3 August, 2012

book review
I would like to thank J.D. Hallowell for giving me the opportunity to 
read and review his book.  While I appreciate the copy, my review will be
completely honest and I will rate it as it appeals to me/my preferences.
 

Dragon Fate by J.D. Hallowell


Date Pub: December 20, 2011
Goodreads Synopsis:

Dragon Fate, the debut novel by J.D. Hallowell, is a heroic fantasy adventure in the finest tradition of the genre. Delno Okonan is a young former soldier eager to put the swords and strife of war behind him, when a chance encounter leaves him inextricable entwined in a tangled web of dragons, magic, and intrigue, as he struggles to find his place among dragons and men, and stave off a plot by renegade dragon riders that threatens all he now holds dear. Teens and adults alike will find themselves hanging on every twist and turn.

I…just…can’t…go on…
I tried.  I really, really tried to finish this book!  I just can’t.  I just stopped at the 46% done mark, and honestly I’m surprised I even made it as far as I did.  The book failed to capture my interest, and this far deep into the book, I don’t feel it’s worth any more of my time.  When I got to around page 25, I thought about stopping, but decided to press on.  Then, around page 75, the baby dragon hatched from the egg so I figured it was going to pick up…so I kept going.  Now, around page 170 and still nothing has really happened in this book, I had to put it down.  It was a tough decision, since Hallowell gave me a free copy in exchange for an honest review.  I feel really bad not finishing it, but I just can’t.  I am being honest in my review though!

Okay, so the story – from what I read – was very uninteresting.  The idea is, I guess, an interesting one.  Humans forming bonds with dragons and then spending their lives riding and being with the dragon.  But, nothing happens in this story (so far)!  I’m not sure if maybe the story does become eventful and exciting later on like the synopsis implies it does, but after 46% I don’t really care anymore.

The main character is boring to me and undeveloped.  The connection between him and the dragon is developing, but in an uninteresting way.

The writing is immature and there are a lot of errors in spelling and grammar, which doesn’t help me want to keep reading!  I don’t really understand how there can be so many spelling mistakes…what happened to that program called spell check?  I suppose the story is unique and creative, but I wish it had better quality of writing and a more interesting storyline.

So, I would not recommend this book.  The fact that I couldn’t finish it says a lot.  But, if you want, go for it…let me know if you disagree with me.

Have you read this book?  What did you think?  Did you finish it?  Share your opinions with me (and others who read this).

Due to the fact that I couldn’t finish this book, it only gets 1 star…
1 star

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8 Responses to “Abandoned Review: Dragon Fate”

  1. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it! I always try to finish books but if you’re so far through and still not enjoying it then I would stop! 🙂

  2. Wendy

    I feel kind of badly for the author but if the book is that bad, definitely STOP reading, for sure! Sometimes I, like you, attempt to read a book that just does not interest me and more often than not, the book does NOT get better so I’m fairly certain you made the right choice by discontinuing – you were pretty far along! Guess I won’t be checking this one out in the bookstore! Mind you, I probably wouldn’t have read it anyway as the content doesn’t appeal to me.

    • Thanks for understanding! I felt bad for the author too, but I felt that I just couldn’t go on. Once I find myself that disinterested in a book, it takes me a very long time to finish the novel. Then I wouldn’t have a review up for such a long time! So, I came to the conclusion of stopping and moving on to the next.

  3. I feel like we must have read two different books.

    While you are certainly entitled to your opinion of the book’s story, pacing, and literary merit, spelling and grammar are issues of fact, not opinion, and I think you need to seriously think about what you are doing to your reputation as a reviewer when you claim that this book is full of spelling and grammar errors. The first half of the book is available free as a sample on Goodreads, so anyone can go and look at it to verify, or, in this case, falsify, what you are claiming here.

    • I’m sorry that you feel my reputation is in jeopardy. However, I don’t know what there is to think about. I am merely being honest in my reviews! I did not read the online sample; I read an eBook copy sent to me by the author. My review is strictly pertaining to my personal copy, as with all of my reviews. If what you’re saying is correct, I’m not sure what happened. Maybe the author sent me a previous version as a mistake? I have no clue. All I know is that I did find errors in my copy and I only mentioned it because these things irk me.