Book Review: The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson


Title: The Mark of the Dragonfly

By: Jaleigh Johnson

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 388

Release Date: March 15th, 2014

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Rating: ★★★★★


Summary from Goodreads:

Piper has never seen the Mark of the Dragonfly until she finds the girl amid the wreckage of a caravan in the Meteor Fields. 

The girl doesn't remember a thing about her life, but the intricate tattoo on her arm is proof that she's from the Dragonfly Territories and that she's protected by the king. Which means a reward for Piper if she can get the girl home. 

The one sure way to the Territories is the 401, a great old beauty of a train. But a ticket costs more coin than Piper could make in a year. And stowing away is a difficult prospect--everyone knows that getting past the peculiar green-eyed boy who stands guard is nearly impossible. 

Life for Piper just turned dangerous. A little bit magical. And very exciting, if she can manage to survive the journey.


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If I was only going to read one fantasy novel this summer, it would definitely be this one.

I love Jaleigh Johnson. Her writing style is easy to understand and the world building ideas come full circle and don't leave you wondering why somethings happen and others don't. She is truly a little known secret that needs to be shared with the world.

There are so many characters in this book that I loved, its hard for me to pick just one. Piper is strong and full of warmth, but still needs to figure her place out in the world. Anna is a mystery, but I love how naive she is. It really fits into her character's world. And Gee... Gee is something all to himself. He is loyal and willing to do whatever it takes to protect the ones he loves, almost to a fault. You can see how picking just one to love would be hard.

My favorite scene was when the train was being attacked as they traveled through the gorge. It was so easy to picture in my mind with action and parrel around every corner. Gee flying high over head and Pepper using her talent in extraordinary ways. It was the highlight of the book.

Favorite Quote:
"Machines are easier to fix than people’, Piper said, trying to shrug it off. ‘A lot louder and dirtier too. Well, sometimes at least."

This book receives a 5 out of 5 star rating from me. I loved it and can't wait to continue the adventure in The Secrets of Solace.

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