I am a proud person, and in all of my book reading, I have only left one book unfinished. Wait, the record is up to two. The Dragon Conspiracy has added to my record. Drats, but I could not force myself to read it. I just couldn't.
Here are the things that kept me from finishing, both the pet peeves and the blaring facts.
You begin The Dragon Conspiracy smack in the middle of the 'action'. That normally is a very nice way to start a YA novel. It was done fairly well, I will admit, but never once did I get a description of the main characters. It is a pet peeve of mine, yes, but in all of the hundred pages I trudged through, never once did I even get a basic: tall, short, skinny...eye color...hair color... In fact, this novel lacks description as it were wrung out. It is nice to let readers imagine stuff on their own, true, but a little guidance would be welcome, and is necessary. At least to me.
This novel also lacks heart. There is a scene maybe sixty pages in that had the potential to be touching. I was left wondering, though, "Did he [the author] mean this to be sad?" If he did, he did a poor job. I did not feel for the characters at all, though I was mildly interested in the dog. If something is supposed to be sad, then I darn well hope that I at least feel something. I instead felt the need to get a new book.
TDC was also rather predictable, and too fast paced for me. The pace did not allow for any 'natural' characterization, meaning the building of a character through their and actions. It was typical light/high fantasy, with your elves and dwarves and magic portals and giant spiders. I picked up this novel expecting to at least be entertained. It should never be a chore to read a book, only may pride kept me going on this one, and even that failed.
I strongly caution against this book. It has its one star, because the writing was a little better than average, but writing itself means nothing to me if there exists no story, no decent characters, and no sense of plot. I was entranced by the summary snippet I read before buying and the stanza of the poem on the back, and my love of dragons drew me to it, but this is not a novel I enjoyed. I couldn't even finish it.