Friday, January 10, 2014

Book Review: The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson

Book Description: 
In the scrap towns, a day's pay depends on what you find in the Meteor fields. Storms rain down objects from other lands, and ever since Piper's father died, scavenging these odds and ends is how she lives. 
Until the day Piper hits gold.
Unconscious, lying in the fields amid the rubble of her carriage, is a girl. She's beautiful and well-dressed, and the Dragonfly tattooed on her wrist confirms that she's the most valuable thing Piper has ever stumbled across. 
The Mark of the Dragonfly means the girl is from the Dragonfly Territories, and it also means that if Piper can get her back there, she might get a reward. Enough coin that she could start a life far from the wastelands of her scrap town. 
Getting to the Dragonfly Territories isn't easy, though. The 401 train is the safest way, but Piper will have to sneak aboard, and convincing the mysterious girl to join her seems unlikely--until there's a knock on the door.
The girl is more valuable than Piper could ever have imagined. There are people who want her back. Important people. And the scary truth is, regardless of what the girl wants, these people won't stop until they have her. 
Piper wants to start a new life, but running for it isn't how she thought she'd get there. And now making it to the Dragonfly Territories looks like a race that might be impossible to finish alive.

Book Review:

 Lately it seems like if I ever get a book that I don't know anything about, from an author I know nothing about (unless it's Christian Fiction) I find stuff in the book that I don't appreciate, such as swearing or more passion than I think is appropriate. So when I saw The Mark of the Dragonfly on NetGalley I almost didn't read it, but I figured middle grade fiction should be okay. I'm so glad I decided to read it. The Mark of the Dragonfly is a mix between Cinder and Polar Express and some mythological thrown in. Okay, that maybe a poor description, but I don't know how else to describe it. As far as content is concerned it's clean. There is no language, lust, and while there is fighting and blood, it's not anything that I wouldn't mind a fifth grader and older reading. Don't think that it's just written for kids though. I convinced my husband to give it a try, and he told me he really likes it so far. It's well written and entertaining. The characters are strong, and the plot isn't completely predicable. In fact it went places I wasn't expecting at all. My only complaints are that sometimes it moved along a little quickly and all of a sudden some conflict was resolved and I was, "Oh..that was easy". Also, the ending didn't quite do it for me. I loved that it did end though. No cliff hanger, no obvious "this will have a sequel (although if it did I would love to read it)". It was just kind of...sweetness wrapped up in a little bow. I love happy endings, this one was just...I don't know. It came out of no where I guess. Those little things weren't enough to keep me from reading it again, or recommending it though.

About the Author:

JALEIGH JOHNSON is the author of three books for adults. The Mark of the Dragonfly is her first book for young readers. She lives outside of Chicago.

Title: The Mark of the Dragonfly
Author: Jaleigh Johnson
Publisher: Random House Children's
                  Delacorte BFYR
Published: Expected March 2014
ISBN: 0385376154
Source: I received an eCopy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.