August 25, 2002
Book Review -- Dragon's Bait

Dragon's Bait
by Vivian Vande Velde
paperback, from Laurel Leaf 1997 (c. 1992)

This is a YA book. I try not to force my choice in YA books on people because well, I've found that what I find to be an enjoyable read often times is seen as simplistic and/or childish writing to others. That said, I still like to read YA. Its one of my favorite genres, and this was a fun, quick book. I'd certainly buy another one by the author.

There is a certain type of YA novel that isn't quite just a genre novel, but is also a backwards sort of romance. Actually, this is a typical sort of romance novel, where the novel tries to focus on everything but the attraction between the characters, but it keeps slipping back in, and the characters themselves never quite understand it. This falls into that cartegory.

Fifteen-year-old Alys is falsely accused of witchcraft and then staked out on a hillside and left as the sacrifice to a dragon. But he isn't at all what she expects of a dragon. And when he offers to help her take revenge on the wrongs against her, she can't help but agree.

The relationship between Alys and the dragon is confused and interesting, especially since the dragon is as alien as one would expect -- part boy, part something other than human. The story moves quickly (I read it in about an hour one evening), and has a satisfying ending. The author has also written a vampire novel, Companions of the Night, which I'm definitely going to try to find.

Posted by Deb Atwood at August 25, 2002 03:46 PM | TrackBack

What is the Dragon's name??

Posted by: Sara on June 2, 2003 08:10 PM

Unfortunately, I don't remember the dragon's name, and the book is now packed away.

Posted by: D. on June 2, 2003 08:13 PM

The dragon's name was Selendrile and while I thought this book was extremely fast-paced and the author *could* have developed the characters better...she did alright and I enjoyed reading this quick pleasure story. ^_^

Posted by: Kaede on June 12, 2003 06:26 PM

Dregon's Bait is one of my favorite VVV books I think she should do a sequel. Companions of the Night(The vampire book D. wanted to read)is also a great book in my opinion. The book Heir Apparent by the same auther is also a enjoyable and humerous read. It's about a girl who gets trapped in a game and has to beat it in a hour or suffer tremendous brain damage. She also has to try to figure out who to trust(not very easy)and every time she dies she has to start over ...not to mention her infratuation with a character that seems to just wants to betray her...again and again.

Posted by: Star on April 6, 2004 07:40 PM
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