Series: Airwoman, #1
Author: Zara Quentin
Publishing Date: October 25th 2016
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Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Jade Gariq is the daughter of a respected Taraqan leader, and the heiress to Gariq Industries—a large, cross-Portal trading company. Her future appears to be set.
Except for one thing: It’s a life that she doesn’t want.
Jade has always dreamed of joining the Traveller Force—the elite Taraqans who traverse the Betwixt, filled with terrifying beasts, and who protect and patrol the Dragonverse. Despite having been Travellers themselves once, Jade’s parents remain vehemently against risking their only daughter’s life. When Jade’s father dies suddenly, she inherits Gariq Industries, its assets, trade deals and social responsibilities.
It seems as though her fate has once again been decided.
Meanwhile, Axel—her close friend and secret crush—disappears without a trace. Then Jade discovers the circumstances surrounding her father’s death are not what they seem— her uncle Zorman suspects foul play. To find the truth and avenge her father’s death, Jade travels to an uncharted world, where she will learn more about her family, herself, loyalty, and betrayal than she ever imagined.
*I was sent by the author a finish copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. This, by any means, did not affect my review. *
I honestly don’t know how am I going to write this review. Despite the fact that I really enjoyed this, there are also things that I didn’t like – which are mostly on the beginning – so I decided to just enumerate them.
What I hated/disliked:
- It took me way too long to finish this. The first hundred pages – or more – really failed to grip my interest so it became a bit of a tough time for me going through those pages. I think I read this for 3 weeks even though I’m certain I can finish this in less than a week – maybe 3 days – if I just didn’t have a problem reading it in the start.
- I was so confused on what type of creature they really were, on the very start. At first I thought they were dragons (hello they live in Dragonverse) because of their physical descriptions – as you can see in the cover – but then, I also felt like they were just like humans with wings and tails because I really can’t feel that they were dragons. But then later on I realized that they’re just Taraqans. Not dragons or humans with wings and tails or both but Taraqans, a whole different creature (which is… cool). Though there are also real dragons here.
- Kyssa and Jade’s friendship. I was just so annoyed by it at the start. I couldn’t take how Jade can call her best friend when their relationship was so full of jealousy and insecurity. Like it’s just toxic.
- Jade herself. I don’t completely hate her. I know some people may like her but I just.. This mostly applied on the middle part of the story. I just couldn’t stand how naïve, soft-hearted and easily fooled she can be. Like, she wanted to become a Traveller all her life. That’s her dream but when she finally had the chance to be one, she was so weak and it’s like she was so unprepared for it. Like, hello? IT’S HER DREAM. She spent years pursuing her parents to let her join but when she’s finally there, it’s like she’s proving them us that she doesn’t deserve that spot. I just couldn’t understand how could she dream of becoming a Traveller when she knows that it requires skills, strength and bravery while she’s not that physically capable and soft inside and not doing anything about it. Another thing is that, there are situations where she should be tougher but she’s not and I was like “COME ON GIRL, FIGHT!” She’s like that caged princess who’s been dreaming of getting out of that cage ever since assuming that she knows everything and can survive anything outside that cage but truly, she don’t.
What I loved/liked:
- Rich world-building. Though at first, it was so confusing and the first chapter became an information-overload, I still really loved how strong and imaginative it is. It’s not just a completely different world but a completely different universe, Zara Quentin created right there. Earth is even included in that universe though it certainly is NOT our universe. Imagine Earth being made by Dragon-Gods.
- Despite that I figured out easily who the murderer is and I wasn’t surprised by some of the events anymore, I still found myself really enjoying the plot and how smooth the flow of the story is. I think things just went naturally and after my struggle on the first hundred pages or more, the flow just went smoothly.
- This is pretty unique. Given that we don’t usually see a book with characters that are not humans, it was such a different experience.
- Jade’s determination. Yes, even if I didn’t like her mostly there is still something I saw in her that I really liked. She’s just determined to do something that she started – especially seeking justice for her father. Even if I didn’t like some of her ways, she’s still not easy to quit.
- I loved that even if the romance was there, it didn’t steal the spotlight of the story on Jade’s journey of seeking justice for her father and completing her mission.
- The ending. It was so beautiful. Even though it’s sort of a cliffhanger, I was still happy with it because of the huge development on Jade’s character and how her journey of seeking justice for her father have been closed.
If you are up into exploring a new world universe and want to read a story of adventure, discovery and seeking justice then you should try this.
She also inherited a love of reading from her mother. Throughout her childhood she explored fictional places through books, and in particular, through fantasy novels. She’d turn the black and white text on the page into the colourful worlds of her imagination.
After graduating from high school, Zara studied at the University of Adelaide and has lived in France, London, and Auckland, New Zealand. She is always determined to fit in as much travel as possible, spending time in Europe, the United States, southern Africa, Morocco, Peru, the Pacific and south-east Asia.
Zara now resides in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and three children. She is currently working on the next instalment in the Airwoman series.
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