So, from the description, you can't go too wrong with this book. Dragons, flashdance, bayous; it has all the makings of an interesting story. Unfortunately, as I was reading it, the actual story itself fell kind of flat with me, despite having these unique components.
Vern's been around awhile. He knows humans are no good. And one spots him, well, sometimes for safety you have to do what you have to do. But Squib isn't an ordinary human. He's a negotiator, and useful, and maybe someone Vern would like to have around. Shame about that trouble that seems to follow him around though.
Vern was an interesting character. Well, he'd have to be. Sure he has a lot of pent up rage and is probably drinks a little too much vodka, but he's SEEN stuff. That being said, he does have room for growth in the book, and that was charming. Squib, I wasn't as fond of. I know he's supposed to be heartwarming and a rascal, but it really didn't endear me to him. Because his childlike foolishness was a plot saver for the book. Probably my favorite was Waxman. He was odd, had a moral compass and an interesting past. And Hooke, well, let's just say for a book with a dragon in it, he stretched the imagination.
The book is surprisingly slow-paced, seeing as how there's a ton of action, explosions, and other such 'fast-paced' items in it. I felt myself getting impatient at parts because I just wanted the story to move along. And then all of a sudden it did and was over in a whirlwind. Just more steady pacing would have helped keep my interest. As I said before, all the right components were there, but being unable to connect to the characters made it harder to care about the events they were going through. And the end, well, let's just say that it set up for something, but I'm not sure if that something will be carried through.
Didn't quite meet my expectations, but maybe the excitement of a Flashdance loving dragon set those a little too high at the beginning and led me to a book I might not have expected. It is humourous, and it was adventurous, but maybe not quite where I thought it was going to go.