Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Slayers: Where has my author gone?

C.J. Hill (Author incognito for Janette Rallison)
Hardcover, 373 pages
Feiwel and Friends, September 27, 2011

Dragons  exist. They’re ferocious. And they’re smart: Before they were killed  off by slayer-knights, they rendered a select group of eggs dormant, so  their offspring would survive. Only a handful of people know about this,  let alone believe it – these “Slayers” are descended from the original  knights, and are now a diverse group of teens that includes Tori, a  smart but spoiled senator’s daughter who didn’t sign up to save the  world.

The  dragon eggs have fallen into the wrong hands. The Slayers must work  together to stop the eggs from hatching. They will fight; they will fall  in love. But will they survive?

A few things first
1. The cover looks silly to me.
2. I am a big fan of Janette Rallison.
3. I was not too interested in this book-see # 4.
4. I usually do not prefer dragon books.
5. I don't really like romance books--chicklits yes, but not romance (and my sister and I do disagree on what a romance is. I guess it is difficult to figure out...maybe this is a chicklit and I just found it the writing of the chicklit parts excessive).
6. My sister loved this book so I tried it out.

My take-
All the romance.....TOO gushy for me. "Oh he is so cute. Does he think I'm cute. Has he checked out my figure too?"  It didn't seem so strong in JR's other books...perhaps because they're more middle grade appropriate.

As for the story- I enjoyed it. But found myself skipping/skimming to the end. Some parts I found were too detailed and I wasn't patient or willing to read every word. I think I prefer her other stuff. Which I guess it makes sense that she's going "author incognito" with her other YA stuff she may be planning. I guess I'm more a fan of JR than CJ Hill. =(

But Slayers is a fantasy novel in which the slayers have these super powers. And who doesn't wish they had a superpower? I want to fly, thank you!

Also, some of the chapters change from the main character to other character's 3rd POV if that makes sense.

Sadly, not  a favorite of Janette Rallison's, but I would highly suggest Just One  Wish, My Fair Godmother, and My Double Life. For those who like middle  grade/Jr High reads: Fame Glory & Other Things on My To Do List and It's a Mall World After All are great ones too.                  

Rated: 3.5 Bites 

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