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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  123 ratings  ·  92 reviews
Cayda has spent her entire life training to slay a Fire Scale. Now the time has come to leave her dragon-ravaged village behind, march into the Summer Alps, and reap the rewards of a Champion. But the road between poverty and prosperity is rife with beasts, betrayals, and baser temptations. Sensible Cayda soon discovers she’s not the only Champion with her eye on the prize ...more
Published January 23rd 2018 by The Parliament House (first published December 7th 2017)
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Jun 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: publisher-arc
A Wild and Unremarkable Thing by Jen Castleberry is a young adult fantasy novella that I was lucky enough to win in a giveaway from the publisher, The Parliament House. A bit of a medieval tale involving dragons with some Greek mythology mixed into it.

Cayda was a young girl that fell victim to her father’s cruelty when one day she even had to give up her name and identity with her father telling her she was to be presented as a boy and known as Cody. Cody spent all the time training to slay a Fi
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 1018
Poetic, adventurous and romantic!

I received an e-copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Review and blog tour can be found on *Milky Way of Books*

This book was one hell of a hidden gem! I had seen the blog opportunity and I couldn't have signed up faster! The story takes place in a kingdom where every fifteen years, dragons appear to the skies in order to mate. Then, it's the chance for the Champion to appear, the strongest one who will slay a dragon and become rich and famous. Cayda
Chiara | _ckarys
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indie-books
*I recieved an ebook copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

A Wild and Unremarkable Thing follows the story of Cody, a girl who is being trained by her father to become a Fire Scale slayer after an attack on her town that has forever altered the balance of her family. Her mother has a drinking addiction, her younger sisters are forced to work in a brothel and Cody must leave behind all dreams to become the slayer that her father wants her to become. However, forgetting who she was
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cody, Wolfe, Penn and the supporting staff of characters make up a strong ensemble. The event that the adventure takes place around is a classic and fun literary idea and provides a wonderful stage to see everyone at work. I think every reader will find at least one of the characters somewhat relatable. The many different creatures are well crafted and the description helps unnerve the reader. The only negative thing I can say is that the love story portions of the book slow you down from the re ...more
Cara Lancaster
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Wild and Unremarkable Thing was such a joy to read. It's not often I find a book that I can't put down, and this is one of the few that had me sneaking in a few chapters during the work day. Jen has created a beautiful world, with characters who are driven toward their purpose, and living their lives to the fullest. The imagery was clear and beautiful. The characters were all so different and beautifully designed. This was like nothing I have read before, and was so refreshing!
I can't wait to
Jan 07, 2018 rated it liked it
If you are a fan of; fantasy; dragons; gods; heroes; and tragic back stories, then congratulations you have just stumbled upon your favorite Novella of all time.

In the grand scheme of things, I really enjoyed this novella, it was well-written (poetic even), and followed a great plot.

First of all, let’s talk about the plot. There’s A LOT of stuff going on in this novella, the world is simply magical and fresh. But I find it better to delve into this without knowing a lot about it, so I am only g
Katja  |  Cherryblossomreads
A Wild and Unremarkable Thing is truly a remarkable story. My biggest fear while reading was that the book would not be long enough. And it wasn't!

We follow Cody/Cayda, who has been trained by her father for the past fifteen years to be able to kill a Fire Scale; one of the dragons that come out every fifteenth year to mate. She has lived her life like a boy for just as long, because no girl could ever hope to claim the winning prize for slaying a Fire Scale.

The story is an incredible page-turne
Catherine Walker
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This Fantasy short story involves many themes enjoyed by lovers of the genre: dragons, quests, a smattering of romance. It is sure to please readers of all walks and genders. The descriptive word choice is often so vivid you almost wish you could close your eyes and *see* the story instead of reading. It ended with a few loose strings, which may frustrate some, but I for one and hoping for more stories with these characters!

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing

A Wild And Unremarkable Thing is the perfect mix of emotions, actions and a spellbound story.

