- Paperback: 322 pages
- Publisher: Leila Gaskin (August 23, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615871852
- ISBN-13: 978-0615871851
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,572,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Born on a dark and stormy night on the other side of the world from Richmond, VA, Leila Gaskin began a life full of imaginative wanderings. Influenced by her journey, Leila takes inspiration from the places she’s lived. She is a member of the James River Writers and the author of several short stories ranging from horror, speculative fiction, science fiction, and urban fantasy. Hot Flashes is her debut novel. With her dog as her co-pilot and the cat as the navigator, Leila explores her world and tells her stories.
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Although the book description focuses on Ella, there is actually another main storyline with other lead characters happening at the same time. At first, this confused me since I though the focus was going to be on Ella and this would be an urban fantasy. There's a splash of science fiction in here with portals or "nodes" which allow creatures of different races to enter different worlds, Earth being one of them and Drakkonon being another. It's less urban fantasy and more-well, general fantasy, but with the coolness factor of dragon shifters!
One storyline takes place in Drakkonon and is dark and tense as a rebellion against a cruel Chancellor is growing while at the same time, the Chancellor is getting ready for an all out assault to take over pretty much everything, starting with Earth. Drakkons are trying to escape his evil murderous clutches. The other is on Earth with Ella learning her place and role in the Drakkon hierarchy. This one is lighter with some splashes of humor although there is still a sense of danger. I really liked that Ella is so feisty, but I felt she was able to handle her role way too easy (which does move the plot along). There wasn't any really learning curve or need for her to get help, because she seemed to get everything and had the confidence to go forth. It made her feel less relatable compared to at the start when she was dealing with normal issues.
The chapters are long, but there are short scenes, which makes it easy to take a break. I liked the plot and how the story unfolded, although the short scenes and view point switches took me out of the story frequently. It made it hard for me to get drawn into the story, which is why it was easy to take breaks. There is no cursing (aside from a Drakkon word) or sex scenes, but there is some violence and death so some discretion for younger teens. Overall, it was a good read, and who can resist dragon shape-shifters? This is a 3 out of 5 for me.
(Originally published on my blog; I received a review copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.)
I think Leila has a very huge and clear imagination when capturing the dragons.
Her synopsis is awesome, that is one of the reasons I grabbed the book. The premise of the story grabbed my attention immediately.
I loved it for what it was, but I'm going to be honest, I wanted more.
I couldn't put the book down when it was about Ella, but I struggled when it came to the Drakkons and the other world. I wasn't so much into it.
Ella is a strong character, with flaws. I think plenty of people will connect with her. I loved Kaie, even though I'm not a cat person.
Like I said, it's a strong premise, but I wasn't so much in love with the story as I wanted.
I'm going to give it a four, because the writing style is beautiful and I did connect with the characters