Sunday, May 25, 2014

Spearwood Academy One: Episodes 1–5 by A.S. Oren

Spearwood Academy One: Episodes 1-5 (The Spearwood Academy Series)
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Spearwood Academy One: Episodes 1-5 by A.S. Oren
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Current Rating on Goodreads: 4.14 of 5 stars
Pages: 144
Synopsis (via Goodreads):

Avalon is the first female of her kind in centuries. She is a dragon shapeshifter, who is painfully cursed to turn into her dragon form every night. Spearwood Academy has the answers to her questions, but there is just one problem, up until she came along it was an all boy school. How ever will this Harry Potter geek, Whovian and Nerdfighter wade through the waters of testosterone, greed and even love?

*****I recieved a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.*****

This story is set in modern times, and is centred on Avalon, the only living female dragon user of her time. Avalon lives in Bellingham, Washington with Edgar, her adoptive dad, who found her near his barn as a baby with just a blanket and a piece of paper with her name. Imagine his shock when the baby he found that day turned into a dragon at night, but he kept her and raised her as his own.
Now almost 15 years later, she changes forcibly into a dragon every night, and still has no idea why. But on her 15th birthday, she gets a shock. She's being sent to Spearwood Academy, an all boys boarding school in Tibet! Where all the students are like her. Will she finally know the truth?

Why does Avvi (Avalon) change each night?
Because of The Gypsy Curse.
(view spoiler)

MC aka Avalon: She's an advanced learner like moi!! *fist pump* And 15 and has been homeschooled!! ;DD A country girl who grew up on an orchard owned by her adopted dad Edgar, she's not afraid to get her hands dirty, aaandd, she's not vain, but nor does she have low self esteem. She's just happy how she is, which lends confidence and strength.
We could almost be twins!! o.O Except I don't have an adoptive dad nor did I grow up in da country, she's got blonde hair while I'm a brunette, there's no way she's as short as me *sulks*, and I don't shift into a dragon :P *giggles* Ohh yeaaah, and I'm waaayy more fashion obsessed.....I'M NOT VAIN THO OKAYY!?!! *huffs* XPP

Love interest(s)?
No love interests have been particularly chalked in yet, tho there has been some attraction, at least on Avvi's side........*opens mouth*......*smirks and zips lips*

Ships I may be rooting for:
Maaaybeee Triton and Avvi, but I have a feeling it's not gonna happen ;( *pouts*

There's definitely apparent greed and arrogance shown by the families (the dragon magic using society of sorts which are descended from the original town 1000 years back), shoved in your face each every way you look. The school with it's marble floors and gold gilding, the expansive rooms, the stuck up boys and self important men. And then there is the occasional and laughable royal teen:
Royal Teen: Hello. You're now my fiancée!
Avvi: *mouth gapes like a fish* Na-uhh get lost! So not happening!
Me: *chokes and falls over laughing*
It seems to be a male run world, which is a little annoying, but there isn't any emphasis on sexism, thank goodness *one point to Oren*.......in fact there's no mention on females within the families AT ALL o.O even tho you'd obviously have to have females marrying into the families for the gene lines to continue. I guess there just hasn't been any mention yet *shrugs*

“Our library carries non-fiction and fiction with the latest in everything. You must keep your grades up if you wish to use any of these things, with the exception of the non-fiction area of the library. Your personal assistant acts as a key. If your grades are good, you will be able to open any of these doors. If your grades fall below a 3.8, these doors will be locked to you until they are satisfactory again.”
Well at least they aren’t all fun and games. At least they take education seriously.”

Oh wow o.O *cracks up* XD I call bribery!

The plot:
Mmm. Well I think this wasn't actually that bad! This is a pretty good premise; though it doesn't manage to create any ominous feels. If I must admit, this story is neither dark, or mature. But it was fun, more like a dragon and magic filled plot mixed with elements of the likes of Harry Potter and Alex Rider.
“Ah, but Miss Clementine, this is no normal jet. Not even your Government has this technology yet. They can have it when we find something better. This machine can cross time.”
Me: o.O Whaaa? No jet can 'cross time'......*pauses* Ohh. Right. Magical. XD

The writing:
The way the story of the Gypsy Curse was written made me keep imaging Hermione telling the story of the three brother's and Death. XD
As for the writing in the rest of this book/novella, I was pleasantly surprised. I've read books by both traditionally published authors from the likes of Harpercollins, and new indie authors, and A. S. Oren's writing was quite well done and enjoyable! Of course it could be improved on, but it was up to standard so that I didn't find the writing choppy or unsophisticated, which is good *high fives Oren* XD

Cons:
The back-story, with how the dragons came to be:
I don't really get how this all works.....o.O I mean, almost all the elemental forms when related to the nature of the person mentions 'kindness' etc. If the majority were so veryy nice indeed, why did they pillage towns? The 'personalities' of the dragon magic users don't seem to match up with their actions at all :/
The cliffhanger:
*pouts* Reallyyyyyyy Oren?!?!?! XDD Stopping it in the middle of that? Meanieeeee *sulks* ;D
The length:
Too shortt!!! *screeches* :P

Speculation:
The 'bond' thingy with Avvi and Amr:
(view spoiler)
What dragon type is Avalon:
(view spoiler)

Thanks for letting me read this, Oren! ;D It was a good read, albeit short.....*sigh* I think I'll rwead more soon if I can figure out how to. *searches around*
3.5 stars

—MissBloodsucker™ All Sucked Out!

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