Vivian Vande Velde's Dragon's Bait caught my eye several weeks ago at work. I finally sat down and read it today. I read most of it this afternoon, then finished it off after work.
Dragon's Bait is the story of Alys, who is accused of witchcraft by her neighbours. Her neighbour was after her father's land, and accused Alys of witchcraft after her father refused to sell. During her trial, her father passed away, leaving no one to defend Alys (some of the villagers tried, but the Inquisitor confused them into believing she really was a witch). Rather than burning her at the stake, she is sentenced to be used as a sacrifice to appease a dragon that's been seen in the area. But rather than eat her, the dragon decides to help her get revenge on the people who accused her of witchcraft.
I honestly don't have a lot to say about this book. While I liked Selendrile (the dragon), I found the book to be entirely too predictable. I also thought it was taking place on another world, and so got disappointed at how very Earth-like the setting was. That may not be a fair criticism, but it's still how I felt. That being said, Dragon's Bait was a fast read. And I'm probably not the intended audience for it (it felt like more of a kid's book, even though the library marked it as young adult).
*As of September 24/15, I am not taking any more requests from authors to read their books. I currently have too many books to read. I'll update this if/when that changes.*
I currently have 164 fiction books just sitting in my room to read (although that doesn't stop me from randomly picking books up at work or buying them on Kindle!). I've been keeping track of them on a paper list for years. This blog shares what I read as I attempt to get "the List" down to a more manageable number.
If you'd like to know what books are on the List, check out my Goodreads shelf devoted to them - it's my physical list digitized! I've also got a shelf for every book I've reviewed here on this blog.
Not everything I review here is actually on the List. Some books come from the library, some books are nonfiction (which are not included on the List), some books are on my Kindle (which have never been included on the List), and some books are given to me by friends and family.
Note: as of April 12/14, I am not going to add the *spoiler* warning I used to when I'm giving away details of books. I want to talk about the books I've read in whatever detail I'd like. So if you haven't read a book I'm reviewing, you might not want to read the review.