Top critical review
Definitely a contender for worst read of the year.
27 July 2017
There was nothing unique or fresh in this offering - it aspired to be an epic saga - and instead was an awkward, gawky mess. Stealing from Eragon, Harry Potter and the House of Night Series.
A lot is forgivable when something sweeps you off your feet and takes you to a new world of wonder full of great characters - this book... not so much.
First, the writing. Was painful at times. The author often focusing on the wrong thing, and glossing over what could have been fun or interesting. Her style of delivery was stilted, conversations too often failed to flow or even make sense. If a character laughed/giggled, I worked out after the fact that something funny had been said. There was times when I had to grit my teeth - Elena's eyes grew big. What? No, first that's physically impossible. This sentence or a variation was mis-used often. And let's not forget the dreadful - half swear/half doesn't make sense statement of - she sucks it out of her thumb. Say what now? Just say ass, this is supposed to be YA, not pre-school.
Which brings us to another problem. YA... no, if anything this book should have been focused on twelve year olds. The characters/story just isn't mature/evolved enough to be considered YA.
Now, the characters. Everyone can not be beautiful... it is boring and lazy on the part of the author. And then to divide them purely on good or bitchy? Where is the depth?
Elena? Our main character was TSTL. But worse, she spent the first 60% of the book crying every other sentence, interspersed by outbreaks of giggling at things that just were NOT funny. And all that crying was selfish - she didn't cry over her dead Dad. No, she cried because of a boy, and because of her failing grades. And she never seems to ask the right questions - never asked anything about her Dad whilst she was in the hospital. How did Matt know her Dad? Who was after them? Why had she been brought there? Why had her Dad been in hiding? All normal things you would want to know the answer to, but not this dumb bunny.
The romance was pathetic. There was no build up. No explanation as to why Lucien even looked at Elena twice. And no reason for her to like him other than he was gorgeous and smiled a lot. One moment they kiss, the next they are a couple, kissing all the time, in weird strange places, throughout conversations with others - he kissed her on the shoulder every ten minutes...? And her falling for this guy a week after her Dad died... no, no...NO.
This book was ridiculously simple... lazy world building, cardboard characters with no depth... and at the same time weirdly complicated... there had to be a hundred better ways to describe the dragons, their powers, and the Dragonians roles... and how lazy was that Draconian?
At the 65% mark Elena, had an unexplainable character switch - suddenly she's driven, brave and determined. And her reasons for going on the quest were just plain stupid and nonsensical.
This was a teeth-grindingly bad book. Lazy, stale world building. Characters that were shallow and changed on a dime at the whims of the author. A convoluted history that needed to be repeated ad-nauseum because even the author couldn't seem to understand it.
But most unforgivable - the central character, Elena - was slaptastic, as in every second page, every time she cried or giggled I wanted to haul off an slap her hard.