Tuesday, October 8, 2013

L'Landra's Tale: A New Day for the Dauntless by Leandra Martin Review

I won a copy from Goodreads First Reads.

"A planet destroyed. A race of people looking for a new home. A woman struggling to find her place in the universe is thrown into the responsibility of being the savior of her race. She had run away once, feeling the weight of too much responsibility drowning her, but now she had to return to finish what she started, before the nightmares overtook her. As the youngest woman to ever be assigned as a Captain of a battleship, the Dauntless is now in L'Landra's care and finding a new planet to start over is her only goal. Time is running out. Her people are hungry, and she must face the odds of losing more souls to starvation and sickness before she can find a stable home. The enemy is always lurking. Not knowing when they will strike, she must continue to move forward and be ready for anything that comes their way. Along the way, she finds comfort from family and friends and understands her purpose for being thrown back into the very thing that caused her to run away so many years before. A handsome rogue finds his way into her heart. Can she get him to admit his love, or will she forever be wondering whether love will be part of her life?" 

Let's just call this book A New Day for the Dauntless, cutting off the beginning part of the title. To be truthful, A New Day For the Dauntless isn't very bad. It's just... I'll explain it in more detail. Anyway, this book is... Well, I'll explain it to, just not in this paragraph. 

First of all, the cover. To many people's eyes, not just my own, the cover isn't the best it could be. It's a little unusual and strange. Remember the saying "Don't judge a book by its cover"? Well, I'm afraid that's what people aren't doing. The colors of orange-red and purple are odd together. The outfit of the woman on the cover doesn't seem very captain-ish, assuming she is L'Landra. 

What else? Oh yeah. This book is totally targeting the wrong audience. Seriously, a thirty or so women shouldn't be describe as a heroine for a Young Adult book. Katniss Everdeen has the right age for a YA book, not thirty years old, but sixteen-seventeen years old. This book should be targeting... Hmm...put in some dirty language and some kissing scenes and change the targeted audience. Make it Adult instead of YA. 

Pretending the cover and targeted audience is okay and normal, I still see some room for improvement. The author could have edited the book more because the errors are slightly annoying and almost appears frequently. The plot is much better, but it goes by so quickly. The events are quickly and crazily written. The writing is good that I happen to have the will to read the next two books. 

The characters are good, but I'm not so sure about the character growth. Some of L'Landra's humor fades as the book expands the mysterious world, but it's not very much. Other characters are eh... 

Rating: Three out of Five

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