Thursday, April 19, 2012

Book Review: The Dragonfly Prophecy

Media Type: Print Book
Title: The Dragonfly Prophecy
Author: Jacquelyn Castle
Publisher: Class Act Books
Pages: Paperback; 290
Release Date: July 15, 2011
Source: Author
Intended Reading Group: Young Adult
Content Screening: Mild Violence
HDB Rating: 3 Keys to My Heart
Recommended to: Readers who are looking for a clean, fun read with a twist.

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Seventeen-year-old Lexi Blane believed she was the creator of her own destiny. With a brilliant mind, a flawless boyfriend, and parents who would stop the earth from spinning for her, all was going according to plan.

But when her perfect world unravels into one she doesn’t know, it reveals the painful truth of her love, trust, and entire being. In the struggle to find her true self, Lexi learns she didn’t create her destiny – it created her.
I'm going to be honest. There is absolutely no way for me to review this book if I don't give you a little bit of spoilers. Apologies in advance guys! I'll keep them a minimum, and make sure to leave plenty for you to uncover when you dive into this book.

The Dragonfly Prophecy is an interesting book hybrid. On the one hand, it's a contemporary story about Lexis' life and the struggles that she faces as a teen. On the other hand, Lexi isn't your normal teenager at all. She has powers. Interesting and potentially deadly powers if used incorrectly. While reading I was drawn in by the balance between these two parts of her existence. Lexi isn't just a girl, she isn't just a possible hero, she's a little bit of both. She has romantic feelings, exudes sadness at times, and even doubts herself. At her core she just a girl. On the surface, she is so much more. So yes, I did enjoy Lexi's character. She also happens to be pretty sarcastic at times, which I loved.

Unfortunately the confusion I had in the first part of the book really made this a tough read for me. Again, it's tough to explain without spoiling. Let's just say that Lexi doesn't just have one reality. Jacquelyn Castle worked very hard to make the two halves of Lexi's life work well together. Still, it made for some confusing transitions at times. The first 40 or so pages were confusing enough that I had to re-read them just to make sure that I wasn't missing anything important. Once things even out, and you find out why the beginning is written like that, things get much better. So a word to the wise, don't put this down. Keep reading. It gets better!

Indeed, it was the second half of the book that really did it for me, and why I had to read straight through to the end. Lexi's story picks up pace, we meet the rest of the characters who will be a part of her story, and we find out why she is so special. If this part of the book is indicative of Castle's writing, then I see huge potential in the second book! I was so enamored with Lexi and her interactions with others, that I was actually sad when the book ended.

I know this review is rambling. Like I said, it's extremely tough to review something that you don't want to give away! My hope is that you'll have your interest peaked and head off to get your own copy of The Dragonfly Prophecy.

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.


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