child wrapped in the winds, and sobbing, wishing the old stories of the kings and queens who were kind and just...

Book: ‘The Future of Us’ makes for a quick, one-time read

Book: ‘The Future of Us’ makes for a quick, one-time read

Stephanie Chang

December 4, 2011

The future is yours to take. Jay Asher (Thirteen Reasons Why) and Carolyn Mackler (The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things), two of the most renowned authors in Young Adult literature, team up o write the novel, “The Future of Us.” Set in 1996, the story follows two high school students, Emma and Josh, ...