- Dragonfly Wishes: A Fairy Tale Retelling
- Rochelle Bradley
- July 16, 2021
- Samantha Novak
Dragonfly Wishes gets a hard pass from me. This book is way too janky to recommend. This review will contain minor spoilers, not that I think it matters, as it’s not worth reading.
There’s a scene where Arianna’s uncle is swatting at Kyan the dragonfly because he’s afraid of him. He tells her to flush it down the toilet. Another scene plays and then suddenly he’s referring to her “magical wish-granting friend” and setting up a store for her to sell her designs. One minute, he’s telling her he’s going to penalize her for drawing, and the next, he’s setting up a store. In one scene, Arianna finds out Kyan is a prince. She asks if dragons wear crowns. Then in a later scene, she gets on him about being a prince and not knowing his mother was a queen.
See where I’m going with this? It’s constantly jumping the plot forward and references moments that didn’t happen. I was seriously wondering if somebody just cut out 80% of the book and expected it to be coherent. It clearly builds up to Arianna leaving her world to live in Kyan’s, he constantly talks about her as if he’s in love. But they barely know each other. The audiobook is 3 1/2 hours long. That’s not enough time to get invested in or care about these characters or their issues.
Maybe if the book didn’t seem as if it was time skipping constantly, and had a coherent plot, it could work. The first time, I thought I zoned out and missed some important plot points. But then it kept happening.
I’ve made it known numerous times in my reviews that I can’t stand narrators who make up words. “Onvelope” isn’t a word. you don’t “onter” a room, “ongage” with other people or “ontertain” guests at a party. There’s also an obnoxious static present throughout the background of the book that I found distracting and unprofessional.
NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.