Piper has never seen the Mark of the Dragonfly until she finds the girl amid the wreckage of a caravan in the Meteor Fields. The girl doesn’t remember a thing about her life, but the intricate tattoo on her arm is proof that she’s from the Dragonfly Territories and that she’s protected by the king. Which means a reward for Piper if she can get the girl home. The one sure way to the Territories is the 401, a great old beauty of a train. But a ticket costs more coin than Piper could make in a year. And stowing away is a difficult prospect–everyone knows that getting past the peculiar green-eyed boy who stands guard is nearly impossible. Life for Piper just turned dangerous. A little bit magical. And very exciting, if she can manage to survive the journey.
The character’s were okay in this book. I mean if someone died in this book, I wouldn’t care for a minute. The stakes didn’t seem very high and the author made it feel like it was too high than it really was. Our main protagonist, Piper was okay and her character was a bit dull.
The mood and world building were a bit fascinating at the beginning but didn’t stay the whole story. This book was a mix of Cinder by: Marissa Meyer and The Polar Express, If you like those I think you’d enjoy this, unfortunately I didn’t.
Well I regret to say I wasn’t a fan of this. The kids acted older than they really were, what are they 12, 13? Well they acted WAY older. This book is in the genre for Steampunk, for those who don’t know what that is it is a fantasy story that if barely beginning to develop technology. With this story the magic came at about three-quarters of the entire book. Is it just me or does it seem like it took to long to get into the magic. I liked the Steampunk feel to it but It needs more of the Show don’t tell aspect to it. I’ll show you what I mean in the example below.
Kind So and so was very angry!
A vein bulged out of Kind So and So’s forehead. His face was red, and his eyes stared like daggers into the other’s souls.
See what I mean, I mean overall Jaleigh did a pretty good job at this but I would have loved this more if she did this instead of randomly info dumping. And finally I felt like this author tried to make this YA to appeal to a wider audience and I don’t feel like that worked, But overall this book was pretty good, I would NOT suggest this to a reader who is just beginning to start reading, I would recommend it to someone who’s read for a while.
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Overall this book was just okay and It didn’t really appeal to me as much. I wish I could have liked it more but I couldn’t.