Title: Dragons & Magic by Linda M. Crate
Length: 314 pages
Publication Date: September 2, 2015
Publisher: Ravenswood Publishing
Rating – 2/5
Syn Seifer has never been one for confrontation or problems despite the faerie’s capacity to turn into a dragon, she would much rather fly away from her problems until they go away. Yet this time it isn’t an option. Syn must learn to deal with her problems and face reality and its ugly truths or risk losing the friendship of her dear friends Morgan and Byrant.
It doesn’t help that she has a crush on Morgan d’Ernos whose heart belongs to the corrupt and vile princess Cinder. Yet Syn is the only one that truly knows the evils of this girl’s heart. In order to protect Morgan, however, she hasn’t said a word. However, some secrets aren’t meant to be kept.
Syn Seifer must learn how to be brave or watch as her friends go down in the flames of destruction.
Happy Tuesday and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Dragons & Magic by Linda M. Crate. I’d like to send a big thank you to the author and Ravenswood Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book in exchange for an honest review.
Dragons & Magic is a fantasy novel about a young Fae girl named Syn who can shapeshift into a dragon. She is pure of heart and hopelessly in love with her best friend. When she is kidnapped by the lover of her enemy her best friends set out to rescue her not knowing that it is all part of an evil plot between her enemies.
You guys know how much of a fantasy fan I am so of course when I got the opportunity to read this book for review I had to take it. Anything with Dragons AND Magic in the title is enough to make me want to pick up a book and read it. This book was full of ALOT of characters. I really liked the idea of a Fae who can shapeshift into a dragon and also liked the other types of characters that make up this world like vampires, mermaids and half breeds.
While I found the story to have interesting character and story elements I didn’t really feel like this book was for me. It took me a little bit to get into but around page 30 is when it started picking up for me and I started liking it a little more. I think a lot of my problems that hindered my reading experience had to do with formatting and editing. I am not a grammar or spelling expert whatsoever and I try to look past this when reading books but sometimes I find that it does hinder my reading experience mostly because it can cause a little confusion. There are no breaks in narrative so while it was easy for me to distinguish where one perspective picks up by the character names that are mentioned, it did cause me to be confused a few times.
I definitely think this story is promising and the world that it’s set in with its characters are also promising. A lot happens in this book and it’s pretty fast paced which I liked and I am disappointed that I didn’t enjoy it more but alas, those are just my thoughts. If you have read this and feel differently I would love to hear your thoughts and your feels. I do have to say one thing that I loved so much in this book are the poems that Syn crafts. I think they were beautiful.
I am giving this book a two star review which means that it was an okay read for me. I did find that I enjoyed some aspects of it but unfortunately it just wasn’t for me. I am however grateful for the opportunity to read it and explore the world inside of it and just because it wasn’t for me doesn’t mean it may not be for you. I also looked up one of the authors other books and it did sound interesting and has received some really good reviews so I may pick that up for a read in the future.
About the Author
Linda M. Crate is a Pennsylvanian native born in Pittsburgh yet raised in the rural town of Conneautville. Her poetry, short stories, articles, and reviews have been published in a myriad of magazines both online and in print. Recently her two chapbooks A Mermaid Crashing Into Dawn (Fowlpox Press – June 2013) and Less Than A Man (The Camel Saloon – January 2014) were published. Her fantasy novel Blood & Magic was published in March 2015.
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