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21 January 2015

Initial Thoughts on Rhys Bowen & C.M. Broyles Dreamwalker

I received Dreamwalker from NetGalley and was beyond thrilled. I have always loved dragons and I'm already a fan of Rhys Bowen thanks to Her Royal Spyness. What would be better than a book about a dragon school of some sort written by Bowen and her daughter? Right?

From the cover: "Seven children. Seven powers. One enemy."

Ooooooh this could be good!
It could be good.

I'm at the 40% mark in the book and I'm still not sure how I feel about it. I'm not used to that.

Had this feeling of "meh" happened several months ago, I would have just been all "well, it IS written for children" and called it a day. I can't blame it on being "written for" a younger audience or for having a 12 year old as a main character, though.

According to Amazon:
Dreamwalker -- grades 4-8. The Gates -- grades 5-9. How To Train Your Dragon (reading with John and LOVING it) -- grades 3-7. Flavia de Luce -- 11 year old main character. Sophronia Temminick -- 14 year old main character.
According to a hospital in St. Lawrence County, NY:
Me -- 39 years old

So it definitely doesn't have anything to do with the itty bitty age gap. And it's not a bad book. If it was a bad book I wouldn't have made it all the way to 40%, right? It's just not holding my interest all that much. (I find John's book-crush/fictional-girlfriend Judy Moody more interesting than Addy Walker ... and at 40% she's the only one of the "seven children" mentioned on the cover that we really know anything about!)

If this was a television show -- say, your standard hour long primetime CW program -- and I wasn't hooked 40% in to the first episode I would be probably be turning it off and I think that's what I'll be doing now. (Granted, like your standard CW program I may try again at a later date and love it. It took me several "restarts" before I really got into Arrow, after all. There's still hope for Dreamwalker and an updated review .... some day.)

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