April 30th, 2014 by Nancy
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 😉
Thirteen-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!