This is the worst possible book Colleen Houck could have written for this series. Dragons, you say? Awesome! Will they be fire-breathing, run for yourThis is the worst possible book Colleen Houck could have written for this series. Dragons, you say? Awesome! Will they be fire-breathing, run for your life dragons? No, they're gonna be puzzle solving dragons, instead. -_- Where did that come from?
I've always excused the huge stories that I don't care about because the plot has made it worth reading. However, I'm completely fed up with reading about these ancient tales that have absolutely nothing to do with the book. They were obviously added to say, "Look! I did my homework and I know what I'm talking about!" Wow, I don't care. Maybe if they related in some way to the characters or plot, but they rarely do! Scuba lessons? We need scuba lessons? And not the short, I'll-tell-you-what's-happening-so-the-reader-isn't-confused, but an in depth for-some-reason-the-reader-needs-to-know-how-the-suit-operates. I don't need to know, believe it or not. If I wanted to go scuba diving, I would go take lessons. If I wanted to just know how everything works, I know what Google is.
By far the worst thing about this was the relationships, though. Why on earth does every guy need to be into Kelsey? I honestly don't think there was one guy, other than Mr. Kadam(who doesn't count because he's like a father to her) that didn't have romantic feelings towards Kelsey. Ren and Kishan even had a DRAGON convinced that this magical scarf would make him fall in love with her. Just kill her; you're a dragon! Have some dignity! [spoiler]Even LOKESH, the evil, manipulative, crazy bad guy wants to make babies with her. That's right: he wants to MAKE BABIES WITH HER. How weird is that?[/spoiler]
And Dhiren turned into a complete jerk. He used to be a sweet, respectful guy who just wanted what was best for Kelsey. Now he's even telling her how long to keep her hair? His name is Ren, right, not Edward? And Kelsey is no better. She's stringing Kishan along, knowing that she's in love with Ren, all because she can't have Ren. Are you that weak and pathetic that you need a guy in your life, even if you know you love someone else? And what's worse is Kishan isn't just some fling, he loves her. So pretty much she's too selfish to not hurt him; she just needs a guy and he's convenient.
I just read my review of Tiger's Curse again, and I realized something very important. I excused some of the poor writing in the first book because it was her debut novel. Well, this isn't her debut novel. The writing has changed, yes, but for the better? Not at all. The only thing different is more descriptions, which we really didn't need, and I in fact complained about there being too many in the first book. A longer book doesn't mean a better book. This book should have been about 200 pages shorter. At least then it would be over quicker.
So, probably don't read this. After Tiger's Quest I was willing to give the the series one more change. Well, this just blew it. I feel like I want to read Tiger's Curse again, to see if the book is okay or my tastes have just changed that much, but I'm too scared to be sucked into this boring, long story again.
Also, is that a dragon on the cover? Because when I first saw it I thought it was Fanindra, and that was awesome, but now I think it's some lame version of one of these lames dragons....more