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Gonfly 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 a great old beauty of a train But a ticket costs coin than Piper could make in a year And stowing aw I love the description of the dragonfly tattoo and the power of being able to command and fix machines That's an awesome ability and I wish I had it too So curious about these other cultures and beings that came into play Also about the mystery of the meteor showers that rain down cool stuff upon the land

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The Mark of the DragonflyAy The Mark Kindle 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 journe This was one of the most uniue and exciting books of the year for me and I'm happy to have a chance to recommend it to you It's listed as a middle grade book and I think anyone from about 8 on upwards could enjoy it The main protagonist Piper is 13 and other young characters range from 11 to 13 but here I would draw a strong parallel to the characterization in Pullman's Dark Materials trilogy These characters are intelligent capable adventurous and important They bear tremendous responsibilities and their ability to reason and act is not remotely childlike But even though the characters are mature far beyond their years there isn't anything about the book that would make it unsuitable for younger readers there's a gently romantic plot that never goes beyond holding hands there's no terrifying violence no details about psychological brutality and no content that would simply bore young or casual readers who prefer their books to be fast paced and exciting as opposed to slowly meandering through lush gardens of florid prose stopping freuently to smell the metaphorical rosesI love the plot of this book I feel like I haven't read it before and it moves from one imaginative idea into another very smoothly There are some unnecessary detours the euivalent of optional side uests parlance I employ because the author Jaleigh Johnson boasts a background in gaming and writing novels for a popular sword and sorcery franchise but they do serve the story in some way For example I don't think that Piper and Anna necessarily had to get off the train around the halfway point to try to visit a seer which then led to them getting nabbed by slavers and having to escape just to get back on the train which it was unnecessary for them to leave in the first place since the story could have worked without the prophecy ever taking place but between the excitement and action and the bits of character development and word building we get during this section I wouldn't call it wasted time I think it's material like this that Johnson is able to use to make the story thoroughly her own creationThis novel also finds a nice balance of incorporating the steampunk trend without being cliche or ridiculous about it Piper's work with machines is essential to her entire life and obviously to this story and there's no sense that the author is just Inserting Dirigible Here and Dressing Girl in Corset Here Readers who want a touch of steampunk will appreciate Johnson's take on it while readers who roll their eyes at paint by numbers steampunk will find this refreshingly delightful with the young machinist who may have not only talent and knowledge but magic too Overall Johnson's descriptions of all things aesthetic and her styling of the world are very strong points and I really like her dragonfly motifs throughout The hardcover edition of the book sans jacket is uite lovely tooI could keep going about things that are likeable and uniue in this book but I don't want to spoil it for you and I feel like it would be meaningless for you if I said things like And Gee is great or It's so cute when Anna takes things out of cupboards since you have no idea what I'm talking about yetSo I'll hush up and you need to hustle to your website or bookstore of choice and get this book now I'm writing this review 2 weeks before Christmas ask someone for it or give it to someone you love There are half a dozen great ideas in it and a full complement of good ones it's paced brilliantly the characters are all fantastic and there's nothing boring stupid or lame about it Enjoy and tell me what you think if you read it

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eBook ¿ ePub The Mark of the Dragonfly ¶ 9780385376150 Free Õ dcmdirect ☆ ➹ [Read] ➵ The Mark of the Dragonfly By Jaleigh Johnson ➼ – Dcmdirect.co.uk Piper has never seen the Mark of the Dragonfly until she finds the girl amid the wreckage of a caravan in the MPiper has never seen the Mark of the eBook #180 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 Dra A 48 Review as posted on KindleObsessed blog Over the past 5 years I have become very close friends with the secretary at my children’s school Not because of my children exactly though she adores both and spoils them rotten but because we both love to read Last June on the last day of school I brought her a bag full of some of my favorite books “Here you go” I said “Some goodies to keep you company this summer” She of course flipped out grabbing the bag and suealing for joy Because that’s what crazy book nerds do When school came back into session in August there she was waiting for me with my bag full of books All read and all appreciated But when I got home books scattered around me in a circle ready to be returned to their proper place on my shelves I noticed an addition A REALLY old fantasy novel held together with tape and one perfectly positioned rubber band I KNEW this was not my book But I was instantly taken aback by it’s