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Blazewrath Games av Amparo Ortiz
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Blazewrath Games (utgåvan 2020)

av Amparo Ortiz (Författare)

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Titel:Blazewrath Games
Författare:Amparo Ortiz (Författare)
Info:Page Street Kids (2020), 368 pages
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First: I really enjoyed most of this, especially how much time was spent on the sport of Blazewrath itself and how diverse it was. And I appreciated that the MC is someone who doesn't have any magic or a dragon, and is a Latina who has others tell her she isn't Latina enough. And it read and moved pretty quick with lots of twists and turns. All great things. I wish there had been pictures of the dragons.

Despite that, I'm not sure it's going to age well. Lana and Samira are really into teen speak and current-day slang, which was a little cringey as I was reading it, but maybe middle schoolers won't care as much. But slang moves so quickly that it won't even be relevant anymore (and, I mean, I think it's relevancy isn't what it was even when Ortiz published). And Russia's team is made up entirely of LGBT members? Yeah right. And Lana is... well, I don't know if "annoying" is the right word (that's for Victoria LOL), but she acts way more mature than a regular 17-year old how is she the only one to figure out or even suspect that Andrew is Barnes's heir? That thought crossed literally no one's minds? (but of course this is YA and in YA lit all kids have to be smarter and more capable than adults). ( )
  Elna_McIntosh | Sep 29, 2021 |
Quidditch using dragons instead of a broomstick? Yeah baby. Too bad the rest of the plot could not keep up. Lana lives in the U.S., and her dream is to participate in the Blazewrath Games for her native Puerto Rico. She lives with her mother, who is adamantly opposed to dragons while her father works in another country in a dragon sanctuary. Displaying bravery in saving her cousin from a dragon, Lana gets to join the team. Meanwhile, there is a rogue villain and an ex-Blazewrath champion with an unknown agenda, staging protests and killing agents of the Magic Bureau. Sadly, there were too many things going on and the plot was not coherent. I think that Ortiz's (and Lana's) Puerto Rican pride was the other highlight of the book. 2.5 stars, rounded up. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Alumni Guest Reviewer: Hayley

Grade range: 8th Grade and up
Genre: Sports Fantasy
Literary Merit: Good
Characterization: Good

Lana Torres has only had one goal in her life, competing in the Blazewrath World Cup. The tournament is dangerous with both high risk and high reward. Luckily for Lana, a spot to be Puerto Rico’s runner, the one position without a dragon, has opened. Right before Lana has her chance to interview for it, a tragedy happens, causing her to miss what she thinks is her one chance to make the team. However, once the accident is over, she is formally invited to join the team because of her quick thinking and bravery. Lana believes all of her dreams have come true, until things begin going down hill once she signs herself away on the contract and she starts uncovering a scheme that will jeopardize her dream. Sire, a legendary dragon turned human, demands for the Cup to be cancelled, or else the dragon sanctuaries all over the world will go up in flames. Lana will have to do more than just compete for the Cup to protect everything she knows and loves.

Blazewrath Games holds excitement on every page as it delves deeper into the plot. The world building integrates magic into a modern society very well. Everyone knows about magic, it's even stated by Lana. Everyone learns about magic in school, no matter your status of being a wizard or a regular, a non magic person. At the beginning of each chapter, we are given tidbits of information that help us become more invested in the world. You get to learn a ton about dragons, the types, the history, and the bonds they create with their riders. Every character that was introduced within the book was multidimensional and had a distinct personality . Lana especially grows as a person, discovering what it means to be Puerto Rican and how it defines her. Each relationship within the book was developed, as seen with Lana and her Mother. In the beginning, their opinions clashed because Lana’s mother disliked dragons and the sport, but she still lets her daughter compete. Their strained relationship bloomed into something more positive throughout the book. The representation was wonderful to read, with lots of LGBTQ+ supporting characters and the main character being Puerto Rican.

Recommendation: If you like dragons and magic with the thrill of competition, this is the one for you! ( )
  SWONroyal | Oct 23, 2020 |
There will be HP comparisons and they have some merit, but this stands alone extremely well. Great array of dragons, a worldwide competition that many readers would love to be in, plenty of action and suspense, loss, redemption and a really likable protagonist. All in all a very satisfying read. ( )
  sennebec | Oct 17, 2020 |
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