In a Word: Middling
Source: Publisher, Netgalley
Publication Date: Sept. 2011
Short Synopsis (Goodreads): 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?
My Review: Slayers had a pretty unique premise. I liked it a lot. The follow-through, however, was a bit lacking.
Overall, Slayers was a good novel, it just lacked that...spark...that really commits you to a book. It was interesting, and the characters were likable enough, but I wasn't as invested in this as I would have liked to have been.
The characters, had their good moments, but overall weren't entirely that dynamic. I also thought it odd how someone we are initially introduced to isn't even mentioned until.....well, I can't really say, but it was a bit of an odd choice in my opinion. I thought we were going to follow this person around but....we don't.
Also, some of the characters were a little bit too cliched, in my opinion. A little wishy-washy as well. I wanted more uniqueness in their behaviors, and some of them just don't stick out to me at all. And there was a fight, but it felt kind of G rated to me. Not that I wanted it gory or horrible, but I did want to be a bit more on the edge of my seat. The villain felt a little elementary as well. There was enough of a push of 'evil' or 'not goodness' that I could see the need for dragon fighters, but.....it's hard to put my finger on, but I think it goes back to that spark thing.
Overall, a decent enough read. Again, very original premise that I liked a lot, but it could have been fleshed out and made stronger. Also, this didn't finish...at all. We're not left completely hanging, per se, but there is a HUGE opening at the end which was a little too obvious, but no word on a sequel.
Basically, it was good, but not as great as I would have liked. Worth trying though! Being more used to the fantasy genre I had my expectations pretty high, but for those not into it yet, or just getting started, this might be a good jumping stone!