The Cracks in the Kingdom (The Colors of Madeleine Series #2) by Jaclyn Moriarty
The second in Jaclyn Moriarty's brilliant, acclaimed fantasy trilogy, THE COLORS OF MADELEINE! Princess Ko's been bluffing about the mysterious absence of her father, desperately trying to keep the government running on her own. But if she can't get him back in a matter of weeks, the consequence may be a devastating war. So under the guise of a publicity stunt she gathers a group of teens -- each with a special ability -- from across the kingdom to crack the unsolvable case of the missing royals of Cello. Chief among these is farm-boy heartthrob Elliot Baranski, more determined than ever to find his own father. And with the royal family trapped in the World with no memory of their former lives, Elliot's value to the Alliance is clear: He's the only one with a connection to the World, through his forbidden communications with Madeleine. Through notes, letters, and late nights, Elliot and Madeleine must find a way to travel across worlds and bring missing loved ones home. The stakes are high, and the writing by turns hilarious and suspenseful, as only Jaclyn Moriarty can be.
Jaclyn Moriarty grew up in Sydney, Australia, with four sisters (including author Liane Moriarty), one brother, two dogs, and twelve chickens. She studied law at the University of Sydney, Yale, and Cambridge, and worked as an entertainment lawyer before she wrote the Ashbury High novels, including The Year of Secret Assignments, The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie, and The Ghosts of Ashbury High. She still lives in Sydney, with her little boy, Charlie.
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I was really looking forward to the sequel to A CORNER OF WHITE and I was not disappointed. Moriarty's style of writing leaves you feeling as if this story is fluff and adorable, until she smacks you in the face with deep truths and plot twists. Characters are even more fully developed than in her first and she addresses the difficulties of her characters with both humor, insightful analogies and compassionate writing. Her prose is beautiful and her descriptions are unusual as much as they are honest and truthful. I'm amazed at how Moriarty looks at the world and translates it into words for the reader to absorb. This story is both heartfelt and exciting, and much different than the sparse, minimalistic YA books common today. It is refreshing and whimsical while still a deep story with unforgettable characters and an exciting plot. Can't wait for book 3!