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Blast of the Dragon's Fury by L.R.W. Lee
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it was ok
bookshelves: kid-teen

I received this book free for the purpose of reading and writing a review. I enjoy fantasy novels and I often read books for children/teens because I am a teacher. I was really interested in this book when I saw it. The synopsis describes how the 10 year-old main character, Andy Smithson, is magically transported to a magical, medieval era land of Oomaldee. It mentions magic, potions, dragons, mystical items, grave peril, and a 500 year-old curse.

This sounds exciting right?

The plot was alright, but it could have been interesting if the action was more developed. The actual quest to find the red scale was a relatively small portion of the text. Before the quest, it was the erratic thoughts/emotions of this child. Andy's knowledge and behavior switched between an emotional, angry ten year-old and what seems like an older person. Being emotionally stunted from his lack of affection from his two CEO parents, he is way to open to the strangers in the castle and towns. He even goes as far as thinking, "I love you," to the king only after two days. Not to mention, the king was also way too welcoming considering Andy showed up in his castle. While reading it, I even made a comment, "Yea, come into my castle and look around without an escort. Have access to pretty much wherever you want although we don't know you AT ALL." This willingness to open up, either the castle or emotionally, to each other so quickly was unrealistic.

As an adult reading a book designed for kids, I did not like how Andy acted for much of the book. While Andy was exploring, the first place he attempted to go was to exactly where he was told not to. He didn't get into the dungeon, but he caused a flood that ruined the servants' quarter. He decided not to admit his guilt. I was unhappy about this because it is basically telling kids it is alright to hide what you did. I was waiting for some consequence. The only thing that happened was his guilt got to him. When he finally came clean, he wasn't so much as reprimanded, not even for waking the king up multiple times thinking the king was calling him from another floor. Oh, I also forgot to mention that after he ruined his friend's and his friend's mother's beds, he had them join him in his bed. Mind you, this was only days after Andy showed up to the castle. These mini-lessons and the unrealistic aspects around them is some of the reasons I did not like this story nearly as much as I would have otherwise.

I will tell you that some fifth graders began reading it, and they like it. As an adult reading it, I did not. I will not be reading the sequels. I don't care about the curse on the castle enough to continue reading it although the book did end on a high note. Of course, the action happened at the end of the book rather than earlier.

Some things were fun/silly. Some were alright, but others were just too strange. I even commented on this book on social media the main thing that I took from the first two days of reading, "farting cows clear fog." That shouldn't be the most memorable of a book, especially since it happened in the first few chapters.
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Reading Progress

August 11, 2014 – Started Reading
August 11, 2014 – Shelved
August 11, 2014 – Shelved as: kid-teen
August 15, 2014 – Finished Reading

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