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Book Review: Firebolt by Adrienne Woods

Book Review: Firebolt by Adrienne WoodsFirebolt by Adrienne Woods
Series: The Dragonian Series #1
Published by Fire Quill Publishing on September 19th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 394
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Dragons. Right. Teenage girls don’t believe in fairy tales, and sixteen-year old Elena Watkins was no different.
Until the night a fairy tale killed her father.
Now Elena’s in a new world, and a new school. The cutest guy around may be an evil dragon, a Prince wants Elena’s heart, and a long dead sorcerer may be waking up to kill her. Oh. And the only way Elena’s going to graduate is on the back of a dragon of her own.
Teenage girls don’t believe in fairy tales. Now it’s time for Elena to believe – in herself.

Thank you to Adrienne Woods for providing me with a free e-copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Gripping me from the very beginning with a dragon attack, I followed Elena as she gets her biggest upheaval of life, which is saying something considering how often she’s moved around in her 16 years of life. Entering a new school on another world, she learns that dragons are real, magic is real, and she has the mark of a dragon rider. Throw in some great roommates (they were two of my favorite characters), a couple of mean girls, and a few boys vying for Elena’s attention (or not), and you have the makings of a fun story that kept me hooked from beginning to end.

There’s a definite Harry Potter vibe going on with this book. I loved how the students, dragon and dragon rider alike, were put into classes together. They weren’t kept completely apart, although, understandably, they weren’t always together. I liked how Elena had to quickly adapt to her new surroundings but wasn’t about to let the overwhelming pressure beat her (even if it occasionally got her down). I would find it daunting. When a relic goes missing, Elena and her friends must journey to track it down, but it won’t be easy. I loved the challenges Elena had to face as a result of this adventure.

If anything, I’d like to have seen a bit more of the world of Paegeia. What I saw was awesome, but I want more. Being only Book 1, I expect to see much more of the world as the series continues. There were a few grammatical/editorial things, too, but nothing that took me out of the story.

Overall, this book was a great mix of genres and an enjoyable read for sure. There’s fantasy with the dragons, for sure, but it also feels very contemporary with the character types I mentioned above as well as the sweet beginnings of a high school romance. I think it will appeal to many readers, and as such I definitely recommend it.