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The Unready Queen

(The Oddmire #2)

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Human and goblin brothers Cole and Tinn are finding their way back to normal after their journey to the heart of the Oddmire. Normal, unfortunately, wants nothing to do with them. Fable, the daughter of the Queen of the Deep Dark, has her first true friends in the brothers. The Queen allows Fable to visit Tinn and Cole as long as she promises to stay quiet and out of sight ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 23rd 2020 by Algonquin Young Readers
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Toni
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a fabulous sequel to the first part of the series where we met Cole and Tinn, human and goblin-changeling twin brothers. The Unready Queen focuses more on feisty, adventurous Fable, daughter of Raina,the Queen of the Deep Dark. Being half-fae, Fable has a much stronger magic, but she still needs to learn how to harness it and this is what Raina is focusing on in their lessons. Tinn is also stuggling with magic control and in particular his transformations. There is a lot of emphasis on ...more
Amy Imogene Reads
5 stars!

What a FANTASTIC middle grade series. Wild woods, magical creatures, conflicts, and a girl with the power of a queen inside her - oh my!

Plot: ★★★★★
Character development: ★★★★★
Pacing: ★★★ 1/2
Enjoyment: ★★★★★

The Unready Queen is the sequel to Changeling, the first novel in the Oddmire series. Please read my review on Changeling here to avoid spoilers for the first novel.

So let's start of with a simple "wow," because this was such a great read. The Unready Queen picks up on the threads of t
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Christi M
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Unready Queen starts off soon after the events of the first book. Tinn is receiving Goblin lessons and Fable is receiving magic lessons from her mom. Tinn’s lessons are going well. Fable’s are not. Fable would rather spend time in town with Tinn and Cole and even make new friends, such as Evie. While Fable is spending time in town, odd incidents involving fairy folk/forest creatures begin to manifest in town. Things start to escalate after new townsfolk start cutting down forest trees. As a ...more
Annie (Putt)
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I received an eARC from Netgalley for an honest review.

I picked up this book to read a little before bed, and after three hours and multiple pleas from my husband to turn out the lights, I finished it.

This. Was. Phenomenal. If William Ritter never writes another book to this series, I would not be unhappy in the slightest because it was that good. The Changeling was great. It was a romp that set up the characters, and made you love them. The Unready Queen feels like going home. It brought back e
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Melissa Chung
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 52-aty-2020
I want to say first, thank you to Algonquin for sending me the sequel to the Changeling for an honest review. Now on to the review...

If you guys haven't read the first book The Changeling or Oddmire book 1 then let me fill you in a bit. In The Changeling, we meet two boys (twins) Tinn and Cole. These boys are special because they are the only pair of boys that have ever been found after a Changeling has been dropped off at a human's house. For Anne Burton when she entered her sons room one night
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Toya (the reading chemist)
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Unready Queen picks up right where we left off from book one. Cole and Tinn are both adjusting to their lives now that they both know that Tinn is in fact the goblin. Even though their home life hasn’t changed, school has become a bit more interesting for Tinn now that he has moments when he’s unable to control his magic and risks exposing himself. It’s imperative now more than ever that he spends time with the goblins to not only learn his heritage but also how to control his magic.

Cole and
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C.P. Cabaniss
Jun 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
"Don't fret so much about the bad luck that you forget to see the good."


This sequel to Changeling picks up shortly after the events of its predecessor, with our characters learning to navigate their newly found relationships and abilities. While the focus of the story is still pretty evenly distributed between Cole, Tinn, and Fable, it's Fable's story that is being told here.

There's more development of the Wild Wood, Endsborough, and the history of the Witch of the Deep Dark, as well as intr
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Caryn - iam.caryn
While it’s just as whimsical and original as Changeling, The Unready Queen is even more exciting.

I read somewhere that both of these books can be read as standalones, but I’m going to go ahead and recommend you don’t do that. These stories are completely tied together. They feature the same characters and locales.

Ritter makes it very easy to completely lose yourself while reading his books. They’re quick-witted and oddly charming.

