I started A Natural History of Dragons thinking that it’s a standalone book. As you know, A Natural History of Dragons is the so called memoir of IsabI started A Natural History of Dragons thinking that it’s a standalone book. As you know, A Natural History of Dragons is the so called memoir of Isabella, or Lady Trent (whatever you want to call her), who is between the most acclaimed dragon researchers in the book’s universe. It’s needless to say that I was very curious to witness the events that have won Isabella’s title.
There were many things that I loved about this book. Exploring the world from Isabella’s point of view was nice. Marie Brennan built Isabella’s character very well, at least in the book’s first half. I appreciated how this book started with Isabella’s childhood since I got the feeling of growing up with her. And most importantly, the dragons!
THE FREAKING DRAGONS!!!
A Natural History of Dragons is all about the dragons. Dragons in the title, cover, illustrations (yes, this book has some amazing illustrations in it – zomg, yes?), and in every chapter. (read on and witness my drama – follow the *** if you want to skip directly to my drama and miss out all the fun)
Did I mention the fact that I love dragons?
On the minus side we have the poor universe. Yes, I failed to feel the depth of the cities the characters were in. The descriptions were decent enough, and there were two sketches, if I’m correct, of some environments. However, I felt like they were not enough. I wanted to know more about the surrounding cities, creatures, cultures (the interesting ones, not the exorcise the demons in ice cold water ones), and so on.
Did I mention that I wanted more dragons?
I was expecting to get all my answers from A Natural History of Dragons. I saw that the book is about 300 pages long, and it seemed weird because the topic seems like it needs more than 300 pages in order to present the story properly. By the time I got 90% in, it was obvious that the book will either have a sequel or will disappoint.
Did I mention that I’m sick of being disappointed by stupid books?
I’m not keen to have a sequel and I don’t want to be disappointed. What I wanted was a standalone book full of dragon chasing, dragon study, and dragon riding for all I care. Just give me what you promised in the summary!
Yes. So I need to warn you, this is a series. As I mentioned at the beginning of my review, I did not know this small detail (that makes a fucking difference).
After finishing A Natural History of Dragons, I got rather pissed off. The ending upset me not because it was a bad ending, but because it was rather pointless. Many things that happened in the end proved worthless, and this has much to do with the fact that half of the book is eventless, so Marie Brennan had to stir up your desire to read her next book somehow.
Hahafuckingha the joy and laughter and sunny delight shoot me now another book that fails to deliver what it promises in the fucking summary.
Fifty points from Griff- oh wait wrong book. Two stars from A Natural History of Smugglers.
***It seems like I have found a huge mistake in this book’s title. Please allow me to fix it.
Ah much better. And accurate. Don’t forget accurate.
Why accurate, you ask? Because A Natural History of Dragons does not revolve around frigging dragons as it’s supposed to, but around the stupid village and stupid smugglers. I feel like the dragons were almost completely ignored, minus a few scenes where they attack people, some bones and empty caves. How is this book called A Natural History of Dragons again? Is it because of the original book that stirred Isabella’s desire to study dragons? Could be. Where the fuck is the dragon study I wanted to read about? Oh, well maybe the smugglers have it.
So freaking disappointing. Really. If you want to read this book because of the dragons (which is the only reason why you would) then don’t bother. It’s not what you think it is, and I doubt the sequel will be better.
3 stars (because the illustrations were nice – lucky you)
Don’t give me that look! Just look at this. Look at it!!
Doesn't that deserve an extra star? Does it not?! What about 10 of them? I still can't make myself give this book more than 3 stars, even with the 10 awesome illustrations scattered throughout it. It's not that good of a book to deserve it.
Warning. Review might contain minor spoilers. Read at your own risk.
“Death has to be better than this.”
A quote by Casper, the friendly vampire. YoWarning. Review might contain minor spoilers. Read at your own risk.
“Death has to be better than this.”
A quote by Casper, the friendly vampire. You are right, my dear Casper. You are entirely right.
I have to start by saying that this is has to be one of the ugliest covers I’ve seen in a while. The dude, ripped as he is, disturbs me. Rapeface much?
Yes, indeed. Now that I saw the cover Casper I can’t imagine him looking different. So this image stayed with me throughout the book.
Yeah, all those hot and smexy scenes managed to disturb me greatly.
Anyways, I was having high hopes for Wicked as She Wants because I really enjoyed the previous book in this series, Wicked as They Come. It wasn’t the best book out there, and I can never call it one of my favorites, but Dawson managed to create a very unique and intriguing universe. I also loved the characters, especially Criminy Stain. Yum. Casper on the other hand always managed to piss me off. He was better in this book, but I still don’t like the dude.
Plus the cover model…
Never gonna happen, Casper. Not in a million years.
Anastasia, the wonderful MC, was also meh.
Yes, I know her name is Ahnastasia, and I don’t give a shit I’m never calling her that because it’s idiotic. She is Anastasia. Period. If you want to give your characters fancy names at least try harder. Don’t add extra letters for no reason. And don’t name your super-duper Alfa male character after a friendly ghost, he’ll never be sexy after that.
Anyways, Anastasia is some sort of Blud princess. She looks like a teenage girl, all frail, short and underdeveloped.
Most people mistake her for a teenager. Casper, of course, doesn’t. Karen Marie Moning would be proud.
I didn’t like Anastasia. She’s too messed up in the head and is a walking cliché. I could not relate to her, I did not like the way she was thinking. I pretty much didn’t like anything related to her. That’s that. I cannot read a romance novel where I hate both main characters. Simple as that.
Some books can make up for the sucky main characters by giving the readers an awesome villain. Wicked as She Wants presented a good villain throughout the book and I was having high hopes for, you know, lots of pain and suffering coming from her. Ravenna, our villain, was a joke. She was supposed to be a bloodthirsty tyrant, and she ended up being a stupid ass vamp that was easily defeated by the main characters. She was present in ONE CHAPTER, in which she also died. How is that a villain? What about all the vamps that tried to defeat her and failed? How did she became the ruler of Sang, or whatever, while she was such a fucking idiot? I cannot seem to understand this. Meh.
And the cheese! Omg, the cheese!
“I have wanted you since the first moment I saw you. Even half-dead, you were more alive than any woman I’ve ever met.”
I highly doubt it. You were madly in love with Tish in Wicked as They Come as far as I remember.
It had been too long since I had looked at a Freesian calendar, and I didn’t know how close we might be to the Sugar Snow Ball.
The Sugar Snow Ball?!
Where all the big bad vamps go to have fun.
He leaned over my back, his lips warm against my ear. “You may be a princess, but you belong to me.”
My beast purred for him […]
I felt like a bludmare running away with the reins pulled taut by a masterly rider.
Now this is getting ridiculous… Bludmare? Reins? Master rider??!
You are aware that they are having sex, doggy style, right?
It’s sad because Wicked as She Wants had potential and imho could have been much better with different characters. I don’t think I’m going to bother with the next book. There was a short preview for it at the end of the book and I did not like what I saw. It seemed very immature and, surprise surprise, cheesy.
So, the conclusion. Is Wicked as She Wants worth your money? No, it’s not. Unless you’re a Romance junkie, then go ahead and buy it. If you are picky, like me, then you should probably borrow it from someone and spend your precious money on something better.