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Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey
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Read from October 13 to 15, 2011

Drag­onswood is about a girl named Tess who sees vision of the future when look­ing into the fires. After her baby brother’s death, accu­sa­tions cause Tess to be accused as a witch. Tor­tured, and with her death immi­nent, Tess is forced to flee her home. Along with Tess are her two best friends, whom have no choice but to come with her on the jour­ney. The girls are forced to hide, and even­tu­ally stum­ble upon the Drag­onswood guardian Garth. Garth is the man Tess has seen in her visions, and she is as afraid as she is drawn to him initially.

Soon, Garth and Tess begin a quest to help Tess make amends for some of the wrongs she has done, and Tess quickly dis­cov­ers that Garth is exactly the type of man she has looked for. She soon learns how­ever, the man she’s falling in love with is not all that he seems, and that the prob­lems of the King­dom are closer to her then she ever thought…

Drag­onswood is a story that I really wanted to like, how­ever I could never quite fall in love with the way I’d planned to. Tess never really con­nects to her pow­ers and becomes the strong character I'd been looking for. There were many moments where I would’ve liked her to fight more, and stand up for her­self only to see that she was being pushed around once again. Garth is a much more inter­est­ing char­ac­ter, with just the right amount of mys­tery applied to him. Despite this, much of his char­ac­ter was pre­dictable, and it was with­out shock when I dis­cov­ered what he had been up to. Tess’s friends seemed to act as more of a dis­trac­tion than any­thing else, and I usu­ally found them more annoy­ing than endearing.

I found the story frus­trat­ing, with the first part focus­ing on Tess’s flight from her vil­lage, and the lat­ter half focus­ing on the ancient prophecy. I wish the story would’ve been longer in some ways, with con­cerns occur­ring within the king­dom mak­ing more of an impact to the char­ac­ters in the begin­ning. I found much of the end­ing to be com­pletely infu­ri­at­ing — char­ac­ters who I’d spent much of the book hat­ing with a pas­sion are essen­tially “for­given” and rewarded and not pun­ished as the truly should have been.
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message 1: by Megan (new)

Megan This one had me intrigued so seeing a 3 star review is dashing my hopes a little.

message 2: by [deleted user] (new)

You explained exactly how I feel about this book. I just wrote a review and regret not reading yours first. I think I was trying to be too nice, but I agree with you completely.

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