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Makiia Lucier

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5 verk 996 medlemmar 38 recensioner

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Makiia Lucier received a B.A. in journalism from the University of Oregon and a Master's in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her first novel, A Death-Struck Year, was published in 2014. (Bowker Author Biography)

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Year of the Reaper (2021) 312 exemplar, 4 recensioner
A Death-Struck Year (2014) 244 exemplar, 20 recensioner
Isle of Blood and Stone (2018) 210 exemplar, 7 recensioner
Dragonfruit (2024) 157 exemplar, 4 recensioner
Song of the Abyss (2019) 73 exemplar, 3 recensioner

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I really enjoyed this story. When I got home from a Hawaiian vacation and wanted more of the islands... I picked up this book. I really enjoyed it! I especially loved how it just felt so much like an island culture (appropriate, since it is) and how the MC has a worldbuilding reason for the ways she's special. (It never got annoying, because there was an explanation for the things she could do… and it didn't magically fix everything, either.)

There were a lot of things I really liked about this book. The seadragons were very cool. I liked them a lot. I got the same awe and magic from them that I remember from early readings of the Pern books. (Though these seadragons and Pern dragons are otherwise very different. They're only similar in my reaction to them.)

I also really liked the markings. I don't want to get a tattoo personally, but a marking—effectively a magical tattoo that is also an animal familiar—would be very cool. The two that appear as new markings during this book are my favorites.

There were a couple of things I didn't like as much, but honestly not many. I wasn't fond of the end result for Captain Erro, for example, and there was a particular scene that was especially heart-wrenching. I knew something of the sort was coming (it was hinted that something was wrong for long enough) but I didn't expect how it was going to go. However... even the bits I didn't like as much were still important for the book. They still made sense within the worldbuilding, and fit the characters' personalities.

I really enjoyed reading this, and it was a breath of fresh air. It felt very much like a book set among a fantasy version of Hawaii, with cultures and customs appropriate to the islands. (Note: there are many islands in the Pacific, but the Hawaiian islands are the only ones I have been to, so that is my comparison.) Also, though this is a YA book and there was a minor subplot of Prince Sam finding a wife, there was no fuss with love triangles or romantic angst, and the romance in the book was very light. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who thinks it sounds interesting, regardless of age. I think that even though it is a YA book, it has a much broader appeal, and could be enjoyed by everyone.

CW: animal death, kidnapping, spider (but a very good spider)
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½
 
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ca.bookwyrm | 3 andra recensioner | Jul 11, 2024 |
This book didn't quite live up to its potential, but I enjoyed it. I think I would have liked it more if I was quite a bit younger. Still, it was nice to read a YA fantasy that wasn't borderline erotica. Seems like that doesn't happen much since the whole romantasy thing really took off.
½
 
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AngelClaw | 3 andra recensioner | Jun 24, 2024 |
This wasn’t bad, but you could tell something was missing – maybe it was too low stakes or the characters didn’t develop much. Dragonfruit is strictly plot development.

But I did enjoy the female friendship (spoiler: You think it’s going to be typical girl hate but Rosamie has different motives for wanting Sam’s affection), the dragonfruit lore + the sentient tattoos, how characters aren’t just black and white with morality, and the tense family relations of Jejomar.

There’s potential for a very sweet ‘childhood friends to lovers’ romance here, but it’s almost nonexistent and rapid.

2.5
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DestDest | 3 andra recensioner | Jun 19, 2024 |
3.5

Dazzling sea dragons, desired dragonfruit eggs and deadly wishes.

That rating is basically for the sea dragons and Fetu.

This had an interesting premise but the execution was off. The pacing wasn’t quite right and the romance lacked chemistry. Highly valuable information wasn’t passed on and the choices made regarding dangerous criminals were silly. As I said, the idea is fantastic but it wasn’t fully fleshed out.
Justice for the sea dragons
 
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spiritedstardust | 3 andra recensioner | Jun 1, 2024 |

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Verk
5
Medlemmar
996
Popularitet
#25,871
Betyg
3.8
Recensioner
38
ISBN
28
Språk
2

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