Tuesday, October 22, 2019

#Review:: A Wild and Unremarkable Thing

A Wild and Unremarkable Thing
Author: Jen Castleberry
Publisher: Parliament House Press
Release Date: December 7th, 2017
YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Cayda has spent her entire life training to slay a Fire Scale. Now the time has come to leave her dragon-ravaged village behind, march into the Summer Alps, and reap the rewards of a Champion. But the road between poverty and prosperity is rife with beasts, betrayals, and baser temptations. Sensible Cayda soon discovers she’s not the only Champion with her eye on the prize, or the only one wearing a disguise.

A Wild and Unremarkable Thing pits girl against dragon in a stunning blend of Greek mythology and medieval lore. Don’t miss the thrilling novella that readers are calling poetic, enchanting, and a must-read for fans of fantasy!

 My thoughts...
Let's talk about that amazing cover! I didn't even realize that there was a 'thing' in the background at first.. I legit think this is the first time I've seen it! LOLz, AWAUT, was a great read.
 I loved Cody/Cayda, she is forced to pretend to be a man/ boy everyday of her life. She is trained (by trained, I mean that tough love crap people do to boys to make them stronger) to be fierce, and strong to kill a dragon. Cayda needs to become a champion to support her family. Her father is a ****, no way around that, mom can't help her but Cayda's sisters are treated like queen's by their father. But they are forced to work in a brothel. Unfortunately, Cayda isn't strong enough to stand up to their father but she does manage to save herself. So that's a win!  Not really sure why the father pampered the other sisters but not Cayda..maybe he felt guilt from forcing the girls to work in a brothel. It's weird dynamic to read because you want there to be camaraderie/love between the father and Cayda but she is seen as a means to an end. An end of being poor, and not respected, if Cody wins the townspeople will have no choice but to respect Cody's family. Cody/Cayda develops like two personalities because she's forced to be this man/boy in public. All Cody wants to do is win, and support her sisters. Cayda takes her failures personal because she knows she holds the power to provide for her sisters. We meet Penn who happens to be the God of  death, in human form. Who comes out every 15 years, to find a replacement. Penn was interesting to read, because you expect him to be terrible but he's not. I mean he is thee God of Death, and he might have a crush on Cayda.. Penn also helps Cody when he needs help. Wolfe was a terrible character who had it coming. Cayda sisters meet Fares who was attacked but they don't know that he's the crowned prince. Nothing like romance, and heartache to save the day! I loved the ending, happy for Cayda and her family!
 My rating 4/5
  **I received an ARC of this book from Parliament House Press in exchange for an honest review. **
About the Author
Jen Castleberry resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and pets. Her background is in Communications and Animal Welfare. All of her pets are named after superheroes!

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