Review: Dragon Awakened by Jaime Rush

Posted December 20, 2013 by Shari in Reviews / 3 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Dragon Awakened by Jaime Rush
Dragon Awakened

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Series: The Hidden,
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Forever
Released on December 17, 2013
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Dragon Awakened by Jamie Rush really intrigued me. Dragons are hot romance novel fodder, and I have only found a few I actually like. This one left me confused as there were names given to the paranormal races that I didn’t understand until they were explained later, which killed some of my enjoyment in understanding and getting into the story.

Dragon Awakened is the first book in a new series, The Hidden. There are two novellas that come before this one, Dragon Mine and Dragon Rising. While I haven’t read the novellas, I would highly suggest starting with them. I hope they explain a lot of what I found missing in the first story.

Ruby Salazaar has always felt a little different, but she really doesn’t know why. She sees things out of the corner of her eye, but when she really looks they are gone. When her parents are murdered, she is adopted by her “uncle” and raised in his magic show. But her first love is her “Yard” where she works on cars and junk.

Ruby encounters danger at her uncle’s house one day where she fights and eludes a mystical orb intent on killing both her and her uncle. Succeeding at dispatching the orb, Ruby is too late for her uncle, who breathes his last word: Cyntag. Out for revenge, she goes for Cyntag, only to learn the world is a much more complicated place than what she thought.

Cyntag Valeron has been holding onto secrets for a long time. His parents were killed hundreds of years ago and he was taken in by the Guild to be raised as an assassin. Performing missions without fail, his last one takes a piece of him he can’t replace: killing Ruby’s parents for something they had not done. His one final act was to kill the child, but he couldn’t. Instead he takes her to her grandfather to be raised.

Now here comes the part that I had problems with. There aren’t only dragons in this world. I am fine with that, but it takes a while to explain the basics, like Deuces, Gods, Mundanes and how cross breeding Dragons and Deuces, doesn’t make a combination. The child is one or the other. So Ruby’s parents are dragon mother and deuce father, grandfather and uncle. While she is growing up, her uncle creates a story about dragons where the heroine and hero are really Ruby and Cyntag.

So…basically her family denies her dragon side and never tells her. She gets mysterious rashes, which is her dragon side wanting to come out and play. Cyntag “activates” her dragon side and the fast paced story begins to save the world. But I didn’t buy the attraction between the two. It just didn’t jump off the pages and grab me.

Some other issues I had were that the dragons talked to each other in dragon form and I kept imagining their snouts going up and down. It just became distracting. The passion was lacking. While there were some secondary characters, you don’t get to know them much and some seem to just pop in and out.

While I had a hard time with this story, it is the first book in a series and that is when you have to set up the story line and world. This just fell to the troubles of building a world I believe can be here. Hopefully future books will weed out all the problems I just couldn’t get over to enjoy this book.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Sophia Rose
Sophia Rose
8 years ago

Sounds like there’s a lot going on and you’re probably right about the novellas explaining stuff.

Braine TS
8 years ago

Cripes! I do hate it when “creatures” aren’t introduced properly. That’s the challenge of writing fantasy stuff, the world building has to be complex enough to be fantastical and the characters & creatures relatable to an extent so it won’t fly over our heads.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

Aw I’m sorry to hear this one didn’t work for you. I read Dragon Mine and enjoyed it. It’s been a while since I read it but I don’t remember being too confused on set up, etc so it probably had things explained fairly well. That’s sad to see that it didn’t carry over into book 1.