Forgot the book I was planning on reading in my car tonight, so I read this lady instead. It was a quite a charming slice of life story. Like Salinger meets Robin McKinley.
So, I‘m unreasonably nervous to start this book. As a fantasy reader at an early age Jane Yolen‘s Pit Dragon series was one of my favorites. I‘m not really a poetry reader and I‘m really worried that this book is going to be too deep out of my wheelhouse to love.
I‘m a bad nerd. I had never properly read this before. I had the travesty of an abridged audiobook in my youth, but it was only two cassettes long so really I didn‘t count. Pocket Thrawn (Apparently he was 5‘ 9” in Legends) is kind of a dick. Definitely like Tall Thrawn better.
I think I just Love to hate her books. Her world building is super lazy. I struggle to immerse myself in a world with abundant indoor plumbing (introduced as early as 1550 in our world), what I can only deduce to be some type of gas fueled cook top (introduced in the 1820s), but are still fighting with bow and arrow when reliable black powder weapons began appearing in the 1300s. I JUST DON‘T UNDERSTAND.
This was a cute book, but kind of silly. Certain stories greatly expanded on the flavor of Temeraire's world, but those seemed like filler for a mediocre novella. I enjoyed the 100 word stories at the end, but would have rather had those pages devoted to another short story.
This is a local school's all school summer reading pick, and being a devoted bookseller I decided to give it a shot so I could talk to the kids about it. I was beyond amazing. Like I've been selling it to everyone who walks into the store and isn't too cool to be seen with a children's book. Do yourself a favor and put this at the top of your TBR pile.
I read this purely because it had a dinosaur on the cover. Best impulse read ever!
On a more serious note. Age appropriate content for a young teen, relatable girl as the protagonist with an interest in STEM. Like give this to every child you know, right now.
This book was really, really, really bad. Shoddy world building, lackluster character development, and dismal analogs to the real world (I'm looking at you Yulemas). Young adults deserve better than this garbage.
This book needed to be 30 pages shorter. It was charming but meandering. The world has ample potential but it's underdeveloped. I might have read the next one, but they're published by Amazon and they're not worth selling out over. Probably wouldn't have read the first one if I'd realized they were Amazon.