A decent book. Beck's mother dies, and he's sent to live with his rich but eccentric uncle. He rarely sees his uncle, and is looked after by the loyal family retainers, who mostly leave him to his own devices - which means he spends most of his free time exploring the parts of the mansion he's been told to stay out of.
Of course, this means he eventually discovers his family's dark secret - they can manipulate plants. Oh yeah, and there are dragons.
Some good plot twists and turns, and the characters were (mostly) likable. There was a little bit of teen romance, but it's not shoved down your throat like in some books. Pleasantly free (mostly) of teen angst, too.
This was in my library's young adult section, but I think a lot of juvenile readers would find it easy to read, as well.
I love books with dragons, so the cover just reached out and grabbed me. The dragons weren't as prominent as the cover lead me to believe, but it was a fun read anyway. This story had a little of everything, mystery, fantasy, humor, action, and good characters. Beck's character in particular was a lot of fun. He has this slightly sarcastic take on the world around him that had me laughing. He just can't let go of the mysteries he is surrounded by even though it will almost definitely get him into trouble. There were lots of twists and turns and the mystery is tantalizingly slow to unfold. And never fear, the dragons do make a dramatic appearance.
I really liked this book and the second book...Choke. I can't Wait for the third book...Ambush. Good story and fun characters.
This is a good book. I love dragons. They're my favourite mythical creature! I feel sorry that the dragons have to be killed though...
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