Summary: An epic novel of politics, religion, war and love that will leave you wanting to read everything Julia Golding is capable of writing. Chapter 1 The Fourth Crown Princess of the Blue Crescent Islands had sixteen rituals to observe from the moment of waking to when she broke her fast. Dragonfly is a fun, lighthearted read about romance, religion, and cultural differences. In terms of plot, it’s not particularly special. It’s pretty.

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And this, after years of living, as a prince, in an obsessively male-dominated society, where he wouldn’t give Tashi the time of day not two weeks before? But then it turns out she was blonde and I was like, nevermind.

Grades 7 and up She fights, in what ways she can, for what she holds dear and believes. I did, however, find some similarities to that of Asian cultures. And those are always the kind of books I love. Tashi is described to be wearing a white face powder with kohl marked around her eye like a Geisha. These books are great tween-teen reads. Darcy’s and Elizabeth’s, but you could draw parallels to Buttercup and Westley’s too. I enjoyed this book but I was glad it wasn’t a series.

It makes it more interesting. Despite this, Dragonfly really was a nice read.

Dragonfly by Julia Golding – book review

The different cultures were fascinating: When the two characters get kidnapped and embark on a dangerous adventure they learn to tolerate and even respect each other. This is a stand-alone story, so no sequel or cliff hanger although there is a companion novel. Within a scene, she will switch cleanly between one point of view to another. The only thing I didn’t like about it, was that it’s not part of a series. And Ramil’s not too pleased either.

Paperbackpages. And will the people they meet on their adventure – including dragofnly circus strongman, a daring rebel leader, a sinister master of spies and the best female fighter they have ever nulia – help them or betray them to the enemy?

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Prince Ramil is none too pleased either, wishing to marry for love rather than politics, as his father did. I liked that cultural differences are what Tashi and Ramil have to work through rather than Great and Dramatic Drama.

I found all the Goddess talk annoying but I liked that Tashi was so imperturbable and I grew fond of her quite quickly. Golding created an interesting world with fairly well developed cultures, but I just wasn’t that interested in what was happening to the other characters. They became flat and dull, but I enjoyed how they fought their own separate battles in order to be together, instead of having the woman cling on to the man like a leech.

I’m only frustrated because this book could have been so much more and I cared enough to want it to be morebut instead it died in favor of Ram and Tashi’s dramatic, predictable love affair. They escape and get into a lot more action, meeting a variety of colorful characters along the way. The other three Crown Pri This wonderful tale of adventure, self-discovery and love is marketed to the year-old age group like Anne of Green Gables – always a surprise, since when I finally got around to reading it at 14 Dtagonfly really struggled with drwgonflybut is highly enjoyable for any age group.

Tasha and Ramil begin to change their attitudes toward each other–and to grow up fast, as they are constantly threatened with death. The character development, though, was everything.

Review | Dragonfly by Julia Golding

My latest series, which starts with Mel Foster and the Demon Butler, about an intrepid Victorian orphan who lives in a household of monsters, won Bronze in the Primary Teacher awards in It is a patriarchal, hereditary country to the Islands matriarchal society, whose rulers are elected.

They escape the fortress after they’ve been kidnapped without much planning or consideration, just some dumb luck that had, “Hey, look! It’s difficult to write novels with a prince and princess escaping an arranged marriage unpredictably, but this was incredibly predictable.

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The ones who should be horrible are horrible and the ones who should be good are good. It was also interesting to see the rragonfly of cultures.

Want to Read saving…. She is also the youngest at 16 years old, and the oldest is 84, which is the first crowned princess. She began the book as a very timid girl, but she grew considerably through the folding becoming a woman I would have loved if only she would let me. You kinda know what’s going to happen and some elements of the story weren’t that much of a surprise.

A young girl goes to wed a prince, but bby the two of them can wed they are both kidnapped [s] 4 31 Jul 30, To ask other readers questions about Dragonflyplease sign up.

The story was very much about cultures learning to adapt to each other’s customs and differences, and perhaps finding some similarities along the way. Now she is a good character all around but there were parts where I was just begging her to do something and she did something else. Unless, of course, the protagonist is male. His culture is boisterous, warm, and borderline uncouth.

The character development was great. I know, I know – books that are planned out are good! I’ve noticed that I I really enjoyed this book! There was Yelena, who is a strong, physical fighter and a woman, who shares these characteristics with Junis, Fergox’s sister. As much as I wanted to like it, I can only give it three gollding.