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A Chore to Read
on 16 March 2007
I have no idea what age group this was written for, but being one of those teenagers who has an obsession with dragons and fantasy, I bought this book, thinking that the cool twist to an interesting historical era would be worth my time.
I'm one of those poor, cursed souls who when they start to read a book, have to keep reading it. I can't just stop, so I spent hours slaving through the chapters of long words, flowery language and annoying characters. Perhaps it's because I'm only fifteen that I thought the novel was full of infuriatingly long words, but I kept becoming distracted by it all. Laurence, the main character, I found a bit flat and his dragon made me cringe. There were only a few characters I liked, but I didn't actually feel for them.
So why have I given it a star if I thought it was that bad? The reason for that star is that there was ONE scene that really grabbed me and moved me, and I thought, just for that, this book deserved at least A star.
Not for fifteen year olds who hate feeling like they're being tested in an english classroom.