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Young Adult Fiction 2008
Adventurous YA
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
I had such fun reading this book. My oldest son turned me into a dinosaur nerd when he was around 5 years old (he carried plastic dinosaurs with him wherever we went), so I loved the adventure and wonder of discovering new dinosaur breeds and fossils in this novel.

The two MCs, Samuel and Rachel, are nearly polar opposites in personality - him being more rash and impulsive, and Rachel the more practical and balanced type. But they share a deep love of paleontology and their personalities play off each other quite well. At times, they also display more maturity than their competitor fathers and it makes for some humorous situations. While the reader knows a romance between them is a given, I appreciated that the author gave each of them their own character arcs apart from the romance, which made it a more interesting read for me.

I enjoyed everything about this book - the paleontology, feuding fathers, wild west setting with Native Americans, and the determination of a young woman to follow her own dreams during a time period where it was unheard for women to have dreams other than marriage and children. Highly recommended for readers who enjoy a well-paced adventure, humor, and a dash of romance thrown in.

Thanks to Edelweiss for the review copy in exchange for an honest review.
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