I’m finally back to regular posting every Thursday and once a month I’ll be sharing a book review from an Indie Author I’m currently reading or have read. I wanted to start these new reviews off with an awesome author. So, here we go!
Since her father’s sudden death, all Evie wants is comfort and security for her family. Especially from dragon cagers. The two-tongued serpents are said to take the shape of a man, woo their ill-fated victims, and then devour them whole. But no one ever told Evie she could be kindred to the creatures. When Evie is framed and exiled, a cager called Lachlann discovers her roaming in the barren dragon country. Now, while being hunted by the same slayers seeking his magic-imbued heart, Evie must put her trust in Lachlann and seek out his clan for help. Only then will they discover what ancient blood flows through her veins.
I’m going to start this review off by saying – (SPOILERS)-:
I want my own Crag. Give me a plushie of him and I’ll live vicariously through my imagination. Create some Crag Swag with his snarky little comments on there and I’ll buy them like hotcakes. Let’s just be honest here, no one dislikes Crag. #TeamCrag4Life
All amusing critters aside, let’s break into the review.
I loved this book. I read the entire book in the drive from St. Louis back home to Indiana without stopping to breath. A few times hubs had to remind me we needed to stop for potty breaks and I almost let my food get cold twice. The book was interesting catching and well worth the read.
The story was solid. I didn’t find a lapse in the ideas from beginning to end and everything felt like it belonged. Poor Evie is thrown into the bowels of emotional hell right out of the gate, accused of crimes she didn’t commit. I found this trope used well to bring the story full circle and the ending, though will give you a tiny jolt of shock. You fall right into the action and are kept on your toes.
Though the overall pacing was good, there were some issues. You fall into a lull when Evie first meets Lachlann. Evie’s continuous and almost ignorantly stubborn refusal to change her opinions can leave your head beating off hard objects for most of the adventure. It carries on for most of the story and because of it, the ending feels rushed. Though everything is closed nicely, you are left feeling a bit let down by how quickly everything seemed to resolve. Another 3 or 4 chapters could have carried the story further and made Evie’s insufferable stubbornness be more understandable.
Which leads me to the characters. Lachlann is a goofy beautiful creature that you don’t mind being the typical awkwardly charismatic male lead. He feels like a teen girls fantasy romance which is only furthered when he and his rather blunt buddy tussle over the pretty Evie, but he’s not too likable you want to hate him.
Evie is stubborn. She has a lot of strength and readers might find her inspiring, but her refusal to grow for most of the book or to stunt her own growth by reverting to her prejudice babble makes it hard to not want to strangle her.
Crag was a sanity-saving grace. He is witty, sarcastic gold and most of the words out of his mouth are those you are screaming in the back of your head while reading. There are times I think he got the short end of the stick, booted off the story’s focus when he would have been dynamite, but I’m biased.
I have a very unhealthy obsession with judging romance or potential there for romance. This book left me trapped in the mid-section of cheering for the two main characters to just make out already and hoping they never even crossed the lewd lines of holding hands. I feel that Evie as a character is – still by the end of the book – beneath Lachlann as a character. I find this resolution of my feelings odd but in the end, it is just where I sit. Everyone likes their romance in different flavors, so disagree you may!
The last thing I want to point out is the readability based on ages. This interesting and adventurous little story is something I’ve handed off to my mother to read knowing full well she will enjoy it, and at the same time, my 13-year-old is still waiting impatiently for her turn. It can be read by anyone in this range both because of the content of the story and the overall readability. Words are never too hard, and concepts or plots are never too thick, yet they are captivating and interesting-locking as to not bore the older or more mentally sturdy types.
As for the author, Lilian Oake is a naturally interesting creature herself. I follow her on social media, stalk her blogs, and pick up everything she’s written. She was wonderful enough to sign this copy of the book and I’ll be buying more of her work as it comes out. You can’t deny she has talent and works hard to showcase it in everything she does. The Dragon Cager is just another example of her and her strengths.
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