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.