[this review was also posted on goodreads]
I was close to giving the book three stars because of her writing, but in the end I settled for two because to be perfectly honest, I didn't enjoy the plot. I think Thorpe has a lot of interesting and unique ideas and I can honestly say I have never read a story like it before, yet I didn't feel that the story was particularly interesting or enjoyable, it was just odd. However, judging by the average review of the book it seems that quite a few people did enjoy the book, but it wasn't for me. The ending especially ruined the book even more for me, I don't want to ruin the book for anyone else who hasn't read it yet, but I will say that I just found the last end twist beyond strange and just really weird.
I hugely enjoyed some of the characters and I found them to be very well written, in particular Hugh's character was quite enchanting. I love the traditional British way in which he is described in his manners. Some of the descriptions are beautiful if you really pay attention to them, but sometimes they also slow the story down even more. However, I found Mr. Willoughby and the professor to be a bit overly British, it just felt a bit too much at times. I really couldn't stand the Willow as a character either, I just found her a bit annoying at times. However, I loved the descriptions of her interactions with Hugh and Boon, it was enticing and beautifully written. I do just really want to reiterate that Catherine Thorpe has an amazing style of writing, the way in which she describes things and especially emotions is just beautiful. She successfully captures several different aspects of moments, sometimes she'll spend quite a few paragraphs just describing specific things and I honestly love it - sometimes it does slow the story down but personally, I'm the type of reader who enjoys the details. Sadly, I just did not find the story plot as captivating as her choice of diction and writing style. In the end I really had to just force myself to finish reading it.
Basically, it's an odd and unique plot, I think some people will love it and others won't be too fond of it (myself included). But even though I didn't like the story, Thorpe is a talented writer and I do think it would be interesting to read something else that she has written which I might enjoy more.
I really enjoyed reading this book! I wasn't really sure of what to expect at first and whether I'd fully enjoy it, but I loved it! I haven’t really read a lot of dragon fantasy in the past, save for The Hobbit and Eragon series, so it was all a bit new to me in that sense. But I enjoyed the bits about the dragons and felt that there was a nice balance overall. It was easy to read and I didn’t feel as if I had to force myself through any parts because there was always something happening in the story plot.
I loved the way the relationships and the plot developed. I thought it was very well written and the characters had several dimensions to them. The characters were all very well described and I thought the dialogue between characters was very good as well, especially the humorous comments from Kraz as he interrupted Roark every now and then, it definitely added a bit of fun to the book. I loved the romance between Roark and Nira, I’m always a bit weary of reading romances because you never know if the author is good at developing romances, but the author gave so many levels to their relationship. There was some sexually explicit content, but I didn’t feel as if it was too much.
My only complaint would be that it was too short! I felt that a lot more could have been added to give the story slightly more depth and more background knowledge to better immerse oneself into the setting. I feel as if the author had a lot more to give to the story which just wasn’t in the book, in general just more details could have been added and other events. For being a short book, I do think it was really good for the amount of character details and background story there was, but I do think the book has amazing potential to be longer – and if it was longer, I think a lot of the events could be extended and more scenes could be added in between.
Overall though, I really liked it and thought it was a good read, and I would definitely recommend the book to anyone who’s looking for a nice enjoyable light read!