This fantasy follows a young girl, named Cayda, who has forever been forced by her father to disguise herself as a boy, Cody. If that doesn't interest you already, I don't know what would? Fifteen years ago, when The Emerging—a day when the Fire Scale is killed and a Champion, the slaughterer, is rewarded—had bought Cody's town, Ithil, to ashes and left her family to the hellhole of poverty and
Anna (RattleTheShelves)
Happy book birthday to AWAUT!

***I've received an ARC from the author in return for an honest review***

It's your typical a-parent-forces-a-girl-to-pretend-to-be-a-boy-to-slay-a-dragon sort of book.
Oh wait, so you haven't read anything like that before?
That's right, ladies and gents. Usually, we read about a girl dressing up as a boy to take part in so many great adventures. This story is different and it adds a whole new dimension of identity struggle to the plot that I believe will be extremely
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I wish this book was longer! It left me wanting so much more. At times I could tell this was a novella cause things would happen just a little too quickly, but overall it was a great read.

I didn't really understand the premise of this book when I read the description but let me tell you, it is interesting and unique. Fire Scales (dragons) come out of hiding every 15 years; the last time they took to the sky, one of t
Katherine Paschal
**2.5 Stars**
I was about ready to put the book down and never pick it up again at about 50ish pages in because I just could not get into the book or care about the characters even a little. But next thing I know, Penn aka Xerxes the Death God shows up and due to him alone I continued reading the book (he was fun, enough said). I was still not super invested in the plot and I seriously cared nothing for Wolfe and Cody, the other two main characters, but I can I say I made it to the end of the jou
L.R. Braden
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I would actually give this book 4.5 if Goodreads and Amazon allowed half marks.

It took me a while to get into the swing of the narrative. This was caused partly by the prologue, which didn't have any characters and thus left me adrift in description with no reason to care, and partly because the book was written in present tense. Present tense always takes me a minute to adjust to since most books seem to be written in past, but the main issue I had with it in this case was that the immediacy of
Feb 11, 2018 rated it liked it
A Wild and Unremarkable Thing is that kind of novella you want to read, read and read until the end. That style of writing will catch you at the very beginning and won’t let you go till the last word. It is so easy, so gentle and delicate written. You don’t have to go through demanding descriptions; you just fly through this adventure full of Fire Scales, Night Beasts and extraordinary characters.

The main plot is really easy and direct with many action and thrilling scenes and some surprises but
Abrianna Roth
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reading A Wild and Unremarkable Thing was the perfect escape to an incredible adventure. The author had such detailed descriptions of the town and it’s characters I feel like I’ve traveled there myself, and honestly, I wish I could go back! It makes me want to keep reading it over and over again just to have that experience again.

I fell in love with Cody, the main character, immediately because of her drive and ambition. Being in her mind while she was pushed to her limits by her father was exhi
Jessica Bronder
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every fifteen years a Fire Scale comes, destroys, and kills. But there is great reward for the one that can kill a Fire Scale. Cody was born Cayla, the eldest daughter, but her father turned her into a boy at a young age. He has trained Cody to be a dragon killer. If she can kill the dragon then she can save her family. Her mother is a drunk and her sisters work in a brothel all hoping for her to save them all.

But she is not the only one out to kill the Fire Scale. Along her journey she meets se
Laura Altmann (fairytaleforests)
Wow! I honestly did not expect to love this book as much as I did. I went in with very few expectations, and I was hooked from the very beginning. I loved the characters and the poetic, fairytale like writing style. I was also pleasantly surprised by how funny it was! Very few books make me laugh out loud, but this one did. I also enjoyed the romantic side of A Wild and Unremarkable Thing (side note: that title is GORGEOUS).

