Book Review: Thunderlight (The Dragonian Series #2) + Guest Post + Teasers + Giveaway


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Book Details
Title: Thunderlight, Book Two
Author: Adrienne Woods
Series: The Dragonian Series
Publisher: Fire Quill Publishing
Release Date: 20 November 2014
ISBN: 9780992244613


Synopsis (Back blurb)



Vibrant, scale swathed wings… Abilities that can be harnessed by a chosen few… Dragons…

All this may seem like old news, but for seventeen year-old Elena Watkins the world of Paegeia is not finished revealing all its secrets. During a summer break intended for relaxation, she discovers that her harrowing adventure to retrieve the King of Lion sword wasn’t the destiny foretold by the cryptic Viden, a dragon with the ability to see a person’s true fate. The words inked onto the page of the mysterious Book of Shadows remains black and Elena must return to Dragonia Academy to discover their true meaning.

Upon her return to the magnificent castle she has to face a challenge of a different kind, keeping her boyfriend Lucian McKenzie, the Prince of Tith and love of her life, away from the dangerous new student, Paul Sutton. As a Wyvern, Paul has made it his mission to claim Elena as his rider but he is proving to be more perilous than at first glance.

Everyone knew that Wyverns were bad news, and just as evil as the darkness that lurked inside Blake Leaf, the Rubicon forced to fight against his inner nature every day. But Elena can see a small light lurking in the darkness, a destiny still unfulfilled; to prove that Wyverns can be claimed.

Will Lucian’s dark secret about Wyverns and Elena’s need to prove their true nature cause their love to be torn apart? And which of Elena’s friends will be sacrificed this time if she is wrong?


How I ended up with this story: 
The Progression of Thunderlight.

Thunderlight was a real challenge for me as it isn't the original story I had in my mind. I originally had three novels in this series, Firebolt, Frostbite and Moon Breeze, and I hadn’t intended on writing Thunderlight at all, but there was one very strong aspect of Thunderlight that I couldn't put together with Frostbite. And that was Paul.

Who is Paul? He is a brand new character in this series and for those of you who haven't read the book, he is a Wyvern claiming to be Elena's dragon. Thunderlight was extremely short and in order for me to sell it as a full length novel, I had to really dig deep, open my mind, change things around and make very difficult decisions around my characters. I couldn't have done this without reviews of Firebolt. I know it sounds strange and probably far-fetched, but I promise you it's the truth. They helped me so much in making these decisions.

I cried as I wrote the end of this book, I hated doing what I did, but I had no choice because I needed a really strong story and ending for Thunderlight. I was really scared in sending out the first review copies and was over the moon by the feedback I got. I can say that my writing with Thunderlight improved as many readers felt what I felt when I wrote the last part. (I cried for days, but there is no other way to do this, if there was, believe me I would've changed it.)

So in other words, Thunderlight had ten drafts, and it got so big that I had to delete the first part of this story completely, but my wonderful editor said: “No, not deleting, we are going to make it a novella. Everyone loves a novella, especially if it's a story that you can't wait for the next part. That is where Venom was born. It changed very bluntly and Hillery (one of my editors) and I had to sit and think how we were going to make Venom work. Another nightmare as I had to dig deep again, but thanks to all my wonderful reviewers, they showed me the path again. So I grabbed Blake, shook him around and told him to drop his shit for a couple of pages and do what he needs to do. Hahahahahaha. I'm very happy with how Venom ended, even though I still get those reviews of wanting just a slight bit more, I couldn't as Blake really didn't want to give me more.

So now you know how hard it is for an author to make changes in their novels, but I'm glad I did as Thunderlight wouldn't be what it is if it weren't for those mind change around everything in this story.

I really do hope that you are going to love Thunderlight, it turns out to be one of my favorites, the good, the bad and the ugly and I hope you are as excited as I am about Frostbite. It's the third novel and the one I'm positive that everyone is waiting for. It has all the answers why Elena is going through everything she has been going through and why Blake is such an idiot sometimes. It is another fear of mine sending these review copies out as Blake is in almost every single page and I'm so scared you guys are not going to like him, now that you got more of him, but it's a worry for another day.

Take care and kind wishes,
Adrienne Woods.

P.S If any of you have any questions for me, don't hesitate in leaving comments below or my blog. I will answer all of them, and who knows maybe I'll add a review copy or two extra to those of you that really want to read it.


Two teasers for you!



My Review

SPOILER-FREE

I think this book has improved from the first one! We start off more or less where we left off from the first book. I like that this time we get to explore Paegeia and I like where Ms. Woods takes us. It's magical in its own way and I love the transportation in this world. I'd totally be game to traversing through this world. I can't help but feel like there are several Harry Potter parallels in this world but Ms. Woods does make her own spins in this world. Enough for me to keep reading to find out more.

I found myself more entranced with what was happening with the book and the characters compared to the first book. I still can't find myself caring too much for Elena. I feel that she whines too much and does things I don't agree with so it's hard for me to find her likable. That's just my own personal opinion but it's not enough to make me stop reading but it's enough to make me not enjoy the book as much as I would like if it was a character I could root for. I like most of the her friends, generally, although I really don't have a favorite character at all. I usually have at least one character I favor in a story but I couldn't find one here.

The plot and pacing move fairly well. I was probably about 1/3rd of the way through the book before I was wondering what the relevance of the story was and where the characters were heading. I found myself wondering the point of what I was reading and what was their goalThe author is able to drop off some hints through out this part but I didn't really see or understand it. I think I missed all the foreshadowing till it was explained at the end. I feel that there could have been a smoother development towards that point to better lead towards the end but it was a little choppy for me. It just seemed that the author just dropped new information right before the climax that kind of threw me off.

I think that the author included a bunch of new information which included world building that should have been done in the first book. Still, the pacing is good and it was an easy read. What I thought I knew in the first book turned out to be completely false so I was pleasantly surprised to find myself not able to decipher how this story would end. The ending was good but I found it a little jarring that we switch perspective at the beginning then at the end but I can see why the author did it.


Overall, this was a good read and I am curious to see what the next book entails! This book is for the Harry Potter and dragon lovers! If you like magic, romance pairings, and adventure then this book might be for you!

3 out of 5 rating for me!


(An ARC was provided by the author for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.)





Author Bio

Adrienne Woods was born and raised in South Africa, where she still lives with her husband and two beautiful little girls. She always knew she was going to be a writer, but it only started to really happen about four years ago. In her free time―if she gets any because moms don’t really have free time―she loves to spend it with friends, whether it’s a girls night out, or just watching a movie. She’s a very chilled person. Her writing career started with Firebolt, book one in the Dragonian series. There will be four books in total, including a further two to three books, which will be stories that take place within the Dragonian series. Her other series, Dream Casters, will be released mid 2015. She also writes in different genres, and her woman’s fiction, The Pregnancy Diaries, will be published under a pseudonym. And then, she has a paranormal series by the name of the Aswang series, which will consist of about ten novels. And if that wasn’t enough, there is another series, Guardians of Monsters, which will be released in 2016.


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