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Rare Form: Descended of Dragons, Book 1 by [Crane, Jen]
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Book 1 of 3 in Descended of Dragons (3 Book Series)
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"If you love fantasy with a twist, then Rare Form is the book to read." ---Us Girls & A Book

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Origin Exposed (Book 2 in the Descended of Dragons series)
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Product Details

  • File Size: 4381 KB
  • Print Length: 227 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Carpe Noctem Publishing LLC (October 6, 2015)
  • Publication Date: October 6, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0116EHJIO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,344 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Kindle Edition
This was a Facebook suggestion, so I tried it.

Bad idea.

The good parts about the book:
1) Not many typos or grammatical errors. (Thank you, Jen Crane, 'cause those are painful.)
2) Beautiful cover.

The bad parts:
1) A heroine who has ostensibly graduated college but has the maturity of a sixth grader. Maybe. She has the emotional depth of a butterfly. Pretty much on the level of "he's hot, she's a bitch, where's my mommy?"
2) Inconsistent characterization. The main squeeze, Gresham, must have multiple personality disorder. He is all over the place. The roomies/friends are almost interchangeable, because they all have mood swings where they act like someone else.
3) Unbelievable relationships. The main squeeze and the second fiddle have zero reason to be interested in the heroine. They just kinda glom onto her. She's not nice, not funny, not interesting, and not particularly interested in either one of them other than a superficial "hot bod" attraction. Judging by what the heroine says about them, she doesn't even like them.
4) Pages upon pages of material that gives nothing to the story. Maybe this stuff is a set-up for further down the road in the series, but it bored me senseless.
5) A main character who I despise. She stands around talking when she's about to captured. She abandons a friend and gets mad when he doesn't look for her. She wants to get freaky at the weirdest times. She's so narcissistic that she ambushes her emotionally fragile mother and gets upset when her mother leaves without answering her questions, then promptly forgets about her mother because, hey, dragons and naked peeps. She's also very crude, and not even in a funny way. "Who farted in your Fage?" is a prime example.

Summary: I didn't like it. I wouldn't recommend it. Not even for emotionally challenged tweeners.
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I'm soooooo geeking out over this book right now!!

Rare Form is quite a bit different from my typical reading fare. Before starting this one, I hadn't read fantasy/sci-fi in a while. Suffice it to say, I'm so thankful to have stepped out of my comfort zone.

What stood out the most to me (aside from the unique, fantastical world Jen has created) was the scorching sexual tension between Stella and Gresham. I had so much fun picturing the latter, tweaking my vision of him with each new discovery. He's an enigma of epic proportion--one with broody tendencies, a stellar sense of style, and an authoritative, proprietary air that only adds to his sex appeal.

Nevertheless, Stella steals the show with her sparkling wit, snark, and sass. Her attitude, thought processes, and all-around fun personality had me laughing out loud at times. While she reveals herself as smart and determined to succeed in her new environment, she also establishes herself as someone who cares deeply for friends and family. Her consideration for their well-being is endearing.

Other elements I enjoyed:

• how speech patterns are used to characterize the characters
• how "smart" the writing is (i.e. the references, vocabulary, well-developed lore, etc.)
• the more-than-one villain angle; some are obvious, some are not

I've already begun the second Descended of Dragons book, Origin Exposed. The series' action and cast of characters has me hooked!
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By Mandy on October 9, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
I received Rare Form in return for an honest review as part of the tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. Stella’s having a bad day her classic mustang burst into flames, she was rescued by a stranger and learns that the reason she’s never really fit is she’s from an alternate reality. All her life her mother has refused to divulge any info about her father, so when the chance comes up to learn more about this alternate place she comes from she takes it. Pretending to leave on a fellowship in South Africa as her cover she joins the new class at Radix to learn how to Metamorphosis into a creature. Stella quickly makes friends finding her own little group of friends fitting in at last but she still doesn’t know what she really is or who her dad was just yet.

As her friends are successful with their transformations it’s only on a night with the school that she has her first transformation into a wolf. Only a wolf isn’t the only thing that Stella has up her sleeve as with the threat of fire breathing dragons appear threating her friends she even transforms into one of those having two forms which is super rare. After the dragons leave she heads to Gresham’s house knowing he’s the only one who can help her transform back into a human. Will Stella finally be able to get her mother to tell her the truth about her father? What about her future the dragons had been after her at the party will she be able to hide from them? Who is Gresham really?

I like Stella she accepts being different from another reality really well much better than I would. She also handles the fact that she can shapeshifter just needs to figure out how to metamorphoses into what she’s destined to become. I like her friends they are a good support system for each other who is also going through the same process.
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Think Anne McCaffery and Rosemary Rogers combined with Harry Potter...I know the first two authors date me but, really. I was a little disappointed at the beginning when there was so little information about Stella Stonewall's family and life. The storyline begins with action and rarely lets up. By halfway through the book I had forgiven the Ms. Crane for not being more forthcoming. It was a fun and a quick read that left me wondering what was going to happen next. I have already purchased the electronic version of Origin Exposed: Descended of Dragons, Book 2, so I don't have to wait to find out.
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