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3.48  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  31 reviews
When her mother and father pass away, the little queen must figure out how to be a little queen. And so she begins her adventures, journeying away from her palace and into the world to determine how she should go about going on. The little queen soon encounters numerous folks who teach her a thing or two: the book sniffer, the dream writer, and the architect of silence are ...more
Paperback, 110 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by Poetose Press
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Olivia Chanel's Stories in Space
Thank you, Poetose Press and NetGalley, for my eARC of The Little Queen. I really appreciate the chance to read and review it early.

The Little Queen by Meia Geddes starts with two simple sentences that lay the basis for the entire story: "On a little world, upon a little hill, a little tear fell down a little face. A little girl was now a little queen." The story follows a little queen who lost her parents and is now trying to figure out how she can be a little queen, and if it’s something she c
sil ♡ the book voyagers
I was really intrigued by this though Netgalley marketed it as poetry which technically it is not? Still the writing is lyrical and has so many metas you will fall in love.

The Little Queen is about the little queen thinking she doesn't know how to be a queen in her kingdom, so she sets on an adventure throughout the world to meet new people. She grows from these encounters and learns so many new things. She finds many friendships and even love. I want to shout because I didn't know this was F/F
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
When The Little Queen loses her parents, she becomes The Little Queen. But she's not sure how to be the Little Queen or even if she wants to be. So leaves her palace and goes on an adventure to see what she can learn from other people.

This is the story of how a little girl finds herself, finds love, and grows into a woman. It was highly allegorical, told almost like a fairy tale. Definitely not your typical YA novel. I never felt connected to the thoughts and emotions of the main character; she
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
This review originally appeared on Novel Ink.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I hadn’t previously heard much about The Little Queen, but I stumbled across it during one of my Netgalley requesting sprees recently (come on, you know you’ve gone on those) and saw that many of my friends had read it. I discovered an adorable, fluffy novella that also wove in some deeper themes. Head up, this is pro
catherine ♡
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
*Thank you to Poetose Press and NetGalley for an eARC of this book. This review is my full and honest opinion.*

Actual Rating: 4

This book was so precious.

Growing up, I listened to the same fairy tales as everyone else - Cinderella and Aladdin and The Sleeping Beauty - but they were never my favorites. My favorite was The Light Princess, a Scottish story about a princess who was cursed to be unaffected by gravity.

For some reason, this book brought me back - way back - to my childhood days, and The
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, read-in-2017
I was provided a copy through Net Galley in exchange of an honest review.

This was a quick and absolutely delightful read. We follow the adventures of a little queen who just lost her parents and don't know how to be a little queen.
This is a story about self-discovery, friendship, grief, love, and everything that makes us human. The poetic writing kind of reminded me of The Little Prince, stating deep thoughts about humans, relationship, life etc through simple sentences. The writing was absolut
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Bless this cute f/f fairytale with incredible writing, so light and too adorable to handle. The world needs more books like this.

The Little Queen follows the little queen after she loses her parents and finds herself as the new queen of her kingdom. But she's unsure of herself, not confident she can fill that position, so she starts a journey to help her be a better little queen. In the road she finds more than what she wished for; new friends, love, cultures... it's enchanting to read.

This sto
Brindi Michele
WTH is this book?!?! Ohhhh my....this was interesting, yet all over the place. I feel like I just went on quite the TRIP, myself. At times I thought this to be creative, other times a bit too absurd. It's hard to find the right audience to recommend this one to because the subject matter is better suited for young adults, but the way it's presented is in a very immature and ridiculous way, hence more appealing to the younger middle school crowd. I don't confused. ...more
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
[4,5/5 That was wonderful!!!]
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really loved this book! It's a very quick read but so beautifully written.

I'll write a more detailed review on my blog very soon!
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: review-copies
The Little Queen is a slightly confusing, but rather brilliant story about a little Queen who is left to rule the country and goes on a journey travelling throughout the world she lives in where she meets a variety of people from people who walk all the way around the planet to people who make windows and she questions who and what she wants to be. Not only does the character go on an actual journey, but she makes a personal and emotional journey throughout and Meia Geddes’ lyrical writing style ...more
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This amazing little book is filled with flowery, lyrical prose that reads like whimsical poetry. It follows the Little Queen, who, after her parents’ deaths, goes out and explores her world for the first time. Along the way she meets several interesting people, each offering new ideas and perspectives. I would totally recommend this book to literally anyone who likes charming little books because this certainly is one. ✨
Joseph Spuckler
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, ya
The Little Queen by Meia Geddes is the author’s second book. Geddes is also an artist, folding intricate paper cranes. She sometimes binds her own little booklets complete with her own watercolor birds. Her previous book Love Letters to the World is a collection of lyrical letters written as poetry. Geddes is also working her her way to becoming a world-class librarian.

I usually don’t read contemporary fiction, especially if it is written as a fable (think children’s story). Fables seemed to be
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Elena Alvarez Dosil
Oct 22, 2019 rated it liked it
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This is the allegoric story of the Little Queen, orphan of mother and father, she decides to leave her castle and travel the world. She will meet interesting people from whom she will learn and expand her views.

The language in this book is beautiful and poetic, and the images and situations explained are very whimsical. I enjoyed the sweet tone and the multiple points of view. I had troubles though, identifying the target ag
mad mags
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
DNF at 44%.

