- File Size: 5117 KB
- Print Length: 344 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1687848408
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: August 28, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07SQHKHG4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,396 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dragon Untameable (Alveria Dragon Akademy's Untameables Book 1) Kindle Edition
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You cannot go wrong reading the books in in the Dragon Akademy World.
I have been looking for a repeat performance forever since, but it hasn't happened in this new series. When I received notice of a new series from Ava I was excited and eager, especially after reading the glowing reviews, so I snapped up this book.
Unfortunately, the reviews weren't honest. I had troubles with this first of her new series right from the start. I found it lacked Ava s spirit. I don't think that the characters, or the environment in which the story unfolds, ever truly captured by it's writer. They lacked excitement and in depth knowledge of the characters about to take use on a whirlwind adventure. It starts off flat, leaving me confused on important information,and the characters are not inspiring me to like them, love them or hate them. It's just sort of there, just sort of presented. It was so frustrating I started skipping parts right from the start of this story.
At first I couldn't figure out what was bothering me so much. I was hearing myself grumbling,"okay, okay, say what? ..." But eventually it became clear to me, this isn't the story telling I remember so vividly from her early work, this is so hohum and the details are not there, the story wasn't telling itself, it's too unbelievable. My favorite author has not found her way inside the story and is not hearing the characters, the story they wanted to tell, she is writing the story without their participation. That is why they come across so unreal, she doesn't know these character's story. Ava, you need to take time to get to know your new characters and listen to the story they are telling you, the story they are urging you to write.
Without the characters participation the story is flat, the environment is missing details and the adventure is falling short, is missing life. I understand that it is difficult to wait to "hear" the story told by the actual participants, it's easier to write without them rather than not writing, but there is just no way that a great story will unfold if the characters aren't involved, that kind of story telling will not satisfy readers nor the author, it will leave them frustrated and struggling.
This is what I think is happening here, in the first book of this new series, and unfortunately isn't getting better in book two. The story doesn't move use, it hasn't moved me beyond chapter 5 in this the first book and book two. It is with great sadness that I am writing this, but I had to lay down both books unfinished.
Here I would normally write a short synapse about the story but I don't even have that much. I am left clueless. It's frustrating reading when one knows just how vivid this writer can spin a story. She made me love her dragons and I have wanted more of those kinds of story telling from her. Maybe it's unfair expecting great work every time? I get it, we all have our down days.
I don't like writing negative review. I have to voice my displeasure with readers who write glowing reviews that have no truths in them. Almost nobody wants to or loves to write negative reviews, even though they are the most constructive and supportive for both readers and authors alike. You do a disservice to the readers who invest their time and money in an attempt to get a time away from reality by immersion into a good book.
I generally read the 3 star reviews first, I want to know the truth before I read the "glowing" 5 star reviews. I don't understand why anyone writes a five star review when the story does not deserve it. Is this for the reader's benefit or to buddy up with the writer? I don't get it. The reviews are first and foremost for all the interested readers that come after you and secondly, and just as importantly, for the author, it's the only way a serious writer gets constructive criticism which helps them with their craft. To write this book was "fantastic" or " great" is disingenuous and dishonest to all readers. Sorry, I needed to say this, because I am frustrated with being mislead on the quality of books I am interested in and never knowing if the book I am buying is worth my time and money, only to find out I been yet again mislead. I understand that not everyone needs a well written book to be satisfied, there is nothing wrong with an average review as long as it is honest.