What I hadn’t realized when reading Changeling (even though I had
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Julia
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
This was the perfect sequel to the first Oddmire book. The story continues a few months after the first adventure finished, Cole and Tinn go back to school, Fable continues to learn about magic in the woods. Everything seems to be back to normal, but it's not, especially now that people are chopping down the Wild Wood.

The Unready Queen definitely is Fable's book. Although all other characters get some limelight, the story is about Fable's development. Some scenes reminded me of Pippi Longstockin
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Dawn Teresa
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“You need to feel the roots beneath you and come to know where you stand.”

“I know where I’m standing. I’m standing in the middle of your vine circle for the millionth time practicing the same spells as always, even though they never work.”

William Ritter’s second installment in The Oddmire series, The Unready Queen, brings readers back into the Wild Wood. Book one, Changeling, was centered around twin brothers Cole and Tinn Burton (one of whom is a goblin changeling who was left behind alongside
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Dawn Michelle
I really enjoy this author - the Jackaby series is one of my top ten favorite series ever [and oh how I wish there were going to be more of those], so when I saw that he was writing a new series, I wanted to dive right into it. After reading [and really enjoying] the first book of this series, I was really ready to dive right in and read this one. This one took a bit longer to read [there is a LOT more to get through and the themes are much more adult], but it was still a very good book and it r ...more
Lindsi (Do You Dog-ear?)
"Dinna be afraid of a few sparks or a burnout from time to time. That’s na failure. That’s fine-tuning.”

I received a complementary copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.

Finally finished reading The Unready Queen with my son! Normally, I'm able to read several chapters to him at night, but we've been having some late evenings, and he kept fa
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Alyson Stone
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, fantasy, middle-fic
Book: The Oddmire: The Unready Queen
Author: William Ritter
Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars

I would like to thank the publisher, Algonquin Young Readers, for providing me with an ARC.

I must say that I did enjoy this second book a little bit more than the first. The descriptions are very rich, making it feel like you are thrown right into the book. I kind of got Fablehaven vibes from this, which if you are a fan of Fablehaven, I encourage you to give this title a try. I love all of the little details t
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Paige Green
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher and netgalley. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: The Unready Queen

Author: William Ritter

Book Series: The Oddmire Book 2

Rating: 5/5

Recommended For...: Middle Graders, adventure

Publication Date: June 23, 2020

Genre: MG Fantasy

Recommended Age: 10+ (adventure, violence, war mention)

Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers

Pages: 320

Synopsis: Human and goblin brothers Cole and Tinn are finding their way back to normal after their journey to the heart o
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Kylie
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
4.5 stars!
I absolutely loved this sequel! My favorite thing about the first book was the journey Cole and Tinn take in the Wild Wood. For some reason I just loved all their mishaps trying to follow Kull's map. I loved wanting to find out which one of them was the changeling. I thought this book wouldn't live up to that super fun journey. I was wrong! It started out a little slow and it took me a while to get into it, but I ended up loving it and reading about half of it in an evening.
My favorite
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Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
n the first book we find out that one of the twins is a goblin (not a spoiler) and they need to go into the forest to meet with some other goblins or things could get through off kelter. So that happens and they make a new friend Fable.

In this one their new friend is getting a little tired of what her mother, Queen of the Deep Dark wants her to do and starts coming more into town. This is good and bad as there is a new face in town who seems to want to get rid of part of the forest for his own g
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Miss Clark
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Toni
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This is the second book in the Oddmire series by William Ritter.

I think this middle grade book appeals to both adults and kids. They didn’t just focus on the kids here. The adults were just as big a part of the plot as they were. This also was easy to get into. I did not read book one and had no problem understanding what was going on.

This is a coming of age story for many of the characters, adults and kids alike. Everyone seemed to learn by the end a great lesson and that is always won
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WS_BOOKCLUB
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
After reading and loving The Oddmire: Changeling, I couldn’t wait to read The Unready Queen. The series continues wonderfully, combining the fantastical with the everyday wonder of childhood.

