Dragons of Yosemite Valley: Book 2
Author: Genna Donaghy
Release Date: 9/22/17 Price: $2.99
Reviewed by Elaine
Cover Art: Neutral background, a shirtless man with bulging biceps is gazing upwards, apparently deep in thought. He has a picture of a dragon tattoo on his chest, which could be blended a touch better, so it looks more real. The book title and author’s name are in large, clear and legible font.
Blurb: The blurb is extremely brief and to the point, explaining Kai’s kidnapping and setting up the conflict within the book in a straightforward, concise manner. It could be a bit longer and more descriptive to entice a reader further, but it does the job fairly well.
Main Characters: Kai Jefferson, Human male
Sebastian the Silver, Draconem
A year after Kai was kidnapped, he has settled into his life in Zoar, a parallel universe in which the Draconem and their Servis’ reside. He and Sebastian are working on their relationship, because hey – it can be a little rough to be kidnapped at a bank robbery and forced to live in a far off, familiar but rustic parallel world without the modern conveniences that you are used to. Genna does a great job with Kai’s character, keeping his human sensibilities in a world that turns cruel, specifically with the cull. I really understand Kai’s emotions. Life is good with Sebastion, but some aspects of Draconem life are horrible, and when Kai does his best to protect his new family it just makes me love him even more.
Sebastian – where do I start? He had me at hello. All alpha- big, tall and swoon-worthy he will protect Kai and his race with his dying breath. The only thing that drives me nuts is the “don’t worry your pretty little head about it” attitude.
Secondary Characters: I love how Genna has written the secondary characters. While you don’t always need them, in a community setting like Zoar, it is important that we feel like it is truly a community. With the good and the bad. I get the sense that most of Zoar is a happy, well-adjusted society apart from the King and Queen. The other members of the Draconem are pivotal in Kai’s development and future happiness with his mate and are reflected as such in her writing.
Plot: First and foremost, this is not a standalone novel. Book one must be read to understand the background of the story. Don’t worry – it’s a fun one.
We have a wicked King and an even more despicable queen who wants to eat the humans in her “hoard” so that she can come into season and clutch. Seem simple enough, but entertaining. My heart could break a bit at that point because the humans are very valued and are supposed to be protected. Unfortunately, it doesn’t break (I love it when a book makes me cry). This is the only point where I feel that we could use just a little more angst. Maybe by actually showing the cull, and not just talking about it. I am probably in the minority who want to see the dragons eat the people. When Kai is banished back to his human world unexpectedly, the author spares no detail in telling, and it is done perfectly. I wince at his injuries, my heart feeling the loss of his mate.
Flow/Continuity: Genna’s storytelling is smooth and set at a perfect pace, with nothing interrupting the flow or out of natural progression.
Conflict and Climax: The climb to the climax was long and winding, growing just a bit more suspenseful with each twist and turn.
Writing Style: This book was written in third person.
Editing: Unfortunately, the editing of the blurb could be tightened up a bit. Other than those couple of errors the book was edited just fine. I think it was just overlooked.
Formatting: Formatting is good, scene changes are readily apparent, and chapters are clearly marked.
Conclusion: This was a tough review to write. I would pick the book up to look something up and keep reading. So many times that I think that I have read it 4 times. That is how much I enjoyed this 2 book series. I am sad that it is the end of Kai and Sebastian’s story. Be sure that I will check out further writing from this author.
I give this book 9 out of 10.