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Review of The Legend of the Oceina Dragon by J.F. Jenkins

by - May 25, 2011

Darien Oceina is the youngest son of the Great Dragon Lord of the Water. For years he¹s loved and cherished Tai Dawson from afar. Tai is a simple, ordinary girl who doesn¹t even know Darien exists. On his eighteenth birthday, he chooses her as his wife. But there’s one problem: She thinks his choice means she¹s going to be offered as a sacrifice to the Dragon Lord, but instead, she’s forced to move to his home, far away, to give up her life and be his bride.

When she first sees Darien after the ceremony, she doesn’t expect to feel anything but hatred toward him. The two are struggling with the complications of a new marriage when their nation is attacked by a rival dragon species. Together they learn to love one another while they struggle to stay one step ahead in a game where the prize is their survival.

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I'm not sure what to think of this book. When I started it I liked that it read the same as a fairy tale story but it went downhill after the first chapter I really started to hate it. Then, around page 110 I started to enjoy it again. It was really bizarre.

The writing style (barring the first chapter) is okay but needs some work. I just wanted... more? I'd just be getting into a chapter and then it would skip to the next, and it would be a day, a week later and that made it difficult to connect with the story. I'd class this as older YA as it feels more adult (plus there's sex in it). The story ends on a cliff-hanger and I have to admit that books that do this are really starting to annoy me.

Tai was an interesting character. One minute she's yelling at Darien for kidnapping her, the next she's humping him. Stockholm Syndrome? The story is really lacking in plot for a good 70 pages; I can't even remember what happened. I wanted to read about Tai settling in, getting to know the characters more. Apart from Tai and Darien, I never really understood any of the other characters as they didn't say much.

The breeding and birth was an... interesting... one. To be honest, I've never read anything so bizarre in my life, apart from Breaking Dawn. There are no graphic descriptions of birth of sex but if you read this you'll get what I mean.

The dragon politics and the possibility of war was one I'd not normally read a book for but in this it really felt like the plot was actually moving somewhere! Until it stopped dead and now I have to read the next one to find out what happens.


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