Book Review: Firebolt

Firebolt by Arienne Woods
Rating: 2 stars
Published: 9/19/14
Genre: YA, fantasy
Read: 11/9/17

Summary from Goodreads:
Dragons. Right. Teenage girls don’t believe in fairy tales, and sixteen-year old Elena Watkins was no different.
Until the night a fairy tale killed her father.
Now Elena’s in a new world, and a new school. The cutest guy around may be an evil dragon, a Prince wants Elena’s heart, and a long dead sorcerer may be waking up to kill her. Oh. And the only way Elena’s going to graduate is on the back of a dragon of her own.
Teenage girls don’t believe in fairy tales. Now it’s time for Elena to believe – in herself.


I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Color me not impressed. This story did actually start off pretty well, but it got pretty bad pretty fast. I came very close to DNFing around the middle, but I guess I’m a little glad I held out as it did get better again for the last fourth or so.

It started off pretty abruptly, just before the action starts, which really doesn’t give much time to establish a “normal.” I do suppose that’s alright, considering Elena’s normal is constantly moving. The author really doesn’t do a great job of explaining things. I still have no idea what the difference between metallic and chromatic dragons is, other than their color. The ending really wasn’t explained all that well either – they went on a quest to obtain an item, but the fate of that item was never actually specified.

My main problem with this book is the writing style. To me, it sounded like a middle schooler’s (not so great) fan-fiction. The random yelling (never screaming, never shrieking, never shouting, only yelling), the completely crap romance (seriously, you say about 5 words to each other, suddenly make out, and now you’re in love? Really?), the really dumb made up words that were used a maximum of 5 times (vereatiful??? How do you even pronounce that? Also, why?), and the complete lack of characterization (There’s a few asshole-y characters, but that’s really the only differentiation between anyone. Also, I don’t think Elena was ever physically described until about halfway into the book.) all added up to the point that I was actually getting angry at this book. Maybe I should have DNFed?

Elena also doesn’t seem to have a very good idea of healthy emotions. He dad is murdered. Practically right in front of her. And she thinks other people will think her crazy if she’s upset for a whole week. Like, what? That’s not okay. She needs time (while she’s conscious) to grieve. Then there’s a complete turn around at the end of the book, where she maybe cares for 5 minutes about what happened to someone else (who just so happened to save her life).

I do think, once you manage to get past the writing style, that the story was actually mostly alright.

Have you read Firebolt? What are your thoughts? Do I use too many parentheses? What books have have you DNFed/almost DNFed?

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