Book Review: Tess of the Road (ARC)

Disclaimer** I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
tessSeries: Standalone
Published by: Random House
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 544
Source: ARC via Netgalley
Release Date: February 27th, 2018
Rating: DNFed @ 44%

In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can’t make a scene at your sister’s wedding and break a relative’s nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he is) and not suffer the consequences. As her family plans to send her to a nunnery, Tess yanks on her boots and sets out on a journey across the Southlands, alone and pretending to be a boy.

Where Tess is headed is a mystery, even to her. So when she runs into an old friend, it’s a stroke of luck. This friend is a quigutl–a subspecies of dragon–who gives her both a purpose and protection on the road. But Tess is guarding a troubling secret. Her tumultuous past is a heavy burden to carry, and the memories she’s tried to forget threaten to expose her to the world in more ways than one.

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I feel bad that I had to DNF (did not finish) this book. Especially because Random House was kind enough to let me review it! For some reason I just couldn’t get into the story. There were too many words in the story that I didn’t know so I had no idea what was going on. After reading the book about 44% of the way through, the only thing I understood was that Tess was just walking. That’s about it. There didn’t seem to be much of a destination in mind and therefore, I felt like there wasn’t much of a plot.

I did really enjoy Tess’s character. I thought she was fun and sassy. Her mother, on the other hand, was a piece of work. I get she only wanted the best for Tess but she didn’t execute it well. I also found Tess’s friend, Pathka, to be super interesting but I didn’t know what they were exactly. I pictured them as a dragon shaped dog for some reason??

The cover is absolutely gorgeous. I’m very sad I couldn’t get into the story. However, I think other people would like it! Especially if they enjoyed Seraphina ๐Ÿ™‚


4 thoughts on “Book Review: Tess of the Road (ARC)”

  1. I have to admit that the sound of book where you just didn’t understand anything is pretty insane!!! Especially when it’s YA and it’s an author who’s pretty popular for all her dragon-related stories! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Hope your next book will be a better one. Thanks for the honest review. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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