This book didn’t do it for me. The only reason I am giving it a three star rating is because of the originality of the supernatural element. It was a great idea to write a book about dragons, and this book was just as well written and entertaining as most Young Adult supernatural romance novels.
It just stuck to the same old formula too much for me to give it a higher rating. If you take any mildly entertaining book that you have read about vampires, werewolves, angels, and demons; remove those creatures; and insert dragons, you will have read this book. Nothing new happens.
It may have been slightly different to make the female lead the one with the supernatural abilities, but it was not different to have her falling for a guy who is supposed to want to kill her but doesn’t because he feels an unexplainable connection to her.
This book also had a developing love triangle and I really don’t like those so that may further explain why I didn’t like it that much. In this book the main character, Jacinda is focused solely on Will, but it is clear that her feelings for another boy will get stronger as the series goes on. That other guy made it difficult for me to invest in Jacinda and Will. Why should I invest in them when they aren’t even that invested themselves? I can’t connect with a couple when one or both of the characters are involved with other people. Sorry.
There wasn’t a lot of action in the story, but I did like some of the politics involved in the world of the dragons, and Will was a very attractive leading man. I liked Jacinda despite her tendency to whine, and I was more frustrated with her mom and sister than I ever was with her. They wanted her to allow the very essence of who she was to die away because it would make life safer. Maybe I was supposed to understand why her mom took her to live in the middle of the desert and wanted her draki (dragon) to literally thirst to death, and I actually do get that her mother was keeping the family safe. But her mom wasn’t sympathetic enough. Both Jacida’s mom and sister treated her like she was being a spoiled brat who didn’t want to move. The poor girl just didn’t want a part of her to die! I don’t know how that made her a spoiled brat.
I think this is a case of the book just not being right for me more than it being a bad book. I have just read too many books that follow this formula, and if I liked books like that, I would have probably liked this too, but I am no fan of love triangles, insta love, and cliff hangers so this book gets three stars.