Friday, February 23, 2018

Review: Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

Title: Tess of the Road
Author: Rachel Hartman
Publication Date: February 27, 2018
Publisher:Random House Books for Young Readers
Format: E-arc
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy

In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can't make a scene at your sister's wedding and break a relative's nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he is) and not suffer the consequences. As her family plans to send her to a nunnery, Tess yanks on her boots and sets out on a journey across the Southlands, alone and pretending to be a boy. Where Tess is headed is a mystery, even to her. So when she runs into an old friend, it's a stroke of luck. This friend is a quigutl--a subspecies of dragon--who gives her both a purpose and protection on the road. But Tess is guarding a troubling secret. Her tumultuous past is a heavy burden to carry, and the memories she's tried to forget threaten to expose her to the world in more ways than one.

I don't know about you but just from reading the synopsis I got this feeling of this story being a Disney's Brave meets Arya from Game of Thrones and I could not be anymore excited. I will be very honest when I say that I have not seen every episode of Games of Thrones but I do know, for a fact, that Arya is someone I would not to mess with and that is what I was beginning to think about Tess. 

This was a story that I built up my excitement for but ultimately fell short in the end. I understand that most all stories, especially fantasies, may have a slow beginning but by page three hundred I am hoping for things to have sped up. Maybe my excitement got the better of me but the story was just flat. Yes, some things happened, Tess went places, but nothing exciting or blood racing ever happened. Also, I did spend a lot of time wondering about the dragons. 

I have not had the opportunity to read her other books but I am a little nervous to move forward with them. However, I have heard nothing but amazing remarks when we bring up Seraphina.  However, when talking about the writing quality of this book, Hartman undeniably succeed at this. 

Overall, this unfortunately was a miss read for me. I still encourage you to check it out and see what you think. This could just not be my type of read. Tess of the Road although written perfectly gave a story that missed its mark.  

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