Lady Dragon, Tela Du book review

I hate doing this, but it’s about time I DNFed25873539 this book. I’m done. It’s annoying the heck out of me, it’s been almost a year, and I don’t want to finish. 

I’m giving it two stars instead of one because–I don’t know–it could get better? Also, I really like Kendra E. Ardnek. She’s a great inspiration to many, even me at one point, and it’s amazing what she’s done.
But this book is not my cup of tea. I did enjoy Water princess, Fire Prince, but that was also years ago and my opinions have changed since then.
Here comes the list.

(mild spoilers ahead)
What I did not like about the 43% I read of Lady Dragon, Tela Du :
–Too much backstory. It’s hard to keep track of it all. There are ten rulers or something who came from our world, and then seven people, and the timelines are different between our worlds. Very reminiscent of Narnia, but not as good because Narnia came first, did it well, and didn’t have a ton of backstory to remember.
–Petra was Gosh. Dang. Annoying. She was mean to everyone and I didn’t understand the whole thing with the accent or her obsession with purple. She was really possessive of Reuben and unsupportive of his decisions even though she claimed to be his best friend. Really uncool. That’s not a healthy relationship. I’m also surprised Reuben never called her out on her BS. (well, he might have, but I probably didn’t read it)
–Reuben was creepy. He seemed like a great guy but the way he’s still after Petra even after she keeps telling him it’s not going to happen (not to mention how mean she is) is incredibly stalkerish and problematic. She should have gotten a restraining order or something.
–Respect each other already. Petra–let him have a girlfriend. Reuben–you’re a creepy stalker man.
–And they’re being forced into a marriage at 16. Not cool not cool. They basically have no say in the matter. It’s either get married, or fail to save the world.
–The parents are okay with forcing their children into this arrangement. NOT COOL. Just cause it worked for you doesn’t mean it will work for them.
–Bend some rules already. It’s 2018. You can rule together without being married.
–(and Petra goes from not wanting to ever go beyond friends to wanting his babies??!? TRIGGERED)
–The only person I like is Laura. I also like Amber. She’s cool.

These are just my opinions on the book. Who knows? You might like it. But if you’re triggered by arranged marriages and Narnia ripoffs, stay away.
I also really hate to write one of the only negative reviews of this book, but these issues need to be addressed.

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Mini Book Reviews

According to everyone, I read too much. This isn’t true. I’ve only read 54 books this year.

It’s been a while since I did a book post. March was the last time apparently :/

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For this post, I’ll take a few books I read since then and give a short summarization of my opinion.

enjoy:)


Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. 4 stars

I loved the story, and Cath was basically me (we almost even have the same name). However, there is a lot of swearing. But I love the theme of going on even when it won’t hurt you to give up. 

The Mirrorworld Series-Reckless, Fearless, and The Golden Yarn by Cornelia Funke. 4, 5, and 4 stars respectively.

Often when I read fantasy I wonder how the world could have been around for so long and not be as technologically advanced as our world. Mirrorworld is not like this. it’s is in the middle of it’s industrial revolution but there are still fairy tale aspects to it. It’s realistic, and still fantastical. The characters are wonderful, and the storylines kept me on the edge of my seat.

Paper Towns by John Green. 4 stars.

My main problem with this book was all the foul language and the dirty humor, but the wonderful writing, the characters, and the story itself made up for that. And just Q and his relationship with Margo was so much fun and heartbreak at the same time.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner. 3.5 stars.

I think I was tired when I wrote the review on goodreads because I don’t remember disliking it that much…anyway, I love the story and enjoyed seeing the differences between the movie and the book. (I kinda prefer the movie. I’m sorry). There was made up swearing, but no romance at all which made my soul happy 🙂

I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak. 4.5 stars.

This book was amazing. I loved the message of it, and I’d share my favorite quote but that kinda gives away the book. Ed is a wonderful character, painfully ordinary, but that’s what makes the book so special. The only problem I had with it was the language and Ed constantly thinking about sex. I don’t know if that’s how all allosexuals think or if it’s just him *shrugs*.  Anyway, because of that, I would not recommend this for anyone younger than 18. 

Every Day and Another Day by David Levithan. 4.5 stars.

Every Day is the story of A who falls in love with a girl named Rhiannon, but he changes bodies every day, so he never looks the same, is never the same gender, but is still the same person on the inside. Another Day is the story told from Rhiannon’s perspective. Disclaimer: I believe that homosexuality is wrong, and these books say that it’s okay. But I love the overall message which is that you need to love someone for who they are and not because of what they look like. 

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth. 2 stars

So the main reason why I checked this out is because I was curious about the whole racism debate. I didn’t find the book racist, but there were definitely things I didn’t like. I thought the romance was unrealistic and pointless (though there isn’t that much kissing surprise surprise), and there were holes in the worldbuilding that left me as a very confused potato. The cover is pretty though. 🙂

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. 5 stars.

The story was gripping, scary in places, and I loved it so much! Jacob is an intriguing narrator and the peculiar children are so precious and wonderful.

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. All the stars

This book blew me away. I loved the story, I loved Eliza, I loved Wallace, I loved Monstrous Sea….I loved everything :). For once, I thought the romance was well done and incredibly cute, and the story within a story was wonderful and now I’m wishing I could read Eliza’s webcomic in it’s entirety. The only downside was the amount of language. It reminded me a bit of Fangirl, but better. 

Becoming Nikki by Ashley Elliot. 4 stars.

I just finished this book today, and while it’s not my favorite, it was well done, though I found a few plot holes and didn’t like the main character that much. But I love the focus on sibling relationships which filled me with happy. 🙂


Now we reach the conclusion of mymini reviews. Let me know if this convinced you to read any of the above titles, and maybe recommend me some books in the comments :). 

Happy reading!

Catherine