Review Detail

 
Kids Fiction
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A

A Gorgeous Adventure

Aissa is the first-born daughter of the Lady of an island, and as such she should be raised in a life of privilege and learning--destined to be the Lady when Aissa's mother is too old to do the duties that come with the title. But Aissa is born with extra thumbs, and the Lady determines that the goddess won't want an imperfect person serving as the Lady, and so Aissa is given to one of the wise women of the island so that she can throw her off a cliff. Kelya, the wise woman, can't bring herself to kill the infant, and she takes Aissa to another family that has recently lost a child.

Thus begins a story steeped in pain and beauty as Aissa's path leads her to lose her home, her name, and her voice, but she never loses her wits and her heart.

Part fantasy, part fairy tale, and part myth, DRAGONFLY SONG is completely gorgeous. Wendy Orr, the author, does a fantastic job drawing Aissa's world and the characters in it. The novel is written in both prose and free verse, and the poetry segments add depth and urgency to pivotal moments in the story. Aissa is a heroine to be admired. As a young child living with the family that takes her in, she learns to love. When life leads her to be a servant with no name, she learns to survive. When she finds a place with the wise women of the island, she learns the peace that comes with security. When she's chosen to be the island's tribute to the raiders who will take her to dance with their bulls, she learns what it is to have friends and to face death. Each segment of her life is integral to making her a Lady who will serve the goddess--and the island's people--well.

Aissa is wonderfully resilient, and although my heart broke for her constantly as I read, I never doubted that this fierce, smart, loving girl would triumph despite the many forces working against her.

I cannot recommend DRAGONFLY SONG enough. I was sad to turn the final page and leave Aissa behind, but I suspect she'll stay with me for a long while.

My thanks to YA Books Central and the publisher for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.


Good Points
A wonderfully resilient heroine

Great pacing
Was this review helpful to you? 

Comments

 
 
Ordering 
 
Already have an account? or Create an account
 
 
 
Powered by JReviews

FEATURED GIVEAWAYS

Latest Book Listings Added

Game Change
Seventeen-year-old Zeb Holloway is happy to work in his...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Wilder Legacy
The life of a Guardian is a dangerous one,...
 
4.8
 
5.0 (1)
The Stars Beneath Our Feet
It’s Christmas Eve in Harlem, but twelve-year-old Lolly Rachpaul and...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Keeper - Matefinder Next Generation Book 1
Anya has inherited her mother's gift. Born in a...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Spies Like Me
Can she bring these girls together? When she discovers...
 
4.8
 
0.0 (0)
Royal Bastards
Being a bastard blows. Tilla would know. Her father,...
 
4.0
 
4.0 (2)
Before I Let Go
Days before Corey is to return home to the...
 
5.0
 
5.0 (1)
Growing Friendships: A Kids' Guide to Making and Keeping Friends
From psychologist and children's friendships expert Eileen Kennedy-Moore and parenting...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Sword and Scion 01: Into the Dark Mountains
How lost one feels when his own character remains a...
 
0.0
 
4.9 (2)
The Pirates of Brisa (Wyrms of Pasandir #2)
When young Eskandar leaves his ship with the tough broomrider...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Building a Trade Empire (Wyrms of Pasandir #4)
Trade had been Shaw’s life, her dream, her future –...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Journeys: Young Readers’ Letters to Authors Who Changed Their Lives
Books can change lives — and here are more than...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
The Moonlight Meeting: The Nocturnals
In The Moonlight Meeting, Tobin, a sweet pangolin, Bismark, a...
 
3.0
 
0.0 (0)
The Hidden Kingdom: The Nocturnals Book 4
A group of veiled creatures--a chameleon, stick bugs and assorted...
 
3.0
 
0.0 (0)
In Sight of Stars
Seventeen-year-old Klee’s father was the center of his life. He...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
The Bokkaners of the North (Wyrms of Pasandir #3)
Against all odds, Eskandar and his bunch of ragtag youngsters...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)

Latest Member Reviews

Starswept (Starswept #1)
 
5.0
"Starswept was a really fascinating novel filled with adventure, music and romance. I loved the plot of the novel..."
Strain of Defiance
 
5.0
"After finishing the first book, I was more than excited to start the second and STRAIN OF DEFIANCE doesn't disappoint...."
The Fate of Ten (Lorien Legacies #6)
 
3.3
"The most recent in the Lorian series by Pittacus Lore this book is filled with twist, turns and exciting revelations..."
Exo
Exo
 
4.3
"Suit up, sci-fi fans—this isn’t your standard fare alien invasion plot. Several generations after being overtaken by a..."
The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave #1) - Rick Yancey
 
4.3
"This book was a thrill ride! We start with Cassie. She's lost her mother in the 3rd way and her..."
Of Jenny and the Aliens
 
3.3
"It's been ten years since Earth has found proof of aliens. When the aliens send a message, most people..."
The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave #1) - Rick Yancey
 
3.0
"This post-apocalyptic novel takes places in Dayton, Ohio following a wave of alien invasions that has devastated the Earth’s population..."
Dark Energy
 
3.3
"This was an intriguing and enjoyable read - yet, not what I expected. The snarky dialogue between Alice and her..."
Flying
 
4.0
"What I Loved: FLYING by Carrie Jones is a fun and fast read (with obvious nods to Men in..."
Flying
 
4.7
" Mana suffers from a little anxiety, but her Mom and her best friend, cross country runner and cheerleader Lyle,..."
Dark Energy
 
3.0
"Dark Energy is a Young Adult Science Fiction story about aliens. The main character is named Alice and her father..."
Their Fractured Light (Starbound #3)
 
3.0
"THEIR FRACTURED LIGHT is the final installment in this series. Despite the fact that the book centers on a whole..."
Dark Energy
 
4.0
"Alice's father is an important NASA researcher, so when an enormous space ship crash lands in the Midwest, killing a..."
Dark Energy
 
3.3
"Five days ago a UFO crashed in the Midwest. Alice's father is in NASA and gets to investigate the..."
Ignite the Shadows
 
4.0
"This YA Urban Fantasy takes on a Hackers meets Invasion Of The Bodysnatchers feel as readers follow a kickbutt heroine..."
The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave #1) - Rick Yancey
 
4.3
"This was a good book. At first I was reluctant to read this book, but once I got started, I..."
The Fate of Ten (Lorien Legacies #6)
 
3.7
"This story unfolds on two fronts, marked by two different typefaces: John Smith and Sam are in New York, trying..."
The Replaced (The Taking #2)
 
3.0
"THE REPLACED continues where THE TAKING left off. In THE REPLACED, Kyra is on her own journey to find Tyler..."
The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave #1) - Rick Yancey
 
4.3
"This book was so good. I loved reading it and I can tell you right now I will definitely reread..."
Polaris (Avalon #2)
 
4.3
"The sequel to Avalon finds Jeth and his crew on the run from the ITA, who are holding his mother..."