[Review] Firebolt

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Title: Firebolt (The Dragonian #1)

Author: Adrienne Woods

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Published: September 19, 2014

Source: Copy provided by NetGalley

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads

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’s 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.
For those who have been following my reviews since 2015 when I first started up my book review website, you know that I'm a sucker for stories about dragons in any form. If it has a dragon, I'm buying it. 100+ cool points for stories with dragon mcs. Anyway, back to the point. When I saw this on NetGalley, I immediately downloaded it, looking forward to my next dragon adventure. 

When it comes to giving out details about the world, Paegeia, it's actually nicely done. It doesn't dump all that information on you at once. Instead, we learn as the character does through the dialogue between her newfound friends. I'm glad it wasn't overdone. Learning with the character is usually my favorite way of finding out. 
For the love of blueberries!
Man, Elena is such a klutz. This poor girl is falling all the damn time! Speaking of Elena, let's talk about her. Not only is she always tripping over herself, she seems like she's all over the place. She's a fiery ball of emotions to the point where she goes from one extreme to another. It's hard to keep up or feel anything during those times, so I ended up basically just powering through those moments. Yes, it can get annoying too.

Continuing on with Elena; she's just super exhausting. She's weak-minded and that's not a good quality. She lets people walk over her, she doesn't defend herself. That's not interesting. Show me a young woman who will stand up to the competition, not back down and cry about it. Speaking of her crying, it seems as if almost every time she goes through something or hears something she doesn't agree with or thinks is mean, she cries. It's like nearly every 2 pages. Pathetic.

It does get a bit better towards the end when the good stuff starts happening. There's a bit of the wonderful character development. Sure, she still cries during these times, but for once, it's warranted. The clumsy crybaby finally grows some balls and knows/does what she must do for selfless reasons. It's admirable.
I would give my left boob for her to say those words to me.
Let's talk about her friends Sammy and Becky. God, I love those two. I have to say that these two seem a lot more rounded out than Elena did. Their BFF relationship is a fun and entertaining one for sure. 

Now to talk about this reoccurring dream Elena has. Seriously, what's the big deal? I don't mean "what does the dream mean?" What I mean is; if I know it's a dream and they were just telling me to go somewhere, I'd  go because it's just a dream. Might as well find out what the dream's trying to tell you. The fact that the dream was brought up only to be ignored for the remainder (until she finds out why she's having this dream) is extremely upsetting. I feel like if that was the route they wanted to go, they should have done it later on or, you know, do what anyone would do and actually have her go into that forest. 

Overall, the plot was great. I enjoyed the story being told and what it had to offer. While I enjoyed this book a lot because it's actually a fun read, I feel like it has the potential to be a lot better. More details would have been nice. The lack of details made it hard for me to picture certain scenes and it even affects connections that could have been made to certain characters so that you actually feel something when, well, something happens. The end hints at another book, so I certainly look forward to reading it and seeing where the author takes us.

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