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Moonbreeze (The Dragonian Series Book 4) Kindle Edition
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My favorite part about the story is Blake, which is embarrassing. I am a grown woman and a dark, angry, fit-throwing teenage boy (who happens to double as a bad-a*** dragon) should not be my favorite part about a book. But it is. I also like when the author explores Elena's character growth (even though most of the time she has tunnel vision, but I have to remind myself that she is young), especially when she becomes super BA and claims the Rubicon in the arena. It took FOREVER getting there, and not to mention there were so many side plots and twists e.g., Elena suddenly becoming a dragon (which threatened to derail everyone's accurate predictions of Elena's true identity and who she was to Blake). The whole Cara thing was so long, but in the end worth it. That moment in the arena––when she finally ascended and made Blake yield––it gave me goosebumps. I remember reaching across the couch to give my very confused and very lost husband a hundred's worth of high fives and fist bumps; that was the level of my excitement.
Elena had finally ascended.
She had kinda met her true father.
She had CLAIMED THE RUBICON!!!
The wait was over!
Or so I'd thought...
First I had to wait for the next installment to be published. Then the author postponed the release date. I was bummed, but I understood. That being said, I think the author was right to go with her gut and push the date back. Still, I felt that the writing seemed rushed and the plot forced into a stilted awkwardness just so that the dysfunctional relationship between Elena and Blake could continue to flourish way past it's expiration date. I know that every girl loves the tug-and-pull of uncertainty when love is just an inclination and our fancy is perpetuated by the hope to tame that ever-elusive-bad-boy, but there is a point where it pushes past dramatic, cycles into something repetitive, and solidifies into an entity that is both complacent and unconvincing.
I don't want that.
I want the protagonist's relationship to have a balance between extraordinary and believable. I also don't want to be pushed into thinking the main female character couldn't even figure her way out of a box if she needed to.
It also seemed that there were a lot more grammatical errors this time (of course, I am no expert). Whole words were missing, and I'd have to guess what the author left out. I have also noticed that whenever there are tons of characters in a scene talking or planning amongst themselves, pronouns were tossed around the page like there is only one boy and one girl apart of the context. It is sometimes confusing and disruptive (even more so when we've just been introduced to a flock of new characters), and I think it would be nice if those parts could have a bit more clarity.
Overall––I am hoping in that last book I won't have to deal with Elena's insecurities, especially about Blake. Some serious stuff went down in Moonbreeze, so I'd like to see Elena grow into the person she was meant to be. I don't want the writing to use Blake as a fallback to keep reader's interest either. Ultimately, if I have to spend around 700 pages reading about the Blake/dent/"are his affections real" arc, I think I will vomit.
In the end, this series has so much potential. It really is one of my favorites. I hope that in the last book wherever the author decides to take it, it goes there naturally. Moonbreeze wasn't bad. I just felt it could have been better.
This is review for the 4th book in the Dragonian series, and I could not avoid SPOILERS.
This is the best book (in my opinion) in this series, including book 5 and Moonbeam. I liked the development of the Elena’s character, though Ms Woods put her through real ordeal in this one. I also understand that you cannot really keep your main heroine getting through all obstacles unscathed. It seems that Elena is recovering eventually (and she actually started to recover on her own, since it seems that her friends were not very supportive, or at least not experienced enough to be supportive, despite their love to Elena, and Blake seems to be completely useless during the first stages of Elena’s suffering), and she gets her fighting nature back. She is not whiny by the end of the book, more like inexperienced.
Blake – I did not like him at the beginning, though he did improve as story progressed and he (spoiler!) eventuall dented. Change is not really well explained, though, and I do understand Elena’s doubts – It’s almost like something magical happened and Blake became this wonderful person, attentive and loving not to Elena only, but to his family as well. The only explanation I could imagine is that he actually was that good, but his true nature was concealed under “darkness”, which Elena removed. If there is other explanation, than hopefully Ms. Woods will provide it in the last book, because there has been none so far.
Story progressed otherwise nicely, and Ms. Woods found the very believable way for the Elena to get in the Etan through creepers.
I have some mixed feelings about Elena’s “princess-hood”. I do not like that so much is placed in the blood (that she is the only “blood” descendant of the royal family). I understand that in this magical story she can get through creepers because of her blood, considering that one of her parents magically conjured them. That is advantage that makes her immensely valuable for the country. I understand that this is needed for the author;s story, but myself I prefer when heroes, in addition to their talents and gifts they were born with, need to learn / work / train hard to make the best use of their talents. Elena claims that she has “right to rule” (at the end of the book) because of her blood, and this is something difficult for me accept from the positive heroine, since the ones who ruled by the right of blood have been disasters in vast majority in every dynasty, nation or continent. Even before the Democracy, the rulers who were selected because of their virtues or achieved ruling status themselves did much better (See Roman Empire, 2nd century AD), and these virtues completely disappeared once one (Marcus Aurelius) decided to leave his son in charge. So that claim by Elena kind of rubbed me a wrong way, though I understand that this probably was the easiest argument for her to make.
Otherwise, story progressed nicely, and Elena’s development makes this book really special. Even Blake is deserving some love at the end of the book.
Five deserved stars.
But the story is good. Unfortunately something pretty bad happens, I could have done without that. Most people never recover from what happened, perhaps it gives hope that people can recover. I will read the last book as I am enrolled enough that I want to know the end. And i am cheering for the good gals and guys all the way. Love wins, good triumphs over evil always, nice to have that reaffirmed.
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