The Mark of the Dragonfly: Book Review

April 30th, 2014 by

I recently went on vacation and spent a gorgeous day at the beach… reading, of course! Here’s an excerpt from the book I was reading, The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson:


Which pretty much took up all of my attention. You can kind of see in the right corner of the photo (above my pasty white knees) a little bit of the beach, which actually looked like this:


But I was SO into this book that I barely looked at the beach that day! I couldn’t put it down because this book fulfilled plenty of fun beach read requirements, such as:

  • Not just one, but TWO strong heroines, Piper and Anna (no relation to Piper McLean and Annabeth Chase, but interesting co-wing-ca-dink!)
  • A fantastical but believable world that could be set in the future. Or maybe another planet?
  • Adventures involving trains, stowaways, kidnappings, fights, and flying (but not necessarily in a plane!)
  • A mysterious but beautiful tattoo
  • And of course, a little bit of romance 😉

Mark of the Dragonfly_Jaleigh-JohnsonThirteen-year-old orphaned Piper lives in Scrap Town Number 16 as a scrapper: she salvages artifacts left behind by meteor storms that spew dangerous toxic clouds. Piper has an uncanny, possibly supernatural knack at fixing mechanical objects.

One day after a meteor storm, she rescues a mysterious girl, Anna, who sports a dragonfly tattoo, meaning Anna is under the protection of the powerful king of the Dragonfly territories. Unfortunately, Anna can’t remember where she’s from and who her parents are — she can barely remember who she is.

Piper doesn’t want to get too involved with Anna’s complicated problems, but the two must board the 401 — an old but powerful steam train — to escape the menacing man who’s hunting Anna. And on the 401 is where they meet quite a few more interesting characters, including a teenage boy who has a secret of his own.

I don’t want to spill any more spoilers, but if any of this description has caught your eye, you should definitely check it out. If I had to label this book with ONE genre, it’d be action-adventure. But it’s also steampunk. And it’s about friendship… and there’s magic, and a splash of romance… all in a crazy setting that seems like the future and the past! So… something for everyone!

— Nancy

icon_nancyNancy was very pleased to find out this book has very little, in fact, nothing, to do with real dragonflies. Those things are creeeeeeeeeepy.

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