Once upon a time there was a little princess who became a little queen when both her parents died unexpectedly. Grieving, lost, and confused, the little queen decides to embark upon a great adventure, traveling the world to learn more about her subjects - and perhaps persuade one of them to take her place. She is not quite sure what a queen does, but whatever it is, she does not think it for her. And so she comes to meet the book sniffer, the dream writer, the sawyer, and the foreshad
Well, that was beautifully, dreamily weird.

In the simplest of terms, this is a story about a Little Queen who wanders her kingdom - and the world - after her parents die, in order to learn what it actually means to be a Little Queen.

But as a summary, that really does the book no justice. The Little Queen - who is never named - meets such people as the Tree Masseuse and the Book Shouter; she travels around the world with a woman made of string, and falls in love with the Digital Sounds Collector
Lauren Aquino
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this ARC courtesy of Net Galley. Make sure to get your copy when it comes out tomorrow, August 1st!

The Little Queen was a lovely, unique bit of lyrical prose. The plot was simplistic but powerful–it was reminiscent of a childhood fairy tale in the best possible way. Although it was almost too adorable to handle at times, the theme of self-discovery was quite mature and thought-provoking. I thoroughly enjoyed the Little Queen’s journey and the cast of diverse characters she interacted
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
The Little Queen has lost her parents and left to be Queen. She does not want to be Queen so she goes on a series of journies to find someone to take her place. She meets lots of interesting characters and learns more about the world outside of her walls.

In an Oyster Shell - I didn't understand the purpose of the book and it was inconsistent in the message.

The Pearls - The Little Queen is lyrical and imaginative. It's short so can easily be read in one sitting.

Full Review: Writing Pearls
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Little Queen is a charming fairy tale that, as you might guess, somewhat recalls The Little Prince. It’s no copy, though–Geddes infuses the novella with its own distinct atmosphere. The little queen, who is nameless, ageless, and faceless, struggles with the idea of being a little queen and strikes out on an adventure, hoping to find someone to take her place. What she discovers is not a replacement, but rather a journey to self-actualization.

Her journeys through her kingdom lead her to meet
Nov 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
I thought this would be interesting to read. It’s a story about a young girl who becomes Queen. The little girl doesn’t want to be Queen so goes off to find someone to trade places with her.

This is supposed to be a Juvenile level book, but I’m not sure if it’s meant to be read by or read to. The story uses a lot of big words and ideas which a younger reader might not understand, but the story has the feel of a little child’s story which might not appeal to an older reader. Plus it’s has a lot of
Sarah Hurley
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
A really unusual and charming book, this feels older than it is if that makes sense, very classic and with lots of meaning and messages throughout. It's a hard one to put into words, but a definite must read. A really beautiful book! ...more
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2017
This was a very strange book and I honestly didn't get the jist of it. There were some little details that I did like but the majority of the time it just felt like some weird philosophical writing. All I could keep thinking is what the hell is this... ...more
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a cute story that read as a fairytale. I loved how it was narrated and that it was a trip of self discovery but it felt too bizarre at points. The fact that it had such a sweer f/f romance was a welcome surprise as well!
Chloe McElligott
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read this as our first book for book club! A sweet little story with many life lessons (or thoughts on life I suppose) woven through. Reminded me of The Little Prince in the format. We talked about it for a long time, could've talked hours more! ...more
Randy Ross
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written, quirky, moving, and fun. The illustrations are gorgeous. I read it in one sitting. The book reminded me of Shel Silverstein's famous quest story "The Missing Piece." ...more
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story is beyond precious. It is lyrical, sweet, and amazingly affirmative. It is everything I wish I was read as a child, and everything I can read to my future, way in the future, children. There is a f/f relationship in it, there are people embodying their own choices, and the acceptance of those living in their own skin. Topping it all off is the absolutely wonderful way it is written, and the voice within.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: children of all ages
The Little Queen is a beautiful children’s story about a girl who becomes a little queen upon the death of her parents. She does not want to be a little queen and sets out on an adventure to try to find someone who would like to be a little queen. Along the way, she meets many characters whose names define what they do, but it is rude in the kingdom to ask someone what they do. The explanation is one of my favorite lines:
“Asking what one did was like asking who they were, and that was too simple
Amy Leigh
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
This is a very odd novella. It starts out with beautiful wording about a princess who loses her parents and becomes the little queen.
It's hard to understand or get to know the little queen and she goes on odd "adventures" meeting a book sniffer, wall sawyer, leaf gluer, seasons painter, fish talker, dream writer, Dream counter, window builder, the lotioner, plant whisperer, perfumer, sleep soother, poop encourager among others.
There isn't much depth given to the main character and she tries to
Alyssa Marie
I received an eARC of this from netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Okay so in all honesty, I just couldn't finish this. It just got boring and confusing. At first it seemed cute and kinda whimsical, but then it just fell so flat I stopped caring. I'm not going to rate this because I came nowhere close to finishing it was couldn't give it an honest rating.
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Meia Geddes is a writer, librarian, artist, and bookseller. She was born in Hefei, China, adopted and raised by her mother in Sacramento, California, and is now based in Boston, Massachusetts. She is the author of a collection of lyrical missives addressed to the world as body, concept, and stranger, Love Letters to the World (2016), and a novella, The Little Queen (2017). Geddes received her bach ...more

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