Somewhere Within by Amy Hale
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I received this free eARC novel from Red Coat Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
Zoey has been moving from one place to another since she was 7 years old. Each place is in a big city for her dad's work and Zoey is always the outcast at school. With her pale skin and pitch black hair, she tends to get bullied and pushed around by the other kids.
When her family moves to Havenwood Falls, CO, things are turning out to be the same thing when it comes to bullies at school. But some things are pretty different. Now she has a great friend, Meredith, who sticks up for her when she's being pushed around. And Havenwood Falls is a very small town, not a big city. Oh, and the other change? Her grandfather that she never really knew about lives there and is a very big deal in this small town.
When Zoey finds out that she is a frost dragon and will be transforming soon when she turns 16 in a couple of weeks, she never saw that coming. Zoey is the weird, shy, awkward girl - not some badass frost dragon.
The more time Zoey spends in Havenwood, the more she realizes that she belongs there. Some people have issues with supernatural people, but she may be able to find her place in this new home. And she may have caught the eye of a certain popular human boy, but there are many forces in place that are trying to keep her away from him.
Zoey has a lot to learn about being a dragon, but she is sure going to have a fun time figuring it all out!
I have never read any of the Havenwood Falls novels - normal of High alike. So I was interested in what these were all about. I love dragon novels, so this seemed like a great place to start!
Overall, I enjoyed this book. I've read other dragon books that I love so much, but because this was a novella novel I feel like I wasn't able to connect as much with the characters as I would have liked to.
Also, Zoey was way too understanding and accepting of being a frost dragon. I don't care how cool you are, anyone who hears they are a dragon will freak out, but Zoey really didn't do that too much.
And the transformation scene with her aunt? That totally would not have gone as smoothly for her very first time changing into a huge DRAGON!! There would have been a lot more hiccups than she had, but she was able to fly within a few minutes after changing. Totally not realistic.
The romance was flat for me. I felt more excitement with Kai, even though I knew that it wasn't going to happen, but that would have made for an interesting novel, haha.
There were things that I didn't quite believe as much as I could have, which made me not love the book so much, but it was a great short story that kept me entertained until the last page. I will definitely be interested in more novels in this series to see what other authors have come up with and whether the series is something to fall in love with. I'm very grateful that I was able to experience this series that many readers love, and I know that they will love this next installment to their collections!
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