Original Title: Acne, Asthma, And Other Signs You Might Be Half Dragon
Year Published: 2015
Published by: Curiousity Quills Press
Number of Pages: 213
First Sentence: “Before I was close enough to be slathered in anti-acne cream, the kiosk lady had her bottle at the ready.”
Goodreads Rating: 3/5
Allyson fights acne, not trolls.
As an inhaler-carrying member of the asthma society, she just wants to meet the father who turned her mother into a paranoid, move-across-the-nation freak. Now she’s trying to fit in at yet another school, but for the first time in her life, she has a best friend, Beth.
When Allyson accidentally spits fire at kidnappers in the mall, she realizes why her father isn’t in the picture: she’s half dragon. Her acne? Emerging scales. Her asthma? The side effects of her dragon’s fire breath.
Instead of freaking out, unflappable Beth reveals her own troll heritage and explains how things work with the supernatural creatures hiding within the modern world of smartphones and skyscrapers.
When trolls kidnap a unicorn, Beth gets blamed. Allyson is determined to prove Beth’s innocence and keep her friend off the unicorn chopping block. When they start looking for the kidnappers, they get a call from the last person they expect: Allyson’s father. He tries to warn them off, but he’s been put under a spell by the kidnappers to keep the victims from escaping. Nothing short of death can stop him.
Now Allyson must choose between killing the father she’s always dreamed of, or letting her best friend die for a crime she didn’t commit.
I decided to read this mainly because of the gorgeous cover (LOOK AT IT!!!). It drew me to it like a moth to a flame. The blurb did sound kind of awesome as well so it was a done deal. The inside is not as great as that stunning cover though. In fact, I’d almost say that you should settle for gawking at the cover and then move on.
The characters are super flat. Which was so disappointing. They had so much potential at the start of the book and just fell super flat. It was like they were stuck on the starting block, waiting for the whistle that would signal the start of the race. And that whistle never comes.
Okay, I am well aware that any fantasy or sci-fi book plot is technically unrealistic but some still feel very realistic. This too often treads in the territory of the unrealistic. Two teenage girls driving cross country? I doubt they’d make it very far. A lot of other things are also super realistic, like if you know your daughter is half-dragon don’t you tell her? Especially when she starts showing signs that the dragon side is really strong (like growing scales)? Bad parenting.
The plot like the characters just fell flat. It just felt like the author tried to pack in as much plot lines and action as possible and it didn’t really work. A lot of the plot was easy to figure out and some of the twists and turns just felt awkward instead of a natural development of the plot.
Do I recommend it?
Not really. There are better ya-novels out there.