Monday 15 June 2020

Book Review - Stolen

Title: Stolen
Author: Melissa De La Cruz & Michael Johnston
Series: Heart of Dread (Book 2)
Publisher: Orchard Books
Release Date: 18th November 2014
ISBN13: 9781408334423

Months after Nat and Wes said goodbye on the shores of the Blue, Nat is learning how to control and use her new power. She and her drakon are the last of their kind—and she’s risked her life for their reunion. When she receives a mysterious distress call, she races to help, soliciting the guidance of her new friend, the beautiful and aloof Faix Lazaved of the Blue.
Still heartbroken over losing Nat, Wes is racing cars on a New Vegas racetrack while his team is scattered and lost. When he finds out that his sister, Eliza, is being held in the golden domes of El Dorado, he does what he’s best at—running to her side—and gambles on luck to see him through one more time.
They soon discover that the answer to both their quests lies in the same question: Who is Eliza Wesson—what is she capable of, and why was she stolen from her family so long ago?

My Review
I approached this book with a sense of caution and not much hope for what I was going to get. I was still left feeling torn about the first book and read this more out of curiosity than desire. However something with this book clicked a bit more with me and I found myself a lot more easily absorbed. I think book 1 is slow because it is essentially setting up the world and people for the series, now everything is established and I knew a bit of background for the characters and situation they were all in, I found it a lot easier to get on board and I read the first 50 pages really quickly.
This one takes off just after the first one ended. Nat is in 'The Blue' and learning to work with her drakon to defend the land, whilst Wes has returned to New Vegas, still hoping to find news of his sister.
I was still a little bit unsure of what to think but decided to just go with it and see where it takes us.
The fight scenes are well described and I love the drakon - even if he is quite moody but I'm hoping we will learn more about him. I still find Nat quite annoying, she is full of self-doubt and prone to just give up if things seem too difficult, she can be a bit of a whiner. Whilst Wes is reckless and prone to ignore sense and feelings, he comes across stubborn and sometimes I would like to bash their heads together and tell them to get a grip! Especially when they are reunited but can only bicker with each other then secretly lament that they are still hopelessly in love. Very frustrating.
The pair meet up and set off to try and track down both Liannan who has been captured by someone and Eliza - Wes' sister who is rumoured to be in El Dorado. There are lots of twists and turns, some that I saw coming and one major one that I definitely did NOT predict - that was quite a revelation!
The book has a lot more excitement and is a much faster pace than the first and I found myself enjoying it more. In the end it only took me 2 sittings to read the whole books and I've already gone straight in and read the first 5 chapters of the next one.
It seems that once this series has warmed up it certainly gets a lot better. I still wouldn't say it is the most epic thing I have ever read and it has it's share of flaws, but it is an enjoyable read and great for lovers of fantasy and dragons. Definitely worth a read and I am looking forward to seeing how it all concludes.
Lets hope it keeps getting better.

My Rating

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