Genre: Fantasy / Young Adult (YA)
Length: 140 pages (approx.)
I have awarded this volume 2 stars.
Summary: Avalon Clementine, the first female of her kind, is painfully cursed to turn into her dragon form every night.
When her adoptive father, Edgar, is contacted by a school in Tibet claiming to have others of her kind enrolled there, though not female, Avalon jumps at the chance to find the answers that she has been seeking.
Review: This is the first piece of work that I have read by this author. I got this while it was free after seeing numerous bloggers rave about it and all of the amazing reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. Unfortunately, I just didn’t feel the same way about it.
The concept was brilliant; I haven’t come across many books where the characters turn into dragons. I couldn’t wait to get started! I also thought that the detail that Oren went into about Avalon’s change was brilliant. I just wish that the same detail was applied to the rest of the book.
For a collection of ‘episodes’, it is quite short and therefore missing depth, and there were a few typing and formatting errors (which I’d usually be fine with, but this collection is so short that it bothered me). Also, there wasn’t nearly enough background information or detail to make the world that Oren had created feel believable, and the characters often blended together. There are constant references to other works, such as Harry Potter and Doctor Who, which made me feel that the author was using these references instead of having to give details.
I found the writing to be a little simplistic at times and didn’t feel that it suited the characters or the world that Oren had created; in a world where everyone is incredibly gifted, the simplistic way that they spoke or acted really didn’t work for me. As well as this, all of the male characters seemed to accept Avalon instantly; while I would expect a fair bit of interest, as she’s the only female with the same abilities as them and the only female in the school, I would also expect a degree of caution or for them to want to test her or shun her once the interest had died down. I was also left very confused about the encounter with the ‘Royal’ as there was no explanation at all.
For a lot of the volume, not much happens and i often found myself drifting. Also, the phone calls between Avalon and Edgar, her adoptive father, felt very much like an afterthought and very abrupt. By the end of the volume, the reader is still left knowing no more really than when the story started. While I understand that cliffhangers make the reader purchase the next instalment, there was no attempt at giving answers, which made me feel disappointed rather than excited to read the next instalment.
★★ – an interesting concept, but simplistic writing and no answers given. I don’t think that I will be progressing with this series, unfortunately.