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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Interesting tale with Dragons and Fairies

When I read the synopsis for Dragonswood a few months back I really wanted to read this book! I thought fairies, dragons, and humans in a story set in for lack of a better word olden times sounded extremely interesting. Well my friends it was! I really liked this book I...
When I read the synopsis for Dragonswood a few months back I really wanted to read this book! I thought fairies, dragons, and humans in a story set in for lack of a better word olden times sounded extremely interesting. Well my friends it was! I really liked this book I’m not going to say love or gush about it though. I didn’t feel a strong connection with Dragonswood like I have with some other books.

The story was written very well and the details were extremely good I could imagine the spider webs in the trees and see the scales on the dragons. I also found the story to be pretty predictable but that didn’t stop me from reading. I didn’t figure everything out. I really enjoyed the strength of the MC Tess in a world where women were considered second class citizens only worth what their looks could gain their father’s in money or power; she stood out as an individual who wanted her own life her own way. That did get her into trouble but it also made her grow as a person. The love interest known as Garth Huntsman was very charming and sweet I didn’t fall head over heels for him and swoon like I do for the boys in other books. Oh well can’t fall for them all right?

My absolute favorite part of this story was the dragons! I wish there would have been more parts with them in the book! I loved their wisdom and their humor and how even they liked the humans they still saw them as hairless worms. Lord Kahlil the ancient dragon was definitely my favorite!

To end I chose a scene that I thought was cute and funny, it’s where Tess is trying to figure out if she can trust Garth Huntsman or not and she has climbed a tree to think.

“Tess?” Garth’s head was thrown back to peer up at me in the branches.”Why scurry up a tree? The stew will be ready soon. Won’t you come down?”

I gripped my knife. Why had I trusted him? I knew better than to trust a man. “You’re angry with me.”

“No, I’m not.”

“Don’t lie; I know anger when I see it.” He looked so small standing far below. Like a grounded blackbird.

Seagull trotted up to him and whinnied. Garth patted her neck. “Now see, you have Seagull worried.”

“Tell her I am happy up here in the tree.”

“She is happy up there in the tree, Seagull.”

I smiled a little. “Tell her I am tired of sudden anger, of punching fists, black eyes, cuts, and bruises.”

“She is tired of sudden anger, fists—“

“Punching fists,” I corrected.

“Of punching fists, black eyes, cuts, and bruises.”
Seagull huffed and nodded. Garth and I laughed.

“Will you come down now and have some dinner?”

“You go ahead and eat. You must be famished.” I felt gnawing hunger but would not admit it. The man did not obey. Instead he climbed. My breath caught. What was he doing?

Garth positioned himself on a thick branch across from me and slightly lower so his head was not quite as high as mine.

“This is my tree,” I said.

He poked a pinecone. “So you own it?”

The rest of this scene had me cracking up!
Dragonswood is out in stores now so if you want to read a good story with dragons and fairies I suggest you pick it up!

posted by Jaime13 on January 15, 2012

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Dragonswood. Lets see: - It’s from the young adult fa

Dragonswood. Lets see:

- It’s from the young adult fantasy genre
- It can be read as a stand-alone novel

This was what I was looking for after an exhausting stretch of dystopias and PNRs. But, unfortunately, I couldn’t love Dragonswood completely. I...
Dragonswood. Lets see:

- It’s from the young adult fantasy genre
- It can be read as a stand-alone novel

This was what I was looking for after an exhausting stretch of dystopias and PNRs. But, unfortunately, I couldn’t love Dragonswood completely. It seems I don’t know what I want. This book gave me the crazy awesome of fantasy – like dragons and witch hunts and prisoners in the tower – but the romance aspect was so drab it had me missing the arrogant heroes I normally don’t give the time of day.

Here comes the smoulder

The characters had a good rapport with one another, but the actual ‘love’ seemed kind of arbitrary. The scenes with the two love interests weren’t boring, but I didn’t get any sense of heat when they were together, and the resolution to the romance was very rushed. The connection Tess has with Meg and Poppy was one of the most enjoyable aspects, but as the novel progressed and the love interest hit the scene, their particular story arc seemed to fizzle out.

What I Loved:
The writing was quite good, and the central storyline was an interesting one. Overall, it was an enjoyable YA fantasy despite my few gripes.

Also, the author mentions the main character having her period, which I find strangely endearing. I’m always glad when that aspect of being a woman is included – it feels like a slap of reality. YA novels that do mention it are usually from the fantasy/historical genre, or gritty contemporary fiction. I think it’s a bit silly how such a universal recurrence is so absent from teen lit, especially in cases where it would seem logical that the subject would at least cross the character’s mind.

