Friday, 7 August 2015

Here Be Dragons by Sarah Mussi

Ellie Morgan wants a boy who’s all hers. Just for once, it would be nice to meet someone that Sheila the cow hadn't got her claws in to.

A remote farmhouse on Mount Snowdon is hardly the ideal setting for meeting anyone – unless, of course, you count her best friend George or creepy Darren (which Ellie doesn’t). But when a boy, glimpsed through the mist and snow, lures her up to the Devil's Bridge, Ellie realises the place she knows so well still has its secrets ...

The stronger her feelings for this strange boy become, the more she is in danger: a battle as old as Snowdon itself has been raging for centuries and now Ellie’s caught in the middle.

Something has left its lair.

It’s out there stalking her.

Who ever said true love was easy?

Things aren't always what they appear on the mountains, with the snow and wind blurring your vision. So when Ellie spies a boy stuck on the cliffs, she isn't sure what to think. Especially as her mother doesn't see him. But she is instantly intrigued. Well, you know what they say about curiosity! 

It was a slow story but fast romance, and I don't know how I feel about that. The slow build up was really cool, it made the suspense drag out and set things up for later novels, but the fast romance didn't mirror that well. Maybe I'm just a stickler for insta-love and maybe they did fall instantly after a dramatic night of being stranded in the mountains, but the L-word was said too soon for me. It was still a good match, the chemistry between Ellie and Henry was great. The truth behind Henry's family was an incredible twist on them unable to be together and really added to the drama, especially with Henry's uncle Sir Oswold. Locked in a seemingly never-ending battle, Henry and Sir Oswold fight it out and Ellie gets stuck in the middle of it. 

It was based around Welsh legends and language, which was very cool to learn about. As it's set around Snowdon, the danger and the mystery of dragons seemed all too real. The way Mussi blended ancient legend with the Pendragon family and Henry, the mystery boy, was very cleverly done. 

All in all, a great start to what is sure to be an amazing series. Really, they had me at Welsh dragons but the drama, the dangerous romance and the sweeping landscape just cinched it. 

Published 1st September 2015 by Vertebrae Publishing. Thank you to the publisher for my copy in exchange for an honest review.

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