- File Size: 2511 KB
- Print Length: 391 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Serendipity Digital Media KC; 2 edition (November 13, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 13, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BMBMF90
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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The author, whose hobbies include dancing and healing, has a protagonist who is a dancer and a student homeopathic doctor. But wait, Xandria is also a night stalker, a dragon, and an ancient godlike being on top of all of it. Confused? You will be if you read the book. The rule systems are not well defined or even discussed at length. Exposition, forgettaboutit!
There is a stretch in the middle where a main character is getting set to provide information that the protagonist doesn't have that goes on forever without purpose. Think "I'm gonna tell you, but you can't handle the truth. No really, I am going to tell you, any time now.." Pages and pages of this nonsense. Just tell her already. Even then, the author never really told us until much later and there are still many threads undefined at the end of the book.
Editing was decent, although there were a few homonym errors (e.g. bearing vs. baring when referring to a fang).
All in all, I rated it 3 stars because there is potentially a good story here. (I suspect all the 5 stars are personal friends of the author, because it doesn't seem like we all read the same book) Improve the rule system exposition, develop the characters a bit crisper and you would have something interesting.
At its heart, ‘Xandria Drake’ can be considered some sort of a coming-of-age tale—except here, the things Xandria discovers are far from being normal. The author has an uncanny way with creating atmospheric scenes—it’s evident even at the start, as Xandria and Shaine wrestle with the idea of the abandoned strip mall and the carnival. Moreover, I love how Laura Cantu has woven and integrated a compelling story of romance and seduction into a suspenseful mystery: the maddening game of seduction that Sebastian plays with Xandria is one thing, and Viktor’s love, which turns out to be like opening a can of worms, is another watching these threads of narrative unfold add more power to the book.
Let me suffice it to say that I love this book immensely. It is one of those rare top-notch, high-quality, well-written books that have ever come out of Kindle’s woodwork—the writing is so polished that even in those scenes where nothing much is happening, it’s still a joy to read. Laura Cantu has a way with words, a knack for integrating verisimilitude, that even the most unbelievable scenes become as believable as the person sitting next to you. Get a copy of this book today—or send this as a gift to friends and loved ones. Either way, you will enjoy it. Five stars for this one.
Anyone who loves adventure and wants to see what's lurking around the next corner is going to love this book.
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