Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Dragon Forsaken by Krystal Mclaughlin

I reviewed Krystal’s first book The Witches Lottery a few weeks ago and was really excited that she asked me to review her next book. Krystal is also doing a guest blog and giveaway starting April 1 and ending April 5. Krystal is an indie author and with a husband that is a musician those people that pursue their art without contracts are dear to me. Here’s the description from Amazon.com:

In a world of mystery and magic, Daphne is unique.

Unlike her friends, who have awakened to the magic inside of them, Daphne was born with it. Daphne was born a Dragon.

When her past begins to resurface, forcing her into a web of lies and deception, she is forced to accept unexpected alliances and risk everything for the sake of love. Something that she swore she would never let into her life.

As the newest installment of The Enchanted Island Series unfolds, she'll learn that nothing is ever what it seems, and when webs get this tangled, everyone's fate hangs in the balance, and nothing is coincidence.

Ok here’s the good stuff. The story was well written. The plot is very interesting and isn’t predictable. I felt like the logical points in the story were there but with a twist. I did not at all see the ending or some of the later events coming in this story. Kudos for surprising me.

The one negative thing I have is that, for me, Daphne was a really hard character to identify with and get into. I found this book to be not quite as easy of a read as The Witches Lottery. I think that happens in a series like this though. I got really attached to the characters in the first book and then had trouble leaving them behind. Daphne is also a really tough independent character so we don’t get to see as much of her personality because she is putting up a front for everyone. There are vulnerable moments but for the most part she does have some of the cold unmoving heart that dragons are known for in mythology.
With that said, I really liked with Krystal did with the love story! I won’t give it away but it really made me happy to see some old characters getting to find that special person.  I am currently trying to figure out who the next leading character will be in the next installment or if she will revisit some of the older ones.

Overall I really feel like this book was a 3.5 for me. All in all this is a really good buy for 2.99 and it will keep you entertained. It is definitely one of the good buys from the independent side of amazon. The writing was great but I just had some trouble getting into the story at first. Check back on April 1 for a guest blog from Krystal and a giveaway of 3 copies of A Dragon Forsaken.

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