Cole and Tinn are still a large part of this book, but Fable takes center stage this time. Oh, wow, I love that character! She has a self-confidence and a desire to believe the best of everybody that is refreshing. Each character is nuanced, and Fable is no exception. She doesn’t feel ready to take on the re
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Laura Gardner
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hooray for THE ODDMIRE book 2, The Unready Queen! I love this coming of age fantasy MG book—comes out 6/2/20. Thanks to @algonquinyr for the free book.
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The enemy this time around is not the Wild Wood, but actually the humans who are destroying the Wild Wood. Can Cole, Tinn, and Fable keep the violence at bay and quiet the escalating rhetoric before it is too late? Recommended for all elementary and middle school libraries, especially where the first book is popular. We put the first book on ou
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Ryan Mishap
Delightfully funny, engaging, and ethically sound fantasy for middle grade readers. I normally don't read books targeted to this demographic, but I loved the Jackaby series and Ritter is a local bloke.

I also like to read fun stories and wish there were so many great ones when I was a wee 'un.

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Mike
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An absolute joy to read.
katayoun Masoodi
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, fantasy, children
GREAT and looking forward to the next one
Evelyn
Jun 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, 2020, 2020-releases
Fun read, but I did like book one a bit more!

Full review on blog!
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Laura
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I hadn't read the first book and luckily this is one of those series where that doesn't matter as it's easy to figure out who and what is happening. We focus on a few characters, all human except Tinn (who was raised human so...), trying to go about their daily lives - including school - as normal but, well, when you're dealing with fey and goblins and giants, normal doesn't always work. Very clever and a series I'll be sharing with my students.

ARC provided by publisher.
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Jessica (Spooky KidLit & We Who Walk Here, Walk Alone)
The second book in the Oddmire series exceeded my expectations and delivered spectacularly on its promise of even more magic. Picking up about a month after the events of the last book, we see the changeling brother coming to terms with his goblin magic and learning how to navigate his new sense of self. But the real star of this story is Fable. As the daughter of the Queen of the Deep Dark, Fable must prepare for the day that she becomes Queen by learning how to channel her wild and immensely p ...more
Connie
Jun 11, 2020 marked it as to-read
Thank you to Algonquin Young Readers for the opportunity to read this title through Netgalley. My review is my honest opinion.
I should preface my review by saying that I am a huge fan of William Ritter’s Jackaby series and that raises the bar for everything I read by other authors, as well as Ritter himself! Also, I am an avid re-reader. For me books are places and people and when I enjoy spending time with them, I travel back through the book again. Authors who do solid work when world-building
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Pop Bop
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
This Second Book is Just As Good

The first book in this series, "The Oddmire: Changeling", followed the story of Tinn and Cole, two boys who were mixed up as newborns by an inept goblin and left behind to grow up together as twin brothers knowing that one was a human and one was a goblin changeling, but not knowing which was which. It was a ripping adventure, a tender exploration of brotherly and maternal love, and an often funny bildungsroman with a nice fantastical switch. By the end we knew wh
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Rajiv
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing

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A BIG Thank You to Algonquin Young Readers for providing me a copy of “Unready Queen” for my review.

You know when you read a second book in the series, not expecting it to be as good as the first? I had the same thoughts which I picked up the Unready Queen . But after finishing it I was shocked. This book blew me away and was so much better than the previous book! I loved everything about this story!

The characters are
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Carina Olsen
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-i-want
This sequel was everything I could have ever wanted it to be. And more. I had wished for more about the characters. I got that. Got more about the creatures too. And it was all so very wonderful. And of course, totally heartbreaking at times too. This book even made me cry a little. And I could not help but love every part of it to pieces. Giving it five stars, as there was not a single thing I did not love. Well, the ending was so rude, and having to wait for a third book is the worst. But I'm ...more
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WILLIAM RITTER is an Oregon educator and author of the New York Times bestselling Jackaby series. He is the proud father of the two bravest boys in the Wild Wood, and husband to the indomitable Queen of the Deep Dark.

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