lundi 30 septembre 2013

Soul of the Dragon ( Soul 1) by Natalie J Damschroder

Hello to all,

                    Last day of the month... at the end i didn't read as many dragon theme books for the challenge even if i prepared several i guess i rebelled against the fact i had to read them...also today was a heavy day for me with lot of bad news so i guess September will be finished... after all october is paranormal month so i can hope to participate in great challenge and contests i perhaps be lucky to get more books in my favourite genres

However, September is still on for a few hours and i wanted to share with you a book with dragon that i got during a promotion ( can't remember when exactly or from where^^;; bad me i know) it was on my computer for quite a long time and thus i decided to read it . i posted the resume from goodread but i saw there was an error in it and i couldn't find one without so don't put to much thinking into it if you read or have read the story.

So here comes Soul of the Dragon by Natalie Damschroder. Happy Reading!

Publisher: Dragonsoul Books
Publication: 2012
ISBN:  0373277210
Genre: paranormal romance, fantasy, dragon
Violence: strong

Language: normal
sex: mild
Public: 18+
Source: got free during a promotional action

Short description from goodreads :

 A thousand years ago, a jealous mage cursed a young lord into dragon form to keep him from his soulmate, a peasant girl coveted by the mage. They have three lifetimes to break the curse.

Twice they have failed.

Alexa Ranger doesn’t remember the lord’s son who was her soulmate three lifetimes ago, nor does she recall their previous attempts to break the curse—each one ending in her death. But she does remember Cyrgyn, the golden dragon who has haunted her dreams since childhood and has appeared to her now to begin their final attempt.

A highly trained spy, Alexa has been preparing for this mission her entire life. But her skills are no match for the desperate mage who has lost none of his command of magic—and none of his twisted, possessive need for her. She is determined to save the dragon she has come to love, but there is more than the curse standing in their way…

My opinion:
           I picked this book because of the dragon since I wanted more for the challenge ….i had it on my pile for a long time but since it was also the first book in the “soul” series I thought I was really time I read it.  I don’t regret this choice really but I’m disappointed…even the summary isn’t correct by the way: they have 4 attempts to lift the curse and failed 3 times already ( not 2) I don’t understand why it hasn’t been corrected yet.

 I perhaps had too many expectations about this one because of the flashing colors on the cover but at the end it’s a pleasant read yes but nothing more. The beginning is a little hard to get into because Cyrgyn has years of experiences and Alexa thanks to her training and profession can nearly confront everything throw at her but as a reader the connection with the characters needed more, it was too rushed and underdeveloped. I can accept the fact they are soulmates and thus for them it’s normal but something was missing. First they accept all: dragon exist, there is a curse, he is my soulmate etc and then she doubts to love him etc either she feel the connection or she doesn’t but she can’t at the same time trust him and not believe him completely it doesn’t make sense to me.

Then after several chapters when the action is really taking place, I enjoyed the story more yes but I wasn’t completely immersed in it either. The character of Ryc was a little too predictable oh the idea in itself was good and the plot had interesting bases but the final result didn’t reach my expectations. Like I said it was predictable, the characters accept the situation too easily, now there is a twist at the end that I didn’t expect but it dropped too quickly. The characters do their quest, some things are revealed and that stops there…I missed a real conclusion with the bad ones punished etc

I’m not saying the end is a cliffhanger because it’s not but while the story is finished you are left wanting, hoping for something more… either a big punishment or a big happy moment  instead of which you get idea about a future, plans  and nothing more. So this book isn’t bad, some idea and concept are really interesting but the story telling needs improvement in my opinion so we could life the story and not be a simple spectator.

We do get dragon action and dragon romance but it could have been more, it doesn’t focuses on that while the dragon part of the title could have make us hope. Alexa is the main heroine and the one who has the biggest role.

 I could perhaps give the rest of the series a try but to be honest I will do so only if book 2 gets free during a promotional action because I’m hoping it will get only better but I don’t want to bet my money of that either. Now it doesn’t mean I will abandon this author either, if I’m correct I do have another of her book and I’m really curious to see the difference in both books.

Score:  2,5/5

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and no compensation was received in exchange for this review


6 commentaires:

  1. Aw I'm sorry you're having a rough time right now Miki. I hope whatever the news was that you got today that it'll improve and you'll have a better october.

    1. i hope to but at least i can count on you and the blogging community so i don't feel like giving up^^ ( and paranormal month ^^ it's exciting^^)

  2. Oh I'm sorry it wasn't that good...

    1. i hoped perhaps for too much it wasn't bad per say but not for me

  3. :( Sorry it wasnt that good. It sounds like they put to much in it.

    1. or not enough but when after i saw that even the summary wasn't corected ....