amazing cover art So I removed the rubber band and took a peek at the first page Instead of seeing a title I saw a noteDear MistyThis is my favorite book It is well loved as you can see so I rarely loan it out But after reading the wonderful books you loaned me this summer I wanted to repay the kindness You asked me once why I love to read fantasy novels I told you it was because they help me escape When I’m reading a book that is filled with pixies ogres and epic uests I feel like I am a part of them So I want you to read this book And escape to the same world I live inonce or twice a year Go on an adventure Misty I’ll see you when you get back CLong story short I read the bookand loved it But since then I have yet to find a book to teleport me to another land in uite the same dramatic wayYes I’ve loved booksAnd yes I have read several fantasy since thenBut it wasn’t until I read Jaleigh Johnson’s “The Mark of the Dragonfly” that I felt truly taken away To another land where green eyed boys can have wings Where machines can explode with just a thought Fire can be molded into rocks Where a group of young people who have been forced to grow up alone AND much uicker than mostset out to find freedom And family It’s books like this one that I want my child to grow up reading It’s books like this one that can create an imagination with no limitsTHIS is what middle grade literature should beTHIS is the story of a girl who has no idea who she really isPiper has never seen the Mark of the Dragonfly until she finds the girl amid the wreckage of a caravan in the Meteor FieldsThe 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 homeThe one sure way to the Territories is the 401 a great old beauty of a train But a ticket costs 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 impossibleLife for Piper just turned dangerous A little bit magical And very exciting if she can manage to survive the journeyIt’s important to note that if you aren’t a religious reader of fantasy “The Mark of the Dragonfly” or any fantasy novel for that matter might take you a tad longer to become invested in TMOTD is not based on a world we know OR understand It’s a world created specially for the telling of THIS story Some words will not make sense Other will feel familiar but will hold abstract meanings Structures laws even the way the land is laid out will all need to be established AKA World building And though it may take some time and a few extra pages to let it all sink in I promise youit will And subseuently it will all make perfect sense Just give it a little timeAs for the world inside of TMOTD it’s one of desolation Piper lives in a land ruined by greedy rulers Farming is non existent and food is scarce To maintain any semblance of life you must make your own luck And by luck I mean you must scavenge for collectables amongst mounds of wreckage and hope you find something of value EVERYTHING is dirty and EVERYONE is jaded The only thing Piper has going for her An uncanny ability to fix mechanical objects If it has gearsshe’s your girlUnfortunately all of that is just background noise The story actually takes place when Piper stumbles upon a GIRL in the wreckage that surrounds her house A girl that has ZERO idea who she is but is wanted by people of great importance And power So the uest beginsto find out who the girl is and what the fuss is all about But Piper finds herself in an odd situation Caring for someone other than herself Which makes the entire journey much harder than it should have beenI don’t want to give the story away so I’ll stop there but I do want to point out a few things FirstJohnson’s wonderful attention to detailThe best thing about fantasy is the ability to read it and then instantly picture it in your mind If you can’t then the writer has missed the mark Thankfully that is NOT the case with this novel Here is an example“Inked on the girl’s forearm was a tattoo roughly the size of a matchbook The design was a dragonfly but instead of normal insect this one was made of mechanical parts Transparent wings veined with iridescent wires and minuscule springs curled around the girl’s arm Gears and cogs composed its multifaceted eyes and the dragonfly’s metallic green body was a piston that tapered toward the bend of her elbow A skilled artist had painted the dark haired woman on Micha’s music box but whoever had done the dragonfly design was a true master The inks alone had to have cost a fortune”TMOTD is full of wonderfully intricate examples just like this one Which is probably why I found it so easy to live inside of it The details on the page the inside my headBut don’t worry Details doesn’t mean a lack of forward movement or dialogue As a matter of fact despite it’s 400 pages Dragonfly was incredibly fast paced Never slowing down in an attempt to build suspense It was just there ready and waiting for you to find it on the next page It was also surprisingly jamb packed with dialogue Which is LESS common in fantasy novels There was always someone talking Be it Anna who spoke to establish the situationworld Piper to establish the story or Gee to establish the emotions and gravity of the situation Each character was built with a purpose and they executed it perfectlyTo top it all of it integrated lessons Which is always a bonus when you are looking for books for younger audiencesIt was clean metaphorically speaking solid and just what I needed And now I’m off to share it with my 9 year old son And his secretaryHappy Reading my fellow Kindle ites and remember “The love of family and the admiration of friends is much important than wealth and privilege” Charles Kuralt