The only reason that I’ve given the book four stars rather than five is
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it
A wild and Unremarkable thing is a story rich in diversity and themes. The main character is a girl forced by her father to become a boy and through the book we see her struggles in trying to understand what she really is, she's divided between the need of forgetting her original identity and the want to exploreit more deeply.
all the characters are well developed although I expected more of a growth from some of them. in fact, in certain points their development felt a little rushed and sudden.
Jadyen (jayjaysbooknook)
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story.... loved that it had several POV so you got different characters views... was not what I expected the story to be but really enjoyed it! Really enjoyed the writing style! And loved how everything came together!
Bethanye Winters
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Could not put this book down. The strong female lead character is the driving force behind this powerful story. From beginning to end you will be routing for Cayda and her quest to achieve her destiny
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-request
“Small of stature, gentle of heart…You might write your own story, Cody. But men will write stories about you too.”

An unfortunate girl masking as a boy seeking to uphold her duty. An orphan favored by royalty seeking purpose. A debaucherous heir seeking companionship. A mysterious man seeking the gift of uncertainty. The Emerging is upon us, and it carries promises of glory and a brighter tomorrow for those skilled – and lucky – enough to survive until the rising dawn.

A Wild and Unremarkable Thi
Jennifer Y.
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Wild and Unremarkable Thing is a fascinating tale about a young woman’s journey to fulfill a task that she has been raised kill a Fire Scale, a dragon-like creature that hibernates or hides and only comes out during an event that happens every 15 Years known as the Emerging.

Thanks to her father’s harsh training and determination, young Cayda is gone and where she once stood is now a tough, young “man” named Cody. Cayda has been forced by her father to act as a male because “girls shou
May 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
I was gifted this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review, but as this is going to be a critical review, I think I have to add a disclaimer right away that this review is not in any way meant to offend the author or the publishers and that this is not meant to be taken as a personal attack against anyone, I'm just reviewing a book I've read.

The premise of the novella makes it seem like a perfect read for fantasy fans, a medieval world with dragons and thrilling adventures with a b
Jess (bookwyrmbella)
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-read, arc
This book was just OK, definitely not something I would re-read. There was way too much build up to the main story so the first 30% of the book dragged on. I did think it got better once we met Penn and reached the town where all of the champions needed to meet before the Emerging. The multiple POV’s were interesting but too much time was spent in their hometowns before they each finally started on their journey. There were some sections where the wording was overly descriptive which made it see ...more
Mar 16, 2020 rated it liked it
*I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own*

This was a very quick and easy read, but I found myself lost through a lot of this book. I feel like the world building could have been a lot stronger because it felt like nothing was explained and we were just thrown into this society and world that has a specific way of doing things and no context about what was going on. It talked about slaying Fire Scales, but we never rea
Mar 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5. There were some loose ends that I would have liked to have seen tied off as well as some things in the beginning that didn't really leave my head while I was reading.

It reminded me a lot of Eyes of the Dragon, but with better pacing.

Overall it was a really fun little read.
Mary Bernsen
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic adventure that had the classic, old school fairytale feel. The writing was remarkably stunning. The tragic past from which the plot takes flight is a magnificent foundation, and the characters are flawed and human. A short read with an abrupt though satisfying ending, I loved every page!
J Aislynn d'Merricksson
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
One from a background of privilege, one poorest of the poor, two young people set out to make their fortunes slaying a Fire Scale.
Every fifteen years, the great flame-scaled dragons emerge for a brief time to mate and eat, before sealing themselves back into their lairs among the Summer Alps. During the last Emerging, Cayda’s home of Ithil, a city of scholars, was utterly destroyed. After that time, Cayda’s father dressed her as a male, calling her Cody, and training her to slay a Fire Scale. S
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a short story, well not really but still short, and I enjoyed it. I loved the plot and a little twist in it. I loved the storyline and the characters are so remarkable. The whole story isn’t just about slaying a Fire Scale and winning a prize, but it was also about the characters wanting to make a name for themselves, wanting to feel like they are important, and wanting prove that they aren’t useless at all. I liked that whole Champion slaying a Fire Scale concept, I can see that this bo ...more
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Jen Castleberry resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and pets. Her background is in Communications and Animal Welfare. All of her pets are named after superheroes!

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