The Cracks in the Kingdom

index-2.aspxJaclyn Moriarty
Ages 12+
Reviewed by Cassandra
The Cracks in the Kingdom is author Jaclyn Moriarty’s second book in the trilogy of The Colors of Madeleine, and like the first, Moriarty’s words dance with the whimsicality of a poet. This sequel picks up right where the first left off, with Madeleine in the Real World communicating with farm boy Elliot Baranski in another universe, a kingdom called Cello. Cello’s royal family is missing, and Princess Ko has three weeks to get them back. She gathers a Youth Alliance from across the kingdom to help her crack the case of the missing royals. The Princess, Elliot, and Madeleine must all work together to save the family and bring them home to Cello. Every sentence is a breath of magic, as Moriarty’s talent lies in seamlessly weaving metaphors and similes into her descriptions. She practically paints with words in her magical realism novel. Her creativity shines through in little things such as the “Color” attacks on Cello, in which the colors are some sort of creature, each color with its own attributes.

Readers are drawn in immediately in this hard-to-put-down book with witty dialogue and an intricate plot. Madeleine and Elliot’s friendship reflects the struggles of adolescence in a realistic way, yet the morals are never too heavy-handed. It’s a rewarding read as Moriarty brings the plot full circle in the end.

First Publish@ County of Los Angeles Public Library
Genre: Fantasy, Romance


About Cassandra Hsiao

Cassandra Hsiao is a senior at OCSA (Orange County School of the Arts). Her work has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and National Student Poets Program. She has been chosen as finalists of playwriting competitions held by California Young Playwrights, The Blank Theatre, Writopia Labs, and Princeton University. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in TeenReads, Jet Fuel Review, Feminine Inquiry, Aerie International and more. She also conducts print and on-camera interviews as a Star Reporter and Film Critic for multiple online outlets. She won a National Gracie Award in Student Online Video Host Category by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation .

Posted on June 14, 2014, in Books Review, Star Rapture Blog. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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