What Was Lacking:
There was no explanation of one rather important factor – or if there was an explanation, it has slipped by me. It is a pivotal point that the royal family have dragon blood – suggesting a dragon somewhere in their heritage. I don’t understand how a dragon would make its way into the human gene pool – through mating? It seemed bizarre, like Dragonswood was suddenly being confused with a dragon/human erotica of the same name.
However, I found out after reading this that there is a companion novel published a few years before, which I haven’t read, and it might have been explained therein. Still, it seems strange not to rehash it clearly in Dragonswood.

Also, the resolution to the story left a lot to be desired, not in terms of loose ends, but just unsatisfying endings for characters I cared about, and who I thought the heroine cared about too.

[Spoilers: skip over if you don't want to know some characters' fates
I was upset that Tess was fairly apathetic towards her mother remaining with her abusive husband and having another child. If you had been beaten so severely by your father that your ear was deafened and permanently deformed, would you resign your mother and brother to a life of the same treatment? I was very let down by the characters self-interest when it came to that particular development.]

Quote:
“Even from behind, I knew the seated man was Garth. I'd seen him in chair, saddle, and by a campfire. I'd known him running with his hounds, grooming his horses, leaning back to look at the stars from the branches of a pine tree, hunched with concentration whittling a doll, carrying Alice through a storm, and even sparring with a dragon. A woman will know a man from all sides after that.”

I won’t say don’t read this, but I will say that if you are a bit pickier with your fantasy you might prefer to wait for Seraphina in July 2012. Rachel Hartman takes similar ideas and just knocks it right out of the park.

posted by Ebony100BookProject on March 30, 2012

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  • Posted January 15, 2012

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    Interesting tale with Dragons and Fairies

    When I read the synopsis for Dragonswood a few months back I really wanted to read this book! I thought fairies, dragons, and humans in a story set in for lack of a better word olden times sounded extremely interesting. Well my friends it was! I really liked this book I’m not going to say love or gush about it though. I didn’t feel a strong connection with Dragonswood like I have with some other books.

    The story was written very well and the details were extremely good I could imagine the spider webs in the trees and see the scales on the dragons. I also found the story to be pretty predictable but that didn’t stop me from reading. I didn’t figure everything out. I really enjoyed the strength of the MC Tess in a world where women were considered second class citizens only worth what their looks could gain their father’s in money or power; she stood out as an individual who wanted her own life her own way. That did get her into trouble but it also made her grow as a person. The love interest known as Garth Huntsman was very charming and sweet I didn’t fall head over heels for him and swoon like I do for the boys in other books. Oh well can’t fall for them all right?

    My absolute favorite part of this story was the dragons! I wish there would have been more parts with them in the book! I loved their wisdom and their humor and how even they liked the humans they still saw them as hairless worms. Lord Kahlil the ancient dragon was definitely my favorite!

    To end I chose a scene that I thought was cute and funny, it’s where Tess is trying to figure out if she can trust Garth Huntsman or not and she has climbed a tree to think.

    “Tess?” Garth’s head was thrown back to peer up at me in the branches.”Why scurry up a tree? The stew will be ready soon. Won’t you come down?”

    I gripped my knife. Why had I trusted him? I knew better than to trust a man. “You’re angry with me.”

    “No, I’m not.”

    “Don’t lie; I know anger when I see it.” He looked so small standing far below. Like a grounded blackbird.

    Seagull trotted up to him and whinnied. Garth patted her neck. “Now see, you have Seagull worried.”

    “Tell her I am happy up here in the tree.”

    “She is happy up there in the tree, Seagull.”

    I smiled a little. “Tell her I am tired of sudden anger, of punching fists, black eyes, cuts, and bruises.”

    “She is tired of sudden anger, fists—“

    “Punching fists,” I corrected.

    “Of punching fists, black eyes, cuts, and bruises.”
    Seagull huffed and nodded. Garth and I laughed.

    “Will you come down now and have some dinner?”

    “You go ahead and eat. You must be famished.” I felt gnawing hunger but would not admit it. The man did not obey. Instead he climbed. My breath caught. What was he doing?

    Garth positioned himself on a thick branch across from me and slightly lower so his head was not quite as high as mine.

    “This is my tree,” I said.

    He poked a pinecone. “So you own it?”

    The rest of this scene had me cracking up!
    Dragonswood is out in stores now so if you want to read a good story with dragons and fairies I suggest you pick it up!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted February 19, 2012

    Dragonswood

    I really liked this book. It was a little predictable in that she lists all she wants in a guy, and, shockingly, she finds a guy like that, but I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It has just the right amount of adventure.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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