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 🙂