Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Timmy's Beta Review of Slaying Isidore's Dragons by C. Kenendy


One thing that is totally awesome about being friends with a YA author is I get to beta-read for him. However, neither my friendship with Cody or the fact that I was a beta-reader played any part in my review of Slaying Isidore’s Dragons. 

Jean-Isidore de Sauveterre and Declan David de Quirke II are both sons of ambassadors, and they both have a lot going on in their lives. Isidore is dealing with an abusive home life and the loss of his mother, while Declan is dealing with the loss of his father. They meet at school, and Declan starts protecting Isidore almost immediately. As soon as Declan learns of Isidore’s troubled home life, he takes action. Isidore is moved into Declan’s home and begins to recover. However, that’s not the end for them. There are Isidore’s four brothers and father to deal with, problems at school, and assassination attempts. This book is one you won’t want to put down. There is so much going on and more than one mystery to unravel. Through it all, you get to watch Declan and Isidore’s feelings evolve into a great love. 

I have read a total of two full books, one novella, and a free serial story by C. Kennedy. I am in awe of his ability to tell a story in any form, and I was not disappointed when I beta-read Slaying Isidore’s Dragons. It takes great talent to be able to tell a story that is based on negative situations in such a way that it gives hope to the reader. Cody has done that in every book I’ve read of his, but especially in Slaying Isidore’s Dragons. Coming from a troubled home myself, I really appreciate how Cody can tell stories of abused kids and still leave me feeling hope after reading it.

Happiness is a hard thing for abused kids to see in their futures. It’s like that pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. We want it to be real but can’t seem to actually find it. Books like Cody’s give us hope for our futures, and he does it by telling his stories without dwelling on all the negatives in our lives. It’s not that he skims over the negative aspects, because those are all there, but he shows us how we can still have the elusive happiness by learning to trust the right people who want to help us. So, I would like to thank Cody for the time and effort he puts into his books for the kids that need it the most. 

I give this book 5 marbles and would give it more if I could. It is a must read (as soon as it comes out). Be sure to buy your own copy rather than borrow, because you will want to read it more than once. ~Timmy

This review is based upon the book pre-publication and may change following publication.


Slaying Isidore's Dragons by C. Kennedy
Coming in 2015!

About Slaying Isidore's Dragons

5 Best friends
4 Vicious brothers
3 STD tests
2 Guys in love
1 Car bombing
&
Nowhere to run

Slaying Isidore’s Dragon’s follows the burgeoning love of two high school seniors during the worst year of their lives. Irish born Declan David de Quirke II is the son of two Ambassadors, one Irish and one American. He’s come out to his parents but to no one else. French born Jean-Isidore de Sauvéterre is the son of two Ambassadors, one Catalan and one Parisian. His four half-brothers have been told to cure him of his homosexuality. Declan and Isidore meet at the beginning of their senior year in high school at a private academy in the United States. Declan is immediately smitten with Isidore and becomes his knight in shining armor. Isidore wants to keep what little is left of his sanity and needs Declan’s love to do it.

5 Weeks of hell
4 Attempts on their lives
3 Law enforcement agencies
2 Dead high school seniors
1 Jealous friend
&
A love that won’t be denied

One is beaten, one is drugged, one is nearly raped, one has been raped, they are harassed by professors and police, and have fights at school, but none of it compares to running for their lives. When the Headmaster’s popular son attempts suicide and someone attempts to assassinate Declan’s mother, they are thrown headlong into chaos, betrayal, conspiracy, allegations of sexual coercion, pornography, even murder. And one of them carries a secret that may get them killed.

5 New family members
4 BFF’s
3 Countries
2 Extraordinary Psychologists
1 Courageous Mother
&
A new beginning for two young men in love


Find Cody here, on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter @CodyKAuthor,

a postscript from Cody: 
Timmy made the Slaying Isidore's Dragons banner that you see above.

17 comments:

  1. I just wish it was out already lol.

    Excellent review Timmy, I can't wait to read this one.

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    1. I hope it doesn't change to much during editing.
      <3 Timmy

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  2. Another great review Timmy. This is on my list to buy as soon as released.

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    1. Yes! I'm sure you will love it!
      <3 Timmy

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  3. You got to read Slaying Isidore's Dragons? Timmy, I'm so jealous!! Can't wait to get my copy. Great review and I agree with everything you said about Cody. He's a very special person. As are you. <3

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    1. I know! I was like OMG OMG! When he asked if I wanted to beta. So exciting.
      <3 Timmy

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  4. Great review, Timmy! Can't wait to read this one myself!
    I agree with you that HOPE is the most important thing in the world!
    <3 <3 <3

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    1. You'll love it Anna! I think I'm a little in love with Isidore. :)
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  5. Terrific review, Timmy. I also love Cody's stories for the hope they give to his readers. And I always love to hear your perspective on how the book affects you. That kind of feedback from readers has to be very gratifying for an author, to know that their work really makes a difference in someone's life.

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    1. <3 Thanks Mel. Cody's book are unique in that they are not the same story written different ways. When I read different books by the same author, a lot of time they, feel like the same story just switched a little. Cody's books are not like that. He even has different speech patterns for his characters.
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  6. Benedicte GiraultAug 28, 2014, 12:53:00 PM

    Can't wait to read this one. And, good job, Timmy, as always. You can see things we may not have noticed and your feedback is so precious for that. Really, I sooo want to read it ! Unfortunatly, I have to wait... But I would be better as soon as I could have it between my hands.

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    1. Yea! I hope it's out soon, I'm excited to read the finished product.
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  7. Another clear and concise review, Timmy. It's great to hear what you liked about it and that you found it to have such an important message. I really am looking forward to the release of this one!

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    1. Yes, I can't wait to read the finished book! I will enjoy rereading this one.
      <3 Timmy

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  8. How did I miss this?!?!?! First, ah-ma-zing review, Timmy!!! Second, I am so jelly!!! I can't wait to read it!!! Soon my time will come. ;) <3

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  9. It was an awesome book and very inspiring for me. I truly think Cody is a gifted author, and that's why I feel so lucky to have him as a best friend.
    <3 Timmy

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