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Dragonfly by Julia Golding
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Jan 30, 10

bookshelves: books-read-in-2010, ya-library-books, ya-fairy-tale-adventure-types
Recommended for: people who liked The Princess Bride/Pride and Prejudice
Read from January 26 to 29, 2010

If you liked the adventure in the Princess Bride than you will like this book, and if you liked the relationship between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy than you will definitely love this book. Tashi, Ramil, Gordoc, and all the other lovable characters make this book worth reading; but not the only reason, the backdrop is weaved around an action-adventure that keeps the book moving along at a fast pace.

This book has love, battles,and humor, what else do you need...

***mild spoilers, so if you haven't read the book than don't read below***

The relationship between Ramil and Tashi resembles Jane Austin's Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. They both start out not quite liking one another and have some preconceived notions of who the other person is. However, with each encounter Ramil and Tashi start to fall in love and change their previous prejudices. I liked that part of their story, mainly because I loved Pride and Prejudice, but also because I enjoyed the personal growth both characters under went as the story progressed.

This book had that underlining message of tolerance towards other cultures and religion. I thought the message was tastefully done, not overwhelming or containing any hint of propaganda.

As I said at the start, I thought this book resembled The Princess Bride, especially with Gordoc, he to me was a lot like Fezzik the giant from that book. The adventure that Tashi and Ramil went on was a lot like Buttercup's and Westley's. Not only did their relationship copy Mr. Darcy's and Elizabeth's, but you could draw parallels to Buttercup and Westley's too. This book was a lot of fun and meaningful.

This book wasn't an original story, mainly because it drew from so many other stories, but also because it resembles a lot of movies out there too. Nevertheless, the writing was well done and if you like adventure and a love story than this book would be worth your time...

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