Friday, October 10, 2014

Book Review: Firebolt



Title: Firebolt
Author: Adrienne Woods
Series: The Dragonian Series
Publisher: Fire Quill Publishing
Release Date: September 19, 2014
Blurb/Synopsis:

Back blurb:
Dragons. Right. Teenage girls don't believe in fairy tales, and sixteen-year-old Elena Watkins was no different.
Until the night a fairy tale killed her father.
Now Elena is in a new world, and a new school. The cutest guy around may be an evil dragon, a prince wants Elena's heart, and a long dead sorcerer may be waking up to kill her. Oh and the only way Elena's going to graduate is on the back of a dragon of her own.

Teenage girls don't believe in fairy tales. Now it's time for Elena to believe in...herself.

Synopsis:
For the love of blueberries, Elena Watkins was destined for greatness, even though she didn’t know it. Forced to travel from home to home every three months Elena’s life was a never ending blur of new towns and new faces, that is, until the night her father was killed by a creature she thought only existed in fairy tales – a dragon. With her father’s death leaving her orphaned, Elena is whisked away to her true birthplace, Paegeia.


Arriving at Dragonia Academy, the premier school for young Dragonians, she begins to feel a sense of belonging in this strange world; a school she was never meant to attend because her father was a dragon. Elena is soon swept up in the rigor of her new life and the new set of skills she now needs to survive: Latin, Art of War, and Enchantments.


Entranced by her new reality Elena learns about the dragons and humans who inhabit her new home. There are two classes of dragons that soar through Paegeia distinguished by their instinctual pretense for either good or darkness. The distinction between these two very different species is vital to Elena’s success in her new world because she has been marked as a Dragonian, a human preordained to ride and tame a dragon of her very own.

With the help of her new friends, Elena is able to navigate the complexities of her new home. Her new roommates Becky and Sammy are even more amazing then she could have ever imaged and to top it all off, Sammy was a dragon. Sammy’s is also the devoted sister of Blake, the most attractive boy at school and the Rubicon; the only dragon of his kind with the abilities of all the dragon species with a pretense for evil. Elena soon finds the love she always wanted with Lucian, the Prince of Tith, who actively pursues Elena throughout her time at Dragonia Academy, winning her heart with his absolute adoration and unshaken dedication.

Unbeknownst to Elena danger is lurking behind the enchanted vines concealing the once thriving capital of Paegeia – Etan. Goran, the darkest sorcerer to ever practice his evil arts in the realm, has lain dormant for over a century behind the crumbling city. The first step in his menacing plan is to destroy the only weapon that can kill him – the King of Lion Sword.


When the sword is stolen Elena doesn’t think twice about seeking it; knowing deep down that it is her destiny to save her new home. She travels to the Sacred Cavern, and discovers the nefarious actions of an unknown man lead to the swords destruction as she follows the trail revealed in the prophetic waters of the cavern.


Elena and her friends engage the mysterious man revealing their existence to Goran and fighting for their very lives.




Review

MINOR SPOILERS

I was super excited to be able to review Firebolt! You saw the cover, right? *points up* Yeah, it's fabulous. The concept and premise had already caught my eye, as those who know me know I LOVE dragons, so when I got my hands on it I might have did dance a little a lot. 

The story started off strong which is fantastic since we were automatically thrown into the world. Elena gets the wake up of a life time when she discovers what her father really is and where she wakes up at. The pacing was good overall, we got straight to the important parts of the story which is great because I get tired of reading sometimes when stories meander. I also had no problems picking up where I left off when I started again the next day. In fact, I ended up staying up late a few nights because I got lost in the story and lost track of time.

The characters were relatable, I found myself enjoying Elena and her friendships with Sammy and Becky. I love friendships, especially female friendships. I would have loved it more if Lucian had been good friends with Sammy and Becky prior to Elena showing up. It seemed he only stayed around more when she came. It would have been great if there were more gender mixed friendships without the expectations of them to have a relationship. Still, it's not a deal breaker for me. I love Elena and Lucian's relationship. Lucian was adorable, I hope she stays with him.

There were moments where I did find the writing and characters a little more immature than I expected from sixteen-year-olds. That bothered me more than I wanted and it carried on through out the story. I personally would think this story would be better identified as a middle grade because that's how I felt the story and characters were described. Again, that is my personal opinion but that's how I felt about it. Still, it didn't bother me enough to stop reading.

It was a little strange that at the beginning there was a tendency to substitute the curse words with something like "blueberries" which I found odd. There wasn't much actual cursing in the beginning of the story but there was much more at the end. Why was there such substitute words at the beginning only to use the real things at the end? Was it for character development? I'm not quite sure. I'd rather just have it consistent through out the story.

I loved the world building and learning more about Paegeia, I wish there was more but it was skimmed more than I'd like but I do know I'd want to live there if I had a choice. One of my favorite scenes was when Elena confronted something on her own. I felt that was a really strong series of scenes that helped develop Elena as a person and why she was important. It also gave the other characters a chance to gain a new respect for Elena which I adored.

I did wait for there to be a huge climax in the story but I felt like I never quite reached that point. I mean it did hit a climax but I felt like it wasn't enough. I'm not sure why, maybe I missed it in the writing but everything was placed as it should be for the climax. The stakes were placed and sacrifices made but it didn't hit me as it probably should have which left me slightly disappointed because I wanted it to hit me hard.

Overall, I think the story was highly enjoyable! I do look forward to the next installments. I already have a few theories about Elena and her friends and what's going to happen in the next book but I'll keep those a secret for now.

If you're a fantasy lover I know you'll have a good time with this book. You can't go wrong with magic. If you love dragons, princes, and evil-lurking magic then you'll love this book!


3.4 out of 5 rating for me!


(An ARC was provided for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.)


About the Author


I was born and raised in South Africa, where I still live with my husband, and two beautiful little girls. I always knew that I was going to be a writer but it only started to happen about four years ago, now I can’t stop writing. In my free time, If I get any because Moms don’t really have free time, I love to spend time with friends, if it’s a girls night out, or just a movie, I’m a very chilled person. My writing career is starting with Firebolt, book one with the Dragonian Series, there will be four books in total and two to three books that is about the stories taking place inside The Dragonian Series. Then there is Dream Casters that are coming in 2015, 3 novels in that series so far...it might change.I do write in different Genres, I have a woman’s fiction called the Pregnancy Diaries, but it would be published under another name. And then I have a paranormal series, called the Aswang series and another series called Guardians of Monsters which will come in 2016, hopefully, that will be written under a different Pen name called Kristen Ping.

So, plenty of novels to come out, so little time.
XOXOXOXO
Adrienne

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Check out the rest of the Firebolt Tour!


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3rd October – Review by Anna

5th October – Guest post by Cremona

7th October – Guestpost by Kimmy


10th October – Review by Aisa

15th October – by Martika

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31st October – Review by Teri

November the 1st – By Sana

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November the 13th – by Erika

November the 15th – by Adrienne

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